The Struggles of King Lear
AUBG welcomed on stage Shakespeare’s play King Lear, a tragedy performed in some of the most famous theaters in the world. On Sunday, April 26, students and faculty went to the ABF Theatre to enjoy the play, directed by a fourth-year student Saba Sharia.
The story is about the life of a powerful British king who becomes poor and disgraced after the betrayal of his daughters. Louis Toussaint played the selfish King Lear, who decides to divide his possessions among his three daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. The daughters flatter their father in exchange for property. Cordelia (Mariya Boteva), is the only one who refuses to lie. Although she truly loves her father, she is expelled from the kingdom. In his attempt to defend Cordelia, Kent (Saba Sharia), the most devited server of the king, is also banished from the castle.
Not much time passes before
the king sees the viciousness and greediness of his two daughters. Both of them gradually show their real faces and kick their father out of the kingdom. Goneril (Ksenia Malikova) is an evil and selfish woman in love with nobody but herself. Regan (Maggie Knorr) is less malicious but the lack of confidence allows Goneril to influence her.
Edmund (Stefan Milenkovic)
usurps power in the kingdom and orders the king to be killed. His guards find and arrest the king and his youngest daughter Cordelia. In a fight for the future of the kingdom, Cordelia dies. The grief of King Lear is so big that he dies soon after her. Both bodies lie motionlessly and the lights go off.
The play was adopted and interpreted by Director’s Studio at AUBG, with the support of Student Government and the Department of Arts. It is one of the few performances running away from the popular light comedies AUBG community has seen this semester. It is also a long play – originally
three hours – and is usually performed by famous and experienced actors. These are some of the reasons for the problems that occurred during the performance.
“It was mediocre at best on the stage due to management mistakes and miscommunication with supporting staff,” Sharia said.
“However, I truly believe that if cast and director had one-two more weeks, they could improve most of the mistakes, which caused problems on the stage.”
The play left the audience with mixed impressions.
“Some actors put their heart into it, others
not so much,” Hristo Georgiev, third-year student, said.
“I barely understood what the actors were saying and probably they looked confused on the stage because the play is actually long and difficult and they had to cut it,” third-year student Kristiana Cholakova said.
Nikolay Naydenov, first-year student, said that “there were a few times when the cast forgot their lines, but considering the fact that it was a long play – I think that it is normal. Only the fact that these inexperienced actors tried to present it in front of us deserves admiration.”