Casting has been announced for La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of Will Power’s Seize the King, a reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's Richard III, which will begin performances August 21.
Directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda (At the Old Place, Tiger Style!, Guards at the Taj), the limited engagement will continue through September 16 in the Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.
The cast features Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Queen Woodville/Gardener 2/Master of the Royal Wardrobe, Julian Parker as Lord Buckingham/Gardener 1, Jesse Perez as Richard III, Luis Vega as Lord Hastings/Greygor the Tailor/Reverend Shaw, and Jenapher Zheng as Anne Neville/Edward V, along with drummer Richard Sellers.
With England’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his rule, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped—who can ensure it won’t happen again?
The creative team includes scenic designer Lauren Helpern, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, sound designer Mikhail Fiksel, dramaturg Shirley Fishman, and stage manager Rachael Danielle Albert.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome back Will Power to the Playhouse with this riveting new work,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “Will is a force of nature, and his plays demand artists who are equally dynamic. Happily, he and Jaime have assembled a stellar five-person cast and creative team for this propulsive retelling of a Shakespeare classic.”