Northern Essex Community College Presents ‘King Lear’

Christian Doyle of Newburyport takes on the role of Edgar. and Daniel Burns of Methuen is Edmund. in the Northern Essex Community College production of King Lear.

The miseries and joys of humanness are explored in the Northern Essex Community College production of “King Lear,” beginning Friday in the Chester Hawrylciw Theatre on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6, and 7, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a performance Thursday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door of online at

“The play ‘King Lear’ encompasses all of society from the exalted monarchy to the lowly beggar,” says Theater Professor Jim Murphy, who takes on the role of Lear. “The play explores the journey of man through life and deals with the extreme emotions of tenderness, anger, anguish, and despair experienced in the journey. The play shows both human cruelty and misery along with goodness, loyalty, devotion, kindness and self-sacrifice. In short, what it is to be human.”

The cast includes:

Armando Belliard-Harmon Oswald
Trevon Gilchrist Ensemble
Erin Lannon Student stage manager
Geehae Moon Goneril
Emma Grace Deily-Swearingen Ensemble
Abigail Seabrook Cordelia
Christian Doyle Edgar
Colin Sarff Ensemble
Jamie Buscemi Ensemble
Hunter Gouldthorpe Duke of Cornwall
Daniel Burns Edmund
Caitlin Kennedy Regan
Sarah Bird The Fool
Salem, N.H.
Allyson Catanzaro Ensemble
E.P. Lehner Ensemble
Lauren Smith Ensemble
Paul Kelly Duke of Albany
Hampton, N.H.
Jarrod Cobb Ensemble
Alumni Cast Members
J. Mark Morrison, Haverhill Earl of Gloucester
Craig Ciampa, Billerica Earl of Kent
Jim Murphy King Lear

For additional information contact Jim Murphy at [email protected]