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Press Release: Globe For All - Twelfth Night

Casting Is Announced as GLOBE FOR ALL Brings
Free Shakespeare into the San Diego Community
with the Delightful Romantic Comedy TWELFTH NIGHT,
OCTOBER 31 Through NOVEMBER 19, 2017,
Directed by JERRY RUIZ, with a Cross-Cultural Twist!

Your Coverage Is Invited ~
Join Us at One of the Available Community Venues!

The GLOBE FOR ALL TOUR, Presented at 17 Community Partner Venues,
Culminates with Low-Cost Public Performances on Sunday, November 19
in the Globe’s Rehearsal Spaces in Balboa Park’s Historic House of Charm

SAN DIEGO (September 26, 2017)—The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All celebrates four years of making theatre matter to more people! This talented company of professional actors will tour Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night throughout San Diego County to a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The free Globe for All Tour begins Tuesday, October 31 and will visit 17 community partner venues new and old, from Oceanside to the South Bay, from Linda Vista to the Imperial Valley. Director Jerry Ruiz—who has directed premieres at Second Stage, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Denver Center, Clubbed Thumb, and TheaterWorks—brings a twist: the production integrates words and phrases in Spanish into this complex tale of mistaken identity and true love.

Twelfth Night reimagines Illyria as a sunny, modern-day Southern California getaway for the rich and fabulous and their entourages. Crashing onto this luxurious scene is Viola, a Mexican immigrant who comes into the U.S. via the Pacific, but who is tragically separated from her twin brother Sebastian in the process. Determined to start a new life, she disguises herself as a young man and goes to work for Orsino—who is hopelessly in love with the wealthy heiress Olivia—and quickly falls in love with him herself. As Viola unintentionally gets herself and everyone around her twisted into knots, she addresses the audience in asides and soliloquies in her native tongue, adding a bicultural twist to Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy about people divided from their true selves, in one form or another.

The cast features Amara James Aja* (Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Orsino), Amanda Arbues (Olivia), Lorenzo Landini* (Sebastian, Curio), and Jennifer Paredes (Viola) as the young misguided lovers; as well as Ajinkya Desai* (Malvolio, Officer), Kevin Hafso Koppman*(Feste, Captain), Christina Okolo* (Antonia, Valentine), Suzelle Palacios* (Maria, Priest), and Mike Sears (Sir Toby Belch).
*Indicates a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

The creative staff includes Kristen Flores (Scenic Design), Jaymee Ngernwichit (Costume Design), Ariel Levine (Original Music), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“That Globe for All is in its fourth year is a cause for real celebration,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “This wonderful program shares the glories of The Old Globe, free of charge, with our neighbors throughout the county who may not regularly participate in our programming in Balboa Park, and it helps make theatre matter to their communities. We mark this year with a production of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most perfect plays. It has everything: gorgeous poetry, romance, great characters, and comedy that’s fall-down funny. A superb professional cast under the direction of the gifted Jerry Ruiz will charm and delight audiences and continue a conversation between the Globe and San Diego that is enriching, exciting, and fun.”

Community partners new and old will delight at the up-close and personal production. It will be seen at A Reason to Survive; California State Prison, Centinela; Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library; El Corazon Senior Center°; Father Joe’s Villages; Fourth District Senior Resource Center; Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility; Naval Base San Diego; San Diego Military Family Collaborative°/SAY San Diego Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program; San Diego Rescue Mission; South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood; Veterans Village of San Diego; Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library; and San Diego Public Library branches including the Central Library, City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex, and Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library°. The tour will culminate in two low-cost public performances on Sunday, November 19 in the Globe’s Festival Rehearsal Room, part of Balboa Park’s historic House of Charm.
°Indicates new community partner and venue for the 2017 tour.

Each community partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop to become familiarized with Twelfth Night. These workshops are designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work. Taught by professional Globe Teaching Artists, participants are introduced to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of the play. Each Globe for All Tour performance also begins with an introductory pre-show warmup led by Teaching Artists Damon Shearer, Tara Ricasa, Blake McCarty, and James Pillar, and ends with a casual talk-back.

Globe for All presents free professional theatre to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors and five production staff members. Over the past three years, Globe for All has continued to extend its reach, performing in military bases, homeless shelters, senior and correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues. It has made theatre matter to more than 4,800 audience members, many of whom, for whatever reason, do not enjoy regular access to the professional performing arts. With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms, the tour gives audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator. 

