The National Theatre of the Deaf presents “THE KING,” a play based upon Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that focuses on Lear alone. In it only one character is seen on stage, a drifter, played by Patrick Graybill, who has hit upon Lear’s story as a way to express himself. All the other figures are represented as phantoms or objects that the drifter happens across. Though the drifter remains a mystery, Lear’s story is presented directly, and these two tormented men, Lear and the Drifter, seem to become one.
“The King” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Robert F. Panara Theatre, LBJ Hall on the RIT campus. Admissions is free. The production is produced by Betty Bekman, directed, conceived, adapted and voiced by John Basinger, and performed by Patrick Graybill.