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THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR THE WINTER’S TALE,THE 2019 SEASON’S GLOBE FOR ALL FREE SHAKESPEARE TOUR, Directed by DANIEL JÁQUEZ, OCTOBER 29 Through NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Touring Free Shakespeare to 19 Community Partner Venues; Five New Venues Will Participate This Year! Culminating with Low-Cost Public Performances on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre Stage

SAN DIEGO (September 27, 2019)—The Old Globe invites your attendance and coverage as Globe for All celebrates six years of making theatre matter to more people! Our talented Globe for All company of professional actors will bring a stirring production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to a variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County. The free-admission Globe for All Tour kicks off on Tuesday, October 29 and will visit 19 Community Partner venues from San Ysidro to Oceanside.

Director Daniel Jáquez returns to The Globe to helm this production of The Winter’s Tale. His previous work at The Globe includes the 2017 direction and co-creation of the bilingual piece La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace), which was presented as part of one of The Old Globe’s signature arts engagement programs, coLAB, and he was a participant in this year’s The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship, led by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.

Rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enticing and moving romances. King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity with his best friend from youth, Polixines, the king of Bohemia. After he explodes in rage, only time and forgiveness can bring healing to his family and his wounded land. The Winter’s Tale sweeps from tragedy to comedy—along the way visiting the royal court, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue, and one notoriously hungry bear.

The cast features Carlos Angel-Barajas (Leontes, Young Shepherd), Yadira Correa (Paulina, Mopsa), Sofia Jean Gomez (Hermione, Dorcas), Anthony Green (Antigonus, Shepherd), Eric Hagen (Polixenes, Dion, Shepherd’s Son),Jersten Seraile (Florizel, Cleomenes), Morgan Taylor (Emilia, Time, Attendant), Wenona Truong (Perdita, Mamillius, Lord 2), and Jared Van Heel (Camillo, Officer, Lord 1).

The creative staff includes Yi-Chien Lee (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), ErdisMaxhelaku (Composer and Creative Musician), DavidHuber (Voice and Text Coach), Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager), and HannahMay (Assistant Stage Manager).

The Winter’s Tale is my very favorite Shakespeare play, and so it’s a special pleasure to see it tour our region as the 2019 production of our thrilling Globe for All series,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Full of feeling, music, magic, and wonder, the play is about the power of second chances in life, and I know that in Daniel Jáquez’s inventive and energetic production it will touch audiences deeply, even as it fills them with laughter and joy. Globe for All is central to this theatre’s commitment to serving San Diego and helping make theatre matter to more and more people. I couldn’t be more proud to share this work, nor happier to invite our neighbors to be
part of it.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Globe for All's Tour of The Winter's Tale, click here! For more information on The Winter's Tale, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES A ONE-WEEK-ONLY EXTENSION FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ALMOST FAMOUS, a New Musical with Book and Lyrics by Academy Award Winner and San Diego Native CAMERON CROWE, Based on His Iconic Film; with Music and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and Two-Time Tony Award Winner TOM KITT; Directed by Tony Award Nominee JEREMY HERRIN

Performances Will Now Run SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 27, 2019; Tickets for Extension On Sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 at 12:00 Noon

SAN DIEGO (August 27, 2019)—Due to popular demand, The Old Globe announced today a one-week-only extension—through Sunday, October 27—of Almost Famous, a world-premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe (films Jerry Maguire, Say Anything…, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), based on his iconic film. Almost Famous is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin (Noises Off, Wolf Hall, National Theatre Live’s All My Sons), and features songs that span the range from classic hits to new songs, with original music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, The SpongeBob Musical). Almost Famous is presented by special arrangement with Lia Vollack, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson.

Performances now run September 13 – October 27, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, with opening night on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the extension week are now available for new Old Globe season-ticket purchasers, current subscribers, and donors; single tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 30 beginning at 12:00 noon. Single tickets start at $70.00. 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.

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music.

