Eisenberg makes ‘nerve-racking’ UK stage debut with ‘The Spoils’
LONDON – Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg brings his self-penned play “The Spoils” to London audiences, making “a nerve-racking” stage debut in Britain which he regards as a theater mecca.
The tragicomedy, in which Eisenberg also stars, showed off-Broadway last year and the production has transferred to the West End for a limited season.
The 32-year old actor, known for “The Social Network” and more recently “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, plays Ben, a callous wannabe filmmaker, living in a comfortable apartment bought by his father.
“What the play does discuss is kind of generational strife. My character is third generation American and I think he feels the kind of laziness of assimilation,” Eisenberg told Reuters in an interview.
“Kunal’s character is a new immigrant from Nepal and struggling to make it in an exclusive world of … privilege that he is not a part of. The play discusses those themes and how my character, in a way, has lost his meaning because he doesn’t have to struggle.”
Although no stranger to theater — this is the third play the actor has written — Eisenberg said he was worried about performing in the British capital.
“It is … nerve-racking. I, very much, am in awe of the theater that’s performed in London and actually all around the UK. It’s really a kind of a mecca for theater, I would say more so than New York,” he said.
“The Spoils” runs at Trafalgar Studios till August 13. – Reuters