David is delighted to be returning to the acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to portray Pierre LaPorte in their production of Red Velvet.
This marks the New Jersey premiere of award-winning British playwright, Lolita Chakrabarti’s true-life story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor and the first black man to appear as Othello on the London stage. This compelling tale of a pioneer artist from the 1800’s is fascinating, heartbreaking, and immensely relevant for our day and age.
Red Velvet will run from September 7 – September 25, 2016. For more information on the production, visit the STNJ production website.
David is available for booking in Seattle or for similar regional productions after the close of Red Velvet.
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 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)
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.
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
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.
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.