LA JOLLA—The La Jolla Playhouse unveiled the cast and creative team for its upcoming musical The Nightingale, by the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening: Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music).
Directed by Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife), the production runs July 10 to August 5 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. The Nightingaleis presented as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage Play Development Program.
The cast includes Serra Mesa resident Nikki Castillo (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) as “Nightingale,” Obie Award winner Eisa Davis (Passing Strange, Angela’s Mixtape) as “Fisherwoman,” Matthew Patrick Davis (Playhouse’s Limelight, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as “Lieutenant Eunuch,”Kimiko Glenn (Spring Awakening national tour) as “Princess Ssu-Ming,” acclaimed local actor Steve Gunderson (Playhouse’s Memphis) as “Chief Eunuch,” Jonathan Hammond (Broadway’s Ragtime) as the “Emperor,” Corbin Reid (Broadway’s Sister Act) as “Feiyan,” Aaron Serotsky (Off-Broadway’s The Blue Flower) as “Minister of State,” Bobby Steggert (Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade) as “Young Emperor,” Tony Award nominee and Playhouse Gala honoree Charlayne Woodard (Playhouse’s The Night Watcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as “Empress Dowager,” as well as ensemble members Chelsea Diggs-Smith (Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Guys and Dolls) and UCSD M.F.A. student Zach Martens (Playhouse’s The Car Plays: San Diego).