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KNOXVILLE –- The University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theater presents William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, March 1-11.

The production will be performed in the Lab Theater as part of the Clarence Brown Theater’s (CBT) Studio Series.

King Lear is Shakespeare’s harrowing look at the inevitability of death amid the conflicting values of love and duty, friendship and betrayal, leadership and loyalty, and good and evil. Lear, king of England, surrenders all of his power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstrations of love toward him. His plan to test the love of his daughters goes tragically awry and throws the kingdom into chaos, and Lear into madness.

Written around 1605, King Lear is usually compared with Hamlet as one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Jed Diamond, head of UT’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) acting program, will direct the play. Previously based in New York, Diamond has acted at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City, the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., the Syracuse Stage, the New York Shakespeare Festival and numerous other theatres.

All involved with the play are students of UT Theatre’s professional training program, and include actors Jessica Culaciati, Zack Fine, Adam Heffernan, Lena Hurt, Shinnerrie Jackson, Jon Liddiard, Lindsay Torrey, and Christopher Tramantana; and designers Brian Barker, scenic design; Emily Strickland, costume design; and Leigh Brown, lighting design.

Tickets for the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for UT students. The Lab Theatre is located on the north side of the CBT building and accessible from the Joe Johnson-John Ward pedestrian mall.

For tickets, call the CBT box office at 865-974-5161 or Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444.

Robin Conklin, Marketing and PR Director, (865) 974-2497