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Interviews with the playwrights of the New Voices Festival performances

The 2014 New Voices Festival brings a dynamic and exciting group of playwrights to The Old Globe for the first time. It’s an opportunity for Globe audiences to see new work, and it’s also a chance for the writers and the Globe community to get to know each other. We asked playwrights Kimber Lee, Dominique Morriseau, and Anna Ziegler to tell us a bit about their plays, process, and what participating in the New Voices Festival means to them.

 

brownsville song (b-side for tray) Playwright Kimber Lee

TALKING WITH: BROWNSVILLE SONG PLAYWRIGHT KIMBER LEE

What was the inspiration for this piece?
It was something I read on a blog, a story about the loss of a young man in Brownsville. The post was very simply written but it sort of lodged in my gut and wouldn't let go. I kept thinking about this boy's family and loved ones - what they must be going through. I kept thinking about the tremendous loss of life in some of our communities, and how easy it is in this hyper-connected world for these losses to disappear from our consciousness. And how that is especially true for some of our more challenged neighborhoods—the only time we hear about them is when something violent has happened. Often there can be this sort of head-shaking resignation—“Oh, well. That's just what happens there."—and implicit in that thought is the idea that it's acceptable somehow. That if you look a certain way, and live in a certain zipcode, your life is worth less, you matter less—and this was going around in a circle in my head. I didn't know what I could do about it, what I could offer—how to bear witness in meaningful way. And I was trying to work on another project, but when I sat down to write, Lena's voice came blazing out of me.

Did you do any specific research to develop the world of the play and the people who inhabit it?
I think a lot of the rhythms and texture of the play come from all of the time I spend training in boxing gyms here in NYC, and from living in Brooklyn. When we were preparing for the LCT3 production, the director Patricia McGregor, the actors, the design team, and I all went to visit the Brownsville Recreation Center, and spoke at length with longtime residents of the community. The BRC also brought several large groups to see the play at Lincoln Center, which was very special. To hear from the community that they felt well-represented on that stage was a huge gift.

Where are you in the process of this piece – what is its next step?
I've had almost two years of development and two full productions with the play, and it is time to kiss it fondly on the head and send it out into the world to make its way. It's my first time doing that with play, and it makes me slightly nervous, but it is very exciting to think of brownsville song families being formed to tell this story in other cities.

How are festivals and readings like this one helpful to you as a writer?
Getting to share work outside of my home base in NYC can provide a fresh perspective - different parts of the story resonate in different ways, and every audience is so unique. It's also a great way to be introduced to a new theatre community, and meet new collaborators, and get a sense of what is happening around the country.

 

Skeleton Crew Playwright Dominique Morisseau

TALKING WITH: SKELETON CREW PLAYWRIGHT DOMINIQUE MORRISEAU

What was the inspiration for this piece?
This play is part of a three-play cycle about my hometown of Detroit, so my inspiration was sparked by that initial interest. I wanted to look at three iconic periods in Detroit's history that changed the social structure and community in the city as we know it. As far as the last play in my cycle, SKELETON CREW is the most contemporary. The year 2008 means a lot to this country, and a lot to the city of Detroit. I am inspired by the blue collar workers of the world who keep it running, and especially what blue collar vs. white collar means in my hometown. These are all things that are tackled in SKELETON CREW.

Did you do any specific research to develop the world of the play and the people who inhabit it?
Absolutely. And still going. I talked to auto workers, UAW leaders and presidents and former presidents, I read books on closing stamping plants and the history of revolutions in Detroit's working class, I visited museums and plants, and I watched documentaries on Detroit's auto industry.

Where are you in the process of this piece – what is its next step?
I'm in a good place with my play. It's been through a Sundance 3-week workshop and a Lark Barebones workshop production for 4 weeks. The next step for me is likely production. Some of the things I wish to continue to fine tune are able to be achieved in a rehearsal process.

How are festivals and readings like this one helpful to you as a writer?
It allows me to hear the play outside of my comfortable theatre community that I've gotten to know in NYC. This is a whole different coast, with a whole different audience and a whole different set of expectations. So I believe it could help me truly discover what is in my play. But beyond that, being able to engage with other artists and audiences through this festival allows me to build a stronger network of supporters and potential future collaborators. Theatremaking is a community sport, so the more opportunities to increase my community, the better!

