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The Old Globe Presents the Critically Acclaimed Production
On Beckett, Conceived and Performed by Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin, for Six Performances Only!

On Beckett
Plays July 14–17, 2022 with the Opening on Friday, July 15, 2022

Tickets On Sale Now!

SAN DIEGO (June 28, 2022) The Old Globe presents On Beckett, conceived and performed by Bill Irwin (Broadway’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play; Waiting for Godot), as part of its 2022 Season. The critically acclaimed production, which explores the works of Samuel Beckett, will play for six performances only on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Performances begin July 14 and run to July 17, 2022, with the opening set for Friday, July 15. Tickets are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

Bill Irwin can’t escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award–winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work—including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more—will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed.

The New York Times named the Off Broadway run of On Beckett a Critic’s Pick and said the production was “captivating… radiant, live theater.” New York magazine raved, “A delicious piece of theater… a playful, intimate experiment conducted by a master practitioner… utterly delightful.” And The Daily Beast exclaimed, “Near-90 minutes of pleasure… Irwin’s physical comedy is delicious… a brilliant gateway to understanding [Beckett].”

“Bill Irwin is an original. Actor, director, writer, thinker, and of course baggy-pants clown: there’s no one quite like him,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “He is also one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the work of Samuel Beckett, one of the titans of modern drama. It is a signal honor and a special thrill to welcome Bill to The Old Globe with On Beckett, his hilarious, informative, and inspiring meditation on his years-long artistic conversation with this writer. It’s a unique evening of theatre, one of the most memorable in my lifetime of theatregoing, and I can’t wait to share it with San Diego.”

For the full press release, click here! To buy tickets to On Beckett, click here! For the On Beckett press page, click here!

The Old Globe to Receive a $50,000
Creative Forces
® Community Engagement Grant
Activities will Support Military, Veterans, their Families and Caregivers

SAN DIEGO (June 22, 2022) The Old Globe is pleased to announce that it’s been selected as one of 26 organizations nationwide to receive a Creative Forces® Community Engagement grant. A grant of $50,000 will support The Old Globe/Veterans Village Theatre Initiatives, a series of six year-round theatre-based programs for residents of Veterans Village of San Diego: Community Voices, coLAB, Globe for All, Behind the Curtain, the Veterans Technical Center Apprenticeship, and free tickets to Globe shows. The Old Globe/Veterans Village Theatre Initiatives help veterans express themselves creatively, build social networks, and improve their employment outcomes. In order to meet participants’ needs and goals at any stage of their recovery, each program sets different expectations for the length and depth of participant commitment. Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Forces® initiative and are in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. Creative Forces Community Engagement grants will increase access to arts activities in more communities and will serve a broad population, including active-duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, veterans, military, and veteran families, as well as caregivers and healthcare workers providing care for military service members and veterans.

“It is inspiring to see how arts programming is being utilized by The Old Globe to support and promote healing for our nation’s military, veterans, and all those who care for them,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Engagement with the arts— the act of doing, seeing, creating, teaching—is crucial to living healthy and artful lives. The expansion of Creative Forces from clinical sites into communities like Veterans Village San Diego provides significant opportunities for this critical work to reach more people and make a difference in their lives.”

“We are extremely grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-America Arts Alliance for the generous Creative Forces® Community Engagement grant and for their passionate commitment to heal our military veterans through the power of the Arts,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I’m elated that we will deepen our continuing relationship with our community partner Veterans Village of San Diego by providing additional programs through The Old Globe/Veterans Village Theatre Initiatives. The military is a big community in San Diego, but its veterans are often underserved. These vital funds will aid the Globe’s ongoing mission to make theatre matter and make the artform available to all.”

For the full press release, click here!

The Old Globe
announces cast and creative team for
Dial M for Murder

A Globe-commissioned, world-premiere adaptation
by Frederick Knott,
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher,
Directed by Stafford Arima

Performances begin July 21
and have been extended by
one week through August 28, 2022
with the opening on Thursday, July 28

SAN DIEGO (June 17, 2022) The Old Globe announced today the cast and creative team for the Globe-commissioned, world-premiere adaptation Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott and adapted by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Scotland Road, Wait Until Dark). This modern classic is directed in high style by Globe veteran Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Red Velvet). Performances begin July 21 and due to popular demand have already been extended by one week through August 28, 2022, with the opening on Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. The production will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets for Dial M for Murder are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

This is a production of a new version of the celebrated murder mystery that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Tony is convinced that his wife Margot has been cheating on him. Now it seems that the affair is over, but in his jealousy, Tony spins a web of suspicion and deception that will tighten around them and ensnare them both in danger, recrimination, and murder. The New York Times calls Dial M for Murder “a cat-and-mouse waiting game, with enough twists and sudden hitches to keep the chills and thrills running.”

