Jay Goede, who appeared on Broadway in Christopher Durang's Sex and Longing, will play Edward II at Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre this fall. The Christopher Marlowe classic has been adapted by Garland Wright, who will also direct.
The 1590 play deals with a different sort of sex and longing, as the title monarch's love for one of his advisors leads to the end of his marriage, as well as his reign. Goede also appeared on Broadway in Angels in America and The Play's the Thing. At the Shakespeare Theatre, he has acted in Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
The rest of the company's 1998-99 season is as follows:
Following Edward II is Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night (Nov. 3-Jan. 2, 1999), directed by Daniel Fish. Then it's the less-known King John (Jan. 19-Mar. 6, 1999), staged by artistic director Michael Kahn.
Acclaimed, somewhat-experimental director JoAnne Akalaitis arrives, Mar. 23 May 8, 1999, to stage Euripides' Trojan Women. It's a look at war's effect on women on the losing side. Surprisingly, this is the first time a Greek play has been staged at the Shakespeare.
Then Hal Holbrook appears as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Artistic director Michael Kahn will stage Shakespeare's controversial comedy (which is generally played as drama because of its arguably anti-Semitic content). Holbrook has already played the vengeful Jewish merchant, Shylock, at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. Last on Broadway in An American Daughter, Holbrook is best known for his solo, Mark Twain Tonight!, for which he won a Tony. He's played King Lear at Off Broadway's Roundabout Theatre and on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, Man of La Mancha and I Never Sang For My Father. For subscriptions and other information on the Shakespeare Theatre season call (202) 547-1122. The box office opens Aug. 7.