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DONALD AND DARLENE SHILEY STAGE
OLD GLOBE THEATRE
CONRAD PREBYS THEATRE CENTER
February 8 – March 10, 2024
Globe-commissioned world premiere
The Age of Innocence
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Chay Yew
This Globe-commissioned world premiere, based on Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, is set in 1870s Gilded Age New York City, where high society clashes with love. When the glamorous Countess Ellen Olenska sweeps into town, she upends the lives of everyone around her, especially the dashing lawyer Newland Archer. This new adaptation for the stage from Karen Zacarías (Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens) is the kind of lush period production for which The Old Globe is renowned.
March 30 – April 28, 2024
Book and lyrics by Freya Catrin Smith
Music and lyrics by Jack Williams
Directed by Sarah Meadows
Ready, set, ride! The smash-hit London musical makes its U.S. premiere. It’s 1895, and Annie Londonderry wants to discover if a woman can ride a bicycle around the world. The problem? She’s only ridden one twice! As Annie and her unwitting secretary Martha share unbelievable adventures across four continents, they learn that no matter how far we ride, our past is always right behind us. With a high-energy score and a wildly versatile cast, this fresh and funny show is what Theatre Weekly called “an amazing piece of theatre and a must-watch for everyone.”
May 25 – June 23, 2024
By James Ijames
Directed by Sideeq Heard
Original Broadway production directed by Saheem Ali
The 2022 Pulitzer-winning, Tony-nominated sensation Fat Ham is a fresh and funny take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet that The New York Times called “a flat-out hilarious comedy.” During a Southern family cookout, Juicy is confronted by the ghost of his father, who demands revenge for his murder. But Juicy, a young, queer, Black man, has enough on his plate. James Ijames’s remarkable play uses uproarious humor and profound insight to explore the conflict between what you owe your family and what you owe yourself. “Smart, fearless, and wildly entertaining” (The Chicago Tribune).
July 6 – August 4, 2024
A production by The 7 Fingers
Directed by Shana Carroll
The triumphant return of the company that brought Globe audiences last summer’s smash hit Passengers. Love, honor, and betrayal come to life through a blend of acrobatics, theatre, and music in this one-act romp perfect for all ages. Two feuding families engage in a battle of skill, each competition more daring than the last. While the two groups face off, cheered on by their side of the audience, a pair of star-crossed lovers struggles to escape the showdown. The exhilaration and danger of competition provide the thrilling backdrop to The 7 Fingers’s one-of-a-kind daredevil theatrical extravaganza.
Originally produced and created in collaboration with Virgin Voyages. Tour made possible thanks to the touring assistance program of the Quebec Council for the Arts and Letters.
September 7 – October 6, 2024
West Coast premiere
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Peter Amster
Get ready for a glamorous and enthralling journey in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. On a train traveling through Europe, a wealthy American tycoon is found dead in his compartment, the door locked from the inside. Enter world-famous detective Hercule Poirot, who must navigate a train full of suspects and solve the murder before the killer strikes again. With humor and romance, Tony Award–nominated playwright Ken Ludwig takes audiences on a thrill ride in a spectacular production whose gorgeous designs and innovative staging are a true knockout.
This production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express originally appeared at Asolo Repertory Theatre in January 2020.
SHERYL AND HARVEY WHITE THEATRE
CONRAD PREBYS THEATRE CENTER
January 27 – February 18, 2024
By Sanaz Toossi
Directed by Arya Shahi
Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize, the Obie Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award. In a classroom near Tehran, four adult students prepare for an English proficiency exam. They each have a reason for being there: a chance at opportunity, access, or a new calling. But as they bond over this new way to express themselves, they also grapple with the lives they must leave behind. Told with hilarious wit and genuine compassion, Sanaz Toossi’s English is “both a buoyant comedy of communication and a subtle but probing exploration of what it means to speak and feel understood” (New York Theatre Guide).
March 9 – March 31, 2024
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Justin Emeka
The breathtaking career of NBA icon LeBron James is the backdrop for this energetic and funny play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph. Shawn is Black and Matt is White, and they couldn’t be more different—except for their love of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The friendship that develops between them, at turns contentious and compassionate, becomes something as enduring and profound as James’s legacy itself. Interwoven with moments of camaraderie, laughter, and poignancy, King James dives into the heart of basketball fandom and highlights the profound connections that sports can cultivate.
May 4 – May 26, 2024
Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez
A Globe-commissioned, world-premiere play about family, food, and healing. Two siblings, separated by distance and circumstance, meet to share their mother’s favorite recipe. What starts as a simple project leads to surprising connection as they reminisce and reveal secrets of their own. This tender comedy from Melinda Lopez (Mala at The Old Globe) and Joel Perez (Kiss My Aztec! at La Jolla Playhouse) invites audiences to grab a seat at the table and savor the possibility of reuniting with loved ones after a long time apart.
July 27 – August 18, 2024
Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B
By Kate Hamill
Directed by James Vásquez
A fast-paced and wildly entertaining new play that reimagines the most iconic detective team of all time. In present-day Baker Street, steampunk hipster Shirley Holmes and her spunky new roommate Joan Watson become entangled in a series of cases all related to the same supervillain, who always seems to be one step ahead of them. From the witty imagination of Kate Hamill, one of the most popular playwrights in America, this irreverent take on the beloved characters packs nonstop laughs into a rollicking murder mystery with a bold and modern lens. BroadwayWorld proclaimed, “Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B is delightful and entertaining.”
September 20 – October 13, 2024
West Coast premiere
Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors
By Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
Celebrate Halloween with a new side-splitting adventure based on Bram Stoker’s classic tale that’s sure to induce blood-curdling screams—of laughter! Famed vampire hunter Jean Van Helsing and her motley crew chase Count Dracula around the English countryside in a madcap race to save his innocent victims. Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen return to The Old Globe following their wildly popular Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show! and Crime and Punishment, A Comedy. Filled with their signature imaginative staging, irreverent farce, and special effects, this hilarious scarefest is the perfect way to get spooky this season!
LOWELL DAVIES FESTIVAL THEATRE
The Globe joins a small group of theatres that have completed Shakespeare’s canon with the 2024 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Noted Shakespeare director and the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein turns Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III into a thrilling two-part event, running simultaneously through the summer in our beautiful outdoor theatre.
The plays chronicle two ruling families of medieval England, the Yorks and the Lancasters, as they fight each other in a civil war known as the Wars of the Roses. These adaptations include all the great language, characters, spectacle, battles, and sweeping crowd scenes that make the three Shakespeare plays so memorable, as they explore the impact of national politics on individual lives.