First Act: 'King Lear' follows story of ruler obsessed with personal devotion

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A ruler obsessed with loyalty and personal devotion.

Shakespeare wrote King Lear in the early 1600s. However, some will find themes that sound familiar in 2018.

Jamie Rocha Allen, who directs Dram Tree Shakespeare's production of King Lear in Wilmington, said he thinks Shakespeare intended for the play to remain relevant long beyond its debut on stage.

"Well, I think it was what he was doing, at the time he was writing for a modern audience," he said.

King Lear starts its run Thurs., March 8 at McEachern's Warehouse in Wilmington.

"It's a play about an aging king who right at the beginning makes a massive mistake to divide his kingdom between his daughters and basically everything goes wrong from there," the director explained.

Rocha Allen encouraged those who are new to Shakespeare to attend a performance.

"It is a chance for people to see Shakespeare presented in its original setting with a modern feel in terms of what the actors bring to the language," he said.

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