|No wonder Kate couldn't get a husband!|
Reading about the production led me to examine the background of the director, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, who is pretty obviously obsessed with sexual deviance. One is tempted to ask which of NYC's 31 genders fits his self-image. It seems unlikely it will be #18. Iskander has a lab company, Exit Pursued by a Bear, that put on King Lear as "Mother Lear":
A re-examination of a timeless classic set in the 1980s drag ball culture of NYC, King Lear reimagines the titular King as the Ultimate Queen: the 40 year-old gay, black, HIV-positive Mother of the House of Lear who gives up her kingdom to her adopted daughters in preparation for her (sic) slow crawl to death. The inimitable Billy Porter stars as Mother Lear.
|Is that Clinger from MASH on the right?|
But clearly I was wrong about that production being the worst. Iskander has taken the malicious maiming of Shakespeare to new heights (or should I say depths)?
Needless to say, I wouldn't take tickets for this travesty if they were giving them away, and I hope the cast performs before many empty seats! Shakespeare cast young men as women out of necessity. As a Catholic playwright, he had an agenda: i.e., encouraging the recusants. But to desecrate his work in this way is arrogant and dishonest. And the agenda is crystal clear -- men and women are interchangeable as are all the other "gender" indentifications, whether it's the 31 of NYC or the 58 gender options offered by Facebook.
Those who attend this production will certainly not see Shakespeare, rather they'll be treated in drag to the collapse of Western culture.