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The Cast and Creative Team of Rain is Announced

February 5, 2015—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of its newest production, as Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his musical directing debut with Rain, a sumptuous world premiere musical by one of the most significant teams working in theatre today: composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant) and book writer Sybille Pearson (Giant). Based on the short story by W. Somerset Maugham, Rain will play March 24 – May 1, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run March 24 – 31. Opening night is Friday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $36, currently available by subscription only, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 19 at noon.

Somerset Maugham’s classic story Rain was adapted as a movie three times, his iconic character Sadie Thompson played successively by Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. Now a brand-new musical comes to the Globe from Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson. The year is 1924, the setting a boarding hotel on the island of Western Samoa, where a missionary, a doctor, and their wives are scandalized by Sadie’s arrival, particularly when they learn what she does for a living. But the missionary has secrets of his own, and when he tries to shut down Sadie’s business and save her soul, more heats up than the South Pacific sun. Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his musical theatre debut with this gorgeous and powerful new work that reveals the explosive nature of repressed desire.

The cast includes Marie-France Arcilla as Noi Noi (Princess in The Orphan of Zhao at American Conservatory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse, co-star on “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Cashmere Mafia”), Elizabeth A. Davis as Anna Davidson (Tony Award nominee for Once, Allegro and Caucasian Chalk Circle at Classic Stage Company), Jeremy Davis as Jo (In Your Arms at the Globe, Broadway’s The Last Ship, Annie, and Ghost The Musical), Eden Espinosa as Sadie Thompson (Broadway’s Brooklyn, Wicked, and Rent), Betsy Morgan as Louisa MacPhail (LaChiusa’s First Daughter Suite as Tricia Nixon and Susan Ford, Broadway’s Les Misérables and A Little Night Music), Rusty Ross as Kiwi (Globe’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! original Globe cast and on Broadway), Mike Sears as Quartermaster and Hopper (When It Comes and Othello at the Globe, Bonnie & Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse),Tally Sessions as Alec MacPhail (Broadway’s School of Rock, Big Fish, and The House of Blue Leaves, Globe’s Robin and the 7 Hoods), and Jared Zirilli as Alfred Davidson (Lysistrata Jones on Broadway, We Will Rock You and Wicked first national tours, co-star on “Blue Bloods”).

The creative team includes Patrick McCollum (Movement), J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Mark Wendland (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design), Ken Travis (Sound Design), Telsey + Company/Andrew Femenella CSA and Patrick Goodwin CSA (Casting), and James Latus (Production Stage Manager).

“Southern California really needs some precipitation, and I’m beyond excited to bring it here in the form of Rain, a remarkable new work of music-theatre,” said Barry Edelstein. “LaChiusa and Pearson are at the top rank of the American musical stage, and with this piece they have outdone even themselves. Their approach to Maugham’s classic tale is to X-ray it, revealing the tale’s hidden powers that make its characters so memorable and their stories so moving. In LaChiusa and Pearson’s hands, Rain becomes a story of repression, desire, and need, driven by a ravishing score that’s sweeping and romantic, evocative and emotional. I’m honored to work on Rain and thrilled to do so alongside a design team of Broadway regulars and a cast very much at the level of excellence that Globe audiences have come to expect.”

To learn more about Rain, click here!


The Old Globe Holds Annual Meeting, Elects New Board Members for 2016 Fiscal Year

Incoming Board Chair Vicki L. Zeiger. Photo by Douglas Gates.

February 2, 2016—The Old Globe’s Annual Meeting was held on Monday, February 1, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After a reception in the Jane and Victor Ottenstein Lobby, outgoing Old Globe Board Chair Elaine Bennett Darwin welcomed the Board of Directors and guests and announced the newly elected Board and Executive Committee members, including her successor as Board Chair, Vicki L. Zeiger. Managing Director Michael G. Murphy gave an update on the Globe’s financial position and presented highlights of the 2015 fiscal year, and Artistic Director Barry Edelstein spoke about the artistic future of the Globe and its place in the San Diego community as the theatre launches its exciting new Department of Arts Engagement. The meeting was followed by a reception for the Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and Founders Level Donors in Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

It was announced that the 2016 Board of Directors’ Executive Committee will consist of Zeiger (Chair), Darwin (Immediate Past Chair), Peter J. Cooper (Vice Chair, Arts Engagement), Ann Davies (Vice Chair, Nominating), Anthony S. Thornley (Treasurer), Harvey P. White (Secretary; Past Chair, Ex Officio), Nicole A. Clay, Donald L. Cohn (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Stephen P. Embry, Pamela A. Farr, Harold W. Fuson, Jr. (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Kathryn Hattox (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Paula Powers, Conrad Prebys, Ann Steck, and Karin Winner.

Darwin also announced that the following candidates identified by the Globe’s Nominating Committee were formally elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors: Terry Atkinson, Stephanie R. Bulger, Ph.D., George S. Davis, Thomas Melody, David Jay Ohanian, Gloria Rasmussen, Sue Sanderson, Dean H. Thompson, and Reneé Wailes. Current Board members who will begin new consecutive three-year terms in 2016 include Mary Beth Adderley, Peter J. Cooper, Ann Davies, Stephen P. Embry, Victor P. Gálvez, Jo Ann Kilty, Crystal Sargent, Rhona Thompson, Anthony S. Thornley, Stacey LeVasseur Vasquez, and Jordine Von Wantoch.

Board members Marla Black, Elizabeth Dewberry, Ramin Pourteymour, Tim Rafalovich, Adam Ratner, Marguerite Sargis (Immediate Past Globe Guilders President, Ex Officio), and Daniel L. Sullivan, Ph.D., whose terms of service concluded at the end of 2015, were honored for their outstanding commitment to The Old Globe. Sargis, who passed away in October, was also celebrated for her longtime commitment to the Globe Guilders, the auxiliary group that has generously given time and financial support to The Old Globe for the past 60 years.

The Old Globe’s Board of Directors also includes Elizabeth Altman, Pamela Cesak, Joseph J. Cohn, Valerie S. Cooper, Angela DeCaro (Globe Guilders President, Ex Officio), Silvija Devine, Karen Fox, Old Globe Associate Artist Robert Foxworth, Jack Galloway, Patricia A. Hodgkin, Daphne H. Jameson, Sheila Lipinsky, Keven Lippert, Sandra Redman, Jean Shekhter, Steven J. Stuckey, Karen Tanz, Evelyn Mack Truitt, Debra Turner, Pamela J. Wagner, and Lynne Wheeler.

To learn more about upcoming shows in 2016, click here.


A Free Weekend of Poetry — Two Free Public Events to Celebrate the Power and Artistry of San Diego Poetry — February 13–14!

