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Press Release: The Old Man and The Old Moon Cast Announcement

Performances Begin This Saturday for
the West Coast Premiere of
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON,
from the Award-Winning PigPen Theatre Co.

The Family-Friendly Show Runs May 13 – June 18, 2017

 

SAN DIEGO (May 9, 2017)—Performances begin this Saturday, May 13 at The Old Globe for the West Coast premiere of The Old Man and The Old Moon by acclaimed theatre troupe PigPen Theatre Co. Directed by PigPen Theatre Co. and Stuart Carden in their Globe debuts, this intriguing and inventive tale full of music and puppetryruns through June 18 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Thursday, May 18 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.

“This is a story of time and tides and quests, the sort of fable on which mythologies and religions are founded,” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Now, after delighting audiences in New York, Chicago, and Boston, The Old Man and The Old Moon makes its West Coast premiere. The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea to find her reminds them—and us—of the unwavering power of love. Discover why BroadwayWorld dubbed the production “a glorious fusion of music and theatrics,” and TheaterMania called it “extraordinarily imaginative—a rare example of true theatre magic!”

The cast of The Old Man and The Old Moon is comprised of the outstanding ensemble of PigPen Theatre Co.: Alex Falberg (The Old Woman), Ben Ferguson (Callahan),Curtis Gillen (Llewelyn), Ryan Melia (The Old Man),Matt Nuernberger (Matheson), Arya Shahi (Cookie), andDan Weschler (Mabelu).

The creative team includes Lydia Fine (Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Design), Bart Cortright (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), and Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager)

“This show, and the marvelous artists of PigPen Theatre Co., bring sheer magic to our stage,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “PigPen’s signature combination of music, shadowplay, puppetry, and thrilling physical acting is unique. These hip and talented wizards have fused their many gifts into a play that’s a great joy for audiences of all ages. I can’t wait to bring my own five-year-old and nine-year-old, and I can’t wait to watch our adult audiences unleash their inner children before this charming, funny, and incredibly sweet show. I’m delighted to have it here.”

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country. They have earned “critic’s picks” from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe, and many more, and they have been ranked among the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. They were the first company to win the New York International Fringe Festival’s Overall Production/Play Award two years in a row (2010, 2011), and they went on to win IRNE Awards (2012, 2015) and Joseph Jefferson Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles. PigPen’s debut album, Bremen, was named the no. 10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy Awards preview, sending PigPen on tour to play to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, The Way I’m Running, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schubas Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, Whole Sun, performed at the return of Mumford & Sons to the Gentlemen of the Road festival, and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. PigPen is working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel.

Stuart Carden is thrilled to share this epic story in his debut at The Old Globe. His recent credits include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (People’s Light & Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (City Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and PigPen Theatre Co.’s indie–folk ghost story The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre). His other credits include The Old Man and The Old Moon (ArtsEmerson, The New Victory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre), Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, Yellow Moon, Hesperia, and Travels with my Aunt (Writers Theatre), Oblivion, Tribes, Blackbird, Mary’s Wedding, A Picasso, and The Moonlight Room (City Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Crime and Punishment, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Butler (Northlight Theatre), Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The False Servant, and Stones in His Pockets (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), and The Merchant of Venice, Golden Child, Back of the Throat, and Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (Silk Road Rising). Mr. Carden served five seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Writers Theatre in Chicago (2009–2014) and two seasons at City Theatre (2007–2009). He lives in the South Loop of Chicago with his wife, contemporary art curator Neysa Page-Lieberman, and their twins, Dashiell and Griffin. He is a proud alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

The Old Man and The Old Moon is supported in part by gifts from Production Sponsors Globe Guilders, Kathryn and John Hattox, and ViaSat, as well as Artist Sponsor for PigPen Theatre Co., Jeanette Stevens.

