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Globe for All is both a core value and a core Arts Engagement program that reimagines authentic, participatory engagement beyond conventional output of theatrical productions. A decade from now, the Globe will be known as a creator of world-class theatre productions and equally as a hub for participatory art-making, fostering cross-cultural and intergenerational shared experiences that traverse socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. 

The Globe for All Tour, one of the most transformative initiatives introduced by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, brings live, professional productions of Shakespeare to underserved and diverse multi-generational audiences in the neighborhoods throughout the region. Globe for All presents free professional theatre to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors and nine production staff members. Over the past four years, Globe for All has continued to extend its reach, performing in military bases, homeless shelters, senior and correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues. It has made theatre matter to more than 7,200 audience members, many of whom, for whatever reason, do not enjoy regular access to the professional performing arts. With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms, the tour gives audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator.

Globe for All is supported in part through lead gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, and Theatre Forward, with additional support from Maggie Acosta and Larry Shushan, Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, Stuart Foreman, The James Irvine Foundation, Holmlund Family Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Sanderson Family Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, Michael T. Turner and Suzanne Poet Turner in loving memory of James Whitfield Poet, The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant, the County of San Diego, and Viasat. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

Globe for All 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream

October 30 – November 18, 2018

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Patricia McGregor

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most uproarious and popular comedy. Filled with magic, humor, music, and magnificent poetry, this dream unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers, and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest imaginings. Add to this a secret potion that grants love at first sight, and anything can—and does—happen! Globe for All is the centerpiece of The Old Globe’s commitment to creating public value by making theatre matter to more people. It tours free professional Shakespeare to community-based venues throughout San Diego County.

Globe for All's A Midsummer Night's Dream touring production will be presented with free public performances at: 

  • Fourth District Seniors Resource Center (The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114) on Friday, November 2. Dancers at 1:15 p.m. and performance at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oceanside Public Library (Civic Center Community Rooms, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, 92054) on Saturday, November 3. Lunch at 12:00 p.m. and performance at 12:45 p.m.
  • San Diego Public Library – Central Library (Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101) on Sunday, November 4. Refreshments at 12:30 p.m. and performance at 1:00 p.m.
  • Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Wednesday, November 7. Dinner at 5:15 p.m. and performance at 6:15 p.m.
  • City Heights/SAY San Diego (City Heights Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Ave. San Diego, 92105) on Saturday, November 10. Refreshments at 2:30 p.m. and performance at 3:00 p.m.
  • Naval Base San Diego (Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St., 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136) on Tuesday, November 13. Performance at 7:00 p.m. (open to Navy personnel and family members).
  • San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program (Junipero Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego, 92124) on Friday, November 16. Dinner at 5:00 p.m. and performance at 5:45 p.m.
  • San Diego Public Library  Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library (3003 Coronado Ave., San Diego, 92154) on Saturday, November 17. Lunch at 12:00 p.m. and performance at 12:45 p.m.