Globe for All will be presented with free public performances at:

  • OPENING NIGHT: San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program (Junipero Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego, 92124) on Thursday, November 2 at 5:45 p.m.
  • Fourth District Senior Resource Center (The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114) on Friday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m.
  • San Diego Public Library – City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105) on Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.
  • San Diego Public LibraryOtay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library (3003 Coronado Ave., San Diego, 92154) on Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/San Diego County Library – Lemon Grove Branch Library (Lemon Grove Academy, Roberto Alvarez Auditorium, 3171 School Ln., Lemon Grove, 91945) on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
  • (location TBA) on, Saturday, November 11, time TBA
  • San Diego Public Library – Central Library (Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101) on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Naval Base San Diego (Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St., 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136) on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. (open to Navy personnel and family members)
  • A Reason to Survive (Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 140 E. 12th St., Suite B, National City, 91950) on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
  • El Corazon Senior Center (3302 Senior Center Dr., Oceanside, 92056) on Saturday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Alejandra Enciso to join us at one of our public Community Partner venues and
see for yourself exactly what happens as the tour reaches out into the San Diego community!
 

In addition to these free public performances, the Globe for All Tour will be performed for members of the following organizations (not open to anyone outside the organization):

  • Veterans Village of San Diego
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood
  • Father Joe’s Villages
  • Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility
  • California State Prison, Centinela

These last performances are NOT open to the public, so PLEASE DO NOT publish any details about them. The non-public performances require advance clearances, and not all venues are open to press. 

The tour culminates with two low-cost public performances offered in The Old Globe’s Festival Rehearsal Room, part of the historic House of Charm, on Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 for the general public and $10 for subscribers.

Organizations interested in partnering with Globe for All in the future should contact Karen Ann Daniels, Arts Engagement Programs Manager, at kdaniels@TheOldGlobe.org or (619) 231-1941 x2105.

Globe for All is supported in part through gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, Stuart Foreman, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Michael T. Turner and Suzanne Poet Turner in loving memory of James Whitfield Poet, Torrey Pines Bank, The City of Chula Vista and the County of San Diego. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. 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: Benny & Joon (9/7–10/22), AXIS: The Journey Encore Installation (10/4–10/8), AXIS: Q&A with The Journey (10/6), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (9/30–10/29), COLAB City Heights Day of The Dead Festival (10/28), AXIS: Day of the Dead (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), AXIS: Site-Specific Dance with Blythe Barton (11/18), AXIS:Culture Shock’s Hip Hop The Nutcracker Teaser (12/23), The Importance of Being Earnest (1/27/18–3/4), Uncle Vanya (2/10–3/11), AXIS: Give Love San Diego (2/10), American Mariachi (3/23–4/29), AXIS: American Mariachi Event (3/31), The Wanderers (4/5–5/6), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/21), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12–6/17), Native Gardens (5/26–6/24), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12). 

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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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON OUR VENUES OFFERING
PERFORMANCES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Many of these venues have scheduled pre-show community meals.
Please contact us for more information to cover this portion of the event.

 

San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program

New Community Partner/venue in 2017

  • Junipero Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego, 92124
  • Thursday, November 2 at 5:45 p.m.
  • The San Diego Military Family Collaborative provides an inclusive forum to maximize the collective impact of community resources to enhance military family life. More than anywhere else in the nation, active-duty military, returning veterans, and their families call San Diego home. The San Diego Military Family Collaborative provides one coordinated place where military families can find resources and stay strong, healthy, and connected. Together as a community, in partnership with active-duty, reservists, veterans, and their families, San Diego will give military men and women the just response for their sacrifice and service.
  • Serra Real Connections (SRC) is a school-based family resource center, located on the Junipero Serra High School campus, serving all students and families in Tierrasanta/Murphy Canyon. SRC engages students and families to enhance campus climate and culture by developing student leaders and strengthening social and emotional confidence of teens, preparing them for college or post-high school success, thus promoting healthy families in healthy communities.

