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SHARE THE SHAKESPEARE ~ UNDERSTAND THE TEXT!
THE OLD GLOBE’S ERNA FINCI VITERBI ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BARRY EDELSTEIN REPRISES HIS POPULAR THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE! ON SATURDAY, MAY 20 AT 11:00 A.M.

SAN DIEGO (April 20, 2017)—For many San Diegans, their ability to understand and appreciate the wonders of the Bard during our Summer Shakespeare Festival has increased exponentially since they joined us for Thinking Shakespeare Live!, a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare led by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and assisted by three professional classical actors. Following successful showings in the past several seasons and a special Folio Edition last summer, The Old Globe will offer a reprise on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

This special program, based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles, Thinking Shakespeare Live! will take place on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets are currently available for subscribers and donors and go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 28 at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for subscribers, donors, students, and groups. Tickets 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.

“San Diego’s Shakespeare audience is devoted to the Bard, and the Globe, one of the country’s great Shakespeare theatres, always looks for innovative ways to serve it,” said Edelstein. “We created Thinking Shakespeare Live! to help our audience have fun while making new connections to Shakespeare, and we are pleased to bring it back this summer and make it a regular part of our program.”

Coinciding with The Old Globe’s 2017 Shakespeare Festival, Thinking Shakespeare Live! is a fast-paced, funny, and altogether fascinating guide to the language of the Bard. In this lively 90-minute program, Barry Edelstein, called by NPR “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans,” provides audiences a unique opportunity to learn the methods he imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room. As Edelstein and three skilled actors demonstrate these techniques live on stage, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare. With humor and insight, Thinking Shakespeare Live! brings audiences into the intoxicating world of the Bard and shows how his masterful poetry can come to life for everyone.

The three professional actors who will take part in the presentation will be announced shortly.

For more details on the Thinking Shakespeare Live!, click here! For the ticket page, click here!

Photo Credit: Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein leads Thinking Shakespeare Live! (2013). Photo by Doug Gates.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SHAKESPEARE!

THE OLD GLOBE INVITES THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO TO CELEBRATE THE 453rd BIRTHDAY OF A VERY SPECIAL PERSON, OUR RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT ~ A FREE PUBLIC EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

WITH LIVE MUSIC, LOCAL ARTISTS, SONNET KARAOKE, SHAKESPEARE-THEMED GAMES AND ACTIVITIES, OPEN HOUSE ACCESS TO THE GLOBE’S THEATRES, AND, OF COURSE, CAKE!

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2017)—The Old Globe would like to invite friends, Romans, countrymen—all of San Diego, in fact—to join us in celebrating our resident playwright William Shakespeare’s birthday with Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! on Saturday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on the Globe’s campus in Balboa Park. The Bard’s birthday—his 453rd!—is a fitting and festive reason to recognize his countless contributions to arts and culture around the world. This exciting day of family activities is free and open to the public as part of the Globe’s ongoing commitment to programs that serve all of San Diego County. Don your best doublet and ruff—or come as you are. And did we mention cake?!

Birthday games and activities, emceed by local artist Nadia Guevara, will run the gamut of eras from Elizabethan to today. The celebration will feature live music from local artist DJ Redlite, backing up sonnet karaoke, led by the illustrious students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Challengers welcome—bring your own sonnet or monologue—or choose one of ours! And the talented Arts Engagement team will be on hand to help out with the fun, as will members of the San Diego Shakespeare Society.

The doors to our indoor theatres will be wide open for you to explore, with a fabulous costume exhibit in the Globe lobby and informative docents on hand to answer questions. Shakespeare-themed activities on Copley Plaza will include a life-sized board game, and in the Craig Noel Garden, little ones can create their own Shakespearean puppets and perform in an interactive puppet theatre show with the San Diego Guild of Puppetry. Grab a photo of your friends in the stocks or as the original Queen Mum, Elizabeth I. It will be a festive day suitable for the whole family, plus cake served at 12:00 noon. Yum!

