Cast Set for Robert Brustein's Shakespeare Drama, The Last Will, Off-Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
Peter Cameron will star as the Bard in Robert Brustein's The Last Will, the final installment in his trilogy of plays examining the life of Shakespeare, which will begin Off-Broadway previews April 5 under the direction of Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton.
Brustein's 80-minute play received its world premiere from the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company of Boston in February. The Abingdon Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of the play that will officially open April 17.
The two earlier plays in Brustein's trilogy include The English Channel and Mortal Terror.
In addition to Cameron as Shakespeare, the cast will feature Stephanie Haberle-Roth as Anne Hathaway, Merritt Janson as Susanna Shakespeare, Jeremiah Kissel as Richard Burbage, Christianna Nelson as Judith Shakespeare and David Wohl as Francis Collins.
Kissel and Janson were both part of the world-premiere production.
The Abingdon production has scenic design by Stephen Dobay, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Laura Crow and sound design by David Margolin Lawson.
Here's how it's billed: "In The Last Will, William Shakespeare — retired after years of struggle and success in London — suffers from a fatal illness which causes his mind to deteriorate and obscures his ability to distinguish between fact and fiction. As Will wrestles with suspicions, delusions, and family resentments, he longs for forgiveness. As Shakespeare composes his final testament, Richard Burbage tries to persuade him to return to London and to unite again."
Following the New York engagement, The Last Will will play the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, with performances May 15-18, in Wuzhen, China.
For tickets, priced $60, visit abingdontheatre.org. The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street.
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