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Tony Award-winning Actor ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS will join host NATHAN WINKELSTEIN, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on the ‘man more sinned against than sinning’, Shakespeare’s titular King Lear. André gave a celebrated performance of the role at Classical Theater of Harlem and then The Folger in 2007. He will read a passage from the play and discuss the challenges and rewards of playing one of Shakespeare’s titans. The conversation will focus on the "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!" speech from the third scene of the second act. They will take your questions too!
From Act 3: Scene 2
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!
Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! spout, rain!
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters:
I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness;
I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children,
You owe me no subscription: then let fall
Your horrible pleasure: here I stand, your slave,
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man:
But yet I call you servile ministers,
That have with two pernicious daughters join'd
Your high engender'd battles 'gainst a head
So old and white as this. O! O! 'tis foul!