B.G. Bradley is King Lear. Or at least in his Westwood Shakespeare Company's performance he is.
He says that as artistic director and lead role in one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, this is the chance of a lifetime.
"I wanted to choose one of the real gems, among many gems, and this is a play that I wanted to be part of for a very, very long time," says Bradley
The story follows the title character as he struggles to retain his sanity and his kingdom, both of which are crumbling around him. The production is the first in the Westwood Company's history to use mostly adult actors, as the themes are mature yet still universal.
"It is the quest for power, the division of kingdoms, and what happens when people get what they want," says director Denise Clark.
The story is complex with characters to match. Bradley says the character of King Lear is a pleasure to play, but that to play him is to become a very different person.
"It really makes you ponder your own makeup, your own psychological makeup and it's been a challenge, but a lot of fun," says Bradley.
There are a plethora of talented actors in this troupe, too many to name here, but director Denise Clark says B.G. Bradley is the star of the show.
"B.G. Bradley's performance in this production, because it's been a lifelong dream, it's something he's always wanted to do, it's like I want to go out and grab people and say 'you can't miss this!"
King Lear runs August 12 through August 16 at the Westwood High School auditorium in Ishpeming. Shows during this time start at 7:30 p.m. and are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
From August 19 through August 22, King Lear will play at the Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette. These shows also start at 7:30 p.m. and are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $7.50 for youth.
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