Brian Cox + Oriel FeldmanHall: “When Power to Flattery Bows”
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: Tickets $28; Member Tickets $22.40
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What happens when members of a family dynasty compete for power? Love collides with loyalty, and ambition often triumphs over wisdom. In other words, drama ensues, as in Shakespeare’s King Lear and the HBO series Succession. Actor Brian Cox has starred in both—he earned acclaim in the National Theater production of King Lear in the 1990s and is embarking on the second of Succession, playing Logan Roy, the patriarch of a dysfunctional media family—and he can speak to the parallels between the two stories. “Logan’s need for control is reminiscent of classical stories like King Lear,” he says. “He’s at a point where he wants to let go, but he can’t. Now, there are reasons of his own vanity that he can’t. But there are reasons that the children aren’t ready to run the show.”
With social neuroscientist Oriel FeldmanHall, Cox explores how power can trap the very people who hold it (or believe that they do), and what they might discover if they could only let go.Buy tickets/get more info now