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Poor, Poor Lear at the Fringe Festival

June 18, 2010

In the mood for a four-letter play? from the release:

In this original dark comedy, Nina Sallinen portrays a 90-year old Grande Dame of the Scandinavian Theater. For her farewell performance, the actress has boldly chosen Shakespeare’s King Lear. Staged in her apartment, the diva slowly recognizes the parallels between her life and that of King Lear’s, and ends up questioning her priorities, past choices.

Originally from Finland, Sallinen honed her acting skills as a regular on popular Finnish television shows, performing sketch comedy. Always having a love of the stage however, Sallinen has appeared in over 70 plays worldwide. Sallinen often steals the show in character roles and was nominated for an LA Weekly Award for Best Supporting Female Performer in The Conquest of the South Pole.

Poor, Poor Lear was created in 1998 and has enjoyed a long life, much like its main character. Sallinen feels more comfortable calling it a play rather than a one-woman show. “This isn’t a typical showcase, where the person is doing a series of monologues. This is a play. I wrote it as a play. It’s just the other actors didn’t show up.”


6520 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Tickets here.

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