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SAN DIEGO (November 9, 2017)—Who: Award-winning choreographer Blythe Barton, along with members of Blythe Barton Dance and students from Mesa College, will surely delight dance aficionados, Grinch audience members, families and lovers strolling the park, and romantics everywhere as the Globe works to make theatre—and all the arts—matter to more people!
What: The Old Globe invite families, dancers, and romantics to our latest free AXIS event, Juliet and Romeo: A Rock Dance. Three modern dance performances will feature all-new choreography inspired by the Bard’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Ten students from San Diego Mesa College join 10 Blythe Barton Dance company dancers to enliven the courtyard at The Old Globe with dynamic dance and intricate manipulations of bodies and space.
Where: On the Globe’s Copley Plaza, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (The Old Globe is at 1363 Old Globe Way.)
When: Saturday, November 18 at 12:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.; between performances of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Notes: Blythe Bartonearned her B.F.A. from Chapman University and M.F.A. from Florida State University, and she is currently a company dancer with both San Diego Dance Theater and Malashock Dance. Barton has won awards for outstanding student performance and choreography and has had the opportunity to present her work at the American College Dance Festival. She is a founding member of San Diego Dance Connect, the county’s dance service organization, and a co-director of the 40 NORTH Dance Film Festival. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at San Diego Mesa College.
Blythe Barton Dance (BBD) has for eight years enriched the fabric of the San Diego dance community. Producing five full-evening-length shows and performing in more than 45 shared programs, BBD has become established as a highly professional and polished modern dance company. In both 2014 and 2015, Blythe Barton Dance was awarded Outstanding Dance Production at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Specializing in large-scale dynamic choreography, Artistic Director Blythe Barton weaves intricate patterns of movement to create layers of visual interest. Barton's work explores the range between technical modern dance and intimate gestured moments. Expect shifting dynamics and intricate manipulations of bodies and space from one of San Diego's freshest choreographic talents.
AXIS is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
SAN DIEGO (October 20, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the additional productions in its 2018 Summer Season, including the classic Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park directed by Jessica Stone (Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Arms and the Man, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Globe), which will run July 28 – August 26, 2018. The Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup will include The Tempest, running June 17 – July 22, 2018, and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Globe’s Love’s Labor’s Lost), running August 12 – September 16. Summer Season 2018 subscriber tickets will go on sale on Sunday, October 22 at 12:00 noon.
The 2018 Summer Season will begin with the previously announced Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, presented by The Old Globe and Children’s Theatre Company, in partnership with The Old Vic. Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, it was adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, and directed by Max Webster. Originally produced at The Old Vic in London, where it was directed by Webster, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax includes puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, whose puppetry design work helped bring to life the Tony Award-winning War Horse; choreography by Drew McOnie; and scenic and costume design by Rob Howell. Performances run July 2 – August 12, 2018, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Children’s Theatre Company, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will present Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax as part of their 2017–2018 season, with performances April 17 – June 10, 2018.
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.”
This summer, director Jessica Stone (Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Globe to extend our decades-long relationship with giant comic playwright Neil Simon with this fresh and hilarious new look at his “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy” (The New York Times). Barefoot in the Park continues the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season, running July 28 – August 26, 2018, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for laughter.
The Old Globe 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival will once again present the finest of the Bard’s work outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Summer will officially arrive with The Tempest, running June 17 – July 22, 2018. Thrown out of power by his wicked brother, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, lives in exile on a desert island. For company, he has only his daughter Miranda, the spirits who are native to the island, and his beloved books. The books are the source of his dark magic, which he uses to lure his enemies to the island so he can exact revenge. But his plot could destroy Miranda’s happiness, so Prospero must choose between his own anger and his daughter’s future. Brimming with magic and romance, this enchanting fantasy kicks off the 2018 Shakespeare Festival with spectacle under the stars.
