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SAN DIEGO (February 6, 2019)—The Old Globe’s Annual Meeting was held on Monday, February 4 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Old Globe Board Chair Nicole A. Clay welcomed the members of The Old Globe Board of Directors along with donors, subscribers, and guests, and announced the newly elected Directors serving three-year terms. Globe senior staff members presented highlights of the 2018 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. Both a welcome reception prior to the meeting and a celebratory gathering following were catered by The Prado at Balboa Park for the Board of Directors and all attendees.
Clay continues in her second year as 2019 Chair of the Board of Directors. The 2019 Executive Committee will consist of Clay (Chair); Ann Davies (Vice Chair, Nominating Chair); George S. Davis (Audit Chair); Paula Powers (Secretary, Development Chair); Sue Sanderson (Finance Chair); Anthony S. Thornley (Treasurer); Terry Atkinson; Stephanie R. Bulger, Ph.D.; Donald L. Cohn (Past Chair, Ex Officio); Peter J. Cooper; Elaine Bennett Darwin (Past Chair, Ex Officio); Pamela A. Farr; Harold W. Fuson, Jr. (Past Chair, Ex Officio); Evelyn Olson Lamden; Jean Shekhter; Karen Tanz; Sheryl White (Past Chair, Ex Officio); Karin Winner; and Vicki L. Zeiger (Immediate Past Chair, Ex Officio).
Clay also announced that the following candidates identified by the Globe’s Nominating Committee were formally elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors: Sean T. Anthony, Jules Arthur, Mark Delfino, Richard Esgate, Ruben Islas, Jacqueline Lewis, David Jay Ohanian, Scott W. Schmid, and Muffy Walker.
Directors returning for an additional three-year term beginning in 2019 include Mary Beth Adderley; Stephanie R. Bulger, Ph.D.; Donald L. Cohn; Peter J. Cooper; Ann Davies; Jo Ann Kilty; Thomas Melody; Dean H. Thompson; Rhona Thompson; Anthony S. Thornley; Jordine Von Wantoch; and Dr. Reneé Wailes.
Directors currently serving a three-year term during 2019 include Ellise Coit; Silvija Devine; Robert Foxworth (Associate Artist); Jack Galloway; Daphne H. Jameson; Sheila Lipinsky; Keven Lippert; Noelle Norton, Ph.D.; Sandra Redman; Karen L. Sedgwick; Michael Taylor; Evelyn Mack Truitt; Debra Turner; Pamela J. Wagner; and Lynne Wheeler. Kim Neapole is serving a second one-year term as Globe Guilders President.
Board members R. Morgan Busalacchi, Stephen P. Embry (Past Finance Chair), Patricia A. Hodgkin, Ann Steck (in memoriam), and Steven J. Stuckey (Past Audit Chair), whose terms of service concluded in 2018, were honored for their outstanding commitment to The Old Globe.
For the full press release on the 2019 Annual Meeting, click here!
THE OLD GLOBE Presents the 2019 FREE AXIS Performing Art Series! Join the Fun with Dance Parties, Lessons, and Performances
The Series Kicks Off on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. on the GLOBE’S COPLEY PLAZA;
Bring the Family for I LOVE AFRICA Featuring PIWAI in Concertand a Drumming Workshop with NANA OBRAFO YAW ASIEDU
SAN DIEGO (February 5, 2019)—The Old Globe continues to make theatre matter to more people by welcoming everybody to enjoy a season of free performances, arts, crafts, and workshops on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. Over 16,000 people attended our free AXIS events in 2018 that featured music, dance, original plays from the community, mariachi concerts, jazz for kids, and annual sonnet reading to celebrate the birthday of our resident playwright, William Shakespeare. The 2018 AXIS season also included our first-ever sensory-friendly AXIS event with music and workshops during Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
“San Diego is filled with diverse artistry and cultural traditions that make our curation dynamic and incredibly fun,” shared Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “We have so many incredible options to choose from, like our annual Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!, as well as events featuring the traditions of many in our community and the funniest comics in town; making music together; and just having fun dancing with our neighbors. It brings people together. This is a vital way we make theatre matter all year round.”