“‘It is my birthday,’ says Cleopatra in Act III of the great play Shakespeare wrote about her, and though the line may not be one of the Bard’s most famous, it’s still fitting for this particular day,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Shakespeare is the lifeblood of The Old Globe, and the Globe is central to San Diego, so we couldn’t let his 453rd go by without a bang. We’ve planned a day of fun for the whole family: music, costumes, performances, games, and food. I know it’s going to be a blast, and I look forward to welcoming the whole city to join us.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

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Photo Credit: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

More Dr. Seuss for San Diego! THE OLD GLOBE and CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY, in Partnership with THE OLD VIC, Present the U.S. PREMIERE of DR. SEUSS’S THE LORAX, Based on the Book The Lorax by DR. SEUSS, Adapted for the Stage by DAVID GREIG, Music and Lyrics by CHARLIE FINK, Directed by MAX WEBSTER

Performances Run July 3 – August 12, 2018 as Part of the 2018 Summer Season

SAN DIEGO (March 31, 2017)—We are happy to announce that The Old Globe and Children’s Theatre Company, in partnership with The Old Vic, will present Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, directed by Max Webster. Originally produced at The Old Vic theatre in London, where it was directed by Webster, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax includes puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, famous for their Tony Award-winning War Horse puppetry design, and choreography by Drew McOnie. Performances run July 3 – August 12, part of the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Children’s Theatre Company, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will present Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax as part of their 2017–2018 season, with performances April 17 – June 10, 2018.

The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes!

“It is wonderful that just after the recent world premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches The Musical at Children’s Theatre Company, we are announcing that our other most recent work, The Lorax, will make its U.S. debut in a co-production by The Old Globe and Children’s Theatre Company,” stated Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “San Diego’s The Old Globe initiated its hugely popular holiday production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in 1998—this year marks its 20th annual foray into delighting local family audiences, including sensory-friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum and their families as well as other families with special needs. Dr. Seuss Enterprises places a high value on these long-standing relationships with the Globe and CTC to bring works to the stage that respect and honor our young people’s intelligence. This work is important, and we are thrilled to have great partnerships with The Old Globe, CTC, and The Old Vic in London, who share this vision.”

“Having Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Globe is exciting in a slew of ways, but two stand out,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “First, the story itself is charming, fun, and timely, and this theatrical adaptation of it is just a thrill to watch. It’s a sophisticated, grown-up telling of a masterful tale for young people, a charming and winning piece of theatre that truly offers something for everyone. The second wonderful thing about The Lorax in our season is that it continues our relationship with San Diego’s own Dr. Seuss. This relationship spans two decades in which the Grinch has brought his unique wit and heart to our audiences. Now The Lorax joins him as a member of the Globe family. I can’t wait.”

For more details on the cast and creative team for Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, click here! For more show information on Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, click here!

Photo: The cast of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at The Old Vic, 2015. Dr. Seuss's The Lorax runs July 3 – August 13, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

THE OLD GLOBE to present a reading of ANDA’S LOVE by JOSHUA SOBOL, Israel’s most prominent living playwright, Directed by BARRY EDELSTEIN, Featuring TOVAH FELDSHUH and NATACHA ROI, MONDAY, APRIL 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Part of NATIONAL JEWISH THEATER FOUNDATION – HOLOCAUST THEATER INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE – REMEMBRANCE READINGS 2017 in Honor of ELIE WIESEL

SAN DIEGO (March 29, 2017)—The Old Globe is proud to participate in the National Jewish Theater Foundation – Holocaust Theater International Initiative – Remembrance Readings 2017 in Honor of Elie Wiesel. The Globe will present a reading of Anda’s Love by Joshua Sobol, directed by The Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, featuring Globe favorites Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony) and Natacha Roi (The Winter’s Tale), with Talley Beth Gale (M.F.A. student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) reading stage directions. Translated from the Hebrew by Roland Rees and Sobol, adapted for American audiences by Edelstein, the reading will take place on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m., on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets are currently available for subscribers and donors, on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 11 at 12:00 noon, and are $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for subscribers, donors, students, and groups. Tickets 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.