The cast includes Matt Bittner as Larry Fellows, Chad Burris as Vic Nunez, Gerard Canonico as Dick Roswell, Julia Cassandra as Estrella, Rob Colletti as Lester Bangs, Brandon Contreras as Silent Ed Vallencourt, Colin Donnell as Russell Hammond, Drew Gehling as Jeff Bebe, Sam Gravitte as Dennis Hope, Van Hughes as David Felton, Katie Ladner as Sapphire, Anika Larsen as Elaine Miller, Storm Lever as Polexia, Casey Likes as William Miller, Solea Pfeiffer as Penny Lane, Emily Schultheis as Anita Miller, Daniel Sovich as Darryl, Libby Winters as Leslie, Matthew C. Yee as Ben Fong-Torres, and swings Danny Lindgren and Alisa Melendez.

The multiple award-winning design team, with a combined 11 Tony Awards and 32 Tony nominations, includes choreographer Lorin Latarro (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Broadway and West End’s Waitress), scenic designer Derek McLane (Tony and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for 33 Variations, multiple Emmy, Drama Desk, and Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards for Sustained Achievement); costume designer David Zinn (two Tony Awards, for The Humans and SpongeBob SquarePants); lighting designer Natasha Katz (Springsteen on Broadway, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, All My Sons, Burn This, The Prom, Frozen; six Tony Awards, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia, and Aida); sound designer Peter Hylenski (Grammy, Olivier, seven-time Tony Award nominee, including for Beetlejuice and King Kong in 2019), Tom Kitt (Orchestrations and Arrangements; Next to Normal received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards), Bryan Perri (Music Director), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer; Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then, and Finding Neverland), Daniel Green (Associate Music Director), Campbell Young Associates (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design; King Lear, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery), Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jillian Cimini, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“Everyone at the Globe is hugely excited to welcome an uncommonly gifted company to Balboa Park for what we know will be the musical theatre event of the season,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Cameron Crowe, Tom Kitt, and Jeremy Herrin have assembled a group of actors blessed with extraordinary talent and incendiary energy, and together they will transform a beloved movie—which is also, of course, a local San Diego tale—into an unforgettable new work for the American stage. I am proud to have Almost Famous at this theatre, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Almost Famous, click here! For more information on Almost Famous, click here! To buy tickets to Almost Famous, click here!

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creatives for the WORLD PREMIERE of ALMOST FAMOUS,A New Musical with Book and Lyrics by Academy Award Winner and San Diego Native CAMERON CROWE, Based on His Iconic Film; with Music and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and Two-Time Tony Award Winner TOM KITT, Directed by Tony Award Nominee JEREMY HERRIN

Performances Run SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 20, 2019; Single Tickets Go On Sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 at 12:00 Noon

SAN DIEGO (August 1, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for Almost Famous, a world-premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe (films Jerry Maguire, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything…), based on his iconic film. Almost Famous is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin (Noises Off, Wolf Hall, National Theatre Live’s All My Sons), and features songs that span the range from classic hits to new songs, with original music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, SpongeBob SquarePants). Almost Famous is presented by special arrangement with Lia Vollack, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson, and will run September 13 – October 20, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, with opening night on September 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 2, 2019, beginning at 12:00 noon. Single tickets start at $50.00. 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.

The cast includes Matt Bittner as Larry Fellows (Broadway’s Present Laughter and School of Rock, Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse), Chad Burris as Vic Nunez (The Book of Mormon national tours), Gerard Canonico as Dick Roswell (Broadway’s Be More Chill, Groundhog Day, American Idiot, Spring Awakening), Julia Cassandra as Estrella (Mamma Mia! farewell tour), Rob Colletti as Lester Bangs (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, School of Rock national tour), Brandon Contreras as Silent Ed Vallencourt (City Center Encores! Road Show, Off Broadway’s Jerry Springer: The Opera), Colin Donnell as Russell Hammond (Broadway’s Anything Goes, Jersey Boys, Follies, and Meet Me in St. Louis, “Arrow,” “Chicago Med”), Drew Gehling as Jeff Bebe (Broadway’s Waitress, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jersey Boys), Sam Gravitte as Dennis Hope (Broadway’s Wicked), Van Hughes as David Felton (Broadway’s Deaf West Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Katie Ladner as Sapphire (Broadway’s Wicked, Sunset Boulevard), Anika Larsen as Elaine Miller (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Avenue Q, All Shook Up), Storm Lever as Polexia (Duckling Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway and at La Jolla Playhouse), Casey Likes as William Miller (2019 Jimmy Awards finalist, film Everything Must Go, “American Blackout”), Solea Pfeiffer as Penny Lane (Hamilton national tour, Camelot concert at Lincoln Center Theater, Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl), Emily Schultheis as Anita Miller (Wicked and Bat Out of Hell national tours), Daniel Sovich as Darryl (Off Broadway’s Downtown Race Riot), Libby Winters as Leslie (Broadway’s American Idiot), and Matthew C. Yee as Ben Fong-Torres (Cambodian Rock Band, Vietgone); and swings Danny Lindgren and Alisa Melendez.

