February 27, 2016 7:00 PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Geoff Hoyle: Lear's Shadow
Lensic Presents Geoff Hoyle: Lear's Shadow
Lear's Shadow is the sublime new solo show from award-winning actor and playwright Geoff Hoyle. It may be unheard of for a great clown to tackle Shakespeare’s masterpiece, but audiences are experiencing King Lear like never before as the Jester (played by Hoyle), recently unemployed, tells his side of Shakespeare’s most tragic, cosmic, and human of stories in this poignant solo performance.
Hoyle, one of the Bay Area’s theatrical legends, tickles your funny bone and break your heart as he simultaneously depicts The Fool, the King and all three of his daughters, playing his own original music with a storm of vocal sound effects.
"Hoyle is not just a brilliant clown, whose multiple skills seem sharper with every new show. He is also a deeply empathetic dramatic actor who can rustle up a shaky querulous old Lear…that might break your heart. Sublime! An astonishing tour de force. Brilliant.”
– (San Francisco) Examiner
“Hoyle inhabits multiple characters, things and the weather with his customary wizardry of physical and vocal transformations…lushly woven scenes, shot through with golden threads…breath-stopping.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
Geoff Hoyle trained with Etienne Decroux in Paris, developing his unique bravura comic style, a combination of court jester, vaudevillian and English music hall comedian. He made his mark in the Bay Area as the Pickle Family Circus’ beloved clown, Mr. Sniff.
Later, he created the critically acclaimed Feast of Fools, featuring masked Commedia Dell’Arte characters including the libidinous and elderly Pantalone (Hoyle claims he will no longer need to use a mask for this one), Il Dottore and the prat-falling Arlecchino. His award-winning shows The Convict’s Return, Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years have been seen in San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, New York, England, Russia and Latvia.
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