This is Shakespeare's immortal tale of madness, betrayal, and the lust for power. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, #LEAR tells the story of an aging reality TV star and former mobster, desperately trying to hide his worsening dementia. A young schemer, obsessed by fame and fortune, plots to take over the gangs still running Lear's lucrative illicit enterprises, while the retiring patriarch's family and entourage tear each other apart over greed and power.
 #LEAR is the opening work from DMTheatrics' new project, a global theater that will play to a worldwide audience. Using multi-cam live television as inspiration, #LEAR will be staged and performed before cameras in early December 2017, and edited for release on YouTube in January 2018. Combining the immediacy and expressionism of theater with the intimacy and scope of film, this is an exciting new chapter for one of NYC Theater's best-known and most influential theatrical companies.
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MICKEY ABBATE portrays LEAR. Mickey joyously returns to acting after many years. Most recently he has appeared: (theater:)Lord Saye/Roger Bolingbroke in King Henry VI, Part II (Shakespeare Folger Theatre), Clarence in Richard III (The Gallery Players) and Quintas/Nurse in Titus Andronicus (Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome). (Film/TV/Web:) Joseph in The Restaurant (web series), Jordan in Embrace (NYU Grad Project). He will be playing the role of Renfield in Dracula at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City this coming October. He is humbled and empowered and very grateful to be playing this auspicious role of King Lear and hopes it is the beginning of many great Shakespearean roles to come. ANNA PAONE portrays CORDELIA. Anna Paone (Cordelia) has always loved the role of Cordelia and is thrilled to work with Frank and DM Theatrics. Past performances include Our Town (Emily), Arms and the Man (Raina), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), and various readings with Ensemble Artists Theatre and Primary Stages/ESPA, among others. She is the director and lead actress of the short film Our Lady of the '80s, which should be available soon, if it's not already by the time you read this. She thanks Frank, the cast and crew, her mom, dad, and Laura, Matt, and God.
MELODY LADD portrays GONERIL. Born in England and raised in Sacramento, CA., Melody has loved acting since she was cast in her first play in the second grade. She had one line: "I think she's cute when she's angry." She moved to New York City to study at New York University where she graduated with a BFA in Theatre. Past credits include The House of Bernarda Alba (NYU/Atlantic Acting School), Our Town (NYU/Atlantic Acting School) and various short films. Born with the dream to one day play an evil Queen, Melody is excited to be playing Goneril. When not acting, she spends her time traveling, making small talk with dogs walking down the street, and eating at the overwhelming number of restaurants in the city. Many thanks to Frank and everyone at DMTheatrics. ANNELLA KAINE portrays REGAN. Annella is a New York-based actress who originally hails from Richmond, Virginia. She recently completed her B.F.A. at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, through which she studied at the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios. She has been in a lot of productions that you never saw but that her parents were very proud of. Favorite credits include Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba, Woof in Hair, and the titular character in a devised performance of Yerma. Additionally, Annella is a company member of Tandem Children's Theatre Company. She is excited to be joining the #Lear team and can't wait to share the project with you all. Many thanks to M.
JAKE MINTER portrays EDMUND. Jake, originally from Florida, moved to New York 3 years ago to pursue his dream of making an impact in the world of art and acting. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, his favorite credits include the Tutor in Medea, Rohan in The Factory Girls, Daniel in Once on This Island, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. A lover of acting, design, singing and dancing, he's always looking to create with others. He would like to thank DMTheatrics for the amazing opportunity to play Edmund, and his cousin Kory for always believing in him.
ALEXANDER CHILTON portrays EDGAR. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Alexander graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Dayton. During his studies, he became deeply involved with his school’s Theatre Department, acrting in several of their mainstage productions, such as Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story (Jerry), Jean Anouilh’s Antigone (Creon), and The Winter’s Tale (Leontes). He has performed in several regional plays across Ohio, where, among several other productions, he has acted in The Tempest (Antonio), Richard III (Buckingham), and Hamlet (Hamlet). Recently, Chilton has completed studying with the Atlantic Acting School’s Professional Conservatory. His latest performance was as labor union leader Philip Murray in Danny Rocco's Convention, a new play about the political manipulations and intrigue surrounding the 1944 Democratic National Convention, and staged at Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
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PATRICK HORN portrays KENT. MFA recipient from the New School for Drama. Recent NY stage credits: Rosencrantz (Hamlet, Torn Out Theater), Eddie (Asylum, New Dance Theatre) Alex (The Dead, Irish Repertory Theater) and He (Shooting Rats, Second Circle Theatre Co.). Recent NY film credits: After Party (Kate Stahl, NYU Graduate Film) and Parental Pride (Lisa Vear, Forever Home Productions).
