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The Old Globe Announces Its 2019-2020 Season

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

Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti, PR Associate, (619) 238-0043 x2356, aenciso@TheOldGlobe.org

THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES ITS 2019–2020 SEASON

THREE WORLD PREMIERES

ALMOST FAMOUS
A New Musical with Book and Lyrics
by Academy Award Winner and
San Diego native CAMERON CROWE,
Based on His Iconic Film; with
Music and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and
Two-Time Tony Award Winner TOM KITT,
Directed by Tony Award Nominee JEREMY HERRIN,
with Choreography by LORIN LATARRO

The Globe-Commissioned
New Musical THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA
by Five-Time Tony Award Nominee
MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA,
Directed and Choreographed
by GRACIELA DANIELE,
Based on Her Amazing Life and Career

And NATHAN ENGLANDER’s New Comedy
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK,

Directed by BARRY EDELSTEIN

FIVE WEST COAST PREMIERES

NOURA by HEATHER RAFFO (a Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Grad)

HURRICANE DIANE by Pulitzer Prize Finalist MADELEINE GEORGE

FACELESS by SELINA FILLINGER,
Directed by GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH

EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW,
Written by GORDON GREENBERG and STEVE ROSEN,
Directed by GREENBERG

And LITTLE WOMEN by KATE HAMILL,
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s Classic Novel,
Directed by SARAH RASMUSSEN


JOINED BY

The Production That Won the 2017 TONY AWARD for Best Revival of a Play:
AUGUST WILSON’S JITNEY,
Directed by RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

ADDITIONALLY

San Diego’s Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns for its 22nd Annual Production:
DR. SEUSS’S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!,
Directed by JAMES VÁSQUEZ

The GLOBE FOR ALL Tour Brings Professional Theatre for Free
to Thousands of Community Members Across San Diego County with
Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE,
Directed by DANIEL JÁQUEZ

And The Old Globe and University of San Diego
SHILEY GRADUATE THEATRE PROGRAM Actors in
Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT,
Directed by JESSE PEREZ

PHOTO EDITORS: Publicity photos for The Old Globe’s 2019–2020 Season are available by clicking here.

SAN DIEGO (April 26, 2019)—The Old Globe’s 2019–2020 Season encompasses a broad range of thrilling theatre created by major talents, including three world premieres (two musicals and a comedy), five West Coast premieres, and a Tony Award–winning production of an American masterwork. The season includes many genres, a Globe-commissioned musical, and four works by women, including one seen earlier this year in the Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival. Multiple productions of Shakespeare will once again delight audiences, whether at the Globe or in our Globe for All production touring locations around the county. In addition to the return of the holiday classic The Grinch, the Globe will add a second holiday show with a hilarious family-friendly Scrooge parody set in San Diego.

“I could not be more excited to bring another season of brilliant theatre to The Old Globe’s audiences, and I am especially proud of the lineup we’re offering for our 2019–2020 Season,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Each one of these shows fulfills our institution’s mandate to create and present theatre art at the highest standard of excellence, and grouped together they demonstrate all the ways that theatre can enrich our lives. As always, theatre at the Globe spans a huge spectrum of styles, and the coming season contains two glorious musicals with completely different sounds; the work of an American master; an adaptation of a beloved classic; stirring new plays on contemporary themes; two lovely holiday entertainments; and a rich balance of comedy and drama. And these productions showcase the gifts of the finest practitioners of theatre art at work in our country today. This work also demonstrates the Globe’s commitment to theatre art as a public good, edifying and enlightening audiences here in Balboa Park even as it engages San Diegans in their own neighborhoods countywide. Once again this bounty of theatre production will be surrounded by the Globe’s rich work in arts engagement, humanities programs, artist training, and new play development. This season demonstrates everything that makes the Globe a national leader and a local treasure: superb stories told by great artists, and a passionate belief that the theatre matters. I can’t wait to share this season of absolutely top-notch productions.”

