Red Bull Revival of Dance of Death to Star Daniel Davis and Laila Robins

By Adam Hetrick
12 Feb 2013

Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis
Photo by Robert Mannis

Daniel Davis and Laila Robins will star in the American premiere of a new adaptation of August Strindberg's Dance of Death, which will debut under the wings of the Red Bull Theater in April at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

Tony Award nominee Mike Poulton (Fortune's Fool) penned the adaptation that will be directed by Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy (Child's Play). Dance of Death will begin previews April 10 towards an April 18 opening night. It will play a limited run through May 4.

According to Red Bull, "On an isolated island, military captain Edgar, and his wife, a former actress, Alice, approach the 25th anniversary of a marriage turned deeply sour. When a jolt from the past arrives in the shape of their younger cousin Gustav, a deadly battle of wills begins. And Edgar is prepared to fight to his very last breath… Strindberg's viciously witty vivisection of a diabolic union blazed the trail for searing modern portraits of marriage like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Red Bull Theater brings Strindberg's masterpiece back to life in a savagely comic and bracingly intimate production..."

Dance of Death will have set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.



Davis is a Tony Award nominee for Wrong Mountain. He also appeared on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles, The Invention of Love and The Frogs. He is well-known for his work on "The Nanny."

Robins appeared on Broadway in Heartbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing, as well as the recent Off-Broadway revival of The Lady from Dubuque. She has also appeared in Richard Nelson's acclaimed Apple Family plays, including Sweet and Sad, That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry.

Actor Matthew Rausch was announced earlier Feb. 12, but will not be part of the production. Additional casting is forthcoming. 

Tickets are available by visiting RedBullTheater or by calling (212) 352-3101.