NICK KENT portrays ALBANY. Recent credits include Edgar in King Lear and Brutus in Julius Caesar. Nick is from Boston and holds a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA from The New School for Drama.
KEVIN HAUVER portrays GLOUCESTER. Training: Suny New Paltz; Stage: Merry Wives of Windsor, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Winter's Tale (American Shakespeare Center), Of Mice and Men (Roxy Regional Theatre), Richard III (LIU Kumble Theatre), A View From the Bridge (Brooklyn Heights Players), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Highland Players NC).
OMRI KADIM portrays CORNWALL. A multi-lingual New York based actor, writer, producer, and stage combat practitioner, Omri was born in London, and grew up in Tel Aviv, Paris, Athens and Vienna before coming to New York to earn his BFA in Drama at New York University. He trained at the Stella Adler Studio, the Stonestreet Film Studio, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has been seen on stage in a variety of roles ranging from Shakespearean (King Hamlet’s Ghost in Hamlet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing), to the surrealist creations of Ionesco (Father Jack in The Future is in Eggs, a UK Premiere) and roles in contemporary dramas (Van in Dog Sees God). He has choreographed stage combat sequences for a variety of shows and has received recommended passes from the Society of American Fight Directors in five weapon disciplines. Most recently, he adapted and produced a unique production of Coriolanus where stage combat plays a primary storytelling role.
MARGUERITE VIRGINA portrays OSWALD. Marguerite is excited to make her DMTheatrics debut in #Lear. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and is a member of the New York City based Name of Bird theatre company. Most recently has been seen in Lucky Stiff, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Dr. Faustus, and is working with NoB on a production of Macbeth. Marguerite has a passion for Shakespeare and is excited to bring the story of King Lear to life in a new and exciting way!
 This venture requires new infrastructure investments for DM, including camera equipment, and upgraded editing and music composition software, both for this show and future productions. Many of the costumes and props used in past shows were permanently lost when DM's storage space was flooded during Hurricane Sandy, meaning we need to start almost entirely from scratch. In addition, the rental fees for rehearsal and performance space in New York City have skyrocketed in recent years. Your financial help, either via direct donation, or purchasing required equipment and resources, is greatly appreciated. DMTheatrics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization via Fractured Atlas, and donations made directly via Fractured Atlas are fully tax-deductible. If you would like to help, and want to see this production become a reality, here's how.
HOW TO HELP
BECOME A PATRON DMTheatrics now has a Patreon account. Monthly expenses such as rehearsals, printed materials, transportation, and office expenses add up quickly, especially in an expensive city like New York. To help defray the costs of DM's monthly expenditures, and to ensure we can mount both #LEAR and future projects, consider pledging as little as $10 a month via Patreon. All Patreon subscribers will receive rewards, including early access to finished productions and rough cuts, demos of original scores and music, personalized cast messages, and exclusive posters, playbills, and even bespoke vinyl picture discs. Even a little bit of help goes a long way -- click the Patreon image below to access our page and pledge today.
DONATE DMTheatrics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization via Fractured Atlas, a public charity through which small, independent arts companies such as DM can take advantage of public funding for the arts. Donations to DMTheatrics via Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you'd like to help by making a tax-deductible donation directly to DM, click the image below to access our donation page. Donations can be fully anonymous, and all public donations will be noted in the final credits of #LEAR. AMAZON SHOPPING LIST This venture requires an enormous investment in new equipment, as well as replacing outdated cameras and lighting kits. While we're part of the way there, we still have a long way to go, and can always use some extra help. If you're in a generous mood, or have some extra Amazon credit lying around, please consider helping by visiting our Amazon Wish List and buying DM the materials we've flagged. Click the Amazon banner below to see our shopping list.
#LEAR will be rehearsed during September thru November of 2017, and recorded during December 2017 at Access Theater. It will premiere on YouTube Jan 21, 2018, with early access for some patrons (see above). Future productions will include revivals of DM's productions of Titus Andronicus and Taming of the Shrew, as well as other Shakespearian works, and original works from repertory as well as new, previously unseen DM originals.