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Press Release: Native Gardens Cast Announcement

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for
THE OLD GLOBE’s West Coast premiere of KAREN ZACARÍAS’s

Performances Run MAY 26 – JUNE 24, 2018, Opening Thursday, MAY 31

GLOBE FOR ALL Tour to Four Community Partner Venues to Follow

PHOTO EDITORS: Advance photos for Native Gardens are available by clicking here.


SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2018)—The Old Globe’s 2017–2018 Season continues with today’s announcement of the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens, which was developed in the Globe’s2017 Powers New Voices Festival. Edward Torres (the Globe’s Water by the Spoonful) directs this uproarious new comedy, playing May 26 – June 24, 2018 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run May 26–30. Opening night is Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American Dream when they purchase an upscale house in a historic neighborhood. But a disagreement with their next-door neighbors Virginia and Frank over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. The hedgerow becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into flower-flinging enemies in this West Coast premiere.

The cast includes Kimberli Flores (Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Pulse at Guthrie Theater) as Tania Del Valle, Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle on “Frasier,” “Broad City,” and “Scorpion”) as Virginia Butley, Eddie Martinez (member of Chicago’s Teatro Vista, Fade Off Broadway) as Pablo Del Valle, and Mark Pinter (Globe’s Red Velvet, Macbeth, Othello, and more) as Frank Butley, as well as local San Diego actors Jose Balistrieri (Gardener) and Alex Guzman (Gardener).

The creative team includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

There will also be a brief Globe for All Tour to four of the Globe’s valued community partner venues to follow the show’s run at the Globe. Free Native Gardens performances will be seen atChula Vista’s Hilltop Middle School as part of South Bay Community Services on Thursday, June 28 at 6:15 p.m.; at Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library on Friday, June 29 at 6:15 p.m.; at Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library on Saturday, June 30 at 12:45 p.m.; and at Oceanside Public Library, in the Community Room, on Sunday, July 1 at 12:45 p.m. Globe for All is a tour of a free professional theatre production that includes workshops and talkbacks, reaching thousands of people across San Diego County twice a year. Tour performances are by invitation only from the community partner organizations.

“It’s a special pleasure for the Globe to bring this funny and smart play to San Diego audiences,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Native Gardens is being produced in theatres nationwide, and the reasons are clear. It’s a play that’s about the special character of American cities, where people from many backgrounds live cheek-by-jowl and come together to make urban cultures that are rich, diverse, and highly energetic. Karen Zacarías finds hilarity in, of all things, a property dispute, and she shows us in warm and witty terms how good neighbors can overcome just about any difference. Eddie Torres and his ace cast are going to deliver a memorable night of theatre to Balboa Park as well as to our neighbors around the county.

Karen Zacarías (Playwright) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the U.S. Her musical comedy Destiny of Desire is currently playing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival after runs at Goodman Theatre and South Coast Repertory. Her play Native Gardens is slated for more than 15 productions, including Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, and others. She is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Her other plays include Mariela in the Desert, Legacy of Light, The Book Club Play, and The Sins of Sor Juana; the adaptations of Just Like Us, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Into the Beautiful North, OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist, and Ella Enchanted the Musical;and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center, and she has written 10 theatre-for-young-audience musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. Her plays have been produced at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Center, Dallas Theater Center, and many more. Ms. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. She lives in DC with her husband and three children.