Additional events taking place during the run of The Old Man and The Old Moon include:

  • INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, May 16, 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, May 20, 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: Tuesday, May 23; Tuesday, May 30; Wednesday, June 7, 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 The Old Man and The Old Moon start at $29 and are on sale now. 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 April 8 and continue through May 7, 2017. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, May 18 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, June 7 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 10.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: To look up online or GPS directions to The Old Globe, please do not use the Delivery Address above. There is only a 10-minute zone at that physical address. For GPS users, please click here for the map coordinates, and here for written directions to The Old Globe and nearby parking in Balboa Park.

CALENDAR: 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), Benny & Joon (9/7–10/22), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (9/30–10/29), Globe for All Tour: Twelfth Night (10/31–11/19), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/4–12/24), M.F.A.: Romeo and Juliet (11/11–11/19), The Importance of Being Earnest (1/27/18–3/4), Uncle Vanya (2/10–3/11), American Mariachi (3/23–4/29), The Wanderers (4/5–5/6), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12–6/17), Native Gardens (5/26–6/24)

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

Alex Falberg (The Old Woman and others) is originally from Kharkov, Ukraine, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After attending University School, he pursued his B.F.A. in Acting at Carnegie Mellon University alongside his fellow PigPen cohorts. His previous theatre credits include The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre) and The Old Man and The Old Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival). His television credits include Semyon on “Daredevil” and Nikola Tesla in The Men Who Built America.

Ben Ferguson (Callahan and others) was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He received his B.F.A. in Acting alongside the rest of PigPen at Carnegie Mellon University before moving to New York City in 2011. He has since created and performed shows with PigPen such as The Nightmare Story, The Mountain Song, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Hunter and The Bear.

Curtis Gillen (Llewelyn and others) has appeared Off Broadway in The Old Man and The Old Moon and in Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn. Most recently he performed in PigPen’s newest play, The Hunter and The Bear, at Writers Theatre in Chicago. Film credits include Ricki and the Flash and HairBrained.

Ryan Melia (The Old Man) graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and has since traveled the country with PigPen Theatre Co. Other shows created by PigPen include The Hunter and The Bear, The Nightmare Story, and The Mountain Song.

Matt Nuernberger (Matheson and others), a Chicago native, graduated with a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. His previous theatre credits include Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn (Theatre for a New Audience), Henry V (Irondale Ensemble), A Little More Alive, Pocatello, and Tape (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Old Man and The Old Moon (The New Victory Theater, Writers Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, ArtsEmerson, The Gym at Judson), and most recently, The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre). His film credits include Ricki and the Flash, and his voiceover credits include commercial work for Raid.

Arya Shahi (Cookie and others) was raised in Tucson, Arizona, where he attended St. Gregory College Preparatory School. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University. Alongside his fellow company members, Mr. Shahi has co-created every iteration and appeared in every production of PigPen’s The Hunter and The Bear, The Old Man and The Old Moon, The Mountain Song, and The Nightmare Story. His additional credits include the film Ricki and the Flash directed by Jonathan Demme; theOff Broadway productions of Pericles directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and Exile directed by Lisa Peterson; and the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday directed by Navid Khonsari.

Dan Weschler (Mabelu and others) grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, before studying acting at Carnegie Mellon University. After receiving his B.F.A., he moved to New York. His theatre credits include The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre) and The Old Man and The Old Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Victory Theater, Writers Theatre, The Gym at Judson), The Mountain Song and The Nightmare Story (PigPen Theatre Co.), Pericles (Theatre for a New Audience), and American Realism (The Invisible Dog, San Diego Museum of Art).

Lydia Fine (Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Design) is a New York City-based designer. She has been working with PigPen Theatre Co. since their days together at Carnegie Mellon University. When Ms. Fine is not playing with shadow puppets, she is working in various mediums, creating worlds and characters for films, music videos, live music performances, internet talk shows, photo shoots, commercials, and immersive events.

