Sunday, March 11, 2012

Julia Roberts Wants Shakespeare in the Park

Julia Roberts, who won an Academy Award in 2001 for her leading role in Erin Brokovich, is interested in coming to the Park. Ms. Roberts and director Mike Nichols (who collaborated on the films Closer and Charlie Wilson's War) had a chat that will appear in April's issue of Vanity Fair in which Roberts expressed interest in headlining a show for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park Series.

“[Julia and I] were just talking about Shakespeare in the Park today,” Nichols told Vanity Fair. “If we could do either Taming of the Shrew or Much Ado About Nothing—they’re plays that take care of you.” Roberts, who starred on Broadway in Three Days of Rain in 2006, is thrilled with Nichols’ idea. “To have fun and to be in the park!” Roberts gushed. “That would be a dream of mine."

If Roberts did appear in one of these shows, she would be following in a long line of Hollywood talent coming to that program, including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, James Earl Jones and Al Pacino.

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