Stephen F. Murray
Director & Playwright

Laer's Last Prayer 

by Stephen F. Murray

Ghostlight Productions at City Lit Theater

Chicago, IL

July 14-24, 2011

Partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Photos courtesy of Carl Morrison.

Click here for an in depth look at the rehearsal and design process.

Constructed as a minimalist retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, this new piece functions as a collage with lines from King Lear, Twelfth Night, the Book of Job, nursery rhymes, and other found texts held together with the glue of clowning, music and creative design. Laer's Last Prayer confronts the question of what happens to our parents after they slip beyond our care examining what old age means with the advent of technology able to sustain the body longer than the mind was designed to endure. Growing old is part of the human condition and Laer's Last Prayer celebrates its journey through a lyrical staging filled with laughter, frustration, confusion, and love.


"Laer’s Last Prayer has a talented cast sharing some wonderful moments of sorrow and loss in a spare sixty minutes."

Lisa Findley - Centerstage Chicago

Elliott Fredland as Laer and Nick Lake as Jack
Nick Lake as Jack and Jamie Bragg as Jill
Brian Hurst as Dr. Kent and Elliott Fredland as Laer
Nick Lake as Jack
Elliott Fredland as Laer and Brian Hurst as Dr. Kent
Jamie Bragg as Jill
Nick Lake as Jack and Elliott Fredland as Laer