Tamara Tunie and Laila Robins Sign on for Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's Fall Season

News   Tamara Tunie and Laila Robins Sign on for Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's Fall Season
 
Two of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's veteran leading ladies — Tamara Tunie and Laila Robins — will appear there this fall.

Tamara Tunie will join the cast of William Shakespeare's comedy All's Well That Ends Well (Sept. 15-Oct. 10) in the role of the Countess of Rossillion. Laila Robins will play Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter by James Goldman (Oct. 20-Nov. 14).

Tunie last appeared on The Shakespeare Theatre stage in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2005. Fans of "Law and Order" will recognize her as medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC hit television show "Law and Order: SVU." Her Broadway credits include Calphurnia in Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music with Lena Horne, and Oh, Kay!

At The Shakespeare Theatre, she also appeared in Tartuffe, Antony and Cleopatra and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. As a Broadway producer, Tunie produced the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning musical Spring Awakening and Radio Golf.

The Shakespeare Theatre's All's Well That Ends Well features an ensemble cast of nine actors switching identities as the play moves from Rossillion to Paris to Florence and back again. "Whether the story ends well or not is often a matter of debate and that has made this tale compelling to audiences for more than four centuries," according to company notes.

Laila Robins returns to The Shakespeare Theatre for her 12th season to play Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter. Most recently she appeared in Noises Off, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Cherry Orchard. Her Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, The Herbal Bed, The Real Thing and Frozen for which she received a Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, Robins appeared in That Face at Manhattan Theatre Club. The Lion in Winter (from 1966) is "a wickedly biting 'domestic comedy' of a dysfunctional family dynasty in the year 1183," according to Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. "Few families can boast a more ferocious power struggle than that of the Plantagenet family. In The Lion in Winter, the battlefield is a psychological one where the weapons of choice are sharp-edged words, acerbic humor and emotional grenades packed with the bitter shrapnel of the past."

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

For more information, call (973) 408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus).

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