Abingdon Theatre Company has announced that Tony award nominee Austin Pendleton has stepped into the leading role of William Shakespeare in their Off -Broadway production of Robert Brustein’s “The Last Will”. Pendleton replaces Peter Cameron, who has left the production. Multi-talented Pendleton will also act as Director for this production which will run April 5 – May 5, with an April 17 opening at the June Havoc Theatre. “The Last Will” focuses on the latter part of William Shakespeare’s life as he is suffering through a fatal illness.
In July, Austin will be joining Broadway Theatre Project’s 23rd Season once again as a guest artist. Austin’s Broadway credits include: roles in noted production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “Grand Hotel”, the original productions of “Oh Dad, Poor Dad”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (Drama Desk Award & Obie Award). Off-Broadway: Classic Stage Company’s revival of Anton Chekhov’s, “Ivanov”, “Three Sisters” and “Uncle Vanya”, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of “The Birthday Party”, Abingdon Theatre Company’s “The Last Will”. Film credits include: “What’s Up Doc?, “Catch 22”, “Amistad, “Trial and Error”, “A Beautiful Mind”. TV appearances include: “Frasier” and a recurring role in HBO’s acclaimed series “Oz”. Other credits include Playwright: “Orson’s Shadow” and “Booth and Uncle Bob”, Director: “Spoils of War”, and “The Runner Stumbles”, Teacher: HB Studio and The New School.
The 23rd Season of Broadway Theatre Project will take place on July 7- 28, 2013. Austin joins the ranks of Gregory Hines, Julie Andrews, Joel Grey, Jed Bernstein, and Patti Lupone, among many others as a guest faculty member at the Project.
Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2013, is the renowned musical theatre intensive that provides its apprentices with critical training in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing, taught by a faculty of accomplished educators and performers. As part of its mission, the program strives to engender students with the personal skills necessary to work and survive in the professional world of performing arts. Sessions are held annually every July in Tampa on the campus of the University of South Florida. 2013 Artistic Directors are Debra McWaters and Darren Gibson.