The 2019 AXIS series will once again feature more free and fun-filled activities. Outstanding professional and community partner organizations and personalities will teach, speak, play, perform, choreograph, and inspire on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, with many opportunities for the public to participate at each of the events.
On Saturday, February 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of Danai Gurira’s Familiar, directed by Edward Torres), the 2019 AXIS series kicks off with I Love Africa, featuring Zimbabwe-born musician and vocalist Piwai in concert. She will also teach an African-dance workshop, followed by a drumming workshop with Nana Obrafo Yaw Asiedu. This event is for the whole family and will feature artistic activities, games, face painting, and the opportunity to create your own traditional African mask with the support of a Globe Teaching Artist.
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 the 2019 FREE AXIS Performing Art Series, click here! For the Arts Engagement AXIS press page, click here! For more details on the I Love Africa event this Saturday, February 9, click here!
SAN DIEGO (January 29, 2019)—The Globe Guilders are pleased to announce Celebrating Couture 2019, their 29th annual fashion show and luncheon, presented by Neiman Marcus, to benefit The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs and to support the impact the Globe makes in our community and across the nation. Neiman Marcus is producing a special treat this year of a rare exclusive for our audience —they will be privileged to be the first fashionistas to view the West Coast debut of fabulous couturier Marchesa’s 2019 Fall Couture Collection, following the initial show presented at New York Fashion Week.
Vicki Zeiger, past Chair of The Old Globe Board of Directors, is Honorary Chair of this extraordinary and memorable event, joined by Co-Chairs Elizabeth Helming and Jo Ann Kilty, and Kim Neapole, President of the Globe Guilders. Celebrating Couture 2019 will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019*at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, with festivities beginning at 10:00 a.m. *Please note new date, as previous shows took place in August!
Guests will be greeted with a sunlit champagne reception at 10:00 a.m. in the glass-enclosed Vicino Ballroom with the chance to bid on silent auction items. Smartphones will be at the ready for the very popular virtual bidding opportunity through Gesture’s Give Smart mobile application (www.Gesture.com) that was introduced last year, and selfies will be shared at glorious Globe costume displays curated by Resident Design Associate Charlotte Devaux Shields. The live auction and opportunity drawing will begin at 12:00 noon in the Aventine Ballroom, followed by the fabulous Marchesa fashion show and delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer.
Marchesa’s Fall 2019 collection was inspired by Scandinavian folk art, ranging from Rosemåling—a traditional form of decorative floral- and scroll-motif painting on wood, originating from Norway and Sweden—to the poetic and groundbreaking work of Karin Larsson (1859–1928). Married to painter Carl Larsson, Karin herself was an accomplished artist who, throughout her life, embraced and translated her contemporary culture into vibrant textiles, daring interior choices, bold colors, and beautiful plant and flower motifs. Bright yellow and green accents, and contrasting black and white in a variety of techniques—ranging from delicate threadwork lattice lace to oversized floral prints—mirror the eclectic traditions in hand-painted furniture, while delicate floral motifs reflect on Karin’s attention to detail and use of colors such as red, blue, and orange accents—and combinations of them all—in ornate scroll and floral threadwork embroideries.
The proceeds from Celebrating Couture 2019 will expand the impact the Globe makes in the community and will help make theatre matter to more people. Over 500 supporters of the Globe—including prominent philanthropists, heads of corporations, and representatives of major organizations—are expected to attend this important event benefitting the Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs.
“The Old Globe and the Globe Guilders are so grateful for the support of and partnership with Neiman Marcus,” said Honorary Chair Zeiger. “Neiman’s offers so much for everyone, no matter the person’s style. I am absolutely delighted to serve as the Honorary Chair of Celebrating Couture 2019.”
Photo: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa.
THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for the WEST COAST PREMIERE of NIA VARDALOS's TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS,
Based on the Best-Selling Book by CHERYL STRAYED,
Adapted for the Stage by NIA VARDALOS, Co-Conceived by MARSHALL HEYMAN, THOMAS KAIL, and NIA VARDALOS,
Directed by JAMES VASQUEZ
Performances Will Run February 9 – March 10, 2019
SAN DIEGO (January 15, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (Torch, Brave Enough, Wild, “Dear Sugar”), adapted for the stage by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Instant Mom). Co-conceived by Marshall Heyman (“Dietland”), Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox’s Grease Live!), and Vardalos, and directed by Globe favorite James Vásquez (American Mariachi, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), Tiny Beautiful Things will run February 9 – March 10, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, opening on Thursday, February 14. Tickets are on sale now starting at $30.00 and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Nia Vardalos adapts Cheryl Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Tissues recommended. Contains strong language and adult content.
“Tiny Beautiful Things is a moving and gentle play that demonstrates the theatre’s special superpower: empathy,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Cheryl Strayed and her famous ‘Dear Sugar’ advice column showed that all of our unique stories ultimately bind us to each other and to the shared story of the extraordinary adventure of being human. Through love, loss, laughter, through family and friendship, we all yearn for connection and for kindness. This remarkable piece of theatre is by turns funny, sweet, and sad and is a highlight of the Globe’s season, and in James Vásquez’s beautiful production it embodies what the Globe values most: art that offers us a glimpse of grace and compassion. I am so pleased to bring it to San Diego.”
THE OLD GLOBE Announces CLASSICAL DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS
Noted Shakespearean Director and Scholar BARRY EDELSTEIN to Offer a SHAKESPEARE DIRECTING WORKSHOP to a Select Group of Professional Directors
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
SAN DIEGO (January 7, 2019)—The Old Globe is pleased to announce The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship, led by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, a leading Shakespearean scholar, author, and director. Four directing fellows—Daniel Jáquez, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Sam White, and LA Williams—will participate in the pilot session of this new initiative. They will be in residence from Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 26, 2019.
As one of the leading Shakespeare theatres in America, the Globe presents four full productions of the Bard’s plays annually, and Shakespeare is central to the theatre’s nationally renowned arts engagement programs. All of this work exemplifies the Globe’s values-driven commitment to making theatre matter to more people, a commitment that expresses the Globe’s view of theatre art as a public good. This commitment and this view require the Globe to think about the future of the American theatre and to train artists whose work will embody the values we champion. We can make a contribution not only to our own work but also to the field at large by expanding the ranks of exciting Shakespeareans ready to make theatre at the Globe’s level of excellence. This Classical Directing Fellowship will broaden our professional artist-training work, now centered on The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, which focuses on actors. This year’s Fellowship will pilot the program, and our hope and expectation is that it will evolve into an ongoing part of the Globe’s artistic life.
The Fellowship will focus on Shakespeare’s text, how it is put together, and how it works in the imaginations and voices of American actors. In master classes, Edelstein will present a series of techniques that the Directing Fellows will then employ in rehearsals with a company of professional actors. The work will culminate in a private presentation on Saturday. After that, all involved will debrief and broaden the conversation to some larger questions about Shakespeare, American culture, and the director’s art and life. Throughout the week, in addition to the artistic work, Directing Fellows will meet with members of the Globe’s staff in many departments, and with representatives of the San Diego theatre community beyond the Globe. They will gain not only a set of specific tools to use in directing Shakespeare, but also a sense of the community in one of America’s most dynamic theatre towns. In exchange, the Globe will have the chance to begin a conversation with a group of gifted artists with so much to offer this theatre.