Dial M for Murder is one of the great crime thrillers written for the stage, and it really delivers,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s a stylish, smart, and sometimes shocking piece that generates huge jolts of excitement and suspense, and in Jeffrey Hatcher’s new version, the play is as fresh and immediate as it was when it first premiered. We’re very happy to have the Globe’s good friend Stafford Arima in the director’s chair—his extraordinary imagination will fashion an unforgettable evening of edge-of-your-seat entertainment. I’ve been looking forward to this production for a very long time, and I can’t wait to share it with San Diego.”

For the full press release, click here! To buy tickets to Dial M for Murder, click here! For the Dial M for Murder press page, click here!

*ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY*

The Old Globe Is Thrilled to Host the National Tour of Freestyle Love Supreme, Conceived by Anthony Veneziale and Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale

Recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award, the Critically Acclaimed Hip-Hop Sensation Will Run from June 21 to July 10, 2022, with the Opening on Wednesday, June 22, for a Limited Engagement

Join Us for a Public Freestyling Workshop by Their Freestyle Love Supreme Academy on Monday, June 27!

Tickets NOW On Sale!

SAN DIEGO (June 3, 2022) The Old Globe is ecstatic to host the Broadway hit Freestyle Love Supreme. Packed with nonstop action, this production has different guests every night, making it a fun, never-the-same live surprise full of hip-hop, laughs, and music! The original Broadway production was conceived by Anthony Veneziale; created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale; and directed by Thomas Kail. Performances for this limited engagement begin June 21 and run to July 10, 2022 with the opening on Wednesday, June 22. Freestyle Love Supreme will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now—direct from Broadway—the original hip-hop musical improv phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale is coming to San Diego. The subject of the Hulu documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Tony Award–winning and Grammy Award–nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time—each time—as no two shows are ever the same. A “delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap for a wide range of ages” (The Washington Post).

“As the Globe continues its return to live performance after a nearly two-year hiatus, we’re determined to bring fun, energy, and delight to San Diego audiences,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Freestyle Love Supreme is just what the doctor ordered. A high-octane, hilarious, and spontaneous party, the show is unique and fresh, and different every night. Imprinted with the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-created it before his triumph with Hamilton, the show has all the wit, imagination, and beauty we associate with his work. Globe audiences have never seen anything like it, and they are in for a really, really wonderful time.”

The Old Globe invites you to join Freestyle Love Supreme Academy (FLSA) in a one-of-a-kind public class that introduces the basics of improv, storytelling, and beatboxing. This exciting 90-minute workshop is open to all adults (16 and over) and will take place in the beautiful outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre on Monday, June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In this class, FLSA facilitators will guide participants as they learn the basics of freestyle rap. FLSA’s brilliant and compassionate facilitation team will guide you along the journey at your own speed, from very experienced to the never-rappers. The main focus is having fun, expressing yourself, and supporting others! No experience necessary. Tickets for the workshop are $25 and available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/GlobeLearning.

“This workshop is a great chance to learn basic improvisation, storytelling, and beatboxing—the cornerstones of theatre and hip-hop—with some of the best in the business,” said Associate Artistic Director and Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “It will be a fun and engaging way to experience the world of performance on the stage of our Festival Theatre the way these artists do.”

For the full press release, click here! For the press page for Freestyle Love Supreme, click here! For more information and to buy tickets to Freestyle Love Supreme, click here!

Photo: Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Photo by Michael Veneziale.

The Old Globe
Is Proud to Announce
a Binational Partnership with New Community Partner
CENTRO CULTURAL TIJUANA (CECUT),
in Tijuana, Mexico

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos about this partnership can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (May 26, 2022) The Old Globe is proud to announce a binational partnership with a new community partner, Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), in Tijuana, Mexico. In the Globe’s efforts to increase accessibility to programming and productions, The Old Globe commits to make theatre matter to more people, including our neighboring communities south of the border. As part of this new partnership, the Globe will offer to CECUT’s community partners the theatre design workshop series Behind the CurtainDetrás del Telón when offered in Spanish—and the Globe for All Tour of Mala, both administered by program manager Laura Zee and coordinated by teaching artist and binational theatre artist Valeria Vega, who paved the way for this partnership to become a reality. The tour will bring the Globe’s moving production of Mala, after its five-week run at The Old Globe, to Tijuana with a phenomenal performance in Spanish by actor Yadira Correa. All programs at CECUT will be offered fully in Spanish. The Globe hopes to develop more opportunities for audiences at CECUT in the near future and together create impactful connections in the booming and diverse communities that Tijuana, our sister city, hosts.

