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Jason Sudeikis to Star in Off Broadway ‘Dead Poets Society’

Jason Sudeikis will take on the Robin Williams role in “Dead Poets Society,” a new stage adaptation of the 1989 movie opening in November at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.

Sudeikis, making his Off Broadway debut in the show, will play John Keating, the inspirational professor at an all-boy prep school in the late 1950s. The actor, who  got his start on “Saturday Night Live” before transitioning to film, is coming off a recent batch of movies that include “Race” and “Sleeping with Other People” as well as TV appearances in shows including “The Last Man on Earth.” He’ll also appear in upcoming films “Colossal,” a scifi tale with Anne Hathaway and Dan Stevens, and road-trip drama “Kodachrome” with Ed Harris.

Tom Schulman — who won an Academy Award for his screenplay to the 1989 film with Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke — has adapted the story for the stage. No further casting has been set for the play, to be directed by John Doyle, whose Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” nabbed two Tony Awards including the top trophy for revival.

“Dead Poets” marks the start of the first CSC season under the leadership of new artistic director Doyle. The Off Broadway troupe will also present a David Ives (“Venus in Fur”) adaptation of “The Liar” as well as a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” also directed by Doyle (“Company,” “Sweeney Todd”).

“Dead Poets Story” begins previews Oct. 27 ahead of a Nov. 17 opening at Classic Stage.

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