Following The Tempest in the Summer Shakespeare Festival in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre is Much Ado About Nothing, running August 12 – September 16, 2018. Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Globe’s Love’s Labor’s Lost) makes her triumphant return as director to our Festival Theatre stage with one of the greatest romantic comedies ever, in a production full of colorful characters, passionate poetry, and Shakespeare’s wittiest wordplay. Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other—except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves! While their friends try to trick the bickering pair into admitting they’re in love, their young sidekicks Hero and Claudio start a romance of their own. But will false accusations, broken promises, and even a nutty and bumbling police force prevent a happy ending?
“The Globe’s 2018 summer lineup is everything this theatre is celebrated for: great Shakespeare by leading American artists, a classic crowd-pleasing comedy, and a return to our beloved friend Dr. Seuss,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. ”These shows are smart, fun, and vibrant, and great for the entire family. The Globe’s relationship with Neil Simon goes back decades and includes premieres of his plays. Barefoot in the Park is one of his early triumphs, and a favorite of mine. The great Jessica Stone has a fresh take on the play that is sure to delight. Kathleen Marshall, whose Love’s Labor’s Lost is a Shakespeare that will long be remembered, returns with one of Shakespeare’s top masterpieces of comedy and romance, Much Ado About Nothing, a perfect match of director and play. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s late play about forgiveness and the rediscovery of kindness, couldn’t be more of a balm for our world. And Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, in a superb stage adaptation by London’s world-renowned Old Vic, is a dazzler that gets us smiling and dancing even as it reminds us how precious our natural environment is. These are four shows at the top level of what theatre art can be, and I am thrilled to share them with San Diego audiences.”
Photo credit: 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.
SAN DIEGO (October 19, 2017)—The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our work each 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 three premiere performances of a community-generated theatre piece.
For the second year in a row, two of the Globe’s signature arts engagement programs—coLAB and AXIS—unite in the spirit of creative community collaboration to share the artistry created there. A six-week coLAB workshop with City Heights’s community member participants and local artists, hosted by Globe Teaching Artist Katherine Harroff and guest director/co-creator Daniel Jáquez, will culminate in the premiere performances of La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace), to be presented three times over the weekend, in both English and Español.
The initial coLAB performance of La Muerte Descansa en Paz will take place at SAY San Diego’s City Heights Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Celebration on Saturday, October 28 at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park (3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105). The event will include dancing, singing, music, Aztec dancers, and other performances, as well as a display of community altars, face painting, mask making, and prizes for the best Catrina and Catrin costumes. It will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a performance of La Muerte Descansa en Paz at
The free AXIS Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 29 on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. This participatory event for the whole family will touch upon some of the traditions that encompass this celebration of deceased loved ones. It will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with La Muerte Descansa en Paz at 12:00 noon (en Español) and 1:00 p.m. (in English). Hosted by Crystal Mercado, the event will include traditional face painting by Laura Aparicio, a soundscape curated by Patrick Hernandez (aka DJ Melao), large interactive props, and the opportunity for audience members to join in for an open mic moment.
Sunday’s AXIS celebration will precede the 2:00 p.m. matinee of acclaimed actor and playwright James Lecesne’s tour-de-force one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.
“These two arts engagement programs really get to what is happening at the Globe, which is making theatre matter to more people while strengthening the connections between our neighbors and our institution,” said Globe Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “We want to open the doors to creativity through theatre-based activities that encourage direct participation in art making. While AXIS opens Copley Plaza up to our Balboa Park neighbors, coLAB makes art in communities, bringing together artist of various levels and skills to tell stories that are important, innovative, participatory, and multigenerational.”
For the full press release on the Day of the Dead Celebration event, click here!
Photo Credit: The Living Altar, 2016. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
SAN DIEGO (October 18, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Directed by San Diego favorite and Globe veteran Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Skeleton Crew), the classic romantic tragedy will run November 11 – November 19, 2017 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Romeo and Juliet are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.
The Montague and Capulet families are at war. When Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet by chance, the two lovers defy their entire world to be together. Acclaimed San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg’s audacious modern production goes beyond sentimental stereotypes to reveal the raw and powerful love story that ignites an inferno in a dangerously divided community.