“I’m very happy to launch this new program and help enrich American Shakespeare,” said Edelstein. “The Globe is one of the country’s great producers of Shakespeare, and, to my great good fortune, I enjoy a reputation as a Shakespeare director, producer, and educator. Artist training has been a huge part of my career, and I’ve benefited from the mentorship and guidance of some wonderful Shakespeareans at many points in my artistic life. I care a great deal about the future of Shakespeare in America, and it seems only right that I do everything I can to provide opportunities to artists who treasure this work as I do. Our first cohort of Fellows—Daniel, Delicia, Sam, and LA—has demonstrated the kind of passion and seriousness that I think merit support and encouragement. I’m beyond delighted to be part of their trajectory in this way, and
SAN DIEGO (January 3; updated January 14, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for Familiar by Tony Award nominee Danai Gurira (Broadway’s Eclipsed, Black Panther, “The Walking Dead”). This funny, warmhearted look at tradition, marriage, and what it means to be an American family will be directed by Edward Torres (the Globe’s Water by the Spoonful and Native Gardens, Canción at Repertorio Español) and will run January 26 – March 3, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run January 26–30. Opening night is Thursday, January 31. Tickets start at $30.00 and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Donald and his wife Marvelous have been living the American Dream since emigrating from Zimbabwe nearly three decades ago. They have a beautiful house and impressive careers, and now one of their daughters is getting married! But when the bride insists on a traditional African wedding ceremony, tensions start to rise. Throw in an eccentric aunt from the old country and a bewildered bridegroom, and soon it’s not certain the couple will ever make it down the aisle. The New York Times calls it “an engrossing, fiercely funny comedy–drama that probes with subtlety and smarts.” Contains strong language.
The cast includes Anthony Comis (Off Broadway’s Insignificance, Hulu’s “The Path”) as Brad, Lucas Hall (Broadway’s Farinelli and the King, King Charles III, six Globe shows) as Chris, Danny Johnson (Broadway’s All the Way and The Song of Jacob Zulu) as Donald Chinyaramwira, Ramona Keller (Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Brooklyn, and Caroline, or Change) as Margaret Munyewa, Cherene Snow (Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Scottsboro Boys, Small Mouth Sounds) as Marvelous Chinyaramwira, Wandachristine (Dividing the Estate at the Globe and on Broadway, The Trip to Bountiful) as Anne, Olivia Washington (Off Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, “Mr. Robot”) as Nyasha, and Zakiya Young (Broadway’s Stick Fly and The Little Mermaid, Off Broadway’s Storyville, Spamilton at CTG) as Tendikayi.
The creative team includes Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (Sound Design), Somi (Composer), Rufaro Gwarada (Cultural Consultant), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).
“With Familiar, the brilliant actor-author Danai Gurira brings to the Globe a gloriously imagined play about America and family,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Its basic situation—the chaos that surrounds a family wedding—is relatable, immediate, and accessible. But even as she keeps us laughing, Danai asks us to consider some deeper questions about American identity and the way we pass along our culture and customs from one generation to the next. The result is a smart, entertaining, and very moving play that looks at family in a fresh new way. The Globe’s great friend, director Edward Torres, gives the play a sharp and elegant production that kicks off 2019 at our theatre in style. I’m thrilled to ring in the New Year with this wonderful work.”
Photo: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
SAN DIEGO (December 7, 2018)—The Old Globe has been granted a second three-year cycle of support from The James Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund (NCAF). The grant of $1.9 million represents an increase of $175,000 from the first cycle of support. The funding will power the Globe’s nationally recognized arts engagement programs, which engage diverse communities throughout the San Diego region, and will also fund the development of long-term strategies to continue and expand this work. The first three-year grant enabled the Globe to create a vibrant arts engagement department that has brought engagement to the core of the institution.
“The generous support of The James Irvine Foundation will help us continue the impactful work of the Globe’s arts engagement programs,” said the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “These programs are changing lives all over San Diego—in homeless shelters, senior centers, military and veterans organizations, correctional facilities, and community organizations that serve to enfranchise populations who’ve traditionally been marginalized.
“NCAF funding has helped us to develop and adopt a new strategic plan focusing on theatre as a public good, and on the creation of public value through our art form. We’ve forged deep, ongoing partnerships with 24 community-based not-for-profits and governmental agencies serving low-income and diverse individuals and families throughout the region. Last year alone, our free, participatory arts engagement programs made theatre matter to over 37,000 people. The Globe is a national leader in this work, and the Irvine Foundation is a fundamental reason why. We are deeply grateful.”
For the full press release on The James Irvine Foundation, click here!