Edward Torres (Director) returns to The Old Globe after directing the critically acclaimed California premiere of Water by the Spoonful as well as the 2017 Powers New Voices Festival reading of What You Are. Most recently he directed the California premiere of The Happiest Song Plays Last (Center Theatre Group, also at Goodman Theatre), Eric Aviles’s Where You From? What You Be About? (Downtown Art), the world premiere musical La Canción (Repertorio Español; Latin ACE Award for Best Musical, Artistas de Teatro Independiente Award for Best Director), Macbeth (The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit), Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising), White Tie Ball by Martín Zimmerman (Teatro Vista), and How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence (Steppenwolf for Young Adults). He directed the world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens Theater, produced in association with Teatro Vista), which was named Best Play of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Time Out Chicago; was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and earned Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production – Play and Best Director – Play. He also directed subsequent productions to critical acclaim at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre (2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Obie Award for Best New American Play) and at Geffen Playhouse. He serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater at Wesleyan University. As an actor you can see him this fall in Downstate by Bruce Norris in a co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and London’s National Theatre.

Native Gardens is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsor Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

Additional events taking place during the run of Native Gardens include:

VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 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, June 2, 2018, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Jacqueline Higgins, Director of Planning, Design, and Programs for the Balboa Park Conservancy, will join us to discuss some of the ideas and issues raised by the production. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play’s concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Higgins is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect, and she also worked in the environmental consulting field as a Restoration Landscape Architect, where her practice focused on ecological restorative and regenerative systems design. She is a member of the California Native Plant Society. FREE.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, June 5 and June 12, and Wednesday, June 20, 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 Native Gardens start at $30.00 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 begin on May 26, 2018 and continue through June 24. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances (June 1 – June 24): 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 an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. The GLOBE FOR ALL Tour performances will take place atChula Vista’s Hilltop Middle School as part of South Bay Community Services on Thursday, June 28 at 6:15 p.m., at Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library on Friday, June 29 at 6:15 p.m., at Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library on Saturday, June 30 at 12:45 p.m., and at Oceanside Public Library, in the Community Room, on Sunday, July 1 at 12:45 p.m. Tour performances by invitation only from community partner organizations.

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.

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CALENDAR: The Wanderers (4/6–5/6), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12–6/17), AXIS: By the Community, For the Community (5/12), Native Gardens (5/26–6/24), AXIS: Kids’ Dance Party, Featuring Dance to EvOLvE (6/12), The Tempest (6/17–7/22), AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21); Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12), AXIS: Fourth District Seniors Resource Center’s Globe Takeover, Featuring the Seasoned Line Dancers (7/10), Barefoot in the Park (7/28–8/26), Much Ado About Nothing (8/12–9/16), AXIS: LV’s Island Flair, Featuring Dance Lessons with Elvina Addams (8/21), The Heart of Rock & Roll (9/6/18–10/21), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Featuring Las Colibrí in Concert (9/15), 2018 Globe Gala featuring Andra Day (9/22), AXIS: Day of the Dead Celebration (10/28).

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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Jose Balistrieri (Gardener) is excited to fulfill his dream of performing at The Old Globe. He received his bachelor of fine arts from University of California, Santa Cruz. His credits include Anibal de la Luna in Cloud Tectonics (New Village Arts), Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Jerry Goss in Bug (UCSC), and Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart and Leonardo in Blood Wedding (MiraCosta College).

Kimberli Flores (Tania Del Valle) is excited to be making her Globe debut. Her television and film credits include season 3 of Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil,” NBC’s “Chicago P.D.,” and Shine directed by Anthony Nardolillo. Her theatre credits include Pulse directed by Marcela Lorca (Guthrie Theater), Uncle Vanya directed by Kate Burton, Pericles directed by Rob Clare, The Time of Your Life directed by Andrew Borba, and The Servant of Two Masters directed by Andrew Robinson (USC). She received her M.F.A. from USC, class of 2015.

Peri Gilpin (Virginia Butley) is best known for her role as Roz Doyle on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “Frasier.” She most recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and CBS’s “Scorpion,” and she starred alongside Craig Robinson and Amandla Stenberg on “Mr. Robinson.” Ms. Gilpin’s other television credits include “Masters of Sex,” “Men at Work,” “Make It or Break It,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Modern Family,” “Law & Order,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Desperate Housewives.” Her film credits include How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Spring Forward, Benjamin, Only Humans, and The Outdoorsman. She has been seen on stage in As Bees in Honey Drown (Off Broadway, Pasadena Playhouse), Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas (Geffen Playhouse), and five summers with Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Ms. Gilpin trained at Dallas Theater Center, The University of Texas in Austin, and British American Drama Academy in London.

Alex Guzman (Gardener) is pleased to be making his Old Globe debut. A native San Diego actor, he recently appeared in Bachelorette with Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company. His favorite acting credits include Homos, or Everyone in America (Diversionary Theatre), Awake and Sing (New Village Arts), The Normal Heart and Lydia (ion theatre company), La Posada Magica (Hispanic Arts Theatre), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Seminar and The Taming of the Shrew (InnerMission Productions), The Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), Enron (MOXIE Theatre), and Angels in America Parts I and II (Palomar College). alexanderxguzman.com.

Eddie Martinez (Pablo Del Valle) is an ensemble member of Chicago’s Teatro Vista, where he has been seen in Parachute Men, Fade, and In the Time of the Butterflies, among others. His other select credits include Fade (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, and TheaterWorks), As You Like It (Denver Center), Big Lake Big City and Cascabel (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), and Romeo y Julieta (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Mr. Martinez’s television and film credits include “Sense8” (Netflix), “Sirens”(USA Network), “Chicago Fire” (NBC), and The Dilemma (Universal Pictures).

Mark Pinter (Frank Butley) is thrilled to return to The Old Globe, where he was last seen in Red Velvet in 2017, 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, Manifest Destinitis, andRichard Montoya’s Federal Jazz Project (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), The Lion in Winter and Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home (Magic Theatre). His television credits include “Reverie,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” and “Another World.” Mr. Pinter narrated The Driver Is Red, the critically acclaimed animated documentary short that played the Sundance Film Festival and is now enjoying success on the festival circuit. His other films include Other People’s Money, Vanilla Sky, The Eden Myth, Season of Youth,and Play. He received his M.F.A. from Hilberry Theatre/Wayne State University. He is a proud member of AEA. markpinter.net, @markiepinter on Twitter.

Collette Pollard (Scenic Design) is thrilled to make her debut at The Old Globe with Native Gardens. Her regional credits include Sense and Sensibility, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo,and Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage), Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), The Oldest Boy (Marin Theatre Company), and Geller Girls, Good People, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theatre). Her Chicago credits include The Wolves, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Fish Men,and Stoop Stories (Goodman Theatre), 42nd Street (Drury Lane Theatre), Hir, The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, Head of Passes, 1984, and To Kill a Mockingbird (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Chicago Voices (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Thaddeus and Slocum and In the Garden (Lookingglass Theatre Company), and The Importance of Being Earnest, The Hunter and The Bear, and Arcadia (Writers Theatre). Ms. Pollard is a company member at The House Theatre of Chicago, where she has designed 20-plus productions, including Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker, The Hammer Trinity, Rose and the Rime, and The Sparrow,all of which were remounted at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. She is an Artistic Associate at TimeLine Theatre Company. Ms. Pollard is the recipient of several Joseph Jefferson Awards, and she has joined the faculty of University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor of Design at the School of Theatre and Music.

Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, having previously designed Skeleton Crew and Knowing Cairo. Her selected local credits include The Grift and El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse), Evita, Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Venus in Fur, Clybourne Park, The Who’s Tommy, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), The Threepenny Opera, Don Quixote, and Intimate Apparel (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and The Legend of Georgia McBride, Animal Crackers, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, and Dirty Blonde (Cygnet Theatre Company). Her other San Diego credits include designs for North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and MOXIE Theatre. Regionally, Ms. Gittings has designed for A Noise Within, Crossroads Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Western Stage, among others. Her accolades include four Craig Noel Awards, the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Costume Design, a Patté Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award. In 2014, her work was selected to appear in the traveling curated museum exhibit Bewitching. In addition to her theatrical work, Ms. Gittings teaches fashion illustration at San Diego Art Institute and creates custom costumes and couture for private clients, themed events, parties, and red-carpet galas through her company LEO DUO. She holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from UCLA. icostumedesign.com, leoduo.com.

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, having just designed The Wanderers. She recently designed Sweeney Todd and Roof of the World (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and Titanic (Signature Theatre Company). Her San Diego designs include Rich Girl (The Old Globe) and West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). Her associate credits include Bright Star and Allegiance (The Old Globe) and Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). She enjoys a career in both San Diego and New York City, where she had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway production this spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. amandazieve.com.

Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, where he previously designed The Old Man and The Old Moon and Water by the Spoonful. Based in New York City and Chicago, his other recent work includes projects with PigPen Theatre Co., Writers Theatre, 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 multiple Lucille Lortel and Joseph Jefferson Awards and was honored with the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. mikhailfiksel.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast for The Old Globe for the past five seasons, including the recent productions of The Wanderers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Picasso and the Lapin Agile, and Skeleton Crew. Their Broadway casting credits include The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Saint Joan, Junk, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, 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, Signature Theatre Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and Arena Stage, among others. Their 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).

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on The Old Globe’s The Wanderers, Powers New Voices Festival (2016–2018), Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, and Oscar and the Pink Lady. Her regional credits include Hollywood, Ether Dome, Miss You Like Hell,and The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse), Evita and Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Dogfight, My Fair Lady, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre Company), The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company), and This Wonderful Life (North Coast Repertory Theatre). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.


West Coast premiere

Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías

Directed by Edward Torres

RUNS:  May 26 – June 24, 2018

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $30.00.


SYNOPSIS: Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American dream when they purchase an upscale house in a historic neighborhood. But a disagreement with their next-door neighbors Virginia and Frank over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. The hedgerow becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into flower-flinging enemies in the West Coast premiere of Karen Zacarías’s uproarious Native Gardens.

CAST: Jose Balistrieri (Gardener), Kimberli Flores (Tania Del Valle), Peri Gilpin (Virginia Butley), Alex Guzman (Gardener), Eddie Martinez (Pablo Del Valle), Mark Pinter (Frank Butley).

CREATIVE TEAM: Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

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

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 ($14, advance reservation).

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




May 26 SAT 8:00pm

May 27 SUN 7:00pm

May 29 TUE 7:00pm  (Insights Seminar)

May 30 WED 7:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: May 31 THU 8:00pm


June 1 FRI 8:00pm

June 2 SAT 2:00pm  (Subject Matters)

June 2  SAT 8:00pm

June 3  SUN 2:00pm

June 3 SUN 7:00pm

June 5  TUE 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

June 6  WED 7:00pm

June 7  THU 8:00pm

June 8  FRI 8:00pm

June 9 SAT 2:00pm

June 9  SAT 8:00pm

June 10 SUN 2:00pm

June 10 SUN 7:00pm

June 12 TUE 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

June 13 WED 2:00pm

June 13 WED 7:00pm

June 14 THU 8:00pm

June 15 FRI 8:00pm

June 16 SAT 8:00pm

June 17 SUN 2:00pm

June 17 SUN 7:00pm

June 19 TUE 7:00pm

June 20 WED 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

June 21 THU 8:00pm

June 22 FRI 8:00pm

June 23 SAT 2:00pm

June 23 SAT 8:00pm

June 24 SUN 2:00pm

June 24 SUN 7:00pm



June 28 THU 6:15pm – Hilltop Middle School

     South Bay Community Center

June 29 FRI 6:15pm –

     Lemon Grove Academy/Library/Historical Society

June 30 SAT 12:45pm –

     Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

July 1 SUN 12:45pm –

     Oceanside Public Library, Community Room


Tour performances are by invitation only from the community partner organizations



Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 / 325-9416

Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti (619) 238-0043 x2356