“The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program is one of our country’s leading professional actor training conservatories, and I’m as proud of the work the Globe does in nurturing the next generation of American actors as I am of anything else in this institution’s life,” said Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “First-rate talent thrives in this program, talent that will shape American entertainment in the future. In Romeo and Juliet, a Shakespearean favorite, that talent will be on dazzling display, as will the directing skill of our good friend Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. I look forward to sharing this glimpse of our best emerging talent with San Diego’s audiences.”
The cast features Carlos Angel-Barajas (Benvolio, First Watchman), Samuel Max Avishay (Prince, Chorus), Yadira Correa (Lady Capulet), Daniel Ian Joeck (Capulet), Jose Martinez (Romeo), Renard Charles Pringle Jr. (Friar Lawrence, Montague Servant, Masker), Larica Schnell (Juliet), Jersten Seraile (Gregory, Paris), Samantha Sutliff (Nurse, Sampson, Second Watchman), Morgan Taylor (Tybalt, Apothecary, Third Watchman), Wenona Truong (Lady Montague, Party Guest, Balthasar, Friar John), Jared Van Heel (Montague, Servant, Peter), and Eric Weiman (Mercutio, Abram, Page).
Thecreative team includes Brian Redfern (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Design), Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement Coach), Amanda Peñaloza-Banks (Choreographer), Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg), and Nicole Ries (Production Stage Manager).
A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the master of fine arts in acting program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by The Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego. For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.
For more details on the cast of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program's Romeo and Juliet, click here! For more information on The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program's Romeo and Juliet, click here!
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SAN DIEGO (October 6, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 20th annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!* The holiday musical will runNovember 4 – December 24 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run November 4 – November 8. Opening night is Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Grinch is directed by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.
*Please note: yes, the spelling of Dr. Seuss’s has changed to include s’s, and will remain the official title of the show (and other Seussian works in the pipeline). Thank you for your attention to this!
Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Children under the age of three will be admitted to 11:00 a.m. performances only, which are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free, but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Regardless of age, each audience member, including babes in arms, must have a ticket to be admitted into the theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Edward Watts makes his Globe debut as The Grinch. He has appeared on Broadway in Scandalous and Finian’s Rainbow, as well as the national tours of The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables, and The Little Mermaid. He was recently seen on PBS as part of the acclaimed “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast of Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic.
Abigail Estrella alternates in the role of Cindy-Lou Who with Reese McCulloch, with both making their Globe debuts.
Two-time San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 15th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. In addition to his extensive San Diego credits, he has also been seen Off Broadway in Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera, Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David,Butley, and Street Scene. Dan DeLuca, making his Globe debut, will scale Mt. Crumpit as Young Max. He played the lead role of Jack Kelly in the first national tour of Disney’s smash Broadway musical Newsies. His other recent credits include lead roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, and Legally Blonde.
Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Larry Raben (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Josette Candelaria and Viviana Peji (Annie Who), Taylor Coleman and Faith Nibbe (Betty-Lou Who), Charlie Garton and John Perry Wishchuk (Boo Who), and Giovanni Cozic and Levi Laddon (Danny Who). The ensemble comprises Gavin August, Emily Sade Bautista, Jacob Caltrider, Sadie Tess Coleman, Elisa Guerra, Kyrsten Hafso Koppman, Hayden Hartpence, Corey Jones, Breanna Laureti, Lindsay Mains, Lauen Livia Muehl, Kayla Pak, Daebreon Poiema, Claire Scheper, Edred Utomi, and Kelsey Venter, as well as James Vásquez (Swing).
This season’s production features Additional Choreography by Bob Richard, Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, and Restaged Choreography by James Vásquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty(Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Leila Knox (Production Stage Manager).
“For the 20th year, The Grinch returns to the heart of Balboa Park, and all of us at The Old Globe are delighted to welcome him back,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Over the course of two decades, this magical show has become a San Diego institution, introducing young people to the joys of theatre and bringing families together for the heartwarming rush of good cheer that only the live stage can provide. We are thrilled to have the brilliant Ed Watts take over the title role, and we are proud to continue to offer the Grinch tree lighting, our extraordinary sensory-friendly performance, and many other unique opportunities to engage with theatre. This is a special time of year at the Globe, touched with the genius of Dr. Seuss and chock-full of surprise, entertainment, and joy.”
