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 Servant of Two Masters


A group of traveling tragedians arrive to perform The Merchant of Venice, only to find that the audience is expecting The Servant of Two Masters.  Parts are quickly assigned and costumes fly as the actors play off audience contributions to create a play about a wise-cracking servant named Truffaldino and how he confuses everyone around him by moonlighting for two employers.



Jason Phillips (Scenic Designer), Deane Middleton (Costume Designer), Ben Zamora (Lighting Designer), Tamesis Batiste (Stage Manager).


CAST (in alphabetical order)

Shawn Belyea (Master of Revels), Deborah Fialkow (Cross-dressing Leading Lady), Connor Toms (Good-Looking Leading Man), Wesley Rice (Curmudgeon of a Certain Age), Chris Ensweiler (a servant), Ben Burris (Deputy Master of Circus Revels), David Goldstein (Our Young Gallant), Emily Chisholm (Our Young Lady of Perpetual Despair), Kerry Ryan (a maid), Katjana Vadeboncoeur (Naughty Supporting Player), Stephen Grenley (Reluctant-to-Be-Supporting Player), Robertson Witmer (Deputy Master of Musical Revels).


The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Life along the Verona Gold Coast is sweet for buddies Proteus and Valentine.  They dine in great restaurants, chill in the best clubs, and get to hang out on yachts. But when Valentine heads off to attend the university, fickle Proteus drops his gal Julia and heads off with him.  While at school, the moony and misguided guys stumble over themselves trying to win the heart of beautiful Sylvia.  When resourceful Julia gets wind of it, she devises a plan to win back her wayward beau.



Jason Phillips (Scenic Designer), Doris Black (Costume Designer), Andrew D. Smith (Lighting Designer), Robertson Witmer (Sound Designer), Miller Freeman IV (Stage Manager).


CAST (in alphabetical order)

Daniel Brockley (Proteus), Samie Detzer (Lucetta/Ursula), Kelly Ehlert (Outlaw), Chris Ensweiler (Lance), David Goldstein (Speed), Emily Grogan (Sylvia), Hana Lass (Julia), Sean Martin (Thurio), Michael Patten (Duke/Antonio), Derek Petropolis (Outlaw), Matt Shimkus (Panthino/Eglamour), and Connor Toms (Valentine).

Chamber Cymbeline


Staged by Henry Woronicz, the former artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, “Cymbeline” is a fairtale come to life. A banished princess, a wicked stepmother, a faithful servant, and long lost brothers all dwell in in this storybook adventure. After brave Princess Imogen is falsely accused of adultery and exiled from her father’s court, she sets forth on a treacherous and miraculous journey to reclaim her place in society and reunite with her true love.



Carol Wolfe Clay (Scenic Designer), Pete Rush (Costume Designer), Rick Paulsen (Lighting Designer), Brendan Patrick Hogan (Sound Designer), Rod Pilloud (Stage Manager)


CAST (in alphabetical order)

Bradford Farwell (Iachimo), David Goldstein (Cornelius/Caius Lucius/Servant), Ben McFadden (Guiderius/Frenchman/Lord), Jeanne Paulsen (Queen/Belarius/Euriphile), Larry Paulsen (Cymbeline/Philario), Alexander Samuels (Pisanio), Jennifer Lee Taylor (Imogen), Connor Toms (Posthumus/Cloten)





What was Hamlet like at school? Find out in this smart, sprightly and audacious battle of wits. University colleagues Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther hold court while their student, the Prince of Denmark, faces the quandry of who to study with (while also struggling with his tennis game). This hyper-literate comedy is a highly entertaining and accessible exploration of reason versus faith.



Jennifer Zeyl (Scenic Designer), K.D. Schill (Costume Designer), Tim Wratten (Lighting Designer), Kevin Heard (Sound Designer), Sean Patrick Taylor (Music Director), Rod Pilloud (Stage Manager)


CAST (in order of appearance)

Connor Toms (Hamlet), Chad Kelderman (John Faustus), Michael Patten (Rev. Fr. Martin Luther), Michelle Chiachiere (The Eternal Feminine).