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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, Stephen Barker Turner (Dead Poets Society, The North Pool, and Race Off Broadway) as Drew Davis, and Carmen Zilles (Off Broadway’s Scenes from a Marriage directed by Ivo van Hove and Small Mouth Sounds) as Theresa Garcia.

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.

Why Brave the Malls When You Can GRINCHify?! Don’t Get Stuck On Top of Mt. Crumpit … THE OLD GLOBE’S
HELEN EDISON GIFT SHOP Will Solve Your Shopping Crises!

Might We Suggest:
Tickets for the Family to Our 19th Annual Production of
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.

THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 SUMMER SEASON

SAN DIEGO (October 28, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the remaining productions in its 2017 Summer Season, including a brand-new comedy, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, and a Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup featuring Robert Sean Leonard in the title role of the towering history play Richard II, directed by Erica Schmidt. Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy Hamlet follows, directed by Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare. They join the previously announced musical fable of Broadway Guys and Dolls, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Get ready to rollick with Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! Inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig, whose Baskerville brought Sherlock Holmes to the Globe, is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy about another icon: Robin Hood. Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two—you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun! Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! will play July 22 – August 27, with Opening Night on July 30.

“For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings.”

The Summer Shakespeare Festival will include Globe and television favorite Robert Sean Leonard (the Globe’s Pygmalion, “House”) in the title role of one of the greatest of Shakespeare’s towering cycle of history plays, Richard II, directed by Erica Schmidt (A Month in the Country Off Broadway starring Peter Dinklage). Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown. Filled with magnificent verse and Shakespeare’s characteristic wisdom and insight, Richard II is a deeply moving and insightful portrait of how the forces of history collide and combust to shape a nation’s political landscape. Richard II plays June 11 – July 15, with Opening Night on Sunday, June 18.

“To be or not to be, that is the question.”

Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy Hamlet follows, with the Globe’s Barry Edelstein returning to the outdoor Festival Stage to bring Shakespeare’s classic to life under the San Diego stars. He will direct a cast featuring some of the nation’s finest classical actors in one of the greatest plays ever written—revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga, all packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Hamlet plays August 6 – September 10, with Opening Night on Saturday, August 12.

“In the summer of 2017, San Diego audiences will see on our stages everything that makes The Old Globe one of our country’s greatest theatres,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Guys and Dolls is as close to perfect as any American musical ever, and in the hands of the immensely talented Josh Rhodes, it’s going to raise the roof in Balboa Park. Josh triumphed here two summers ago with Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville; now Ken is back with the Robin Hood play he’s been wanting to write for years, and it’s sure to be one his funniest and most riotous works. The Globe’s good friend Robert Sean Leonard will assay a role he was born to play, the sensitive and eloquent Richard II, in a fresh and energetic production by the highly imaginative Erica Schmidt. And—what an honor and a privilege!—I will direct Shakespeare’s supreme achievement, Hamlet, a play I’ve worked on in various capacities over the years but have never had the good fortune to stage. As always, the leading theatrical talents in America will join us to bring these four amazing works to life, and the Globe will surround the shows with exciting arts engagement and humanities programs to enrich the theatregoing experience. The summer season is going to be vivid, fun, entertaining, and excellent. I can’t wait to share it!”

As previously announced, the classic musical fable of Broadway Guys and Dolls will open the Summer Season. Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, returning to the Globe after the great successes of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which he directed, and Bright Star, which he choreographed. Roll the dice as Guys and Dolls runs July 2 – August 13, with Opening Night on Friday, July 7, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Guys and Dolls tops Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Greatest Musicals of All Time, and for good reason: it’s everything we love in musical theatre. Now fast-rising director/choreographer Josh Rhodes returns to the Globe to direct our first-ever production of this Broadway masterpiece. Nathan Detroit needs some serious dough to keep his “oldest established permanent floating crap game” going. He’s also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide. But when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson, his problems appear to be solved. Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the irrepressible anthem “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a top-notch Globe revival of a classic American musical!

For more details on the 2017 Summer Season, click here!

