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Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ gets a hip-hop beat in new adaptation by Baltimore artists

“The 60-some freshmen and sophomores packed two rows deep all around a small performance space in a Baltimore School for the Arts classroom looked mildly intrigued before the ill-fated tale of Shakespeare’s King Lear unfolded a couple feet in front of them.

“But as musicians in a corner began laying down a tight rhythmic groove to launch the performance, the kids became more animated. Shoulders started to sway to the punctuated sounds fueling this unconventional staging of the play — a hip-hop adaptation called Fools and Madmen.”

The Baltimore Sun reviews a special performance of a hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s revered King Lear.

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