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The Old Globe Takes Shakespeare Into the San Diego Community With Globe for All, Beginning Tuesday, October 28, 2014!

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

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.

Read about the cast and production staff.

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.

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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.


Bright Star Opening Night

Bright Star celebrated its opening night on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Friends and family joined at The Old Globe to salute the cast, crew, and creative team of the show. Food, drinks, and music filled the Globe's Copley Plaza as friends and family joined the Bright Star team and partied into the night. 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. 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.

From award-winning screenwriter and playwright Steve Martin and chart-topping singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a world premiere American musical inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You." Bright Star features 25 new songs—Americana with a touch of rock—and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie (Broadway’s Chicago) makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.

The acting company includes Stephen Lee Anderson (Daddy Murphy), Stephen Bogardus (Daddy Cane), Allison Briner (Ensemble), Max Chernin (Ensemble), Patti Cohenour (Mama Murphy), Carmen Cusack (Alice Murphy), Wayne Duvall (Mayor Josiah Dobbs), Hannah Elless (Margo Crawford), Paige Herschell (Swing), Jeff Hiller (Daryl Ames), Leah Horowitz (Ensemble), Joe Jung (Ensemble), Lulu Lloyd (Swing), Kate Loprest (Lucy Grant), Ashley Robinson (Ensemble), Greg Roderick (Swing), Sarah Jane Shanks (Ensemble), A.J. Shively (Billy Cane), Scott Wakefield (Ensemble), Wayne Alan Wilcox (Jimmy Ray Dobbs), Libby Winters (Dora Murphy).

The creative team includes Broadway powerhouses Josh Rhodes (Choreographer), Peter Asher (Musical Supervisor), Rob Berman (Musical Director, Vocal Arrangements), August Eriksmoen (Orchestrator), Eugene Lee (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), Lee Wilkins (Associate Choreographer), Howie Cherpakov CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

(from left) Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Walter Bobbie, and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy at the opening night for Bright Star on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Cast members Kate Loprest, Libby Winters, Hannah Elless, and Lulu Lloyd at the opening night for Bright Star on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Cast members Joe Jung, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Max Chernin, A.J. Shively, and Stephen Lee Anderson at the opening night for Bright Star on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
The cast and creative team of Bright Star at their opening night on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Cast members A.J. Shively and Hannah Elless at the opening night for Bright Star on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Cast members Wayne Duvall and Stephen Lee Anderson, director Walter Bobbie, co-creator Steve Martin, and cast member Stephen Bogardus at the opening night for Bright Star on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The world premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Brickell, book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie, runs Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.

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An Exclusive preview of Bright Star at The Old Globe

The Globe invites you into the theatre for two very exclusive peeks at Bright Star!


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.

Songs featured in this exclusive preview:
"Way Back in the Day," with Carmen Cusack
"Another Round," with Libby Winters and the cast
"Asheville," with Hannah Elless

Another special preview of Bright Star at The Old Globe
Songs featured in this exclusive preview:
"Sun's Gonna Shine," with Carmen Cusack, Allison Briner, Leah Horowitz, Sarah Jane Shanks, Stephen Bogardus, A.J. Shively, and the cast
"I Had a Vision," with Wayne Alan Wilcox and Carmen Cusack
"Bright Star," with A.J. Shively and the cast
"Asheville," with Hannah Elless


Tony Award-winnng director Darko Tresnjak. Photo by The Defining Photo.

The Old Globe Announces the 2015 Summer Season

Celebrating Its 80th Year during Balboa Park Centennial!

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2014)—The Old Globe will celebrate its 80th Anniversary as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration with a 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare onstage and in film.

2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct the spectacular musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage.

Director Rebecca Taichman, whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Six-time Tony Award nomineeScott Ellis, who has three shows on Broadway this season, will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of Errors.

Rounding out the season is the West Coast premiere of Ken Ludwig’s comedy Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors will run in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Kiss Me, Kate will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

The Globe will also present a series of free Monday night films relating to Shakespeare through the eras to celebrate both the Balboa Park Centennial and the theatre’s 80th Anniversary. On June 29, 2015, the Globe will present Henry V, directed by Laurence Olivier in 1944, in the Festival Theatre. It will be followed by Orson Welles’s 1965 classic Chimes at Midnighton July 13 and Joss Whedon’s 2012 Much Ado About Nothingon August 3 (both in the Globe Theatre), and the series will conclude on August 24 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 Festival Theatre.

The complete 2015 Summer Season is as follows:

2015 Shakespeare Festival / Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Rebecca Taichman (June 21 – July 26; opens June 27)
    Everything we love about Shakespeare—romance, music, poetry, laughter, swordplay, great characters, and even a girl in pants!—is in Twelfth Night, one of the Bard’s true comic masterpieces. Shipwrecked and alone in foreign Illyria, young Viola masquerades as a boy and becomes the go-between for the lovesick Duke Orsino and the beautiful Countess Olivia. Soon Viola finds herself in the middle of a topsy-turvy love triangle with lunacy on every side. Visionary director Rebecca Taichman returns to the Globe with a stunning production of one of Shakespeare’s most perfect plays.
  • The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, directed by Scott Ellis (August 16 – September 20; opens August 22)
    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. With three shows on Broadway this year, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Scott Ellis makes his Globe debut directing one of Shakespeare’s most delightful confections.

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

  • Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, choreography by Peggy Hickey, directed by Darko Tresnjak (July 1 – August 2; opens July 9)
    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,” “So In Love,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Get ready for a sizzling summer evening that’s simply “Too Darn Hot”!
    In association with Hartford Stage.

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

  • Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig (July 24 – August 23; opens July 30)
    A wildly inventive adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles makes its West Coast premiere. One of America’s great comic playwrights, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) 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 career. This witty and clever romp delivers chills, laughter, and a great evening of theatre.

 


(clockwise, from top left) Co-creator Steve Martin, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, director Walter Bobbie, and co-creator Edie Brickell. Photo by Jim Cox.

Bright Star Premieres At Old Globe Theater

Steve Martin And Edie Brickell On Creating A New American Musical


The new musical Bright Star had its world premiere over the weekend at the Old Globe Theater. You might be surprised to find out what makes this creative team tick.

 

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Acting Dog Stealing the Show at The Old Globe

A Video Report about "two gents and one very cute dog" By Richard Allyn, Reporter


SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A tail-wagging thespian is stealing the show at the Old Globe. The Labrador-German Shepard mix has burst onto the scene as one of the featured players in the production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In this video report, CBS News 8's Richard Allyn introduces us to the four-legged star.



