First Folio Productions presents

Lear's Shadow

By by Brian Elerding

featuring  King Lear  by William Shakespeare

The run time is 70 minutes.  There is no intermission

Made possible by a generous grant from  -


The Edith Love Memorial Fund

American Regional Theatre was Edith Love’s life’s work.  The Edith Love Memorial Fund was established to honor her memory by supporting the art which was her passion.  Another opening, Edith!  Another show

About the author - Brian Elderling -  

Born and raised in Altadena, California. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater in Pasadena. Attended The George Washington University on a Presidential Arts Scholarship for Theater. Was and still is highly active in advocating for human and civil rights; worked at a sweatshop-busting non-profit in college in D.C. before booking a national tour of Shakespeare's As You Like It and then moving to Los Angeles.  


Brian writes us - "I hope you have lots of fun with Lear's Shadow, that your characters' love and care for one another sets your audience's hearts on fire, and I encourage you all to make it your own.   Jack, Stephen, Rachel, and Janine are yours now.....I wish you and your cast many broken legs"

An interview with Brian - Click below

Meet the Cast

Nan Macy - Jackie     Nan Macy lives in Columbus, IN with her wonderful family.  She has worked in regional theatre for many years both as an actress and an administrator. Nan has played Shakespearean roles such as Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth”, Claudius in “Hamlet”, and Volumnia in “Coriolanus”. Other favorite roles include:  a suspicious and hard-nosed nun in “Doubt”, an aging movie star in “Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike”, a daffy divorcee in “The Women”, a bitter Grandmother in “Lost in Yonkers” and Super Diva, Maria Callas in “Master Class”.  Nan loves dancing of every kind and is a dedicated ballroom dancer.  She attends regional and national dance competitions where she gets to wear beautiful dresses loaded with rhinestones. Nan is very excited to become a part of the Bard Fest Production Team. It is a great honor to work with such dedicated and passionate artists. 

Tom Weingartner - Stephen  Tom has appeared in a number of shows in Indianapolis, with Shakespeare credits in Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as roles in La Ronde, Popular Monsters, and Two Rooms. Lear’s Shadow marks Tom’s second appearance in Bard Fest, having appeared in Catalyst’s Timon of Athens in the inaugural Bard Fest. Tom is thrilled to be working on Lear’s Shadow with this fantastic team and would like to thank Glenn for the opportunity, Susan for all of her work and support, and Nan and Morgan for being such incredible playmates. He’d also like to thank his friends and family for all of their love and support – he quite literally couldn’t do it without them. Thanks pals.

Morgan Morton -  Rachel   This is Morgan's first appearance in Bard Fest and she is thankful for the opportunity to share this lovely story with you all. She was last seen in the Indy Fringe show Vinny the Pooh, written and directed by Christine Kruze. Recent credits include Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park's Macbeth, Civic's To Kill A Mockingbird and Sense and Sensibility, and the one woman show The Amish Project. When she isn't onstage you can find her in maximum security prisons where she works as a Prison Arts Facilitator. She would like to thank her husband Dan for his ceaseless support. "I do love nothing in the world so well as you."   

Production Staff

Susan Yeaw - Stage manager & Assistant Director-Susan has been in involved with theater locally since 1997 working with TOTS, Indy Fringe, Butler Performing Arts, First Folio Productions, Garfield Shakespeare Company, Footlite Musicals, CCP, HCT, & Merry Mac Players.  Some of her favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado, Lilly in Secret Garden the musical, Titania in Mid Summer, Lady Macbeth, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Nancy in Oliver, Molly Brown, Gilmer in Godspell, Glenda in Wizard of Oz, and most recently Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire.   When not on stage, you can find Susan working behind the scenes helping with sets, crew, sound and anything else that needs done.  Susan is a multiple Encore Award recipient and nominee.

Marta Hamilton- Technical Director- Marta Hamilton has been stage managing and doing technical work in the Indianapolis area for five years. Her work has primarily been with the Indiana Ballet Conservatory and En Pointe Ballet. Other recent credits include Wiesenthal and Return to the Promised Land at the Jewish Community Center. Lear’s Shadow is Marta’s first show with BardFest. 

Tony Johnson- Associate Producer     From the first time Thespis jumped on a cart and started reciting poetry someone was needed to support those making art. Thus the role of the producer was born. Mr. Johnson has enjoyed the role of supporting the wonderful artists you are enjoying tonight. The passion of the directors to tell these stories has been inspiring to him. It is sincere hope that every audience member finds a moment in these shows that becomes a part of their story, and that the power of art to comfort us, confront us, and change us is on full display. He is thankful to his fellow producers for their wisdom and patience in leading this festival. He further is grateful to his wife and daughter for their forbearance during this year long obsession Bardfest has become. Lastly, he would like to thank the dedicated actors, directors, stage managers, costumers, lighting/sound designers, technical directors, and crew for their professionalism and dedication that makes Bardfest such an important event in the Indianapolis artistic calendar

John Clair - Associate Producer  Clair has long been a devotee of Shakespeare, and was most recently seen on stage playing Leonato in the Bard Fest production of Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Glenn Dobbs several years ago. He has been involved in theatre since he was a youth, launching his theatrical career at the Jordan Conservatory in Indianapolis, IN, working both on stage as an actor, and backstage in the technical aspects.  He has sat on the boards of several Indianapolis Theatres including the Repertory Theatre at CTS, and Carmel Community Players. He and his wife June have written and produced a number of scripts including Andersen: A Fairy Tale Life, Pocahontas: An American Princess, and a musical revue it’s about Time. He has served as producer, stage director, and technical director of numerous productions at Carmel Theatre Company.  Clair is currently chairman of Carmel Theatre Company, and in that capacity has hosted BardFest for several years. 

Glenn L. Dobbs - Executive Producer     Glenn serves as Executive Producer and the Artistic Director of Bard Fest.  Glenn founded Bard Fest several years ago.  His previous theatrical credits include Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like it, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,  The Elephant Man, The Shadow Box, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods, Proof, The Sound of Music, Medea, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Abridged, and many others.  He wants to thank Andy, Mel, Susan, Linda, Jennifer, Fred, Paul, and many others who have been with him from the beginning.   And especially his long suffering "Trophy Wife" Colleen who has endured this 'hobby' of his for so long. 

Director's Notes

From the desk of Glenn Dobbs -    


This show was a happy accident and stroke of good fortune.  We are so lucky for the opportunity to be the regional premier of this very special work by Mr. Brian Eldering.  An astonishing and transformative story -  'Lear's Shadow' presents a modern day tale in a Los Angeles theatre rehearsal space .  The story also uses uses the soaring rhetoric of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' to weave a unique spell.  This award winning story has been made into a feature film and demonstrates  in a raw and intimate way the healing  power of theatre.  


These three amazing actors have been a joy to work with as they strived to develop these fascinating characters.   They have worked very hard with what was often difficult material. 'Lear's Shadow' is not an easy show to perform.  Yet these amazing people makes it look effortless.

 I hope you appreciate them as much as I do.