THE INDEPENDENT EYE PRESENTS KING LEAR: a live actor/puppet animation

Please join us between April 10-26 as The Independent Eye presents King Lear, a production featuring an astonishing array of 30 life-sized, hand, and finger puppets, all interacting with live actors in a staging of King Lear unlike anything you have ever seen before!

photo by S.N. Jacobson

photo by S.N. Jacobson

The Independent Eye, a duo of world-class puppeteers and actors,  presents William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show. In his mind, he is the only real human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity, where love is merchandise for barter, quantifiable by the number of knights under his command. As Lear obsessively plays out his loss of family, power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and hope, The Fool, an acid clown who goads Lear in his desperation, stage-manages his story until they both succumb to Lear’s madness. Played out within the confines of an aluminum cage, King Lear and The Fool are accompanied by nearly 30 life-sized, hand, and finger puppets operated by actors and master puppeteers Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. This stunning two-person take on Shakespeare’s KING LEAR puts an ingenious spin on The Bard’s tragic tale of king and country.

Based in Sebastopol, CA, The Independent Eye is a non-profit theater dedicated to the creation of new works and new visions of classics, focusing on puppetry and cross-genre work for touring. Founded by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller in 1974, productions have been hosted by New York’s CSC Rep, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Theater for the New City, Chicago’s Body Politic, Seattle’s New City Theatre, Baltimore Theatre Project, and Dell’Arte Players, among others. Additionally, The Independent Eye has produced productions for public radio, including two audio drama series, The Want Ads and Tapdancer; a 13-part documentary,Weavers, for WHYY, Philadelphia; a modular dramatic series, Family Snapshots, heard on more than 90 stations; and 94 episodes ofHitchhiking Off the Map for KPFA, Berkeley, and other California stations. More information can be found at

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Opens Friday, April 10, 2015 (also press opening)
April 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: Doors 7:30 pm. Show 8:00 pm.
Sunday, April 26: Doiors at 1:30 pm. Show 2:00 pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$20 students and seniors, $25 general admission.
Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

TICKETS:     For tickets ($20 students and seniors; $25 general admission) visit; for more information visit

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