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The Old Globe Announces the Cast and Creative Team Team of The Royale

The Royale by Marco Ramirez Directed by Obie Award Winner Rachel Chavkin

Robert Christopher Riley

SAN DIEGO (September 9, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Marco Ramirez's (“Orange is the New Black,” “Sons of Anarchy”) wildly theatrical new play The Royale, directed by two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-nominated Rachel Chavkin. Founding Artistic Director of New York's the TEAM, Chavkin most recently won accolades for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Post Critics's Picks, and Top Ten of 2012 and 2013). The Royale will run October 4 – November 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run October 4 – 8. Opening night is Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. 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.


Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it's 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. Loosely based on real events, The Royale brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, and the ultimate fight for a place in history. The Los Angeles Times declared, “The Royale reanimates this breakthrough saga for a new generation!”


The acting company includes the award-winning Montego Glover (Nina; originated Felicia Farrell in Memphis at La Jolla Playhouse and on Broadway, The Color Purple), John Lavelle (Max; The Graduate on Broadway, Globe 2013 Shakespeare Festival), Okieriete Onaodowan (Fish; Globe's The Brothers Size, Broadway's Rocky and Cyrano de Bergerac), Robert Christopher Riley (Jay; Broadway's Lombardi and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Ray Anthony Thomas (Wynton; David Mamet's Race on Broadway, Fences and Jitney for NPR's August Wilson's Century Cycle).


The creative team includes Nicholas Vaughan (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Matt Hubbs (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).


“With The Royale, playwright Marco Ramirez has done something genuinely exciting: he has given vivid and imaginative theatrical form to a nearly forgotten but very important American story,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “With dazzling language and real emotional force, The Royale takes us to a time when sports were the vanguard of social change in America. Through its characters we see our own world in a new way. I'm pleased to introduce Ramirez, and also the visionary director Rachel Chavkin, to San Diego audiences, and to welcome them both into the Globe family.”


Marco Ramirez (Playwright) has had plays produced at Center Theatre Group, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Black Dahlia Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays, where he has twice won the Heideman Award for Best Te-Minute Play. He studied at New York University and The Juilliard School and is currently under commission by both Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group. His honors include TCG's Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and nominations for both the Writers Guild and Emmy Awards. He was born and raised in Hialeah, Florida, but now lives in Los Angeles, where his recent television writing credits include “Sons of Anarchy” (FX) and “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix). He is currently working on a daring new project for Netflix, produced by Marvel Television.


Rachel Chavkin (Director) is an Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk Award- and Lucille Lortel Award-nominated director, and she is the Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM, whose work was recently ranked Best of 2013 on three continents. Her selected freelance credits include Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (world premiere at Ars Nova, commercial transfer at Kazino; The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Post Critics's Picks), British live artist Chris Thorpe's Confirmation (Warwick Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre), Joseph Helle's Catch-22 (Northern Stage, U.K. national tour), Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Repertory Theatre), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including his extravaganza The Lily's Revenge (world premiere of Act II at HERE Arts Center). She is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, Artistic Associate at London's Gate Theatre and Classic Stage Company, New Georges Affiliate Artist, and alumna of Soho Repertory Theater's Writer/Director Lab, the Drama League Directors Project, and the Women's Project Directors Lab.


The Royale is supported in part through gifts from Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust and U.S. Bank.




CBS 8 previews The Old Globe's new musical Bright Star

Bright Star's creative team gives a sneak peek of the new musical to debut at the Globe.


Shawn Styles gets a first glimpse The Old Globe's new musical Bright Star, including interviews with creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and snippets of two songs. Performances start next Saturday!



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Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Preview 'Bright Star'

The creative team welcomes the media to experience a preview of Bright Star.


The Old Globe held an incredible preview of the new musical Bright Star yesterday for the press, which featured creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and director Walter Bobbie, plus exclusive performances of two of the show's songs. Click below to get the first ever look at the show, which starts Sept. 13 at The Old Globe!


Artie Ojeda of NBC 7 features the preview.




STEVE MARTIN ON JEFF AND JER!

Steve Martin hits the air to talk with Jeff and Jer about Bright Star.


Here's a great way to prepare for the world premiere of Bright Star! Listen in as Steve Martin chats with KyXy 96.5's Jeff and Jer for an inside peek into the making of Bright Star. Performances begin Saturday, September 13 – don't miss it! Click below to listen in.












BY POPULAR DEMAND – EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 31!
THE OLD GLOBE’S PRODUCTION OF
RONALD HARWOOD’S HEARTFELT COMEDY QUARTET

(from left) Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Franz, Jill Tanner, and Roger Forbes. Photo by Jim Cox.

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced additional performances for the third production of the 2014 Summer Season, Ronald Harwood’s comedy Quartet, directed by Richard Seer (Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, The Last Romance). Harwood received an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Pianist and was nominated for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Dresser (also a hit on Broadway and the West End). By popular demand, it will now play through Sunday, August 31. Tickets for the extension will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 10 at 12:01 a.m.

The acting company includes Roger Forbes (Wilfred Bond; the National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, London’s Garrick and Cambridge Theatres, founding member of Geva Theatre in New York), Globe Associate Artist Robert Foxworth (Reginald Paget; Globe and Broadways August: Osage County, Broadway’s Twelve Angry Men, Ivanov, Honour, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Henry V), Elizabeth Franz (Jean Horton; Broadway’s Morning’s at Seven, Tony Award for Death of a Salesman, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You), and Jill Tanner (Cecily Robson; Broadway’s Dividing the Estate, Enchanted April, Rose, My Fat Friend, and No Sex Please, We’re British).

The creative team includes Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), York Kennedy (Lighting Design), Christopher R. Walker (Sound Design), and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

From the author of The Dresser comes an uplifting comedy recently made into a major motion picture. Three former opera singers, Reginald, Cecily, and Wilfred, lead a harmonious existence at a home for retired musicians—until Reginald’s ex-wife, grande dame Jean Horton, arrives. As long-ago grudges surface and old scores are settled, the quartet heads back into the rehearsal room for one final encore. Globe favorite Richard Seer directs.

“The quartet of actors at the heart of Quartet are veterans of some of the great stages in the world, and it’s an honor to present them at the Globe,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Under the incisive guidance of our own Richard Seer, they bring deep humanity to this warm, wise, and entirely lovely play about living one’s later years with grace, and about the healing power of music. I look forward to sharing this most winning play with our audience.”

