The Old Globe has announced complete cast and creative team for the first offering in its 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival: William Shakespeare’s King Richard II.
Directed by Erica Schmidt (Off-Broadway’s A Month in the Country, All the Fine Boys, Humor Abuse), performances will run June 11–July 15 in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard will star as King Richard, who acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown.
Leonard will be joined by John Ahlin (Broadway’s Waiting for Godot, Journey’s End, Macbeth) as Earl of Northumberland, Jake Horowitz (King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Duke of Aumerle, Old Globe Associate Artist Charles Janasz (32 productions at The Old Globe) as John of Gaunt and Gardener, Patrick Kerr (Globe’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Twelfth Night) as Duke of York, Tory Kittles (Colony, True Detective, Sons of Anarchy) as Henry Bolingbroke, Ian Lassiter (The Cherry Orchard and War Horse on Broadway) as Thomas Mowbray, Welsh Captain, and Keeper, Lizabeth Mackay (Globe’s Faith Healer, Broadway’s Crimes of the Heart) as Duchess of York and Servingwoman, James Joseph O’Neill (a dozen Globe credits) as Bishop of Carlisle, and San Diego local Connor Sullivan (Globe’s Sense and Sensibility, The Metromaniacs) as Lord Willoughby.
The cast also includes students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Amara James Aja as Bushy and Sir Stephen Scroop; Samuel Max Avishay as Harry Percy; Nora Carroll as Queen Isabel; Renardo Charles Jr. as Lord Ross; Ajinkya Desai as House of Norfolk Herald; Talley Beth Gale as Lady 1 and Servingwoman; Daniel Ian Joeck as Bagot and Earl of Salisbury; Lorenzo Landini as Green and Duke of Surrey; Jose Martinez as House of Hereford Herald; Christina A. Okolo as House of Norfolk Herald and Servingwoman; Suzelle Palacios as Lady 2, Groom, and Servingwoman; Larica Schnell as House of Hereford Herald, Gardener, and Servingwoman; and Samantha Sutliff as Duchess of Gloucester, Gardener, and Servingwoman.
The creative team features scenic design by two-time Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge, sound design by Sten Severson, voice and text coaching by Ursula Meyer, and casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA. Anjee Nero is the production stage manager.
Tickets can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 234-5623, or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.