Historical Heroine Heads to the Stage: Meet the Cast SAINT JOAN- Now in Previews!
Previews begin tonight for Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Saint Joan, written by Nobel Prize in Literature and Academy Award winner Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad. Opening night is set for Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Joining Rashad will be Walter Bobbie (marking the theatrical director's first return to Broadway as an actor in over 20 years), Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), Jack Davenport ("Smash"), John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Patrick Page (MTC's Casa Valentina), Daniel Sunjata (MTC's The Country House), Maurice Jones (MTC's Linda), Russell G. Jones (MTC's Ruined), Max Gordon Moore (Indecent), Matthew Saldivar (MTC's Important Hats of the 20th Century), Robert Stanton (MTC's Fuddy Meers), Lou Sumrall(Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune).
Three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2) will star as one of history's greatest heroines in a major new production of Bernard Shaw's epic work directed by Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes). Set in 15th century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation's rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.
Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
Condola Rashad (Joan): Condola began her career Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award nomination). Broadway: Stick Fly (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations); The Trip to Bountiful (Tony Award nomination); Romeo and Juliet; and A Doll's House, Part 2 (Tony Award nomination). She currently stars in Showtime's "Billions." In film, she will next be seen starring in Milcho Manchevski's (director of Academy Award nominated foreign film "Before The Rains") new feature Bikini Moon as well as Joshua Marston's Netflix feature Come Sunday.
Walter Bobbie (Cauchon): Walter Bobbie is both an actor and a director of plays and musicals whose recent directing credits include Bright Star and Venus in Fur. His acting career began with the original cast of Grease and spans Shaw's Getting Married at Circle in the Square to Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls. Formerly the Artistic Director of City Center's Encores!, Mr. Bobbie directed the international hit Chicago. He is board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony awards.
Adam Chanler-Berat (The Dauphin): Broadway: Amélie, Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal. Regional: Sunday in the Park With George (Huntington Theatre). He originated Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher and Henry in Next to Normal on and off Broadway. Off- Broadway: The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater, Lortel nomination Best Actor), Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons), Rent (New World Stages) and My Favorite Year (York). Web series: "It Could Be Worse." Television: "Elementary," "Veep," "The Good Wife," "Doubt." Film: Delivery Man.
Jack Davenport (Warwick): Theatre includes Hamlet, The Servant (Olivier Award nomination), Lady Windermere's Fan (West End) and Enemies (Almeida). Film includes A United Kingdom, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Pirates of the Caribbean (1, 2 & 3), The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Libertine and Mother's Milk. Television includes "Next of Kin" (ITV), "White Famous," "Breathless," "Smash," "Flash Forward," "Swingtown," "Coupling" and "This Life." Saint Joan marks Jack's Broadway debut. While he understands he's a bit long in the tooth to be making any sort of debut, he is nonetheless thrilled.
John Glover (Archbishop/Gentleman): Broadway: The Cherry Orchard; Macbeth; Death of a Salesman; The Royal Family; Waiting for Godot (Tony Nomination); TheDrowsy Chaperone; Give Me Your Answer, Do!; Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award); Tartuffe. Off-Broadway: Fire and Air, Troilus and Cressida, Nikolai and the Others, The Paris Letter (Drama League Award, Drama Desk nomination). Television (select credits): "Smallville," "Brimstone," "Frasier" (Emmy nom.), "An Early Frost" (Emmy nom.), "Crime and Punishment" (Emmy nom.), "Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder" (Emmy nom.), "L.A. Law" (Emmy nom.). Film: over 35 films.
Patrick Page (Baudricourt/Inquisitor): Broadway: Casa Valentina, A Time to Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, A Man for All Seasons, Julius Caesar, The Lion King, The Grinch, Beauty and the Beast, The Kentucky Cycle. New York: Hadestown (NYTW), Cymbeline (Central Park), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), Coriolanus (Red Bull). Regional: 30 years including Associate Artist of The Old Globe and Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. TV: "NCIS: New Orleans," "Elementary," "Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife," "The Blacklist," "Chicago P.D.," "Flesh and Bone," "Law & Order: SVU," etc. patrickpageonline.com
Daniel Sunjata (Dunois): Daniel recently starred in the ABC drama "Notorious." Previous television work includes "Animal Kingdom," "Graceland" and "Rescue Me." Sunjata was recently seen in the feature Small Town Crime. Additional film credits include Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. He was nominated for a Tony in Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg. Other theatre credits include Lincoln Center's Macbeth, Shakespeare in the Park's Henry VIII, Guthrie Theater's Twelfth Night and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Maurice Jones (Page To Dunois/Courcelles): Broadway: The CherryOrchard, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar. Off-Broadway: Linda (MTC); Troilus and Cressida, Pretty Hunger (The Public Theater); Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout). Regional: Williamstown, Denver Center, Barrington Stage, Folger Shakespeare Library, Two River Theater, NJ Shakespeare. Television: "Conviction," "30 Rock," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Fight." Film: Winter's Tale, And So It Goes, Romeo and Juliet. Adoration to my family, cheers to the DBA team and hopeless devotion to my T.H. National Theatre Conservatory, MFA. Philippians 4:13. Wakanda Forever.