 


CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BRIGHT STAR

SAN DIEGO (August 6, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for 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 will run 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. Preview performances run September 13 – September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at 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.

From award-winning screenwriter and playwright Steve Martin (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Roxanne) and chart-topping singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a world premiere American musical inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Love Has Come For You.” Bright Star features 25 new songs—Americana with a touch of rock—and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie (Broadway’s Chicago) makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.

The acting company includes Stephen Lee Anderson (Daddy Murphy; Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Richard III at the Old Vic and BAM, Chasing the Song at La Jolla Playhouse), Stephen Bogardus (Daddy Cane; the Globe’s The Last Goodbye, many Broadway roles), Allison Briner (Ensemble), Max Chernin (Ensemble), Patti Cohenour (Mama Murphy; Broadway’s The Light in the Piazza and The Sound of Music), Carmen Cusack (Alice Murphy; Broadway/West End, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in the LCT National Tour), Wayne Duvall (Mayor Josiah Dobbs; the Globe’s Working, Bonnie & Clyde at LJP), Hannah Elless (Margo Crawford; Broadway’s Godspell revival), Jeff Hiller (Daryl Ames; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public and Broadway), Leah Horowitz (Ensemble; Broadway’s Follies and Les Misérables), Joe Jung (Ensemble; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Public and Broadway), Lulu Lloyd (Swing; San Diego native, God’s Country Off Broadway), Kate Loprest (Lucy Grant; Broadway’s First Date and Hairspray), Ashley Robinson (Ensemble; Merrily We Roll Along on the West End, The Last Goodbye at Williamstown, Giant in Chicago), Greg Roderick (Swing; Broadway’s South Pacific/LCT and Ragtime), Sarah Jane Shanks (Ensemble), A.J. Shively (Billy Cane; Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles, Brigadoon concert), Scott Wakefield (Ensemble; Broadway’s Hands on a Hardbody, Ring of Fire), Wayne Alan Wilcox (Jimmy Ray Dobbs, Broadway’s Chaplin, The Normal Heart, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Coram Boy), and Libby Winters (Dora Murphy; Broadway’s American Idiot).

The creative team includes Broadway powerhouses Josh Rhodes (Choreographer), Peter Asher (Musical Supervisor), Rob Berman (Musical Director, Vocal Arrangements), August Eriksmoen (Orchestrator), Eugene Lee (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), Lee Wilkins (Associate Choreographer), Howie Cherpakov CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

Bright Star is simply fantastic,” said Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It is that rarest of rare birds: a genuinely original, new American musical. The music is gorgeous and completely captivating, and the story heartfelt and very sweet. I know that San Diego audiences will adore it.” Edelstein continued, “I am grateful that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have entrusted their world premiere to The Old Globe. Along with their director, the great Walter Bobbie, they have assembled a world-class company whose bright stars will shine spectacularly on our stage.”

Steve Martin commented, “That our musical is premiering at the wonderful Old Globe in San Diego where Shakespeare first performed his plays fills me with humility.” Edie Brickell added, “After visiting the Globe, I realize how lucky I am to be a part of a production there. I cannot wait to see Bright Star rise and shine at the gorgeous Old Globe.”

To view photos of the creative team of Bright Star, visit our Facebook page!


A.J. Shively will star as Billy Cane.


Carmen Cusack will star as Alice Murphy.



AN EXCITING NEW PROGRAM: GLOBE FOR ALL,
TOURING FREE SHAKESPEARE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY!

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

The GLOBE FOR ALL Tour Will Culminate with Low-Cost Public Performances on Friday, November 7, Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, in the Globe’s HATTOX HALL


SAN DIEGO (July 31, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the creation of an exciting new producing platform, Globe for All. 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 will direct the first production, Shakespeare’s fascinating romance All’s Well That Ends Well. He plans to cast local professional actors, including recent graduates of the Old Globe/University of San Diego M.F.A. Program in classical acting. The first Globe for All free Shakespeare tour will begin October 28 and will culminate in three low-cost performances in the Globe’s Hattox Hall November 7-9.

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.

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.

In addition to providing the community with free access to professional performances of Shakespeare, Globe for All will enrich the theatre experience by offering workshops and other activities. These are modeled on and include aspects of the Globe’s successful Community Voices program, an innovative playwriting program (supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation) that has helped the Globe establish relationships with many San Diego community organizations. During its first two years, Community Voices yielded more than 170, 10-minute plays written by diverse members of the San Diego community who had no prior playwriting experience.

Audiences for the Globe for All Shakespeare tour will be offered a one-hour pre-show workshop, with Globe teaching artists introducing Shakespeare’s language, themes, characters, and stories to familiarize audiences—some of whom will have had little previous experience with the Bard—with what to expect.

"Since my arrival in San Diego I’ve looked for ways to share the wonders of The Old Globe with more and more of our city, and so I’m particularly proud and pleased to launch Globe for All," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "It’s our core conviction that theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, are necessary to living a full and rich life, and yet we recognize that some in our city either don’t know about the work we do or cannot enjoy regular access to it. It is therefore our obligation to help overcome whatever barriers—economic, geographical, and cultural—stand between us and the widest possible cross section of our city. Globe for All is an exciting way to bring the joys and thrills of live, professional Shakespeare to San Diegans who may not have experienced them before. We are grateful to the community-based organizations that are partnering with us and to the civic-minded philanthropies that are supporting this effort. Together, we can make theatre matter to many more of our fellow citizens."

The tour will culminate with three low-cost performances offered in the Globe’s Hattox Hall on Friday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. These performances will be open to the public. Tickets will be $10. On-sale date tbd.

Organizations interested in partnering with The Old Globe and Globe for All should contact Roberta Wells-Famula at rwells-famula@TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 231-1941 x2144.

More: Globe for All



QUARTET, FEATURING ROGER FORBES, ROBERT FOXWORTH, ELIZABETH FRANZ AND JILL TANNER, OPENS TONIGHT!

(from left) Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Franz, Jill Tanner, and Roger Forbes. Photo by Jim Cox.


Quartet, a comedy by Academy Award winner Ronald Harwood, officially opens at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre July 31 following previews that began July 25.

The production continues through Aug. 24 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Directed by Richard Seer, the cast includes Roger Forbes as Wilfred Bond (the National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, London’s Garrick and Cambridge Theatres, founding member of Geva Theatre in New York), Robert Foxworth as Reginald Paget (August: Osage County, Twelve Angry Men), Elizabeth Franz as Jean Horton (Morning’s at Seven, Death of a Salesman) and Jill Tanner as Cecily Robson (Dividing the Estate, Enchanted April).

