With three contemporary stage adaptations of classic literature—Jag and the American, Shylock on Blocks, and The Training of the Shrew—under its belt, 1001 Steps is preparing to stage Lear Inc., a twenty-first century rendition of Shakespeare’s King Lear

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Directors’ Note

The opening scene of Shakespeare’s King Lear is cataclysmic, and 1001 Steps Theatre Society’s modern-day adaptation of this scene is no different. Except it is not an 80-year-old ancient monarch preparing for death who erupts and tears apart the bonds of social and familial order; it is a modern-day 55-year-old C.E.O. of a multinational real-estate empire wishing to live his life to the fullest. And yet this C.E.O., like his royal predecessor, banishes his youngest daughter and most trusted advisor, and in so doing initiates corporate, familial breakdown and the unleashing of merciless forces of instrumental reason.

The origins of such ethical and practical deafness materialize in the motivations and interactions of Shakespeare’s characters in King Lear. Join us for the full production of LEAR INC. in Fall 2019. To learn more, click HERE.

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Jag and the American

Performed at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre’s Culture Lab and based on Ernest Hemingway’s stories “Hills like White Elephants” and “Cat in the Rain,” this play follows a jazz singer and sitar player from India and an American First World War vet from Spain to Italy to Siam as they struggle to deal with the realities of abortion and murder while trying to reconcile a tortured relationship.

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The Training of the Shrew

Performed at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, in this zany retelling of Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, The Taming of the Shew, champion boxer Bianca "Golden Girl" Minola cannot be signed to a trainer until one is found for her elder sister Katherina "the Curst" Minola. Set in a boxing ring, this play includes newly created characters—The Ring Guy, The Ring Gal, The Ring Announcer, The Yoga Master, The Jazz Man and Amazona Donna.

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Shylock on Blocks

Performed at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Arbutus Gallery, in this performance installation one actor performs Shylock’s “Hath not a Jew eyes?” speech in three distinct registers for three distinct screen audiences in the middle of a library’s art gallery foyer while the patrons of the library and art exhibit visitors respond in person and on paper.