Theatre Presents Shakespeare's 'King Lear'

Augustana Theatre Presents King Lear

Event Details

Date: November 15 - November 19, 2017

Times: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 | 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID

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The Augustana Performing and Visual Arts will present William Shakespeare's "King Lear" Nov. 15-19 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. 


  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16*
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Tickets are available at or by calling 605.274.5320.

About 'King Lear'

The story opens in ancient Britain, where the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan and Goneril. Lear's plan is to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the child who professes to love him the most, certain that his favorite daughter, Cordelia, will win the challenge. Goneril and Regan, corrupt and deceitful, lie to their father with sappy and excessive declarations of affection. Cordelia, however, refuses to engage in Lear's game, and replies simply that she loves him as a daughter should. Her lackluster retort, despite its sincerity, enrages Lear and he disowns Cordelia completely.

Meanwhile, the King of France, present at court and overwhelmed by Cordelia's honesty and virtue, asks for her hand in marriage, despite her loss of a sizable dowry. Cordelia accepts the King of France's proposal, and reluctantly leaves Lear with her two cunning sisters. The story unfolds from there and includes all the classic drama for which Shakespeare is so well known.

"King Lear" is directed by Jayna Fitzsimmons, instructor of theatre, and stars Daniel Workman, chair and assistant professor theatre, as King Lear. 

Cast members include: Kyle Marks '18 (Estherville, Iowa), Elise Oren '20 (Brandon, South Dakota), Tristan Love '20 (Rapid City, South Dakota), Abby Giambattista '21 (Omaha, Nebraska), Malia Lukomski  '20 (Sioux Falls), Samantha Fleet '21 (Lake Benton, Minnesota), Andrew Cannan '20 (Rapid City, South Dakota) and Kale Hellman '21 (Martin, South Dakota).

"King Lear" Dress Rehearsal

* The performance on Thursday, Nov. 16, may be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Advance notice required.