From Israel’s most prominent living playwright comes the first English-language reading of a moving drama about the ongoing legacy of the Holocaust. 2002: As violence continues to shatter lives in Israel and the Occupied Territories, Petra, a German war correspondent still reeling from a recent tragedy, visits Anda in her Tel Aviv flat. The two strangers talk into the night over coffee and cognac and discover a surprising and deep bond between them, dating back to World War II.

"The Globe is honored to commemorate a tragedy by joining our sister theatres around the country in this special series of Holocaust Remembrance Day Readings," said Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "We believe that the theatre has a unique ability to help us comprehend events and experiences that defy understanding, and with anti-Semitic and other hate crimes on the rise worldwide, such comprehension is needed more than ever.  Joshua Sobol is not only one of the world’s great playwrights, but his is one of the world’s most powerful voices of conscience.  It is an honor to have his work on our stage, especially as interpreted by our friends the great Tovah Feldshuh and Natacha Roi. We look forward to sharing Anda’s Love with the community."

National Jewish Theater Foundation – Holocaust Theater International Initiative at University of Miami Miller Center Remembrance Readings is composed of simultaneous events drawing upon the power of theatre to honor Holocaust victims and survivors. This effort will stimulate an appreciation of how the art of theatre can and must be used as a tool to deepen the understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons in contemporary society.

For more details on Anda's Love, click here! To see the calendar, click here!

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for the West Coast Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Off Broadway Hit, SKELETON CREW, Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

SAN DIEGO (March 17, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. The Globe is the first regional theatre in the country to mount the play, which was presented here as a reading in the 2014 Powers New Voices Festival before an acclaimed Off Broadway run. San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg makes her Globe debut to helm the award-winning drama, whichis presented in association with San Diego’s MOXIE Theatre, where Turner Sonnenberg is Founding Artistic Director. Skeleton Crew runs April 8 – May 7, 2017 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, on sale now, 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.

Times are tough in 2008 Detroit, but there’s still one working auto plant. The long hours and demanding shifts have turned the line workers into a family. The firm, compassionate Faye holds them together, and she’s only months away from retiring with her full pension. But when she discovers that management has a new plan, she’s torn between self-preservation and allegiance to her coworkers. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called Skeleton Crew “a deeply moral and deeply American play ... squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller.”

The cast is led by Tonye Patano (Globe’s The Last Goodbye,Craig Noel Award winner for La Jolla Playhouse’s Ruined, “Weeds”) as Faye and also includes Amari Cheatom (On the Levee at Lincoln Center Theater, Django Unchained) as Dez, Brian Marable (Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 at Baltimore Center Stage and Detroit Public Theatre) as Reggie, and Rachel Nicks (The Good Negro at The Public Theater, War at LCT3, “Nurse Jackie”) as Shanita.

The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design), Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Peter Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager).

Skeleton Crew knocked me out when I heard it in our reading festival in 2014, and I knew our audience needed the chance to see a full production,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Dominique Morisseau’s play is a remarkable achievement. Rich with complex moral questions and full of joy and vibrancy, it celebrates working Americans even as it brings enormous compassion to the struggles they face in a changed economy. It could not be more timely, and in the inventive and highly imaginative hands of Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, it is sure to be a highlight of the Globe’s season.”

For more details on the cast and creative team for Skeleton Crew, click here! For tickets to Skeleton Crew, click here!

Clockwise from top left: Amari Cheatom, Brian Marable, Tonye Patano, and Rachel Nicks. Photos courtesy of The Old Globe.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for London’s Four-Star Smash, Lolita Chakrabarti’s RED VELVET, Directed by Stafford Arima Performances Run March 25 – April 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. In-demand director Stafford Arima (Broadway’s Allegiance, Off Broadway’s Altar Boyz, West End’s Ragtime) returns to the Globe, following Allegiance and Ace, to helm the award-winning drama, which runs March 25 – April 30, 2017 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, on sale now, 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.

Red Velvet is a stirring drama that transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role—but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Stafford Arima returns to The Old Globe with a stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.”