"From the author of The Dresser comes an uplifting comedy recently made into a major motion picture," press notes state. "Three former opera singers, Reginald, Cecily, and Wilfred, lead a harmonious existence at a home for retired musicians—until Reginald’s ex-wife, grande dame Jean Horton, arrives. As long-ago grudges surface and old scores are settled, the quartet heads back into the rehearsal room for one final encore."

"The quartet of actors at the heart of Quartet are veterans of some of the great stages in the world, and it's an honor to present them at the Globe," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a previous statement. "Under the incisive guidance of our own Richard Seer, they bring deep humanity to this warm, wise, and entirely lovely play about living one’s later years with grace, and about the healing power of music. I look forward to sharing this most winning play with our audience."
The creative team includes Globe associate artist Ralph Funicello (scenic design), Charlotte Devaux (costume design), York Kennedy (lighting design), Christopher R. Walker (sound design) and Annette Yé (stage manager).

Playbill: QUARTET opens tonight


BY POPULAR DEMAND, FIASCO THEATER'S INTO THE WOODS ~ EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 17!



SAN DIEGO (July 28, 2014) The Old Globe today announced additional performances for the second production of the 2014 Summer Season, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986. The production is an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. By popular demand, it will now play through Sunday, August 17. Tickets for the extension will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 29 at noon.

The acting company includes Jessie Austrian (Baker’s Wife), Noah Brody (Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella’s Prince), Matt Castle (Pianist), Alison Cimmet (Witch), Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man), Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince), Liz Hayes (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother), Claire Karpen (Cinderella, Granny), Patrick Mulryan (Jack, Steward), Ben Steinfeld (Baker), and Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel). The creative team includes Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Whitney Locher (Costume Design), Tim Cryan (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Matt Castle (Music Director, Orchestrations), Michael Perlman (Associate Director), and Marcy Victoria Reed (Stage Manager).

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from the critically acclaimed Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after ”happily ever after.” Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theatre of the imagination.

Into the Woods will now run through August 17, 2014. Tickets for the extension go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 29 at noon. Performances began July 12, with Opening Night on July 17, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets 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. Performance times: Regular performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.


HERE'S A GREAT WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL!

 

Listen in as The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein chats with KSDS Jazz88.3's Dave Drexler!

Here's a great way to prepare for the Shakespeare Festival! Listen in as The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein chats with KSDS Jazz88.3's Dave Drexler for his Inside Arts show. Featured are excerpts from the recent Thinking Shakespeare Live as actors from recent productions demonstrate how Barry works with them throughout rehearsal to make the work accessible, and Barry talks about the Othello rehearsal process, and his great cast. Previews begin Sunday - don't miss it!



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THE LAUREL STREET BRIDGE REOPENS!



You Can Now Drive Into Balboa Park from the West Again!

The Alcazar Garden Parking lot is Refurbished, Re-Graded, and Better than Ever - with more accessible parking!

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria re-opened the Cabrillo Bridge on Monday, June 2, praising the men and women of Caltrans whose work on the seismic retrofit continues while opening the face of the bridge to welcome residents and visitors into the park from the west.

Old Globe audiences can again access the park via Laurel Street, and cars can again pass right in front of the Globe on El Prado.

Just in time for the Globe’s best summer season ever!


THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-2015 SEASON

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

(4/18/14) • The Old Globe has announced its 2014-2015 Season, beginning September 13 with the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Edie Brickell, book by Steve Martin, based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie makes his Globe debut directing with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.

The Globe is delighted to welcome one of the true geniuses of the American theatre, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut beginning March 21 with an enchanting theatrical spectacle, The White Snake. Jonathan Tolins’s “totally fictional” Off Broadway hit, Buyer & Cellar, will have you rolling in the aisles. Directed by Ron Lagomarsino, performances begin April 4.

With The Twenty-Seventh Man, Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and reimagines it for the Globe’s intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling. It makes its West Coast Premiere on February 14.

Boxing’s “breakthrough saga for a new generation” (LA Times), Marco Ramirez’s wildly theatrical new play The Royale brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, beginning October 4. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz returns January 24 to direct Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian’s Off Broadway hit, Murder for Two, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Utterly romantic and one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war beginning May 9.

The 2014-2015 Season will also include the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, beginning performances November 15. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014-2015 Season are currently available by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $99 to $615. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

“The Old Globe’s 2014-2015 Season offers some of everything that makes this theatre one of America’s greatest, and I am thrilled to announce it,” said Edelstein. “From a world premiere musical by two of our country’s entertainment giants to a classic by Shaw; from an historical drama by an eminent novelist to a wacky musical whodunit; and from a visually splendid take on a classic fable to a wry and riotous look at contemporary celebrity—the range and variety of the season is enormous.”

Edelstein continued, “As always, in this season the Globe welcomes our country’s most visionary theatre artists to San Diego, and they are a spectacularly talented group. Their work—and especially the abundance of laughter and light it brings—marks the Globe’s happy contribution to our city’s celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial. I’m proud to note too that these productions will be surrounded by our full spectrum of humanities, outreach, education, and community efforts. All in all the season is a rich and wonderful program befitting the flagship arts institution of our region, and a season that demonstrates what a 21st-century American theatre can be.”


THE OLD GLOBE HONORS ITS VOLUNTEERS

(4/10/14) • On March 28, 2014, The Old Globe honored the volunteers who have made outstanding contributions of their time over the past year to support the institution at a reception in Hattox Hall. As a non-profit arts organization serving the community, the Globe relies greatly on the generosity of volunteers, who help in the administrative offices (Marketing, Development, Business, Education), the costume shop, the Helen Edison Gift Shop and Lady Carolyn's Pub; serve as backstage tour docents, Patron Services Ambassadors and Ushers for our shows; and are members of our auxiliary volunteer group, the Globe Guilders.

In addition to seeing Globe productions for free and the satisfaction of helping support one of the top regional theatres in the country, volunteers also have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most dedicated and talented theatre professionals in the world.

The recipients of the 2014 Globe Volunteer Awards were:

Outstanding Tour Docent: Bill Crane
Outstanding Patron Service Ambassador: Gladys Svac
Outstanding Administrative Volunteer (Shared): Globe Gala Auction Committee: Susan Cullen, Lois Gubitosi, Phyllis Hinshaw, Gayle Regan, Bonnie Stotler
Outstanding Helen Edison Gift Shop Volunteer: Kathy Spramelli
Outstanding Lady Carolyn’s Pub Volunteer: Bill Casey
Usher Captain of the Year: Terry and Anita Gee
Volunteer of the Year: Binnie Brooks


Volunteer of the Year Binnie Brooks (center) with (from left) Associate Director,
Planned Giving Bridget Cantu-Wear and Marketing Assistant Laura Lothian.

