Rising Star Elizabeth Olsen Will Play Juliet For Off-Broadway's Classic Stage
By Kenneth Jones
Elizabeth Olsen, the actress known for the indie film "Martha Marcy May Marlene," has a date with a balcony — Juliet's — in fall 2013. Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company announced the rising actress for its coming production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Additional casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks. CSC currently has a hit on its hands with a praised revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Passion, now extended at its 13th Street home to April 14.
Olsen appeared in two films that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: "Liberal Arts" opposite Josh Radnor, John Magaro, Zac Efron and Richard Jenkins and "Red Lights," in which she stars opposite Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver.
In 2011 Olsen received a Gotham Award, Critics Choice and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress for her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" opposite Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Brady Corbet.
Currently Olsen is filming the Spike Lee-directed film "Old Boy" opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin. The film will be released in October.
Olsen — the younger sister of actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen — lives in New York, where she is a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Classic Stage Company is under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Greg Reiner. Additional titles for 2013-14 will be announced.
Following Passion, CSC's current 2012-13 Mainstage season concludes with Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle starring Christopher Lloyd and featuring a new score by Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). Kulick (CSC's Galileo) directs. It begins May 2.
Classic Stage Company is the award-winning theatre "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." Founded in 1967, CSC "uses works of the past as a way to engage in the issues of today." The potential repertoire, freshly amended in marketing materials, spans "from Sophocles to Sondheim."
For more information, visit classicstage.org.
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