Gill Sotu will perform at the Free Weekend of Poetry at The Old Globe, Feb. 13-14, 2016. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

January 20, 2016—In honor of David Ives’s poetry-infused comedy The Metromaniacs, the Globe brings together a dynamic mix of poets and performers for a Free Weekend of Poetry, featuring two free public events to celebrate the power and artistry of San Diego poetry. On Saturday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m., as part of the Subject Matters series immediately following the matinee of The Metromaniacs, hear San Diego poets Gill Sotu, Karla Cordero, and Jim Moreno discuss the wide-reaching impact of poetry in modern society. And on Sunday, February 14 at 4:00 p.m., join host Gill Sotu, the neo-soul band Abstrack, and other area poets including Karla Cordero, Jim Moreno, Lizz Huerta, and Joe Limer for Poetry on the Plaza, a one-hour showcase of San Diego poetry. Joining in on Sunday will be Francalou from The Metromaniacs, Adam LeFevre; in addition to his extensive Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional credits, his third volume of poems, A Swindler’s Grace, was just published by New Issues Press. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Old Globe presents this Free Weekend of Poetry in conjunction with the West Coast premiere of The Metromaniacs by supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies). This uproarious new “translaptation” of a classic French farce, Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie, is directed by one of America’s most renowned stage directors, Michael Kahn, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. This smart, sexy new comedy will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, January 30 – March 6, 2016. Previews run January 30 – February 3. Opening night is February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are currently on sale.

In 18th-century Paris, poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Damis has a serious case of verse-mania, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name! Soon we’re off and running in a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities that The Washington Post calls “a marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy!” The Metromaniacs is a true find: one of the nation’s most exciting new plays, in its original production, directed by the legendary Michael Kahn.

To learn more about The Metromaniacs, click here!


The Cast and Creative Team of The Last Match is Announced

(from left) Troian Bellisario, Patrick J. Adams, Alex Mickiewicz, and Natalia Payne. Photo by Jim Cox.

January 13, 2016—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (who directed Bethany at the Globe in 2014). Developed in the Globe’s 2014 New Voices Festival, this funny and visceral look at the sacrifices we make to stay on top will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, February 13 – March 13, 2016. Previews run February 13 – February 17. Opening night is February 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

The US Open tennis semifinals are underway. As Russian phenom Sergei Sergeyev and American superstar Tim Porter do battle under the lights on center court, Galina and Mallory, the funny and complicated women who share their lives, watch anxiously from the sidelines. But as the back-and-forth action unfolds, we journey into the minds of the players and the lives of the two couples in a fast-paced and moving exploration of family, parenthood, and the legacy we leave behind. Before it’s game, set, and match, more than a championship will be won or lost.

The cast includes real-life fiancés Patrick J. Adams (Tim; SAG Award-nominated star of TV’s “Suits,” Garland Award for Bill Cain’s play Nine Circles) and Troian Bellisario (Mallory; star of TV’s “Pretty Little Liars,” Equivocation and Farragut North at Geffen Playhouse) alongside Alex Mickiewicz (Sergei; Broadway’s Thérèse Raquin) and Natalia Payne (Galina; New York premieres of Anna Ziegler’s Novel, Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I, David Ives’s New Jerusalem).

The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Bradley King (Lighting Design), Bray Poor (Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting/Lauren Port, CSA (Casting), and Diana Moser (Production Stage Manager).

“Anna Ziegler’s star is rising fast in the American theatre, and the Globe is both honored and delighted to give her latest work its world premiere,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The Last Match is just a terrific play: funny and smart and suspenseful and populated by vivid and articulate characters with whom it’s a pleasure to spend two hours. It looks at some big American ideas that happen to be very much in the air right now: winning and losing, and the price of fame, and whether or not getting what we want is in fact the key to real happiness. Its use of tennis as a metaphor is both witty and probing, and as it puts center court at center stage, it delivers a real ace of an evening. Director GT Upchurch and her very exciting cast are all as good as it gets in our theatre, and their work on this special play is sure to get the Globe’s 2016 off to a wonderful start.”

To learn more about The Last Match, click here.


The Lineup for the 2016 New Voices Festival is Announced

Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Photo by Joseph Moran.

December 21, 2015—The Old Globe today announced it will present the Third Annual New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, January 15 – 17, 2016. The Festival will kick off Friday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Sheri Wilner, Julia Jordan, and Adam Gwon’s musical Cake Off, directed by Anne Torsiglieri. The Festival weekend will continue on Saturday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. with peerlessby Jiehae Park, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, and at 7:30 p.m. with The Blameless by Nick Gandiello, directed by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. The festival concludes on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m., with Mona Mansour’s Unseen, directed by Johanna McKeon. The New Voices Festival will take place in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to all four readings are free but require reservations, currently available to donors and subscribers through December 30. Reservations for the general public will be available beginning Tuesday January 5 at 12 noon. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE.

“Now in its third installment, our New Voices Festival has become a highlight of the Globe’s year and the centerpiece of our growing new play development program,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It has also become an important source of work for our annual season and for other stages in town. Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, which we read in the Festival last year, is about to make its world premiere in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. And playwright Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story is in our coming season because we got to know her through another play from last year’s Festival, brownsville song (b-side for tray), which is about to make its San Diego premiere at the wonderful MOXIE Theatre. I expect that this year’s slate of plays will also make their way to full productions here and elsewhere in the time ahead. The Globe is committed to bringing the best new playwriting to San Diego, and we are thrilled to give our audiences opportunities to see the artistic process in action. The talent joining us this year is at the highest level of achievement on the American stage, and their work will once again make the Globe a cutting-edge venue for new drama. I look forward to sharing this funny, challenging, and inspiring work with our audience.”

To read descriptions of all the shows, plus playwright and director bios, click here!


The Cast and Creative Team of The Metromaniacs is Announced

Amelia Pedlow and Dina Thomas will appear in The Old Globe's The Metromaniacs. Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company.

December 14, 2015—The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of The Metromaniacs by supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies). This uproarious new “translaptation” of a classic French farce, Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie, will be directed by one of America’s most renowned stage directors, Michael Kahn, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. This smart, sexy new comedy will run January 30 – March 6, 2016. Tickets start at $29.00 and currently on sale here.

In 18th-century Paris, poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Damis has a serious case of verse-mania, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name! Soon we’re off and running in a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities that The Washington Post calls “a marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy!” The Metromaniacs is a true find: one of the nation’s most exciting new plays, in its original production, directed by the legendary Michael Kahn.

The cast includes Benjamin Cole (Servant), Christian Conn (Damis), Cary Donaldson (Dorante), Michael Goldstrom (Mondor), Peter Kybart (Baliveau), Adam LeFevre (Francalou), Amelia Pedlow (Lucille), Connor Sullivan (Servant), and Dina Thomas (Lisette).

The creative team includes James Noone (Scenic Design), Murell Horton (Costume Design), Mark McCullough (Lighting Design), Matt Tierney (Sound Design), Adam Wernick (Original Music), Laura Stanczyk, CSA (Casting Director), Carter C. Wooddell (Additional Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“I’m excited about The Metromaniacs for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is how riotously funny and truly entertaining it is,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I’m also very thrilled to welcome David Ives to the Globe, whose sparkling ‘translaptation’ of this play is what Shakespeare would call ‘a feast of language.’ And I’m honored and most happy to bring Michael Kahn’s glorious directing work to San Diego audiences. Michael is one of America’s great stage directors as well as a friend and mentor to me. He leads this talented company through a romp that is the kind of fun, top-notch theatre that audiences expect of the Globe.”

To learn more about The Metromaniacs, click here!


