'King Lear' to conquer Bath arts center

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BATH — Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, and 410 years after the Bard’s “King Lear” was first performed, the tragic tale will take center stage at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

A series of informational events, including a discussion by Shakespearean scholar and author Dr. Steve Urkowitz, accompanies the production.

The 804 Washington St. arts center, partnering with Shakespeare on the Kennebec, presents “King Lear” at 7 p.m. May 6, 7 and 13, and 2 p.m. on May 8 and 14.

Urkowitz, author of “Shakespeare’s Revision of King Lear,” will discuss the return of theatrical trends to the Folio Edition of the play at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

The following Wednesday, May 11, the cast of the production will perform scenes and answer questions at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Tickets to the play are $12 advance and $15 at the door. The community events are free.