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For 11 seasons, MARION ROSS was head of one of America’s favorite television households.

Now meet the lovable real-life woman behind the “HAPPY DAYS” mom!

THE OLD GLOBE Will Present Legendary Globe Associate ArtistMARION ROSS in an Evening of Storytelling with Associate Artistic Director ERIC KEEN-LOUIE

On the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre

Ms. Ross Will Sign Her New Book,


SAN DIEGO (XX, 2018)—The Old Globe will present a free, one-night-only event to celebrate the debut of a new book by legendary Globe Associate Artist Marion Ross  titled My Days Happy and Otherwise. This evening of storytelling with Ms. Ross and Associate Artistic Director Eric Keen-Louie will take place on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m., on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. My Days Happy and Otherwise, by Ms. Ross with David Laurell, and a foreword by Ron Howard,will be available for purchase after the event, and Ms. Ross will be available to sign copies.

Ms. Ross began her extensive career at The Old Globe in the 1940’s when Globe Founding Director Craig Noel cast her in the Shakespeare Festival. She went on to become a Paramount starlet, appearing in nearly every major TV series of the 1950’s and 1960’s, including “Love, American Style,” in which she donned an apron that would cinch her career. Soon after came the fateful phone call from producer Garry Marshall that made her an “overnight” success and changed her life. She became America’s favorite mom, Mrs. Cunningham– affectionately known to millions as Mrs. C–in “Happy Days.”

In this warm and candid memoir, filled with loving recollections from the award-winning “Happy Days” team–from break-out star Henry Winkler to Cunningham “wild child” Erin Moran—Ross shares what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams in poor, rural Minnesota, and the resilience, sacrifices, and determination it took to make them come true. She recalls her early years in the business, being in the company of such luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Noel Coward, yet always feeling the Hollywood outsider–a painful invisibility that mirrored her own childhood. She reveals the absolute joys of playing a wife and mother on TV, and the struggles of maintaining those roles in real life. But among Ross’s most heart-rending recollections are those of finally finding a soulmate–another secret hope of hers made true well beyond her expectations.

Funny, poignant, and revealing, the book features Garry Marshall’s final illuminating interview, a touching foreword from TV son Ron Howard, and a conversation with her real-life son and daughter. Marion Ross’s story is one of inspiration, persistence, and gratitude. It’s also a glowing tribute to all those who fulfilled her dreams–and in turn, gave us some of the happiest days of our own lives.

For the full press release on Marion Ross' book signing event, click here!

Photo: Marion Ross. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

¡Viva Las Mujeres! Don’t Miss This Day of Traditional Music and Dance!

Join Us on SATURDAY, MARCH 31 on the GLOBE’S COPLEY PLAZA from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

SAN DIEGO (March 22, 2018)—The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our work each day is to make theatre matter to more people! Join us for a free mariachi concert by the all-female group Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the real-life counterparts of the groundbreaking ’70s women pioneers portrayed onstage in the world premiere of American Mariachi. Traditional Mexican folk dances will also take place with DanzArts Academy illustrating the rhythms onstage. Our special host Gerardo Flores will introduce and explain all aspects of this marvelous presentation, both in English and Spanish!

Part of the Globe’s free monthly AXIS performing art series, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will stir things up on Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with DanzArts Academy from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., all on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park, preceding the 2:00 p.m. matinee of American Mariachi. (For a quick look at the play from the Denver run, click here.)

As a special treat, the Old Globe Theatre lobby will open for the festivities from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to share a crucial chapter in mariachi history through “American Women in Mariachi,” an exhibit curated by Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Mariachi Women’s Festival. This fascinating exhibit will use photographs, videos, instruments, and costumes to track the involvement of American women in mariachi since the 1800s. Dr. Perez will be onsite to do an introduction on this wonderful exhibit.

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles is the first all-female mariachi in the United States. They are growing proof that when mariachi maestro Jose Hernandez created Reyna de Los Angeles in 1994, it was more than a novelty—it has become a genre. The highly praised Reyna advanced the place of women in mariachi music from being solely singers to comprising a full complement of musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men about male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history. Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles captivates audiences with their vivacious spirit, sensitivity, beauty, warmth, and clearly feminine outlook of the realm of Mexico's musical heritage. ¡Viva Las Mujeres!