 

The Last Match Playwright Anna Ziegler

TALKING WITH: LAST MATCH PLAYWRIGHT ANNA ZIEGLER

What was the inspiration for this piece?
I started thinking about this piece in 2012 when Andy Roddick announced he would retire after the U.S. Open. He and I are about the same age and it was strange, and moving, to think about a contemporary of mine having to give up the life he’d known up to that point, everything he’d lived for. It occurred to me that this loss, or ending, really almost a death, mirrored events in all of our lives. Maybe it was no coincidence that this story struck me just as I was starting to consider having a child. My son was born in the summer of 2013, while I watched Wimbledon from my hospital bed. It was perhaps the purest joy I’d ever felt and I didn’t expect it. I also didn’t expect the powerful sense of mortality that welled up in me in those first weeks. It really did feel like the end of my childhood, and I understood then why I’d been so moved by Roddick’s tearful speech after he lost the match that would be his last.

Did you do any specific research to develop the world of the play and the people who inhabit it?
I’ve always been a tennis fan so I didn’t need to do too much research, but I did read a number of articles and essays about athletes on the verge of retiring, or athletes who continue to play while the world speculates when they might hang up their boots. I read a lot about Federer, who is in this nebulous place in his career now, and I read a fair bit about Derek Jeter this past summer. And of course I read a fair bit about Novak Djokovic, on whom the character of Sergei is very loosely based.

Where are you in the process of this piece – what is its next step?
This play is still in its pretty early stages. I’ve only heard it once aloud at this point, and only in front of eight or nine people, so the next step will be figuring out what the audience in San Diego responds to, what less so, and reshaping the play accordingly.

How are festivals and readings like this one helpful to you as a writer?
They’re so incredibly helpful in so many ways—they allow a writer to zero in on a single piece for a short, intense period—it’s always good to get away from the busy routines of home and be forced to focus. A reading in front of an audience is always so valuable as I mentioned above. And the exposure for the piece is great too.

 

 

 

You can see more on each of these shows here.


The UT Features The Grinch costumes backstage!

Follow the Peggy Peattie from the UT feature the creation of The Grinch's costumes.

Who dresses the Whos? Shelly Williams, costume designer for Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre takes us backstage where the polka dots and green claws are groomed for the production's cast. Courtesy of Peggy Peattie of the UT. Video


Get in the Holiday spirit with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

America's favorite holiday fable has arrived at the Globe! Watch four of this year's magical songs!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the following songs.

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
"Fah Who Doraze"
"Whatchama-who"
"This Time of Year"

Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

The cast includes Burke Moses (The Grinch), Taylor Coleman and Gabriella Dimmick (Cindy-Lou Who), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Jeffrey Schecter (Young Max), Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Geno Carr (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Katelyn Katz and Alexis Rae Tenney (Annie Who), Brooke Henderson and Mikaela Celeste Villalpando (Betty-Lou Who), Noah Baird and Elliot Weaver (Boo Who), and Jordi Bertran and Imahni King-Murillo (Danny Who) with Ensemble members Luke Babbitt, Josh Bradford, Nathan Conlan, Sophia Dimmick, Savannah Rae Farmer, David Kirk Grant, Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman, Jacob Haren, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Hourie Klijian, Cady Mariano, Dylan Nalbandian, Nathan Andrew Riley, Lexy Sakrekoff, Jill Townsend, and Kelsey Venter, as well as James Vásquez (Swing).



"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

Burke Moses (The Grinch), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), and Jeffrey Schecter (Young Max) perform "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the 2014 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe.

"Fah Who Doraze"

The cast performs "Welcome Christmas" ("Fah Who Doraze") in the 2014 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe.



"Whatchama-who"

Burke Moses (The Grinch) the cast perform "Whatchama-who" in the 2014 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe.



"This Time of Year"

Steve Gunderson (Old Max) and Jeffrey Schecter (Young Max) perform "This Time of Year" in the 2014 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe.


The Ninth Annual Old Globe Grinch Christmas Tree Lighting


11/16/2014 - Coverage of The Ninth Annual Grinch Christmas Tree Lighting by KUSI Photojournalist Mark Mehlinger at The Old Globe's Copley Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego

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Showcasing Shakespeare to Prisoners


Globe for All's professional production of Shakespeare's fascinating romance All's Well That Ends Well spent the last two weeks touring community venues throughout San Diego, helping make theatre matter to a wider cross-section of our city. From military bases, recreation centers, libraries, centers for the elderly, to homeless shelters, we delighted in the audience's broad smiles and rapt attention as many saw their first Shakespeare play ever. Here's NBC 7/39's Artie Ojeda intriguing report from Centinela State Prison:

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Two directors announced for The Old Globe's 2014-2015 Season!