The Globe is ready to rock with Almost Famous, a world premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe (films Jerry Maguire, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything…), based on his iconic film about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. Almost Famous is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin (Noises Off, Wolf Hall) and features classic hits, as well as new songs with music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, SpongeBob SquarePants), with choreography by Lorin Latarro (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Broadway’s Waitress). It is presented by special arrangement with Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson. This joyous world premiere musical will run September 13 – October 20, 2019, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

A Globe-commissioned world premiere musical will feature book, music, and lyrics by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (Globe’s Rain, Broadway’s The Wild Party, Marie Christine). The Gardens of Anuncia is inspired by the life story of an icon of the American stage, who directs and choreographs the show at the Globe: Broadway legend Graciela Daniele (Globe’s Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Once on This Island, Ragtime). The Gardens of Anuncia will run May 8 – June 14, 2020, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander (kaddish.com, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges) and director Barry Edelstein (Globe’s Rain, Hamlet, The Wanderers, Life After) wowed both New York and Globe audiences with The Twenty-Seventh Man, and now they team up again for this world premiere of a modern-day comedy of friendship. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is Englander’s adaptation of his award-winning short story, and it runs May 28 – June 28, 2020, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

The first of five West Coast premieres is the riveting Noura by Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire, the opera Fallujah), a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Loosely inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Noura follows a Chaldean Christian family as a visitor from the past makes them question who they’ve become. It will run September 20 – October 20, 2019, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Hurricane Diane is the unconventional new comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England). Greek god Dionysus returns disguised as the butch gardener Diane to seduce mortal followers. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey? The West Coast premiere of Hurricane Diane runs February 8 – March 8, 2020, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Faceless by Selina Fillinger (The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped, Something Clean) was presented in the 2019 Powers New Voices Festival and will now be directed on the mainstage by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (the Globe’s The Last Match (also Off Broadway), The Blameless). Tensions swirl around the trial of Susie Glenn, an American teenager who joins ISIS, and Claire Fathi, the Muslim prosecutor who takes the case. The West Coast premiere of Faceless runs March 28 – April 26, 2020, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Following its run at the Globe, Faceless will tour several of our Community Partner venues with our free Globe for All program. Details will be announced soon.

San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. The West Coast premiere of Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show is written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!), directed by Greenberg (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, London’s Guys and Dolls and Barnum). Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show will run November 23 – December 24, 2019, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

The West Coast premiere of Little Women by Kate Hamill (Off Broadway’s Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice) is a brand-new version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters. Presented in association with Dallas Theater Center and directed by Sarah Rasmussen (Artistic Director of Jungle Theater who originally commissioned the play), Little Women will run March 14 – April 19, 2020, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

The American master and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson (The American Century Cycle of 10 plays) had a close relationship with The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered. His work returns with the production of August Wilson’s Jitney that won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, about unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh fighting gentrification. Directed by one of Wilson’s foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (directed Broadway’s Jitney, performed in Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, Seven Guitars), Jitney will run January 18 – February 23, 2020, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Everyone’s favorite Green Meanie is back to celebrate the holidays as Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! returns to the Globe for its 22nd incredible year. James Vásquez once again directs this wonderful, whimsical holiday musical, based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. The Grinch has book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien, and original choreography by John DeLuca. It will run November 3 – December 29, 2019, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. As in years past, The Grinch will offer a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, December 14.

Rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enticing and moving romances, The Winter’s Tale, with the touring Globe for All troupe of actors, directed by Daniel Jáquez, co-founder of San Diego’s TuYo Theatre and a 2019 The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellow. This year’s 23-stop tour, which will culminate in two low-cost performances at the Globe, will run October 29 – November 17, 2019.

The illustrious actors in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program will expertly perform Shakespeare’s magical comedy Twelfth Night, directed by Jesse Perez, the program’s Director of Professional Training and a noted actor (Off Broadway’s Party People, La Jolla Playhouse’s Seize the King). The classical actors of tomorrow will bring to life a world where identity is topsy-turvy, but true love sees through all disguises. Twelfth Night will run November 2–10, 2019, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. 


For full show descriptions and bios of creative teams, please see the listings following.

Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

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CALENDAR: Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/12), AXIS: Manila Disco Fever in Concert (5/9), Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/30–6/30), AXIS: San Diego’s Gods of Comedy (6/15), As You Like It (6/16–7/21), AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), Steve Martin’s The Underpants (7/27–8/25), Romeo and Juliet (8/11–9/15), Almost Famous (9/13–10/20), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/14), Noura (9/20–10/20), 2019 Globe Gala (9/21), Globe for All Tour: The Winter’s Tale (10/29–11/17), M.F.A.: Twelfth Night (11/2–10), AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show (11/23–12/24), August Wilson’s Jitney (1/18/2020-2/23), Hurricane Diane (2/8–3/8), Little Women (3/14–4/19), Faceless (3/28–4/26), The Gardens of Anuncia (5/8–6/14), What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (5/28–6/28).

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

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 85th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. 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 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, and in partnership with the University of San Diego it runs a renowned M.F.A. actor-training program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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THE OLD GLOBE’S 2019–2020 SEASON

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

September 13 – October 20, 2019; opens Friday, September 27, 2019
World premiere musical
Almost Famous
Book and lyrics by Cameron Crowe
Music and lyrics by Tom Kitt
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Choreography by Lorin Latarro

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, it features classic hits as well as new songs by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music.

Cameron Crowe (Book and Lyrics, Almost Famous) covered music and culture as a journalist for such publications as Rolling Stone, Playboy, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Los Angeles Times. His first book, the nonfiction study of a year in the life of a California high school, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, became a best seller, and his subsequent screenplay was nominated for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium by the Writers Guild of America. His other film credits include Jerry Maguire, nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. That year, Crowe also received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, and received the PEN Literary Award for Screenplay. He next penned Conversations with Wilder, a heralded collection of interviews with the legendary director Billy Wilder. The book was published by Knopf in November 1999. (Wilder, with tongue firmly in cheek, declared it “the best book I’ve ever read.”) Almost Famous, released in September 2000, was the culmination of a 10-year journey to put Crowe’s experiences working for Rolling Stone on film. It received four Golden Globe Award and four Academy Award nominations. It received two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kate Hudson), and Crowe was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. His other credits include such films as Say Anything…Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, and We Bought a Zoo. His documentary work includes Elton John’s The Union and Pearl Jam Twenty. Crowe’s most recent work was producing the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, which debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Tom Kitt (Music and Lyrics, Almost Famous) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. He is also the composer of If/Then, High Fidelity, Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda), Superhero (Second Stage Theater), Disney’s Freaky Friday (stage production and Disney Channel Original Movie), Dave (Arena Stage), and The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival). As a music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator, his credits include SpongeBob SquarePants, Head Over Heels, Jagged Little Pill, Grease Live!, “Rise”(NBC), and American Idiot. He received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, “Bigger!” As a musical director, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator, his credits include the Pitch Perfect films, 2CELLOS featuring Lang Lang (“Live and Let Die”), “The Kennedy Center Honors,” 13, Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Deaf West Theatre’s Pippin, and These Paper Bullets.

Jeremy Herrin (Director, Almost Famous) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He trained at both the National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where he was Deputy Artistic Director from 2009 to 2012. Between 2000 and 2008 he was Associate Director at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Herrin most recently directed All My Sons (currently in the West End), Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), People, Places & Things (National Theatre, West End, U.K. tour, Off Broadway), The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (National Theatre), This House (West End), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (U.K. tour), The Absence of War (U.K. tour), The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court Theatre, West End), and the world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize–winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in two parts for Royal Shakespeare Company (West End, Broadway; Olivier Award nomination for Best Director, Tony Award nominations for Best Direction of a Play). Herrin has directed several productions at Royal Court Theatre, including Polly Stenham’s That Face, which transferred to Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. He was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for Stenham’s second play Tusk Tusk in 2009. His other work at the Court includes Stenham’s No Quarter, E V Crowe’s Hero and Kin, Richard Bean’s The Heretic, Michael Wynne’s The Priory, and David Hare’s The Vertical Hour. Herrin’s other theatre directing credits include The Plough and the Stars, co-directed with Howard Davies (National Theatre); Noises Off (Broadway); The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre); Another Country (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End); James Graham’s critically acclaimed This House (National Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Director); The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing with Eve Best and Charles Edwards (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hare’s South Downs (Chichester, West End); Uncle Vanya with Roger Allam (Chichester); and Absent Friends (West End). Herrin was also named among The Stage 100 in 2014.

