Share Your Story for the Lear Family Stories Project

September 18, 2015  |  Rebecca Novick

 Our family is where we learn about love – for better or for worse.  King Lear demands that his daughters compete for land by telling him how much they love him and he sets a terrible tragedy in motion.  We want to know how love, legacy and loss have played a role in your life.  

 About the Lear Family Stories project:

The Triangle Lab is launching a community story-sharing project inspired by the deep examination of family love and its limitations in Shakespeare’s Lear. The Lear Family Stories project will invite a wide variety of participants to share how love, legacy and loss work in their family.

 We’ll begin by inviting audience members at Cal Shakes’s Fall 2015 production of Lear to share related stories.  Artists, staff and board members will also be invited to participate.  We will then expand past Cal Shakes’ core audience to invite stories from students at Civicorps (a job-training and alternative education program in Oakland) and Our Space (a community center for LGBTQ youth in Hayward).

 These stories – and the framework of Lear – will be the springboard for a new piece of theater to be performed in Spring 2016.  Lead artists (and Cal Shakes’ staff members) Rebecca Novick and Lisa Evans will work with selected participants from our story circles as well as professional actors to create the performance.  Stories will also be shared in a podcast format.

 How you can participate:

 1) Record a story in our booth at the Bruns on September 24th or 25th (open to the public) or on October 10th (at our Champion Donor event).  Click here to learn more about sharing a story, read our prompts, and sign up for a slot.

 2) Join our Cal Shakes story circle. We’ll be holding an evening story-sharing circle in January as part of phase 2 of the project. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Rebecca at rnovick (at)

 3) Story circle participants may be invited to participate in the devising, rehearsal and performance of the play.  Learn more about this by attending our story circle.