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Press Release: Red Velvet Cast Annoucement

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for
London’s Four-Star Smash, Lolita Chakrabarti’s
RED VELVET,

Directed by Stafford Arima

Performances Run March 25 – April 30, 2017

 

SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2017)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. In-demand director Stafford Arima (Broadway’s Allegiance, Off Broadway’s Altar Boyz, West End’s Ragtime) returns to the Globe, following Allegiance and Ace, to helm the award-winning drama, which runs March 25 – April 30, 2017 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Red Velvet is a stirring drama that transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role—but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Stafford Arima returns to The Old Globe with a stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.”

Albert Jones leads the cast as Ira Aldridge. His extensive credits include Lincoln Center’s acclaimed Henry IV on Broadway and the Off Broadway productions of Macbeth, Pericles, and Richard III. His television and film credits include “House of Cards,” “The Night Of,” American Gangster, and Cadillac Records. Joining him are Michael Aurelio (The Merry Wives of Windsor and Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum) as Casimir and Henry Forrester; Sean Dugan (The Four of Us at the Globe, Next Fall on Broadway, “Smash,” “Oz”)as Pierre Laporte; San Diego actress Monique Gaffney (Craig Noel Award winner, Globe for All’s Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well)as Connie; John Lavelle (Macbeth, The Royale, 2013 Shakespeare Festival at the Globe, The Graduate on Broadway)as Charles Kean; Allison Mack (10 seasons of WB/CW’s hit series “Smallville,” “Wilfred”)as Ellen Tree; Amelia Pedlow (Globe’s The Metromaniacs, Off Broadway’s The Liar and The Heir Apparent) as Halina Wozniak, Betty Lovell, and Margaret Aldridge; and Mark Pinter (Macbeth, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Globe, Rothschild & Sons Off Broadway) as Terence and Bernard Warde.

The creative team includes Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Lynne Shankel (Original Music), Jenn Rapp (Movement, Associate Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“Theatre is very good at bringing neglected pieces of history to life, and Red Velvet does that with uncommon vividness and power,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Ira Aldridge’s story is remarkable on its own terms for the impact he had on theatrical history and the obstacles of racism and exclusion he struggled through. But in Lolita Chakrabarti’s hands, Aldridge’s life is transformed into metaphor. She takes us on a journey to a place we didn’t know existed, and then shows us ourselves in the figures dwelling there. I’m thrilled to bring this play to San Diego and excited to see the theatrical magic that the talented Stafford Arima and his colleagues will work on our stage.”

Lolita Chakrabarti (Playwright) is an award-winning actress and writer. Her debut play, Red Velvet, premiered in 2012 at Tricycle Theatre in London, where it returned in 2014 before transferring to St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York. In 2016 the play opened at the prestigious Garrick Theatre on London’s West End as part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of plays. Red Velvet garnered for Ms. Chakrabarti the 2012 Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright; 2012 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright; 2013 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts & Culture; 2012 WhatsOnStage Award nominations for London Newcomer of the Year and Best New Play; and a 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Red Velvet earned further rave reviews in its New York transfer. Ms. Chakrabarti also wrote Joy for Last Seen at Almeida Theatre and a five-part adaptation of The Goddess for BBC Radio 4. She runs Lesata Productions with Rosa Maggiora and Adrian Lester. They produced Of Mary, a short film directed by Mr. Lester, which won the Best Short Film Award at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival and was officially selected for the Raindance, Underwire, London Short, Montreal Black International, Independent Black Women’s, and Toronto Black Film Festival.

Stafford Arima (Director) previously directed the Globe productions of Allegiance and Ace. His selected work includes Allegiance (Broadway), Ragtime (West End, eight Olivier Awards nominations including Best Director and Best Musical), A.R. Gurney’s Two Class Acts (The Flea Theater), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout Theatre Company), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Candide (San Francisco Symphony), Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, seven Drama Desk Award nominations), Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Secret Garden (Lincoln Center), Total Eclipse (Toronto), Carrie (MCC Theater, five Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Musical), bare (2012 Off Broadway revival), Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals), Spring Awakening (University of California, Davis), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), and Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Mr. Arima was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Seussical and A Class Act. He graduated from York University, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. He is Artistic Advisor for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, an adjunct professor at UC Davis, and a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Red Velvet is supported in part through gifts from Dow Divas, HM Electronics, Inc., and The Estate of Madelon McGowan.