Lorin Latarro (Choreography, Almost Famous) choreographed The Heart of Rock & Roll at The Old Globe last year. She choreographed Broadway and West End’s Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and she was Associate Choreographer on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and American Idiot. Her additional choreography credits include La Traviata (The Metropolitan Opera), Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout Theatre Company), Chess (The Kennedy Center), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater’s Public Works), Superhero (Second Stage Theater), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street and Peter and the Wolf (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Assassins, Fanny, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (City Center Encores!), Queen of the Night, As You Like It with director Michael Mayer (Tokyo), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center), Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington Stage Company), and The Best Is Yet to Come (59E59 Theaters). Latarro has also directed A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway Playhouse) and #DateMe (Westside Theatre). She has performed in 12 Broadway shows and danced for Twyla Tharp, MOMIX, and Martha Graham. Latarro is also a Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Upcoming she will choreograph The Outsiders for Goodman Theatre.

November 3 – December 29, 2019; opens Friday, November 8, 2019
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Original production conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien
Original choreography by John DeLuca
Directed by James Vásquez

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

As in years past, The Grinch will be performed on Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

James Vásquez (Director, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) is happy to celebrate his 17th Christmas in Whoville. Previously with The Old Globe, he directed Tiny Beautiful Things, the world premiere of American Mariachi, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rich Girl, and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; served as associate director for Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax; and provided musical staging for The Comedy of Errors, Boeing-Boeing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. With The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he has directed Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Keith Reddin’s Acquainted with the Night. He recently received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for In the Heights (Moonlight Stage Productions), and he received the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include American Mariachi (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), The Addams Family (Moonlight Stage Productions), West Side Story and Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre), Pippin, the West Coast premiere of [title of show], and Next Fall (Diversionary Theatre), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Pageant (Cygnet Theatre Company), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. Vásquez is an award-winning filmmaker, amateur gardener, and lover of dogs. Vásquez is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

January 18 – February 23, 2020; opens Thursday, January 23, 2020
August Wilson’s Jitney
By August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Originally produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

The American master and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson had a close relationship with The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered. His exciting work returns to our stage with the production that won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, directed by one of Wilson’s foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. In 1970s Pittsburgh, the unlicensed cab drivers in a Hill District garage fight to save their business and their livelihoods as their neighborhood gentrifies around them. As the drivers strive to fulfill their hopes and dreams, Wilson’s bracing command of drama and thrilling sense of language conjure stage brilliance. Contains strong language.

August Wilson (Playwright, Jitney, 1945–2005) authored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course of the 20th century, and together they form a compilation entitled The American Century Cycle. In December of 2016, a feature film of August Wilson’s Fences was released. Viola Davis won an Academy Award for her performance as Rose, and Wilson’s screenplay and Denzel Washington received nominations. Wilson’s plays have been produced on Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and all over the world. In 2003, Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show How I Learned What I Learned. His works garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990); a Tony Award for Fences; Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and seven New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, and Jitney. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Award, and the Heinz Award. He was awarded the1999 National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton, and he received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and on October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street as the August Wilson Theatre. Today he is considered one of America’s finest playwrights.New York Public Radio recorded all 10 plays in The American Century Cycle at The Greene Space, casting many of the actors who worked on the original productions. PBS aired a documentary on Wilson entitled “The Ground on Which I Stand” as part of the “American Masters” series. The recent Broadway productions of Fences and Jitney received Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play. Wilson was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived in Seattle, Washington at the time of his death in 2005. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari Wilson and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero Wilson, who is the executor of his estate. 

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Director, Jitney) has directed Jitney on Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival), The Piano Lesson Off Broadway (Lucille Lortel, Joseph A. Callaway, AUDELCO, and Obie Awards for Outstanding Direction), The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage Theater), My Children! My Africa!, The First Breeze of Summer, and Seven Guitars (Signature Theatre Company), Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Two Trains Running, and Jitney (Two River Theater), Things of Dry Hours (New York Theatre Workshop), Gem of the Ocean (McCarter Theatre Center, American Conservatory Theater), and Radio Golf (The Kennedy Center). Santiago-Hudson was Artistic Director of August Wilson’s The American Century Cycle, recordings of all 10 plays for WNYC at The Greene Space in New York. His acting credits include the Broadway productions of Seven Guitars (Tony Award), Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Jelly’s Last Jam, and the Off Broadway productions of How I Learned What I Learned (Signature Theatre Company), Lackawanna Blues (The Public Theater; Obie and Helen Hayes Awards), The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, and Henry VIII (The Public’s New York Shakespeare Festival), and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Negro Ensemble Company).

