Laer’s Last Prayer opening @ City Lit Theater

Laer’s Last Prayer

Laer’s Last Prayer is a four character play constructed as a minimalist retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear that confronts the unsettling question of what happens to our parents when they slip beyond our care. At the same time it explores what old age means with the advent of medical technology that can sustain the body longer than the mind was designed to endure. The play functions as a collage with lines from King Lear, the Book of Job, nursery rhymes, and other found texts that evoke a stark landscape of isolation and suffering (like the staging of Samuel Beckett) contrasted by the sprightly lines of Twelfth Night and various nursery rhymes. In the spirit of Heine Mueller’s Hamletmachine, Baz Luhrman, and the cyclical paintings of M.C. Escher Lær’s Last Prayer uses snippets of other works to birth a new story that touches on the universal themes of caring for an aging parent and growing old in today’s day and age.

Thru – Jul 24, 2011

@ City Lit Theater

1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 800-838-3006

Lær’s Last Prayer

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