The multiple award-winning design team, with a combined 11 Tony Awards and 32 Tony nominations, includes scenic designer Derek McLane (Tony and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for 33 Variations, multiple Emmy, Drama Desk, and Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards for Sustained Achievement); costume designer David Zinn (two Tony Awards, for The Humans and SpongeBob SquarePants); lighting designer Natasha Katz (Springsteen on Broadway, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, All My Sons, Burn This, The Prom, Frozen; six Tony Awards, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia, and Aida); sound designer Peter Hylenski (Grammy, Olivier, seven-time Tony Award nominee, including for Beetlejuice and King Kong in 2019), Tom Kitt (Orchestrations and Arrangements; Next to Normal received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards), Bryan Perri (Music Director), Daniel Green (Associate Music Director), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer; Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then, and Finding Neverland), Campbell Young Associates (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design; King Lear, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery), and production stage manager Anjee Nero. Lorin Latarro (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Broadway and West End’s Waitress) was previously announced as choreographer.

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music.

“Everyone at the Globe is hugely excited to welcome an uncommonly gifted company to Balboa Park for what we know will be the musical theatre event of the season,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Cameron Crowe, Tom Kitt, and Jeremy Herrin have assembled a group of actors blessed with extraordinary talent and incendiary energy, and together they will transform a beloved movie—which is also, of course, a local San Diego tale—into an unforgettable new work for the American stage. I am proud to have Almost Famous at this theatre, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Almost Famous, click here! For more information on Almost Famous, click here! To buy tickets to Almost Famous, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced as THE OLD GLOBE’s 2019 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Continues with the Greatest Love Story of All Time: ROMEO AND JULIET, Directed by BARRY EDELSTEIN

Performances Run AUGUST 11 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019, Opening Is Saturday, August 17

SAN DIEGO (July 17, 2019)—As The Old Globe’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues, the theatre today announced the cast and creative team of the love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to direct the greatest love story of all time, after helming a smash-hit production of Othello and a sales-record-breaking production of Hamlet. Performances will run August 11 – September 15 outdoors under the stars in the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run August 11–16, with opening night on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”


Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars. Edelstein, one of America’s leading Shakespeareans, recently created a unique version of The Tempest, combining Shakespeare, dance, and classical music, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program.

“What a gift it is to direct one of the great masterpieces in world literature, and what an extra joy to do so on our Festival Theatre stage, one of the most beautiful Shakespeare venues in this country,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Romeo and Juliet contains multitudes. It’s a work of sublime and uplifting romance, and also a warning about how hatreds held fast by one generation can cause terrible destruction to the next. It is a justly famous play that truly has in it everything we love about Shakespeare. As always, the Globe has attracted an extraordinarily talented cast and design team, and I am so looking forward to sharing their work with San Diego audiences.”

For the full press release on Romeo and Juliet, click here! For the Romeo and Juliet press page, click here! To buy tickets to Romeo and Juliet, click here!

Aaron Clifton Moten appears as Romeo and Louisa Jacobson as Juliet. Photo by Jim Cox.

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for STEVE MARTIN’s Hilarious Comedy THE UNDERPANTS, Directed by WALTER BOBBIE, an Adaptation of DIE HOSE by CARL STERNHEIM

Performances Originally Scheduled to Run July 27 – August 25, 2019; EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND Through SEPTEMBER 1; Opening Is Thursday, August 1

SAN DIEGO (July 3, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of a sparkling comedy rounding in our summer season, The Underpants, by the Globe’s second-most-popular playwright-in-residence, Steve Martin. Directed by multiple-award winner Walter Bobbie (Globe and Broadway’s Bright Star, Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Chicago) and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company. This is the fourth Martin work in recent seasons at the Globe, from 2014’s world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, to 2016’s twice-extended, world-premiere comedy Meteor Shower, to 2017’s smash-hit revival of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

The Underpants begins performances July 27 and has already been extended by popular demand to run through September 1, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27 – July 31. Opening night is Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale now. 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.

