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BWW: ACT’s Christmas Carol “Alive with Magic”

Congratulations to the cast of ACT’s 2014 production of A Christmas Carol! Early performances have been a hit, and BroadwayWorld.com has weighed in with a very positive review (Dec 1, 2014):

ACT and Director John Langs completely nailed it again and then some. I saw the production last year of ACT’s Seattle tradition of “A Christmas Carol” and found myself struck by how well they conveyed this classic tale. And as much as I enjoyed it last year there was something even more magical and special in the air for this year’s production (or they spiked my eggnog) as I completely found myself swept away by this incredible show and, yes, crying my eyes out.

The show has always been a winner in the hands of ACT and is even more so in the hands of Langs and this cast and crew. It’s truly something special and we should be grateful we have it here with us.

David Foubert, playing the infamous Marley amongst other characters, also received positive mention:

The cast is superb… The three ghosts who speak (Christmas future never has too much to say) each managed to bring stunning elements. David Foubert as Marley was totally creepy and laser focused.

David and the cast of A Christmas Carol can be seen through December 28, 2014.

 

Interview with David in “Times of Trenton”

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.

Broadway World Review: “Henry VIII at STNJ is Outstanding Theatre”

BroadwayWorld.com loved the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII:

“The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) continues their triumphant season with one of the Shakespeare’s rarely produced masterpieces, Henry VIII now onstage through November 9th. Tell a friend to tell a friend…. The staging and pacing of this epic play is absolutely flawless.”

With regard to David’s performance in the title role, BWW was equally glowing:

“The cast is ideally suited to their roles. David Foubert masters his role as a very robust, yet charming Henry. While Foubert succeeds at portraying this commanding character, he brings a real sense of humanity to the role. His contemplative disposition is particularly evident when he hears the pleadings of Catherine played by Jessica Wortham.”

Read the full review from Marina Kennedy at BroadwayWorld.com (October 27, 2014)

New York Times Review: “Pageantry and Sizzling Romance in ‘Henry VIII’”

David’s current work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (as King Henry VIII) received a great mention from Michael Sommers in the New York Times (October 24 print edition):

…”The actors portray their characters with conviction and vigor. An always confident, at times surly Henry, David Foubert plays the king as a handsome though mercurial devil who passionately believes in whatever he is thinking at the moment.”

Click here to read the full review. ‘Henry VIII’ closes November 9, 2014.

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.

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.