“The Globe’s commitment to making theatre matter to more people now extends beyond San Diego,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s an honor and a real joy to announce our partnership with CECUT, the most prominent and celebrated arts-and-culture organization in Tijuana. Ours is a binational region, and the Globe is proud to expand San Diego’s cross-border relationships into the realm of the theatre, a form that by its very nature builds community and togetherness. We thank the leadership and staff of CECUT and the Mexican Consulate for making this possible, and we look forward to a bright future of great work together.”

“One of the main lines of work of the federal government through the Secretary of Culture is community work and the direct connection between artists and the population under the premise that what is important is the art, the creators, and its audiences,” said Centro Cultural Tijuana’s General Director Dr. Vianka Robles Santana. “From this perspective, the Centro Cultural Tijuana works with vulnerable sectors of the population in 81 sites since 2019 to now, with 157 workshops in plastic and visual arts; performing arts such as theatre, dance, urban dance, and movement; music with guitar, jaranas, singing, and music introduction; and socioemotional literature and the revitalization of the original people’s traditions. This is why we celebrate the shared objectives and join in the enthusiasm of this initiative with The Old Globe, which we are pleased to tie into the commemoration of the 200 years of the diplomatic relationships between the United States and Mexico. This alliance brings the possibility of being an open space for artistic developments and expressions for all communities, being, most of the times, the first contact with some artistic discipline for many who arrive to Tijuana with a background story. No matter their story, there is a stage and resources to make it into theatre, into dance, to manifest something that wants to be shared through the body and senses, and use it as the driving force for transformation of themselves and their environment.”

For the full press release, click here! For the full press release in Spanish, click here!

The Old Globe Announces a Fall Full of Shakespeare with the Return of the GLOBE FOR ALL TOUR, Our Free Shakespeare San Diego County Tour, with HENRY 5 from November 1 to November 20, 2022

And the M.F.A. Production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Featuring a Cast of the M.F.A Students from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, from November 12 to November 20, 2022

SAN DIEGO (May 19, 2022) The Old Globe announced a fall full of Shakespeare with the return of the Globe for All Tour, our free Shakespeare tour that reaches locations throughout San Diego County, now in its eighth year of making theatre matter to more people! The tour will run from Tuesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 20, with opening night on Thursday, November 3, 2022. The Globe will present Henry 5 in the run-up to the previously announced production of Henry 6 next year, which will mark the Globe’s completion of the entire Shakespeare canon during its 2023 Summer Shakespeare Festival. In addition, the talented students from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program will present their M.F.A. fall showcase of Measure for Measure, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. This limited engagement will run from Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, November 20 2022.

“It’s always exciting to announce The Old Globe’s next productions of Shakespeare, and these two shows are no exceptions,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Measure for Measure, with its complex views of how gender and power intersect, feels more contemporary than ever at a moment when our society is reckoning with precisely these questions. Delicia Turner Sonnenberg’s production will be bracing, fresh, and alive, and the students in training at The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program will bring urgency and skill to this rich text. Henry 5 is particularly exciting this year, as the Globe prepares to produce its sequel, Henry 6, in the summer of 2023. Shakespeare’s most exacting look at war and its consequences is deeply interested in heroism, leadership, and the impact of war on the citizens of the countries that wage it, and touring this play to venues throughout our community will spark urgent and extraordinary conversations. This is what theatre is meant to do. All of us at the Globe are looking forward to sharing both of these wonderful productions with San Diego.”

The Globe for All Tour company will bring this production to various economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County, including Old Globe Community Partner venues from San Ysidro to Oceanside. The free-admission Globe for All Tour will run for three weeks. Venue dates, times, and locations will be announced at a later date.

No tickets or registrations are required to attend the free, open performances in the community. Seating will be first-come, first-served and will depend on the venue’s capacity. More information will be available at www.TheOldGlobe.org at a later date.

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. In 1987, The Old Globe and the University of San Diego established a graduate acting program. The result has been one of the most acclaimed classical training programs in the United States, receiving hundreds of applications each year. It has become one of the most competitive graduate acting programs in the country. The program’s graduates have made their mark in the profession. They have performed extensively on and Off Broadway, in regional theatres, in feature films, and on television. They have also founded successful theatre companies, written award-winning plays and screenplays, and performed throughout Europe and Canada. One notable graduate is Jim Parsons, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award–winning star of “The Big Bang Theory.

