The Center for New Theater's ambitious L.A. production of "King Lear" will be the centerpiece of the Frictions 2003 Festival in Dijon, France, May 27-June 3.
The site-specific production, directed by Travis Preston, drew mixed reviews in its premiere at the Edison Electric Building in the Brewery Arts Complex last June. But French visitors, invited by the local French cultural attache, Laurent DeVeze, were impressed.
DeVeze describes the Dijon festival as a hot spot for new work. Although Shakespeare's play is hardly new, Preston's staging is. The audience travels from room to room; at one point, the seating area does the moving for them.
Headed for an abandoned barracks in Dijon, "Lear" will cost about $220,000, of which the festival is providing half. With fund-raising still taking place, Susan Stolt, CalArts theater school dean, is confident: "I know I have the resources to take this to France."
-- Don Shirley