Photo Flash: La Jolla Playhouse's ETHER DOME Opens Tonight

July 18
7:32 AM 2014

La Jolla Playhouse presents ETHER DOME by Elizabeth Egloff, directed by Michael Wilson, in a co-production with the Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage and Huntington Theatre Company. The show runs now through August 10 in Mandell Weiss Forum (press opening: tonight, July 18 at 8:00pm). BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below!

The cast for Ether Dome features: Michael Bakkensen (Playhouse's Light up the Sky) as "Horace Wells," Greg Ballaas "Bigelow," Sam Breen as "Paul/Medical Student," Ken Cheeseman as "Dr. Gould," Benjamin Cole as "Medical Student," Kevin Hafso-Koppman as "Medical Student," Walker Hare (WoW Festival's Cornerstone) as "Medical Student," Richmond Hoxie (Playhouse's Light up the Sky) as "Dr. Warren," Bill Kux as "Dr. Hayward," acclaimed local actress Linda Libby as "Mrs. Wadsworth," Tom Patterson (Playhouse's Sideways) as "William Morton," Amelia Pedlow as "Elizabeth Wells," Lee Sellars as "Dr. Colton," Hannah Tamminen (WoW Festival's Cornerstone) as "Girl in White," Liba Vaynberg as "Lizzie Morton" and William Youmans (Playhouse's Hands on a Hardbody, Chaplin) as "Dr. Jackson."

The creative team includes: Jim Youmans, Scenic Designer; David C. Woolard, Costume Designer; David Lander, Lighting Designer; John Gromada, Sound Designer/Composer, Alex Neumann, Sound Designer; Shirley Fishman, Dramaturg.

When a new treatment promises to eradicate pain, a doctor and his student play out an epic battle between altruism and ambition. Based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846, Ether Dome is a fascinating new play that explores the pain that afflicts humankind, our attempts to find relief and the beginning of healthcare as big business.

For tickets, visit or call (858) 550-1010; prices start at $15.

Photo Credit: Kevin Berne


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