For the full press release, click here! For more on The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, click here! For more on Globe for All, click here!

The Old Globe
announces cast and creative team for
William Shakespeare’s
The Taming of the Shrew

Shana Cooper directs a cast of 20
for the Globe’s 2022 Summer Shakespeare Festival
kickoff production

Performances return to the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre,
and beginning June 5 and running through July 10,
with the opening on Saturday, June 11

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of The Taming of the Shrew can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2022) The Old Globe is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Shana Cooper (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare, Yale Rep) directs a cast of 20. The Bard’s popular comedy kicks off the return of the Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival under the stars at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The Taming of the Shrew will begin performances on June 5 and run through July 10, 2022, with the opening on Saturday, June 11. Tickets are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

“After a two-year absence, Shakespeare returns to the Globe’s outdoor Festival stage with a riotous and deeply inventive new production of The Taming of the Shrew,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, it’s given a fresh, modern, and wildly energetic production by Shana Cooper, a renowned interpreter of the Bard’s works. She takes the play very seriously even as she mines new levels of romance and laughter in its complex views of gender, power, and love. San Diego audiences will enjoy this Shrew under the stars, and we could not be happier to welcome them again.”

Come on, and kiss me, Kate.” Is anyone a match for the brash and strong-willed Katherine? The dashing adventurer Petruchio thinks he’s up to the challenge. Two of the sexiest figures in all of world theatre set off sparks in a clash of wills that is as bold as it is uproarious. Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on “the battle of the sexes” turns everything we think about love, marriage, and gender on its head. Director Shana Cooper, brings to the Globe her daring and contemporary staging, which The New York Times praised as “an exhilarating new way to look at the comedy through modern eyes,” and The Wall Street Journal’s theatre critic called “the best Shrew I’ve ever reviewed.”

For the full press release, click here! For tickets to The Taming of the Shrew, click here! For The Taming of the Shrew press page, click here!

The Old Globe Will Celebrate the Holidays with Two San Diego Favorite Yuletide Traditions the 25th Anniversary Production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! November 9 – December 31, 2022 and the Dickens Comedic Musical Mash-up Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show November 18 – December 23, 2022

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of the Globe’s productions of Grinch can be found here and photos of Scrooge can be found here

SAN DIEGO (May 6, 2022) The Old Globe is pleased to announce it will celebrate the holidays with two popular San Diego yuletide traditions: the annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the Dickens comedic musical mash-up Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show. The Grinch will be presented November 9 – December 13, 2022, with an official opening night on Sunday, November 13Scrooge will run November 18 – December 23, 2022, with an official opening night on Tuesday, November 23.  The cast, creative team and ticket on-sale date for both productions will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the centerpieces of the holiday season in San Diego, and this year we mark its 25th Anniversary,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “That this moving and enchanting show has been delighting and transporting people for a quarter century is a cause for celebration, and as we welcome families to our theatre for another season of Seussian rhyme and holiday cheer, we also express our gratitude to Dr. Seuss and to the late Audrey Geisel for blessing us with this grand and beguiling gift of a show.  We continue with another San Diego tradition this year, too, with Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen’s uproarious southern California riff on A Christmas Carol.  These two shows, and all the celebrations around them, including the Grinch Christmas Tree on the Globe Plaza and the Tree lighting, too, are more ways that the Globe makes theatre matter to our city.”

The Grinch features a 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.

A whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! features classic holiday songs like “Santa for a Day” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”  Max the dog narrates the tale of how the mean and scheming Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the holiday-loving Whos of Whoville. But the Grinch discovers there is more to Christmas than he bargained for and San Diego audiences will delight in how the Grinch learns the magic and meaning of Christmas.  The Grinch will be presented at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  The theatre will once again be transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, returns to the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this Scrooge parody is set in San Diego and is written by Gordon Greenberg (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll and Working, London’s Guys and Dolls and Barnum) and Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, The Curious Case of the Curse of Dracula). All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact – including the iconic ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future -  in this reimagined holiday story with a very comic twist.  Audiences of all ages will cheer as Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovers the true Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter – and set in “wintery” San Diego.

Tickets for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show will go on sale at a later date, to be announced. Details about the return of the Globe’s tree lighting ceremony will be released later this year.

For the full press release, click here! For more on Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here! For more on Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show,click here!

