THE LEARS: FOOLS OF FORTUNE by Patrick Thomas McCarthy


Suggested by Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, this contemporary American telling has an Alzheimers addled Captain of Industry, Edgar Reginald Lehman Lear, gathering those closest to him for an advance reading of the will at Thanksgiving dinner. He has sold the family estate, and will go to live with those that love him best.  Will his daughters Anneril and Reagan retain the family wealth & to what lengths will they go to do so? Will disinherited gay son Cord, reappear as home health care nurse, Cordelia Learson? And will the Storr family, Glen Storr Esquire, Edmond “Monty” Storr, and Edgar “Ned” Storr find their way into the tangle?

Homicide, a blinding, poisonings, betrayal, abuse, sibling rivalries, cross dressing, arm wrestling and even loyalty, redemption & love find their way into the turbulent mix.



Mr. Edgar Reginald Lehman Lear – patriarch, man of business  

Ms. Anneril Lehman Lear – oldest daughter

Ms. Reagan Lehman Lear – the other daughter

Mr. Cord Lear/ Ms. Cordelia Learson – youngest child

Mr. Glen Storr Esquire – business partner, family lawyer

Mr. Edgar “Ned” Storr/ Ned o’ Bedlam – primary son, not straight

Mr. Edmond “Monty” Storr – bastard son, personal trainer, escort, straight



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Approximately 95 minutes without interval



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