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The French take to an L.A. 'Lear'

March 09, 2003|Don Shirley

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

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday March 11, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
Susan Solt -- The last name of Susan Solt, dean of the CalArts theater school and producer/artistic director of the Center for New Theater at CalArts, was misspelled as Stolt in an Arts Notes item in Sunday's Calendar.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday March 16, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Susan Solt -- The last name of Susan Solt, dean of the CalArts theater school and producer/artistic director of the Center for New Theater at CalArts, was misspelled as Stolt in an Arts Notes item in last Sunday's Calendar.

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