Photo: John Treacy Egan as Old Max, Andrew Polec as The Grinch, and Tommy Martinez as Young Max in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2021. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

The Old Globe announces its popular annual event THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE! is back in person

Hosted and directed by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

For one date only on Sunday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets go sale May 20!

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE! can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2022) The Old Globe is thrilled to announce the return and in-person presentation of its popular annual event Thinking Shakespeare Live! Directed by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Thinking Shakespeare Live! will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets initially go on sale to subscribers and donors on May 6 and are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

Drawn from Edelstein’s approachable and inviting book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, Thinking Shakespeare Live! will feature Edelstein, who will be joined by three professional classical actors. This program is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles. Edelstein has performed Thinking Shakespeare Live! across the country, including at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

“I am so excited once again to share Thinking Shakespeare Live! with our audiences, back in person and in three dimensions,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “This fun and fast-moving 90-minute program is an introduction to how Shakespeare’s language works in the minds and on the tongues of professional actors who work on his plays. I love helping people find new connections to these plays, and it’s a joy to offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the Globe’s important and entertaining Shakespeare work.”

In addition to serving as Artistic Director at the Globe, Edelstein is a renowned stage director, producer, and educator. He has directed over half of the Bard’s plays. Among his Globe directing credits are The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-Seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Romeo and Juliet, among others. He oversaw The Old Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program. Prior to joining the Globe, Edelstein was the Director of the Shakespeare initiative at The Public Theater (New York City), and the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company (New York City). His book Thinking Shakespeare is considered the standard text on American Shakespearean acting.

Thinking Shakespeare Live! is a key part of the Globe’s annual Shakespeare Festival in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, held each summer. This year’s offerings include The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes, directed by Shana Cooper, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Bard’s most joyful and popular comedy, directed by Patricia MacGregor. The Taming of the Shrew will be staged June 5 through July 10, 2022, with the opening on Saturday, June 11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run July 31 to September 4, 2022, with the opening on Saturday, August 6.

The Old Globe, one of America’s leading Shakespeare theatres, recently announced that it will complete the production of Shakespeare’s canon in the theatre’s 2023 Season. As part of an ambitious large-scale project, the Globe will produce Henry 6, a new two-play adaptation of Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, directed and adapted by Edelstein. The Shakespeare canon is considered to compromise 36 plays (37 if The Two Noble Kinsman—which the Globe has produced—is included). Of those, the Globe has already produced all except the Henry VI trilogy. By producing these three works as part of the 2023 Summer Shakespeare Festival, the Globe joins the small list of North American theatre companies that have assayed every single Shakespeare play. In celebration of this milestone, The Old Globe will present an array of free, citywide arts engagement and humanities events leading up to and accompanying Henry 6. The theatre will also offer reduced-price and no-cost tickets to maximize access for San Diegans. Henry 6 will include opportunities for interested San Diegans to participate in the making of the production.

Tickets for Thinking Shakespeare Live! go on sale to subscribers and donors on Friday, May 6at 12:00 noon, and to the general public on Friday, May 20at 12:00 noon. Tickets will be available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at our Box Office in Balboa Park. Regular ticket prices start at $15. For additional information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

For the full press release, click here! For tickets to Thinking Shakespeare Live!, click here! For Thinking Shakespeare Live! press page, click here!

Photo: The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein leads Thinking Shakespeare Live! (2013). Photo by Doug Gates.

The Old Globe Announces a One-Week Extension Due to Popular Demand for the Broadway-Bound Musical Bob Fosse’s Dancin’

Original Broadway Production
Created, Directed, and Choreographed by Bob Fosse,
Choreography by Bob Fosse,
Direction and Musical Staging by Tony Award Winner Wayne Cilento

Performances Are NOW Extended Through June 5, 2022 ONLY!

PHOTO EDITORS: NEW production photos of the Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (May 4, 2022) — Due to popular demand, The Old Globe is pleased to announce a one-week extension for the Broadway-bound musical Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, with choreography by Bob Fosse and direction and musical staging by Tony Award–winning choreographer Wayne Cilento (Broadway’s Wicked and The Who’s Tommy). The production, which opened last Thursday, is now extended through June 5, 2022 only. Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets for the extension will be available starting Thursday, May 5 at 12:00 noon PDT. Tickets for all other performances are currently available at www.TheOldGlobe.org. The original Broadway production was created, directed, and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is presented by The Old Globe, produced in cooperation with Nicole Fosse and by special arrangement with Joey Parnes.