The Old Globe Will Present a New Workshop Project: When It Comes


When It Comes playwright Mike Sears. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

November 30, 2015—The Old Globe will present When It Comes with free public workshop presentations, marking the culmination of Mike Sears’s 2015 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grant. Inspired by writer Sears’s real-life experiences, the piece was developed in collaboration with a team of local artists: four San Diego actors, puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy (Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree), music by Clinton Davis, and direction by Sears’s wife, Lisa Berger.

There will be four free workshop performances—open to the public—Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; all at The Studio Theatre at University of San Diego. Seating is by general admission. Admission to When It Comes is free, but reservations are recommended. Reservations available now and can be reserved by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Globe Box Office. Subject to availability, tickets will be available at the door of the Studio Theatre at University of San Diego half hour prior to each performance.

When it Comes is a folktale with music about Buck and Erma, a young, optimistic, blue-collar couple who build a house only to discover they need the moon to make it complete. They begin a journey to retrieve the moon, one that will test the very fabric of their love.

The cast features Samantha Ginn as Erma, Jeffrey Howard Ingman as He, Li-Anne Rowswell as She, and Connor Sullivan as Buck, with stage directions read by Molly Maslak. Clinton Davis and Batya MacAdam-Somer serve as musicians. The puppeteers of Animal Cracker Conspiracy are Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree.

The creative team includes Andrew Layton (Scenic Consultant), Liz Shipman (Movement Consultant), Sammy Bauman-Martin (Stage Manager), and Taylor Todd (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager).

This project was funded by a grant from the Ariel W. Coggeshall Fund of The San Diego Foundation Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.

To learn more about this original new work, click here.


The Old Globe announces a major milestone in the formation of its Department of Arts Engagement!

(from left) Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine and Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Photo by Ken Jacques.

November 23, 2015—The Old Globe today announced a major milestone in an ongoing transformation of its institutional structure—the formation of its Department of Arts Engagement, along with the appointment of a new Director of Arts Engagement, Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, whose arrival in San Diego concludes a thorough nationwide search. Bradley-Ballentine will lead the Globe's work of forging new and deeper bonds with all the constituencies the Globe serves—and aspires to serve—in the region. He will also be central to the Globe's work with The James Irvine Foundation's New California Arts Fund, an initiative designed to help arts not-for-profits better serve their communities, under which the Globe will be funded by a three-year grant of $1.725 million. This will enable the Globe to bring new kinds of work into the community and to look at the institution in deep ways that will help it mean more to San Diego and its citizens. Together these moves are significant developments for the Globe and for our city.

Freedome Bradley-Ballentine's appointment coincides with, and will help shape, the creation of the Globe's new Department of Arts Engagement. All of the institution's existing education and community-based programming will be brought together there and aligned with a set of values centered on the dual propositions that theatre matters and that the Globe's work can and should be an asset to all of San Diego. Under Bradley-Ballentine's leadership, the Department of Arts Engagement will interact with every part of the institution as the organization imagines and rolls out innovative and exciting new ways to engage with a diverse cross-section of the county's population. This dynamic leader started in his new position on October 22 and is quickly proving a wonderful addition to the extraordinary institution.

To learn more, click here!


Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

Join Us For Our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!

The 10th annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. on the Globe's Copley Plaza. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the presentation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the Plaza and will remain for the run of the show. This free fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe Plaza. Although the event is free, reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE. Grinch production performances that day will be at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To learn more, click here!

 


The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program will present William Shakespeare's As You Like It!

Running Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, November 22 at The Old Globe

November 2, 2015—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, running November 14 – November 22 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. Directed by Old Globe Associate Producer Justin Waldman, tickets to As You Like It can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.

Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.

Flirtation, friendship, and mistaken identity collide in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, As You Like It, a lighthearted look at the fickle and passionate nature of love. When Rosalind is banished by her cruel uncle, she escapes to the magical Forest of Arden—disguised as a boy with her cousin in tow—and soon meets lovesick Orlando. Will wit and merriment overcome jealousy and deception? How will true love ever find its way, lost in the delightful madness of the forest?

“The Old Globe’s M.F.A. program is one of the jewels in this theatre’s crown, and I’m as proud of the work we do training the next generation of American actors as I am of anything else in this institution’s life,” said Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The talent that thrives in our joint venture with USD is top-notch, and in the delightful Shakespearean confection of As You Like It that talent will be on dazzling display. An additional happiness is that the Globe's own very gifted Justin Waldman is making his directorial debut here. All told, this will be a memorable night at the theatre.”

The cast features Amara James Aja (Oliver), Amy Blackman (Jaques), Ally Carey (Rosalind), Ajinkya Desai (Touchstone), Talley Beth Gale (Corin, Hymen), Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Amiens, Sir Oliver Martext), Lorenzo Landini (Duke Frederick, Jaques de Boys, William), Jake Millgard (Adam, Silvius), Makha Mthembu (Celia), Christina A. Okolo (Phoebe, Dennis), Suzelle Palacios (Audrey, Le Beau), Daniel Petzold (Orlando), and Nathan Whitmer (Charles, Duke Senior).

Thecreative team includes David Israel Reynoso (Scenic and Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Emily Jankowski (Sound Design), Charlotte Bydwell (Choreography), Christopher Balcom (Original Music), and Zachary James Schell (Production Stage Manager).

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by The Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation. Production Sponsorship of As You Like It is provided by Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust. For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.

To learn more, click here!


The Old Globe announces its 2016 Summer Season!

October 23, 2015—The Old Globe today shared its 2016 Summer Season, which will feature new and familiar works directed by four major American stalwarts. The season features the welcome return of Steve Martin (Bright Star) with the World Premiere of his new play Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein, in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where he serves as Artistic Director. Paul Gordon’s musical Sense and Sensibility will have its West Coast premiere, presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it had its world premiere in February 2015, directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. The Summer Shakespeare Festival will include Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, and Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

“The Old Globe’s 2016 summer season is all about the excellence that makes this theatre so special,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The caliber of artists joining us is extraordinarily high, and everyone is at the very top of the national field: four renowned and highly accomplished directors, a major Broadway composer, and of course Steve Martin, one of the true Renaissance men of our era. The range of talent on display will be breathtaking, as will the range of material that talent will shape. The two Shakespeare plays in next summer’s Shakespeare Festival are at opposite ends of the Bard’s spectrum: a delightful romantic comedy and a potent display of the playwright’s tragic vision. Both will provide magical and moving evenings in San Diego’s balmy night air. Sense and Sensibility is a knockout: a show of sweep and scope that transforms a favorite novel into a new and altogether remarkable work of musical theatre. And Meteor Shower is a complete entertainment: funny, surprising, and grown-up in the best ways. This lineup of productions, enhanced by our growing program of community engagement activities and of course the previously announced visit of Shakespeare’s First Folio to our city, will make the summer of 2016 one to remember. I can’t wait to share it with the Globe’s warm and wonderful audience.”

Steve Martin. Photo by Sandee Bartkowski.

The Globe is delighted to announce the return of Steve Martin with the world premiere of Meteor Shower, an adult comedy. It will be directed by Gordon Edelstein, in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director (and no, they are not related). Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star premiered at the Globe last summer and will play a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center starting December 2, prior to a just-announced Broadway run beginning performances March 7 at a Shubert Organization theatre to be named. Meteor Shower will play July 30 – September 4, 2016, with Opening Night on August 7, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. As part of Long Wharf Theatre’s 2016-2017 season, performances are scheduled for September 21 - October 16, 2016 (dates subject to change).

Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.

The delightfully romantic new musical Sense and Sensibilitywill be presentedin association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), who originally commissioned it and presented the World Premiere on April 29, 2015. This musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel has book, music, and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon (The Old Globe’s Emma), orchestrations by Tony Award winners Larry Hochman (The Book of Mormon) and Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza), additional arrangements by Curtis Moore, developed with Rick Boynton, and it will be directed again by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. The Old Globe’s West Coast premiere will play July 6 – August 14, 2016, with Opening Night on July 14, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Jane Austen’s beloved, emotional novels inspire readers’ imaginations. Now Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (The Old Globe’s Emma, Broadway’s Jane Eyre) and director Barbara Gaines refashion Austen’s timeless classic Sense and Sensibility into a gorgeous, thrillingly romantic musical. After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with the classic story in a whole new way, enchanted by the lush tones of Gordon’s ravishing new musical score. The Chicago Sun-Times called Sense and Sensibility “flawless,” and The Wall Street Journal dubbed it “a winner, full of wit and romance—a show as light on its feet as the novel from which it derives.”

The 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival:
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, will play June 19 – July 24, 2016, with Opening Night on June 25, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Tempted by an evil prophecy, and encouraged by his wife ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, famously gorgeous poetry, and some of the Bard’s most vivid characters. A stellar cast, under the direction of renowned Shakespearean Brian Kulick, will electrify the San Diego night with a stunning rendition of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Kathleen Marshall, will play August 14 – September 18, 2016, with Opening Night on August 20, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

The King of Navarre and his three schoolmates vow to embrace their studies—and not embrace girls—for three whole years. But the instant they take that vow, the Princess of France arrives with her three beautiful attendants, and all bets are off. Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy is an unabashed celebration of innocence, idealism, and the sweet folly of young love. Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall makes her Old Globe directing debut with this intoxicating classic under the San Diego stars.

From June 4 to July 7, 2016, the Globe, in partnership with the San Diego Public Library, will be the California host for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Published in 1623, this famous volume is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s 36 plays, half of which would have been lost if not for its publication. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio across the nation, visiting one location in each of the 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The volume will be on view in the Art Gallery at the San Diego Central Library at Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. During the entire month, the Globe, the Library, and their project partners—UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, KPBS Public Broadcasting, and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture—will offer numerous public programs for adults and families before, during, and after the tour visits San Diego.

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Casting is announced as Globe for All returns with Much Ado About Nothing!

Globe for All returns to bring free professional Shakespeare directly to diverse, multigenerational audiences in underserved communities around San Diego County. This second year of Globe for All follows a highly successful inaugural production in 2014. One of the Bard’s most charming comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, will be directed by renowned Shakespearean Rob Melrose, Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater, who makes his Globe debut. He directs a cast of local professional actors, including recent graduates of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.The Globe for All free Shakespeare tour will begin November 10.

The cast of Globe for All 2015: (from left) Tyler Kent, Charlotte Bydwell, Patrick Zeller, Monique Gaffney, Christopher Salazar, Lindsay Brill, Jamal Douglas, and Lowell Byers. Photo by Jim Cox.

The cast includes local actors and Globe for All returnees Monique Gaffney (Beatrice, Sexton) and Christopher Salazar (Benedick, 1st Watchman), also a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program; recent Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program graduates Lindsay Brill (Margaret, Verges, Friar Francis), Charlotte Bydwell (Hero), Lowell Byers (Don John, Dogberry, Antonio, Messenger), Jamal Douglas (Claudio, 2nd Watchman), Tyler Kent (Don Pedro, Conrade), and Patrick Zeller (Leonato, Borachio, Balthazar); and two local musicians, Mark Danisovszky and Clinton Davis.

The creative staff includes Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Clinton Davis (Original Music, Music Director), and Diana Moser (Production Stage Manager).

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and charming comedies. Soldiers return victorious from battle, their sights now set on the peacetime pleasures of love and merrymaking. But for Shakespeare’s wittiest couple, Beatrice and Benedick, romance is a “merry war” all its own, and their clever barbs protect their wary hearts.

The tour culminates with four low-cost performances offered in the Globe’s House of Charm Festival Theatre Rehearsal Room on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. These performances will be open to the public. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Old Globe subscribers and donors). Tickets are now on sale, and may be purchased by calling the box office at (619) 234-5623.

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse land major grants

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Photo by K.C. Alfred.

 

The James Irvine Foundation announced today that San Diego's two biggest theaters have received the largest statewide grants in the latest round of awards from the foundation's New California Arts Fund.

The Globe received the top award, $1.725 million, to "advance sustainable organizational transformation that leads to expanded arts engagement."

The Playhouse received $1.55 million for the same purpose. Both grants will be distributed over a period of three years.

The two theaters were among six organizations statewide receiving a total of $6.9 million from the arts fund. Overall, the Irvine Foundation grants totaled $10.2 million across four programs.

A separate Irvine grant program also awarded $500,000 to the San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, "to expand voter and civic engagement among underrepresented communities in San Diego County." That grant is payable over two years.

Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein said the award will support the Balboa Park theater's efforts to engage the greater San Diego community in the arts—efforts that have been under way in earnest since he took over the post about three years ago.

"It's fantastic," Edelstein said of the award Friday morning. "It's going to allow the Globe to be much more responsive to the community, and to take our work to communities that aren't being served."

Edelstein said the funds will help support the previously planned hiring of a senior staff member (whose identity is not being made public yet) for the position of director of engagement.

"It's part of a very, very big institutional reorganization," he said.

The funds, he said, will be directed to two main areas: Bringing the Globe's work into the community in forms "that allow people to participate in art-making rather than simply spectate," with the creative process as a tool for broader problem-solving; and then "looking at the institution itself, (and) how it can do better at diversity and inclusion."

Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley said his theater's grant "has an amazing potential to transform La Jolla Playhouse. It will allow us to continue and expand the Without Walls Festival (whose second edition gets under way today), to expand our audience, and to deepen the conversation we're having with communities throughout the region."

Ashley said the funding will support outreach efforts in three specific areas: The Native American, southeastern San Diego and local military communities.

He added that there "absolutely (will be) new hires as part of this grant, and they're very much aimed at relationship-building."

Edelstein added of both theaters' grants: "What this means is that more than $3 million is coming into San Diego from the Irvine Foundation over the next three years specifically to make theater more relevant to people in our community who aren't being touched by it right now.

"That's a big citywide story, a big regional story, about San Diego as a laboratory for cutting-edge work, (and) as a national leader in this work. And about San Diego being a major theater city in this country."

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Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Michael Riedel, on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.!

It’s Curtains Up On Broadway’s History!
Join Us as These Former Colleagues Explore the Current State of Broadway
and the American Theatre, and Inside Stories from Riedel’s New Book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway


Michael Riedel.

October 8, 2015—The Old Globe will present a free, one-night-only event, Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Michael Riedel, on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. Broadway wouldn’t be Broadway without Michael Riedel, whose years as the New York Post’s theatre columnist and “Theater Talk” co-host have shown him to have unparalleled wit, powers of observation, and even influence. This sure-to-be-intriguing chat between Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Riedel will explore the current state of Broadway and the American theatre, and a few inside stories from Riedel’s new book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway. It takes readers through the fascinating history of a transformative moment in the history of Broadway and New York City, when as much drama happened offstage as on, and the industry’s stars, producers, and mega-hits changed the very nature of the American stage. After the presentation, Riedel will also sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

 

 

 

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By popular demand Full Gallop has been extended through November 1!

