Help The Fern Produce Atlanta's First All Female Production Of King Lear

About the Project

Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the south. When the Georgia Shakespeare Festival shut down, access to Shakespeare in this town was further limited. Atlanta is a town full of vibrant artists and hungry theatre patrons. They deserve access to high quality Shakespeare. And with theatre history steeped in a male driven tradition, the incredible actresses in Atlanta deserve their chance to speak Shakespeare. 

Emma Rice, the new Artistic Director at the Globe Theatre has said she wants to see more women in Shakespeare saying, “There’s no reason why Gloucester [in King Lear] can’t be a woman. If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare, so I think it just takes a change of mindset.” With female characters only speaking 13% of the lines in Shakespeare's plays, traditional casting is failing. Fiona Shaw who played Richard II, said “The pleasure of being allowed to speak these wonderfully empowering speeches is something many female actors never get near.” This is something that needs to change. This production at the Fern Theatre is important and we need your help to make it happen. King Lear is being done at the right time, with the right cast, and Atlanta is the right city for this production. 

Ever since its inception in 2012, The Fern Theatre has striven to create new and exciting opportunities for the women in our artistic community. We have become known for our Classically Female Series, which re-imagines and produces classical plays featuring entirely female casts. Now we are seeking funding to produce Atlanta's first ever all female production of King Lear, featuring one of Atlanta's Finest actors Joanna Daniel as Lear.

Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The City of Atlanta and will go directly to covering the costs associated with theatre space rental, actors' salaries, lights, costumes, props, and marketing. The Fern is dedicated to our community and our audience. We want to deliver the best possible productions for our amazing community that supports us so much.


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Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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