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Henry 6
Two: Riot and Reckoning

July 09 - September 15

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

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The cast of Henry 6, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Henry 6 Two: Riot and Reckoning
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July 9 – September 15, 2024

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

World premiere adaptation
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Barry Edelstein

A once-in-a-generation event comes to San Diego in 2024: The Old Globe becomes one of only a small handful of theatres in the country’s history to complete Shakespeare’s canon with the two-part Henry 6, the largest Shakespeare production the Globe has ever presented.

In Two: Riot and Reckoning, England descends into a bloody civil war. The York family is intent on overthrowing King Henry VI and claiming the throne for themselves. King Henry’s side, the House of Lancaster, refuses to give up the crown without a fight. Though the king himself prefers his books to the battlefield, Queen Margaret proves to be a fierce warrior, and the people of England clamor for change as leaders on both sides jockey for position and battle for power. The Wars of the Roses pit family against family in a cruel campaign that turns England upside down. Who will come out on top?

Acclaimed Shakespeare director and the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein turns the rarely produced Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III into a thrilling two-part event, running simultaneously through the summer in our beautiful outdoor theatre. These adaptations include everything people love about the Bard—ingenious language, vibrant characters, breathtaking battles, and sweeping crowd scenes—as they explore the impact of national politics on individual lives. And the action is framed by a design team working at the very top of their craft, and a sprawling cast of professional actors and local community members.

The Old Globe is celebrating this historic milestone with a yearlong program of citywide arts engagement and humanities events that bring audiences closer to the art than ever before, including opportunities for San Diegans to participate in the making of the production itself. It is an event that simply cannot be missed!

This production includes violence.

Total running times: Two hours and 30 minutes (two acts with one intermission).

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Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Wednesday, July 31; Wednesday, August 14; and Tuesday, August 27.

Henry 6 is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation.

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Henry 6 is supported by lead production sponsors Kathryn Hattox Charitable Trust; Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund; Jean and Gary Shekhter; Darlene Marcos Shiley, in memory of Donald Shiley; The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund; production sponsors Hal and Pam Fuson, Vicki and Carl Zeiger; and artist sponsors Richard and Jennifer Greenfield (for costume designer David Israel Reynoso) and Deborah A. and David A. Hawkins (for scenic designer Lawrence E. Moten III).

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit www.calhum.org.

Henry 6 – One: Flowers and France

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A series of salons featuring renowned scholars and authors

Saturday Salon Speakers

Dr. Sonia Desai | July 27 – Hattox Hall

A discussion about Shakespeare's history plays with The Old Globe Literary Associate Dr. Sonia Desai.

Adena Varner and Soroya Rowley | August 3 – Hattox Hall

A conversation with The Old Globe Director of Arts Engagement Adena Varner and Arts Engagement Programs Associate Soroya Rowley about the community involvement in creating the world of Henry 6. This salon will be moderated by The Old Globe Director of New Plays and Dramaturgy Danielle Mages Amato.

Dr. Jeff Wilson | August 24 – Hattox Hall

A discussion about the connections between HBO’s popular series “Game of Thrones” and Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays.

Dr. James Shapiro In Conversation with Barry Edelstein, supported by the Fuson Family | August 31 – Hattox Hall

A conversation with Henry 6 adapter and director Barry Edelstein.

Dr. Katherine Williams | September 7 – Hattox Hall

A discussion about disability representation in Shakespeare’s plays, both in the Renaissance and onstage today.

Dr. Ayanna Thompson In Conversation with Barry Edelstein, supported by the Fuson Family | September 14 – Location TBD

A conversation with Henry 6 adapter and director Barry Edelstein.


