Kraigher, Löwensohn, Israel, Magnus and Nelson Join Dafoe for Idiot Savant at the Public

News   Kraigher, Löwensohn, Israel, Magnus and Nelson Join Dafoe for Idiot Savant at the Public Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere of Richard Foreman's Idiot Savant, starring Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, which begins performances at the Public Theater Oct. 27.

As previously reported, Foreman will direct his latest play that stars Dafoe ("The English Patient," "Spider-Man," North Atlantic) in the title role, as well as newly announced cast members Alenka Kraigher as Marie, Elina Löwensohn as Olga, with Joel Israel, Eric Magnus and Daniel Allen Nelson as Slaves.

Running through Dec. 13, with an official opening set for Nov. 4, the work is described by the Public as "a wild theatrical odyssey that could only have sprung from the fantastical mind of Richard Foreman, New York's legendary avant-garde genius. This new work is a philosophical comedy, in the great tradition of Ionesco and Preston Sturges. From precise existential and metaphysical acrobatics, to a ridiculous game of inter-species golf with a Giant Duck, Idiot Savant is a fresh, bracing and hilarious exploration of the boundaries of the legitimate."

"Richard Foreman is an absolutely unique artist whose collaborations with The Public Theater have yielded great riches for over 35 years," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "I am delighted to welcome back to The Public one of the most inspiring innovators the American theatre has ever seen."

Foreman will collaborate with Peter Ksander on scenic design. The creative team also includes Gabriel Berry (costume design), Heather Carson (lighting design) and Travis Just (sound design).

For tickets visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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