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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
WORLD PREMIERE OF KENNY FINKLE'S ALIVE AND WELL


SAN DIEGO (Feb. 18, 2010)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Kenny Finkle’s romantic comedy, Alive and Well.  Directed by Jeremy Dobrish, Alive and Well will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre March 20 – April 25.  Previews run from March 20 – March 24.  Opening night is March 25 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Alive and Well are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale March 7 at noon and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Alive and Well tells the tale of Carla Keenan, a big city reporter down on her luck, and Zachariah Clemenson, a roughish Civil War re-enactor, who set out on a quest in Virginia to find the elusive Lonesome Soldier – the oldest living Civil War veteran.  As they hike along the path of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox, the mismatched duo find much more than either bargained for and discover that Virginia is – indeed – for lovers. 

James Knight will play Zachariah and Kelly McAndrew will play Carla.  The creative team features Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design), Shelly Williams (Costume Design), Michael Gottlieb (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Moira Gleason (Stage Manager).

Kenny Finkle's play Indoor/Outdoor received its Off Broadway premiere at the DR2 in Union Square.  The play has also been produced at Trinity Repertory, Colony Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Portland Stage, Water Tower and Hangar Theatre (world premiere) and was selected for Smith and Kraus’ Best Plays of 2006 anthology.  His other plays include Bridezilla Strikes Back (co-written with Cynthia Silver; NY Fringe Festival and Zephyr Theatre), Transatlantica (The Flea Theater) and Josh Keenan Comes Out to the World (Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival and Hangar Theatre School Tour).  His plays have been workshopped and developed at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HotINK and Portland Stage among others.  He is a recipient of a NYFA fellowship, was awarded University of Illinois' Inner Voices prize and has received commissions from Ford's Theatre, Virginia Stage Company and TheatreworksUSA.  

Jeremy Dobrish has directed several shows Off Broadway including Judas and Me (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Spain (MCC Theater) and Election Day (Second Stage Theatre).  His regional credits include Barrington Stage Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Hangar Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, NY Stage and Film, Eugene O’Neill Theater and Village Theatre.  Dobrish’s other credits include Curious George (TheatreworksUSA), Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival and Summer Play Festival.  He has served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre, and was the Artistic Director of Adobe Theatre Company for thirteen years, for which he has written and/or directed over 20 plays.  His plays include Notions in Motion, The Handless Maiden, Blink of an Eye, Superpowers and Orpheus & Eurydice (Adobe Theatre Company) and Eight Days (Backwards) (Vineyard Theatre).

James Knight was last seen at the Globe in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.  In New York, Knight has worked for Mint Theatre Company, Theatre for a New Audience, New York Classical Theatre Company and toured with New York’s Aquila Theatre Company across America and Germany.  He has worked at various theaters across the country including Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Two River Theater Company.  Knight is a frequent participant to the Wordbridge Playwrights Laboratory and a member of Generous Company.

Kelly McAndrew previously appeared at the Globe in Sight Unseen.  Her Broadway credits include Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  She has been seen Off Broadway in Still Life (MCC), Lyric is Waiting (Irish Repertory Theatre), Trout Stanley (Culture Project), The Cataract (The Women's Project), Greedy (Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvy Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project) and Book of Days (Signature Theatre).   McAndrew’s regional credits include Holiday (Olney Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination for Best Actress), The Miracle Worker and The Great White Hope (Arena Stage), Talley's Folly (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse), Proof (George Street Playhouse) as well as world premieres at The Huntington Theatre Company, CENTERSTAGE, Denver Center Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Arizona Theatre Company.  Her film and television credits include Everybody's Fine (with Robert DeNiro), Superheroes, New Guy, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl” and “As the World Turns.”

Alive and Well is a co-World Premiere produced in collaboration with Virginia Stage Company. 

TICKETS to Alive and Well are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale on March 7 at noon 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.  Performances begin on March 20 and continue through April 25.  Ticket prices range from $29 to $62.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. 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 under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARAlive and Well (3/20-4/25), The Whipping Man (5/8-6/13), King Lear (6/12-9/23), The Madness of George III (6/19-9/24), The Taming of the Shrew (6/16-9/26).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country

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FACT SHEET

ALIVE AND WELL
By Kenny Finkle
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish

RUNS:  March 20 – April  25, 2010, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

TICKETS:  $29-$62

SYNOPSIS:  A mismatched pair find romance along the trail of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s retreat from Petersberg in search of the oldest living Civil War veteran.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design), Shelly Williams (Costume Design), Michael Gottlieb (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Moira Gleason (Stage Manager).

CAST:  James Knight (Zachariah Clemenson) and Kelly McAndrew (Carla Keenan).

PREVIEWS:
Mar 20 SAT at 8:00pm
Mar 21 SUN at 7:00pm
Mar 23 TUES at 7:00pm
Mar 24 WED at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Mar 25 THU 8:00pm (OUT at the Globe)
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Mar 26 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
Mar 27 SAT at 2:00pm
Mar 27 SAT at 8:00pm
Mar 28 SUN at 2:00pm
Mar 28 SUN at 7:00pm
Mar 30 TUE at 7:00pm
Mar 31 WED at 7:00pm
Apr 1 THU at 8:00pm
Apr 2 FRI at 8:00pm
Apr 3 SAT at 2:00pm
Apr 3 SAT at 8:00pm
Apr 4 SUN at 2:00pm
Apr 4 SUN at 7:00pm
Apr 6 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 7 WED at 7:00pm
Apr 8 THU at 8:00pm
Apr 9 FRI at 8:00pm
Apr 10 SAT at 2:00pm
Apr 10 SAT at 8:00pm
Apr 11 SUN at 2:00pm
Apr 11 SUN at 7:00pm
Apr 13 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 14 WED at 7:00pm
Apr 15 THU at 8:00pm
Apr 16 FRI at 8:00pm
Apr 17 SAT at 2:00pm
Apr 17 SAT at 8:00pm
Apr 18 SUN at 2:00pm
Apr 18 SUN at 7:00pm
Apr 20 TUE at 7:00pm
Apr 21 WED at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 22 THU at 8:00pm
Apr 23 FRI at 8:00pm
Apr 24 SAT at 2:00pm
Apr 24 SAT at 8:00pm
Apr 25 SUN at 2:00pm
Apr 25 SUN at 7:00pm

INSIGHT SEMINAR
Monday, March 22 at 6:00pm
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, March 25, 6:30pm–8:00pm  $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, and appetizers.  Tickets: $21  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, March 26, 6:30pm–8:00pm $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, April 6 & 13 and Wednesday, April 21
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PHOTOS:  Digital images of The Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Carolyn Stephens (619) 238-0043 x2355 cstephens@TheOldGlobe.org