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Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida Presents “King Lear Abridg'd - The Tragic End of a Royal Family”

Miami, FL, May 29, 2018 --( The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida will present an abridged version of The Tragedy of King Lear in a staged reading at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables on June 20, 2018 as part of its commitment to make Shakespeare accessible to audiences in South Florida all year-round.

Veteran Shakespeare actor Peter W. Galman ( happy to be returning to Area Stage for a third reading with award-winning producers John and Maria Rodaz’s audience. Shakespeare Troupers Christine Chavers, Merry Jo Cortada, Patty Fernandez, Richard Leonard, Jude Parry, Courtney Poston, Tom Regnier, Kevin Reilley, Laurie Tanner and Jenna Wyatt will perform; Peter Galman will direct and perform as King Lear.

The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida was launched in April 2016. The Troupe operates as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and has received a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grant.

This year, readings are being held by the Shakespeare Troupe at GableStage, another premier theatrical venue in Miami-Coral Gables, along with the senior living communities of John Knox Village in Pompano Beach and East Ridge at Cutler Bay. In June, special workshops and readings will be held at adult behavioral health centers in Miami-Dade County including Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission, Better Way of Miami, and New Hope CORPS. “The grant helps us to serve the under-served while providing some remuneration for actors doing what they love,” Mr. Galman said.

The Troupe holds workshops at libraries and community centers throughout South Florida on a semi-monthly basis. “One of our boosters said that South Florida actors must be willing to travel extensively to follow their passion,” Mr. Galman said. “Carpooling helps, but the actors go far to get their Bard on – the workshops are lively, offering each actor space and time to start understanding Shakespeare at the most basic level, until it becomes instinctive.”

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. In April 2018, he taught eighth-graders at Bak Middle School for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and will be returning to the school later this year. “Classes are Shakespeare appetizers for them,” he said. “I look forward to full-time, long-term work with an age group that is challenging on many levels.”

Shakespeare Troupe presents the readings for free. Funding is made possible by the Miami-Dade DCAC grant and the Troupe’s donation page at

Interested actors, educators, producers and media personnel can get more information on the Shakespeare Troupe website,
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