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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Sam Waterston Fans – Mark Your Calendars

Sam in a previous Hamlet incarnation

Is it my imagination, or is Sam Waterston the only Law & Order star who seems to be doing anything significant lately? The ever busy and seemingly ubiquitous Sam will be starring in the Delacorte Theatre’s staging of Hamlet (should we call it “Samlet”?) in late May through the end of June.

Sam will also be speaking for The Fordham Law School’s Forum on Law, Culture & Society in November 2008 at the Time Warner screening room in New York City. Details are sparse at this time, but it appears that many of the Forum's events seem to be free. Stay tuned.

Here are the details on both:

Waterston and Ambrose Replace Easton and Rabe in Central Park Hamlet

by Broadway.com Staff

The Public Theater has completed casting for its upcoming production of Hamlet, which will begin previews May 27 and open June 17 at the Delacorte Theater as the opener for Shakespeare in the Park's 2008 season, with closing set for June 29. Oskar Eustis will direct.
Sam Waterston, who played Hamlet in the Public Theater's last Central Park mounting of the show 33 years ago, will play Polonius, replacing the previously announced Richard Easton. Lauren Ambrose, who played Juliet at the Delacorte in last season's Romeo and Juliet, will be Ophelia, replacing the previously announced Lily Rabe. Both Easton and Rabe have become unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, according to the Public.

Waterston and Ambrose will join Michael Stuhlbarg as Hamlet, Andre Braugher as Claudius, Kevin Carroll as Horatio, Margaret Colin as Gertrude, David Harbour as Laertes, Hoon Lee as Rosencrantz, Piter Marek as Bernardo and Fortinbras, Greg McFadden as Guildenstern, Julio Monge as Osric and Francisco, Paul O'Brien as Voltemand and Priest, Gilbert Owuor as Marcellus, Jay O. Sanders as Ghost and Player King, Miriam Silverman as Player Queen, and Christopher Bonewitz, Matt Carlson and Stephen James King in the ensemble.

Waterston was nominated for a Tony in 1994 for his performance in the revival of Abe Lincoln in Illinois.. Additional Broadway credits include A Walk in the Woods, Benefactors, Lunch Hour and A Doll's House. Off-Broadway performances include Much Ado About Nothing, Love Letter, Three Sisters and Chez Nous, as well as Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing at The Delecorte Theatre. Waterson is best known as Jack McCoy on the TV series Law and Order and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 1985 for the film The Killing Fields.

Ambrose has appeared on Broadway in the 2006 revival of Awake and Sing!. Off-Broadway credits include Soulful Scream of a Chosen Son and Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte. She is best known for her Emmy Award nominated performance on the HBO ensemble drama Six Feet Under. Additional credits include Law & Order and Party of Five, as well as the films In and Out, Can't Hardly Wait and Pyscho Beach Party.

Hamlet will feature scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Michael Chybowski; and sound design by Acme Sound Partners. Hamlet will feature scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Michael Chybowski and sound design by Acme Sound Partners

Atticus Finch in the Flesh: A Conversation with Law & Order’s Sam Waterson

When: November 19th, 2008, 8 P.M.

Where: The Time Warner Screening Room

The Forum welcomes legendary television and film actor Sam Waterson in a wide-ranging conversation about his iconic portrayal of New York District Attorney, Jack McCoy, in Law & Order, as well as his leading role in the critically-acclaimed TV series, I’ll Fly Away, and the award-winning film, The Killing Fields. No actor outside of Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch has portrayed lawyers as convincingly and compellingly as Sam Waterson. He has even played the role of Abraham Lincoln on stage. Join the Forum for a spectacular evening of conversation and clips with one of America’s finest and most distinguished actors.

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Jack McCoy said...

Thank you very much for this information, I could not go to New York to see Sam to the theater, but in November it is possible. Can be held me to inform about this event and if, I could attend the debate

samfan said...

That sounds awesome! Is the thing in Nov. a debate or just a speech? Sam is going to be exetremly busy this year. I wish I could go see him in Hamlet or the Nov. Event but it is most unlikely. He will be really good in Hamlet-I wonder how he will handle his "death" scene? It is cool he is working with Ambrose again, didn't she act in the L&O episode as the mentally chalenged girl who had sex with a group of boys and her sister is the killer.

These Are Their Stories said...

Jack McCoy - as I get more information I'll pass it along!

Samfan - It sounds like it is more of a talk and open discussion rather than a debate. But I admit I'm not 100% sure.