As we head into closing weekend for the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s successful and well-received run of “Henry VIII”, starring David in the title role, the Times of Trenton took a moment to interview David and his co-star Jessica Wortham (Queen Katherine) about the experience.
David Foubert as Henry gets far more stage time than Wortham, but he quickly points out that the man he plays isn’t the bearded, rotund, bejeweled monarch of the famous Henry VIII portraits.
“Henry was a vital, active, straightforward, outgoing young man who enjoyed hunting and jousting with his many friends. He’s smart enough to accept and consider, although he may not follow it, the advice he receives from older, more experienced statesman he’s surrounded by, people like Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cranmer,” says Foubert who points out that at one time, the role was often assigned to actors who specialized, as he does, in comedy. His many roles in the eight seasons he has been with the Shakespeare Theatre have included many comedies including one of three actors who perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Click here to read the interview on the Times of Trenton website (November 7, 2014). Henry VIII closes on Sunday, November 9th.
BroadwayWorld.com took a moment to interview David in the days leading up to his turn as King Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey!
Foubert spoke about returning this season to STNJ. “It is a great joy to be back. STNJ is my first home for theater and my second home for life. I received my equity card here and acted with Paul Mullins on The Three Sisters. I am so pleased to be able to work with him as a director. Paul spent the first week of rehearsal team building with the cast and creating a common language to move us forward. There is no real lead in Henry VIII, so that the very talented members of the cast each have a great presence in the performance. STNJ is a great atmosphere and Bonnie Monte knows exactly how theater should be done.”
Click here for the complete article, which also covers a bit of David’s career journey.
Henry VIII runs at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (in Madison, NJ) from October 15 – November 9.
The press leading up to David’s turn as the titular Henry VIII in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has begun! Here’s an interview with David at the Daily Record about David’s take on the character and preparations for the show:
Instead, the conflict in Shakespeare’s play arises from Henry’s love for Katherine, who is frustrated by the fact that she is not able to give him a male heir.
At the same time, Henry is drawn to Anne. “That conflict is something that we don’t see from Henry in ‘A Man for All Seasons,’ ” says Foubert. “In this play, Henry wears his emotions on his sleeve. He’s very stubborn, until he gets a new idea in his head.”
“I think this is a play that will raise discussions,” Foubert says. “Was what Henry did truly for the best for his country, or did he do it for himself? Who has the right to make those decisions?”
Click here for the full article.
Henry VIII opens next Saturday, October 18th and runs through November 9th.