 

Fourth District Senior Resource Center

  • The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114
  • Friday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Thursday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.
    Pre-show performance by FDSRC Seasoned Line Dancers at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Fourth District Seniors Resource Center is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization serving moderate- to low-income seniors residing within the 4th Council District. It is primarily funded through grants and private donations. The Center provides a place where seniors can meet to voice their concerns on various seniors’ issues, receive updates on legislative measures, socialize, and enjoy daily congregate meals. Participants are afforded the opportunity to interact with youth, thus fostering mutual pride and self-respect.

 

San Diego Public Library – City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex

  • 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105
  • Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Saturday, October 21at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Performance Annex is the only theatre that the City of San Diego both owns and operates. It is a 50-foot-by-50-foot black-box theatre, a physical asset and real estate parcel of the San Diego Public Library. It was developed in the 1990s as part of the Urban Village project, a private–public partnership between the city and Price Charities that includes the library itself, the park and recreation center, the retail center, affordable housing, and the office building on University Avenue that houses Price and a number of other not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations. The intention is that with technical upgrades and other improvements in the near future, the theatre will become the central feature in a larger cultural production facility.

 

San Diego Public Library – Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch

New Community Partner/venue in 2017

  • 3003 Coronado Ave., San Diego, 92154
  • Sunday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m.
  • The new Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library extends the mission of the facility beyond that of merely a home for books. It embraces the notion of a place, which is an important resource and anchor for the community. The new entrance brings visitors off the street and down into the library and aligns its axis with a new outdoor courtyard. The courtyard—which is visible from the existing library, its new addition, and the street—is both an extension of the interior space for community events and a quiet place for reflection and reading. The new 5,000-square-foot addition houses the community meeting and media rooms. It has a place of prominence at the corner of the site, where a 20-foot-tall structural glass wall gives a glimpse of the main community room to the public from the street. The use of teak hardwood and stone floors, coupled with the scale of the room, further reinforces the building as an anchor for the neighborhood.

 

Chaldean and Middle-Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library

  • St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020
  • Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Saturday, October 21at 10:00 a.m. (San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon, 92020)
  • The mission of Chaldean and Middle-Eastern Social Services (CMSS) is to help refugee communities maximize their potential toward a better way of life, as well as to facilitate their acculturation into American society. To this end, CMSS educates and empowers resettling Chaldean and Middle-Eastern refugees by providing them with the primary healthcare, education, and social service tools and programs necessary for comprehensive wellbeing and success in their new homeland.
  • The mission of San Diego County Library (SDCL) is to inform, educate, inspire, and entertain. Conferred the national 2012 Library of the Year award by Library Journal and Gale (part of Cengage Learning), SDCL provides sanctuaries for all ages and has its finger on the pulse of the community.

 

Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/San Diego County Library – Lemon Grove Branch Library

  • Lemon Grove Academy, Roberto Alvarez Auditorium, 3171 School Ln., Lemon Grove, 91945
  • Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. (San Diego County Library – Lemon Grove Branch Library, 3001 School Ln., Lemon Grove, CA 91945)
  • The mantra of Lemon Grove Academy (LGA) is “Keeping It RE2AL,” which stands for “Relationships, Expectations for Excellence, and Accelerate Learning.” LGA’s mission is to help young adolescents explore the questions “Who am I?” “What do I aspire to be?” and “What is the path to achieve these goals?” It enables students to become aware of both the real world applications of their learning and the ability to positively contribute to society.
  • The Lemon Grove Historical Society is located at the H. Lee House, a city-owned historic site maintained and operated by the Lemon Grove Historical Society. The Society preserves and shares the history of Lemon Grove within the context of regional, state, and national history; fosters interest in historical studies and the arts and humanities; and manages programs and buildings that advance this mission. It is governed by a seven-member board and is the leading cultural institution in Lemon Grove. The Society operates the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center, both in beautiful Civic Center Park in midtown Lemon Grove. The not-for-profit Society offers a paid membership; distributes a quarterly newsletter; presents free public history lectures from September to June; and offers chamber music, jazz, plays, art exhibits, and more.
  • The services offered by the Lemon Grove Branch Library provide everyone with books, e-books, computers, events for all ages from babies to seniors, and a 3-D printer. It is a branch of the San Diego County Library system and, as such, is committed to enriching the lives of the people of Lemon Grove. Its mission is to inform, educate, inspire, and entertain. Take a moment to step though its doors and see what the library has to offer you.

 

  • Location TBA
  • Saturday, November 11, time TBA

 

San Diego Public Library – Central Branch

  • Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd.,
    San Diego, 92101
  • Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m.
  • The San Diego Public Library, the largest library system in the region, serves a population of more than 1.3 million people. Its mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other. The San Diego Public Library is a popular destination that connects this diverse community to free educational and cultural resources that enrich the lives of visitors and residents alike. The San Diego Central Library, the heart of the city’s 35-branch public library system, opened in September 2013.

 

Naval Base San Diego (Open to Navy personnel and family members.)

  • Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St.,
    2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136
  • Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.
  • As the Naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest region (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada), Navy Region Southwest provides coordination of base-operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in areas such as housing, environmental, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters, supply, medical, and logistical concerns for the hundreds of thousands of active-duty, reserve, and retired military members in the area. The Anchors Catering & Conference Center is located at Naval Base San Diego just outside the Main St. Gate; it allows for easy access to non-military guests.

 

A Reason to Survive

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 140 E. 12th St., Suite B, National City, 91950
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Bard Basics workshop on Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
    • A Reason to Survive’s (ARTS) unique, sequential program model of therapeutic arts, arts education, and college and career preparation is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The model follows youth long-term, meeting them where they are emotionally, socially, developmentally, and artistically. This provides a one-stop shop to move from crisis to college or career using the arts and creativity. By providing youth with a sense of identity and a forum for positive expression, ARTS aims to heal, inspire, and empower youth to affect positive change in their own lives, the communities they live in, and the world. 

City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation-El Corazon Senior Center

New Community Partner/venue in 2017

  • 3302 Senior Center Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056
  • Saturday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nestled in the heart of the city, El Corazon Senior Center is a place of vibrant energy really unlike any other in Oceanside. The Charles Moore/Irving Gill-architectural-themed facility was designed to set the stage for future public and private development at El Corazon. The building sits on six acres and provides a functional and beautiful setting that invites the outdoors in. The interior corridors are encased by large windows with a view to the serene courtyard, which gives visitors the feeling of being outdoors. El Corazon features over 460 acres of premier Oceanside property designed and constructed to serve one of the largest populations, adults 55 and over.
  • The City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of Oceanside residents and to function as a change agent in building strong families and safe communities through people, parks, and programs.

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES 

Amara James Aja (Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Orsino) was recently seen at the Globe in Hamlet, King Richard II, The Blameless, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Macbeth. He just completed his training in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.His previous credits include Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Oliver in As You Like It, and Arthur in Acquainted with the Night with the M.F.A. program, as well as Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest with Ithaca Shakespeare Company. He received his bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University. amarajamesaja.com, @amara_james_ on Instagram.

Amanda Arbues (Olivia) was most recently seen as Maya and Bella Blackthorn in La Jolla Playhouse’s POP Tour #SuperShinySara. Her other credits include The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy (South Coast Repertory’s Dialogue/Diálogosproject) and La Adelita Americana (United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row). She has a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. from CSU Fullerton. amandaarbues.com.

Ajinkya Desai (Malvolio, Officer) is a recent alumnus of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. His credits there include Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Touchstone in As You Like It, Shamrayev in The Seagull, Maxwell in Acquainted with the Night,and Agamemnon/Chorus in Ajax. He also appeared at the Globe in Hamlet, King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost,and Macbeth. His first acting experience in the U.S. was at UC San Diego, where he played Egeus and Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also has many community stage and street theatre credits in India, some of which were directed by renowned theatre professionals. ajinkya-desai.com.

Kevin Hafso Koppman (Feste, Captain) has been seen at The Old Globe in Hamlet, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost,and Macbeth. He is a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, where he has appeared in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, The Seagull, and Acquainted with the Night. His previous Globe credits include Bright Star and the New Voices Festival readings of A Nice Indian Boy and peerless. His regional credits include West Side Story, The Foreigner, and The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Ether Dome, His Girl Friday, and Accomplice: San Diego (La Jolla Playhouse), Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Henry IV Part I, King O’ the Moon, The Drawer Boy, and Becky’s New Car (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Birds of a Feather and Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre), The Sunshine Boys and Deathtrap (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Doubt and Into the Woods (San Diego State University), The History Boys (Cygnet Theatre Company), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre Company). He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and trained at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University.

