Heald will play Shakespeare -- or Shag as he's called in the play. The plot involves a royal commission that Shakespeare is given to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The play explores Shakespeare's struggle to write a play that will please -- or at least not offend -- the king, and what it means to tell the truth, to equivocate -- and to lie -- in politics, art, and life.
The cast will also include Richard Elmore as Richard, Jonathan Haugen as Nate, John Tufts as Sharpe, Gregory Linington as Armin, and Christine Albright as Judith. The creative team will include Christopher Acebo (set), Deborah M. Dryden (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), and Andre Pluess (music and sound).
Heald received Tony nominations for his performances in Love! Valour! Compassion! and Anything Goes, with additional Broadway credits including Inherit the Wind, A Small Family Business, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Wake of Jamey Foster. Film and television credits include Silence of the Lambs, Outrageous Fortune, Boston Public, and Boston Legal.For more information, visit www.osfashland.org.