Greenwich High stages King Lear

Jack Ullrich as Kent and Annie Martino as Cordelia are part of the production of King Lear.

Jack Ullrich as Kent and Annie Martino as Cordelia are part of the production of King Lear.

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is being performed for one more weekend at Greenwich High School.

King Lear marks the 29th production the Greenwich High School Theater Arts department has staged of one of Shakespeare’s works. The show schedule is Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. and two shows on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 and 8 p.m.

The Greenwich High School Theater Arts program is known throughout the state for the quality and diversity of its theatrical offerings. It was recently recognized by the Educational Theater Association as being one of the top five in the nation.

Several students performing in this year’s production hope to pursue a college degree in theater and are in the process of auditioning for the nation’s top programs (Julliard, NYU and Northwestern). Some will use their monologues for this production as part of the application process.

Richard Kohn, serves as director of King Lear. Mr. Kohn and his wife, Patricia Cirigliano, run the GHS Theater Arts Department. Both are teachers at the school, and each has been recognized by the Greenwich Public Schools as Distinguished Teachers.

Mr. Kohn has also received the Mary Hunger Wolf Award from the Long Wharf Theater for excellence in theater education and production, as well as the Educational Theater Association’s award for continued education leadership. In the last 15 years, his students have won more than 50 awards in theater competitions.

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