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Mother Lear at the Albany Bulb

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Albany, CA 94706

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Love the Bulb is thrilled to bring We Players back to the Albany Bulb:

MOTHER LEAR at the Albany Bulb

Created and Performed by Ava Roy and Courtney Walsh

Featuring Courtney Walsh (Mercutio in We Players' 2016 Romeo & Juliet) as Lear

And We Players Artistic Director Ava Roy as Cordelia

"...that way madness lies" - King Lear

An irascible scholar with dementia communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of Shakespeare's King Lear, as the two struggle with aging, love, and their own balance of power.

Mother Lear is a tight 50 minutes of fiercely original theatre--a moving production about a middle-aged woman who navigates dementia with the help of her daughter.

Cordelia and her mother, a former Shakespeare scholar and proud matriarch, confront dementia, loss, and fraught family dynamics armed only with humor, compassion, and the poetry of Shakespeare's words. This potent new two-character play is immediately followed by a facilitated discussion led by special guests who work in the field of compassionate care. This "Act Two" conversation will explore themes of aging, dementia, caregiving, and end of life.

Presented in multiple unique venues, Mother Lear wanders the land this spring following sold-out performances last fall. A park, a home, a garden... where will you find her? For a single performance on May 5, we are very lucky to have We Players bring this intimate performance to a very special spot at the Albany Bulb.

Audiences are saying:

"ELOQUENT, STIRRING, AND DARKLY FUNNY"

"DEEPLY TOUCHING AND SURPRISINGLY FUNNY"

Marin Independent journal calls the production "heartrending."

The Albany Bulb was the site of We Players' landmark performance of The Tempest in 2006. If you loved that spectacular staging, which took audiences from the Beach to the Plateau to the Amphitheater in a peripatetic comedy, you will be moved by Mother Lear. Mother Lear takes place in one fixed, secluded location and seats are very limited.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION

The Albany Bulb is a former construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay and is a rugged, often windy site. The performance site is a 3/4 mile walk from the parking lot over sloping, gravelly, and uneven trails. There are no flush toilets at the site but there is a chemical toilet at the parking lot. You will be sitting on a backless stool for the 50-minute performance.

There will be a facilitated conversation after the performance. The entire experience, including the leisurely, panoramic 30-minute walk each way to and from the performance site, the performance, and the conversation, will last from 11:45 to 2:30, so you will be back at the parking lot by 2:30.

If you have mobility concerns, please contact britt@weplayers.org to share your needs and we will do our very best to accommodate you. We Players provides unique and fully immersive experiences to each audience member.

Wear sturdy shoes and layers--the site can be quite cold and windy. A warm hat, gloves, and a scarf are recommended. There is no water at the site so a water bottle is recommended.

We Players presents site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater. We bring communities together, reclaiming local spaces for public discourse and civic celebration through art. Extending the transformative powers of performance beyond the stage, we invite our collaborators and audience to engage fully and awaken to the spectacular world around us.

Love the Bulb celebrates and protects the art and nature of the Albany Bulb, a former construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay. We present art, performance, environmental education and stewardship events at the Albany Bulb that celebrate its unique place in the Bay Area art and natural ecosystems. Join our email mailing list at albanybulbinfo@gmail.com.



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