Mercedes Ruehl. Photo by Jim Cox.

 

October 7, 2015—Both critics and audiences are loving it, and Full Gallop will now add a limited week of additional performances, extending through Sunday, November 1, 2015, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Long before the devil wore Prada—20 years ago, in fact—the story of the irrepressible Diana Vreeland first commanded the stage of the Globe in a world premiere in 1995. Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) now brings “The Empress of Fashion” back in Full Gallop. Written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson and directed by Andrew Russell.

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Three exclusive videos featuring highlights of In Your Arms are now available!

We encourage you to embed on your website and in your review of the show.

Highlights from In Your Arms: Clips 1-4: https://youtu.be/rmrzcL6Vt9A
Featuring the cast performing the vignettes "Lowdown Messy Shame" by Carrie Fisher, "Artists and Models, 1929" by Douglas Carter Beane, "White Snake" by David Henry Hwang, and "Life Long Love" by Marsha Norman.

 

Highlights from In Your Arms: Clips 5-8: https://youtu.be/GIsa2Rcd42I
Featuring the cast performing the vignettes "The Lover's Jacket" by Nilo Cruz, "Love with the Top Down" by Alfred Uhry, "The Dance Contest" by Christopher Durang, and "A Wedding Dance" by Lynn Nottage.

 

Highlights from In Your Arms: Clips 9-10: https://youtu.be/HKjeie35SXQ
Featuring the cast performing the vignettes "Sand Dancing" by Terrence McNally and "In Your Arms (Reprise)" with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

 

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Exclusive Video of In Your Arms cast in rehearsal!


Get your first look at Donna McKechnie, musicians Tim Hanson and Damien Bassman, and The Company of In Your Arms performing the song "In Your Arms" in rehearsal on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m. in The Old Globe's rehearsal hall. The world premiere musical In Your Arms runs September 16 - October 25, 2015 at The Old Globe.

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein talks about In Your Arms, plus a sneak peek at Alfred Uhry's "Love with the Top Down" on Wednesday September 2, 2:00 p.m. in The Old Globe's rehearsal hall.

 

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Mercedes Ruehl brings "The Empress of Fashion" back in Full Gallop!


Mercedes Ruehl. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

September 9, 2015—Long before the devil wore Prada—20 years ago, in fact—the story of the irrepressible Diana Vreeland first commanded the stage of the Globe in a world premiere in 1995. Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) now brings “The Empress of Fashion” back in Full Gallop. Written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson and directed by Andrew Russell, Full Gallop will run September 26 through October 25, 2015, with opening night on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets are now on sale.

Before Anna Wintour, “Sex and the City,” and a generation of fashionistas, there was Diana Vreeland, larger-than-life doyenne of American taste. Unceremoniously fired as editor of Vogue, she hunkers down in her famous all-red New York apartment and plans her comeback: a magazine of her own. The path to get there is as complicated and outré as Vreeland herself. Full Gallop, which premiered at The Old Globe in 1995, is a witty one-woman tour de force about the fabulous style icon who forever changed the way Americans experience clothing, art, and life.

Mercedes Ruehl (Diana Vreeland) has appeared in the films The Fisher King (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Los Angeles and Chicago Film Critics Association Awards), Married to the Mob, The Warriors, Big, Heartburn, Slaves of New York, Another You, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, What’s Cooking?, The Amati Girls, Roseanna’s Grave, Chu and Blossom, Zeyda and the Hitman, Spooky House, More Dogs Than Bones, and The Minus Man. She has been seen on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Helen Hayes Awards), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), The Rose Tattoo, The Shadow Box (Tony nomination), and I’m Not Rappaport. Her Off Broadway credits include Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Other People’s Money (Clarence Derwent Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Coming of Age in Soho, The Vagina Monologues, and Edward Albee’s The Occupant. Ruehl’s television credits include HBO’s Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Gia, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Lost Child and Loving Leah, El Jefe, Doubt, Star Spangled Banners, Showtime’s North Shore Fish, Guilt by Association, and A Girl Like Me. She also made guest appearances on “Entourage,” “Law & Order,” “Monday Mornings,” “Luck,” “Psych,” and “Frasier,” among others.

The creative team includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Mark Mitchell (Costume Design), Robert J. Aguilar (Lighting Design), Matt Starritt (Sound Design), Brian Meister (Assistant Director), and Annette Yé (Production Stage Manager).

Full Gallop premiered here in 1995, and it’s a pleasure to have it back,” said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s one of many plays and musicals that went onto great success after its Globe debut, and it is ripe for revival and reexamination. The talented director Andrew Russell, making his Globe debut, finds potent new currents of emotion, humanity, and entertainment in this beguiling story of a defining moment in Diana Vreeland’s life. She was grand, her vision capacious, and her impact national, and it takes a very special actor to embody a character as imposing, significant, and extravagant. Mercedes Ruehl is an American treasure, a fearless talent who understands the expressive power of style, and her talents are a precise fit for Vreeland. I’m thrilled to welcome her to the Globe and can’t wait to share her gorgeous work with San Diego audiences.”

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George Chakiris in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, will be our Guest of Honor at the Free Summer Shakespeare screening of the film on Monday, August 24!

(left) George Chakiris. (right) West Side Story. Image courtesy of The Old Globe.

George Chakiris, who won an Oscar for his breakout role of Bernardo in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, will be our Guest of Honor at the Free Summer Shakespeare screening of the film on Monday, August 24! Mr. Chakiris is in rehearsals for the World Premiere dance-theatre musical In Your Arms, which begins performances September 16. He will do a brief Q&A with Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie, at the top of the screening. Reservations are no longer available, but audiences are encouraged to come on a standby basis and will be seated just prior to curtain time, based on seating availability.

The Old Globe continues its 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare on stage and in film, in celebration of the Globe's 80th Anniversary and Balboa Park's Centennial. All of San Diego is invited to join us for a series of free Monday night films relating to Shakespeare through the eras. Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie, alternated introducing the films. The series will conclude on August 24 at 8:00 p.m. with Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's groundbreaking 1961 New York City riff on the Bard's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

A riff on the Bard's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins in 1961, explodes off the screen in one of the greatest movie musicals ever made. In 1950s New York City, two rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, struggle for dominance on the streets of their West End neighborhood. When two young teens meet at a dance and cross the battle lines, their love blossoms and offers them a way out of the tumultuous world around them. But as the hatred between the gangs escalates, this star-crossed romance threatens to destroy them all. Featuring Leonard Bernstein's iconic score and Jerome Robbins's exuberant choreography, West Side Story won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The series featured Henry V, directed by Laurence Olivier in 1944, Orson Welles's 1965 classic Chimes at Midnight, and Joss Whedon's 2012 Much Ado About Nothing.

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The Old Globe will honor Founding Director Craig Noel with Craig100 a special evening of memories and performances!


