The full cast for the North American premiere of playwright-director Robert Icke's The Doctor has been set. Olivier winner Juliet Stevenson (Death and the Maiden, Hamlet) will lead the newly announced members at Off-Broadway's Park Avenue Armory beginning June 3 for an engagement through August 19.
Joining Stevenson are Christopher Osikanlu Colquhoun (Troilus & Cressida), Doña Croll (The Heresy of Love), Juliet Garricks (100 Paintings), Preeya Kalidas (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Mariah Louca (Best Of Enemies), John MacKay (Oresteia), Daniel Rabin (King Lear), Jaime Schwarz (Difficult People), Matilda Tucker (The Snow Queen), and Naomi Wirthner (An Evening At The Talkhouse) with Hannah Ledwidge on drums.
The thriller is a loose adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi, The Doctor. Stevenson is subversively cast in the titular role of Professor Ruth Wolff, a prominent medical professional found in an ethical quandary. Professor Wolff makes a decision on the job to prohibit a priest from visiting a dying patient, placing her in the center of a heated national debate.
“A few times in the course of a whole career, a play comes along that speaks with searing brilliance to the times we are living in," said Stevenson in a statement. "For me, The Doctor is the play and Ruth Wolff is the role. It takes no sides, but throws complex and contradictory ideas and questions up into the air and watches them catch the light."
Stevenson received an Olivier nomination for her performance in the titular role. She has previously collaborated with Icke on his productions of Mary Stuart and Hamlet. The Doctor premiered at London's Almeida Theatre and subsequently played the West End's Duke of York's Theatre. Icke returns to Park Avenue Armory after presenting his adaptation of Oresteia and Hamlet in repertory at the Armory as part of its 2022 season.
Joining Icke on the creative team are set and costume designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, and sound designer and composer Tom Gibbons. Casting is by Julia Horan with additional casting by Jim Carnahan.
The Doctor was originally produced by London's Almeida Theatre and in the West End by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions.