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Press Release: Barefoot in the Park Extended

THE OLD GLOBE’s Charming Production of NEIL SIMON’s Classic Comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Directed by JESSICA STONE, Extended Again by Popular Demand Through SEPTEMBER 16!

The critics are in love too!:

Critic’s Choice. “A charming ode to the magic of love. Radiant Kerry Bishé effortlessly steals the show. ‘GLOW’ star Chris Lowell does a slow burn until he hilariously erupts. Mia Dillon is another scene-stealer. Jere Burns is wonderful. Jake Millgard is sweet and understanding. Barefoot captures the spirit of discovery in new love and that’s eternal.” —Pam Kragen/SD Union-Tribune

“Bishé and Lowell have great comic timing and wonderful chemistry. The laugh’s the thing in this show, which is sweet summer fluff. Call it cotton candy for grownups.” —Pat Launer/Jazz88

“Delightful. A summer confection welcome on a warm August evening.” —Bill Eadie/Talkin’ Broadway

“Charming…terrific comedy…timeless.” —Tony Frankel/Stage and Cinema

“A charming homage to those first heady days of marriage…bright and bubbly…an irrepressible comedy.” —E.H. Reiter/BroadwayWorld

“Seamlessly and smartly directed by Jessica Stone…wondrous technical magic…five pitch-perfect performances by this outstanding cast. A clever, fast-moving, wonderfully-paced comedy…splendid production.” —Jack Lyons/Desert Local News

PHOTO EDITORS: Production photos for Barefoot in the Park now available by clicking here.

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2018)—The Old Globe’s Barefoot in the Park opened last Thursday and will extend again by popular demand, now running through Sunday, September 16. Director Jessica Stone (Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Globe, extending the theatre’s decades-long relationship with giant comic playwright Neil Simon with this fresh and hilarious new look at his “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy” (The New York Times). Barefoot in the Park plays July 28 – September 16, 2018 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets now start at $49.00 and are on sale to the general public now.

Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for laughter.

The cast includes Kerry Bishé as Corie Bratter (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Narcos,” “Billions,” Argo, Pygmalion on Broadway, My Name Is Rachel Corrie Off Broadway), Jere Burns as Victor Velasco (Broadway’s After the Night and the Music and Hairspray, “Angie Tribeca,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” Incredibles 2), Mia Dillon as Mrs. Ethel Banks (original Broadway cast of Crimes of the Heart, Our Town with Paul Newman, The Miser, Hay Fever, The Cherry Orchard at La Jolla Playhouse), and Chris Lowell as Paul Bratter (“GLOW,” “Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars,” The Help, Off Broadway’s Jacuzzi); with John Garcia as Deliveryman (the Globe’s Anna Christie) and Jake Millgard as Telephone Repairman (the Globe’s Benny & Joon, Guys and Dolls).

The creative team includes Tobin Ost (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager).

“Summertime at the Globe means laughter and fun, and no one delivers both better than Neil Simon,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Barefoot in the Park is a sweet, funny play about how delightful it is to figure out how to build a life that balances life, work, and love. In Corie and Paul, the young newlywed couple at the center of the story, the play reflects to all of us our best selves and reminds us that sometimes we all need to kick off our shoes and dance in the grass. Neil Simon is a towering figure in the American theatre, and we are thrilled to continue the Globe’s decades-long relationship with him. It’s also a treat to have the great comic director Jessica Stone back in San Diego. She and her crack team have put together a summer ice cream cone of a show, and I can’t wait to share it with our audience.”

Neil Simon (Playwright) is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific, and performed playwrights in the world. His plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; The Star-Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God’s Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They’re Playing Our Song; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers; Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; London Suite; Proposals; Hotel Suite; The Dinner Party; 45 Seconds from Broadway; Oscar and Felix; and Rose’s Dilemma. In addition to his many film adaptations of his plays, his screenplay credits include After the Fox, The Out-of-Towners, The Heartbreak Kid, Murder by Death, The Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, Max Dugan Returns, The Slugger’s Wife, The Marrying Man, and The Odd Couple II. For television Mr. Simon has written for series, teleplays, and motion pictures including “Your Show of Shows,” “Caesar’s Hour,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Garry Moore Show,” Broadway Bound, and Jake’s Women. His books include Rewrites: A Memoir, The Play Goes On: A Memoir, and four omnibus collections of his plays. He has received a Pulitzer Prize, a Golden Globe Award, three Tony Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honor, as well as dozens of other major award nominations.

Jessica Stone (Director) previously directed Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Arms and the Man, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at The Old Globe. Shehas worked as an actor on and Off Broadway and in television and film for the last 30 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. She has performed Off Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, including 10 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television credits include series-regular and guest-starring roles on CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hulu. Her film credits include work with Ang Lee, M. Night Shyamalan, and Kevin Bacon, among others. Ms. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 all-male production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her directing credits now include Dancing at Lughnasa, Absurd Person Singular,and A Funny Thing... (Two River Theater), Bad Dates, Ripcord, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Huntington Theatre Company), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA), and June Moon and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her upcoming projects include Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair for Shakespeare Theatre Company and American Conservatory Theater.

Barefoot in the Park is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsors Terry Atkinson, California Bank & Trust, Peter Cooper, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Theatre Forward, and Debra Turner, as well as Artist Sponsors Leonard Hirsch (for director Jessica Stone) and Sandra and Arthur Levinson (for actors Kerry Bishé and Chris Lowell). Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

Additional events still to take place during the run of Barefoot in the Park include:

POST-SHOW FORUM: Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

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 Barefoot in the Park now start at $49.00 and are on sale to the general public 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 began on July 28, 2018, extended through September 16; Opening night was August 2. Performance times: Regular performances (August 3 – September 16): Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be a Wednesday matinee performance on August 22 and no performances on Saturday, August 25 or Sunday, August 26.

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 $14 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. The Balboa Park valet is also available during weekend performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. There is a 10-minute zone at The Old Globe, used only for daytime deliveries, ticket purchases, and handicapped access dropoff. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.

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CALENDAR: Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12), Barefoot in the Park (7/28–9/16), Much Ado About Nothing (8/12–9/16), Globe Guilder/Neiman Marcus Fashion Show Celebrating Couture (8/16), The Heart of Rock & Roll (9/6–10/21), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Featuring Las Colibrí in Concert (9/15), 2018 Globe Gala featuring Andra Day (9/22), M.F.A.: Julius Caesar (10/20–10/28), AXIS: Day of the Dead Celebration (10/28), Globe for All Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (10/30–11/18), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Looking for Christmas: The New Clint Black Christmas Musical (11/13–12/16), Familiar (1/26–3/3/2019), Tiny Beautiful Things (2/9–3/10), Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/5), Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/23–6/23).

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 and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, 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, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s 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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