Additional events taking place during the run of Red Velvet include:

  • INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
    An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

 

  • SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, April 1, 2017, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.
    Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians, and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play’s concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE.

 

  • POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, April 4 and 11, and Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
    Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast, crew, and/or Globe staff members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

SINGLE TICKETS to Red Velvet start at $29 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more. Performances begin on March 25 and continue through April 30, 2017. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, April 22.

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Through a special arrangement with the San Diego Zoo, Old Globe evening ticket-holders have the opportunity to pre-purchase valet parking in the Zoo’s employee parking structure. With a drop-off point just a short walk to the Globe, theatregoers may purchase fast, easy, convenient valet parking for just $20 per vehicle per evening. Pre-paid only, available only by phone through the Old Globe Box Office. Call (619) 234-5623 or visit
www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/valet-parking.

There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.

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2017 CALENDAR: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12), The Blameless (2/23-3/26),Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25), King Richard II (6/11-7/15), Guys and Dolls (7/2-8/13), Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! (7/22-8/27), Hamlet (8/6-9/10).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Michael Aurelio (Casimir, Henry Forrester) has appeared in the world premiere of Timboctou (REDCAT, Teatro Experimental in Guadalajara), Camino Real (The Theatre @ Boston Court), The Merry Wives of Windsor and Richard III (Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum), and Leisure & Lust (The Mount). His television and film credits include guest star roles in “Murder in the First,” “We Are Men,” and Violet.

Sean Dugan (Pierre Laporte) was previously seen at The Old Globe in the world premiere of Itamar Moses’s The Four of Us. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his work in the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of the Tony Award-nominated play Next Fall. His additional Off Broadway credits include Cloud Nine, Tail! Spin!, The Illusion, The English Channel, Perfect Harmony, BFF, Nerds, Valhalla, Flesh and Blood, Corpus Christi,and Shakespeare’s R&J. He has appeared regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, American Conservatory Theater, Round House Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and for four seasons as a company member at American Repertory Theater under the direction of Robert Brustein. His film credits include the award-winning short film Dinner at 40, Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, Victoriana, Gigantic, Trust the Man, Company Man, and Overnight Sensation. He has guest starred on television in “The Lottery,” “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as in his recurring role as Timmy Kirk for four seasons on HBO’s “Oz.”

Monique Gaffney (Connie) appeared in the Globe for All productions of Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well. She is a resident artist at Cygnet Theatre Company and a member of Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Co. Her San Diego credits include The Tragedy of the Commons, The Piano Lesson, Man from Nebraska, Yellowman (2008 Craig Noel Award), Bug, and Las Meninas (Cygnet), Disgraced, Doubt, Clybourne Park, and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Heddatron, A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Raisin in the Sun (ion theatre company), Cell and Hoodoo Love (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company), Brownie Points (Lamb’s Players Theatre), No Exit (Diversionary Theatre), Medea and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady from Rwanda (Patté Award) (6th@ Penn Theatre), Trouble in Mind, Gibson Girl, and Blue Bonnet Court (MOXIE Theatre), and Gee’s Bend, Story Theatre, Stories About the Old Days, and The African Company Presents Richard III (North Coast Repertory Theatre). Gaffney’s New York credits include Mamba’s Daughters (International Spoleto Festival), and American Silents directed by Anne Bogart.

