Mother Lear

Autumn 2017

First premiered in autumn 2014 as King Fool, this new take on our distilled two-person King Lear features powerful female performers in a fraught mother-daughter relationship.

The mother is the monarch of her story and her imagination chooses the most epic death (Lear’s) to emulate in her final hour; her caretaker daughter becomes Cordelia, Fool and a host of other voices, conducting her mother to her last breath. Their story, one of the familiar and familial struggles of age, pride, regret, power, forgiveness and love, is played out through the incomparable text of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The piece invites us to explore our own relationship to mortality, death and loss - and how we might move from fear to acceptance.

Featuring  Courtney Walsh (Mercutio in We Players’ 2016 Romeo & Juliet) as ‘Lear’ and Artistic Director Ava Roy as ‘Cordelia’. 

Dates TBD,  Join our community mailing list to get early access to tickets!

+ FAQ - click to expand

How long is the performance?
Approximately 2 hours.

The first half of the performance is a little over an hour. After a short intermission, the audience reconvenes along with the performers and special guests for a community conversation about the project themes of death, dying, grief, loss and healing. Restrooms are accessible before the show begins and during intermission.

How accessible is this production?
Mobility needs can be accommodated and will be addressed on a case by case basis, please contact We Players at to request assistance.

My budget is very limited, how can I get discounted tickets?
You can join the "Mother Lear" Rush Ticket mailing list for a chance at last-minute half-price if they become available.

This project looks really interesting! Can I volunteer with We Players?
Absolutely! Please contact us at and we can get the conversation started!

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+ The Cast

Courtney Walsh: Lear
Ava Roy: Cordelia

+ About the performance

Details coming soon!

September 15