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La Jolla Playhouse Announces Casting for World Premiere of Seize the King

Jaime Castañeda directs this new spin on Richard III by Will Power.

Julian Parker, Jesse Perez, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Jenapher Zheng, and Luis Vega comprise the world-premiere cast of Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse.
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La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world premiere of Seize the King, written by Will Power (The Seven) and directed by Jaime Castañeda. Performances will run from August 21-September 16 in the Playhouse's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

Seize the King is described as follows: "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? Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda directs this time-blurring story of tyrannical power in Will Power's full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III."

The cast features Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Queen Woodville, Gardener 2, and Master of the Royal Wardrobe; Julian Parker as Lord Buckingham and Gardener 1; Jesse Perez as Richard III; Luis Vega as Lord Hastings, Greygor the Tailor, and Reverend Shaw; and Jenapher Zheng as Anne Neville and Edward V, along with drummer Richard Sellers.

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 La Jolla 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."