The Season of Peter Dinklage Officially Opens With Unveiling of Richard III at Public Theatre

News   The Season of Peter Dinklage Officially Opens With Unveiling of Richard III at Public Theatre
No one's looking down on 4-foot-6-inches Peter Dinklage this fall. The "Station Agent" star is the reason the Public Theater's new staging of Richard III, which opens Oct. 10, is a sold-out hit.
Peter Dinklage in Richard III
Peter Dinklage in Richard III

Audiences have been packing the production's previews since Sept. 21. An extension of the run was contemplated, but nixed because the busy Dinklage has a film commitment. Just how popular is the actor who is now routinely referred to the first dwarf to play the starring role in a major film—that film being the indie hit "The Station Agent"? Consider the following facts. He was sought after for not one, but two leading stage parts this fall; he passed on Belle Epoque at Lincoln Center in order to play the "character-actor's Hamlet." His turn in Richard III has been accompanied by admiring profiles in The Village Voice, New York Post and New York Times. And he was one of the last people to be photographed by the famed Richard Avedon before the legend recently died.

Peter Dubois directs. The cast features Harry Barandes, Ty Burrell (Macbeth), Jojo Gonzalez, Mercedes Herrero, Ron Cephas Jones (Jesus Hopped the A Train), Matthew Maher, Roberta Maxwell (The Carpetbagger's Children), Shane McRae, David Don Miller, Tom Nelis (Aida), Connor Paolo, Kali Rocha (The Altruists), Gareth Saxe, Thomas Schall, Isa Thomas, Stephen Barker Turner, Peter Vack and James Yaegashi.

In addition to "The Station Agent," Dinklage appeared in the films "Elf" and "Surviving Eden." His upcoming movies include "The Baxter," "Little Fugitive" and Renaissance-set "The Dwarf," another starring assignment. Dinklage's many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway credits include I Wanna Be Adored, Imperfect Love, Marking, Hollywood, Pericles, and Evolution.

The production will have scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Marina Draghici, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and sound design by Scott Myers.

A scene from <i>Richard III</i>
A scene from Richard III
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