Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Entertainment

November 20, 2008

Hammack returns to KRT

HORSE CAVE — Warren Hammack is returning to the Horse Cave stage.

Hammack will star in Kentucky Repertory Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which is set to open at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, with a reception preceding the performance at 6:45 p.m.

Hammack founded Horse Cave Theatre and served as artistic director from 1976 to 2002. He left the theater in February 2002 and has been acting all over the country since leaving Horse Cave.

He has appeared in plays in Nashville, Little Rock, Florida, West Virginia, Maine and is currently performing and occasionally directing with the Peterborough Players, a professional summer theater in New Hampshire.

Returning to the Horse Cave stage, he said, is going to be “very good. I love that space and I think the set is going to be great and it’s going to be a really nice experience to be back.”

Kentucky Rep’s production of “King Lear” will not be the first time Hammack has portrayed the king.

“Several years ago, I don’t remember the year, it’s at least a dozen or maybe 15 years ago, I did a guest artist at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with their graduate program,” he said. “They had a great set and costumes. It was a good experience. The old theater cliche is you should never do ‘King Lear’ once. You have to do it at least three times before you can really understand it. That was a good preparation.”

Hammack and his wife, Pamela, were visiting the area in June. They stopped to have lunch with Robert Brock, artistic director of Kentucky Rep, and Hammack said that was when Brock offered him the role.

Hammack immediately accepted Brock’s offer.

“I love the play,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Brock was pleased that Hammack accepted his offer.

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