DanzArts is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Mexico and Spain’s heritage by raising cultural awareness and giving back to the community through dance. Its members strive for it to become a self-sustaining dance academy featuring classically and technically trained instructors who develop other performers and seek to share the theatrical dance experience throughout the region, as well as be an innovative cultural organization that educates and entertains.

Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D. is a leading proponent and preservationist of women’s mariachi history. As a scholar, she travels the world giving lectures on this topic. She is the curator of the lobby exhibit for American Mariachi, and as a mariachi musician herself, she launched the annual Mariachi Women’s Festival in Los Angeles in 2014, which features all-female mariachi groups from around the world. Dr. Perez is also the author of the seminal essay “Transgressing the Taboo: A Chicana’s Voice in the Mariachi World.”

Over the course of American Mariachi’s run (March 23 – April 29), other events will include the Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar on Tuesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m., featuring playwright José Cruz González and director James Vásquez chatting about the process of creating a world premiere play with music. There will be a panel discussion on Women and Mariachi on Monday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m., as the amazing Dr. Perez, curator of the lobby exhibit for American Mariachi, introduces audiences to the history of mariachi and the role of women in the form for the past century. Our traditional Subject Matters will delve into Music, Memory, and Alzheimer’s, both on Saturday, April 7, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee, and on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m., when Kristen Cusato of the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association joins audiences for a pre-show talk about music as a caretaking tool for patients with Alzheimer’s. She will also offer a general introduction to Alzheimer’s, warning signs of the disease, and resources for local patients and caregivers. All of these events are free and unticketed. Click here for more information.

AXIS is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

For the full press release on Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, click here! For more information on the production of American Mariachi, click here! For more information and upcoming free AXIS events, click here!

Photo courtesy of Danzarts Organization.

in Partnership with THE OLD VIC, Present the U.S. PREMIERE of DR. SEUSS’S THE LORAX

Minneapolis run: April 17 – June 10, 2018

San Diego run: July 2 – August 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO (March 19, 2018)—The Old Globe, together with Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), and in partnership with The Old Vic, today announced details for the Minneapolis and San Diego productions of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax in its U.S. premiere. The production, based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, is adapted for the stage by David Greig (Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company; recent work: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cover My Tracks) with music and lyrics written by Charlie Fink (Frontman/songwriter for the hit musical group, Noah and the Whale (2007-2015). H. Adam Harris, along with Meghan Kreidler and Rick Miller puppeteering, will play The Lorax. Joining them is Steven Epp as The Once-ler. Playing multiple roles in the ensemble are Ansa Akyea, Christopher Becknell, Stephanie Bertumen, Brian Bose, Ryan Colbert, Lynnea Doublette, Johannah “Joh” Easley, Rajané Katurah, Ryan Lear, Ryan Dean Maltz, Emily Michaels King, and Autumn Ness.

CTC/Minneapolis performances run April 17 – June 10, 2018. Globe/San Diego performances run July 2 – 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. Opening night is Friday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now available only as part of a Season Package. Single tickets start at $40 for adults and $30 for children ages three and above, and they go on sale to the general public on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 at 12:00 noon. Tickets may 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.

Direct from London’s West End comes the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated musical event of the summer. Silky soft Truffula trees provide the perfect ingredient for a nifty new garment. But when demand skyrockets, who will speak for all the trees in the Truffula forest? Enter the Lorax. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax has been enchanting adults and children alike for generations, and this summer his irresistible, big-hearted, mustachioed hero will be brought to inventive life in what critics call a “mad, uproarious delight” (The Independent). Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the brilliant, eye-popping colors, infectious music, and beloved story that the Financial Times called “joyous and all-too-timely.”

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, originally produced at The Old Vic in London, is directed by Max Webster (an Associate Director at The Old Vic), with choreography by Drew McOnie (Olivier Award winner for Best Theatre Choreographer for In the Heights), scenic and costume design by Rob Howell (Broadway’s Groundhog Day, Matilda the Musical, Ghost the Musical, and Private Lives), lighting design by Jon Clark (Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company), and sound design by Tom Gibbons (Oliver Award for Best Sound Design for People, Places and Things), puppet direction is by Finn Caldwell for Gyre and Gimble (Broadway’s War Horse and Angels in America), puppetry design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes (West End’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony), and musical supervision and arrangements by Phil Bateman (original music director of West End Billy Elliot the Musical, vocal arranger for the film Kinky Boots). The Globe creative team includes associate director James Vasquez (the Globe’s American Mariachi and Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas!), music direction by Elan McMahon (the Globe’s Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas!), and production stage manager Stacy McIntosh.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises is thrilled to see this fantastic show, which premiered at The Old Vic in London, make its way across the ocean to two theatres with whom we have longstanding relationships—Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and The Old Globe in San Diego,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. “With continued headlines focused on environmental concerns such as deforestation, pollution, and melting ice caps, The Lorax’s message is one that remains relevant and poignant almost 50 years after it was written. It is gratifying to see three of the world’s best theatres bring Ted Geisel’s important message about taking care of our planet and each other to the next generation of Seuss fans and naturalists.”

