Michael Stuhlbarg attacked in Central Park before ‘Patriots’ debut


A day after being hit with a rock in a random attack on the Upper East Side, actor Michael Stuhlbarg appeared Monday night in the first preview of the Broadway play “Patriots,” in which he plays a Russian oligarch which helped make Vladimir’s life easier. V. The rise of Putin.

Stuhlbarg, best known for his role as a gangster on the series “Boardwalk Empire,” was walking through Central Park on Sunday night when a man threw a rock at him, hitting him in the back of the head, police said.

Stuhlbarg chased the man, Xavier Israel, 27, out of the park, where he was detained and charged with assault. The place where the man was arrested on East 91st Street is the address of the Russian consulate.

Police said Stuhlbarg refused medical attention.

Stuhlbarg, who according to the program in a press release felt “fine” – appeared on stage Monday for his “Patriots” debut. He plays Boris A. Berezovsky, a Russian business magnate who reigned over post-Soviet Russia and helped install Putin as president, but then had a bitter falling out with the Kremlin and died in exile.

The play, written by Peter Morgan, creator of the British royal drama “The Crown,” and directed by Rupert Goold, premieres April 22. It was first performed in 2022 in London, where Tom Hollander played Berezovsky.

Stuhlbarg, 55, had his breakthrough starring performance in the Coen brothers’ film “A Serious Man,” and went on to play numerous on-screen roles, including prescription opioid magnate Dr. Richard Sackler in the series limited “Dopesick”, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

A fixture of the New York theater scene in the 1990s and early 2000s, Stuhlbarg last appeared on Broadway in 2005, when he received a Tony nomination for starring in Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman.”

At the end of the performance, the Ethel Barrymore audience gave Stuhlbarg a standing ovation as he emerged, smiling, to take his bow.

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