Award winning Jamaican Playwright and actor, David Heron has marked his return to the Off Broadway stage with excellent reviews for his work in the highly successful revival of the Greek tragedy, Medea, which concluded a limited run at the world famous National Black Theatre in Harlem, recently.
Writing for the Harlem News Group, respected theatre critic, Linda Armstrong wrote that, “Medea is mind blowing.Something that you will experience profoundly and that you will not soon forget.”
In a cast that included Tony Award winning actress, Trezana Beverley, Mr. Heron, who played the role of The Messenger, was singled out by Miss Armstrong who wrote: “David Heron does an outstanding job as he graphically describes the events that Medea has had a direct hand in.”
On the website, nytheatre.com., critic Kat Chamberlain said that, “David Heron’s Messenger is particularly effective, with a colourful delivery that does not go over the top.”
In a new adaptation by acclaimed scholar, Nicholas Rudall, the play tells the story of the Sorceress/Princess Medea, who is left for another woman by her husband, Jason of The Argonauts, and decides to seek revenge at any cost.
The production was directed by award winning actress and Director Petronia Paley, whose credits include Another World, Guiding Light, Electra and the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond, opposite James Earl Jones.
Medea marks Mr. Heron’s third Off Broadway appearance in less than one year. He made his Shakespearean debut to excellent reviews as Laertes, opposite One Life To Live star, Timothy D. Stickney, in Hamlet at The Workshop Theatre last April, and appeared immediately afterwards in The New Federal Theatre’s popular revival of Errol John’s classic Caribbean play, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, produced by American theatre legend, Woodie King, Jr .
Mr. Heron’s own play, Love and Marriage and New York City enjoyed great success at The National Black Theatre Festival held in Winston Salem, North Carolina last August, and will tour Toronto, Canada in May.
After that assignment, he heads to Virginia to appear in The Taming Of The Shrew and Othello with the Virginia Shakespeare Company until the end of July.