PHOTO CALL: Sam Waterston, Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin and More Rehearse King Lear

News   PHOTO CALL: Sam Waterston, Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin and More Rehearse King Lear The Public Theater's upcoming production of King Lear, starring Sam Waterston, is currently in rehearsal. Previews will begin Oct. 18 Off-Broadway.

James Macdonald (The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You) will direct the production that will officially open Nov. 8 for a run through Nov. 20 in the Newman Theater.

Here is the company in rehearsal:

Previously announced casting includes Kristen Connolly as Cordelia, Frank Wood as Cornwall, Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) as Regan, Enid Graham (Honor, The Constant Wife) as Goneril, Bill Irwin as the Fool, Michael McKean (Superior Donuts, The Homecoming) as Gloucester, John Douglas Thompson (Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Kent, Richard Topol (The Normal Heart) as Albany, Seth Gilliam ("Oz," "The Maids") as Edmund, Tony nominee Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger…) as Edgar, Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Oswald, Herb Foster (The Merchant of Venice, Amy's View) as Old Man/Curan, Che Ayende (Timon of Athens) as Duke of Burgundy/Knight/Servant, Craig Bockhorn (The Seagull, On Golden Pond) as the Doctor and Michael Izquierdo (Mother Courage, The Miracle Worker) as the King of France.

According to the Public, King Lear "is one of the towering works of world literature. In no other play is Shakespeare’s tragic vision more terrifyingly clear – and nowhere in his canon does he create a richer or more complex set of characters. When King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters, he sets in motion a cascade of violence that sweeps the civilized world to the brink of chaos, and Lear to the edge of madness."

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