“King Lear” is being presented by Freehold Theatre starting July 12. (from left to right), Annette Toutonghi, Christine Brown, Tony Pasqualini, Luisa de Paula and Sarah Harlett (holding the puppet).
 

“King Lear” is being presented by Freehold Theatre starting July 12. (from left to right), Annette Toutonghi, Christine Brown, Tony Pasqualini, Luisa de Paula and Sarah Harlett (holding the puppet).

 

Freehold Theatre is doing Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at Seattle University’s Lee Center July 12 through July 15 — and the performances are free, although donations are accepted. All shows begin at 8 p.m., except for the July 15 show, which starts at 4 p.m. 

The play is directed by Seattle directing stalwart Robin Lynn Smith. King Lear is played by Tony Pasqualini, who is back from Hollywood where he had various roles on television, including the multiple Emmy winning cable drama “Mad Men.” But of at least equal interest to Queen Anne should be the fact that two veteran actors and Queen Anne residents, Annette Toutonghi and Eric Ray Anderson, have roles in the play, which will go on the road after its brief stint at the Lee Center. Partnered with Unique Populations, “King Lear” is headed to Harborview Medical Center, McChord Air Force Base, Purdy and Monroe Correctional Centers, according to Kate Gavigan of Freehold.

Locals will easily recognize Toutonghi and Anderson: Both have acted on numerous Seattle stages in the past decade or so.

“Lately I’ve been appearing in films. Twenty One and Over and You Can’t Win (among others),” Anderson said. But, he pointed out, over the years he has appeared on stage at ACT, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theater, as has Toutonghi.

Anderson, who has lived on Queen Anne for more than three decades, also performs in two bands: Miss Mamie Lavona, the Exotic Mulata and her White Boy Band, and Superfluous.

“I play the ukulele,” Anderson reported.

Toutonghi has been lived on Queen Anne quite awhile too.

“We’ve known each other for years and years,” she said.

“A lot of us had quite a little community in Queen Anne. We’d all even walk to work (at local theaters) together. Even ACT (downtown) is walk-able from Queen Anne,” Anderson, who lives in lower Queen Anne, added.

As for the play: “Even the most jaded actors get a fresh experience every time they do Shakespeare. Lear is kind of a different play every time,” Anderson said.

“It’s so brilliantly realized in the writing,” he continued. “Robin Lynn Smith is a great director worth decades of professional experience and this is a play where she gets to get her ya yas out as a director.”

Freehold has been producing plays for 20 years and recently won a Mayor’s Arts Award.

For more information about the upcoming show call Freehold Theatre at (206) 323-7499 or go online: www.freeholdtheatre.org