New York Theatre Workshop has announced complete casting for the first two productions of its 2016-17 season: Othello, starring the previously announced David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig, and Nat Turner in Jerusalem.
Kicking off the season will be Nat Turner in Jerusalem, written by NYTW 2050 Fellow Nathan Alan Davis (Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea) and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Phillip James Brannon (Bootycandy) will star as Nat Turner, and Rowan Vickers will play Thomas R. Gray. Davis’ new play imagines Turner, who led a landmark slave uprising, during his final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, VA. Previews are set to begin September 7 with an official opening night set for September 26.
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, helmed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home), Selma star Oyelowo and Bond actor Craig (Betrayal, Spectre) will be joined by David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Slate Holmgren (King Lear), Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty), Matthew Maher (The Flick), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood) and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story). Performance dates will be announced shortly.
The production will feature scenic design by Andrew Lieberman (Look Back in Anger), costume design by David Zinn (An Act of God), lighting design by Jane Cox (Noises Off), sound design by Bray Poor (War) and fight direction by Thomas Schall (The Crucible). Andrew Wade (Matilda) will serve as the voice consultant, and Michael Sexton (Titus Andronicus) will serve as dramaturg and text consultant.
Nat Turner in Jerusalem will feature scenic design by Susan Zeeman Rogers (Thumbprint), costume design by Montana Blanco (War), lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger (The Constant Wife), sound design by Nathan Leigh (Icarus) and fight direction by Schall; Dawn Elin-Fraser (Waitress) will serve as dialect coach.
Billed by NYTW as a timely new play “woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism,“ Nat Turner in Jerusalem recalls Turner’s final hours. “In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray,“ state production notes. “[The play] examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.“
2016-17 season memberships are now on sale at NYTW.org or by calling (212) 460-5475.