‘King Lear’ to be performed at Glenville State College

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College will host a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by the Rustic Mechanicals of the Vintage Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The play, among Shakespeare’s most famous, is about Lear, who has ruled for many years and decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan and Goneril, and live is remaining without burden of power. Misjudging their loyalty, he disinherits Cordelia and gives his kingdom to the two others who plot to kill him.

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning,” Lear said.

Directed by Jason A. Young, actors in the production include John O’Connor, Sarah Young, Kaici Lore, Kayla Hudimac, Jim Matthews, Joshua Clevenger, Travis Teffner, Daniel Crowley, Justin Grow, Sean Marko, Ben Brooks, and Isaac Covey.

The Rustic Mechanicals, founded by Celi Oliveto, is the state’s only professional Shakespeare troupe. The group, in its their fourth season, has grown from seven actors to a roster of 25 actors from West Virginia

“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young.

“These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”

The performance is presented by the college’s Department of Language and Literature.