Albert Jones (Ira Aldridge) appeared in the Broadway production of Henry IV (Lincoln Center Theater) and the Off Broadway productions of Macbeth and Oroonoko (Theatre for a New Audience, AUDELCO Award nomination) and Pericles, Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Richard III (The Pearl Theatre Company). His regional credits include The Mountaintop and The Brothers Size (City Theatre), Macbeth (The Wilma Theater), Battle of Black and Dogs (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Sound), A Raisin in the Sun (Hartford Stage), Intimate Apparel (Intiman Theatre), The Piano Lesson (Cleveland Play House), Flag Day (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Portland Center Stage), Arms and the Man (Barrington Stage Company), Edward II and The Threepenny Opera (American Conservatory Theater), and As You Like It and Scapin (California Shakespeare Theater). Mr. Jones’s film and television credits include And So It Goes, She’s Funny That Way, Salt, Cadillac Records, American Gangster, The Bourne Ultimatum, Proud, “Quarry,” “The Night Of,” “The Affair,” “House of Cards,” “Golden Boy,” “Elementary,” “The Following,” “NYC 22,” ”Made in Jersey,” ”Blue Bloods,” “ Unforgettable,” “White Collar,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Criminal Intent,” “Rescue Me,” “Kidnapped,” and the upcoming “Mindhunter.”

John Lavelle (Charles Kean) has performed at The Old Globe in Macbeth, The Royale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Craig Noel Award nomination), and Bell, Book, and Candle. His theatre credits include The Graduate (Broadway), The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk Award), The Iliad (Syros Festival, Greece), Catch-22 (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience), On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Burleigh Grimes (New World Stages), Rope (Drama Dept.), and As You Like It (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles). Mr. Lavelle has performed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Hartford Stage. His television and film credits include “Grace and Frankie,” “Forever,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “The Black Donnellys,” “Numb3rs,” “NCIS,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, August, Zerosome, Frozen, Zootopia, Heirloom, and Selma.

Allison Mack (Ellen Tree) began her professional acting career at the age of four. Throughout her childhood, she worked on numerous television and feature films. Although she had been working consistently for over a decade as a child actor, it was in her late teens when she landed her defining role, playing reporter Chloe Sullivan on the WB/CW hit series “Smallville.” Eventually in 2010, due to the popularity of her portrayal of Chloe, Ms. Mack led DC Comics to officially introduce the character. She earned several awards and nominations for her performance, establishing her as one of television’s most sought-after geek goddesses. In November 2008, Ms. Mack went behind the camera and made her directorial debut with the “Smallville” episode “Power,” and she went on to direct additional television episodes as well as produce and direct feature films. Today Ms. Mack serves as President and top trainer at The Source, which she and accomplished philosopher, physicist, and educator Keith Rainiere developed. The Source is a curriculum providing a unique toolset and innovative exercises to increase one’s mastery in the art of compassion through the discipline of acting and expression.

Amelia Pedlow (Halina Wozniak, Betty Lovell, Margaret Aldridge) was previously seen at The Old Globe in The Metromaniacs. She has appeared Off Broadway in The Liar and The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull Theater), and You Never Can Tell (The Pearl Theatre Company). Regionally, her work includes The Metromaniacs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and Huntington Theatre Company), The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, and The Liar (Denver Center Theatre Company), Legacy of Light (Cleveland Play House), and The Diary of Anne Frank and The Tempest (Virginia Stage Company). Her television work includes roles on The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Shades of Blue,” and “The Blacklist.”

Mark Pinter (Terence, Bernard Warde) returns to The Old Globe, where he was last seen in Macbeth in 2016, Othello and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2014, and Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt in 1977. His Off Broadway credits include the 2015 revival of Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Company), My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon (Hypothetical Theatre Company), and Three on the Couch (Soho Rep.). Regionally he has been seen in Book of Days (Arena Stage), Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Price (Northern Stage), The Sound of Music (Syracuse Stage), West Side Story (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Victor/Victoria (North Shore Music Theatre), Equus (Arizona Theatre Company), and The Lion in Winter (North Coast Repertory Theatre). Mr. Pinter recently appeared in the world premiere of Herbert Siguenza’s Manifest Destinitis (San Diego Rep); his other world premieres include Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), Richard Montoya’s Federal Jazz Project (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba (North Coast Rep). His television credits include “Grace and Frankie,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” and “Another World.” His films include Other People’s Money, Vanilla Sky, The Eden Myth, Season of Youth, and the short Play.

Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design) is making his Globe debut. He recently designed the stage adaption of Frozen for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. His recent and upcoming designs Off Broadway and regionally include Her Portmanteau (New York Theatre Workshop), Songbird (59E59 Theaters), Ring Twice for Miranda (New York City Center), Frankenstein (Denver Center Theatre Company), Paint Your Wagon and Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Whipping Man (Alliance Theatre), Cake Off (Signature Theatre Company), Choir Boy and Silence! The Musical (Studio Theatre), The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Squash (The Flea Theater), and many others. Mr. Sherwood is the recipient of a Henry Hewes Design Award nomination, several Suzi Bass Award nominations, a Gregory Award nomination, and the USITT Rising Star Award, and he was named by Live Design magazine as a “Young Designer to Watch.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. He also designed As You Like It for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Mr. Reynoso is the Obie Award-winning costume designer of the Off Broadway hit Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and is also a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Healing Wars (Arena Stage). He is recognized locally for his designs of Tiger Style!, Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, Kingdom City,and the DNA New Work Series presentation of Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). His other work includes Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland, Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq,and Abigail’s Party (American Repertory Theater), The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage Company), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Lyric Stage Company). Mr. Reynoso is also the recipient of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Grant, an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations.

Jason Lyons (Lighting Design) designed Love’s Labor’s Lost and Macbeth at the Globe last summer. He designed the Broadway productions of Hand to God, On the Town, Bronx Bombers, Let It Be, Bring It On: The Musical, Rock of Ages (as well as the Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London, and national tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Good Vibrations. His other recent credits include Dry Powder, Barbecue, and Venice (The Public Theater), Smart People (Second Stage Theatre), Murder for Two and Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Hand to God (MCC Theater), The Commons of Pensacola (Manhattan Theatre Club), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Medieval Play (Signature Theatre Company), Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company), White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology and Clay (Lincoln Center Theater), Happy Hour, Two by Pinter, and Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), and 10 years with The New Group including the productions The Good Mother, Marie and Bruce, Abigail’s Party, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Hurlyburly.

Jonathan Deans (Sound Design) previously designed Kiss Me, Kate andthe world premiere of Allegiance at The Old Globe. His work spans from Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to Michael Jackson: One in Las Vegas. His Broadway credits include Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony Award nomination), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Young Frankenstein, The Pirate Queen, Lestat, Taboo, Follies, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Fosse, Candide, King David, and the original production of Ragtime. His numerous Off Broadway credits include Invisible Thread, The Public Theater’s A Second Chance, Carrie (Drama Desk nomination), and Parade (Drama Desk nomination). He has also designed opera, plays, and productions on the West End. His work with Cirque du Soleil includes One, Love, Ka, Criss Angel Believe, Viva Elvis, Zumanity, O, Mystère, La Nouba, Wintuk, Ovo, Corteo, and Saltimbanco. Mr. Deans was presented with the USITT Award for Distinguished Achievement in Sound and has received a number of other awards.

Lynne Shankel (Original Music) was music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for Allegiance starring Lea Salonga and George Takei on Broadway and in its 2012 world premiere at The Old Globe, for which she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations. Her diverse musical background has led her to write orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, The New York Pops, and Raul Esparza, to Tony Award winner and Bon Jovi member David Bryan and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the Broadway production of Cry-Baby and the resident music supervisor for the Tony Award-winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy Award-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations. Ms. Shankel received a second Drama Desk nomination for The Extraordinary Ordinary by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell. In 2014, Ms. Shankel was orchestrator/arranger for the world premiere of Chasing the Song, with music by David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro, at La Jolla Playhouse. She was music supervisor/arranger/co-orchestrator for bare and collaborated with lyricist Jon Hartmere to provide new songs for that production, which are featured on her new album Bare Naked.

Jenn Rapp (Movement, Associate Director) is the current associate director and choreographer for The Illusionists, which played record-breaking runs for the past three years on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, Neil Simon Theatre, and Palace Theatre. She choreographed Song for a Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and associate directed the new musical Found (Atlantic Theater Company and Philadelphia Theatre Company). As an associate director to Stafford Arima, she worked on the concert productions of The Secret Garden and Ragtime (Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center). They also recently mounted the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Two Class Acts (The Flea Theater). Her Off Broadway credits include bare (New World Stages), Lucky Guy (Little Shubert Theatre), Carrie (MCC Theater), and Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company). She directed and choreographed Prison Dancer at the New York Musical Festival, for which she won the festival’s Excellence in Choreography Award. She created the original Norwegian Cruise Line production of Cirque Bijou, a mix of aerial circus choreography and dance. For companies such as DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, she has traveled to numerous countries, directing original musicals from popular cartoons.

