EventApril 23, 2013

Condola Rashad to Star in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Broadway

‘The Trip to Bountiful’ stars Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Condola Rashad and Tom Wopat meet the press on March 11, 2013 at Sardi’s. | Photo: Bruce Glikas, © Broadway.com

CalArts acting phenom Condola Rashad (Theater BFA 08) is appearing opposite some heavy hitters on Broadway. The rising star of stage and screen had first performed on Broadway in 2011, receiving a Tony Award nomination for her work in the play Stick Fly.

Rashad is starring alongside Cicely Tyson (Sounder), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods) in a new production of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful that opens on April 23 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York. Directed by Michael Wilson–the foremost interpreter of Foote’s work–the drama follows Carrie Watts (Tyson) as she breaks away from an overprotective son (Gooding Jr.) and overbearing daughter-in-law (Williams) to make one last trip to her home in Bountiful, Texas. Along the way, she meets a girl on a bus, played by Rashad.

Rashad has also been cast as Juliet in a major production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet later this summer. She is playing opposite Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) in his Broadway debut as Romeo. Slated for previews in August, the production is directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (Nine), who is retaining the language of the original work while staging the play in a contemporary setting. A racial divide will underscore the famous feud of the Montagues and Capulets.

The story of teenage love and rebellion has not been seen on Broadway in 36 years. Leveaux spoke to the Huffington Post earlier this week about his updated staging: “I’m just taking away all the wallpaper and mantelpieces, all the kind of pompous stuff we associate with grand Shakespeare productions.” He adds that he wants the production to feel like “fire on the sand.”

Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom to play the lead roles in 'Romeo and Juliet'

Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom to play the lead roles in ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Related: CalArts Alumna Condola Rashad Stars in Lifetime Remake of Steel Magnolias.

Event Details

'The Trip to Bountiful' Opens April 23 The Stephen Sondheim Theatre 124 West 43rd St., New York Tickets start at $37 'Romeo and Juliet' Previews begin August 24 The Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 West 46th St., New York Pre-Sale Tickets

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