Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo to Star Off Broadway in ‘Othello’

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Othello’: Off-Broadway production will star David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig.

NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of big-time movie stars will be appearing off-Broadway next fall when Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo star in a production of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” at New York Theatre Workshop.Craig, whose fourth James Bond film Spectre opens worldwide next month, will star in an off-Broadway production of Othello as the scheming, handkerchief-planting Iago.

Sam Gold, a Tony-winner for “Fun Home” will direct the tragedy, with “Selma” star Oyelowo playing the title role and super spy 007 Craig as Iago. The production will be directed by “Fun Home” helmer Sam Gold, who recently picked up a best director for a musical Tony Award for his work on that show. Oyelowo, known for playing Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, will play the title character in the New York Theater Workshop’s first Shakespeare production since 1990. Oyelowo will take on the titular Moor of Venice, while Craig will play his devious tormentor, Iago — marking perhaps the first time two James Bonds have appeared together onstage. (Oyelowo will voice the British spy in an audiobook.) While the play won’t debut until next fall, it would be wise to get your wallets ready now — it will undoubtedly be the hot ticket of the season, exacerbated by a limited run in a 199-seat theater.

I’m eager to see what these original, creative artists come up with in response to Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy.” “Honestly, I wanted to start with a really simple, straight-shot Shakespeare, and ‘Othello’ is a single-plot show, very focused and clear,” Gold said. “Othello, for me, is the Shakespeare that when I watch, I feel the most involved — I care the most about the people, and have the simplest connection on a gut level, so I wanted to start there. Oyelowo, who will provide the voice of James Bond in the next audio book Trigger Mortis, is no stranger to Shakespearean productions and, in 2001, became the first black actor to play King Henry VI in a Royal Shakespeare Production. As recently as the 1980s, actors were using dark makeup to portray Othello on film, with actor Anthony Hopkins doing so for a filmed BBC production in 1981 and Laurence Olivier doing so for the 1965 film, among others. However, African-American actor Laurence Fishburne took on the role for the 1995 movie and African-American actor Mekhi Phifer played the part in the 2001 high-school-set adaptation “O.” However, the donning of dark makeup by an actor performing in the American Ballet Theater’s production of “Othello” this spring attracted the ire of “Person of Interest” actor Robert Manning, Jr. “The ignorance of it is unbelievable,” Manning told the Huffington Post.

Craig and Oyelowo also have the role of one of fiction’s greatest spies in common: Oyelowo will play James Bond and other characters in the audiobook version of Trigger Mortis, written by Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate.

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