On the Town with KING LEAR Star André De Shields, Dining at Louie on DeMun

Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Hadestown star André De Shields is currently reigning supreme in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s production of King Lear in Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park through June 27, 2021. 

Tyler White, André De Shields, Christina Yancy, Atum Jones, Kentrell Jamison, Leland Fowler and J. Samuel Davis. Photo by Lia Chang

King Lear opened last Friday and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones presented a proclamation naming June 4, 2021 as King Lear/André De Shields Day.

Photos: Opening Night with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s KING LEAR Star André De Shields; St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Presents Proclamation Naming June 4, 2021 – KING LEAR/ André De Shields Day 

First Look: André De Shields, Brian Anthony Williams, Allen Gilmore, J. Samuel Davis, Nicole King, Rayme Cornell, Jacqueline Thompson, Daniel José Molina, Leland Fowler and More in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s KING LEAR

Jun. 17: St. Louis Shakespeare Festival 21st Season Picnic Gala to Feature A Conversation with KING LEAR Star André De Shields Prior to Performance

André asked St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Associate Producer Colin O’Brien for a late night dining suggestion and we were fortunate that Louie on DeMun offered to stay open for us on Saturday night.

Louie on DeMun. Photo by Lia Chang

 We were joined by his King Lear castmate Allen Gilmore and Gretchen Eugere, Dr. Zorba Paster and his wife Penny.

André De Shields, Penny Paster and Dr. Zorba Paster. Photo by Lia Chang
Dr. Zorba Paster and Penny Paster, André De Shields, Gretchen Eugere, Allen Gilmore. Photo by Lia Chang
Louie on DeMun. Photo by Lia Chang

What a luxury and a treat to have the restaurant to ourselves with Jordan VanZandt overseeing our meal. Below are a few of the divine and delicious dishes we noshed on:

Brussel Sprouts, Lemon, Caper, Pecorino

Charred Eggplant Dip, Pickled Vegetables, Chili Oil, Hearth Bread

Cauliflower Fritto, Dill Aioli

Roman Gnocco, Pork Ragu, Bechamel, Pecorino

Roast Chicken, Rapini, Chicken Jus

Chilean Sea bass on Couscous

Ice Cream Sandwich, chocolate macaron, frozen strawberry mousse, chocolate

Signed plates on the wall of Louie on DeMun. Photo by Lia Chang

When asked to sign a plate for the wall, De Shields wrote: 

Sunday, June 6, 2021


The place to chill, to revivify your soul, to chat and chew and totally renew that part of you that dedicates inself to the balance of beauty and great food, all under the impeccable direction of Master Jordan! 


André De Shields

“King Lear”

The Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival

The King’s Retinue…

Myron, the Roving Intellectual aka “Fool”, Gretchen Eugere, Zorba Paster, Penny Paster and Lia Chang.

The signed plate. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan VanZandt and André De Shields at Louie on DeMun. Photo by Lia Chang


706 DeMun Avenue

Clayton, MO  63105


Fun Fact: André De Shields also played King Louie in The Jungle Book in 2013 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Anjali Bhimani, André De Shields, NIkka Graff Lanzarone, Monique Haley, Geoff Packard, Akash Chopra, Ed Kross and Govind Kumar in The Jungle Book at The Huntington Theatre in Boston on September 5, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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