Woodard, Cameron, Moran and McMurtry to Star in La Jolla's A Midsummer Night's Dream

By Thomas Peter
June 21, 2010

The La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will run July 20-Aug. 22 in La Jolla, CA.

La Jolla artistic director and Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Restoration, Memphis, Xanadu) will direct a cast led by Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Charlayne Woodard (The Night Watcher, In the Blood, Ain't Misbehavin') as Hippolyta/Titania, Obie winner and Tony nominee J. Smith Cameron (The Starry Messenger, As Bees in Honey Drown, Our Country's Good) as Helena, Obie winner Martin Moran (The Tricky Part…, Spamalot, Titanic) as Puck, and California classical actor Jonathan McMurtry, whose resume includes roles at the Old Globe, North and South Coast Reps and San Diego Rep, as Egeus.

The cast will also feature Amelia Campbell as Hermia, Maggie Carney as Peter Quince, Matthew Patrick Davis as Tom Snout/Wall, Zach Harrison as Starveling/Moonshine, Tim Hopper as Lysander, Sean Mahon as Demetrius, Hugo Medina as Snug/Lion, Amanda Naughton as First Fairy, Daniel Oreskes as Theseus/Oberon, Chris Reed as Flute/Thisbe, Lucas Caleb Rooney as Nick Bottom, as well as Ken Berkeley, Matt Cusick and Tatyana Petruk as Fairy-Acrobats and Kyle Anderson, Cate Campbell, Maritxell Carrero, Sarah Garcia, Anne Stella and Bowman Wright as Fairies.

Mark Bennett will compose original music for the production, which will be performed along with parts of Felix Mendelssohn's 1842 score for Midsummer by members and alumni of the San Diego Youth Symphony.

Neil Patel will design sets, David C. Woolard will design costumes, Howell Binkley will design lighting, Leon Rothenberg will design sound, Basil Twist will serve as puppet designer, Eric Stern will act as music director, and Andrew Pacho will choreograph.

According to La Jolla notes, the production of Shakespeare's tale of comically mismatched human – and fairy – love "opens in a Victorian drawing room and then takes some fanciful twists as the setting shifts to the forest – suggesting that falling in love can be like losing one's bearings. Contributing to the fantastical environment will be Mark Bennett's delightful original score, aerialist fairies, and internationally-renowned puppeteer Basil Twist's unique brand of whimsical puppetry."

The La Jolla Playhouse is located at 2900 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, CA. For tickets, call (858) 550-1010 or visit lajollaplayhouse.org.