SAN DIEGO (October 29, 2018)—The Old Globe will expand San Diego’s celebration of the holidays with a world premiere American musical about family, faith, and the magic of Christmas. Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, inspired by the country music legend’s 1995 chart-topping holiday album, features music and lyrics by Clint Black, book by James D. Sasser with Black, and music supervision and music direction by Matt Hinkley, and is directed by Kent Nicholson. Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas begins performances on November 11 and has just been extended by popular demand through the holidays, running until Monday, December 31 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets start at $39.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run November 11–19. Opening night is Tuesday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go of the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic.
The cast includes DeLeon Dallas (Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla Playhouse, Honky and Actually at San Diego Repertory Theatre) as Douglas Miller, Aaron C. Finley (Broadway’s Kinky Boots, It Shoulda Been You, and Rock of Ages) as Mike Randolf, Kaylin Hedges (title role in Annie at the Hollywood Bowl) as Ellie Randolf, Liana Hunt (Broadway’s Newsies and Mamma Mia!, national tours of Bright Star, Wicked,and Mamma Mia!) as Jessie Randolf, and Syndee Winters (Broadway’s The Lion King, Motown The Musical, Pippin, and Hamilton; NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) as Alissa Miller. The ensemble includes Reanne Acasio, Bobby Chiu (Billy Watson), Veda Cienfuegos (Joanie Watson), Giovanni Cozic (Jimmy McElroy), Scott Richard Foster (Jack Peters), Bryant Martin (Santa), Reese McCulloch (Melissa Peters), and Katie Sapper; with swings Lauren Livia Muehl, Jonathan Sangster, and Lauren Ellen Thompson.
The creative team includes Wendy Seyb (Choreographer), Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Cody Owen Stine (Associate Music Director, Music Director – November 11 to December 31), Jason Styres, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).
“Clint Black is a giant of American music, and his wonderful holiday album has given us a great production to fill our intimate theatre in the round with feeling and good cheer, and to bring 2018 to a sweet and moving climax,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas is full of beautiful and winning songs. But what moves me most about it is that it’s a simple and honest story of love in all its forms: the love between parents and children, the love between friends, love of country, and love of God. Clint and the great artists who’ve come to San Diego to make this world premiere have given us a lively and touching show that’s a balm for turbulent times and that I believe will become a true Christmas classic. I can’t wait for our audiences to experience it.”
The Old Globe and Clint Black are both committed to serving our large community of military families. Complimentary tickets for military service members and their families are being underwritten by Gail and Doug Hutcheson, Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation, Walter J. and Mary C. Zable Foundation, and Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander. Additional underwriters are being sought so that more servicemen and women and their families can experience theatre during the holiday season. For more information on supporting the Globe’s military initiatives, please contact Bridget Cantu Wear at (619) 684-4144 or bcantuwear@TheOldGlobe.org.
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Photo: Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
SAN DIEGO (October 19, 2018)—The Old Globe today announced the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup, which will include two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays: the romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Jessica Stone, will run June 16 – July 21, and love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet, directed by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, August 11 – September 15. Both will play outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
Indoors, the 2019 Summer Season overflows with music, adventure, and laughter, starting with the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co., which delighted Globe audiences in 2017 with The Old Man and The Old Moon. This talented ensemble returns July 6 – August 11 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. Rounding out the summer is a sparkling comedy by the Globe’s second most popular playwright-in-residence—a guy named Steve Martin: The Underpants. Adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company, and it will play July 27 – August 25. 2019 Summer Season subscriber tickets will go on sale Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:00 noon.
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
The 2019 Shakespeare Festival kicks off with As You Like It, the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. 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. Jessica Stone’s recent body of work, including Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, has had Globe audiences rolling in the aisles. Her Shakespearean directing debut will run June 16 – July 21 and open Saturday, June 22, 2019.
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. 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 is currently working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a unique version of The Tempest combining Shakespeare, opera, and Broadway for November 2018, and he returns to his home territory with Romeo and Juliet, which will run August 11 – September 15, with opening night on Saturday, August 17.
The acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. charmed and astonished Old Globe audiences with The Old Man and The Old Moon. Now they return to San Diego, bringing their one-of-a-kind theatrical and musical inventiveness to Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, Newbery Medal–winning modern fable, The Tale of Despereaux. 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. Directed by Marc Bruni and PigPen Theatre Co., it will run July 6 – August 11, opening Saturday, July 13, 2019.
Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin is back with a riotously funny farce, The Underpants. 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—wardrobe malfunction!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles. Her husband is frantic that her faux pas will cost him his job and 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. Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences hits like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star, and Meteor Shower, brings us a hilarious look at sudden fame and the crazy things people do when they’re in the grip of romantic fever. The New York Times calls the play “laugh-out-loud funny!” and “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee.” The Underpants will run July 27 – August 25, opening Thursday, August 1, 2019.
“The Globe’s 2019 summer lineup is bursting with two things we all need more of: love and laughter. The four productions in the season will be created by cherished artists, including some of our dearest friends, who return to our stages in brilliant form,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “We are delighted to see the gifted comic director Jessica Stone make her Shakespearean directing debut with the beguiling As You Like It. I can’t wait to work on a play I’ve longed to do, the greatest love story there is, Romeo and Juliet. The wizardly and extraordinarily gifted PigPen Theatre Co. will thrill us with their world premiere musical fable for all ages, The Tale of Despereaux, directed with Marc Bruni, fresh off the success of Beautiful on Broadway and national tour. And the Globe’s dear friend Steve Martin returns for a fourth time, following the great San Diego, New York, and nationwide successes of Bright Star and Meteor Shower, with The Underpants, a play he and I originally created together and which seems even funnier and more prescient these many years later. These shows are everything the Globe exists to create: great theatre art by great artists telling great stories about things that matter. I am thrilled to share it all with our audiences.”
Photo: (from left) Matt Nuernberger, Dan Weschler, Ryan Melia, and Curtis Gillen of PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and The Old Moon, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
SAN DIEGO (October 18, 2018)—The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our mission every day is to make theatre matter to more people. We invite friends and families to celebrate the great Mexican tradition Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) with a weekend full of unique activities and artistic expression, as well as premiere performances of a community-generated theatre piece.
For the third year in a row, two of the Globe’s signature arts engagement programs—coLAB and AXIS—unite in the spirit of creative collaboration to share the artistry created within a community, then demonstrated by the members with a performance. After a coLAB workshop hosted by guest director and co-creator Ramón Verdugo, the City Heights community participants and local artists are able to share a piece of their community and traditions in the premiere performances of La Visita de la Abuela (The Grandmother’s Visit), with costumes by Mayté Martinez. The collaborative piece is to be presented three times over the weekend, in both English and Español.
The initial coLAB performance of La Visita de la Abuela will take place at SAY San Diego’s City Heights Día de los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, October 27 at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105). The event will include music for singing and dancing; performances from Aztec dancers and Drummers Without Borders; a display of community altars; face painting; sugar-skull decorating; and prizes for the best traditional Catrina and Catrin costumes. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a performance of La Visita de la Abuela at 4:00 p.m.
The free AXIS Day of the Dead Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 28 on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. This inclusive family event will celebrate the traditions that encompass this holiday remembrance of deceased loved ones. It will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with La Visita de la Abuela at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Hosted by special guest Tony Valencia, the event will include traditional face painting by Lucia Ramirez, large interactive props, and the opportunity for audience members to join in for an open mic moment. Both the coLAB and AXIS programs involved in Day of the Dead are managed by the Globe’s Arts Engagement Programs Associate Katherine Harroff.
Sunday’s AXIS celebration will precede the 2:00 p.m. matinee of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program’s Julius Caesar. A joint venture of the Globe and USD, the program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre, and this is their final production of 2018.
“Both of these arts engagement programs help us get even closer to our goal here at the Globe: making theatre matter to more people,” said the Globe’s Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “These programs strengthen the connections between our neighbors and our theatre. Our Department of Arts Engagement aims to spark creativity through theatre-based activities and encourage direct participation. AXIS opens Copley Plaza up to our Balboa Park neighbors, and coLAB helps show the art in our communities. Together, these programs unite various levels of artistry and skills to tell stories that are important, innovative, participatory, and multigenerational.”
coLAB and AXIS are programs supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Financial support of The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.
Photo: Day of the Dead Celebration, 2017, at The Old Globe. Photo by Rich Soublet II.