La Jolla Playhouse Premiere of Dram to Feature Kelly AuCoin, Murphy Guyer, Kathryn Meisle | Playbill

News La Jolla Playhouse Premiere of Dram to Feature Kelly AuCoin, Murphy Guyer, Kathryn Meisle
Casting has been announced for the La Jolla Playhouse world-premiere production of A Dram of Drummhicit, a supernatural comedy by Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley, directed by Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley.

Performances will play May 17-June 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA. Opening night is May 22.

The comedy about the development of a golf course on a plot of haunted Scottish land will feature Kelly AuCoin (Broadway's Julius Caesar) as Mackenzie Stewart, John Ahlin (Broadway's Waiting for Godot, Journey's End) as Angus MacLeod, Ron Choularton (Playhouse's Peter and the Starcatchers) as Minister, Joseph Culliton (Broadway's The Best Man, South Pacific revival) as Harry Morgan, Murphy Guyer (Broadway's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) as Robert Bruce, Lucas Hall (TFANA's The Merchant of Venice; Old Globe's Hamlet) as Charles Pearse, Alan Mandell (Playhouse's Restoration) as William Ross, Kathryn Meisle (Playhouse's Creditors) as Felicity Oliphant, Larry Paulson (several seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as Reverend Hagglehorne, UCSD M.F.A. student Daniel Rubiano as Little Nick and Anneliese van der Pol (Broadway's Beauty and the Beast; TV's "That's So Raven") as Fiona MacLeod. The ensemble includes UCSD M.F.A. students Natalie Birriel, Gabriel Lawrence, Jenni Putney, Megan Robinson and Taylor Shurte.

Here's how LJP bills the play: "In A Dram of Drummhicit, an American entrepreneur has found the perfect Scottish island on which to build his new golf course. But as secrets — and bodies — are unearthed, the true nature of the island wreaks comic havoc in this new supernatural comedy."

"This funny and mysterious play shows what happens when modern American commercialism runs headlong into a Scottish island steeped in Celtic mythology," Ashley said in a statement.

Kopit is the author of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad; Indians; Road to Nirvana; End of the World; BecauseHeCan; and the books for the musicals Nine and Phantom. Dudley's credits include the plays Substitution (Soho Playhouse, featuring Jan Maxwell); Getting Home (Second Stage Theatre, directed by David Schweizer); Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theatre, featuring Vincent Kartheiser); Cold Hard Cash at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Honor and the River (Walnut Street Theatre, Luna Stage, SPF, New York Stage & Film, Manhattan Theatre Club commission); Letters to the End of the World (Theatre Row); Davy & Stu (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Pleaching the Coffin Sisters (Ensemble Studio Theatre); and The Lake's End (Adirondack Theatre Festival).

The creative team includes David Zinn (scenic design); David C. Woolard (costume design); Philip Rosenberg (lighting design); John Gromada (composer/sound design); and Gabriel Greene (dramaturg).

The play kicks off the Playhouse's 2011-12 season.

For tickets and information, call (858) 550-1010 or visit

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