The War of the Worlds Cast
Laura Ellis (Foley Artist/Singer/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 four summers in Central Park, as well as colder-weather productions of Twelfth Night and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
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’s (The Stranger/Ensemble) numerous Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Othello, Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles and Gammer Gurton’s Needle.
His other regional credits are with Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble of Los Angeles. Dathan has many television and film credits and is proud of his long relationship with Louisville’s arts community.
Jon Huffman (Professor Pierson/Ensemble) has appeared on the local stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, 14 seasons at Kentucky Shakespeare since 1981 (including the title role in Titus Andronicus for two years), 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).
Gayle King (Piano/Singer/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 (Orson Welles/Carl Phillips/Ensemble) is thrilled to join Kentucky Shakespeare onstage for the 23rd time. He and his wife Abigail are ukulele duo Rannygazoo, co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, and in 2004 co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble.
He is a charter member of Brooklyn’s Under the Table Ensemble. Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Much Ado (Benedick), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Midsummer (Bottom), Othello (Roderigo), Two Gentlemen (Launce), Henry IV Pt I (Owen Glendower), 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 the Dell’Arte Company:Vaudeville (co-creator). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Abigail Bailey Maupin
Abigail Bailey Maupin (Announcer/Ensemble) is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare. Recent audiences may recognize her from 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).