Meet the Cast of THE COLLABORATION, Beginning Previews Tomorrow!

The play officially opens on Tuesday, December 20 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

By: Nov. 29, 2022
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The Collaboration will begin previews on Wednesday, November 30 ahead of a Tuesday, December 20 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Warhol. Basquiat. Electric, eccentric, polar opposites... together, for the first time in the most unlikely partnership the art world has ever seen. Paul Bettany (The Avengers, "WandaVision," "A Very British Scandal") and Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy, Ain't Too Proud, "Hollywood") star in the thrilling American premiere of the London sensation.

In the summer of 1984, longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene's newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist, or even thrive? The stage is their canvas in this sizzling tour-de-force by Anthony McCarten (four-time Oscar-nominated writer of The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody), directed by the acclaimed Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director of London's Young Vic).

Meet the cast below!


The CollaborationPaul Bettany (Andy Warhol)

Bettany was classically trained at the Drama Centre in London. He made his stage debut in a West End production of An Inspector Calls under the direction of Stephen Daldry. He then spent a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. He returned to the stage to appear in Joe Penhall's Love and Understanding at London's Bush Theatre. He later reprised that role at the Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut.

He starred as 'Vision' in the Disney+ series "WandaVision", which earned him a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination. Previously, he starred as 'Vision' in the films Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

In 2020 he was seen in the Emmy® Nominated film Uncle Frank for writer/director Alan Ball, released by Miramax/Amazon Studios.

He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award and a London Film Critics' Circle Award for IFC's Gangster No. 1, directed by Paul McGuigan. He went on to star in Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale opposite Heath Ledger. Other credits include the Academy Award winning film A Beautiful Mind; Fox's Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for director Peter Weir, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and won an Evening Standard Award for Best British Actor, the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor and Elle Style Award for Best Actor.

Other credits include the Academy Award nominated film Margin Call.

Paul Bettany was most recently seen in the BBC/Amazon Studios series "A Very British Scandal" starring opposite Claire Foy. Upcoming, he will be seen in the Miramax dramedy Harvest Moon, from a script he co-wrote and co-produced with Dana Brown.

He made his directorial debut with the film Shelter starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.

The CollaborationJeremy Pope (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

Jeremy Pope made history by earning two Tony Award® nominations in the same season: Best Lead Actor in a Play for his Broadway debut in Tarrell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his Broadway musical debut as Eddie Kendricks in Ain't Too Proud. His role in Choir Boy also earned him a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, along with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and a Drama League Award nomination.

Pope starred in Netflix's "Hollywood", a performance that earned him an Emmy® Award nomination for Best Actor in a Limited Series and an African American Film Critics Association Breakout Performer Award and he can be seen in the final season of the Emmy nominated television series, "Pose."

Jeremy recently wrapped filming the lead role in A24's The Inspection and released his single "Uptown Apartment" featuring Earth, Wind, & Fire's Verdine White.

The CollaborationKrysta Rodriguez (Maya)

Krysta currently stars as Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Into the Woods. She most recently starred in Netflix's limited series "Halston" from Emmy-Award winning creator Ryan Murphy, starring as the iconic entertainer Liza Minnelli. Her Broadway credits include Spring Awakening (OBC and Deaf West revival company), First Date, The Addams Family, In the Heights, A Chorus Line (revival) and Good Vibrations. Rodriguez played Megara in the world premiere of Disney's Hercules (Public Works) and received an Outer Critics Circle honor for her performance in Theresa Rebeck's Seared (MCC Theater). Other memorable turns include West Side Story (Anita; Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line (Diana; Hollywood Bowl) and What We're Up Against (Off-Broadway). On television, Rodriguez is best known for her roles in "Smash," "Daybreak," and "Trial & Error" and recurring on "Quantico," "Younger," "Chasing Life," "The Mysteries of Laura," "Married" and "Gossip Girl.

The CollaborationErik Jensen (Bruno Bischofberger)

Erik is an actor, writer and director. TV credits include two seasons of ABC's "For Life" and over 100 other film/TV credits including NY Yankee Thurman Munson in "The Bronx is Burning." Theater: Disgraced (Lincoln Center), The Good Negro (Public Theater), Corpus Christi and Y2K (MTC), and Lester Bangs in How To Be A Rock Critic (CTG, Steppenwolf, The Public), which he co-wrote with his wife Jessica Blank. With Jessica, Erik also wrote The Exonerated, Aftermath (NYTW), The Line (The Public) and Coal Country (The Public, Cherry Lane/Audible). They have written TV for Fox, 20th TV, Gaumont, Levinson/Fontana, more; current TV projects in development with David Simon/Blown Deadline and Ed Burns. Their first feature, Almost Home, was released by Vertical Entertainment. They are developing How To Be A Rock Critic for feature film and have documentary features in development on legendary rock engineer Eddie Kramer (Meteor17) and on the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster (prod. Audrey Rosenberg/EP Steve Earle).


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