Albert Jones leads the cast as Ira Aldridge. His extensive credits include Lincoln Center’s acclaimed Henry IV on Broadway and the Off Broadway productions of Macbeth, Pericles, and Richard III. His television and film credits include “House of Cards,” “The Night Of,” American Gangster, and Cadillac Records. Joining him are Michael Aurelio (The Merry Wives of Windsor and Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum) as Casimir and Henry Forrester; Sean Dugan (The Four of Us at the Globe, Next Fall on Broadway, “Smash,” “Oz”)as Pierre Laporte; San Diego actress Monique Gaffney (Craig Noel Award winner, Globe for All’s Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well)as Connie; John Lavelle (Macbeth, The Royale, 2013 Shakespeare Festival at the Globe, The Graduate on Broadway)as Charles Kean; Allison Mack (10 seasons of WB/CW’s hit series “Smallville,” “Wilfred”)as Ellen Tree; Amelia Pedlow (Globe’s The Metromaniacs, Off Broadway’s The Liar and The Heir Apparent) as Halina Wozniak, Betty Lovell, and Margaret Aldridge; and Mark Pinter (Macbeth, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Globe, Rothschild & Sons Off Broadway) as Terence and Bernard Warde.

The creative team includes Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Lynne Shankel (Original Music), Jenn Rapp (Movement, Associate Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“Theatre is very good at bringing neglected pieces of history to life, and Red Velvet does that with uncommon vividness and power,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Ira Aldridge’s story is remarkable on its own terms for the impact he had on theatrical history and the obstacles of racism and exclusion he struggled through. But in Lolita Chakrabarti’s hands, Aldridge’s life is transformed into metaphor. She takes us on a journey to a place we didn’t know existed, and then shows us ourselves in the figures dwelling there. I’m thrilled to bring this play to San Diego and excited to see the theatrical magic that the talented Stafford Arima and his colleagues will work on our stage.”

For more details on Red Velvet, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Announced for NICK GANDIELLO’s Moving Drama THE BLAMELESS, DIRECTED by Globe Favorite GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH

SAN DIEGO (January 23, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the world premiere of Nick Gandiello’s touching and timely drama The Blameless, which was developed in a reading in the Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival last year. Gaye Taylor Upchurch (The Last Match, Bethany) returns to the Globe to direct. The Blameless will play February 23 – March 26, 2017 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run February 23 – March 1. Opening night is Thursday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now to the general public.

The Blameless is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. The boisterous Garcia family has always tackled their days with warmth, humor, and tough love. But today is no ordinary day. Struggling to recover from a painful event in their past, they must find a way to hold everything together as they welcome to dinner the one man who might help them heal—or reopen their wounds.

The cast includes Amara James Aja (Globe’s Macbeth and Love’s Labor’s Lost, current student of the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Howard Harper, Liza Colón-Zayas (world premieres of Pulitzer Prize winners Water by the Spoonful and Between Riverside and Crazy) as Amanda Garcia, Antoinette LaVecchia (Broadway’s A View from the Bridge, world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors) as Diana Garcia, Frank Pando (A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, Agent Frank Grasso on “The Sopranos”) as Alex Garcia, Nataysha Rey (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and The Tempest at Atlantic Theater Company) as Theresa Garcia, and Stephen Barker Turner (Dead Poets Society, The North Pool, and Race Off Broadway) as Drew Davis.

The creative team includes Andrew Boyce (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Bradley King (Lighting Design), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Amanda Salmons (Production Stage Manager).

“Nick Gandiello has crafted something very special with The Blameless,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “All of us know the Garcias, the central family in the play. They are our neighbors and our friends: a snapshot of many families in our country. Confronted with an act of violence, they determine to move forward in faith and hope, and that choice makes for a moving and compassionate evening of drama. Our goal in producing bold new plays like Nick’s is to bring the theatre’s powers of empathy to the great debates of our day, and the remarkably talented director GT Upchurch and her superb cast will do exactly that. I’m honored to share this vital new American work with our audiences.”

For more details on the cast and creative team for The Blameless, click here! For tickets to The Blameless, click here!