Photo Credit: Robert Sean Leonard will star in the title role of William Shakespeare's Richard II, directed by Erica Schdmit, for The Old Globe's 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival, June 11 - July 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

THE OLD GLOBE AND UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SHILEY GRADUATE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE'S THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

SAN DIEGO (October 27, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, running November 12 – November 20 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. Directed by Richard Seer, Director of Professional Training for the M.F.A. program, tickets to The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.

Best friends Valentine and Proteus find themselves both madly in love with the same woman. Will their friendship survive? One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is an exuberant tale of friendship, young love, and secret identities, featuring a band of outlaws, two bumbling servants, and one unforgettable dog.

“The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program is one of the jewels in this theatre’s crown, and I’m as proud of the work we do training the next generation of American actors as I am of anything else in this institution’s life,” said Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The talent that thrives in this program is top-notch, and in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a Shakespearean delight guided with skill by our own Rick Seer, that talent will be on dazzling display. I look forward to sharing this glimpse of the future of American acting with San Diego’s audiences.”

For more details on The Two Gentlemen of Verona, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE OLD GLOBE’S 19TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

SAN DIEGO (October 20, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 19th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, November 5 – December 26. Previews run November 5 – November 9. Opening night is November 10 at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Children under the age of three will be admitted to 11:00 a.m. performances only, which are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free, but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Regardless of age, each audience member, including babes in arms, must have a ticket to be admitted into the theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.

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.

J. Bernard Calloway returns after making his Globe debut in 2015 as The Grinch. Calloway was an original cast member of two Tony Award-winning shows: Memphis (2010 Best Musical) and All the Way (2014 Best Play). His many Off Broadway and regional credits include The Good Negro (The Public Theater), Dreamgirls (Fox Theatre), The Cider House Rules (Trinity Repertory Company), and the world premiere of Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse).

Returning for her second year is Mikee Castillo, alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who with Mia Davila, making her Globe debut. Castillo’s recent credits include CATS: A New Day 2015 (California Youth Conservatory) and the independent film Driving While Black (Anthem Films). Davila was recent seen in The Jungle Book (Theatre Arts School of San Diego), Aladdin Jr. (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Seussical, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella (STAR Repertory Theatre).

Two-time San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 14th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. The local favorite has also been seen Off Broadway in Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera, Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David, Butley, and Street Scene. Tyrone Davis, Jr., making his Globe debut, will scale Mt. Crumpit as Young Max. His extensive Off Broadway credits include Invisible Thread, King Lear, and Coriolanus, and he toured with Shrek The Musical and The Mystery of King Tut.

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Larry Raben (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Ava Harris and Hannah Lee (Annie Who), Taylor Coleman and Viviana Peji (Betty-Lou Who), Levi Laddon and John Perry Wishchuk (Boo Who), and Mackernan Jarman and Max Wieczorek (Danny Who); ensemble members Emily Sade Bautista, Jacob Caltrider, Bobby Chiu, Sadie Tess Coleman, Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman, Katrina Heil, Tristan Heil, Brooke Henderson, Selah Howard, Katelyn Katz, Gerry McIntyre, Kennedy Nibbe, Bethany Slomka, Clay Stefanki, Hannah Tasto, and Kelsey Venter; and James Vásquez (Swing).

This season’s production features Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, Additional Choreography by Bob Richard, and Restaged Choreography by James Vásquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Leila Knox (Production Stage Manager).

For more details on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: The cast of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Photo by Jim Cox.

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES OF DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

SAN DIEGO (October 20, 2016)—The Old Globe will once again offer a sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. Following very successful performances the past four years, The Grinch will be performed for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides. Slight adjustments will be made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members. Additional features will also help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues, including an online social story available to view and print at home that will outline in words and pictures the experience of a visit to the Globe; a quiet area in the lobby of the theatre; and on-site volunteers to assist families as needed.

For more details on the sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here!

Photo Credit: Attendees at the sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dec. 13, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.

The Old Globe’s 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, with performances from the cast, will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

SAN DIEGO (October 20, 2016)—The 11th annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. on the Globe’s Copley Plaza. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the presentation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the Plaza and will remain for the run of the show. This fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe Plaza. Although the event is free, reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE. The Grinch production performances that day will be at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more details on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here!