Old Globe Founding Director Craig Noel. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

 

 

July 24, 2015—In celebration of his 100th birthday this year, The Old Globe will honor Founding Director Craig Noel and his many contributions to the world of theatre and the culture life of San Diego with Craig100, a special evening of memories and performances, on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. The one-night-only event will celebrate Noel’s immeasurable accomplishments in the local and national art scenes, including founding and growing The Old Globe as an influential independent producing organization; launching the successful Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program; and creating San Diego Junior Theatre, still operating in Balboa Park today. Richard Seer, Director of Professional Training for the M.F.A. Program, directs the event on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Old Globe Associate Artists Marion Ross and Robert Foxworth serve as Honorary Chairs.

The evening will feature retrospectives on the life and legacy of Craig Noel, whose impact on San Diego and the American theatre is still felt to this day. Throughout the evening, performers will bring to life scenes from some of the milestone productions and programs from Noel’s life, giving viewers a lively and moving look back at his storied career. Performers at Craig100 will include Associate Artists Kandis Chappell, George DelHoyo, Deborah May, Jonathan McMurtry, Robin Pearson Rose, and Deborah Taylor; M.F.A. Program faculty member and director Ray Chambers; M.F.A. Program graduate Vivia Font; current students in the M.F.A. Program; young people from San Diego Junior Theatre; and more surprise guests. (Performers subject to change.)

A permanent plaque will also be dedicated in honor of Sister Sally Furay, RSCJ, a longtime friend of Noel with whom he founded the Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program. Furay, who was a USD Provost and served on the Old Globe Board of Directors for decades, passed away on January 10, 2015 at the age of 88.

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The Old Globe's Summer Shakespeare Intensive Will Present One-Hour Versions of LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST and THE TEMPEST!

July 31, 2015—Each year, a select group of talented high school students participate in the Summer Shakespeare Intensive. This four-week program, which guides students through workshops and rehearsals, will culminate with a public performance of two, one-hour versions of Shakespeare’s plays, Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Ray Chambers,and The Tempest, directed by Vivia Font, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. Your coverage is welcome for this great presentation, but not for review, simply to enjoy the next generation of great Shakespearean actors to strut upon our stage. Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

The Old Globe's 2014 Summer Shakespeare Intensive for high school students presented one-hour versions of Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre on Aug. 18, 2014. Photo by Douglas Gates.

The four-week program began on July 11 and continues through August 10. It is an unparalleled opportunity for serious high school students to develop their skills in a professional setting and perform at The Old Globe in front of their family, friends, and theatre professionals. They also learned from Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and visiting artists from Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, and The Comedy of Errors, including Jan Gist, James T. Lane, Jake Millgard, Megan M. Storti, and Sara Topham.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

Students in the Summer Shakespeare Intensive study classical theatre technique, voice, movement, and stage combat led by theatre professionals while rehearsing for two productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Throughout the Intensive, the students have the unique opportunity to study Shakespeare and see the productions of the Globe’s Shakespeare Festival, which runs concurrently with the program. Festival company members lend the students insights into the art of performing Shakespeare that the students then apply to their own performances of the Bard’s work.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

Love’s Labor’s Lost is set in the court of Navarre, where King Ferdinand and his chief courtiers have sworn off love and the pleasures of the flesh to study and learn. They are quickly thwarted by the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting, all of whom fall for the wannabe scholars. Love, power, and a battle of the sexes collide in this charming Shakespearean classic.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

The Love’s Labor’s Lostacting company includes Dan Yelle Baines, Mendel Baljon, Samuel Bennett, Jordi Bertran, Georgiana Cassell, Micah Fong, Eric Gabriel, Mallory Johnson, Kaelyn Kappes, Lauren “Lola” Maniaci, Jean Ervin Mayo, AR Morel, Marie Osterman, Athena Ramos-Hagle, Collin Seaman, Claire St. Marie, Christopher Torborg, and Isabella Rose Wagner.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

Since first training with The Old Globe in the mid-80s, Ray Chambers (Director, Love’s Labor’s Lost) has worked as a classical actor and director with numerous regional theatres across the country. For nearly two decades as an Associate Artist with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Mr. Chambers has worked as an actor, director, writer, and instructor and served as Director of the Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program at ASF from 2001-2009. His regional acting credits include title roles in Hamlet, The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard III, Coriolanus, King John, Henry V, and Tartuffe; as well as leading roles in Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, The Rivals, Henry IV, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Saint Joan, among many others. His credits at The Old Globe include Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, The School for Scandal, Coriolanus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, and Macbeth. He has taught acting and classical text in master classes and workshops for universities and theatres around the country and has served as a national board member of the University/Resident Theatre Association.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

Romance, magic, and a deserted island—the final and most beloved masterpiece of Shakespeare’s life, The Tempest, places the desire for revenge against the demands of love and captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a tale of redemption and forgiveness.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

The Tempestacting company includes Rachael Bell, Danielle Bongiovanni, Lolita Burgess, Sophie Cobarrubia, Shakura Davis, Gabriella “Brie” Edwards, Sarai Fuentes, Spencer Lynn, Phillip Magin, Gordon “Lane” Palhegyi, Annika Patton, Issie Prince, Davina Van Dusen, and Jake Wascher.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

Vivia Font (Director, The Tempest) is returning for her fourth Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Her previous shows directed for the Intensive include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, and Romeo y Julieta. She studied directing at New York University’s undergraduate program and is an alumna from the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program, where she also performed professionally at The Old Globe in Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, All’s Well That Ends Well, Six Degrees of Separation, and others. Her New York acting credits include underneathmybed (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Menders (The Gym at Judson), and Goethe’s Faust (Blue Heron Theatre). She has appeared in classic and contemporary plays at Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and McCarter Theatre Center. As a teaching artist, Font has worked as a teacher and director at UC San Marcos, The Old Globe, McCarter, George Street Playhouse, Creative Arts Team, Only Make Believe, and others. She participated in a high school Shakespeare program that changed her life and is thrilled to be a part of giving some of that experience back to these students.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

The design team includes Shelly Williams (Costume Design), Jack Bender (Lighting Design), Melanie Chen (Sound Design), Annika Patton (Composer), James T. Lane, Kristina Cobarrubia, and Davina Van Dusen (Choreography).Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

The Globe also runs a Middle School Summer Conservatory, a three-week program of intense acting study with professional teaching staff and actors from the Shakespeare Festival’s repertory company, which took place June 29 – July 17. Students explored scene study, stage combat, theatre games, improvisation, movement, and specialty workshops.Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

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BREAKING NEWS: Special event at The Old Globe!

A special appearance by acclaimed comic playwright Ken Ludwig, Author of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Hattox Hall!


Playwright Ken Ludwig. Photo by Leslie Cashen.


July 16, 2015—The Old Globe is delighted to announce an extra-special appearance—an hour-long interview/conversation with one of America's great comic playwrights, Ken Ludwig, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You)—on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. preview of his new and very popular play, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Join Old Globe Literary Manager Danielle Mages Amato as she welcomes this acclaimed playwright for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about his career, the continuing fascination with Sherlock Holmes, and his award-winning new book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. The hour-long event will conclude with a book-signing, and will be held in the Globe's Hattox Hall, located in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Admission is Free.

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Kiss Me, Kate will now add a week by popular demand and run through August 9!

