Special Project: I Am Lear

I Am Lear

Free public performances of this work-in-progress exploring aging and inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear

Produced by Bobbie Steinbach and funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation

June 25, 2017  at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. |  BU College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA,  Room 352

Estimated performance time: 1.5 hours


As of June 19, both performances are sold out! You are welcome to come to the venue an hour before the performance to wait to see if any seats become available at the last minute. First come, first served, and we cannot guarantee you will be seated.


Tickets are free and are general admission, but seating is limited. Reservations required.


Request tickets online or call 617.776.2200 x225


As part of Bobbie Steinbach’s Resident Actor Fox Fellowship, she and her artistic team have been leading collaborative workshops since September 2016, including women from ASP’s Resident Acting Company, Boston Univerisy students, and a number of guest artists. As part of the devising process, Bobbie and colleagues have been working with community elders from Newbridge-on-the-Charles, Dedham and East End House, Cambridge and United South End Settlements in Boston.


Together, they have devised a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, entitled I Am Lear, 
a multi-media, movement and voice-based exploration of aging, loss, diminishment of power, and the subsequent gaining of clarity, truth and self-knowledge.


Artistic Team​

  • Judy Braha, Director​
  • Mara Sidmore, Advisor
  • Susan Dibble, Choreographer
  • Sam Layco*, Stage Manager
  • Liz Linder, Photographer/Projections
  • Marya Lowry, Vocal Coach
  • Tim Spears, Sound Designer
  • Deb Sullivan, Lighting Designer
  • Bobbie Steinbach, Producer
  • Joyce Van Dyke, Script Advisor



  • Lydia Barnett-Mulligan*
  • Ally Dawson
  • Jennie Israel*
  • Marya Lowry*
  • Lourdes Martinez
  • Lindsey McWhorter*
  • Sarah Newhouse*
  • Linda Perla
  • Mara Sidmore*
  • Sara Stackhouse
  • Bobbie Steinbach*
  • Lori Taylor
  • Shanelle Villegas
  • Amy Ward
  • And many wise elder women from Newbridge-on-the-Charles, Dedham and East End House, Cambridge


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association



Special thanks to: 

  • Aubrey Dube, Sound
  • Austin de Besche and Xavier Harvey, Videography
  • Sean Anthony Perreira, Videography, Photography
  • Sara Stackhouse, Force of Nature



  • Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships
  • A generous anonymous donor


Portraits above by Liz Linder Photography.


More to explore:

Bobbie talks about her Fox Fellowship work in a September 8 article in Wicked Local