Spider-Man's Patrick Page Cast in Title Role of Coriolanus
By Andrew Gans
Initial casting has been announced for the Shakespeare Theatre Company's upcoming productions of Coriolanus and Wallenstein.
Broadway's Patrick Page will star in the title role of Coriolanus, which runs March 28–June 2 at the Washington, DC, venue. Steve Pickering will head the cast of Wallenstein, which will be seen March 29-May 31. Both productions will be produced in repertory at the Company’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW).
“I am pleased to welcome both Patrick Page and Steve Pickering back to the Shakespeare Theatre Company,” said artistic director Michael Kahn in a statement. “Patrick has had terrific turns as Macbeth and Iago for STC and has just finished a great run as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. And Steve was wonderful as Kent in our production of King Lear with Stacy Keach. I look forward to working with both actors again on the Hero/Traitor Repertory.”
Directed by David Muse, Coriolanus, according to press notes, concerns "a mighty hero, Caius Martius, [who] earns the new name of 'Coriolanus' for his triumphs. However his inflexible self-belief and contempt for popular rule cause him to be condemned as a traitor and sent into exile. Desiring revenge against the Romans who banished him, he befriends his blood enemy, Aufidius, to launch an assault on his beloved city. Rome, in its terror, pleads with Coriolanus to end his crusade for vengeance. Coriolanus blurs the lines between hero and traitor in this politically driven tragedy."
STC is presenting a newly commissioned adaptation and translation of Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein by former poet-laureate Robert Pinsky, directed by Kahn. The play "follows the famous general Albrecht von Wallenstein at the height of his influence and power during the Thirty Years’ War. Leading Europe’s most commanding army, Wallenstein is caught between his ambition and the Emperor’s growing distrust. He must decide either to stay loyal to his king and lose his power or to betray his country for greater gain."
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