Lorenzo Landini (Sebastian, Curio) is a recent graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, where he had the great honor of performing in six different Shakespeare productions affiliated with The Old Globe; he is now thrilled to add a seventh.As a graduate student, he also appeared in Acquainted with the Night and The Seagull and played the title role in Ajax. Previously based in New York City, his credits include writing and performing his solo show When I Have Cancer in 30 Years and acting in The Miser (Brave New World Repertory Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (TheaterLab), King Lear (Theater 2020), and A View From the Bridge (The Secret Theatre). He also played rhythm guitar, sang, and composed music in the rock review GUNS, A Cabaret directed by Liz Swados. Mr. Landini received his B.A. from Columbia University and trained at Powerhouse Theater Festival and the British American Drama Academy. lrnzwhileacting.com.

Christina Okolo (Antonia, Valentine) recently appeared in the Summer Shakespeare Festival productions of Hamlet, King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Macbeth. She received her master of fine arts from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, for which she appeared as Tekmessa in Ajax, Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Celia in Acquainted with the Night, and Phoebe in As You Like It. She has also performed at Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, Alabama, where her credits include A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park. Her other credits include Broke-ology, A Song for Coretta, and No Child.... Ms. Okolo is a native of Atlanta and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performing Arts from Alabama State University.

Suzelle Palacios (Maria, Priest) is a recent graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She was most recently seen in the world premiere of Ken Lugwig’s Robin Hood! at The Old Globe. She has also been seen in The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival in King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Macbeth. Her previous credits include Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Audrey in As You Like It (The Old Globe/USD), Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (Houston Shakespeare Festival), and Our Country’s Good, The Miser, Blood Wedding, and The Crucible (University of Houston). She received her B.F.A. from University of Houston. @SuzellePalacios on Twitter and Instagram. 

Jennifer Paredes (Viola) is honored to share some Shakespeare with the community through Globe for All. Her recent stage credits include Waking La Llorona (The Old Globe, made possible by The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fund), Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Ballast (Diversionary Theatre), Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid Theatre Company), Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission Productions), Lydia (ion theatre company), El Huracán (DNA New Work Series/La Jolla Playhouse), OjO: The Next Generation In Travel (Without Walls Festival/La Jolla Playhouse), September and Her Sisters (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Blamed: An Established Fiction (winner of Best Dramatic Production at San Diego International Fringe Festival), BASH/SLAM JAM (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Nutcracker (New Village Arts), and The Shape of Things (University of San Diego). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts at University of San Diego. Jenniferparedes.net.

Mike Sears (Sir Toby Belch) has appeared Off Broadway in When Words Fail (John Houseman Theatre), Leap (Abingdon Theatre Company), and To Have and to Hold (Phil Bosakowski Theatre). His Off Off Broadway credits include American Globe Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company’s Summer Shakespeare, New Dramatists, New York International Fringe Festival, The Present Company, Musical Theatre Works, Producer’s Club Theatres, and The Duplex. Regionally he has been seen in Rain, Othello, and Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Globe), Sideways, His Girl Friday, Hands on a Hard Body, and Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse), Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), A Behanding in Spokane and Man from Nebraska (Cygnet Theatre Company), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Mystery of Love and Sex and Birds of a Feather (Diversionary Theatre), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre), The Foreigner, The Glory Man, and Rehearsal for Murder (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Simpatico (New Village Arts), Good Boys (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company), and Tuesdays with Morrie (North Coast Repertory Theatre). He is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City. 

Jerry Ruiz (Director) has directed the world premiere of Fade by Tanya Saracho (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company and subsequently Primary Stages), Twelfth Night (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Mala Hierba (Second Stage Theatre), Basilica by Mando Alvarado (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Philip Goes Forth and Love Goes to Press (Mint Theater Company), Enfrascada (Clubbed Thumb), A King of Infinite Space and Sangre (SummerStage), Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarías (Repertorio Español), The King is Dead by Caroline V. McGraw and Rattlers by Johnna Adams (Flux Theatre Ensemble), and Waiting for the Hearse (Mixed Blood Theatre). Mr. Ruiz has developed work at Second Stage Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The Playwrights Realm. From 2011 to 2015, he served as curator for the Crossing Borders festival of new plays at Two River Theater in New Jersey. He was a recipient of the 2009–2011 NEA/TCG Career Development for Theatre Directors Grant, and he was a Van Lier Directing Fellow for Second Stage Theatre from 2007 to 2009. He received his M.F.A. from UC San Diego and his B.A. from Harvard University. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Kristen E. Flores (Scenic Design) has designed A Civil War Christmas, Bright Half Life, and Baby with the Bathwater (Diversionary Theatre), Eternally Bad (MOXIE Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad Productions), Ragnarok and Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot). Kristenflores.org.

