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Give the Gift of Theatre
A world-premiere 10-minute play
Created by Bill Irwin
Recorded from the live performance on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time. Also available on The Old Globe's YouTube Channel.
Two comic minds convene a meeting on Zoom and surprise themselves as they look at our particular pandemic moment and the virtual way we’re living it. Two-time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Fool Moon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and three time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Broadway’s Waitress, Young Frankenstein, Wicked) delight in Irwin’s beguiling take on our new reality.
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Cast and Creatives
Bill Irwin (Playwright, Actor A) is an original member of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, and of KRAKEN, directed by Herbert Blau. His original works include Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Harlequin Studies, Mr. Fox: A Rumination, The Happiness Lecture, Old Hats, and The Regard of Flight. His theatre credits include Endgame at American Conservatory Theater; Show Boat at San Francisco Opera; Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Waiting for Godot (2009 Drama Desk Award nomination); the Broadway and West End revivals of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2005 Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; Bye Bye Birdie; King Lear; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; 5-6-7-8… Dance!; Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center Theater and Seattle Repertory Theatre; Scapin; The Tempest; Garden of Earthly Delights; Texts for Nothing; A Flea in Her Ear; The Seagull; A Man’s a Man; The Three Cuckolds; as well as being the 2003–/2004 Signature Theatre Playwright in Residence. Irwin’s television credits include Bill Irwin: Clown Prince for PBS’s “Great Performances,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Northern Exposure,” “Sesame Street,” Elmo’s World, The Regard of Flight for PBS, “Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony,” “The Cosby Show,” The Laramie Project, SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground, Bette Midler’s The Mondo Beyondo Show, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Life on Mars,” “A Gifted Man,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Good Wife,” “Lights Out,” “Monday Mornings,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Quarry,” and “Legion.” His film credits include Confirmation for HBO, Rachel Getting Married, Interstellar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Higher Ground, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across the Universe, Popeye, Eight Men Out, Silent Tongue, Illuminata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Blue Heaven, A New Life, Scenes from a Mall, and Stepping Out. Irwin also received the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and MacArthur Fellowship.
Christopher Fitzgerald (Actor B) has appeared on Broadway in the most recent revival of Company, Waitress (Tony Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards), An Act of God, The Merchant of Venice, Finian’s Rainbow (Tony and OCC nominations, Drama Desk Award), Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk, and OCC nominations), Wicked, Amour (Drama Desk nomination), and Chicago. His other New York credits include The Winter’s Tale and The Cripple of Inishmaan (The Public Theater), Saturday Night (Second Stage Theater; Drama Desk nomination), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Lincoln Center Theater), and Wise Guys (New York Theatre Workshop). His recent television and film credits include “Happy!” (series regular, SyFy), Godless (Netflix), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (recurring, Amazon), “Let Them All Talk” directed by Steven Soderbergh (upcoming, HBO), and Girl Most Likely.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program
Special Thanks to Jake Millgard, Kevin Hafso Koppman, and Kyrsten Hafso Koppman for their work in developing this piece.