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Learning ‘Lear’: John Lithgow’s Shakespeare in the Park Diary
John Lithgow for The New York Times

This is not going to be easy.

I’ve finished my first day of rehearsal, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for a Shakespeare in the Park production of “King Lear.” It included a meet and greet with 100 New York Shakespeare Festival staffers, a presentation of John Lee Beatty’s set and Susan Hilferty’s costume design, a full bore read-through of the text, and a close study of the first scene of the play.

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