For more information on how to volunteer at The Old Globe, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (619) 231-1941 x2330.


MULTI-AWARD-WINNING ACTOR BLAIR UNDERWOOD TO STAR IN OTHELLO

Blair Underwood.

(4/9/14) • Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Blair Underwood—who most recently made his acclaimed Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and garnered rave reviews opposite Cicely Tyson in Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful—will make his Globe debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Underwood’s films include Something New, Deep Impact, Gattaca, and Rules of Engagement, and his television credits include “Ironside,” “In Treatment,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Sex and the City.” Joining him and also making their Globe debuts are the previously announced Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) as Iago and Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards,” The Cabin in the Woods) as Desdemona.

From New York’s Shakespeare in the Park to Balboa Park, Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his outdoor directorial debut in The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre with one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with Opening Night on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only, and prices range from $92 to $332. Subscription packages may be purchased online here, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.

Blair Underwood is an award-winning actor/writer/director/producer. Underwood has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, 10 NAACP Image Award nominations (six wins), and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for former Vice President Al Gore’s album An Inconvenient Truth. His theatre credits include the recent Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which garnered him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination; his one-man show IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop, Purlie, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Measure for Measure, The Game of Love and Chance, and Love Letters. His television credits include “Ironside,” The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson, “The Event,” “In Treatment,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Sex and the City,” Mama Flora’s Family, Murder in Mississippi, Soul of the Game, “City of Angels,” The Wishing Tree, Heat Wave, and “L.A. Law.” His film credits include The Art of Getting By, Madea’s Family Reunion, Something New, Full Frontal, Rules of Engagement, Deep Impact, Just Cause, Posse, Set It Off, The Second Coming (director, executive producer, writer, and star), and The Bridge to Nowhere (directorial debut). He is the co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). In 2009, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened the Blair Underwood Clinic, a full-service, state-of-the art HIV/AIDS treatment clinic in Washington, D.C. The clinic was named after him due to his longtime charity advocacy.


THE OLD GLOBE'S TWO SPECIAL SHAKESPEARE EVENTS NOW ON SALE!

(4/1/14) • The Old Globe's two upcoming Shakespeare-themed events are now on sale!

Tony Award winner Roger Rees returns to the Globe Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. only for What You Will, his hysterical (and somewhat historical) 90-minute gallop through the world of Shakespeare. Rees, the acclaimed actor known for his roles on “Cheers” and “The West Wing” and his Tony-winning turn in Broadway’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, will bring to life the Bard’s most beautiful soliloquies, along with sidesplitting accounts of some of the funniest disasters ever perpetrated on the classical stage. Romeo, Juliet’s foolish Nurse, gory Macbeth, Hamlet, the oh-so-tragic Richard II, and even Charles Dickens, Noël Coward, and Stevie Wonder make appearances in this hilarious evening that all of San Diego will be talking about.

Click here to buy tickets to What You Will.

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will offer an encore of his program Thinking Shakespeare Live!, a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare, on Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. This fast-paced, funny, and altogether fascinating presentation based on Edelstein’s book, Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. As Edelstein and three skilled actors demonstrate live on stage the methods he imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare.

Click here to buy tickets to Thinking Shakespeare Live!


(left) Roger Rees in What You Will; photo by David Allen. (right) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein in Thinking Shakespeare Live!; photo by Doug Gates.


THE OLD GLOBE TEAMS WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PRESENT WORKS BY VETERANS

(3/28/14) • In conjunction with local organizations Combat Arts and So Say We All, The Old Globe is happy to host an exhibit of art by returning veterans in Hattox Hall, above the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Curated by local artist and Combat Arts founder Elizabeth Washburn, the exhibit will open with a kick-off celebration on April 12 and will remain on display throughout the run of Water by the Spoonful. Exhibit hours will be one hour prior to performance, as well as full days on free Tuesdays, April 15 and April 22. In conjunction with So Say We All Executive Director Justin Hudnall, the Globe will also host an evening of local veterans performing stories they have written about their service on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Water by the Spoonful is an exciting new play from the playwright behind the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. Elliot Ortiz is back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways. The Hartford Courant calls Water by the Spoonful “funny, warm, and uplifting, with characters that stay with you long after the play is over!”

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Water by the Spoonful
Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. The seminar features a panel selected from the artistic company of the production and takes place in the theatre where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Water by the Spoonful
Tuesdays, April 22 and 29 and Wednesday, May 7. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Water by the Spoonful cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

SUBJECT MATTERS: Water by the Spoonful
Saturday, May 10. FREE
Following the performance, explore the ideas and issues raised by the production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Guest speakers Elizabeth Washburn of Combat Arts and Justin Hudnall of So Say We All will speak about their work with returning veterans and will offer audience members a guided tour of the exhibit of artwork by local veteran artists and writers.


WATER BY THE SPOONFUL CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED

(3/26/14) • The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the California premiere of Quiara Alegría HudesWater by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by Edward Torres, Water by the Spoonful will run April 12 – May 11, 2014 in the Sheryl and Harvey White 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.

Water by the Spoonful is an exciting new play from the playwright behind the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. Elliot Ortiz is back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways. The Hartford Courant calls Water by the Spoonful “funny, warm, and uplifting, with characters that stay with you long after the play is over!”

Rey Lucas makes his Old Globe debut as Elliot Ortiz. He appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Rainmaker and has extensive New York and regional credits, including The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he appeared in The Taming of the Shrew directed by Roger Rees, Camino Real directed by Nicholas Martin, and Christmas in Naples directed by Dylan Baker. He also has extensive television credits, including NBC’s newest drama, “Believe,” and acclaimed series “The Blacklist,” “The Following,” “Person of Interest,” “Weeds,” and “Army Wives.”

The cast of Water by the Spoonful also features Robert Eli (Fountainhead aka John; Tartuffe on Broadway), Sarah Nina Hayon (Yazmin Ortiz; A Bright New Boise), San Diego local M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Ghost, Professor Aman, Policeman; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at ion theatre company), Ruibo Qian (Orangutan; Henry IV, Miss Julie), Keith Randolph Smith (Chutes&Ladders, a San Diego resident; Broadway’s Fences with Denzel Washington and Salome with Al Pacino), and Marilyn Torres (Odessa Ortiz aka Haikumom; The Agony & the Agony).

