The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The full cast of our Russian farce, The Government Inspector, has been assembled. And what a bunch clowns (and we mean that in the best way!) Director Allison Narver makes her Seattle Shakespeare Company directing debut with Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s hilarious tale of bureaucracy and buffoonery in a small Russian village.
R. Hamilton Wright, who brought his sly humor to our production of Tartuffe, plays Khlestakov, a petty clerk who is believed to be an inspector from the capitol. Rob Burgess (Othello) plays the corrupt Mayor Anton Antonovich. Sara Waisanen plays his vain and flirtatious wife Anna Andreyevna, and Shanna Allman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) plays their sullen, obstinate daughter Marya Antonovna.
Joining them as goofy members of the town are Susanna Burney, Brace Evans, Doug Fries, Jonelle Jordan, Kevin Kelly, Imogen Love, Arjun Pande, and Brandon J. Simmons.
The Government Inspector will have set design by Julia Welch, costume design by Pete Rush, lighting design by Andrew D. Smith, with sound design by Evan Mosher and Robertson Witmer. Choreographer is Crystal Dawn Munkers.