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Shakespeare in the Streets: Blow, Winds

J. David Levy
William Shakespeare's King Lear pushes away the daughter who loves him and gives everything to his manipulative children, only to go mad from grief when he realizes what he's done. His actions lead to the ruination of his kingdom and death for his people. Inspired by the scene in King Lear in which Lear meets a beggar and understands immediately the hardship he's allowed to flourish by abdicating his responsibilities, Nancy Bell wrote an adaptation of the play set in, and focused on, St. Louis. Blow, Winds is the story of a kingdom that has allowed poverty to grow and problems to build up — but perhaps it's not too late to undo the damage. Blow, Winds is this year's Shakespeare in the Streets production. It will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (September 15 to 17) at the St. Louis Public Library's Central branch (1301 Olive Street; www.sfstl.com). Admission is free.

— Paul Friswold

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