Live on Stage: Jason Sudeikis Steps into a Robin Williams’ Film Role This Fall

Jason Sudeikis will be starring on the New York stage as John Keating, the teacher in Dead Poets Society. Williams starred in the 1989 film version in which he played the off-beat literature teacher at a boys’ prep school. Now, live on stage this fall, Jason Sudeikis who is a Saturday Night Live alumnus is going to play the inspiring literature teacher at the Classic Stage Theater in New York City. John Doyle who is the artistic director for the theater could not be happier to have Sudeikis on board.

Daniel Jason Sudeikis, at 40, has a long list of accomplishments including being a player of Saturday Night Live from 2005 until 2013 where he did impressions of such people as Mitt Romney and Joe Biden. He was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax Virginia, the son of a business developer and a travel agent. He studied his craft at Annoyance Theatre and ImprovOlympic. Sudeikis soon became part of The Second City’s National Touring Company. Second City Theatre is where many other Saturday Night Live cast members got their start including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and others. The SNL alumnus appeared in many television programs including 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, Wainy Days, and others. Sudeikis has working in many films including Hall Pass, Meet Bill, The Ten, and others.

Dead Poets Society was Tom Schulman’s Oscar winning film. Schulman wrote the film, and Peter Weir directed it.The two-hour film was made on a budget of $16,400,000. The film was such a hit that it reached a worldwide gross of $235,860,116, making it the fifth highest grossing film in 1989, globally. Tom Schulman won Best Original Screenplay, and Peter Weir was nominated for Best Director. The film was nominated Best Picture, but won the BAFTA Award for Best Picture. Robin Williams was nominated for Best Actor. Rotten Tomatoes reviews earned it 85 percent. Schulman is adapting his screenplay for live theater. Everyone is hoping that Schulman wins a Tony Award for this production. Classic Stage Theater, artistic director, John Doyle is planning to direct this production that will officially premier in November. Doyleand Schulman plan to announce the names of the rest of the cast at a later date.