(July 10, 2015)—The Old Globe’s presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter, will now add a week by popular demand and run through August 9 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets for the extension will go on sale this Sunday, July 12 at noon. This spectacular revival, a co-production with Hartford Stage, is choreographed by Peggy Hickey and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage in 2013. The Hartford Stage engagement ran May 14 – June 14.

Mike McGowan and Anastasia Barzee. Photo courtesy of
The Old Globe.

Following the backstage antics of a touring production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the Globe’s production of Kiss Me, Kate runs concurrently with the theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival and continues the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

>Fresh off his Tony Award-winning smash, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Darko Tresnjak returns to the Globe to helm one of the greate4t romantic musical comedies of all time. Cole Porter’s witty and high-spirited songs will transport you into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. This beloved classic features show-stopping dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters, and a knockout score including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Get ready for a sizzling summer evening that’s simply “Too Darn Hot”!

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The cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors!

Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

 

July 9, 2015—The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors as The Old Globe’s 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. With three shows on Broadway this year, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Scott Ellis makes his Globe debut directing one of William Shakespeare’s most delightful confections. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on August 16 and run through September 20, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Subscription tickets to the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season range from $115 to $346. Single tickets are on sale now and start at $29. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Laughter will ring out under the stars as Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity takes the outdoor stage. A young man and his servant arrive in town, unaware that each of them has a separated-at-birth identical twin already there. This can’t end well—or maybe it can, but not before the unexpected double vision leads to furious wives, confused mistresses, scandalized family members, and general mayhem.

Portraying the very confused sets of twins are Glenn Howerton as Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Mindy Project,” “Fargo”) and Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley as Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Off Broadway’s Nobody Loves You, Little Miss Sunshine). The cast also features Megan Dodds as Adriana (West End’s My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s As You Like It directed by Barry Edelstein), Barrett Doss as Luciana (You Can’t Take It with You on Broadway, Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist Off Broadway), Austin Durant as Duke Solinus and Doctor Pinch (Globe’s Anna Christie, Broadway’s You Can’t Take It with You, War Horse, Macbeth), Patrick Kerr as Egeon (this season’s Twelfth Night at the Globe, You Can’t Take It with You on Broadway), Garth Schilling as Courtesan (known for his alter ego, Miss Vodka Stinger, with five shows at 54 Below), and Globe Associate Artist Deborah Taylor as Emilia (most recently at the Globe in Pygmalion, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor).

Joining them are Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program actors Amy Blackman (Ensemble), Lindsay Brill* (Luce), Charlotte Bydwell* (Ensemble), Lowell Byers* (Angelo), Ally Carey (Ensemble), Jamal Douglas* (Balthazar), Tyler Kent* (Dromio Double), Jake Millgard (Jailer), Makha Mthembu (1st Merchant), Daniel Petzold (Antipholus Double), Megan M. Storti* (Messenger), Nathan Whitmer (Ensemble), and Patrick Zeller* (2nd Merchant). *Recent graduates of the M.F.A. program.

The creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Acme Sound Partners (Sound Design), Derek Cannon (Music Director), Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting), and Charles Means (Production Stage Manager).

“This gifted cast, under the inventive and witty direction of the great Scott Ellis, is sure to make this funny and wild Shakespearean comedy shine as bright as the stars in the San Diego sky,” said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I look forward to sharing their work with the Globe’s summer audiences.”

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The Old Globe will celebrate 80 Years of Extraordinary Theatre at the 2015 Globe Gala!

July 2, 2015—The Old Globe will celebrate 80 Years of Extraordinary Theatre, from its founding in 1935 through the current 2015 Anniversary Season, in the art deco splendor of Club 3515, at the 2015 Globe Gala on Saturday, July 25 in support of the theatre’s education and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only cabaret performance by Carmen Cusack, who recently starred in the World Premiere of Bright Star at the Globe. Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty, and Vicki Zeiger serve as Co-Chairs of the 2015 Globe Gala.

Fireworks light up the sky at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. The 2015 Globe Gala will take place on Saturday, July 25. Photo by Douglas Gates.

 

 

 

The black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Carmen Cusack’s performance at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the swing music of The Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Cab’s grandson Brooks Calloway, will commence on Copley Plaza until midnight. Giuseppe Fine Catering will cater the reception and dinner. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. To purchase tickets or a table or to become an underwriter, contact Eileen Prisby, Events Director, at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org. All net proceeds support the Globe’s artistic and educational programs.

“When I first arrived in San Diego, everyone told me that the Globe Gala is the best party in town,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Indeed it is. It’s an elegant night of great music, superb food, and, in the brilliant Carmen Cusack, entertainment as thrilling as it gets. It’s also an occasion for lovers and supporters of the Globe and its work to come together to celebrate an institution that’s central to the fabric of our city. My wife and I are looking forward to this spectacular and happy night.”

Carmen Cusack made her Globe debut last year and received a Craig Noel Award nomination for her portrayal of Alice Murphy in Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s World Premiere musical Bright Star. Carmen recently played Annie in the new musical First Wives Club at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, the Mother in Ragtime (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), and Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (Jeff Award nomination, Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Her other theatre credits include Lynn Gardner in Carrie (MCC Theater), her Helen Hayes Award-nominated portrayal of Nellie Forbush in Broadway/Lincoln Center Theater’s national tour of South Pacific, and Elphaba in Wicked (Chicago, first national tour, and Melbourne, Australia). Her West End credits include Chesty Prospects in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow (U.K. and Ireland), Fantine in Les Misérables, Rose in The Secret Garden (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, and West End), Kim in Personals, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Prior to her West End career, Ms. Cusack studied opera performance at the University of North Texas. In her downtime she plays and writes music and is embarking on her first original album.

The Globe is most appreciative of the many local vendors providing services to make this a great event: Kathy Wright & Co. (décor), Giuseppe Fine Catering (meal), Snake Oil Cocktail Company (bar service), Classic Party Rentals (furnishings), Special Event Audio Services, Inc. (lighting and sound), CleverCo Design (lighting and set design for the dinner dance), Ace Parking Valet Service (valet parking), Freellance (graphic design), Neiman Marcus (Gala gifts), and Toby Russell Events (video projections and late-night DJ).

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The Cast and Creative Team have been announced for Kiss Me, Kate!

June 24, 2015—The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe’s presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. This spectacular revival, a co-production with Hartford Stage, is choreographed by Peggy Hickey and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage in 2013. The Hartford Stage engagement ran May 14 – June 14; The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 1 and run through August 2, with opening night on Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m., on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

The cast of the Hartford Stage/Old Globe co-production of Kiss Me, Kate. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Following the backstage antics of a touring production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the Globe’s production of Kiss Me, Kate runs concurrently with the theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival and continues the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Fresh off his Tony Award-winning smash, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Darko Tresnjak returns to the Globe to helm one of the greatest romantic musical comedies of all time. Cole Porter’s witty and high-spirited songs will transport you into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. This beloved classic features show-stopping dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters, and a knockout score including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Get ready for a sizzling summer evening that’s simply “Too Darn Hot”!