A riotous farce adapted from a playwright often dubbed “the German Molière.” Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles, right in front of everyone. Her husband is frantic with worry about losing his job and their reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants. Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences world premiere hits like Bright Star and Meteor Shower, makes Carl Sternheim’s “racy” German comedy a hilarious look at female empowerment, sudden fame, and the idiocy a beautiful woman inspires in the men who love her. The New York Times calls it “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee. The Underpants is often laugh-out-loud funny!”

The cast includes Jeff Blumenkrantz as Klinglehoff (Globe’s Damn Yankees, Broadway’s Bright Star, Off Broadway’s Murder for Two, Fosse/Verdon), Michael Bradley Cohen as Benjamin Cohen (Henry V, Twelfth Night for The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More), Regina De Vera as Louise Maske (The Merchant of Venice for Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, Into the Woods, Three Sisters, Mother Courage and Her Children at The Juilliard School), Joanna Glushak as Gertrude Deuter (Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and War Paint, Gloria: A Life, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Eddie Kaye Thomas as Theo Maske (Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, American Pie, Harold & Kumar, “Scorpion”), Luis Vega as Frank Versati (The Humans national tour, As You Like It at Guthrie Theater, Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse), and Kris Zarif as King (Globe’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Triad Productions, tempOdyssey at Teatro ALTO).

The award-winning Broadway veterans on the creative team include John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design; Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, King Richard II, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile,Broadway’s Venus in Fur, The Color Purple, and Rabbit Hole), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design; Globe’s Familiar, Allegiance, and Brighton Beach Memoirs,Broadway’s Allegiance and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design; Broadway’s Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design; Globe’s The Tale of Despereaux and Bright Star, Broadway’s Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, Tony Award winner for Hadestown), James Calleri and Paul Davis, Calleri Casting (Casting), and Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

The Underpants is a play that’s been in my life for nearly 20 years, and it’s brought me enormous laughter and joy over that time,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Back in 2000, when I was running Classic Stage Company in New York City, I asked Steve Martin to adapt Carl Sternheim’s play. He turned this strange comedy from Germany in 1910 into a fresh and riotous farce that’s suffused with Steve’s very particular brand of highbrow-lowbrow hilarity. It’s about how we don’t think straight when we fall in love, it’s about how a marriage grows, it’s about fame, and most of all it’s about the consequences of a wardrobe malfunction. It’s also about the happy return of Steve Martin to the Globe. Our audiences love him, and it’s a pleasure to round out his wonderful body of stage plays—Picasso at The Lapin Agile, Meteor Shower, and Bright Star—with this sparkling comedy. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie continues his own collaboration with Steve Martin, and he’s brought an astonishing team of Broadway veterans to collaborate with him and a stellar cast of actors to make a production that will enchant Globe’s audiences. I can’t wait to share it with San Diego!”

For the full press release on The Underpants, click here! For more information on The Underpants, click here! To buy tickets to The Underpants, click here!

THE OLD GLOBE Has Been Awarded FIVE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL Grants: for Artists in Communities, Arts Education Exposure, JUMP StArts, Veterans in the Arts, and Youth Arts Action

As Well as Funding for Arts in Corrections

California Arts Council Invests $24.5 Million in Arts Programming Statewide; More Than 1,300 Grants in Support of Strengthening California by a Spectrum of Art and Artists

SAN DIEGO (July 2, 2019)—The Old Globe is honored to receive five California Arts Council grants for the work it is doing to make theatre matter to more people, to both support existing programs and expand into new areas. The grant awards to the Globe total $91,855 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The Artist in Communities program granted $16,200 to the Globe for its coLAB community new-work-creation program; Arts Education Exposure granted the Globe $16,200 for Free Student Matinees; JUMP StArts awarded the Globe a $2,500 planning grant to pilot Reflecting Shakespearein which inmates create original theatre pieces based on works by the Bard—in the juvenile justice system; Veterans in the Arts awarded $16,200 for the Globe’s Technical Center Apprentice Program for Military Veterans; and Youth Arts Action provided $16,200 for the 2019 Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, the Globe’s summer program for high-school students.

The Globe was also awarded a contract totaling $24,555 from Arts in Corrections to train Globe Teaching Artists to work in correctional facilities and to adapt Reflecting Shakespeare for individuals with physical and mental disabilities experiencing incarceration at San Diego’s Donovan State Prison.