March 14 – April 19, 2020; opens Thursday, March 19, 2020
West Coast premiere
Little Women
By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
In association with Dallas Theater Center

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. Now her heartfelt story of Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, comes to the stage in a brand-new version that honors the spirit of Alcott’s original while freshly interpreting it for a new era. The Wall Street Journal named the prolific and widely produced Kate Hamill Playwright of the Year. The West Coast premiere of her sparkling adaptation will have audiences falling in love with the March sisters all over again as they grow from young girls to little women.

Kate Hamill (Playwright, Little Women) is an actor/playwright who was named Playwright of the Year in 2017 by The Wall Street Journal. Her plays include Sense & Sensibility, in which she originated the role of Marianne (Off Broadway Alliance Award; Drama League Award nomination); Vanity Fair, in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp (The Pearl Theatre Company; Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination); Pride & Prejudice, in which she originated the role of Lizzy (Primary Stages, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination); Mansfield Park, in which she originated the role of Mary Crawford (Northlight Theatre); and Little Women (Jungle Theater, Primary Stages). Hamill’s plays have been produced Off Broadway and at American Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, and, upcoming, Dallas Theater Center, Alley Theatre, and more. She will next play Meg in her adaptation of Little Women at Primary Stages. She is currently developing new adaptations of The Odyssey and Scarlet Letter;a Christmas play called Scrooge for Senate; and several original plays: Prostitute Play, In the Mines (with music by The Bengsons),and The Piper, which is a PlayPenn selection and a 2019 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference finalist. Hamill was one of the 10 most-produced playwrights in the 2017–2018 season, and one of the five most-produced playwrights nationwide in the 2018–2019 season. kate-hamill.com.

Sarah Rasmussen (Director, Little Women) started her first theatre company at 14 in her hometown of Sisseton, South Dakota after seeing a Garland Wright production. Since then she has gone on to a directing, producing, and teaching career with critical acclaim for inventive storytelling and a generous exchange between actor and audience. Rasmussen is Artistic Director of Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she commissions, directs, and produces new work. She was recently named Star Tribune’s Artist of the Year and is an inaugural recipient of the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle grant. Her directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse. Rasmussen has received an MN Theater Award for The Wolves, a Princess Grace Award, an Ivey Award for Overall Excellence, and Drama League and Fulbright Scholar fellowships. She has done new work development with Playwrights’ Center, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Lark Play Development Center, and many others. Rasmussen is an alumna of Women’s Project Theater, Soho Rep., and Lincoln Center Theater directing labs. She was formerly Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab new work development program and Head of M.F.A. in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin. Rasmussen has an M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in English and Theater from St. Olaf College.

Dallas Theater Center (Co-Producer, Little Women) One of the leading regional theatres in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient, Dallas Theater Center performs to an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, Dallas Theater Center is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Dallas Theater Center is one of only two theatres in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest and most prestigious not-for-profit professional theatre association in the country. Under the leadership of Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, Dallas Theater Center produces a season-ticket series of classics, musicals, and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage, and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and many community collaboration efforts with local organizations. In 2017, Dallas Theater Center launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theatre project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play. Throughout its history, Dallas Theater Center has produced many new works, including recent premieres of penny candy by Jonathan Norton; Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew; Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; and many more. As a member of LORT, Dallas Theater Center operates under the LORT agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. 

May 8 – June 14, 2020; opens Friday, May 15, 2020
Globe-commissioned world premiere musical
The Gardens of Anuncia
Book, music, and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele

A Globe-commissioned world premiere musical by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa. The Gardens of Anuncia is inspired by the life story of an icon of the American stage who directs and choreographs the show at the Globe: Broadway legend Graciela Daniele. Anuncia tends the garden of her country house as she reflects on her life, looking back on her girlhood in Juan Perón’s Argentina and paying homage to the family of women whose sacrifices allowed her to become an artist. This funny, poignant, and beautiful musical features a beguilingly romantic and tango-infused score filled with the exuberant sounds of women reveling in the joys of being alive.