Mike McGowan (Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway) and Anastasia Barzee (Urinetown on Broadway) star as former lovers and reluctant co-stars Fred/Petruchio and Lilli/Kate. The cast also features Megan Sikora as Lois/Bianca (Curtains on Broadway) and Tyler Hanes as Bill/Lucentio (A Chorus Line on Broadway), Joel Blum as First Man (Tony Award nominee for Show Boat and Steel Pier) and Brendan Averett as Second Man (The Killer at Theatre for a New Audience), and Tony Lawson as General Harrison Howell (Les Misérables on Broadway). The marvelous company also includes Giovanni Bonaventura as Hortensio (Cinderella on Broadway), James T. Lane as Paul (The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway), Barrett Martin as Gremio (Side Show on Broadway), Robin Masella as Momo (Chicago national tour), Shina Ann Morris as Venetia (Cinderella on Broadway), Jane Papageorge as Becki Weckio (Hair at the Hollywood Bowl), Wayne W. Pretlow as Pops/Priest (The Most Happy Fella at City Center Encores!), Mike Sears as Ralph (the Globe’s Othello), Michael Starr as Philip (Guys and Dolls in L.A.), Jeff Steitzer as Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola (The Front Page at Long Wharf Theatre), Johnny Stellard as Nathaniel (Evita on Broadway), and Aurelia Williams as Hattie (Off Broadway hit Sistas the Musical).

The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Kris Kukul (Music Director), Jason Allen (Wig Design), Claudia Hill-Sparks (Vocal and Text Coach), J. Allen Suddeth (Fight Director), Binder Casting (Casting), Max Mamon (Associate Music Director), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

Kiss Me, Kate is one of the great musicals, full of charm, wit, and fun,” said Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I can’t think of a more entertaining show to place at the center of our celebratory Summer Season, and I can’t think of a better director than my friend and colleague Darko Tresnjak to helm it. I’m looking forward to every second.”

“I started thinking about directing Kiss Me, Kate in 1990, when the influential album Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter introduced his smart and sexy music to a whole new generation,” said Darko Tresnjak. “After 25 years, I’m thrilled to finally get a chance to direct this supreme entertainment—a piece in which my two great theatrical passions, the plays of William Shakespeare and the American musical theatre, come together.”

The original 1949 production of Kiss Me, Kate ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway and won the first Tony Award for Best Musical. It was recently announced that the cast album will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

In addition to Kiss Me, Kate, the legendary Cole Porter’s shows included Anything Goes, Can-Can, Silk Stockings, and DuBarry Was a Lady. Husband-and-wife writing team Sam and Bella Spewack’s credits include the films My Favorite Wife (Academy Award nomination) and Week-End at the Waldorf starring Ginger Rogers, as well as the play My Three Angels. The Spewacks each won two Tony Awards for Kiss Me, Kate.

Darko Tresnjak won the Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Connecticut Critics Circle, and the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for his direction of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He recently won the Obie Award for his direction of The Killer, with Michael Shannon, at Theatre for a New Audience. His favorite Old Globe credits include The Women, Cyrano de Bergerac,and Pericles. His recent directing credits include Hamlet at Hartford Stage, where he is the Artistic Director, and The Ghosts of Versailles, with Patti LuPone, at LA Opera. Tresnjak’s pcoming productions include the stage thriller Rear Window and the world premiere musical Anastasia, both at Hartford Stage, and the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Peggy Hickey made her Broadway debut with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which she also choreographed in the show’s world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage. Her New York theatre credits include The Most Happy Fella, La Rondine, Lucky to Be Me (the Leonard Bernstein tribute at New York City Center), My Fair Lady, Hansel und Gretel (“Live from Lincoln Center”), Antony and Cleopatra, and Babes in Toyland. Her regional credits include Carnival, Amour, A Little Night Music, King of Hearts, On the Twentieth Century, and Brigadoon (Goodspeed Musicals), among others. Her film and television credits include The Brady Bunch Movie and the music video for Beck’s “The New Pollution” (MTV Video Music Award).

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The cast and creative team have been announced for Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery!

June 18, 2015—The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a new work by one of America’s great comic playwrights, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You. Baskerville is directed by Josh Rhodes, who previously choreographed the Globe’s productions of Bright Star and Working, as well as Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 24, with opening night on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Although originally scheduled to run through August 23, Baskerville has been extended by popular demand through August 30, 2015!

(from left)Blake Segal, Usman Ally, Euan Morton, Liz Wisan, and Andrew Kober.

The 2015 Summer Season continues the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Tickets for Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery are currently available by subscription only and are flying out the door! Subscription packages to the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season range from $97 to $346. Single tickets start at $29 and go on sale Friday, June 19 at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

A wildly inventive adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles makes its West Coast premiere. Ken Ludwig brings to life literature’s most famous detective—the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. Five fearless actors conjure the world of Victorian England as Holmes and Watson take on one of the most diabolical cases of their careers. This witty and clever romp delivers chills, laughter, and a great evening of theatre.

Tony Award nominee Euan Morton plays the intrepid Sherlock Holmes. He was last at the Globe as Michelangelo Buonarroti in 2012’s Divine Rivalry. Heoriginated the role of Boy George in Taboo on Broadway and the West End, appeared in Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim, and won an Obie Award for Measure for Pleasure at The Public Theater. Usman Ally is his trusted colleague Doctor Watson. He received a 2015 Obie Award for Off Broadway’s The Invisible Hand and has also appeared in Disgraced, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Jungle Book, “Madam Secretary,” and “Damages.” The 45 other people in the play are portrayed by Blake Segal as Man One (Mary Poppins national tour, Off Broadway’s Bones in the Basket and Les Enfants de Paris, “Blue Bloods”), Andrew Kober as Man Two (Broadway’s Les Misérables and Hair, “House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire”), and Liz Wisan as Woman One (Other Desert Cities on Broadway, Bill W. and Dr. Bob Off Broadway, the films Ready or Knot and Bitches, “Elementary”).

The creative team also includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Shirley Pierson (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Original Music and Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Annette Yé (Production Stage Manager).

“Ken Ludwig is an American master and one of the finest comic dramatists we have,” said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I am thrilled to bring his latest brilliant creation to San Diego. It doesn’t take a super detective to figure out that our audiences will embrace its hilarious high-style and spine-tingling suspense. Director Josh Rhodes, another shining talent, will bring his own vivid and audacious style to the play, as will a cast as highly talented as any we’ve had here. Add a pipe, a magnifying glass, and a deerstalker hat, and Baskerville will deliver an evening of wit and panache that I know will prove one of the most memorable in Globe history.”

Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and seven on London’s West End. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, an Edgar Award, a Southeastern Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, and an Edwin Forrest Award. His newest book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Random House, won a Falstaff Award. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy for You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Twentieth Century, Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His most recent plays include Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee), and A Comedy of Tenors, a sequel to Lend Me a Tenor, which will open this fall. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work has been published by Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of McCarter Theatre Center. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College, and Cambridge University.

Josh Rhodes (Director) previously choreographed the Globe’s productions of Bright Star and Working. His recent Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, and Drama Desk Award nominations). He choreographed Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sweeney Todd, and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert for the New York Philharmonic and PBS. As a director his credits include Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Casa Mañana), and Broadway Bares XX and XXI. His other stage credits include Zorba (City Center Encores!), Working (Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, Drama Desk Award-winning production at Prospect Theater Company), John Kander’s The Landing (Vineyard Theatre), Broadway: Three Generations (The Kennedy Center), On the Town (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone (Ravinia Festival), Barnum (Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Magazine Theater Award), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award nomination).

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