Last year, after working with actresses Andrea Smith and Jennifer Coy, writer and director Rudy Ramirez decided to capitalize on their physical resemblance and cast them as sisters. That decision led him to Shakespeare’s King Lear, which left him with the task of finding an Austin actor to take on the daunting lead role. Once he realized that the actor he most wanted to see as Lear was Jennifer Underwood, he was on his way to creating a new adaptation of the play to showcase his now female lead character.
What came of all that is Lear, Ramirez’s reimagined and updated take on the classic play, which is on stage now at the Vortex.
Through June 18
Thursday – Sunday at 8:00 pm
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road