SAN DIEGO (June 10, 2014; UPDATED Nov. 6, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced that James Vásquez (Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show) will direct the final show of its 2014-2015 Season, the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart. Rich Girl will play May 23 – June 21, 2015.

Celebrated director Jessica Stone, who recently made her Globe debut with Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will direct George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. Utterly romantic and one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, Arms and the Man mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war beginning May 9.

Rich Girl will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and Arms and the Man on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, all part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Tickets to the Globe's 2014-2015 Season subscription prices range from $99 to $615, and packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

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Newly announced Director of Rich Girl, James Vásquez.
Jessica Stone will direct George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.

Join Us For Our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!

Christmas Tree Lighting

The ninth annual Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with San Diego's favorite holiday musical, 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 Globe 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's Copley Plaza. Although the event is free, reservations are required.

Reservations can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE. Once again, one lucky child will be crowned "Santa for a Day" at the event.

Santa For a Day

Parents of children aged 3 - 10 may submit their child's drawing expressing what the holidays mean to them and their family to be entered in the Globe's "Santa for a Day" contest. The randomly selected winner will receive a VIP Family Four-Pack to attend the 4:30 p.m. performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Nov. 16 and, directly after the show, assist the Grinch on stage with the lighting of the tree at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Parents may enter their child's drawing by emailing a photo of it to Contest@TheOldGlobe.org, or drawings may also be delivered in person to the Globe Box Office or mailed to "Santa for a Day" Contest, P.O. Box 122171, San Diego, CA 92112. All of these submissions will be posted online on The Old Globe's Facebook page. Parents may also enter by posting a photo of their child's drawing on their Instagram page and tagging @TheOldGlobe. 

Contest entries will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 12, and the winner will be announced on the Globe's Facebook and Instagram pages on Thursday, Nov. 13. All entries must include the name and age of the child and a parent or guardian's phone. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by Nov. 12. Only one entry per child will be accepted. Families with multiple children may submit multiple drawings. Submitted drawings will not be returned.


The Old Globe Takes Shakespeare Into the San Diego Community With "Globe for All," Beginning Tuesday, October 28!

What does a woman do when the only man she wants to marry won't have her, even when the king commands it? In All's Well That Ends Well (last seen in the Globe's 2008 Shakespeare Festival), Shakespeare pits the wise and witty Helena against the hotheaded courtier Bertram in a clash of wills filled with comic surprises and passionate poetry.

All's Well That Ends Well is the first production of a new program: Globe for All, which brings professional theatre to community venues throughout San Diego, helping make theatre matter to a wider cross-section of our city.

This free-of-charge tour of a professional production of Shakespeare will allow the theatre to serve more communities throughout San Diego by collaborating with a diverse range of local organizations. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein directs the first production, Shakespeare's fascinating romance All's Well That Ends Well.

Performances available to the public include

Tuesday, October 28 - 5:00 p.m.
Naval Base San Diego
The Anchors Catering and Conference Center
2375 Recreation Way, Bldg. 3210
Door open at 4:00 p.m.
Questions - call (619) 556-7788

Friday, October 31 - 1:30 p.m.
Fourth District Seniors Resource Center
570 S. 65th Street
Doors open at 1pm
Questions - call (619) 266-3699

Sunday, November 2 - 2:00 p.m.
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Questions - call (619) 527-6161

Tuesday, November 4 - 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Central Library
Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common
Shiley Special Events Suite
330 Park Boulevard
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Questions - email PMiesner@sandiego.gov

The Globe for All tour will present Shakespeare in a variety of community venues including military bases, recreation centers, libraries, centers for the elderly, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. The emphasis will be on reaching underserved communities and multigenerational audiences. Globe for All employs a model of community outreach designed to make theatre matter to audiences who, for whatever reason, have not enjoyed regular access to the professional performing arts. The tour will play in non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms. With production values scaled to those spaces, the tour will give audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and will foster a shared sense of community between performer and spectator.

