Exit Patrick Stewart and enter Kate Mulgrew, look out New York another Star Trek captain is headed to Broadway. Today it was announced that Kate Mulgrew (Voyager – Capt. Janeway) has been cast in the Broadway revival of Equus which starts its 22 week run in September. Mulgrew is the first American cast for the US run, joining Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series) and Richard Griffiths (History Boys) who are reprising their roles from the London run of the play.
A synopsis via Broadway.com:
In Equus, psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Griffiths) investigates the blinding of six horses, a savage act committed by an unassuming 17-year-old stable boy, Alan Strang (Radcliffe), whose family life is rife with bigotry and religious fervor. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy’s demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own. Mulgrew plays Hester Salomon, the compassionate public official who begs Dysart to take on the boy’s case.
Poster for Equus
Kate Mulgrew has been on the New York stage in The American Dream/The Sandbox, Iphigenia 2.0 (for which she recently won an Obie award), Our Leading Lady, Tea at Five, and Titus Andronicus. Her last Broadway appearance was in Black Comedy/White Lies in 1993.
Equus and Radcliffe courting controversy
When Equus premiered in London in 2007 it kicked up some controversy over the Harry Potter star baring all on stage. Radcliffe seems to be using the play as an opportunity to shed is ‘boy wizard’ image as the Potter franchise winds down. The following video discusses the play and controversy
Peter Shaffer’s revival of Equus begins previews Sept. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 25 for a 22-week engagement ending Feb. 8, 2009. More info on Equus at the official site.
Nimoy in Equus
Equus was first on Broadway in two seperate runs the 70s. During the second run at the
Helen Hayes Theater in 1977, Leonard Nimoy took over the role Dr. Dysart from Anthony Hopkins. More info at IBDB and ponilla.org.
Nimoy in Equus (1977)