Denzel Washington is hitting the Broadway stage in 'The Iceman Cometh.'

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City Views: Denzel Washington Hits Broadway In ‘The Iceman Cometh’

April 23, 2018 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Denzel Washington is back on Broadway, starring in Eugene O’Neill’s American classic, ‘The Iceman Cometh" directed by George C. Wolfe.

He spoke with 1010 WINS’ Sharon Barnes-Waters.

“Eugene O’Neill is one of the great playwrights of all time. I’ve been fortunate to touch some of the greats like Shakespeare, like August Wilson, so and actually 40 years ago I started as an actor with Eugene O’Neill’s ‘The Emperor Jones’ so it was the right play at the right time and hopefully I’m the right person to play the part,” Washington said.

But are themes in the play still relevant in 2018?

“I don’t look at it like that. I don’t read it for the themes and people say, ‘what do you want people to get from it’ and I always say, ‘it depends on what they bring to it.’ I just read it and see if it’s something I want to do or something I don’t. Is it something I enjoy, is it a writer I love? Yes, it’s a part that is a great challenge and we will see what people get from it,” he said.

Washington said relationships in the play can become complicated.

“Very complicated, you know it’s 17 or 18 of us up there fighting for our lives, literally, so it’s an interesting dynamic every night,” he said.         

Barnes also spoke with Director George C. Wolfe, about his modern day interpretation of the play. Wolfe -- a 5-time Tony Award winning director – is bringing the 1939 play to the Broadway stage.

“It’s a brilliant play, and it’s a play about possibility, and confronting despair, and holding on to whatever sense of self that you have in light of all those things. So, it seems to be a play about where we are right now, what happens when you think the world is going in one direction and all of a sudden your world gets shattered,” he said.

Wolfe said it was great working with a ‘brilliant and committed’ ensemble.