Support for Globe for All includes grants from The Legler Benbough Foundation, The Parker Foundation (Gerald T. and Inez Grant Parker), The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the County of San Diego's Community Enhancement Program. Additional support provided by Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Read about the cast, and about performances at the Globe in November


Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (seated, center) with the cast of the inaugural production of the Globe's new touring program Globe for All, Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, directed by Edelstein, beginning Oct. 28, 2014. Photo by Mike Hausberg.


The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program Presents Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre!

Running Saturday, November 15 through Sunday, November 23 at The Old Globe

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 22, 2014)—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 Pericles, Prince of Tyre, running November 15 – November 23 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. Directed by Ray Chambers, tickets to Pericles can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a startling epic of the trials, heartbreak, and redemption of a warrior who must navigate the dangerous currents of human corruption and angry fate. Join him as he travels across the treacherous oceans of North Africa, ancient Syria, Turkey, and Greece and is forever changed by the comically exotic and morally vague figures he meets. Love, betrayal, laughter, and adventure unfold in this engrossing, yet seldom produced, Shakespearean gem.

"The Old Globe's M.F.A. program is one of the jewels in this theater'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 the institution's life," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "The talent that thrives in our venture with USD is top-notch, and in the fascinating Shakespearean saga that is Pericles, Prince of Tyre, that talent will be on dazzling display."

The cast features Amy Blackman (Thaisa), Maxx Brawer (Cleon), Lindsay Brill (Bawd), Charlotte Bydwell (Lychorida, Diana), Lowell Byers (Pericles), Ally Carey (Dionyza), Jamal Douglas (Simonides), Tyler Kent (Helicanus), Jake Millgard (Cerimon, Pandar), Makha Mthembu (Marina), Daniel Petzold (Boult), Megan M. Storti (Gower), Nathan Whitmer (Antiochus, Leonine), and Patrick Zeller (Lysimachus, Thailard).

The creative team includes Sean Fanning and Brian Redfern (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Jason Bieber (Lighting Design), Melanie Chen (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Voice and Speech Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement Coach), Nicole Ries (Production Stage Manager), and Ryan Heath (Assistant 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. For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.

Since first training with The Old Globe in the mid-80s, Ray Chambers (Director) has worked as a classical actor and director with numerous regional theatres across the country. For nearly two decades as an Associate Artist with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, he has worked as actor, director, writer, and instructor, and he served as Director of the Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program at ASF from 2001 to 2009. His regional acting credits include title roles in Hamlet, The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard III, Coriolanus, King John, Henry V, and Tartuffe and 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 The Life of Riley, Coriolanus, The Comedy of Errors, The School for Scandal, 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 is currently Head of Acting with the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.


Art courtesy of The Old Globe.


The Globe announces the cast and creative team for the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

SAN DIEGO (October 17, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, November 15 – December 27. Previews run from November 15 – November 19. Opening night is November 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Grinch is directed by James Vàsquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien with Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Additional Music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Performances are restricted to children 3 years and up except for the 11:00 a.m. performances for which tickets can be purchased for children of all ages. Everyone must have a ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "Santa for a Day," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Burke Moses makes his Old Globe debut as The Grinch. He made his Broadway debut as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and then went on to create the role of Gaston in the New York, Los Angeles, and West End productions of Disney's mega-hit Beauty and the Beast. He also starred on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate and Sondheim's Frogs and Off Broadway in The Most Happy Fella, Li'l Abner, and The Fantasticks.

Returning to alternate in the role of Cindy-Lou Who are Taylor Coleman of Carmel Valley and Gabriella Dimmick of La Mesa. Coleman recently played Minnie in Annie Get Your Gun at San Diego Musical Theatre and also performs with the Royal Academy of Performing Arts, seen numerous times at Mandeville Auditorium. Dimmick was most recently seen as Molly in Annie Jr. at Actors' Conservatory Theatr – San Diego and Gretl in The Sound of Music at San Diego Musical Theatre. She has danced with California Ballet Company for several years, appearing in their productions of The Nutcracker (2010-2012), Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland.

Three-time San Diego Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 12th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. His Off Broadway credits include Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera, Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David, Butley, and Street Scene. Returning as Young Max is Jeffrey Schecter, who previously appeared at the Globe in the world premiere musical Robin and the 7 Hoods. His extensive Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, and The Pajama Game, among others.