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is as electrifying and exciting a show as any the Globe has produced in its history,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “From its first preview, audiences have been on their feet cheering the show’s exuberance and celebrating the thrilling talents of the remarkable company of dancers onstage. We are delighted to give more San Diegans the opportunity to enjoy this special show, and we look forward to sharing Fosse’s genius, and the genius of Wayne Cilento’s new production, with an even wider swath of theatregoers.”

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is Fosse’s full-throated, full-bodied celebration of the art form he loved, practiced, and changed forever. His hit musical masterpiece is reimagined by director Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original Broadway production of Dancin’ and istransforming the show’s original vision for 21st-century audiences. Dancin’brims with Fosse’s warmth, emotion, color, and endlessly influential style rarely seen in modern interpretations of his work. Featuring an eclectic score that spans a multitude of musical genres and an extraordinary cast of Broadway’s most accomplished dancers, Dancin’ delivers the quintessential Broadway experience for Fosse fans and first-timers alike. You’ve never seen Dancin’like this.

For the full press release, click here! For tickets to Bob Fosse's Dancin', click here! For Bob Fosse's Dancin' press page, click here!

Photo: Jōvan Dansberry with the cast of Bob Fosse's Dancin'. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

The Old Globe Announces Cast and Creative Team for Mala by Melinda Lopez Directed by David Dower

The Globe will present both English- and Spanish-language performances during the five-week limited engagement

Performances begin May 7 and run to June 12, 2022 with the English-performance opening featuring Melinda Lopez on Thursday, May 12 and the Spanish-performance opening featuring Yadira Correa on Thursday, May 19

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of Mala can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (April 22, 2022) The Old Globe announced today the cast and creative team for Mala by Melinda Lopez (adaptation of Yerma, Becoming Cuba) and directed by David Dower (original production of Mala and Founding Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson). The Globe will present both English- and Spanish-language performances during the five-week limited engagement. Performances begin May 7 and run to June 12, 2022. The opening dates for Mala are Thursday, May 12 for the English performances featuring Lopez (Many Colors Make the Thunder King at Guthrie Theater) and Thursday, May 19 for the Spanish performances featuring Yadira Correa (Romeo and Juliet at The Old Globe). Correa will also serve as the understudy for the English performances. The production will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. For Mala tickets and a schedule of the Spanish and English performances, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

She was always the good daughter. But now her mother, in the twilight of her life, calls her “mala”—bad to the core. Melinda Lopez’s funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic solo play Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in a challenging moment, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed. TheaterMania calls it “deeply affecting,” while The Boston Globe named it “one of the best plays of the year. Piercingly honest and exquisitely moving.”

Mala is a gorgeous and touching play about caregiving, parenthood, and the cycle of life,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Melinda Lopez has drawn on her own experiences to fashion a powerful solo show that’s life-affirming and deep. That she will be in San Diego to perform her own work is a gift to our audiences. But we’re also grateful for her translation of her play into Spanish, which will have a number of performances during Mala’s run, performed by a Globe family member, Yadira Correa. This will allow the Globe to deepen its commitment to serving the Spanish-speaking audiences of San Diego, an important part of our city and our constituency. We are happy to make this lovely piece of theatre, and excited to share it with the widest part of our community.”

In addition to director David Dower, the creative team for the Globe’s production of Mala includes scenic design by Alexander V. Nichols, costume design by Faith A. James, lighting design by Jason Lynch, original music and sound design by Arshan Gailus, casting by Caparelliotis Casting, and production stage management by Jynelly Rosario.

Mala, written by Melinda Lopez, originally opened in 2016 at ArtsEmerson in Boston. The world premiere was directed by David Dower and performed by Lopez.

Mala will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances run May 7 – June 12, 2022, with the official English-performance press opening featuring Melinda Lopez on Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. and the Spanish-language performance press opening featuring Yadira Correa on Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m.

The English performance schedule is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Old Globe will present Mala in Spanish on the following dates: Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at The Old Globe Box Office in Balboa Park. Regular ticket prices start at $30. The Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., will provide patrons an exploration of the themes and background of Mala from selected artistic company members. For additional information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

After its run on The Old Globe’s stage, Mala will embark on a invitation-only spring Globe for All Tour, which will visit multiple venues across the binational region. The tour will run from June 15 to June 19 and will perform in English at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and at the San Diego Rescue Mission; and in Spanish at the following venues: San Diego Rescue Mission, Lauderbach Park, Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library, and Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT) in Tijuana, Mexico. Additional information on the binational partnership with CECUT will be announced at a later date.

For the full press release, click here! For the full press release in Spanish, click here! For tickets to Mala, click here! For tickets to Mala en Español, click here!

