Frank Wood, Bill Irwin and Kristen Connolly Complete Cast of Public's King Lear

News   Frank Wood, Bill Irwin and Kristen Connolly Complete Cast of Public's King Lear
Tony Award winners Frank Wood and Bill Irwin, as well as Kristen Connolly have joined the Public Theater production of King Lear, starring Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston in the title role. Previews will begin Oct. 18 Off-Broadway.

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Connolly, who appeared in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park repertory productions of Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well, will take on the role of Lear's youngest daughter, Cordelia. She joins Tony nominees Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) as Regan and Enid Graham (Honor, The Constant Wife) as Goneril.

Wood (Side Man, Born Yesterday, August: Osage County) will portray Cornwall, with Irwin (The Goat, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as the Fool.

Previously announced casting includes Michael McKean (Superior Donuts, The Homecoming) as Gloucester, John Douglas Thompson (Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Kent, Richard Topol (The Normal Heart) as Albany, Seth Gilliam ("Oz," "The Maids") as Edmund, Tony nominee Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger…) as Edgar, Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Oswald, Herb Foster (The Merchant of Venice, Amy's View) as Old Man/Curan, Che Ayende (Timon of Athens) as Duke of Burgundy/Knight/Servant, Craig Bockhorn (The Seagull, On Golden Pond) as the Doctor and Michael Izquierdo (Mother Courage, The Miracle Worker) as the King of France.

James Macdonald (The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You) will direct the production that will officially open Nov. 8 for a run through Nov. 20 in the Newman Theater.

King Lear will have scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Darron L West. According to the Public, King Lear "is one of the towering works of world literature. In no other play is Shakespeare’s tragic vision more terrifyingly clear – and nowhere in his canon does he create a richer or more complex set of characters. When King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters, he sets in motion a cascade of violence that sweeps the civilized world to the brink of chaos, and Lear to the edge of madness."

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