Queen Lear is my most recently produced play, which opened at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre at Calgary’s Pumphouse Theatres in February, 2009, produced by Urban Curvz Theatre. I wrote the play as an 80th birthday present for my friend Joyce Doolittle. She starred in the premiere production, along with Georgina Beaty and Morag Northy on the cello.
After a second production in North Vancouver, the play was improbably picked up by a Turkish actress, Yildiz Kenter, through a Turkish friend of mine now living in Calgary. Simply stated, Yildiz is the face of Turkish Theatre, and has her own theatre in Istanbul. Her daughter, who holds a PhD from Cambridge, translated the play into Turkish and it has been running off and on for over two years, including a tour of Cypress.
It has subsequently been translated into Russian and we are waiting to hear of the dates for a production in Moscow, possibly at the Moscow Art Theatre, which is Chekhov and Stanislavski’s old haunt.
Meanwhile. I am hopeful for other productions in English. It is a simple and inexpensive play to produce, with only two roles, an old woman and a girl in her late teens. There is also a cellist on stage who creates and performs a “score” for the production.
The play has been published by B House Publications (my own company) and is available in book form, or I am willing to send the script electronically to anyone interested in producing the play.