Jaymee Ngernwichit (Costume Design) is a costume, scenic, and projection designer. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2017 with an M.F.A. in Costume/Scenic/Projection Design and in 2011 with two B.A.s in Communication and in Design for Theatre and Film Production. After a brief stint as an art director, costume designer, and production assistant in indie films and national food commercials, she took a wild tangent into the world of social work as an eligibility worker in Compton, California. Through this experience, she has gained an immovable fortitude as well as renewed interests in social justice and the importance of stories in everyday life as a source of inspiration. Her notable credits include Qualcomm Robot Dress (costume designer), Though It May Shift (costume and projection designer), the feature length indie Territory (art director), the short film Becoming Henry (wardrobe and production designer), the short film Mojave ’43 (head scenic painter), and the short film Dead Hearts (production design assistant).

Ariel Levine (Original Music).  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in the heart of New York City, Ariel now bides his time in somewhat-sunny San Diego.  As a working musician, producer, songwriter and composer, Ariel has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the greatest musical talent San Diego has to offer. He can be seen playing in a variety of bands and at special events around town and beyond, most notably with his original band, Mechanical Royalty. Their debut album Let The Machine Get It is due out later this fall.  When not composing diligently, Ariel enjoys tinkering with vintage German automobiles, surfing and writing bios in the third person.

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on the Globe productions of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid, Red Velvet, 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’s 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. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. 

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Veterans Village of San Diego (Not open to the press.)

  • 4141 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, 92110
  • Tuesday, October 31 at 5:15 p.m.
  • Founded in 1981, Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) assists homeless veterans who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues, including men and women who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. With five locations throughout San Diego County, VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States. Each year VVSD provides services to more than 2,000 military veterans who have served and sacrificed for their country.

San Diego Rescue Mission

  • 120 Elm St., San Diego, 92101
  • Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.
  • For over 50 years, it has been more than San Diego Rescue Mission’s purpose—it has been their privilege—to help San Diego’s homeless and poor populations create better lives for themselves and, in turn, build a better community for everyone. Their comprehensive programs meet basic needs, and then go further. They help clients address the challenges behind their homelessness for positive, lasting change. They provide an opportunity for those in need to take control of their lives, find a new level of stability, and return to their communities as fulfilled, contributing members of society.

South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood

  • Castle Park Middle School, 160 Quintard St., Chula Vista, 91911
  • Thursday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshop on Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • South Bay Community Services is a community-based organization that provides a holistic and comprehensive array of programs and services for children, youth, and families to help them overcome challenges and succeed. The organization focuses on the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood. Inspired by the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone, President Barack Obama initiated Promise Neighborhoods, a federally funded program that provides comprehensive approaches to changing the odds for struggling, most-at-risk children. 

Father Joe’s Villages

  • St. Vincent De Paul Village Family Health Center, 1501 Imperial Ave., San Diego, 92101
  • Friday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bard Basics workshops on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Father Joe’s Villages is San Diego’s largest residential homeless services provider and has been providing innovative programs and services since 1950. Their mission is to prevent and end homelessness one life at a time, which they do by providing housing, healthcare, food, clothing, case management, education, job training, and child development in an internationally modeled, one-stop-shop approach. Their mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. 

Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility

  • 451 Riverview Pkwy., Santee, 92071
  • Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (LCDRF) serves as the primary detention facility for women in San Diego County. LCDRF opened a new and improved facility in August 2014, emphasizing academic and pre-employment classes and reentry services to better prepare inmates for successful reintegration in the community and to lower the chance of reoffending. 

California State Prison, Centinela

  • 2302 Brown Rd., Imperial, 92251
  • Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • California State Prison, Centinela is a male-only state prison located in Imperial County, California, approximately 20 miles from Imperial and El Centro. The mission of Centinela is to provide long-term confinement to men who have been convicted of felonious crimes and remanded to the State of California for incarceration. Inmate productivity and self-improvement are considered integral components to Centinela’s overall objective of reducing recidivism among those inmates incarcerated at the institution.

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