Public Theater Adds Kelli O'Hara, Arian Moayed and Richard Topol to King Lear's Crown

News   Public Theater Adds Kelli O'Hara, Arian Moayed and Richard Topol to King Lear's Crown Three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara, Richard Topol, Seth Gilliam and Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed will be part of the Public Theater's upcoming production of King Lear, starring the previously announced Sam Waterston.

Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, The Pajama Game) will portray Regan, with Topol (The Normal Heart) as Albany, Gilliam ("Oz," "The Maids") as Edmund and Moayed (Bengal Tiger…) as Edgar.

Also announced are 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.

As previously reported, Academy Award nominee Waterston, a veteran of such Public Theater productions as Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure, will star in the titular role, with Tony Award nominee Enid Graham (Honour, The Constant Wife, Dinner at Eight) as Goneril, Michael McKean (Superior Donuts, The Homecoming) as Gloucester and John Douglas Thompson (Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Kent.

The roles of Lear's youngest daughter, Cordelia, as well as the Fool, remain to be cast.

James Macdonald will direct the production that will run Oct. 18-Nov. 20 in the Newman Theater. It will have scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Darron L West.

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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