Photo Credit: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Announced for STEVE MARTIN’s Comedy Hit PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, DIRECTED by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director BARRY EDELSTEIN
DONALD FAISON, HAL LINDEN, JUSTIN LONG, and More Fill the Stellar Cast of Stage, Television, and Film Veterans

SAN DIEGO (January 6, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin’s clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This is the third Martin work in three seasons at the Globe, following 2014’s world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, and last year’s twice-extended world premiere comedy Meteor Shower. Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will direct, continuing the pair’s long creative relationship that started in the 1990s with WASP and Other Plays and The Underpants. Picasso at the Lapin Agile will play February 4 – March 12, 2017, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run February 4 – 8. Opening night is Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now to the general public.

Paris, 1904: The Lapin Agile, beloved watering hole to struggling artists and would-be geniuses, welcomes two soon-to-be legends for one extraordinary night. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, whose egos are as big as their intellects, spar with the regulars and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. Throw into this mix a mysterious visitor with a penchant for blue suede shoes, and you’re in for a brilliant and witty evening in the theatre.

The stellar cast will include Philippe Bowgen (world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s War, Off Broadway’s The Changeling) as Pablo Picasso; Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk on “Scrubs,” “The Exes,” Clueless) as Freddy; Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Globe’s Macbeth and Love’s Labor’s Lost, current student of the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Visitor; Liza Lapira (“Dollhouse,” “Dexter,” “Huff”) as Suzanne, Female Admirer, and Countess; Hal Linden (Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man, “Barney Miller,” Tony and three-time Emmy Award winner) as Gaston; Justin Long (Dodgeball, He’s Just Not That Into You, “New Girl,” “Ed”) as Albert Einstein; Ron Orbach (Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man, Clueless, Broadway’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Chicago) as Sagot; Marcel Spears (title role in Othello and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company) as Charles Dabernow Schmendiman; and Luna Vélez (“How to Get Away with Murder,” “Dexter,” Broadway’s Into the Woods) as Germaine.

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Original Music and Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“I’m thrilled to welcome Steve Martin back to the Globe for the third time in as many years,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, who will direct the production. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a smart and hilarious play that asks serious questions about art, science, and genius while it cracks goofy jokes about history, romance, and how to bake a pie in the shape of the letter e. A star-studded and brilliant cast comes to San Diego to ring in 2017 with laughter, and I cannot wait for our audience to see the fun and surprises we have in store.”

For more details on Picasso at the Lapin Agile, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of The Old Globe.

THE OLD GLOBE TO PRESENT THE FOURTH ANNUAL POWERS NEW VOICES FESTIVAL, A SERIES OF NEW AMERICAN PLAY READINGS, JANUARY 13 – 15, 2017
The FREE Weekend Includes Two Plays Commissioned by the Globe:
ARRANGED by ANNA ZIEGLER, Directed by MATT M. MORROW, and WHAT YOU ARE by JC LEE, Directed by EDWARD TORRES; Joined by FADE by TANYA SARACHO, Directed by DELICIA TURNER SONNENBERG, and NATIVE GARDENS by KAREN ZACARÍAS, Directed by JAMES VÁSQUEZ
FREE
Encore Presentation of THE LIVING ALTAR on Saturday, January 14 Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the PLAZA of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Center

SAN DIEGO (December 5, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced it will present the fourth annual New Voices Festival—with a new moniker: the Powers New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, playing January 13 – 15, 2017. The Festival will kick off Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. with one of two plays commissioned by the Globe, Arranged by Anna Ziegler, a funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama thatexplores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, illuminating the surprising forces that bind strangers together, directed by Matt M. Morrow. The Festival weekend will continue on Saturday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. with Fade by Tanya Saracho, a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the lengths we go to get ahead and whom we’re willing to leave behind, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías follows at 7:30 p.m., an uproarious and topical culture clash with friendly neighbors turning into feuding enemies, directed by James Vásquez. The festival concludes on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. with the second Globe commission, JC Lee’s What You Are, an up-to-the-minute look at a fractured nation desperately trying to reconnect, directed by Edward Torres.

