Oscar Isaac is currently appearing in a production of Hamlet at The Public Theater off Broadway. The star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes his appearance as Shakespeare’s melancholy Danish prince in a production that runs June 20, 2017 and runs through September 3rd.
Isaac previously played the male lead in Romeo and Juliet opposite Lauren Ambrose in Michael Greif’s production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He has also played Proteus in the John Guare/Mel Shapiro/Galt MacDermot rock musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, which played at the Public Theater in 2005.
The production is directed by Tony-winning director (Best Direction of a Musical for Fun Home, 2015) Sam Gold. Gold previously produced Shakespeare’s Othello at the New York Theatre Workshop in the autumn of 2016.
It also features Keegan Michael Key, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele whose Comedy Central show ran 2012-2015. Key plays Horatio, friend and counselor to the prince.
Hamlet’s artistic director is Oskar Eustis. Eustis made news recently for his work on The Public’s recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The contemporary take on Caesar drew criticism, particularly in conservative circles, for drawing comparisons between Caesar and President Donald Trump. Eustis calls Hamlet “the greatest dramatic work in the history of the universe.”
Unfortunately, Star Wars fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the more Shakespearean side of Poe Dameron will have to have their tickets already, as the show is now sold out for its entire run.