Casting News for “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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Husband and wife actors Connor Toms and Hana Lass will play two of the four romantic leads in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Toms, who last appeared as Duke Orsino in our Wooden O production of “Twelfth Night”, is set to play Jack Worthing, and Lass, who played Rosalind in our 2012 production of “As You Like It,” will play his young ward Cecily Cardew. They’ll be joined by Quinn Franzen, who makes his Seattle Shakespeare Company debut as Algernon Moncrieff, and Chiara B. Motley, who last appeared in “The Comedy of Errors” for Wooden O, playing Gwendolen Fairfax.


Jeanne Paulson returns to our stage as Lady Bracknell. Paulson played Mrs. Higgins in our 2012 production of “Pygmalion.”  Charles Leggett last appeared at Seattle Shakespeare Company in “Antony and Cleopatra” as Enobarbus will play Rev. Chasuble, and Kate Wisniewski will jump into the part of the Governess, Miss Prism right after wrapping up her roles as the Duchess of York and Duchess of Gloucester in January’s “Richard II.


You can catch Toms, Lass, Franzen, and Leggett for a few more weeks in Seattle Rep’s outstanding production of “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” through December 15.

The Merchant of Venice


Hot markets make Venice a glamorous and high-living city.  Fortunes are made in an instant and lost in a heartbeat.  After striking a lethal bargain with the moneylender Shylock, Antonio faces the knife when his income from his ships suddenly evaporates. He must now rely upon a resourceful heiress-turned-lawyer, Portia, to prevent the deadly disaster. In a thrilling courtroom conclusion, the disguised young woman swings into action in one of Shakespeare’s most popular and controversial plays.



Jennifer Zeyl (Scenic Design), Pete Rush (Costume Design), Geoff Korf (lighting design),  John Osebold (original music), Kimberly White (Voice and Text Director), Erin Murray (Assistant Director), Rod Pilloud (Stage Manager).


CAST (in alphabetical order)

Allan Armstrong (Tubal/ Duke of Venice), Will Beinbrink (Bassanio), Mark Chamberlin (Antonio), Mats Ecklund (Balthazar/Bailiff/Stefano), David Goldstein (Salarino), Troy Fischnaller (Gratiano/Morroco), Kelly Kitchens (Nerissa), Shawn Law (Launcelot), Charles Leggett (Shylock), Melanie Moser (Jessica), Kay Nahm (Lady in Waiting to Portia/Performer), Michael Place (Lorenzo), Dale Ross (Lady in Waiting to Portia/Performer), Klea Scott (Portia), Matt Shimkus (Salerio/Jailor), Brian Claudio Smith (Solanio/Aragon).




Prince Hamlet hears his father’s otherworldly voice demanding revenge, and thus begins an intense whirlwind of intrigue in Shakespeare’s most complex and emotional drama. Pulled apart by love and duty, Hamlet struggles to make sense of his upended world while attempting to pursue justice. Director John Langs returns after his much lauded production of “The Merchant of Venice” to stage and rediscover this exalted classic.



Jennifer Zeyl (Scenic Designer), Pete Rush (Costume Designer), Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer), Robertson Witmer (Sound Designer), Susannah Butler (Stage Manager)


CAST (in order of appearance)

Adam Standley (Bernardo/Player/Attendant/Fortinbras), Matt Shimkus (Francisco/Rosencrantz/Attendant), Mike Dooly (Horatio), Gordon Carpenter (Marcellus/Lucianus/Priest/Soldier of Fortinbras), Charles Leggett (Ghost/Player King/First Clown/Osric), Richard Ziman (Claudius), Mary Ewald (Gertrude), David Pichette (Polonius/Second Clown), Alyson Bedford (Voltemand/Player Queen/Soldier of Fortinbras), Robert Keene (Cornelius/Player/Messenger ), Darragh Kennan (Hamlet), Shawn Law (Laertes), Brenda Joyner (Ophelia), Justin Alley (Reynaldo/Captain/Attendant), Jason Marr (Guildenstern/Attendant)


Antony and Cleopatra


The Roman General and the Egyptian Queen. Their romance gave birth to an empire, but their fiery longing came at a price. Caught between desire and duty, Antony and Cleopatra’s love affair shook the foundations of the known world. Power, politics, and passion collide in Shakespeare’s captivating tragedy. Director John Langs, who staged our 2010 production of Hamlet, returns to helm this legendary and tragic affair between two charismatic leaders.


Jennifer Zeyl (Scenic Designer), Pete Rush (Costume Designer), Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer), Robertson Witmer and Evan Mosher (Co-Sound Designers), Megan Tuschhoff (Properties Designer), Mollye Maxner (Movement/Dance Choreographer), Barney Hammond (Vocal/Text Director), Susannah Butler (Stage Manager).


CAST (in alphabetical order)
Justin Alley (Demetrius/Ventidius/Soldier), Hans Altweis (Mark Antony), Sydney Andrews (Octavia), John Bogar (Meacenas/Messenger), Mike Dooly (Pompey/Dercetus), Daniel Guttenberg (Soothsayer/Schoolteacher), Anne-Marie Jones (Attendant), Darragh Kennan (Octavius Caesar), Dan Kremer (Lepidus/Clown), Charles Leggett (Enobarbus), Jason Marr (Philo/Scarus), Chris Maslen (Menas/Thidias), Alex Matthews (Eros/Messenger), Nick Rempel (Agrippa/Soldier), Joseph Anderson Shaw (Merecrates/Messenger), Matt Shimkus (Messenger/Candidus), Adam Standley (Alexas), Allison Strickland (Iras), Amy Thone (Cleopatra), Terri Weagant (Charmian).