The Shakespearean masterpiece "King Lear" opens the season at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre on Tuesday. Company member Ted van Griethuysen stars as the tragic monarch, under Michael Kahn's direction.
Portraying Lear's daughters, Regan and Goneril, are Jennifer Harmon and Baltimorean Tana Hicken. Monique Holt plays Cordelia, the youngest daughter. Holt, who is hearing-impaired, is signing her lines, which are spoken by Floyd King, the actor playing Lear's Fool.
"King Lear" is currently in previews. Show times at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7th St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most Sundays; and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays and noon Sept. 22 and Oct. 20. Tickets are $14-$58. Call 202-547-1122.