“Having Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Globe is exciting in a slew of ways, but two stand out,” said The Old Globe’s 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.”

“We are thrilled to bring our audiences the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a powerful, witty, and important story for all generations,” said Children’s Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “We are excited to welcome the London production’s creative team to Minneapolis and delighted that after our production the fabulous cast of Minnesota actors will all travel to The Old Globe in San Diego. Our partnership with The Old Globe and The Old Vic further advances our mission of reaching multigenerational audiences both in our state and across this country with extraordinary theatrical productions.”

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at the Globe is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Peter Cooper, Elaine and Dave Darwin, and Hal and Pam Fuson, as well as Artist Sponsor Jo Ann Kilty (for H. Adam Harris, playing The Lorax). Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

For the full press release on Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, click here! For more information, click here!

Photo: The cast of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at The Old Vic, 2015. Dr. Seuss's The Lorax runs July 2 – August 12, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for THE OLD GLOBE-Commissioned World Premiere of ANNA ZIEGLER’s New American Play THE WANDERERS, Directed by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director BARRY EDELSTEIN


Performances Will Run APRIL 6 Through MAY 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO (March 9, 2018)—The Old Globe’s 2017–2018 Season continues with today’s announcement of the complete cast and creative team for the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s new American play The Wanderers, directed by Barry Edelstein, the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director. The Wanderers will run April 6 – May 6, 2018 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run April 6–12. Opening night is Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.

The world premiere of The Wanderers brings playwright Anna Ziegler back to The Old Globe following the success of The Last Match in 2016. Esther and Schmuli are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. But Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama, commissioned by the Globe and developed in last year’s Powers New Voices Festival, explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.

The Wanderers was recognized by three major honors in conjunction with this production, including The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award—a program which selects just one production each year out of a nationwide pool of applicants, with a selection panel which includes theatre luminaries Theodore S. Chapin, Scott Ellis, Tom Hulce, and John Weidman, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award—which supports an extended rehearsal process for world premiere productions, and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Theater Development Grant—which recognizes early career playwrights and their work with development and production grants that support commissions, readings, workshops and first productions.

The cast includes Michelle Beck (Broadway’s A Raisin in the Sun, Richard III and Love’s Labour’s Lost at The Public Theater) as Sophie, Janie Brookshire (Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship, The Philanthropist on Broadway) as Julia Cheever, Ali Rose Dachis (Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway) as Esther, Daniel Eric Gold (“Ugly Betty,” Charlie Wilson’s War, Obie Award winner for A Small Tragedy Off Broadway) as Abe, and Dave Klasko (King Lear for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park) as Schmuli.

The creative team includes Marion Williams (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Jane Shaw (Sound Design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Projection Design), David Huber (Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“Anna Ziegler continues to rise to prominence as one of the most exciting playwrights of her generation, and it’s an honor for the Globe to produce the world premiere of her wonderful and striking new play,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The Wanderers tells two intertwined stories, both of which center on people who seek for something more out of life. Their restlessness—their wanderings—lead them to make choices that change everything, not only for themselves, but also for the people who love them. Anna’s writing is emotionally rich and intellectually bracing, and she confers great humanity and dignity on these lost souls. This is a highly original play that I find audacious, absorbing, and moving, and I’m delighted to share it with San Diego audiences.”