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Geno Carr (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Katelyn Katz and Alexis Rae Tenney (Annie Who), Brooke Henderson and Mikaela Celeste Villalpando (Betty-Lou Who), Noah Baird and Elliot Weaver (Boo Who), and Jordi Bertran and Imahni King-Murillo (Danny Who) with Ensemble members Luke Babbitt, Josh Bradford, Nathan Conlan, Sophia Dimmick, Savannah Rae Farmer, David Kirk Grant, Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman, Jacob Haren, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Hourie Klijian, Cady Mariano, Dylan Nalbandian, Nathan Andrew Riley, Lexy Sakrekoff, Jill Townsend, and Kelsey Venter, as well as James Vàsquez (Swing).

This season's production features Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, Additional Choreography by Bob Richard, and Restaged Choreography by James Vàsquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

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Burke Moses as The Grinch.
(from left) Taylor Coleman and Gabriella Dimmick star as Cindy-Lou Who. Photo by Jim Cox.

Bright Star sizzle reel at The Old Globe!



The Old Globe presents the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star runs September 13 – November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. 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.

Songs featured in this exclusive preview:
"Bright Star," with A.J. Shively and the cast
"Sun's Gonna Shine," with Stephen Bogardus, A.J. Shively, Carmen Cusack, Hannah Elless, Allison Briner, and the cast
"Asheville," with Hannah Elless

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Steve Martin earns a movie honor!

While you were reading this caption, Steve Martin also composed a sonnet and learned two foreign languages. Photo by Jim Cox.

AFI announces lifetime achievement award for writer-comic-actor, now at the Old Globe with new musical Bright Star!

By James Hebert

Let's be honest here: Do we really know who Steve Martin is?

Some say he's the writer and co-composer of the world-premiere musical Bright Star, now onstage at the Old Globe Theatre.

(Actually, he says that, in this U-T interview about the show: )

(Come to think of it, we pretty much say that too, in our review of the production: )

We know he has been a standup comic. We know he doggedly pursued that career despite a string of bizarre apparent accidents in midperformance.

We know he wrote about that time of his life in a very serious book about the art of being funny.

We know he is probably not an IRS agent, and we're very sorry you gave him all that money.

But here's something no one could have ever dreamed about Steve Martin: He's also a big movie star!

(Oh, you already knew that too?)

The American Film Institute is obviously pretty aware of the fact: The organization has revealed that this June, it will honor Martin with a lifetime achievement award.

In announcing the award, AFI Chairman Howard Stringer said: "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multilayered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award."

Martin, whose long list of films includes "The Jerk," "Pennies From Heaven," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (coincidentally made into a musical at the Old Globe), "Little Shop of Horrors," "L.A. Story" and many more, was previously the recipient of an honorary Oscar,

So, that's what this item is about. Steve Martin: AFI Award. (Just in case you thought it was an excuse to plug our interview with Martin, and our review of the show. Both of which are available via conveniently clickable links in the third and fourth paragraphs above.)

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Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Bright Star Co-creator Steve Martin. Photo by Kevin Winter

Steve Martin has been tapped as the 43rd recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, to be presented at a June 4 gala. This is a good year for Martin, who received an Honorary Oscar last November and recently opened a new musical, Bright Star (which Martin created with Edie Brickell), at the Old Globe. He was given a Kennedy Center honor in 2007.

The American Film Institute tribute will air on TNT.

According to the American Film Institute, the Lifetime Achievement nod is given to "an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture."

In making the announcement, AFI board of trustees chairman Howard Stringer said, "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award."

After working at Disneyland performing magic tricks and selling guidebooks, Martin became a writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in the 1960s and segued into work as a standup comic. He earned an Oscar nom for the short "The Absent-Minded Waiter" and made his feature bow with the 1979’s "The Jerk."

He won an Emmy for his TV writing, and has Grammys for the comedy albums "Let’s Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy." He won another Grammy for best American Roots Song for "Love Has Come For You" His books include "Cruel Shoes" and "Shopgirl."

On June 5, Jane Fonda became the eighth woman to receive the AFI Life Achievement honor. The ceremony was telecast a week later on TNT.

John Ford was the first honoree, in 1973. For the first 20 years, AFI mostly honored retired film giants whose most prolific years were behind them, such as Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis and Frank Capra.

But in the last two decades, the honorees have been people with still-active careers, such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep. In 1993, the AFI board of trustees had extended the criteria "to encompass individuals with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished," according to AFI.

 

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