“The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and in our commitment to make it matter to more people, we rely on the California Arts Council’s extraordinary support,” said The Old Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “These newly announced grants will help us make our arts engagement programs matter to thousands and thousands of San Diegans, including students, veterans, and homeless and incarcerated individuals. Our programs are enriching, educational, and inclusive, and we couldn’t be more honored that their power and impact are recognized and enhanced by the CAC. We are grateful for this funding.”

For the full press release on the California Arts Council Grant, click here!

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced as THE OLD GLOBE’s 2019 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Kicks Off with the Bard’s Fabulously Charming Romantic Comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, Directed by Globe Favorite JESSICA STONE

Performances Run JUNE 16 – JULY 21, 2019, Opening Is Saturday, June 22

SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2019)— It’s all happening as The Old Globe throws the party of the year—the 2019 Globe Gala, Where Black Tie Meets Tie-Dye, on Saturday, September 21, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The get-down fun will be on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, as Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning movie Almost Famous returns to its home city reimagined as a world-premiere musical. Globe Board members Ellise Coit and Karen Tanz serve as Co-Chairs.

The can’t-miss black-tie and tie-dye event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with roadies and fans alike gathering around craft tables loaded with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a surprise guest performance, to be announced at a later date. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of Play! will rock Copley Plaza until midnight.

Recalling an era when Nixon was President and Led Zeppelin was king, we look to our rose-tinted past to make our future something to sing about. With a theme that echoes that of the soon-to-open Globe world premiere of the new musical Almost Famous, by San Diego native and Oscar winner Cameron Crowe, the 2019 Old Globe Gala will be a night of glamour, celebration, and generosity.

The year’s best party supports the Globe’s bigger purpose—theatre that connects, enthralls, teaches, and empowers us. The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our commitment is to make it matter to more people. Your attendance at the 2019 Globe Gala will support a vibrant, nationally renowned theatre dedicated to serving the public good. Through thrilling productions of great classics, provocative new works, and exciting musicals, the Globe brings life-changing encounters with theatre to 250,000 people every year. Our remarkable arts engagement programs are redefining how a professional not-for-profit theatre transforms lives across the community it serves. These programs serve 40,000 children, families, and individuals, ranging from students in Title I schools to homeless communities, from military service members and veterans to incarcerated populations. Help us make theatre matter to more San Diegans—that’s a reason to celebrate!

The 2019 Gala Committee includes Michele Arthur, Terry Atkinson, Peter Cooper, Valerie Cooper, Elaine Bennett Darwin, Nadia Gastelum, David Ohanian, Joanie Polatchek, Jean Shekhter, Rhona Thompson, Pam Wagner, Muffy Walker, and Lynne Wheeler.

For the full press release the 2019 Globe Gala, click here! For more information on the 2019 Globe Gala, click here!

Photo: (from left) The 2019 Globe Gala Co-Chairs Karen Tanz and Ellise Coit. Photo by Douglas Gates.

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for the WORLD PREMIERE Musical THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, with Book, Music, and Lyrics by PIGPEN THEATRE CO., Directed by MARC BRUNI and PIGPEN THEATRE CO.; the Family-Friendly Show Runs JULY 6 – AUGUST 11, 2019, and Opens Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (June 4, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced its latest cast and creative team as the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co., which delighted Globe audiences in 2017 with The Old Man and The Old Moon, returns with a world premiere musical: The Tale of Despereaux. Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film, with book, music, and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., this inspiring family-friendly adventure will be directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and PigPen Theatre Co. It will run July 6 – August 11, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, opening on Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets start at $30.00 for children and $40.00 for adults, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or at the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. brings their one-of-a-kind theatrical and musical inventiveness to Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, Newbery Medal–winning modern fable. Despereaux is a courageous mouse who dreams of becoming a knight. He sets off on a noble quest that will take him down into dungeons and up to the heights of a castle tower to rescue a beautiful human princess—but the dark-hearted rat Roscuro has other ideas. The Boston Herald proclaims, “PigPen Theatre Co. is already a phenomenon,” while The New Yorker says, “It’s like watching child geniuses at play!” Full of gorgeous music, stunning stage effects, witty performances, and a message of optimism and community, The Tale of Despereaux is an inspiring and beguiling story for all ages.

