King Lear

Episodes 141 - 157. Originally released on July, 7 2015

Show Notes

Episode 141 | Don't Fear the Lear

King Lear – Introduction
We begin series number ten with an introduction to Shakespeare's hardcore tragedy about a King and his three daughters. We talk history, Quarto vs.Folio, and breakdown an impossible persona.

Episode 142 | Something From Nothing

King Lear – Act I scene 1
The King has decided to retire and demands to know which of his daughters loves him the most, as he breaks apart the kingdom. It does not go well. Feature: Rebeca Gross

Episode 143 | You Bastard!

King Lear – Act I scene 2
Edmund exposes his true nature, and eclipses his father Gloucester's trust in absent son Edgar, who eventually shows up.

Episode 144 | Serpent's Tooth

King Lear – Act I scenes 3 & 4
Goneril takes steps to remedy the burden of her father. A disguised Kent returns, and Lear's fool finally makes an appearance. Featuring: Kate Miller

Episode 145 | Old Man Shadow

King Lear – Act I scene 5
Stuck waiting to leave, not even the fool's jokes can keep doubt and fear from creeping into Lear's thoughts. Featuring: G.Robin Smith

Episode 146 | A Queasy Question

King Lear – Act II scene 1
Gloucester receives a surprise visit, just as Edmund’s deceptions pay off, and whispered rumors hint of war.

Episode 147 | Thou Unnecessary Letter

King Lear – Act II scene 2 & 3
Kent bumps into a rival-messenger at Gloucester's house, while Edgar disappears.

Episode 148 | Children of Spleen

King Lear – Act II scene 4
It's a two on one grudge match: Old man Lear verses his thankless daughters!
Featuring: Kate Miller and Kymberly Tuttle

Episode 149 | I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain

King Lear, Act III scene 1-2
Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Lear and his fool find themselves in the middle of nowhere, caught in a storm storm, and without so much as a hat.

Episode 150 | FIe, FOH, AND FUM

King Lear, Act III scene 3 & 4
Seeking shelter from the storm, Lear & company encounter Edgar (disguised as Poor Tom), while Gloucester makes a desperate decision.

Episode 151 | TO BED AT NOON

King Lear – Act III scene 5 & 6
Edmund betrays his father, while the broken Lear conductDs an imaginary trial.

Episode 152 | Blind

King Lear – Act III scene 7
Poor Gloucester. He never saw it coming. Featuring: Kate Miller

Episode 153 | The Difference of Man

King Lear – Act IV scene 1 & 2
Edgar encounters his blind father, as passion ignites in the north.

Episode 154 | Simples Operative

King Lear – Act IV scene 3, 4, & 5
Lear has made it to Dover, Cordelia returns to the play, and Regan's got an eye for Edmund. Featuring: Emily C. A. Snyder.

Episode 155 | Great Stage of Fools

King Lear – Act IV scene 6
Nothing is as it seems... Edgar and Gloucester stand upon the verge, encounter the mad King, and run into a serviceable villain.

Episode 156 | Wheel of Fire

King Lear – Act IV scene 7, Act V scenes 1 & 2
Father and daughter are reunited, even as Edmund plots to revoke their happy ending. Featuring: Emily C. A. Snyder, and G.Robin Smith.

Episode 157 | Aye Good Night

King Lear – Act V scene 3
The wheel turns again as Lear and company make their weary way toward the inevitable conclusion.
In memory of Judy Ziegler, Oct 26 1944 - April 10 2016