Star-Ledger Review of “Henry VIII”

The Star-Ledger has weighed in on David’s performance in Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and found it “commanding”…

Ronnie Reich, The Star-Ledger (October 23, 2014)

David Foubert gives a commanding, layered performance in the title role. His Henry first appears loud and brash, as though he might be more at home in a tavern than at the court. He is volatile, and quick to anger, yet at key moments he is also mesmerizingly still and stately.

When he claims he is tormented by conscience about his marriage to Queen Katherine – his late brother’s wife – his anguish, if not necessarily the reasoning, is believable. As he considers the possibility that he may not produce a male heir, he comes across slightly unhinged in a way that foreshadows his tumultuous future.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their fantastic work. Henry VIII runs through November 9th.

King Henry VIII (David Foubert)  and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

King Henry VIII (David Foubert) and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Early Reviews for David in “Henry VIII”

Last week marked the opening weekend for the rarely-produced “Henry VIII” at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (directed by Paul Mullins), where David Foubert plays the title role of the infamous King Henry VIII.

Some of the early buzz:

Simon Saltzmann, CurtainUp New Jersey (October 20, 2014)

“I am obliged to add: If the current Shakespeare Theatre production of Henry VIII doesn’t end up on your must see list then you are likely going to miss one of the highlights of the New Jersey theatre season.

…The costumes may be [an] eye-filling treat, but I suspect you will be keeping a close watch on the hedonistic, irrational King Henry, as played with a devilish glint in his roving eye by the excellent David Foubert.

Richard Carter, Examiner.com (October 19, 2014)

[5 stars] “This incandescent production places “Henry VIII” squarely on the map where it belongs. …As Henry, the venerable David Foubert turned in a commanding performance.

Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights (October 21, 2014)

The play is presented in STNJ’s always impressive epic style, with sterling casting… The cast, consisting of mostly STNJ veterans, is excellent, with the three leads each having a star turn. David Foubert impresses as the powerful monarch, blind to much of the court intrigue and outright political treachery.

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Interview with David on BroadwayWorld.com

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.

Interview with David in the “Daily Record”

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.

THEATER: David as King Henry VIII in New Jersey

David is honored to announce his return after many years to the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in October 2014. He will be portraying the infamous King Henry VIII in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.

Rehearsals have begun, and tickets are onsale at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey website.

Previews begin October 15.
Performances run October 18 – November 9.

David’s past appearances at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey include Around the World in 80 Days, Hamlet, and Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr [Abridged], among others. From the company’s website:

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly called “New Jersey Shakespeare Festival”) is one of 25 professional theatres in the state. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation — serving 100,000 adults and children annually — it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

David returns to Seattle in November for ACT’s A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley. David is available for booking on regional or national stages starting in January 2015.

Reviews for David and “An Evening of One Acts”

Jessica Skerritt and David Foubert in "Patter for the Floating Lady" at ACT

Jessica Skerritt and David Foubert in “Patter for the Floating Lady” at ACT

David’s debut at Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theater) was a smashing success! The three-play roster made critics laugh, but also spurred a significant amount of discussion and thought. David’s turns as “The Magician” in Steve Martin’s Patter for the Floating Lady and “Cisco” in Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand were very well-received. David had a wonderful time and looks forward to returning to ACT in November!

Some highlights from Seattle media from reviews for “An Evening of One Acts”:

Dusty Somers, The Seattle Times (July 26, 2014):

“Foubert nails the Martin-esque oblivious puffery while Skerritt is perfect as his peeved foil.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

“Willie is seeking help to free his enslaved people, and he resurrects Blue’s brothers, Cisco and Sycamore (a rip-roaring David Foubert and a perpetually irritated Chris Ensweiler) to contribute to the freedom fighting.” [in The Unseen Hand

Danielle Palmer-Friedman, The Daily (July 30, 2014):

“David Foubert, who plays The Magician, provides the proper amount of quirk to his role, simultaneously impersonating and reinventing this embodiment of Martin.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

Jeffery Totey, The Examiner (July 30, 2014):

“All of the actors involved (Jessica Skerritt, Eric Ray Anderson, Quinn Armstrong, Chris Ensweiler, David Foubert and Hana Lass) are all excellent in their roles and go for broke during their performances.”