Photo Credit: J. Bernard Calloway and the cast of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2016. Photo by Jim Cox.
SAN DIEGO (September 26, 2017)—The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All celebrates four years of making theatre matter to more people! This talented company of professional actors will tour Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night throughout San Diego County to a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The free Globe for All Tour begins Tuesday, October 31 and will visit 17 community partner venues new and old, from Oceanside to the South Bay, from Linda Vista to the Imperial Valley. Director Jerry Ruiz—who has directed premieres at Second Stage, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Denver Center, Clubbed Thumb, and TheaterWorks—brings a twist: the production integrates words and phrases in Spanish into this complex tale of mistaken identity and true love.
Twelfth Night reimagines Illyria as a sunny, modern-day Southern California getaway for the rich and fabulous and their entourages. Crashing onto this luxurious scene is Viola, a Mexican immigrant who comes into the U.S. via the Pacific, but who is tragically separated from her twin brother Sebastian in the process. Determined to start a new life, she disguises herself as a young man and goes to work for Orsino—who is hopelessly in love with the wealthy heiress Olivia—and quickly falls in love with him herself. As Viola unintentionally gets herself and everyone around her twisted into knots, she addresses the audience in asides and soliloquies in her native tongue, adding a bicultural twist to Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy about people divided from their true selves, in one form or another.
The cast features Amara James Aja* (Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Orsino), Amanda Arbues (Olivia), Lorenzo Landini* (Sebastian, Curio), and Jennifer Paredes (Viola) as the young misguided lovers; as well as Ajinkya Desai* (Malvolio, Officer), Kevin Hafso Koppman*(Feste, Captain), Christina Okolo* (Antonia, Valentine), Suzelle Palacios* (Maria, Priest), and Mike Sears (Sir Toby Belch).
*Indicates a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
The creative staff includes Kristen Flores (Scenic Design), Jaymee Ngernwichit (Costume Design), Ariel Levine (Original Music), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).
“That Globe for All is in its fourth year is a cause for real celebration,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “This wonderful program shares the glories of The Old Globe, free of charge, with our neighbors throughout the county who may not regularly participate in our programming in Balboa Park, and it helps make theatre matter to their communities. We mark this year with a production of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most perfect plays. It has everything: gorgeous poetry, romance, great characters, and comedy that’s fall-down funny. A superb professional cast under the direction of the gifted Jerry Ruiz will charm and delight audiences and continue a conversation between the Globe and San Diego that is enriching, exciting, and fun.”
Community partners new and old will delight at the up-close and personal production. It will be seen at A Reason to Survive; California State Prison, Centinela; Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library; El Corazon Senior Center°; Father Joe’s Villages; Fourth District Senior Resource Center; Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility; Naval Base San Diego; San Diego Military Family Collaborative°/SAY San Diego Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program; San Diego Rescue Mission; South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood; Veterans Village of San Diego; Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library; and San Diego Public Library branches including the Central Library, City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex, and Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library°. The tour will culminate in two low-cost public performances on Sunday, November 19 in the Globe’s Festival Rehearsal Room, part of Balboa Park’s historic House of Charm.
°Indicates new community partner and venue for the 2017 tour.
Each community partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop to become familiarized with Twelfth Night. These workshops are designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work. Taught by professional Globe Teaching Artists, participants are introduced to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of the play. Each Globe for All Tour performance also begins with an introductory pre-show warmup led by Teaching Artists Damon Shearer, Tara Ricasa, Blake McCarty, and James Pillar, and ends with a casual talk-back.
Globe for All presents free professional theatre to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors and five production staff members. Over the past three years, Globe for All has continued to extend its reach, performing in military bases, homeless shelters, senior and correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues. It has made theatre matter to more than 4,800 audience members, many of whom, for whatever reason, do not enjoy regular access to the professional performing arts. With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms, the tour gives audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
SAN DIEGO (September 13, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the creative team for the next show of the Globe’s 2017–2018 Season, acclaimed actor and playwright James Lecesne’s tour-de-force one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. This thoroughly entertaining new play is directed by Tony Speciale and will run September 30 – October 29, 2017 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run September 30 – October 4, with opening night on Thursday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are now on sale.
