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January 18, 2007



In one of the first offerings in the six-month Shakespeare in Washington festival, Baltimore native and two-time Tony Award nominee Andre de Shields tackles one of Shakespeare's most daunting roles -- aging, misguided King Lear. The co-production with the Classical Theatre of Harlem opens tonight at Washington's Folger Theatre after engagements in New York and Miami.

Director Alfred Preisser transposes his King Lear to Mesopotamia at the time of the Code of Hammurabi. Among Preisser's influences were Margaret Mead's studies of societies in which nurturing was discouraged and children were treated as property, as described in her book, Sex and Temperament.

De Shields' Broadway credits include The Wiz (in which he played the title role), Ain't Misbehavin' and The Full Monty. He will be joined at the Folger by Christina Sajous, Chantal Jean-Pierre and Deidra LaWan Starnes as Lear's three daughters, Harold Surratt as Gloucester and Ken Schatz as the Fool.

"King Lear" runs through Feb. 18 at the Folger, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington. Show times vary. Tickets are $25-$50. Call 202-544-7077 or visit / theatre.





Love independent films? Then, you're in for a divine weekend, as area independent filmmakers and their work take center stage at the "Solo Cinema: Independent Visions in Film" festival at Creative Alliance at the Patterson today through Saturday. City filmmakers Cathy Cook, Lynne Sachs, Stephanie Barber, Phil Davis and Fred Worden will be among those showing and talking about their movies. Audience members can watch screenings, hear panel discussions and take part in question-and-answer sessions.

The festival runs tonight through Saturday at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $5-$8 for all shows. Double-feature deal tomorrow and Saturday. Call 410-276-1651 or go to for hours and more information.





Singer and actor Mandy Patinkin takes the stage Saturday at the Lyric Opera House for a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, Stephen Sondheim songs, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter numbers, as well as Harry Chapin tunes. The accomplished tenor, in addition to having an award-winning career on stage and screen, has recorded a number of albums. Patinkin will be accompanied by pianist Paul Ford.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $28-$58. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticket



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