Bart Cortright (Lighting Design) is a New York-based video and lighting designer. His previous PigPen designs include The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre), The Old Man and The Old Moon (ArtsEmerson, The New Victory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Nightmare Story (Irondale Ensemble, Barrow Street Theatre), and The Mountain Song (Company One). His associate and assistant credits include Anastasia, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Newsies, Bring It On, and Here Lies Love. In addition to designing theatre shows, Mr. Cortright works as a cinematographer in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, where he previously designed Water by the Spoonful, and to be working with PigPen, having recently worked with them on The Hunter and The Bear at Writers Theatre. Based in New York City and Chicago, his other recent work include projects with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Pearl Theatre Company, The Play Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Albany Park Theater Project, AmericanConservatory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, The Flea Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, and Second Stage Theatre. He has designed internationally for TukkersConnexion (Arnhem, Holland), International Festival of Londrina (Londrina, Brazil), and Festival d’Automne (Paris, France). His recent film composition credits include Glitch, The Wise Kids, and In Memoriam. He has received a Lucille Lortel Award, several Joseph Jefferson Awards, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut and to be working with PigPen again. Her Broadway credits include Les Misérables, The Visit, and Scandalous. Her Off Broadway credits include Sell/Buy/Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Murder for Two (New World Stages), Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery (DR2 Theatre), Next Fall (Naked Angels), Jailbait (Cherry Lane Theatre), Unconditional (Labyrinth Theater Company), and Speech & Debate (Roundabout Theatre Company). Ms. Unsworth has worked regionally at George Street Playhouse, Two River Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival (eight seasons), Geffen Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, and Huntington Theatre Company. Her touring experience includes Prince of Broadway (Japan) and two seasons with Radio City Christmas Spectacular (arena tour). She received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from Boston University.

 

The West Coast premiere of

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON

By PigPen Theatre Co.

Directed by PigPen Theatre Co. and Stuart Carden

RUNS: May 13 – June 18, 2017

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre,

Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Tickets start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: Now, after delighting audiences in New York, Chicago, and Boston, The Old Man and The Old Moon makes its West Coast premiere. The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that

spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea to find her reminds them—and us—of the unwavering power of love.

CAST: Alex Falberg (The Old Woman and others), Ben Ferguson (Callahan and others), Curtis Gillen (Llewelyn and others), Ryan Melia (The Old Man), Matt Nuernberger (Matheson and others), Arya Shahi (Cookie and others), and Dan Weschler (Mabelu and others).

CREATIVE TEAM: Lydia Fine (Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Design), Bart Cortright (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), and Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel from the artistic company of the show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, May 20

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: Tuesday, May 23; Tuesday, May 30; and Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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:

May 13 SAT 8:00pm

May 14 SUN 7:00pm

May 16 TUE 7:00pm (Insights Seminar)

May 17 WED 7:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: May 18 THURS 8:00pm

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:

May 19 FRI 8:00pm

May 20 SAT 2:00pm (Subject Matters)

May 20 SAT 8:00pm

May 21 SUN 2:00pm

May 21 SUN 7:00pm

May 23 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

May 24 WED 7:00pm

May 25 THURS 8:00pm

May 26 FRI 8:00pm

May 27 SAT 2:00pm

May 27 SAT 8:00pm

May 28 SUN 2:00pm

May 28 SUN 7:00pm

May 30 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

May 31 WED 7:00pm

June 1 THURS 8:00pm

June 2 FRI 8:00pm

June 3 SAT 2:00pm

June 3 SAT 8:00pm

June 4 SUN 2:00pm

June 4 SUN 7:00pm

June 6 TUE 7:00pm

June 7 WED 2:00pm

June 7 WED 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

June 8 THURS 8:00pm

June 9 FRI 8:00pm

June 10 SAT 8:00pm

June 11 SUN 2:00pm

June 11 SUN 7:00pm

June 13 TUE 7:00pm

June 14 WED 7:00pm

June 15 THURS 8:00pm

June 16 FRI 8:00pm

June 17 SAT 2:00pm

June 17 SAT 8:00pm

June 18 SUN 2:00pm

June 18 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