Karin Coonrod will pilot a new workshop of Shakespeare's rarely performed drama, King John, this June at New York's Theater for a New Audience. A spokesman for TFANA told Playbill On-Line that if the workshop goes well, the play will be included in the theater's 2000 season. Coonrod most high-profile assignment to date has been the mounting of Henry IV, parts I, II and III. The three plays were packaged as two evenings and ran in repertory at the Public Theater in late 1996. The cast included such Downtown presences as Stephen Skybell, Tom Nelis and Jan Leslie Harding -- many of them veterans of Arden Party, the troupe Coonrod founded in 1987. Arden Party productions Coonrod has directed include Ubu Roi, Lear, Victor and Emperor of the Moon.
-- By Robert Simonson