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Lear on the 2nd Floor
Premiere Date: 6/7/2013; 96 minutes

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Composed by Anthony Davis with a libretto by playwright Allan Havis, "Lear on the 2nd Floor" is a contemporary take on Shakespeare s "King Lear." It tells the story of Nora Lear, a neuroscience researcher suffering from early-onset Alzheimer s. As Nora loses her bearings and autonomy, she is increasingly at the mercy of her three quarreling daughters. In this version, Nora s dead husband Mortimer is Shakespeare s fool and her constant companion, as she wanders through a world where past and present blend and reality bends. Davis s music incorporates diverse styles and influences, ranging from classical opera to jazz to reggae. (#24801)

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