Performances of Hamlet, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, began June 20 at The Public Theater Off-Broadway. Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac stars in the title role, alongside Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio, Roberta Colindrez as Rosencrantz, Peter Friedman as Polonius, and Matthew Saldívar as Guildenstern.
The production will officially open July 13 in the Public’s Anspacher Theater. Completing the cast are Gayle Rankin as Ophelia, Ritchie Coster as Claudius, Charlayne Woodard as Gertrude, and Anatol Yusef as Laertes.
Performances are scheduled to play through September 3.
“Oscar Isaac starred in the first show I produced at the Delacorte, Two Gents in the summer of 2005. His Romeo two years later was more proof of his brilliance,” commented artistic director Oskar Eustis in an earlier press statement. “Sam Gold’s production of Fun Home was one of the most extraordinary directorial feats I’ve ever produced. The prospect of the two of them collaborating on what is arguably the greatest play ever written is joyous.”
Tickets and more information can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.
Oscar and Sam Gold are featured on the current Vogue magazine issue, talking about Hamlet, that started first performances at The Public Theater Off-Broadway last June 20.
On the interview, Oscar says he and Sam know each other for over a decade, and kept trying to work together in the past three years. “We’d just keep talking about it, keep dreaming about it, keep coming up with ideas for what kind of production we wanted to do,” Gold says.
What finally got Isaac to commit was a combination of burnout and an awareness f the passage of time. “After four or five years of going from one film to the next, it started to wear me down a little bit, and I felt that I should probably go back to the well, which was being onstage doing a play. I also knew that the window for being the right age to play Hamlet was getting smaller – you can only be so old and still get upset that your mom got remarried after your dad died without seeming pathetic. Plus, I needed to do it before my knees have out.”
On the interview, Oscar also revealed that his mom has passed two months before his son is born.
“It’s a wild circle of life. My mother dies, and then two months later a son is born. It’s both cruel and beautiful. But that’s the nature of our existence – isn’t it?”
Check the scans with the full interview added in our gallery.
Oscar stopped by ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ last Thursday (May 26), which was also the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. He talked about his admiration for the late Carrie Fisher and some of their time together on what would be her final Star Wars film.
“A large amount of the stuff I got to do was with Carrie, which was amazing,” Isaac began. “I remember the first day of shooting was a scene with Carrie … I remember it was a scene where I come up and talk with her, and she is very upset with me and slaps me. And Rian Johnson, the director, kept doing it over and over. I think it ended up being 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in (mimics hard slapping).”
Isaac also had a funny anecdote about how he tired to initially keep his Force Awakens script after wrap, which he was supposed to give back, and finally did when Disney mentioned the lawyers were looking for it.
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