Chuck DeSantis is a brash New Jersey detective eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance of teenager Leonard Pelkey. Digging deeper and deeper into Leonard’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth. James Lecesne delivers a solo tour de force, effortlessly bringing to life the inhabitants of a colorful seaside town as they awaken to the beauty of being different. The New York Times called Lecesne one of “the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation” and said The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey “leaves you beaming with joy.”
“The Globe has produced some memorable solo shows during my tenure here, and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will be another unforgettable one,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Introducing us to a small Jersey town rocked by the disappearance of one young man, James Lecesne gives us a gripping whodunit but populates it with a gallery of eccentrics who are entertaining, surprising, and deeply human. Lecesne’s writing is as fierce as it is funny, and his performance is truly a tour de force. Best of all, Brightness tells a moving story of tolerance and openness to difference that none of us can hear enough. I’m excited to open our new season in the White Theatre with this special show.”
The Old Globe has partnered with The Center (the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center) to create a lobby art exhibit for The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Young people from the Hillcrest Youth Center, with the guidance of Globe Teaching Artists, will explore the themes of the play, particularly identity, difference, and individuality. Inspired by the character of Leonard Pelkey, who wears a pair of uniquely decorated high-top sneakers, the young artists will create embellished shoes that represent their own “brightness.” The shoes will be on display throughout the production’s run along with self-portraits and writing by the young artists. The exhibit is included in the price of ticket to The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey in the Viterbi Family Lobby of the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. The exhibit will also be open to the public on Balboa Park Free Tuesdays, October 3, 10, and 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Subject Matters presentation on Saturday, October 7, part of our humanities programming, will feature Globe Teaching Artists and several of the teenagers involved in the creation of the exhibit.
Photo Credit: James Lecesne as Chuck in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
SAN DIEGO (August 9, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017–2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on the beloved 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Lesley McNeil, Benny & Joon is directed by Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director of New York’s Transport Group. It will run September 7 – October 22, 2017, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run September 7 – 14, with opening night on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 18 at 12:00 noon.
Benny & Joon is a delightful world premiere musical based on the beloved offbeat ’90s romantic comedy movie. As Joon’s sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world—full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life—turns everything upside down. With unforgettable characters and a beguiling and tuneful score, Benny & Joon explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love.
The cast features Andrew Samonsky (Broadway’s South Pacific, Scandalous)as Benny, Hannah Elless (Bright Star at the Globe and on Broadway) as Joon, and Bryce Pinkham (Tony Award nominee for Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)as Sam, along with Colin Hanlon (Broadway’s Falsettos, In Transit) as Mike, January LaVoy (Enron on Broadway, Coraline Off Broadway) as Ruthie, Paolo Montalban (Globe’s Allegiance, ABC’s Cinderella with Brandy) as Larry, Natalie Toro (Broadway’s A Tale of Two Cities, Les Misérables) as Dr. Cruz and Mrs. Smail, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Disney’s Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse) as Waldo and Video Store Owner. Completing the cast as Understudies are San Diego local Katie Whalley Banville (Globe’s A Doll’s House, Playhouse’s Freaky Friday and Escape to Margaritaville) and Jake Millgard (Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. graduate, Globe’s Guys and Dolls).
The creative team includes Scott Rink (Choreographer), Dane Laffrey (Scenic and Costume Design), R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting Design), Kai Harada (Sound Design), Michael Starobin (Orchestrations), J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager), and Amanda Salmons (Stage Manager).
