David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig will both star in an upcoming off-Broadway production of “Othello,” with Oyelowo playing the title character – the moor of Venice – and Craig as the villainous Iago in the Shakespeare tragedy, in the New York Theater Workshop’s first Shakespeare production since 1990.
The New York Theatre Workshop will stage the play for a limited run during the fall of 2016 – so still a full year away. But time does sometimes fly…
Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director this year for his work on the musical “Fun Home,” will direct the play.
Additional casting and further details on the upcoming staging will be announced at a later date.
“This production is an opportunity for New York Theatre Workshop to do what it aspires to do – to foster the growth and accomplishment of the artists we believe in,” the company’s artistic director James C. Nicola said in a statement. “When Sam Gold, a longstanding member of our NYTW Usual Suspects community, came to us with the beginning sketches of this production, with these two sublime actors, it seemed the perfect next step for us to take together. I’m eager to see what these original, creative artists come up with in response to Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy.”
Indeed. I’m willing to bet that, like Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” which stars Lupita Nyong’o, this will also be one hot ticket seller!
Oyelowo is certainly busy with film roles; I’m a bit surprised he has time for a play. He’s currently filming Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom,” in Botswana, along with Rosamund Pike – a story about the relationship between Seretse Khama – Botswana’s first president from 1966-80 – and the young white woman who would eventually become his wife, and the inaugural First Lady of Botswana.