Cast and Creatives

Cast and Musicians


Barry Edelstein

Adaptor and Director; Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director

Barry Edelstein (Adaptor and Director; Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-Seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, the world premiere of The Wanderers, the American premiere of Life After, Romeo and Juliet, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and, during the pandemic, Hamlet: On the Radio. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour, and he oversees the Globe’s Classical Directing Fellowship program. In addition to his recent Globe credits, he directed The Wanderers Off Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2023 and The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2018. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-Seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Lawrence E. Moten III

Scenic Design

Lawrence E. Moten III (Scenic Design) (he/him/his) Broadway: Chicken & Biscuits (Circle in the Square). New York: The White Chip (MCC), Covenant (Roundabout), Patience (2ST Uptown), Stargazers, STEW (Page 73). Regional: King James, Twelfth Night, Trouble in Mind (The Old Globe), Gem of the Ocean (Two River), Black Cypress Bayou (Geffen), Bulrusher (McCarter, Berkeley Rep), Cosí Fan Tutte, Faust (Wolf Trap Opera), Proof, The Brothers Size (American Players), Blues for an Alabama Sky (McCarter, Guthrie), Appropriate, The Little Foxes (South Coast Rep), Christmas in Connecticut (Goodspeed Musicals), it’s not a trip, it’s a journey, We Declare You A Terrorist… (Round House). Member: USA 829. motendesigns.com, @motendesigns on Instagram.

David Israel Reynoso

Costume Design

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) The Old Globe: Midsummer, El Borracho, Scrooge, Hair, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, Be a Good Little Widow. Theatre: Water for Elephants (Broadway; Tony nomination), La Lucha, Optika Piñata, Portaleza, Las Quinceañeras, Waking La Llorona (as creator/director, Optika Moderna/La Jolla Playhouse), The Burnt City, Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), ACT, ART, Arena, Finnish Ballet, Portland Center Stage, WP, Seattle Rep, Roundabout, others. Further work: Teatro Piñata (New Children’s Museum), Hostile Terrain 94, PostSecret, Living with Animals (Museum of Us). Honors: Obie Award, Creative Catalyst Grant. davidreynoso.com, @designreynoso on Instagram.

Mextly Couzin

Lighting Design

Mextly Couzin (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: The Merry Wives of Windsor, El Borracho, As You Like It (assistant designer), Romeo and Juliet (assistant). Broadway: Camelot (associate), Birthday Candles (associate). Off Broadway: Pericles, Job, A Good Day to Me Not to You, Here We Are (assistant), Straight Line Crazy, peerless, Tambo & Bones. Regional: Mexodus (Baltimore Center Stage), Das Rheingold (Seattle Opera), Incendiary (Woolly Mammoth), West Side Story (Centro de Bellas Artes, Puerto Rico), La Belle et la Bête (Opera Parallèle). Honors: 1/52 Project grant, 2023. Education: M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego, 2020. mextlycouzin.com.

Melanie Chen Cole

Sound Design

Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) (she/her) The Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noura, Tiny Beautiful Things, The Imaginary Invalid. Regional theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Northern Stage, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com, @melaniechencole.

Caite Hevner

Projection Design

Caite Hevner (Projection Design) The Old Globe: debut. San Diego: Sweatshop Overlord (La Jolla Playhouse). Broadway: In Transit, Derren Brown: Secret, Harry Connick, Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter. Select New York: Sweatshop Overlord (NYTW; Lortel nomination), Between the Lines (Tony Kiser Theater; Drama Desk nomination); productions at Ars Nova, Atlantic, Carnegie Hall, Heartbeat Opera, Manhattan Concert Productions, MCC, MTC, Primary Stages, Roundabout, York. Select regional: Alley, Arena, Alliance, Baltimore Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie, Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage, Long Wharf, McCarter, Muny, Pasadena Playhouse, 5th Avenue, Seattle Rep, TUTS, Woolly Mammoth. Video coordinator: BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares since 2018. Other: USA 829 Eastern Region Board Member Representative, Co-Chair of Respectful Workplace Committee. caitedesign.com, @caitehevner on Instagram.

Julián Mesri

Original Music

Julián Mesri (Original Music) New York–based Argentinean American playwright and composer. Recent work: The Comedy of Errors (Public Theater; Drama Desk Award nominee), Songs about Trains, upcoming Canciones, both with Radical Evolution. Other: recently named Judith Champion Musical Theater Launchpad Resident at Signature Theatre Company, EST/Sloan commissioned artist, member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Dramatist Guild Fellow, Emerging Artist of Color Fellow and Usual Suspect at NYTW, Van Lier Fellow at Repertorio Español. julianmesri.com.

Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum

Fight Director

Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) (he/him) The Old Globe: The Last Goodbye, Robin Hood!, As You Like It, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet. Other credits: Here Lies Love (Broadway, etc.), Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, etc.), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, etc.), Cyrano (Broadway), Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Sailor Man (co-creator; NY Fringe; Outstanding Play Award), The Buccaneer (playwright; The Tank). Choreography: Disney Cruise Line, The Public, Williamstown, Asolo, Ogunquit Playhouse, Les Freres Corbusier, Robin Hood Foundation, many others. Television/film: Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Dark Was the Night (also creature performer; Caliber/Image). Education: Yale College (Fencing NCAA Div1).

Chelsey Arce


Chelsey Arce (Choreography) Broadway: revival of Sweeney Todd (associate choreographer), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (associate movement director). Opera: Carmen (assistant choreographer; Metropolitan Opera). First national tour: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (associate movement director). Regional: Gun and Powder (associate choreographer; Paper Mill Playhouse). International: Paramour, ’Twas the Night Before (assistant director/ choreographer; Cirque du Soleil). Television/film: “Germany’s Next Top Model” finale (associate choreographer), Love in Klinerry (choreographer). Workshops: Almost Famous (choreographer; Eugene O’Neil Theater Center). Education: B.F.A. in Dance from Boston Conservatory. chelseyarce.com, @chelseyarce.

Emmelyn Thayer

Voice and Text Coach

Emmelyn Thayer (Voice and Text Coach) The Old Globe: Ride, Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dial M for Murder. Regional: Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Man from Nebraska, Private Lives (Cygnet Theatre), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (North Coast Rep), The Glass Menagerie (Diversionary). The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Voice and Speech faculty; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cloud 9, Measure for Measure, Mother Courage and Her Children, more. USD Department of Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Arcadia, more. Honors: Horrigan Award, Craig Noel M.F.A. Fellowship.

Jesse Perez

Voice and Text Coach

Jesse Perez (Voice and Text Coach) Voice and text coach debut. Craig Noel Distinguished Professor and Program Director of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. The Old Globe: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, El Borracho, Romeo and Juliet. Select local credits: Seize the King (La Jolla Playhouse), JQA (San Diego Rep). Other work: many Shakespeare productions across the country as an actor. Education: The Juilliard School.

Alaine Alldaffer, CSA


Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) The Old Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It. Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons; with Lisa Donadio: Stereophonic (currently on Broadway), A Strange Loop, Grey Gardens, Clybourne Park (also Broadway), Downstate (Artios Award for Casting), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk, Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for Casting), The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre).

Jess Slocum

Production Stage Manager

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Age of Innocence, Twelfth Night, Under a Baseball Sky, Dial M for Murder, El Borracho, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Familiar, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, In Your Arms, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Robin and the 7 Hoods, over 30 more. Regional: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical; Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord; Indecent; Side Show; Ruined; The Third Story; Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse), Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Education: Vanderbilt University.

Vanessa Rebeil

Assistant Stage Manager

Vanessa Rebeil (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: The Music Man, Harmony, Moulin Rouge! Off Broadway: Kissing the Floor (Theatre Row). Regional: Kiss My Aztec! (Hartford Stage), Rent (Paper Mill Playhouse). New works: Joy, A Beautiful Noise, The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical, Small Town, Goree All Girl String Band. Education: B.A. in Theatre and Speech from Wagner College, M.F.A. in Stage Management from Columbia University. vanessarebeil.com.

Amanda Salmons

Assistant Stage Manager

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Ride, Destiny of Desire, Come Fall in Love, Life After, The Blameless, October Sky, Rain, The Metromaniacs, The White Snake, Inherit the Wind, over 40 more productions. Regional: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, See How They Run, The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre). Education: UC San Diego.

Kendra Stockton

Assistant Stage Manager

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The Age of Innocence, The XIXth, Come Fall in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players), White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Evelyn G. Myers

Stage Management Swing

Evelyn G. Myers (Stage Management Swing) (she/her) The Old Globe: Fat Ham, Globe for All Tours of The Comedy of Errors, Henry V. Regional: The Garden, POP Tours of Hoopla!, Pick Me Last, Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space with National Disability Theatre (La Jolla Playhouse), Sense of Decency, Pippin (North Coast Repertory), Savage in Limbo (Grand Central Art Center), The First and the Last (Hollywood Fringe Festival; Encore Award), Bell, Book, and Candle (Young Theatre; Kennedy Center Excellence in Stage Management Award).