|Opening scene, set designed by Gino Gonzales|
|PETA president CB Garrucho flanked |
by Gino Gonzales and Nonon Padilla
The director Nonon Padilla followed the Shakespearean casting of all males with the female roles played by male actors. He said that he asked the actors - Nor Domingo (who played the eldest daughter Goneril), Gary Lim (Regan) and Abner Delina (Cordelia) - to shave their heads "to give it a strange post-nuclear feel to it. It's almost if everyone is suffering from radiation.. everyone is physically deteriorating."
The production's risqué approach was deliberate. In an interview (RPN, Feb 7) , Padilla said "we wanted to make it very strange. I wanted to emphasize that this is a tale about a King who splits up his kingdom and give away his properties to his children. And in so doing, instead of reaping the rewards of retirement.. he actually gets a comeuppance by his children who behaves crazier than he does."
The cast of Haring Lear:
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