Oscar Isaac Returns to New York Stage in 'Hamlet'
Following a breakout series of film and TV work that began with 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and continued through 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' the Juilliard-trained actor will tackle the role in summer 2017.
Oscar Isaac has carved out a space in his busy film and television schedule for a return to the stage, to play the brooding Danish prince in Hamlet for off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience in summer 2017.
Sam Gold, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for his direction of Fun Home, will stage the production at TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. The run is scheduled to begin previews next year on June 4, with an official June 22 opening. The limited engagement will play through July 30.
A Juilliard graduate whose stock as a film and television actor has soared in recent years, Isaac has long desired to come back to the New York stage, where his early appearances include two Shakespeare in the Park productions, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet, the latter in the title role opposite Lauren Ambrose. His most recent theater role was in Zoe Kazan's play We Live Here in 2011, which was also directed by Gold.
Since then, his run of acclaimed screen work has included Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He won a Golden Globe this year for his lead performance in the HBO limited series Show Me a Hero, and will next be seen on the big screen as the new villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, opening May 27. Isaac also will return as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode VIII, currently in production.
Gold has been praised for his staging of new works, including Annie Baker's plays Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick and John. He will tackle his first Shakespeare drama in a professional production next fall, with Othello for Classic Stage Company, starring Daniel Craig and David Oweloyo.
TFANA is currently wrapping its run of Pericles, starring Christian Camargo.