Meet the Pioneers: William, H. Ford and Guang-Li

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There is no shortage of adventurers in this show, and here are three more of them: H. Ford (Rodney Hicks), Guang-Li (Mikko Juan) and William (Eric Ankrim). H. Ford is a free black man from New York City who heads west to make his fortune, as so many others did. H. Ford focuses more on the entrepreneurial side than the gold side, though. The younger brother of previously announced character Ming-Li, Guang-Li is curious and determined to learn English and more about the American people. He and his brother butt heads over their differences as Ming-Li stays razor focused on getting money for their family and Guang-Li wants to do more to fit in. William is an Irishman hoping to raise enough money to bring his wife and baby from Ireland, but gets a bit waylaid by his own vices.

Rodney Hicks WebRodney Hicks is stepping in as H. Ford. Previously seen on our stage in Hair, Rodney may be familiar to Seattle audiences from his recent role in Come From Away at Seattle Repertory, which he will be accompanying to Broadway. Other Broadway credits include the original cast of RENT (as well as the closing cast!), Scottsboro Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rodney has also been seen Off-Broadway in Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel…, From My Hometown and RENT. You may have seen him on television in episodes of Leverage, Grimm, Law & Order: CI and Hope & Faith. Adding to his list of talents, Rodney is also a playwright, having recently completed a long journey with a show called NC-17.

Mikko Juan Web


Mikko Juan is making his 5th Avenue debut with Paint Your Wagon. He is currently a University of Washington student, graduating next spring from UW’s Musical Theater Program. We’re so thrilled to have him as part of our cast during his professional debut on our stage!




Eric Ankrim starred earlier this season Eric Ankrim Webin How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Eric also starred in Come From Away earlier this season at Seattle Repertory. Eric is a regular on our stage (and other stages around Seattle), having been seen previously in our productions of Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. Eric trod the boards on the Great White Way in First Date, in the role that he originated here.


Don’t miss Rodney, Mikko, Eric, and the other gold diggers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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