Night of the Living Dead Cast
Laura Ellis (Vocalist/Barbara/Judy/Ensemble) is a performer and sound designer who regularly works with Kentucky Shakespeare, Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. She designed the past five summers in Central Park, as well as colder-weather productions of Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, andThe War of the Worlds.
Onstage credits include Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche, The Breakup Notebook, and A Man of No Importance (Pandora Productions) and Sidewinders, Class of ’70, and Crossing Mountains (Looking for Lilith Theatre Company). With Looking for Lilith, Laura appeared as Gertrude in the world premiere of Alice in Black and White at 59E59 Theaters in New York. When she’s not in a theatre (or a park), she’s often singing 30s & 40s jazz and swing with Billy Goat Strut Revue. These and other pursuits are underwritten by her day job as Senior Producer at 89.3 WFPL.
Dathan Hooper (Ben/Ensemble) has loved working with Kentucky Shakespeare over the past six seasons. He thanks the festival for casting him in a wide range of roles in productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Comedy Of Errors, and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream – to name a few.
After fending off Martians in last year’s The War of the Worlds, he returns to battle zombies in this year’s radio drama Night Of The Living Dead. Additional regional credits include stints with Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. Dathan says: Bring on the zombies!!!!!
Jon Huffman (Harry Cooper/Ensemble) has appeared on the local stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, 15 seasons at Kentucky Shakespeare since 1981 (including the title roles in Titus Andronicus and King Lear), and many more.
Across the country, he’s played hundreds of roles, ranging from Harold Hill in The Music Man to Prospero in The Tempest, and from Oedipus in Oedipus Rex to Zach in A Chorus Line. His television work includes regular roles on Designing Women, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital. In dozens of films, Jon has shared the screen with the likes of Laurence Fishburne (Fled), Jeremy Irons (Lolita), James Earl Jones (Timepiece), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunley) and has been directed by Oscar winners Jodie Foster (Little Man Tate), Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) and Adrian Lyne (Lolita). Also a screenwriter, Jon wrote one of Halloween’s most streamed films: Leprechaun 5: Lep In The Hood.
Gayle King (Piano/Vocalist/Ensemble), a native Louisvillian, has performed locally and abroad for over 45 years. Onstage credits include Dreamgirls (Deena), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), The Wiz (Glinda), Smokey Joe’s Café (ensemble), and Children of Eden (Mama Noah) at Derby Dinner Playhouse; Little Shop of Horrors (Urchin), Mame (Vera), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ensemble), Wizard of Oz (Elmira Gulch / Wicked Witch), and Hairspray (Motormouth Mabel) at StageOne.
Musical Direction: Hot & Cole, Nunsense, Always… Patsy Cline, My Way, and Once on this Island at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Always… Patsy Cline at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Crowns at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. She has also music directed shows for Pandora Productions and Acting Against Cancer. Gayle sang with the Indigo Band and Pendulum Orchestra, which performed for over 40 years. She has had the privilege of opening shows for Cab Calloway, Red Skelton, Nell Carter, Johnny Rivers, and Bob Newhart.
Gregory Maupin (Narrator/Ensemble) is thrilled to join Kentucky Shakespeare onstage again. He and his wife Abigail are Prohibition ukulele duo Rannygazoo, co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, and in 2004 co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble.
Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: As You Like It (Touchstone), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Much Ado (Benedick), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Midsummer (Bottom), Two Gentlemen (Launce), Hamlet (Polonius), Macbeth (Porter), Henry V (Fluellen), Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shakespeare). With Actors Theatre: Luna Gale (Cliff), At the Vanishing Point (Martin), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Midsummer (Flute), Macbeth, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. With Brooklyn’s Under the Table: Dracula (Dracula); Fever Pitch (Klyftan von Qlyvtn). With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Abigail Bailey Maupin
Abigail Bailey Maupin (Helen Cooper/Ensemble) is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare. Recent audiences may recognize her from King Lear (Goneril), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Taming of the Shrew (Kate), or Macbeth (Lady Macbeth).
She and her husband Greg co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, with whom she created/performed in over twenty plays, including the title role in Molière’s Don Juan; she has also appeared locally with Actors Theatre, Theatre , Derby Dinner Playhouse, StageOne Family Theater, Music Theatre Louisville, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed Opera House), Babes & Dudes, Die Like a Lady (NY International Fringe Festival), Iolanthe (Village Light Opera Group, NYC), Gift of the Magi (Vermont Stage Company) and Hansel and Gretel (Theatreworks/USA).
Matt Street (Johnny/Tom/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making his Kentucky Shakespeare debut! You may have seen him in As You Like It (Orlando) or The Zoo Story (Jerry) at Indiana University Southeast, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene) at TheatreWorks of SoIn, Love, Sex, and the IRS (Leslie) at Derby Dinner Playhouse, or (most recently) in The Goat (Billy) at The Liminal Playhouse. He is a very recent graduate of Indiana University Southeast, and hopes to keep making trips to the Louisville side of the river for a long time.