Casting Complete for Yale Rep's Richard II; Carlson Stars

News   Casting Complete for Yale Rep's Richard II; Carlson Stars Casting is now complete for the Yale Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Richard II, which will be directed by the company's resident director, Evan Yionoulis.

As previously announced, Jeffrey Carlson — star of Broadway's Taboo and television's "All My Children" — will head the cast in the title role with Billy Eugene Jones as Bolingbrook and Alvin Epstein as John of Gaunt.

They will be joined onstage by George Bartenieff as the Duke of York with Brian Burns, Caitlin Clouthier, Jonathan Fried, Carter Gill, Kristjiana Gong, Christopher Grant, Brent Langdon, Michael Leibenluft, Christopher McFarland, Christopher McHale, Dan Moran, Edward O'Blenis, Josh Odsess-Rubin, Joseph Parks, Allen E. Read, Judith Roberts and Joe Tapper.

Previews of the Shakespeare classic begin Sept. 21 with an official opening Sept. 27. The production will run through Oct. 13.

"King Richard II sits uneasily upon the throne of England, as a conniving court and a state-funded war with Ireland turn the tide against him," reads a show description. "When the banished Henry Bolingbrook returns with the intention of usurping the crown, Richard is swept into a political and personal maelstrom that will change a nation forever."

The design team will include Brenda Davis (scenic), Melissa E. Trn (costume), Ji-Youn Chang (lighting) and Sarah Pickett (sound). Mike Yionoulis has composed original music. The new season at Yale Rep will continue with Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind (Oct. 26-Nov. 17), Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière's Tartuffe (Nov. 26-Dec. 22), the world premiere of David Adjmi's The Evildoers (Jan. 18-Feb. 9, 2008), Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance (March 21-April 12, 2008) and a sixth play to announced (April 25-May 16, 2008).

Tickets and subscriptions to Richard II and the season at Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street) in New Haven, CT, are available by calling (203) 432-1234. For more information visit yalerep.org.