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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Patriots’’ Michael Stuhlbarg

The Emmy-nominated actor from “Dopesick” and “The Looming Tower” talks his return to Broadway and why “Patriots” was the right play for his homecoming.

Michael Stuhlbarg in “Patriots” on Broadway, 2024 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

Michael Stuhlbarg has returned to Broadway after nearly 20 years away — but he is a creature of the theater. The actor made his Main Stem debut in the 1993 revival of “Saint Joan” before taking on roles in productions like “Timon of Athens,” the 1998 revival of “Cabaret” and “The Pillowman,” the latter for which he earned his first Tony Award nomination.

Now, Stuhlbarg leads the cast of “Patriots,” taking on the role of real-life Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, earning his second Tony nod. It’s a performance that hinges on the largess of this character — his convictions, his over-the-top personality, his single-mindedness. 

In this chat, Stuhlbarg shares what attracted him to “Patriots,” working with playwright Peter Morgan and director Rupert Goold, playing on the clever set designed by Miriam Buether and how much it means to him to be welcomed back to Broadway.

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