Monday, September 10, 2018

Montee named best of Bard for Lear performance in 2017


David Montee as Lear July 8, 2017 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen MI.
Photo courtesy: Interlochen Center for the Arts.
by Linda Theil

Oberons were delighted to learn at our meeting on Saturday September 11, 2018 that Oberon colleague David Montee was awarded "Best Performance -- The Bard" in the 2017-18 Michigan professional theater season at Encore Michigan theater critics seventeenth-annual Wilde Awards presented Aug. 27, 2018 at the Berman Center in West Bloomfield, MI.

Montee was honored for his performance of King Lear at Interlochen Center for the Arts in July, 2017. The production itself was also recognized by Encore Michigan as "Best of the Bard" in the 2017-18 Michigan professional theater season.

Oberon Chair Richard Joyrich, MD and I attended the July 8, 2017 performance, and reported on our remarkable experience in two contemporary Oberon weblog posts:
"Montee is best Lear ever" and "Every inch a Lear".

Encore Michigan also reviewed the production last year, July 1, 2017, in an article titled "David Montee is force-of-nature in Interlochen's King Lear"


Interlochen's Crescendo magazine recently reported on the awards and quoted David Montee:
The company and I are honored and humbled to be recognized by Encore Michigan. It is a terrific privilege to present the works of history’s greatest playwright in the beautiful, natural setting of northern Michigan. It’s an even greater privilege to collaborate with my talented professional colleagues and former students in bringing the works of Shakespeare to life. This particular role was a life-changing experience for me, and that was primarily due to working with this lovely company of artists.
Bravo, dear friend.