Photo: Melinda Lopez in Mala, 2022. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

The Old Globe and San Diego Black Artist Collective continue their partnership as the Globe names BAC a resident artist group

Black Artist Collective presents
Black Lady Showcase, featuring new plays by Collective members Joy Yvonne Jones and Andréa Agosto and directed by Carla Banu Dejesus

Three performances only! April 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. and April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of Black Lady Showcase can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (April 15, 2022) The Old Globe and San Diego Black Artist Collective (BAC) announced today that the two organizations will continue their partnership as the Globe names BAC a resident artist group. BAC will present Black Lady Showcase featuring three new plays by BAC members Joy Yvonne Jones and Andréa Agosto. Black Lady Showcase will be directed by BAC member Carla Banu Dejesus. The limited engagement will play for three performances only on April 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets are available by a suggested donation at www.TheOldGlobe.org/SDBAC. All proceeds benefit San Diego Black Artist Collective.

All plays will be performed by members of San Diego Black Artist Collective including Danielle Bunch, Alyce Smith Cooper, Kandace Crystal, Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford, Carla Banu Dejesus, Yolanda Marie Franklin, Joy Yvonne Jones, and Eboni Muse.

Additional creative team members for Black Lady Showcase includes stage manager Jessica F. Hawkins – Ms. JHawk and acting coach Bibi Mama. Hawkins and Mama also serve as members of BAC.

The Old Globe’s commitment to principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access (EDIA) is embedded in its values and practices and articulated in its Social Justice Roadmap, a document that spells out the actions the Globe is taking to help it better reflect the many communities of San Diego. The Roadmap calls specifically for this residency and for deeper collaborations with the San Diego Black Artist Collective. The Globe is providing space, technical, front-of-house, marketing, public relations, and logistical support to BAC, but the curation, production, and artistic direction of Black Lady Showcase will be exclusively executed by San Diego Black Artist Collective.

“It is the fulfillment of a dream to offer this residency to San Diego Black Artist Collective,” said Old Globe Associate Artistic Director and Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “Close to two years ago, after the murder of George Floyd, and still in the early days of a global pandemic, I sat in a digital room with dozens of Black artists from San Diego. We asked what the Globe could do at that critical point to make theatre matter. We heard two answers: support the local Black artist community with access to the Globe’s spaces, and with access to the Globe’s other creative resources. This residency is a response to those requests. The Globe has a special relationship with the BAC. I’m proud that we have supported their growth and look forward to seeing what they’ve developed artistically.”

“San Diego Black Artist Collective is excited to once again partner with The Old Globe for this incredible opportunity to share the work of the ladies of the BAC,” said San Diego Black Artist Collective Member Joy Yvonne Jones. “For the last two years, the Globe has been an essential resource in helping us realize our goals, from administrative resources to performance opportunities. We are grateful for the continuation of this incredible partnership and look forward to how it will continue to grow and whatever comes next.”

San Diego Black Artist Collective will present Black Lady Showcase, as a resident artist group at The Old Globe, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). The limited engagement plays three performances only: Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org/sdbac, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at our Box Office in Balboa Park. Tickets are available by a suggested donation with all proceeds benefitting San Diego Black Artist Collective. For additional information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/SDBAC.

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OUR RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT’S 458TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The Old Globe Presents a Free Public AXIS Event, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SHAKESPEARE! and the Start of THE H6 EPIC WORKSHOP SERIES,  with a Masquerade Ball, Puppetry, Sonnet Writing Contest with Cash Prizes (Apply by April 12), Fighting Demonstration, Workshops, and More!

Join Us on the Globe’s Outdoor Copley Plaza on SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of past events can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2022)—The Old Globe invites people of all ages from San Diego and beyond to join us once again, and back in person, to celebrate our resident playwright William Shakespeare with cupcakes and more with our annual Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! on Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Globe’s outdoor Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. This family-friendly event will work as an entry point for audiences to get acquainted with a brand new and exciting offering: The H6 EPIC Workshop Series, in which general audiences will be able to connect and get involved with the Globe’s Henry 6 production prior to its summer 2023 run. During this AXIS event, attendees will experience the magic of Henry 6 by familiarizing with the play’s themes through many fun activities and workshops.

More information on how to register for the Workshop Series will be shared at the event or you can register now on TheOldGlobe.org.

“After two years of not meeting in person, it will be great to gather once again to dress up, cross swords, and blow out candles for our resident playwright,” stated Associate Artistic Director and Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. “Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! was one of our first AXIS events ever, dating back all the way to 2016. It has allowed us to come together and celebrate not only the words and works of a person who gave so much, but each other, as it has offered a time to safely congregate, have fun, and embrace our shared humanity.”