Jay Irwin, BroadwayWorld.com (July 27, 2014):

“All three actors have a complete grasp on the comedic timing of the piece but also that quirky Martin style of talking about one thing but conveying something completely different. And it’s this one that completely worked for me and get’s a YAY from me with my three letter rating system.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

Margaret Friedman, Seattle Weekly (July 29, 2014):

“A confident cast, savvy direction by R. Hamilton Wright, and superior staging and effects boost this comely production beyond the generically titled sum of its parts.”

Video Highlights from “An Evening of One Acts”

In ACT’s “An Evening of One Acts”, David Foubert portrays two vastly different characters: Steve Martin’s Magician and Sam Shepard’s undead cowboy, Cisco Morphan. For a taste of David’s work alongside his fantastic co-stars, enjoy this brief promotional video from ACT featuring clips from the shows:

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” in Seattle 2014

David Foubert is honored to join the cast of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre’s production of the venerable Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, now in its 39th year of production in the Seattle area. David will be taking on the role of Jacob Marley, in addition to other characters in the production.

More information to come closer to the holidays, but as this is a Seattle tradition tickets are already on sale at http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/AChristmasCarol. The production opens Nov 28th (the day after Thanksgiving) and runs through December 28th.

David’s ACT Debut in “An Evening of One Acts”

David is excited to be making his debut with Seattle institution ACT – A Contemporary Theater this summer. He will be appearing in two of the three one acts featured in their annual “Evening of One Acts”, which runs from July 18 – August 17.

David Foubert (far R) with the cast of ACT's Evening of One Acts 2014.

David Foubert (far R) with the cast of ACT’s Evening of One Acts 2014.

From ACT’s press release:

Three celebrated writers and their trio of short plays stretch the imagination with magic, surprise, wonder, and a dose of science fiction fantasy to the summer. Famous for their successes on the big screen and the stage, we take a look at what Martin, Allen, and Shepard bring to their respective short stories.

David will be appearing in two of the three works:

Patter for the Floating Lady by Steve Martin [featuring David Foubert as the Magician]: The bittersweet conclusion of a romance between a lovesick magician and his aloof assistant.

The Unseen Hand by Sam Shepard [featuring David Foubert as Cisco]: Loners, outlaws, and aliens come together in a wild affirmation of free will and pioneering human spirit.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/AnEveningofOneActs

Reviews for David and “Richard II”

David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke and George Mount as Richard II in Seattle Shakespeare Company's production of "Richard II". Photo credit John Ulman.

David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke and George Mount as Richard in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of “Richard II”. Photo credit John Ulman.

The reviews are in for the current run of “Richard II” at Seattle Shakespeare Company, featuring David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke. Critics of all ages are responding to this powerful production and David’s work. Some highlights:

Mischa Berson, Seattle Times (Jan 17, 2014):

“But overall, the acting is, on its own terms, impeccable — with impressive work too from excellent David Foubert as Bolingbroke.”

Drama in the Hood (Jan 12, 2014):

“Seattle’s Shakespeare Company has put together a stellar production that does everything right… David Foubert makes his Seattle Shakespeare Company debut as Bolingbroke and skillfully plays out the character’s arc as he moves from exile to the most powerful man in England.”

Rachel Gallagher, City Arts Magazine (Jan 13, 2014):

“…The cast is strong… There often isn’t an easy path to answer all the questions that arise, but a well-acted, emotionally moving production always helps lead the way.”

Bethany Boyd, Teen Tix (Jan 14, 2014):

“…Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II is one of the most moving Shakespearean plays I’ve ever seen.”

Jay Irwin, BroadwayWorld.com (January 12, 2014):

“Foubert manages a quite engaging future king and gives a wonderful arc with his character.”

The show continues through Feb. 2nd in Seattle. For tickets, visit http://seattleshakespeare.org