For the full press release on The Wanderers, click here! For more information on the production of The Wanderers, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

THE OLD GLOBE to Host Leading Practitioners in the Field at 2018 SHAKESPEARE IN PRISONS CONFERENCE, Held on the West Coast for the First Time, in Partnership with

The Three-Day Conference Will Feature Local and International Experts Sharing Their Collective Experiences in the Field, Including Artists, Educators, Correctional Experts,  and Returned Citizens, and an Array of Films and Performances Centered on the World of Corrections

SAN DIEGO (March 6, 2018) — The Old Globe is proud to partner with University of Notre Dame/Shakespeare at Notre Dame (Scott Jackson, Mary Irene Ryan Family Executive Director) and Shakespeare Behind Bars (Curt L. Tofteland, Founder and Producing Director) to host the 2018 Shakespeare in Prisons Conference (SiPC). It will be held March 22–25, 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego, part of the evolving arts engagement and Globe for All programs designed to make theatre matter to more people. Interested members of the public are invited to join us. Registration is still available for the entire conference or for any individual days.

This third biennial international conference gives prison arts practitioners the opportunity to share their collective experiences, rejuvenate passion for their work, and build an expanded network of peers. Artists and educators engaged in transformational arts programs using Shakespeare in prisons across the U.S. and the world are brought together to explore and study the effects such programming has on prison populations. The conference promotes a collaborative learning forum where participants are exposed to a diverse array of programs that all strive for a common result: the habilitation of the inmate’s mind, heart, body, and spirit.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame organized the first Shakespeare in Prisons Conference in 2013 and the second conference in 2016. SiPC 2018, held on the West Coast for the first time, will focus on the craft and experiences of these practitioners, allowing all attendees ample time for one-on-one networking, collaboration, and practicum research through a series of diverse and comprehensive plenary sessions that foster the ongoing community of shared knowledge.

Curt L. Tofteland of Shakespeare Behind Bars has curated an exciting series of panel discussions with topics such as Pathways to Freedom: Employing and Engaging Returning Citizens; Gathering the Data: Evaluation and Research; Stories of Hope from Beyond the Razor Wire with Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe; Justice Arts Coalition; I Do Forgive Thee, Unnatural Though Thou Art; Sharing the Collective Wisdom of Correction Professionals; Where Do We Go from Here?; and Women in Practice: Female Prison Arts Practitioners. These panels will feature international female artists who work with marginalized communities, experts working with post-incarcerated populations, academic researchers studying arts in corrections, and formerly incarcerated, mixed-gender individuals who have benefited from arts in corrections programs and can discuss firsthand how their experiences in prison arts programs contributed to personal transformation.

A series of screenings will include Notes from the Cell Number 12, Love Therapy in My Second Home, Time Out of Joint: Teaching Shakespeare in Prison, and Scheherazade’s Diary. There will also be special performances, including The Peculiar Patriot by Liza Jessie Peterson, Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender by Lisa Wolpe, and Othello’s Tribunal by Sammie Byron.

San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore will give the keynote address. Lead speakers will include Tofteland and Ron Anthony Brown from Shakespeare Behind Bars, Jackson and Dr. Peter Holland from Shakespeare at Notre Dame, and The Old Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. The opening and closing ceremonies will honor indigenous peoples and feature Mickey Turtle (Yaqui and Mexican Nations) and Henry Edward Frank (Pomo and Yurok Nations).

Other artists and administrators in attendance are James Pillar, Erika Beth Phillips, and Catherine Hanna Schrock (Globe Teaching Artists working at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and California State Prison, Centinela), Cecelia Kouma (Playwrights Project), Christy Burgess (Robinson Community Learning Center at University of Notre Dame), Suraya Susana Keating, Lesley Schisgall Currier, and Dameion Brown (Marin Shakespeare Company), Jecoina Vinson (Drama Club), Frannie Shepherd-Bates (Detroit Public Theatre), Steve Rowland (documentary producer and educator), and. Representing the academic universe are Daniel Orth (University of San Diego), Michelle Jones (New York University), Alan Mobley (San Diego State University), Wendy Staggs (UCLA), Dr. Larry Brewster (University of San Francisco), Dr. Mary Cohen (University of Iowa), Dr. Sheila Cavanagh (Emory University), Dr. Niels Herold (Oakland University), and Dr. Sarah Beckwith (Duke University).

Artists working with incarcerated populations and returned citizens include Henry Edward Frank and Laurie Brooks (William James Association), Alma Robinson (California Lawyers for the Arts), Chuck Samuelson (Kitchen for Good, a local organization that is also catering the event), Deborah Tobola (Poetic Justice Project), Sabra Williams (Creative Acts), Dr. Sarah Woodland (Daughters of the Floating Brothel), and Johnny Stallings (Open Hearts Open Minds). International experts include Marina Kovačević and Dubravka Radusinović (Serbia), Dr. Rob Pensalfini and Dr. Michael Balfour (Australia), Alokananda Roy (India), and Zeina Daccache (Lebanon).

