Hollywood couple Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale will take on the lead roles in ‘Medea’, a stage tragedy that will be performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in January 2020.
The stage play will be based on Simon Stone’s contemporary rewrite of the Euripides’ tragedy Medea. It was originally staged by in 2014 by the International Theater Amsterdam, formerly known as Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Aside from Byrne and Cannavale, with additional cast details are to be announced.
Stone’s stage adaptation of Medea uses the true to life crime case of American physician Debora Green, who poisoned her cheating husband with ricin and burned down their house. The fire killed two of her three children back in 1995. This year, the stage play was performed in London’s Barbican starring Marieke Heebink and Aus Greidanus Jr.
BAM’s Artistic Director David Binder is looking forward to the project saying in a statement to Deadline:
“I’m excited to welcome writer/director Simon Stone following his enormous success with Yerma and look forward to having the incredible actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale in lead roles on our stage.”
Byrne and Cannavale’s on-stage project will be produced in Brooklyn by International Theater Amsterdam, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and David Lan, who will also serve as BAM’s Theater Associate.
Both Byrne and Cannavale have starred in their own stage plays. The former made her Broadway debut back in 2015’s You Can’t Take it With You. As for Cannavale, he was performed on Broadway last fall in The Lifespan of a Fact.
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