Russell G. Jones (Tremouille/Page To Warwick): Theatre: Ruined (MTC/Geffen/ Intiman/Goodman, Obie); In the Blood (Signature Theatre); Father Comes Home From the Wars (The Public/Mark Taper Forum); The Call (Playwrights Horizons); The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane); The Whipping Man (Cleveland Play House); Our Lady of 121st Street, A View from 151st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Labyrinth). Film/TV: Detroit, The Ticket, Pinch, Side Effects, Touched With Fire, Traffic (SAG Award), Turntable, "Godless," "The Americans," "The Knick,""Louie," "Do No Harm," "Elementary," "Law & Order," "Spin City."
Max Gordon Moore (Bluebeard/Ladvenu): Max is pleased to make his MTC debutin Saint Joan. Broadway: Indecent, Relatively Speaking. Off-Broadway: Describe the Night (Atlantic Theater); Man From Nebraska (Second Stage); Indecent (Vineyard); Man and Superman, It's A Wonderful Life (Irish Rep). Recent: The Master Builder (BAM), Arcadia (Yale Rep), Time and the Conways (Old Globe), Constellations (Seattle Rep), Tragedy: A Tragedy (Berkeley Rep). Film/TV: "Instinct," "Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife." MFA, Yale School of Drama, Hershel Williams Prize in Acting.
Matthew Saldivar (Polly/D'Estivet): MTC: Important Hats of the 20th Century (Moritz von Stuelpnagel, dir.). Broadway: Junk (Doug Hughes, dir.), Act One, Honeymoon in Vegas, Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, A Streetcar Named Desire, Grease, The Wedding Singer. Off-Broadway includes Hamlet (Sam Gold, dir.), Hadestown (Rachel Chavkin, dir.), Daphne's Dive (Thomas Kail, dir.), All in the Timing (John Rando, dir.). Tour: Luther Billis in LCT's South Pacific (Bartlett Sher, dir.) Current TV: Netflix's "The Good Cop." Education: BA/MA, Middlebury College; MFA, NYU.
Robert Stanton (Chaplain/Steward To Baudricourt/English Soldier): MTC: Fuddy Meers, Overtime. Broadway: A Free Man of Color, Mary Stuart, The Coast of Utopia, A Small Family Business. Off- Broadway: two dozen credits include Love Child (written with Daniel Jenkins) and Allin the Timing (Obie Award). Recent theatre includes Dying for It (Atlantic); The Killer (TFANA); The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound (Emery Battis Award), Strange Interlude (STC); The School for Wives (Two River). Films: over 20, from A League of Their Own to Jason Bourne. Recent television: Mr. Mercedes.
Lou Sumrall (La Hire, Executioner): Lou is making his Broadway debut in his first work for MTC. Broadway: Frankie and Johnny inthe Clair de Lune (u/s). Off-Broadway: Disconnect (Lark), Scaring the Fish (INTAR). Regional: Women in Jeopardy(Merrimack Rep), Lonesome Hollow (CATF), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film: Ghost Town, Gracie, Tenderness, My Soul to Take, The Bounty Hunter. TV: "High Maintenance," "Soul Man," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order" (multiple) "Feds." Education: Rutgers MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Tony Carlin (Ensemble, Understudy): Broadway: JUNK, Six Degrees of Separation, Fish in the Dark, Time Stands Still, All the Way, Spring Awakening, Mamma Mia!, The Heidi Chronicles. Off- Broadway: Stuff Happens, Once in a Lifetime. Film: Bourne Legacy, The Nutty Professor. Television: "Black List" "Seinfeld," others.
Ben Horner (Ensemble, Understudy): Broadway: War Horse, Macbeth, The Curious Incident of the Dog.... Selected NY: After the Blast (LCT3), Fucking A (Signature), An Octoroon (Soho Rep), etc. Film/TV: "Mr. Robot," "High Maintenance," "Luke Cage," "Person of Interest," "Deliver Us From Evil." MFA Yale School of Drama.
Mandi Masden (Ensemble, Understudy): Broadway: Jitney (MTC, 2017 Tony Award) Off-Broadway: Our Lady of Kibeho, The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (TFANA). Film/TV: Trouble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Madam Secretary," "Law & Order: SVU," "Blue Bloods," "The Knick." MFA, NTC.
Howard W. Overshown (Ensemble, Understudy): Broadway: Julius Caesar, A Free Man of Color, Richard III. Film: Pride & Glory, Body of Lies, Lost Cat Corona, You Were Never Here. TV: "Bull," "Madam Secretary," "Allegiance," "The Affair," "Law & Order," "Kings," "Unforgettable," "Guiding Light," "All My Children."
Michael Rudko (Ensemble/Understudy): Broadway: The Audience, Romeo and Juliet, Mary Stuart, The Best Man, Timon of Athens, Serious Money. International: Richard III (Bridge Project); We Are Not These Hands (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus); True West (Donmar Warehouse); Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar (Globe Theatre, London).
RJ Vaillancourt (Ensemble): Broadway debut! Recent credits: Diaspora (The Gym at Judson) and Pussy Sludge (HERE Arts Center). Company member: Less Than Rent Theatre. BA: Fordham. Endless gratitude to Kelly, Nicole and MTC. Love to Mom, Dad, Sara and Pita. rjvaillancourt.com
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