We are very happy to welcome those whose worlds are most affected by this work—active practitioners in corrections and the legal systems—including Kathy Myers and Jessica Barawed (San Diego County Sheriff’s Department), Cindy Cipriani (U.S. Attorney’s Office), Steve Emrick (San Quentin State Prison), Lance Eshelman (Richard J. Donovan State Prison), and Ken Phillips (California State Prison, Centinela). For a complete schedule of panels and more on our participants, please click here.

“The Old Globe strives to connect our institution with communities who’ve not enjoyed regular access to our programming,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Among the groups we engage, none has been more receptive to this work, nor more extraordinary to work with, than the incarcerated populations of our region. We see in their encounters with the theatre this art form’s potential to transform lives, and their enthusiasm for acting and writing reminds us how much theatre can matter in even the most complex life circumstances. We are honored to host this prestigious gathering of artists and practitioners whose work with incarcerated individuals inspires us, and whose passion sets an example to which the national field can aspire. I thank our partners at Notre Dame and of course Curt Tofteland, a national treasure, for making this conference possible.”

For the full press release on Shakespeare in Prisons Conference, click here! For more information and tickets, click here!



The Black-Tie Event Will Feature a One-Night-Only Performance by The Incomparable ANDRA DAY!


DAY Will Perform the Oscar-Nominated Song “STAND UP FOR SOMETHING” at the 90th ACADEMY AWARDS This Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. on ABC ~ Don’t Miss It!

SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2018)—The Old Globe will celebrate in style at the 2018 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 22, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The glamorous annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only performance by the incomparable Andra Day. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White serve as Co-Chairs.

Her signature scarf and eyeliner have captivated audiences across the country. With voice booming bright, Andra Day resonates with passion, perseverance, and power amongst audiences everywhere. Day’s full-length album debut Cheers to the Fall (Buskin Records/Warner Bros. Records) garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album, while its anthemic Platinum lead single “Rise Up” achieved a nod for Best R&B Performance, as did “Stand Up for Something,” which Ms. Day will perform at the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 4. Soul courses through Day’s DNA. During her childhood in San Diego, the budding songstress split her time between singing in the church choir and diligently studying dance, theatre, and music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Galvanized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, and Janis Joplin, Day followed in their footsteps by developing a style that’s unequivocally her own.

The can’t-miss black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an elegant reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by the performance by Day at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After the performance, dinner and dancing will light up Copley Plaza until midnight.

Tickets are $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact Events Director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org.

“Every year the Globe Gala is one of the great celebrations in San Diego, and this year is going to be the most fun ever,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Yet again the Gala showcases the talents of a giant star, San Diego’s own Andra Day. She’s going to raise the roof, and we are thrilled to have her here. Like Andra Day, our Gala Co-Chairs are elegant and sophisticated women. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White are pillars of the arts in San Diego, and they are planning a magical night. I thank them and encourage everyone to support our great theatre at this fabulous party.”

The lists of generous underwriters and exciting vendors will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Andra Day, 2018 Globe Gala performer. Photo by Myriam Santos.


Performances Will Run SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 21, 2018

See What HUEY Had to Say to ROLLING STONE!

SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2018)—The Old Globe today announced that its 2018–2019 Season will kick off with the world premiere of the new musical Heart of Rock and Roll, inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, featuring a book by Jonathan Abrams and story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Abrams. It will be directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer. Heart of Rock and Roll will be presented by special arrangement with Tyler Mitchell, W. Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely, Whitney Kiely Moehle, and Tamar Climan. Mr. Lewis released a brief video to Rolling Stone about the show (with a surprise guest cameo)—click here to see for yourself!

Heart of Rock and Roll will run September 6 – October 21, 2018 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 6 – September 13. Opening night is Friday, September 14. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. 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.

