Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company has announced that Jason Sudeikis will star as professor John Keating in the world premiere of Dead Poets Society, a new play based on the 1989 film, to be helmed by Tony winner John Doyle.
Written by Oscar winner Tom Schulman, adapted from his screenplay, the new work is set to begin previews October 27 at CSC and officially open November 17.
The Dead Poets Society film starred the late Robin Williams in the role of Keating, an unconventional teacher who inspires his students at a strict, all-boys preparatory school. “I'm thrilled that Jason Sudeikis is taking on this iconic role in Dead Poets Society,“ commented Doyle in a statement. “I felt it important that we find an actor like Jason who brings a fresh perspective, and all at CSC are delighted that he will be joining us for this unique venture.“
Sudeikis’ film and TV credits include Saturday Night Live, Sleeping With Other People, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers and The Cleveland Show.
Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
For further information on Classic Stage Company, call (212) 352-3101, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street, Manhattan, or go to www.classicstage.org.