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Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida Reads King Lear to Honor William Shakespeare on His Birthday

Coral Gables, FL, April 19, 2018 --( An abridged version of King Lear will be performed by The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida on William Shakespeare's birthday in celebration of his work and influence on all.

Shakespeare Troupers Christine Chavers, Steve Carroll, Merry Jo Cortada, Richard Leonard, Lee Marlow, Jude Parry, Tom Regnier, Kevin Reilley, Laurie Tanner, Devin Tupler and Jenna Wyatt will perform; Peter Galman will direct and perform as King Lear. Joseph Adler is hosting the Shakespeare Troupe for their third reading for his GableStage audience.

Veteran Shakespeare actor Peter W. Galman ( is happy to be returning to GableStage with the group of well-known South Florida actors he trained to act Shakespeare. They have been bringing the Bard’s words to venues all over South Florida since the Troupe’s launch in April 2016. Last year, readings were held at Devonshire at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, The Palace and Area Stage Company in Coral Gables, the Cushman School in Miami as well as readings at three behavioral health centers in Miami. Mr. Galman was inspired by the mission and core values, namely love, respect, and dignity, along with compassion, of Camillus House in Miami and infused those values into the comedy of Shakespeare for their reading. Those values continued in the readings held at Miami Rescue Mission and Better Way of Miami. In March, John Knox Village in Pompano Beach hosted the Troupe for their second reading for the residents. More readings are scheduled in 2018 at theatres in South Florida along with bringing the Bard’s words again to the behavioral facilities and other retirement centers.

“My mission is to train a group of actors that are committed to doing Shakespeare; to get on their feet and be confident with complex text and take the work to various venues and schools in South Florida. That’s where the audience is going to come from. Appreciation for Shakespeare needs to be cultivated and can happen as early as fourth grade. When a person hears Shakespeare for the first time they’re hearing a new language, but the poetry makes it a universal language that the person understands at an instinctive level. Delivery is key. There are rules of verse to be followed for clarity and execution of the writer’s intent. That's why training is so important,” said Mr. Galman.

Another mission of Mr. Galman’s is to continue to take Shakespeare to South Florida schools. At the Cushman School in Miami in March 2017, eighth grade students participated in a week-long workshop culminating in a performance with scrolls, costumes, music, singing and dancing for a full audience.

Shakespeare Troupe is presenting the reading for free. Funding is made possible by a grant through Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Donations are also welcome through the arts-friendly crowdfunding website Generosity.

Interested actors, educators, producers and media personnel should contact Mr. Galman at or by messenger on Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida’s Facebook page.

Shakespeare Troupe performs with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
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