Apr. 1-May 1: Thom Sesma, David Strathairn and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Set for Seattle Rep’s GHOSTS

Seattle Rep is presenting Paul Walsh’s new translation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts on the Bagley Wright stage from April 1-May 1, 2022. Directed by Carey Perloff (Seattle Rep: A Thousand Splendid Suns), the cast features Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King).

Single tickets and digital access may be purchased online at SeattleRep.org, or by calling the Patron Services Office at 206.443.2224.

In this arresting new translation, Henrik Ibsen’s controversial drama resonates with startling contemporary power.

Mrs. Alving welcomes home her beloved son Oswald after many years away. Rebuilding her life after the death of her unfaithful husband, she struggles to keep his debauchery hidden to protect his reputation for the sake of her son. But when Oswald begins a new romance, secrets of all kinds emerge, and Mrs. Alving must decide what course to take to truly be free.

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma has numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and film appearances to his credit. Most recently he appeared in Rajiv Joseph’s new play, Letters of Suresh at Second Stage, followed by A Sherlock Carol at New World Stages. Prior to the pandemic shutdown, he was in Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier which opened at Playwrights Horizons four days before New York closed in the fight against COVID-19. Since then he has accumulated multiple remote credits in plays, musicals, concerts, works in development, and TV and film but couldn’t be more thrilled to once again be part of a live an in-person theater experience. For full details and credits please visit thomsesma.com and Instagram @thsesma.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio first came to attention for her role opposite Al Pacino in Brian DePalma’s Scarface and followed with her Oscar nominated performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money. She is also well known for her roles in films such as The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and The Perfect Storm.

Her select television credits include Netflix’s The Punisher, NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC’s “Grimm,” CBS’s “Limitless,” and NBC’s “Blindspot.”

Mastrantonio has starred on Broadway in West Side Story, Amadeus, Copperfield, The Human Comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, and the revival of Man of La Mancha opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She was last seen on Broadway in the revival of The Winslow Boy opposite Roger Rees. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, she has starred in productions of Henry V, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night, earning multiple Drama Desk Award nominations for her off-Broadway work.  She also starred on stage in London in Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse and in A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

She resides in New York.

David Strathairn

David Strathairn’s theater credits include: Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, an ongoing seven year collaboration with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, with performances in Poland, London, The Shakespeare Theater in DC., The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and most recently at The Presidio Theater in San Francisco; The Tempest, Scorched, and Underneath the Lintel at ACT in San Francisco; Salome, The Heiress, and Dance of Death on Broadway; Hapgood at Lincoln Center in New York; Nathan the Wise at People’s Light and Theater in Pennsylvania; and The Birthday Party at Classic Stage Company in New York. 

Film and television credits include: Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln, several films of John Sayles, The Bourne LegacyTemple GrandinLeague of Their OwnThe RiverWild, Nomadland, and most recently Nightmare Alley. In 1984 he was in Herb Gardener’s, I’m Not Rappaport which had its world premiere at Seattle Rep. David is thrilled to be back.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang loves to tell stories that are diverse and inclusive – as an actor, a multi-media content producer, award-winning filmmaker, and a performing arts photographer and documentarian. Photo archives: Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011, housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room; Lia Chang Photography Collection in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library. Awards: 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. Lia is an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate (2000), a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age (2000), a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media (2001), a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2002), and a National Tropical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellow (2003). A co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, Lia makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. She stars in and is the Executive Producer for the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). Lia has also appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. Along with an extensive career in Off-Broadway productions, favorite stage credits include her debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet and playing Joy in Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago. www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com

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