The creative team includes Old Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Stage Manager).


Director Edward Torres (standing, center) with the cast of Water by the Spoonful: (standing, from left) M. Keala Milles, Jr., Keith Randolph Smith, Robert Eli, and Ruibo Qian; (sitting) Marilyn Torres, Rey Lucas, and Sarah Nina Hayon.

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RICHARD THOMAS AND KRISTEN CONNOLLY JOIN THE CAST OF OTHELLO

(3/21/14) • The Old Globe has announced two of the stars of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Making their Globe debuts are Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) as Iago and Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards,” The Cabin in the Woods) as Desdemona. Both artists continue collaborations with Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein that began in New York: Thomas starred inEdelstein’s critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater in 2011, and Connolly in three Shakespeare plays that Edelstein helped produce at The Public. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

From New York’s Shakespeare in the Park to Balboa Park, Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his outdoor directorial debut in The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre with one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with Opening Night on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only, and prices range from $92 to $332. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.

Richard Thomas (Iago) starred in the award-winning series “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He has continued to star in series, films, plays, and over 50 movies for television. His theatre career began at age seven with the 1958 Broadway production of Sunrise at Campobello and continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, and The Stendhal Syndrome. His recent projects include the Broadway production of David Mamet’s Race; the title role in The Public Theater’s Timon of Athens; Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays for the Minetta Lane Theatre; and the world premiere of Camp David at Arena Stage. He last appeared on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of An Enemy of the People. Thomas can currently be seen on the hit FX series “The Americans.”

Kristen Connolly (Desdemona) is best known for playing the role of Christina Gallagher on the acclaimed Netflix series “House of Cards.” She was most recently seen on film in Lionsgate/MGM’s The Cabin in the Woods. She recently completed shooting the NBC pilot “Tin Man,” written by Ehren Krueger and directed by D.J. Caruso. She also recently completed work on the History Channel miniseries Houdini opposite Adrien Brody. Connolly’s other film credits include The Bay, The Happening, and Revolutionary Road. She has appeared Off Broadway in King Lear and the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park productions of All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure.


Richard Thomas; photo by Lia Chang. Kristen Connolly; photo courtesy of The Old Globe.


A FIRST LOOK AT THE CAST OF TIME AND THE CONWAYS


The cast of Time and the Conways: (from left) Sarah Manton, Jonathan Fielding, Morgan Hallett, Lee Aaron Rosen, Kim Martin-Cotten (seated), Rose Hemingway, Leo Marks, Leanne Agmon, Amanda Quaid, and Max Gordon Moore. J.B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, directed by Rebecca Taichman, runs March 29 - May 4, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Ken Jacques.

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Director Rebecca Taichman. Photo by Chad Batka.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR TIME AND THE CONWAYS

(3/7/14) • The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s revival of J.B. Priestley’s period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run March 29 – May 4, 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.

The curtain rises on a gorgeous English country home in 1919 in the midst of a game of charades played by the young Conway family at a birthday party with their friends. Flash forward to 1937 in the same house: the grown children have gathered to settle family accounts in a world not so bright as it was. For this family, time is a kind of dream: their precious moments together are fleeting and brief, but their destinies are eternal. Time and the Conways, by the author of An Inspector Calls, is just the kind of theatrical gem Globe audiences love to rediscover, with the kind of sumptuous period scenery, costumes, and artistry for which The Old Globe is renowned.

The cast of Time and the Conways features Leanne Agmon (Carol Conway; upcoming Hybrids), Broadway veterans Jonathan Fielding (Alan Conway; Pygmalion, The Seagull), Morgan Hallett (Madge Conway; Translations, Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Rose Hemingway (Hazel Conway; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Daniel Radcliffe), Sarah Manton (Joan Helford; One Man, Two Guvnors, London’s The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific, Dirty Dancing), Leo Marks (Gerald Thornton; the Globe’s Lincolnesque), Kim Martin-Cotten (Mrs. Conway; The Merchant of Venice), Max Gordon Moore (Ernest Beevers; Relatively Speaking), Amanda Quaid (Kay Conway; Equus), and Lee Aaron Rosen (Robin Conway; The Big Knife, The Normal Heart).

The creative team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Matt Hubbs (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).


FRIENDS AND FAMILY REMEMBER SEAMUS O'BRYAN

(2/26/14) • Family, friends, and coworkers gathered to celebrate the life of Seamus O’Bryan on Monday, February 24, 2014 at The Old Globe. The memorial, held jointly by The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, was filled with stories, videos, and photos in honor of Seamus, the Globe's propmaster and former Playhouse employee who passed away on January 31. Following the memorial, a party was held on the Globe’s Copley Plaza that food, drinks, and live music from Seamus’s favorite Irish band as those in attendance shared memories about their dear friend.

Special thanks to the Clachan Boys Irish Music, Doug Gates, The Green Food Truck, Suzie’s Farm, Ballast Point Brewing, Syd Stevens Video Production, Tom Lucenti, Billy Mannering with Flower Fields Direct, and MSI Production Services.





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OLD GLOBE ASSOCIATE ARTIST CONRAD SUSA PASSES AWAY AT 78.

(11/25/13) • Beloved Old Globe Associate Artist Conrad Susa, who served as Composer in Residence for 35 years and wrote the scores for over 80 Globe productions, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Old Globe family will miss this musical pioneer and fondly remembers his incredible contributions to San Diego theatre.

Click here to read more about Susa and his life in the U-T San Diego.

You can also read more about Susa in The New York Times by clicking here.

ENTER THE “SANTA FOR A DAY” CONTEST!

(11/07/13) • One lucky child will be crowned “Santa for a Day” at The Old Globe's eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and win tickets to see the show!

GRAND PRIZE
One 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 November 17 and, directly after the show, assist The Grinch on stage with the lighting of the tree at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

CONTEST RULES
Parents of children aged 3–12 may submit their child's drawing expressing what the holidays mean to
them and their family to be entered in the contest. One drawing will be randomly selected from all
entries received by Wednesday, November 13.

HOW TO ENTER
Snap a photo of your child's drawing with your phone and email it to Contest@TheOldGlobe.org.
Click here for more details!


Steve Blanchard with the 2012 “Santa for a Day” contest winner, Cierra. Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.


THE LAST GOODBYE SAYS HELLO TO SAN DIEGO AUDIENCES!