The cast includes Alex Falberg as Lester (Globe’s The Old Man and The Old Moon; Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn), Ben Ferguson as Furlough (Globe’s The Old Man…), Curtis Gillen as Louise and Most High Head Mouse (The Old Man…; Pericles, HairBrained), Taylor Iman Jones as Princess Pea and Merlot (Broadway’s Head Over Heels, Groundhog Day, The Who’s Tommy at The Kennedy Center, American Idiot tour), Ryan Melia as Librarian and Prisoner (Globe’s The Old Man…; Pericles), Betsy Morgan as Miggery Sow and Antoinette (Globe’s Rain; First Daughter Suite, Sweeney Todd), Bianca Norwood as Despereaux, Matt Nuernberger as Botticelli (Globe’s The Old Man…; Pericles), Eric Petersen as Roscuro (Broadway’s School of Rock, Escape to Margaritaville, Shrek The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher), San Diego native Arya Shahi as King Philip (Globe’s The Old Man…; Pericles), and Dan Weschler as Stained-Glass Knight (Globe’s The Old Man…; Pericles); with swings Michael Cusimano, Natasha Harris, and Devon Hunt.

The award-winning creative team includes Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design; Globe’s Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, Red Velvet; Rent: Live), Anita Yavich (Costume Design; Broadway’s Fool for Love, Venus in Fur, Chinglish, Anna in the Tropics), Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design; Obie Award winner for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire; “Daddy”, Continuity), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design; Globe’s Bright Star; Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, The Cher Show), Lydia Fine and Nick Lehane (Puppetry Design), Jennifer Jancuska (Choreography), Christopher Jahnke (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, CSA (Casting), and Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager).

“I’m completely thrilled to welcome the brilliant PigPen Theatre Co. back to the Globe,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “These exciting theatre makers are endlessly inventive, hugely talented, and committed to the idea that the stage is a place for magical fun, captivating music, and stories that touch and move us. The Tale of Despereaux is a perfect match for their gifts, because it, too, is about the power of stories to bewitch and transform us. It’s a special delight that PigPen is working on this world premiere with the gifted director Marc Bruni, whose track record for spectacular staging precedes him, and with four accomplished musical theatre actors who join their merry band to create a work of theatre art that will enchant audiences of all ages.”

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Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced as THE OLD GLOBE’s 2019 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Kicks Off with the Bard’s Fabulously Charming Romantic Comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, Directed by Globe Favorite JESSICA STONE

Performances Run JUNE 16 – JULY 21, 2019, Opening Is Saturday, June 22

SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2019)—As the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival kicks off, The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team with As You Like It, the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. Director Jessica Stone’s recent body of work—including Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Arms and the Man—has had Globe audiences rolling in the aisles. Her Shakespearean directing debut will run June 16 – July 21, 2019 outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run June 16–21 with opening night on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”

The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption...and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree. Bucolic Balboa Park is the ideal spot for Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love.

As You Like It is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, one of the Bard’s masterpieces, and one of the works that really expresses what’s so magical about Shakespeare onstage,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s got everything: brilliant poetry, amazing characters, love and romance, music, and the perfect balance between a bit of thematic darkness and a joyous happy ending. I could watch the play a million times and never fall out of love with it. The Globe’s good friend, the immensely talented director Jessica Stone, brings her great sense of comic brio and her warm and kind heart to this play, and makes a production that’s a charmer. Shakespeare in Balboa Park is always a bucolic experience, but this summer and this show are going to be memorable. I can’t wait to share a special evening’s entertainment with San Diego.”