"I'm truly excited to open the Globe's 2017/18 season with this special new musical, Benny & Joon," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "A world premiere based on the delightfully offbeat 1993 MGM film, Benny & Joon centers on something rare in the musical theatre: the bond between siblings. The love between the brother and sister of the title is deep, moving, and real, and it gives this musical a gentleness and sweetness that I find completely captivating. Its creators Kirsten Guenther, Nolan Gasser and Mindi Dickstein have brought to the Globe a memorable and unique show, and my friend Jack Cummings III, who has carved out a unique space in the American theatre with the very human, people-driven stories he tells, brings Benny & Joon a beautiful spontaneity and frehsness. The show's score--rich, complex, melodic, and fun--won me over instantly when I first heard it, and I am happy to share this bright new work with San Diego audiences."
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced that due to popular demand, the excitingGlobe-commissioned world premiere comedy Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! has now extended again, through September 10! This is the second and final extension for the hit show, which previously announced a one-week addition through September 3. The production plays in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets start at $45 and are on sale now.
Two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright and inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig is back at the Globe following the smash success of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which broke box office records in 2015. Director Jessica Stone also returns to the Globe, where she helmed the hit productions of Arms and the Man and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two—you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!
Daniel Reece plays Robin Hood (Belleville, The Realistic Joneses at Yale Repertory Theatre), joined by Michael Boatman (Broadway’s “Master Harold”...and the Boys, “Spin City”) as Prince John, Kevin Cahoon(Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Globe, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off Broadway) as The Sheriff of Nottingham,Manoel Felciano (Globe’s Twelfth Night, Broadway’s Amélie, Sweeney Todd) as Sir Guy of Gisbourne,Meredith Garretson (Private Policy at Signature Theatre Company) as Maid Marian, Andy Grotelueschen(Fiasco’s Into the Woods and The Imaginary Invalid at the Globe) as Friar Tuck, Suzelle Palacios (student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Doerwynn, and Paul Whitty (Amélie and Once on Broadway) as Little John.
The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design), San Diego native, two-time Tony Award winner, and Old Globe Associate Artist Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Original Music and Sound Design), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), David Huber(Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager), and Annette Nixon (Stage Manager).
“Ken Ludwig is fast becoming a part of the Old Globe family, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Ken is arguably the leading comic dramatist in the American theatre, and with Robin Hood! he has fashioned an extraordinary new take on the legend. The play is a fun summer romp full of swashbuckling and romance, and it’s also a moving tale of a young man’s discovery that everyone has a responsibility to care for his fellow man. This fast, funny, and colorful play is interpreted by another Globe mainstay, the gifted director Jessica Stone. She has assembled her own team of merry men and women to help make a memorable evening of theatre, and I’m delighted to share it with San Diego.
Photo Credit: (from left) Meredith Garretson as Maid Marian, Daniel Reece as Robin Hood, Andy Grotelueschen as Friar Tuck, and Paul Whitty as Little John in the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, running July 22 - August 27, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
SAN DIEGO (August 7, 2017)—The Globe Guilders are pleased to announce their annual fashion show and luncheon, Celebrating Couture 2017, presented by Neiman Marcus,to benefit The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Once again this year, Neiman Marcus is producing The Art of Fashion, an exclusively curated show featuring the Fall collections, including both couture and prêt-à-porter, of a special group of designers. Celebrating Couture 2017 will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Costa Del Mar Ballroom of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
Each year, the Globe Guilders Fashion Show features couture expertly selected by Neiman Marcus from the elite designers they represent, including Gucci, Etro, and Tom Ford; runway samples from Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa; and a compelling collection from Naeem Khan. This year, from New York to Milan, fashion has become the creative platform to reflect a world of assertion and empowerment. Rich and robust reds, shocking pinks, and gorgeous greens all share the spotlight. The early ’80s are reflected in rebellious punk-rock studs, spikes, grommets, and silver sequins. On the softer side, expect transparent sheers, flounced cuffs, and beautiful crushed velvets appearing on everything from handbags to shoes.
Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception at 10:00 a.m. in the sunlit foyer and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Beginning at 12:00 noon in the ballroom, there will be a live auction followed by the fashion show and a delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer. Globe Guilders Kim Neapole, Lisa Berry Shaw,and Lynn Silva are the Celebrating Couture 2017 Co-Chairs; Jo Ann Kilty is the Honorary Chair. Over 600 supporters of The Old Globe from the San Diego community are expected to attend, including prominent philanthropists, heads of corporations, and representatives of major organizations.
