14-The Winter’s Tale

Lisa Wolpe sets immediate high standards with a masterful performance of Leontes, the Sicilian monarch driven by sudden jealous rage to destroy his loving wife (Kimberleigh Aarn). Unlike Othello, Leontes is not the victim of an evildoer’s manipulation, but rather overtaken by some inner, all-consuming darkness. As in many other portrayals, the reasons remain opaque, but Wolpe makes utterly credible both the king’s cruelty and his subsequent remorse once the veil of madness has lifted.