The cast includes Mark H. Dold (Globe’s Opus; Freud’s Last Session) as Jaques, Meredith Garretson (Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! at the Globe; Fosse/Verdon, Dancing at Lughnasa) as Rosalind, Joseph Kamal (A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Band’s Visit) as Adam, Leonard Kelly-Young (Globe’s Titus Andronicus; The Heart of Robin Hood) as Corin and Hymen, Nikki Massoud (New York Theatre Workshop’s Othello; A Doll’s House, Part 2) as Celia, Jon Orsini (Globe’s Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Othello; The Nance) as Orlando, Vincent Randazzo (American Conservatory Theater’s Vanity Fair, A Walk on the Moon) as Touchstone, and Cornell Womack (Globe’s Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale; L.A. Philharmonic’s The Tempest; On Golden Pond) as Duke Senior and Duke Frederick. The cast includes students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Carlos Angel-Barajas as Jaques de Boys, Summer Broyhill as Amiens, Ramon Burris as Charles, Mason Conrad as Silvius, Yadira Correa as Audrey, Aubrey Deeker Hernandez as Oliver, Eric Hagen as Dennis, Bibi Mama as Duke Senior’s Lord 1, Hallie Peterson as Le Beau, Jersten Seraile as Sir Oliver Martex and Duke Senior‘s Lord 2, Morgan Taylor as Phoebe, Wenona Truong as Duke Frederick’s Lady, Jared Van Heel as William, and Marco Antonio Vega as Duke Frederick’s Lord.

The creative team includes Globe and Broadway favorites Tobin Ost (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Sten Severson (Sound Design), Obadiah Eaves (Original Music), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), David Huber (Voice and Text Coach), Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

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THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for
the WORLD PREMIERE of the GLOBE-COMMISSIONED
WHAT YOU ARE,Written by JC LEE, Directed by PATRICIA MCGREGOR, Developed in the 2017 Powers New Voices Festival

Performances Run May 30 – June 30, 2019; Opening Is Thursday, June 6

SAN DIEGO (May 10, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of What You Are, a Globe-commissioned new play by JC Lee and the second show in the 2018–2019 Season developed in the Powers New Voices Festival. Directed by Patricia McGregor, What You Are will run May 30 – June 30, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 30 – June 5. Opening night is Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale now. 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.

What You Are is a riveting, of-the-moment exploration of the personal struggles that accompany sweeping social change. Don scrapes together a living and struggles to support his family through hard work and good intentions. But everything around him, from his younger co-workers, to the technology in his office job, to even his own opinionated daughter, seems alien to the certainties and stabilities he once knew. When a simple misunderstanding at work escalates into an all-out confrontation, Don hatches a plan to set right all the things he feels have gone wrong. Can the people who love him manage to hold him together? Contains strong language.

The cast includes Adrian Anchondo (After the Revolution, The First Grade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “How to Get Away with Murder,” “NCIS: Los Angeles”) as Hector, Jasmin Savoy Brown (Shonda Rhimes’s “For the People,” HBO’s “The Leftovers,” Netflix’s “Love,” TNT’s “Will”) as Katie, Omozé Idehenre (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Good Grief, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as Sigourney, Mike Sears (Off Broadway’s When Words Fail, Globe for All Tour of Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate at The Old Globe) as Randy, and Jonathan Walker (Broadway’s Rocky, Twentieth Century, Off Broadway’s The Divine Sister, Fran’s Bed, Dinner with Friends, The Old Globe’sHamlet, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing) as Don.

The creative team includes Rachel Myers (Scenic Design; 2019 Ovation Award for Best Scenic Design for Skeleton Crew at Geffen Playhouse, Disney’s Kim Possible,the award-winning Short Term 12), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design; Constellations at The Old Globe as well as five shows with The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program including Romeo and Juliet,also Sex with Strangers, The Who & The What), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Design; Skeleton Crew at The Old Globe, The Heiress, Two Trains Running, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Luqman Brown (Sound Design; The Corpse Washer, How to Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe, original music for Everybody Black), Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA/Joseph Gery (Casting; Broadway’s The Lyons, Off Broadway’s Good Grief, Harry Clarke, television’s “Black Mirror,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”), and Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager;Tiny Beautiful Things, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,and Twelfth Night (Globe for All), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Globe).

What You Are is not only a powerful and insightful new play, but it’s also an exemplar of the Globe’s expanding commitment to the development of new work for the American stage,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “An Old Globe commission, the play was developed in our Powers New Voices Festival, where it proved so compelling that it practically demanded to be programmed in our season. JC Lee is a writer of uncommon gifts, a questing intellect, and a passion for theatre as a vehicle for deeper understanding of our world, but he is also a maker of great stories and compelling characters. What You Are asks trenchant questions about the political upheavals that are roiling American life, but it asks them through the personal experiences of individuals we really come to care about. The play generates huge empathy and understanding, and in Patricia McGregor’s energetic production, it makes for an edge-of-your-seat night in the theatre. The play is an important one, destined for a rich life in our national repertoire, and I’m proud to have it here.”

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