Floating Hearts and Coronets

Virtual Immediacy in the SF Shakes King Lear


A review of the live virtual production of King Lear, presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for their "Shakespeare at Home" season 2020. Freely available to all via YouTube, this production featured actors performing the play in multiple and individual locations, the socially-distanced imperative facilitated by Zoom and Open Broadcaster Software technology to create a performance in "real-time" that captured the spirit of living theatre, while keeping all involved safe and gainfully employed.

Author Biography

Kevin A. Quarmby, The College of St. Scholastica

Associate Professor of English at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN

Editor of Scene: Reviews of Early Modern Drama

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival production still from King Lear
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