Renowned Jamaican actor and accomplished playwright, David Heron, has received a prestigious nomination for the 2023 Broadway World Rhode Island Award in the category of Best Supporting Performer.
The Broadway World Awards, organized by Broadwayworld.com, a leading source of entertainment industry news and theater coverage, celebrate excellence in regional theater across the United States.
Heron’s nomination recognizes his outstanding portrayal of Caliban in William Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, “The Tempest.”
Presented as part of The Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island’s annual Shakespeare in The Park Festival, Heron’s performance in “The Tempest” garnered critical acclaim throughout its summer run from July to August at the enchanting Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island.
The public can vote online which ends on December 31 by going to the Broadway World’s website at https://www.broadwayworld.com/rhode-island/voteregion.cfm The winners will be officially announced in early January.
Heron’s recognition is not the only feather in the cap of “The Tempest.” Eight other actors from the production have also received nominations, including Lee Fitzpatrick, Dylan Bowden, Charles Meier, Jason Guy, Matt Arnold, Peter Tedeschi, Lindsey Rodriguez, and Nicholas Byers.
In total, “The Tempest” boasts an impressive seventeen award nominations, spanning categories such as Best Play, Best Director (Marion Markham), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Choreography, and design-related accolades for Lighting, Sound, Scenic, and Costume Design. The Colonial Theatre itself is in contention for the Best Theatre for Young Audiences and Favorite Theatre of Rhode Island awards.
For David Heron, a Jamaican-born artist renowned for his works including “Against His Will,” “Ecstasy,” and “Intermission,” the nomination brought forth a mix of emotions.
Heron confessed to being initially hesitant about the role of Caliban due to the character’s problematic portrayal in many productions. Heron spoke with Eddy Edwards on Caribbean Riddims listen to his interview here https://on.soundcloud.com/dAjiR
Heron’s viewpoint underwent a significant transformation when he was offered the opportunity to audition for both the roles of Prospero and Caliban.
This shift in perspective, combined with the director’s willingness to address concerns about the character’s depiction, ultimately led him to embrace the challenging role of Caliban.
Director Marion Markham’s collaborative approach played a pivotal role in Heron’s decision to take on Caliban.
Markham’s understanding of the significance of a person of color portraying Caliban in the context of the modern world added depth to the production. The casting of Lee Fitzpatrick as Prospero, or rather, Prospera, further enriched the dynamics within the play.
Heron’s portrayal of Caliban offered a fresh perspective, portraying him as a fallen prince, colonized but resilient, uneducated yet highly intelligent.
Heron’s Caliban is a character who employs cunning, charm, and trickery in his quest for freedom, reminiscent of the legendary Anansi character from Jamaican folklore.
Critics hailed Heron’s portrayal, describing it as “magnificent” and “a standout performance.”
While the competition in the Best Supporting Performer category is fierce, Heron is content with the nomination, emphasizing that the gender-neutral awards now feature a diverse array of deserving nominees.
In addition to his role in “The Tempest,” David Heron is making waves on television with the new series “From Yard,” which had its world premiere in Jamaica in September.
He also recently collaborated with actor-producer Malik Yoba to remount their staged reading of Heron’s award-winning courtroom drama, “Against His Will,” at City Center Stage II in Manhattan, setting their sights on a full New York production.