The Powers New Voices Festival will take place in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to all four readings are free but require reservations, currently available to donors and subscribers only. Reservations for the general public will be available beginning Friday, January 6 at 12:00 noon. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE.

“Now in its fourth installment, our Powers New Voices Festival has become a highlight of the Globe’s year and the centerpiece of our burgeoning new play development program,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It has also become an important source of work for our annual season and for other stages in town. I know that this year’s plays will also make their way to full productions here and elsewhere in the time ahead. The Globe is committed to bringing the best new playwriting to San Diego, and we are thrilled to give our audiences opportunities to see the artistic process in action. I’m very grateful to Paula and Brian Powers for their support, which demonstrates their visionary commitment to the future of the American theatre, and to the idea of the Globe as a thriving center of creativity and innovation.”

Plays previously featured in the Powers New Voices Festival, Nick Gandiello’s The Blameless and Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, will be seen in full productions in the Globe’s 2016-2017 Season. Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match had its world premiere last season in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Also playing in 2016 on the arena stage was tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, a playwright featured in a previous Festival with brownsville song (b-side for tray), which, along with Jihae Park’s peerless, recently made their San Diego premieres at MOXIE Theatre.

Paula and Brian Powers will provide a sustaining gift to The Old Globe of $1 million over five years. The New Voices Festival is being renamed the Powers New Voices Festival through 2021 in recognition of this most significant gift to the Globe and the Powers’ belief in the importance of new works for theatre. Paula currently is on the Board of Directors of The Old Globe and serves as the organization’s Secretary.

For more details on Powers New Voices Festival 2017, click here!

Photo Credit: New Voices Fesitval 2016. Photo by Douglas Gates.

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HELEN EDISON GIFT SHOP Will Solve Your Shopping Crises!

Might We Suggest:
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DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!,
Now Through December 26! Season Tickets ~ or a Gift Certificate ~ to Share Great Theatre Year-Round! Or Choose from a Fabulous Assortment of Seussian Treasures!

SAN DIEGO (December 2, 2016)—The Old Globe has some great ideas to simplify your holiday shopping this year! Might we suggest tickets for the family to our 19th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a San Diego multigenerational family tradition, which runs now through December 26. Or for the hard-to-please culture aficionado in the group, gift an assortment of theatre experiences with season tickets—or a gift certificate—to share great theatre year-round. Old Globe subscription packages—a mix of four or six shows from our exciting upcoming season—offer world-class theatre at substantial savings, along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing seats are reserved—plus additional privileges and benefits! Among the 10 wonderful productions available are Steve Martin’s brilliant and witty Picasso at the Lapin Agile, PigPen Theatre Co.’s extraordinarily imaginative The Old Man and The Old Moon, the classic American musical Guys and Dolls, and Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy Hamlet.

For those who can’t get enough Dr. Seuss in their lives, head to the Globe’s Helen Edison Gift Shop and choose from a fabulous assortment of Seussian treasures to make your heart grow three sizes and solve all your shopping crises. For your favorite Grinch fan, there are Grinch and Max the Dog dolls of all shapes and sizes; Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who snow globes; Grinch sleep pants, boxer shorts, and slippers; Max knit caps; Grinch cocoa mugs and pint glasses; dozens of Christmas ornaments featuring The Grinch, Max, and the Whos; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Broadway cast albums. There’s something to evoke the spirit of Grinchmas all year round! Plus Cat in the Hat top hats; Thing 1 and Thing 2 finger puppets; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish stacking blocks; plush Cat in the Hat, Lorax, and Horton dolls; and shelves bursting with Dr. Seuss’s beloved books. The Gift Shop is only open during performances, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekends. (Items are not available on the Globe website.)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 19th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

This year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! runs on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, through Saturday, December 26. The Grinch isdirected by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien with Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Additional Music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.

For more details on our holiday shopping gift guide, click here! To buy tickets to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here!

Photo Credit: Many Grinch gifts and other Seussian treats are available in The Old Globe's Helen Edison Gift Shop for the 2016 holiday season. Photo by Mike Hausberg.