With chart-topping songs such as “Hip to Be Square,” “Do You Believe in Love,” “Workin’ for a Livin’,” and the Academy Award-nominated “The Power of Love,” Huey Lewis is one of the most beloved musicians of his generation. Now his high-energy hits will keep your heart still beatin’ at this irrepressible world premiere musical. Bobby is a former rock singer who has traded in his guitar for a stable job in corporate America. He’s on the verge of closing the ultimate business deal and winning the girl of his dreams (who’s also the CEO’s daughter)—that is, if he doesn’t jeopardize everything by reuniting with his band for another shot at rock-and-roll glory. Rediscover Huey Lewis and the News’s heart-pumping classics in this hilarious and electrifying new musical about holding onto your dreams and never losing the thrill of the “heart of rock and roll.”

The creative team includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Tony winner Paloma Young (Costume Design), Tony winner Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Tony winner John Shivers (Co-Sound Design), David Patridge (Co-Sound Design), Tara Rubin Casting/Eric Woodall, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager). Casting will be announced at a later date.

“Everyone at the Globe is beyond excited to have Huey Lewis’s thrilling songs open our 2018–2019 Season in this rocking and rollicking new musical,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Full of laughter and joy, Heart of Rock and Roll tells a sweet story of how our wildest dreams sometimes do come true, only in slightly different ways than we imagined. Huey Lewis and the News’s songs—one monster hit after another—deliver jolts of joy and surges of energy, all perfectly suited to the musical theatre stage in Brian Usifer’s amazing arrangements. Huey’s talent has drawn a brilliant team of theatrical visionaries together, led by the witty and imaginative director Gordon Greenberg, and they’ve made a musical that’s about as great a night out as I can imagine. I can’t wait to share it with San Diego’s audiences.”

For the full press release on Heart of Rock and Roll, click here! For more information on the production of Heart of Rock and Roll, click here!


SAN DIEGO (Feb. 6, 2018)—The Old Globe’s Annual Meeting was held on Monday, February 5 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After a reception on Copley Plaza, Old Globe Board Chair Vicki L. Zeiger welcomed the members of The Old Globe, Board of Directors, and guests and announced the newly elected Directors serving three-year terms. Globe senior staff members presented highlights of the 2017 fiscal year, and Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields spoke about the future of the Globe and its place in the San Diego community. The meeting was followed by a dessert reception catered by The Prado Restaurant for the Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and Founders-Level Donors on Copley Plaza.

It was announced that Nicole (Nikki) A. Clay will serve as 2018 Chair of the Board of Directors for a two-year term. The 2018 Executive Committee will consist of Clay (Chair), Vicki L. Zeiger (Immediate Past Chair), Donald L. Cohn (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Elaine Bennett Darwin (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Harold W. Fuson, Jr. (Past Chair, Ex Officio), Ann Davies (Vice Chair, Nominating), Stephen P. Embry (Finance Chair), Paula Powers (Secretary), Steven J. Stuckey (Audit Chair), Karen Tanz (Development Chair), Anthony S. Thornley (Treasurer), Terry Atkinson, Peter J. Cooper, Pamela A. Farr, Jean Shekhter,Sheryl White, and Karin Winner.

Zeiger also announced that the following candidates identified by the Globe’s Nominating Committee were formally elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors: R. Morgan Busalacchi, Ellise Coit, Evelyn Olson Lamden, Kim Neapole (Globe Guilders President, Ex Officio), and Noelle Norton, Ph.D.

Kathryn Hattox, who passed away on April 29, 2017, was named an Emeritus Director, in memoriam. Hattox was acknowledged for her longtime support of the Globe, including her generous contributions to the capital campaign that resulted in the naming of Hattox Hall on the Globe campus.  Also acknowledged was the recent passing of her husband, John Hattox.

Current Board members returning in 2018 for consecutive three-year terms are Terry Atkinson, George S. Davis, Silvija Devine, Sheila Lipinsky, Sandra Redman, Sue Sanderson, Steven J. Stuckey, Debra Turner, Pamela J. Wagner, and Lynne Wheeler.

Board members Valerie Cooper, Angela DeCaro (Immediate Past Globe Guilders President, Ex Officio), Victor P. Galvez, Gloria Rasmussen, and Donald “D.J.” Wilkins, whose terms of service concluded in 2017, were honored for their outstanding commitment to The Old Globe.

