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.

Much Ado About Nothing


In “Much Ado About Nothing,” when the men return victorious from war the women are ready and waiting for romance. Couples form and weddings are planned. All is going smoothly in this delightful comedy until a jealous brother sets a devastating lie in motion.  Suddenly rivals Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to save the honor of an innocent girl.  With sparkling prose, “Much Ado About Nothing” illustrates the beauty and complexity of human relationships and will win your heart again and again.



Kaleo Quenzer (Scenic Designer), K.D. Schill (Costume Designer), Gretta Harley (Composer), Marleigh Driscoll (Properties Designer), Peter Dylan O’Connor (Assistant Director/Choreographer), Miller Freeman IV (Stage Manager).


CAST (in alphabetical order)

Scott Adams (Musician), Hans Altwies (Benedick),Keith Dahlgren (Leonato), Chris Ensweiler (Dogberry/Friar), Tim Gouran (Don John) David Hogan (Borachio), Brenda Joyner (Hero), Michael Place (Claudio), Sage Price (Balthasar, Watch), Heather Rash (Margaret, Sexton), Tim Smith-Stewart (Conrade), Carol Thompson (Verges), Amy Thone (Beatrice), Evan Whitfield (Don Pedro), and Kate Wisniewski (Ursula, Watch).


Richard II


This lyrical beginning to the War of the Roses is among the most moving of all of Shakespeare’s histories. More poet than monarch, Richard is ill-suited to the role that lineage and legacy demands of him. Surrounded by ambitious men who would prey on his vulnerabilities, Richard is toppled from the throne by his cunning and capable cousin, Henry. But in the loss of his worldly power, Richard makes an unexpected revelation far more important than any kingdom.


Carol Wolfe Clay (Scenic Designer), Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Designer), Geoff Korf (Lighting Designer), Dominic CodyKramers (Sound Designer), Lisa Norman (Voice/Text Director), Robin Macartney (Props Designer), Gordon Carpenter (Fight Choreographer),  Tori Thompson (Stage Manager)


CAST (in alphabetical order)
David Brown-King (Duke of Aumerle), Mike Dooly (Thomas Mowbray/Welsh Captain/Abbott/Keeper), David Foubert (Henry Bolingbroke), Reginald Andre Jackson (Earl of Northumberland), Peter A. Jacobs (Duke of York), Brenda Joyner (Queen), Robert Keene (Scroope), Dan Kremer (John of Gaunt/Gardener/Groom), Marty Krouse (Bishop of Carlisle/Lord Marshal), Jason Marr (Bagot), Victor Matlock (Green/Servant/Murderer), Alex Matthews (Lord Willoughby), George Mount (King Richard), Jay Myers (Bushy/Gardener’s Man/Guard/Murderer), Brandon J. Simmons (Lord Ross), Kate Wisniewski (Duchess of York/Duchess of Gloucester)

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Performance Schedule

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