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

THE OLD GLOBE’S 2016 GALA, A NIGHT OF REVELS, RAISES FUNDS FOR THE GLOBE’S ARTISTIC AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS

SAN DIEGO (October 13, 2016)—Over 340 guests attended The Old Globe’s 2016 Gala, A Night of Revels, on September 24 on the Globe’s historic campus in Balboa Park. When final proceeds and expenses are tallied, the net proceeds from this black-tie event will benefit the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement activities. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, Laurie Mitchell, and Sheryl White served as Co-Chairs for the Globe Gala, and Darlene Marcos Shiley served as Honorary Chair. Lead underwriters for the evening were Audrey Geisel and Darlene Marcos Shiley, with Terry Atkinson, Karen and Donald Cohn, Nina and Robert Doede, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Maryanne Pfister, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, Qualcomm, Duff and Sue Sanderson, Rhona and Rick Thompson, Tony and Gillian Thornley, Sheryl and Harvey White, Brent Woods and Laurie Mitchell, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger, among other donors, making significant gifts.

“The 2016 Globe Gala, A Night of Revels, was an extraordinary success,” said Old Globe Board Chair Vicki L. Zeiger. “We thank Gala Co-Chairs Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, Laurie Mitchell, and Sheryl White, and Honorary Chair Darlene Marcos Shiley, for creating a celebratory event of beauty and joy. It was a thrill to see our guest performer, Leslie Odom, Jr., bring his amazing talent to the stage, and our 340 guests loved the dinner and dancing on beautiful plaza. On behalf of the Globe’s Board of Directors, I thank everyone—the chairs, the donors, the Board, and the staff—who contributed to the success of this evening.”

Anticipation for the evening began weeks earlier when guests received the invitation designed by Freellance, who also designed the lovely keepsake program booklet given to all guests. The Gala itself began with valet parking in the Alcazar parking lot by Ace Valet Services. Specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were offered by The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in the Craig Noel Garden and on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, with furnishings by Classic Party Rentals. Guests were welcomed by the Gala Co-Chairs, along with Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, and mingled on the plaza’s grand entrance as the autumn sun set over Balboa Park.

Gala guests then entered the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, for an exclusive concert on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage by Leslie Odom, Jr., the 2016 Tony Award winner from the wildly successful, landmark musical Hamilton. Accompanied by a five-piece band, Odom performed a selection of showtunes and standards in jazz arrangements from his hit self-titled album, including “Joey, Joey, Joey” from The Most Happy Fella, Johnny Mercer and Joseph Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves,” “The Guilty Ones” from Spring Awakening, and the samba-inspired “Brazil.” He also performed a medley of songs from Nat King Cole, including the classic “Unforgettable.” Odom delighted Gala guests with two songs he has made famous in Hamilton, “Wait for It” and “Dear Theodosia.” He finished the performance by leading the entire audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Honorary Chair Darlene Marcos Shiley, and then sang her an ethereal, impromptu a cappella version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”

After the performance, guests exited the theatre directly onto Copley Plaza, which was transformed into an enchanting party under the stars, designed by Trevor Norton of Cleverco and featuring lighting from Special Event Audio Services. Swirling orange tablecloths and goldenrod napkins from APR Fine Linens were adorned with shining silverware and gleaming glass plateware arranged around centerpieces featuring roses, orchids, and driftwood, designed by premiere décor specialist Kimberly Buffington of Flowerchild. Beautiful gifts generously provided by Neiman Marcus graced the dinner chairs as guests arrived. The sumptuous dinner, catered by The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, began with poached pear and endive salad with freshly baked artisan breads, followed by entrées of beef tenderloin medallion, pan-seared salmon, and fava bean and asparagus risotto. The meal ended with apple torte and white chocolate cheesecake. The dinner was complemented with a selection of wines, including Veuve Clicquot Champagne from France; Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand; and Château de Brandey Bordeaux Rouge from France. If that weren’t enough, Caffé Barbera offered freshly brewed espresso, cappuccino, and other coffee delights, and a sweets table was bedecked with 100 pounds of assorted See’s Candy chocolates (with special take-home treat bags).

