Johnny “Rooster” Byron, a hard-partying Englishman living in a rundown trailer in the woods.
Born in England and raised in the U.S., Rylance returned to his homeland as an adult where he became the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s been a busy Broadway season for Tony winner Rylance, who also starred in La Bete last fall.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance
—2010 Olivier Award winner for Best Actor in a Play (London production)
2008: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Boeing-Boeing
Despite being a former artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Rylance released a controversial Declaration of Reasonable Doubt alongside actors Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi, insisting Shakespeare did not write his own plays.
“We never play the [show] the same. It’s like a standard in the hand of a jazz band.” —Rylance in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/11