The Old Globe’s Board of Directors also includes Mary Beth Adderley, Stephanie R. Bulger, Ph.D., Robert Foxworth (Old Globe Associate Artist), Jack Galloway, Patricia A. Hodgkin, Daphne Jameson, Jo Ann Kilty, Keven Lippert, Thomas Melody, David Jay Ohanian, Karen L. Sedgwick, Ann Steck, Michael Taylor, Dean H. Thompson, Rhona Thompson, Evelyn Mack Truitt, Jordine Von Wantoch, and Reneé Wailes.


Video Submissions Now Being Accepted; Public Voting Will Take Place February 9 – March 16; Winners Will Be Announced Monday, March 19

SAN DIEGO (February 2, 2018)—The Old Globe celebrates the world premiere of José Cruz González’s play American Mariachi with a Virtual Battle of the Mariachi Bands. Starting today, February 2, Southern California mariachi bands can submit a video for the world to see (see below for contest guidelines). Audiences will then be able to vote for their favorite band starting Friday, February 9 at 12:00 noon through Friday, March 16. The first-, second-, and third-prize winners will be announced Monday, March 19. Only the first 20 eligible videos received will be presented online to the public for voting, so interested bands should act fast!

The mariachi band with the most votes will receive an invitation to perform live on The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza before the opening night performance of American Mariachi on Thursday,
March 29
, as well as a cash prize of $500 and two mini-subscriptions to The Old Globe’s current season for each band member. Members of the second-prize band will each receive two mini-subscriptions to The Old Globe, and members of the third-prize band will each receive a pair of tickets to the world premiere of American Mariachi at The Old Globe.

Video submissions can be made through this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OGTBOBSUB.

(If 20 eligible videos are not submitted by the February 9 public voting date, videos will be accepted until 20 videos are received. In this case, voting will begin with the videos available, and the form will be updated with new submissions as they become available.)

Public voting, which begins February 9, can be done through this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MariachiBands.

(One vote will be counted per person.)

Before submitting a video, a mariachi band and the content of their video must meet the following criteria:

  • All members of the band are 18 years or older at the time of the video submission;
  • The person submitting the video is a member of the band or officially affiliated with the band;
  • The video is submitted as a link to a YouTube video;
  • The video includes only one song and is recorded live (not a studio recording or audio-only);
  • The video is no longer than three minutes;
  • Only one video is submitted per band;
  • In the event that it wins the first prize, the band is available to perform at The Old Globe on Thursday, March 29 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.;
  • First-prize winners provide their own transportation to The Old Globe in Balboa Park.

For more details on the Virtual Battle of the Bands, click here! For more information on the production of American Mariachi, click here!

For questions or further information, interested bands can email Contest@TheOldGlobe.org.


Significant Financial Aid is Available

Interviews and Group Sessions Will Take Place April 13, 14, 20, and 28.

SAN DIEGO (February 1, 2018)—As part of The Old Globe’s ongoing commitment to programs that serve all of San Diego County, the theatre announced today that applications are now available online for the 2018 Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio for high school students. Applications will be accepted through April 1. The four-week program is a unique opportunity for rising 9th – 12th graders and recent graduates not only to develop foundational skills for reading, interpreting, and performing Shakespeare’s plays, but also to cultivate their own artistic voice through storytelling and creating original material.

In order to make theatre matter to more people, the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio admits students without regard to their ability to pay, and significant financial aid is available for all students with demonstrated need. Tuition for the four weeks is $725; interviews and group sessions will be scheduled upon receipt of application for Friday, April 13; Saturday, April 14; Friday, April 20; and Saturday, April 28.

Students will actively participate in an intensive curriculum of acting, movement, music, and writing classes, as well as receive training in voice and speech, stage combat, and text. There will also be regular master classes with Globe artists and staff, many of whom are among the leaders in their fields. Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writing, and they will use his work as a model for engaging with their own selves and enriching their knowledge on the Bard.

For more information on the program, photos from past performances, and application instructions, please visit https://www.theoldglobe.org/press-room/2017-2018-season/pam-farr-summer-shakespeare-studio-2018  or email Studio@TheOldGlobe.org.

The Studio will run Monday through Friday, July 16 to August 13, and will culminate in a public performance on Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. This final presentation will combine Shakespearean scenes, soliloquies, and sonnets with original material generated by the students.

The Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio is generously supported by Pam Farr and Buford Alexander with additional support from Terry Atkinson, Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, Qualcomm, and ResMed Foundation. This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Photo: Students perform with the Summer Shakespeare Studio, 2017. Photo by Douglas Gates.