2018/2019 Season

Seize the King

World-Premiere Play

August 21 - September 16, 2018 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Will Power | Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Will Power returns to the Playhouse in a five-person, full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. 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?

Jaime Castañeda (Tiger Style!) directs Will Power’s (The Seven) time-blurring story of tyrannical power.

Tickets start at $41
A limited number of Area 3 – $20 tickets for Seize the King are made available one week before the first performance.

Production Sponsors
Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Management

This show contains strong language, live music, haze and strobe effects.


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ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 pm

Photo credit: (L-R) Julian Parker, Saidah Arrika Ekoluna and Luis Vega in Seize the King; photo by Jim Carmody

Cast & Creators
Image of Will Power Will Power Playwright

is an award-winning playwright and performer. Plays include “Stagger Lee” (Dallas Theater Center), “Fetch Clay, Make Man”(New York Theatre Workshop, Marin Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, True Colors Theater), “Steel Hammer” with SITI Company (Humana Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music), “The Seven” (Lucille Lortel Award Best Musical, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company), "Five Fingers of Funk!" (Children’s Theatre Company), "Honey Bo and The Goldmine" (La Jolla Playhouse) and two internationally acclaimed solo shows “The Gathering,” and “Flow.” Power’s numerous awards include a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, and the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award. Television appearances include The Steven Colbert Report (Comedy Central), and Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason (PBS).

Will Power Playwright
Image of Jaime Castañeda Jaime Castañeda Director

joined the Playhouse in 2014 as the Associate Artistic Director, where he recently directed "At the Old Place" by Rachel Bonds and "Tiger Style!" by Mike Lew. He has directed productions for Dallas Theater Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Perseverance Theatre, Kitchen Dog and American Theater Company. Mr. Castañeda has developed new plays with the O’Neill, Rattlestick Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center Theater Company, The Kennedy Center and the Atlantic Theater Company, where he spent five seasons as Artistic Associate. He is a Drama League fellow and has received the Princess Grace Award and the TCG New Generations Grant. M.F.A. in Directing from University of Texas at Austin.

Jaime Castañeda Director
Image of Saidah Arrika Ekulona Saidah Arrika Ekulona Queen Woodville/Gardener 2/Master of the Royal Wardrobe
Image of Julian Parker Julian Parker Lord Buckingham/Gardener 1/Royal Servant
Image of Jesse J. Perez Jesse J. Perez Richard III
Image of Luis Vega Luis Vega Lord Hastings/Young Warwick/Greygor the Tailor
Image of Jenapher Zheng Jenapher Zheng Anne Neville/Edward V/Woodville
  • Lauren HelpernScenic Designer
  • Emilio SosaCostume Designer
  • Tyler MicoleauLighting Designer
  • Mikhail FikselSound Design and Composition
  • Richard SellersDrummer
  • Steve RankinFight Director
  • Eva BarnesVocal Consultant
  • Shirley FishmanDramaturg
  • Telsey + Company;
    Karyn Casl, C.S.A.
    Casting
  • Rachael Danielle AlbertStage Manager
  • Ashley R. MartinAssistant Stage Manager
  • Becca DuhaimeProject Production Manager
  • Natalia DuongAssistant Director
  • Keira McGeeAssistant Costume Designer
  • Minjoo KimLighting Design Assistant
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot The Sheila and Hughes Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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