John Rando Will Direct Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for The Acting Company

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13 May 2013

John Rando
John Rando
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Producer Margot Harley announced May 13 that Tony-winning director John Rando will helm The Acting Company's upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Stoppard's Tony-winning play will be seen at an Off-Broadway venue to be announced, where it will play in rotating repertory with Hamlet, directed by Ian Belknap, beginning in January 2014. John Skelley will play Hamlet.

Prior to New York, Hamlet will play a fall tour of western states beginning at Cal State—Northridge. A national tour of both plays, including an extended stay at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, begins in February 2014.

“I am excited to be back at The Acting Company where I got my New York start,” said director Rando in a statement, “and this season is especially exciting with two plays that are so interrelated—it’s 27 years since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was last done in New York; a great classic play with an equally great counterpart. I previously directed Trevor Nunn’s Comedy of Errors in 2001 for The Acting Company where I began as Staff Repertory Director on the 1991-92 tour.”

“It is hard to imagine a more perfect repertory in the classical theatrical cannon than these two masterfully inventive explorations of the same story – one of nobility, one of commoners,” added new artistic director Ian Belknap.



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Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has toured to 48 states and 10 foreign countries earning a Tony for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards. Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Cristin Milioti, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Hamish Linklater and Jesse L. Martin are but a handful of performers who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company.