David Huber (Vocal Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of The Blameless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale directed by Jack O’Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REP Theatre, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and recently taught speech in the graduate theatre program at UC San Diego. He is a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Blameless, Meteor Shower, tokyo fish story, Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie (upcoming), Jitney (upcoming), The Little Foxes (upcoming), The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Second Stage Theatre (seven seasons), and Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons). Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, The Metromaniacs, In Your Arms, Twelfth Night, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter’s Tale, A Doll’s House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, the 2011–2013 Shakespeare Festivals, Rafta, Rafta…, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Alive and Well, Sammy, Cornelia, Since Africa, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and The Glass Menagerie. Her Broadway credits include In the Heights. Her regional credits include Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis,and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse) and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Her San Diego credits include Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Lamb’s Players Theatre.

 

RED VELVET

By Lolita Chakrabarti

Directed by Stafford Arima

RUNS: March 25 – April 30, 2017

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre,
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Tickets start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: Red Velvet is a stirring drama that transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role—but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Stafford Arima returns to The Old Globe with a stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.”

CAST: Michael Aurelio (Casimir, Henry Forrester), Sean Dugan (Pierre Laporte), Monique Gaffney (Connie), Albert Jones (Ira Aldridge), John Lavelle (Charles Kean), Allison Mack (Ellen Tree), Amelia Pedlow (Halina Wozniak, Betty Lovell, Margaret Aldridge), Mark Pinter (Terence, Bernard Warde).

CREATIVE TEAM: Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Jenn Rapp (Movement, Associate Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel from the artistic company of the show. Reception at 6:00 p.m. FREE

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, April 1

Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, explore the ideas and issues raised by the production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, April 4 and 11, and Wednesday, April 19

Discuss the play with members of the cast, crew, and/or Globe staff following the performance. FREE

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available, pre-paid with your evening ticket in the Zoo Employee Parking structure ($20).

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:

Mar 25 SAT 8:00pm

Mar 26 SUN 7:00pm

Mar 28 TUE 7:00pm (Insights Seminar)

Mar 29 WED 7:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: Mar 30 THURS 8:00pm

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:

Mar 31 FRI 8:00pm

Apr 1 SAT 2:00pm (Subject Matters)

Apr 1 SAT 8:00pm

Apr 2 SUN 2:00pm

Apr 2 SUN 7:00pm

Apr 4 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Apr 5 WED 7:00pm

Apr 6 THURS 8:00pm

Apr 7 FRI 8:00pm

Apr 8 SAT 2:00pm

Apr 8 SAT 8:00pm

Apr 9 SUN 2:00pm

Apr 9 SUN 7:00pm

Apr 11 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Apr 12 WED 7:00pm

Apr 13 THURS 8:00pm

Apr 14 FRI 8:00pm

Apr 15 SAT 2:00pm

Apr 15 SAT 8:00pm

Apr 16 SUN 2:00pm

Apr 16 SUN 7:00pm

Apr 18 TUE 7:00pm

Apr 19 WED 2:00pm

Apr 19 WED 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Apr 20 THURS 8:00pm

Apr 21 FRI 8:00pm

Apr 22 SAT 8:00pm

Apr 23 SUN 2:00pm

Apr 23 SUN 7:00pm

Apr 25 TUE 7:00pm

Apr 26 WED 7:00pm

Apr 27 THURS 8:00pm

Apr 28 FRI 8:00pm

Apr 29 SAT 2:00pm

Apr 29 SAT 8:00pm

Apr 30 SUN 2:00pm

Apr 30 SUN 7:00pm

 

PHOTOS: Digital images of Globe productions are available at TheOldGlobe.org/press-room.

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA accepted.
(619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

PRESS CONTACTS:

Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 / (619) 325-9416
   schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org

Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355
   mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org