This event will feature various activities for everyone to enjoy! Delight in the ambient music by the Brandon Cerquedo Band; participate in an Elizabethan dance workshop with Monique Gaffney; experience a Henry 6 puppet show by Gaston Morineau; see a Word Up! sonnet performance with Ric Scales and other San Diego artists; take part in a Henry 6fight choreography workshop with Ben Cole; and join in the fun with the crafty workshops of Shakespearian ruffs and Henry 6 roses. There will also be an exciting sonnet writing competition! Apply by Tuesday, April 12 and send your best original sonnet to AEInfo@TheOldGlobe.org for the opportunity to win cash prizes, show tickets, or t-shirts. Bring a friend and enjoy a birthday cupcake and photo opportunities throughout!

About AXIS: Realizing our commitment to making theatre matter to more people, AXIS offers free cultural programs on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, led by local artists and craftspeople. The Globe’s unique physical location—and now our social media platforms—are participatory art venues where we make opportunities for connectivity and creative placemaking. AXIS is an effort to broaden our concept of audience by encompassing diverse, multigenerational constituencies from communities across San Diego County.

Henry 6 is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The Old Globe’s arts engagement programs are supported by Price Philanthropies, Qualcomm, U.S. Bank, and Viasat, with additional support by La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation. Globe Teaching Artists are supported by the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

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Photo: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!, 2019. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

The Old Globe, one of the country’s leading Shakespeare theatres, will present Henry 6 as part of its 2023 Season: an ambitious, large-scale project centering on a new two-play adaption of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and including a yearlong series of citywide arts engagement and humanities events leading up to and accompanying the production

Adapted and directed by Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Henry 6 will be the centerpiece of the theatre’s 2023 Summer Shakespeare Festival in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre and will mark the Globe’s completion of the Bard’s canon

San Diegans will have opportunities to participate in this epic event, kicking off with the free annual AXIS event Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! on Saturday, April 16 on the Globe’s outdoor Copley Plaza

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of The Old Globe can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2022) The Old Globe announced today it will present an ambitious, large-scale project including a new two-play adaptation of Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, together with a yearlong program of citywide arts engagement and humanities events. Noted Shakespearean director and Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein adapts and directs Henry 6, which will be presented as part of the theatre’s 2023 Season and will be the centerpiece of the 2023 Summer Shakespeare Festival in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The production will mark the Globe’s completion of the Bard’s canon. In celebration of this milestone, The Old Globe, one of the country’s leading Shakespeare theatres, will present an array of free, citywide arts engagement and humanities events leading up to and accompanying Henry 6. The theatre will also offer reduced-price and no-cost tickets to maximize access for San Diegans. Henry 6 will include opportunities for interested San Diegans to participate in the making of the production.

The three Henry VI plays are among Shakespeare’s earliest. They depict the Wars of the Roses, a decades-long civil war fought in early-modern England between the York and Lancaster dynasties. For Henry 6, Edelstein has condensed the three plays into two, highlighting the thrilling episodic nature of the story, the vivid characters whose actions drive events, and their single-minded quests for power at any cost. Shakespeare’s plays argue that power divorced from values leads to chaos, violence, and anarchy, and as always, he explores vast national themes by dramatizing their most personal and human impacts. Edelstein’s adaptations include all the great language, characters, spectacle, battles, and sweeping crowd scenes that make the three Shakespeare plays so memorable, while streamlining their stories and focusing their often sprawling narrative.

“The Old Globe is one of North America’s great Shakespeare companies, and in its 87 years it has produced almost every Shakespeare play, some many times,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “But three plays have remained undone: Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III. Over the past two years I’ve had the privilege to adapt these three plays into two and to conceive a production of them that embraces their full sweep, from drama to comedy, from the personal to the political, and from the intimate to the epic. Henry 6 will be a work of professional Shakespeare at the high level Globe audiences have come to expect, but it will also weave our nationally renowned arts engagement programming into our work in new ways, as community members participate in the making of the show throughout every part of the process. This will be a grand adventure for the Globe and me, and I’m thrilled to share it with San Diego.”

Henry 6 is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The Old Globe’s arts engagement programs are supported by Price Philanthropies, Qualcomm, U.S. Bank, and Viasat, with additional support by La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation. Globe Teaching Artists are supported by the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

For the full press release, click here! For more information on The H6 EPIC Workshop Series, click here! For the Henry 6 press page, click here!

Photo by Rich Soublet II.