Young Jean Lee creates a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy in her new show, Lear. This show zeroes in on that chilling moment in a person’s life when they realize that their parents are aging and mortal, that they’re going to have to take care of them, and that they themselves are going to age and die. This new play wrestles with the clichés of “dysfunctional American family plays” as well as with Shakespeare’s classic exploration of the aging patriarch to create an unexpectedly moving portrayal of what happens when death suddenly stops being an abstract concept.
Young Jean Lee
Young Jean Lee’s plays include The Shipment, CHURCH, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Pullman, WA. They have been presented in New York at The Kitchen, The Public Theater, Performance Space 122, HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep and the Ontological-Hysterical Theater, and have toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. Lee is a member of New Dramatists and 13P. Her plays have been published in Three Plays by Young Jean Lee, New Downtown Now, American Theatre magazine and her forthcoming Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays. Lee is the recipient of grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation and NYSCA, as well as a 2007 Emerging Playwright Obie Award.