Thursday, 24 September 2009
THEATRE NEWS: David Heron back on stage for Off-Broadway play
Jamaican-born actor and playwright David Heron (Ecstasy, Love and Marriage and New York City) is gearing up for his part in the upcoming production of Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones, which opens Off Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York on October 7, playing through November 29.
The cast is led by John Douglas Thompson (as Jones), who won last year's Obie award for Best Actor for portraying Othello, and who has also appeared on Broadway, opposite Denzel Washington in Julius Caesar and Kevin Kline in Cyrano De Bergerac. Joining Thompson and Heron in the cast are Rick Foucheux, Michael Akil Davis, Jon Deliz, Sameerah Harris and Sinclair Mitchell.
The Emperor Jones, to be directed by the Drama Desk-nominated Ciaran O'Reilly, is the story of Brutus Jones, an African-American man who sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island following a prison break in the Unites States.
The Irish Repertory Theatre is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.