(10/11/13) • The skies in San Diego were clear as the cast and creative team of The Last Goodbye celebrated their opening night on Sunday, October 6. They joined friends and family on the Globe's Copley Plaza, along with Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, to mark the official opening of the Globe's new musical that fuses Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with the lush and powerful music of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley.

Below are just a few of the photos from opening night. To see more, visit our Facebook page!


Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, cast members Talisa Friedman and Jay Armstrong Johnson, director Alex Timbers and Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.


Orchestrator, musical director and arranger Kris Kukul, band singer Adam Cochran and conceiver and adaptor Michael Kimmel.


Sonya Tayeh (center) with cast members.


Mary Guibert, mother of Jeff Buckley.


Cast member Nancy Snow Carr and Allison Spratt Pearce.


THE SET LIST FOR THE JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT

(8/20/13) • Below is the set list for The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert, which took place in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre on Monday, Aug. 19.

Veronica May:
"I Know It's Over"
"Hymne a L'amour"
"Soul"

Pete Thurston:
"Lilac Wine"
"Eternal Life"
"
Whiskey Song"

Israel Maldonaldo and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan:
"Mojo Pin"
"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side"
"Out Like That"

Jeff Berkley:
"Conversations with the Moon"
"The Last Goodbye"
"I Shall Be Released"

Stevie Harris:
"Forget Her"
"Kosovo"
"Everybody Here Wants You"

Eve Selis:
"Morning Theft"
"Dream Brother"
"Memphis"

Gayle Skidmore:
"Lover, You Should've Come Over"
"Strange Fruit"
"Little Bird"

The Midnight Pine:
"Satisfied Mind"
"New Year's Prayer"
"Mother of Amends"

Superunloader (with guests Fernando Apodaca and Trent Hancock):
"So Real"
"Grace"
"Spider"

Finale: All artists:
"Hallelujah"

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(Photos (from top): Stevie Harris and Eve Selis at the Jeff Buckley Tributue Concert at The Old Globe. Photos by Doug Gates.)


LOCAL MUSICIANS ROCK THE OLD GLOBE'S JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT

(8/20/13) • More than a dozen local musicians took the stage at The Old Globe on Monday, Aug. 19 for the Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert. The lineup for this one-night-only event included Jeff Berkley, Stevie Harris, Israel Maldonado and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan, Veronica May, The Midnight Pine, Eve Selis, Gayle Skidmore, Superunloader and Pete Thurston. After individual sets, they all came together to close the show with Buckley's most well-known cover, "Hallelujah." The concert coincided with the Globe’s upcoming production of The Last Goodbye, a fusion of Buckley’s music with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which begins performances on Sept. 22.

Below are just a few of the photos from the concert. To see more, visit our Facebook page!


Jeff Berkley.


The Midnight Pine.


All of the musical artists from The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert close the night with "Hallelujah"
on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photos by Doug Gates.


(from left) Fernando Apodaca and Trent Hancock
with Superunloader.


Gayle Skidmore.


CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE LAST GOODBYE

(8/15/13) • The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for The Last Goodbye, a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel, the rock musical is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Choreography is by Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”), and orchestrations, music direction and arrangements are by Kris Kukul. The Last Goodbye will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Sept. 22 – Nov. 3, 2013.

The Last Goodbye is a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with some of the most thrilling rock music of the past 20 years. That light in yonder window is still the east and Juliet is still the sun . . . but the sound in her bedchamber is all new: the sweeping, emotional and extraordinarily beautiful songs of the late rock icon Jeff Buckley. This unique work of theater is a remarkable fusion of the classic and the modern, melding Shakespeare’s tragedy, in its original text, with Buckley’s incendiary music, and staged with limitless invention by Alex Timbers, one of the true stage visionaries at work today.

Jay Armstrong Johnson will play Romeo. He was recently seen on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody as well as with the companies of Catch Me If You Can and Diane Paulus’ Tony Award-winning revival of Hair. He played Mark in the First National Tour of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and has appeared Off Broadway in MCC Theater’s Wild Animals You Should Know and Prospect Theater Company’s Working, for which he won a Drama Desk Award.

Talisa Friedman will appear as Juliet. She has been featured regionally in Ah, Wilderness! (Arena Stage), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (The Studio Theatre), The Bardy Bunch (New York International Fringe Festival) and the world premiere stage adaptation of Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). She is the recipient of the Jonathan Levy Prize and the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.

The cast of The Last Goodbye alsofeatures Hale Appleman (Mercutio), Stephen Bogardus (Friar Lawrence), Nancy Snow Carr (Lady Montague), Shannon Cochran (Lady Capulet), Brandon Gill (Benvolio), Bryan Scott Johnson (Montague), Eric Morris (Paris), Daniel Oreskes (Capulet), Tonye Patano (Nurse), Wallace Smith (Prince Escalus) and Jeremy Woodard (Tybalt) with James Brown III, Billy Bustamante, Drew Foster, Adam Perry, Steve Schepis and Nik Walker (Ensemble), Megan Carmitchel (Offstage Singer) and Bradley Gibson (Swing).

The creative team includes Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), Jennifer Moeller (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), Ken Travis (Sound Design), Ian Hersey (Text Consultant), Kate Waters (Fight Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Associate Fight Director), Carrie Gardner, CSA (Casting) and Peter Lawrence (Stage Manager).

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Jay Armstrong will star as Romeo.


Talisa Friedman will star as Juliet.


THE MIDNIGHT PINE AND STEVIE HARRIS JOIN THE JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT

(8/8/13) •San Diego musical artists The Midnight Pine and Stevie Harris have joined the lineup for the Globe’s one-night-only Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The concert, which features several prominent local artists covering the songs of the legendary musician, coincides with the Globe’s upcoming production of The Last Goodbye,a fusion of Buckley’s music with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert, benefitting the Globe’s student Shakespeare programs, will take place in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $20 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.

As previously announced, the other musical artists scheduled to perform at the Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert include Jeff Berkley, Israel Maldonado and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan, Veronica May, Eve Selis, Gayle Skidmore, Superunloader and Pete Thurston. The Midnight Pine, Jeff Berkley and Gayle Skidmore are all currently nominated for 2013 San Diego Music Awards, as are Stevie Harris’ band The Styletones and Veronica Mays’ band The Lovebirds. The concert will be emceed by Cathryn Beeks, host of KPRi-FM’s “The Homegrown Hour,” and Chris Cantore, U-T San Diego’s Director of Lifestyle & Entertainment. The Sinclairs, who were previously announced for the concert, have withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict.