All of San Diego is invited to support this annual event, now a can’t-miss staple on San Diego’s fashion calendar. Tickets start at $125. For information on reserving a table or a seat at the Fashion Show, please call Barbara Bolt at (619) 889-7121 or visit www.globeguilders.org/fashionshow2017. The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located at 2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009.
“The Globe Guilders Fashion Show has always been a San Diego highlight,” Honorary Chair Jo Ann Kilty says. “With the collaboration of Neiman Marcus, it just keeps getting better every year."
Photo:The runway show from the 2016 Globe Guilders Fashion Show. Photo by Douglas Gates.
SAN DIEGO (August 4, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete company and creative team for the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, named for a Globe board member whose generosity supports a four-week program for rising 9th – 12th grade students and recent high school graduates to develop foundational skills for reading, interpreting, and performing Shakespeare’s plays, and to cultivate their own artistic voice through storytelling and creating original material.
Participants receive an intensive curriculum of acting, movement, music, and text, as well as training in voice and speech and clowning. Students explore original writing as a part of understanding text and verse forms and participate in regular master classes with Globe artists and staff, many of whom are among the leaders in their field. Students deepen their understanding of and appreciation for Shakespeare’s writing, and use his work as a model for investigating and engaging with their own experiences.
The Studio program includes full days of training from Monday, July 17 through Friday, August 11, and will culminate in a one-night-only public performance on Monday, August 14 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 at the Globe will combine scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with original material generated by the students.
Photo Credit: Students perform with the Summer Shakespeare Studio, 2016. Photo by Douglas Gates.
SAN DIEGO (July 25, 2017)—The Board of Directors of The Old Globe today announced the appointment of Timothy J. Shields as Managing Director. A nationally respected arts leader, Shields will work together with Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein to lead San Diego’s flagship arts institution. Both Shields and Edelstein will report jointly to the Board of Directors. Currently the Managing Director at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, Shields will assume his Managing Director duties at The Old Globe in October.
“I am thrilled that Tim Shields will come to San Diego to partner with Barry Edelstein in leading The Old Globe in making theatre matter to more people,” said Old Globe Board Chair Vicki L. Zeiger. “With his experience leading nationally respected theatres and serving as President of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Tim has a deep understanding of what it takes to run a successful, thriving theatre. I am also deeply grateful to our search committee and specifically its chair, Stephen P. Embry, who worked tirelessly to find the perfect person, Tim, to help the Globe further our mission.”
Timothy J. Shields served as McCarter Theatre Center’s Managing Director from 2009 to 2017. From 1983 to 1992, he was McCarter’s Business Manager and General Manager. His professional experience includes serving as Managing Director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 10 years; as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, for six; and in administrative positions at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Denver Center Theatre Company. He is the Immediate Past President of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and was the Chair of the ArtPride NJ board. He has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin, and he has been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a B.F.A. in Drama Production from Carnegie Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“Tim Shields is one of the most accomplished executives in the American not-for-profit theatre movement, and his arrival at The Old Globe heralds a new period of growth and achievement here,” said Edelstein. “Tim’s leadership has been transformational at each wonderful company he’s run, and his contributions at the national level have been equally great. He is a thoughtful, distinguished, and kind man whose positivity and optimism will impact not only the Globe, but also our city’s entire arts community. I am beyond delighted to welcome him here, and I truly look forward to working in partnership with him as the Globe continues to make theatre that matters.”
“I couldn’t be more deeply honored to be named The Old Globe’s new Managing Director,” said Shields. “I feel extraordinarily privileged to join an institution with the stellar reputation that the Globe has, and I relish the opportunity to partner with Artistic Director Barry Edelstein to continue building the Globe’s reputation for artistic excellence and community impact. I’m tickled pink at the thought of beginning that work when I join the Globe’s staff in October.”
Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.