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Photo Credit: Gala performer and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (center) with (from left) Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy; Gala Co-Chairs Sheryl White, Karne Cohn, Nina Doede, and Laurie Mitchell; and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein at the 2016 Globe Gala - A Night of Revels - on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Photo by Bob Ross.

GLOBE FOR ALL MEASURE FOR MEASURE CAST ANNOUCEMENT AND EXTENDED TOUR DATES

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

SAN DIEGO (October 11, 2016)—The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All returns November 1 – November 20, in its third year on the annual roster, with Shakespeare’s searing comedy Measure for Measure. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut, following glowing reviews for The Public Theater Mobile Unit’s Hamlet this summer. The free Globe for All Shakespeare tour begins Tuesday, November 1 and extends its reach this year with an additional week of performances and eight new venues that stretch across San Diego County in a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The tour will culminate in two low-cost performances on Sunday, November 20 in the Globe’s rehearsal studios, part of Balboa Park’s historic House of Charm.

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s richest plays, mixing comedy and drama in a thrilling story of love and power. In a decadent Vienna, the strict, newly appointed leader Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay—until he falls for a young nun pleading for the life of her brother and things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic.

In addition to the performance, each partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop leading up to the performance. These workshops are designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work. Taught by professional Globe teaching artists, participants will be introduced to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of Measure for Measure. Each performance will begin with an introductory pre-show warmup led by the teaching artists and end with a casual talk-back with the Globe’s Master Teaching Artist Lisel Gorell-Getz, who is also in the cast.

Globe for All presents free professional Shakespeare to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors, a DJ, and four production staff members. Over the past two years, Globe for All has performed in military bases, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues for nearly 2,200 audience members, many seeing theatre—and Shakespeare—for the first time. In addition to this year’s 17-stop tour, Globe for All will play at The Old Globe for two low-cost performances.

Globe for All helps make theatre matter to audiences who, 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. For some, the Globe for All tour is their first experience seeing a piece of live theatre, and for others, it is an exciting return to the art form. In addition to providing the community with free access to professional performances of Shakespeare, Globe for All enriches the theatre experience by offering free workshops and other activities. This model of theatrical engagement has grown very popular across the country, and our tours are used as exemplars by many other theatre companies.

Venues for the 2016 tour include return visits to South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, Fourth District Senior Resource Center; San Diego Public Library – Central Branch, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services, Father Joe’s Villages, California State Prison, Centinela, Naval Base San Diego, and Veterans Village of San Diego. New venues this year include Mary Fay Pendleton School at Camp Pendleton, The Old Globe Technical Center, Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library, City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex, The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation – Linda Vista, A Reason to Survive, and Escondido Public Library, with an additional location to be announced.

The cast includes recent graduates of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program Makha Mthembu (Isabella, Soldier), Daniel Petzold (Angelo, Barnardine), and Christopher Salazar (Duke Vincentio, Elbow) in the lead roles, and Ally Carey (Pompey, Provost), Jake Millgard (Lucio, Froth), and Nathan Whitmer (Claudio). Joining them are local actors Lisel Gorell-Getz (Mistress Overdone, Mariana, Servant), Flordelino Lagundino (Escalus, Abhorson), Davina Van Dusen (Juliet, Nun, Friar Peter), and DJ Miki Vale.

The creative staff includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Shelly Williams (Costume Design), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“Globe for All has quickly grown to become one of the core programs of The Old Globe, enriching our community and galvanizing our theatre as it serves our neighbors in a deep and special way,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s our core conviction that theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, are necessary to living a full and rich life, and yet we recognize that some in our city either don’t know about the work we do or cannot enjoy regular access to it. Globe for All is an exciting way to bring the joys and thrills of live, professional Shakespeare to San Diegans who may not have experienced them before. We are grateful to the community-based organizations that are partnering with us and to the civic-minded philanthropies that are supporting this effort. Together, we can make theatre matter to many more of our fellow citizens.”

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Photo Credit: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.