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THE 2013 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE PERFORMANCE COMING UP ON AUG. 12

(8/2/13) • The culminating performance of the 2013 Summer Shakespeare Intensive for high school students is coming up on Monday, Aug. 12, and the student participants have been busy studying classical theatre technique, voice, movement and stage combat with members of the Shakespeare Festival cast and other theatre experts. They will put all of this training to use as they perform 50-minute versions of Shakespeare's The Two Gentleman of Verona and Macbeth on the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage.

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FROM HARD-BOILED FICTION TO AMERICAN NOIR:
THE WORLD OF JAMES M. CAIN

(7/30/13) • The detective yarn is a uniquely American invention. In 1841, when Edgar Allen Poe wrote The Murders in the Rue Morgue, the story of a brilliant sleuth who uses logic and reasoning to solve a brutal double murder, he did more than spin an unforgettable tale — he birthed an entire genre. English writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers were quick to adopt the form, giving it rules, structure and a distinctly genteel, upper-class flavor.

In the 1930s, American writers took back detective fiction and gave it a gritty, streetwise edge. These so-called “hard-boiled” or “tough-guy” stories found a natural home in the inexpensive pulp magazines of the day, with their lurid covers and disposable format. The premiere home for hard-boiled detective fiction was the magazine Black Mask, founded by H. L. Mencken. In the pages of Black Mask, Dashiell Hammett first published The Maltese Falcon, introducing the world to Sam Spade, the quintessential 1930s investigator. Hammett inspired many other greats of the genre, like Raymond Chandler, whose novels The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; and The Long Goodbye all featured the hard-drinking private eye Philip Marlowe.

Then along came James M. Cain — the man who transformed hard-boiled detective fiction into something even darker. Cain denied belonging to the hard-boiled or any other school of writing. And while his work clearly owes a debt to those writers, he also turned their structure on its head. Cain wrote “inverted” detective stories, stories in which the reader follows not a flawed yet heroic investigator, but rather the decidedly un-heroic criminal who is trying to outwit him. Cain’s work marked a shift in the genre: from detective fiction to crime novel, from hard-boiled to noir.

Born in Maryland, Cain originally wanted to be an opera singer like his mother. In his 20s, he financed his singing lessons selling insurance in Washington, DC — a side job that would ultimately prove more useful to his career than the lessons. When he failed at opera, he settled for writing, a career he saw as a “consolation prize.” Cain worked as a journalist in both Baltimore and New York City, and he briefly served as the managing editor of The New Yorker. In 1931, Cain left New York for Hollywood to write for Paramount. Although his films never took off, his fiction did.

His first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was published in 1934. Two years later, in 1936, Double Indemnity appeared for the first time in Liberty magazine, serialized in eight weekly installments. Both novels are first-person accounts; each is told from the point of view of a man who falls in love with a married woman and helps her kill her husband. Like Hammett and Chandler, Cain wrote seamy, masculine, middle-class stories set against a California backdrop. But unlike Hammett and Chandler, Cain created protagonists who are hooked by the lure of sex and money, who are led by pride or desperation to attempt the perfect crime. This held true in his later short stories and novels, like Mildred Pierce.

Raymond Chandler articulated his own ethos of detective fiction in a 1950 essay titled “The Simple Art of Murder.” He argues that, rather than laying out “a concatenation of insignificant clues,” successful modern detective stories focus on character — in particular, the character of the detective. “These stories may unfold in dank alleyways; they may take place in the ugliest underworlds, and yet, Chandler writes: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero, he is everything...He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it.”

In contrast, Cain shaped his stories around characters who give in to their baser impulses, who even relish betraying their code of ethics. “I think my stories have some quality of the opening of a forbidden box,” Cain wrote, and once that box is open, Cain’s characters are swept along by its contents. Pulp fiction historian Geoffrey O’Brien describes it this way: “In the typical Cain story, someone opens a door at random (and in the first paragraph) and his destiny is sealed then and there. Generally it is not long before he realizes what has happened, but as if hypnotized, he does nothing to alter the course of events.” Cain’s characters board runaway trains of their own devising, fueled by their own worst impulses — trains that inevitably head straight off the tracks.

Not unsurprisingly, Chandler despised Cain’s novels. He famously wrote in a letter to his agent, “James Cain — faugh! Everything he touches smells like a billy goat. He is every kind of writer I detest...a Proust in greasy overalls, a dirty little boy with a piece of chalk and a board fence and nobody looking.” But when the time came to turn Double Indemnity into a film, to whom did director Billy Wilder go for the screenplay? Not Cain himself, but his rival, Raymond Chandler.

The film version of Double Indemnity was a long time coming. In the late 1930s, Hollywood was still under the thumb of the Hays Office, which enforced moral censorship guidelines. When a film adaptation of Double Indemnity was proposed, the Hays Office was consulted for approval. Their official report began, “Under no circumstances, in no way shape or form...” Why? In the words of censor James Breen, “The general low tone and sordid flavor of this story makes it, in our judgment, thoroughly unacceptable for screen presentation.”

After many attempts, Wilder finally got the green light from the Hays Office. He and Chandler co-wrote the screenplay, and Double Indemnity made its way to the big screen in 1944. The film starred Fred MacMurray as the insurance agent who uses his inside knowledge to help the gorgeous Barbara Stanwyck kill her husband for a high-dollar payout. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and it quickly became an influential classic of film noir.

“Noir was to cinema as punk was to rock and roll,” wrote novelist Steve Erickson. With its distinctive chiaroscuro visual style and its embrace of the darkness of hard-boiled crime fiction, film noir tapped into the moral confusion of the post-WWII era. Erickson continued, “European refugees like...Billy Wilder brought with them a worldview forged of equal parts German Expressionism and Nazi barbarity. A bracing denial of heroism provided noir’s visceral energy; in the wake of the stupefying revelation of the concentration camps, and before the altar of atomization, the genre was distinguished by violence and wantonness in the face of obliteration.”

Film noir was immensely popular, and it was the mechanism by which Hammett, Chandler and Cain became part of the broader American consciousness. As Cain’s biographer David Madden put it, “Without Cain there is — no matter how you define it — no noir. He is its daddy. And he was very, very strict.” But Cain is more than noir, and he is certainly more than the visual shorthands of that genre, with its curling smoke and trenchcoats, its heavy shadows and scantily clad women. He was, as David Madden calls him, a “mythmaker,” a tabloid poet, the “unchallenged master” of “American literature’s midnight.”

(Top photo: Novelist James M. Cain. Bottom photo: Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in the 1944 film Double Indemnity.)



 
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