The West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance invites the Morgantown community to enjoy a free live premier screening of their film version of Shakespeare’s most powerful play King Lear, Sunday March 6 at 7 p.m. in WVU’s Canady Creative Arts Center’s Lyle B Clay Theatre. The film was shot in 2021 in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and will be broadcast on WVPB channels starting March 13. To find the WVPB channel near you, visit https://www.wvpublic.org/.
The idea for the filming and broadcasting of King Lear came out of necessity for Jerry McGonigle, professor of acting and directing. “Covid hit and it became very clear that we were not coming back in the fall,” McGonigle said about WVU’s 2020-21 academic year. “There was not going to be public audiences for performances.”