Directed by Michael Wilson, Ether is a co-production with the Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage and Huntington Theatre Company. Performances will continue to Aug. 10 in the Mandell Weiss Forum.
The cast will include Michael Bakkensen as Horace Wells, Greg Balla as Bigelow, Sam Breen as Paul/Medical Student, Ken Cheeseman as Dr. Gould, Benjamin Cole as Medical Student, Kevin Hafso-Koppman as Medical Student, Walker Hare as Medical Student, Richmond Hoxie as Dr. Warren, Bill Kux as Dr. Hayward, Linda Libby as Mrs. Wadsworth, Tom Patterson as William Morton, Amelia Pedlow as Elizabeth Wells, Lee Sellars as Dr. Colton, Hannah Tamminen as Girl in White, Liba Vaynberg as Lizzie Morton and William Youmans as Dr. Jackson.
"When a new treatment promises to eradicate pain, a doctor and his student play out an epic battle between altruism and ambition," according to press notes. "Based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846, Ether Dome is a fascinating new play that explores the pain that afflicts humankind, our attempts to find relief and the beginning of healthcare as big business."
The creative team includes Jim Youmans, scenic designer; David C. Woolard, costume designer; David Lander, lighting designer; John Gromada, sound designer/composer; Alex Neumann, sound designer; and Shirley Fishman, dramaturg.
Tickets are available by calling Playhouse Patron Services at (858) 550-1010 or at LaJollaPlayhouse.org.