Michael John LaChiusa (Book, Music, and Lyrics, The Gardens of Anuncia) made his Globe debut in 2016 with the world premiere musical Rain. He is a five-time Tony Award–nominated composer, lyricist, and librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed Off Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Transport Group, among many others, and include First Daughter Suite, Giant, Queen of the Mist (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), Bernarda Alba, See What I Wanna See, Little Fish, Hello Again, and First Lady Suite. His work has been produced by many notable regional theatres, including Los Otros, with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh (Everyman Theatre). LaChiusa has been commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others, and he has penned Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Send (who are you? I love you) written for Audra McDonald at Houston Grand Opera. LaChiusa’s revues of his own work include La La LaChiusa (Joe’s Pub), Hotel C’est l’Amour conceived by Daniel Henning (The Blank Theatre), and Heartbreak Country: Michael John LaChiusa’s Stories of America (Jazz at Lincoln Center). LaChiusa’s awards include an Obie Award, a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award, a Kleban Prize, and 2008 and 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards. LaChiusa teaches at New York University and is a resident of New York City.

Graciela Daniele (Director and Choreographer, The Gardens of Anuncia) has directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and The Public Theater, and at regional theatres, and she has earned 10 Tony Award nominations and nine Drama Desk Award nominations. Her Broadway director/choreographer credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Dangerous Games. She has musical-staged/choreographed such shows as Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation, NAACP Theatre, and Joseph A. Callaway Awards), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She choreographed The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and in London; the motion picture of Pirates; and three Woody Allen films, including Mighty Aphrodite (1996 Bob Fosse Award) and Everyone Says I Love You (1997 Bob Fosse Award). Daniele directed and choreographed A New Brain, which enjoyed an extended run in the summer of 1998 at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a recipient of the 1998 “Mr. Abbott” Award for outstanding achievement by a director/choreographer. Daniele directed and choreographed Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Second Stage Theater) and LaChiusa’s Bernarda Alba and William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center Theater). Most recently, she choreographed The Visit on Broadway, the world premiere of Sousatzka at Elgin Theatre in Toronto, and Pamela’s First Musical at Two River Theater. 

 

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

September 20 – October 20, 2019; opens Tuesday, September 26, 2019
West Coast premiere
Noura
By Heather Raffo

A riveting West Coast premiere loosely inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House from acclaimed playwright (and Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program graduate) Heather Raffo. Noura and her husband are Chaldean Christian refugees from Iraq, celebrating their first Christmas Eve as American citizens. But the long-anticipated visit of an orphan girl they once sponsored, now a promising college student, causes them to question who they’ve become and what they’ve left behind. The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout calls this powerful drama “one of the finest new plays I’ve ever reviewed. Full of unexpected revelations and flashes of sudden, blinding illumination.” Contains strong language.

Heather Raffo (Playwright, Noura) is an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has been seen Off Broadway, Off West End, in regional theatre, and in film. She is the author and solo performer of the play 9 Parts of Desire (Lucille Lortel Award; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation; Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Helen Hayes Award nominations), which The New Yorker called “an example of how art can remake the world.” The play ran Off Broadway for nine months and has played across the U.S. and internationally for over a decade. It currently has productions in Greece, Hungary, and India. Raffo’s libretto for the opera Fallujah was part of The Kennedy Center’s World Stages: International Theater Festival, received its world premiere at Long Beach Opera, and opened at New York City Opera in 2016. Her newest play, Noura, won Williamstown Theatre Festival’s prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award.Itwas further developed at Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics with refugee and Middle East policy experts. Further workshops were supported by McCarter Theatre Center, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and the nation’s first Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Noura received its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC before a production in Abu Dhabi and at Playwrights Horizons. Raffo is the recipient of multiple grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

November 23 – December 24, 2019; opens Wednesday, November 27, 2019
West Coast premiere
Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show
By Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen
Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Directed by Gordon Greenberg

San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist! Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego!

Gordon Greenberg (Playwright and Director, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show) recently directed the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll at The Old Globe. He has directed for Broadway, Off Broadway, the West End, television, and regional theatre. His acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls was nominated for six Olivier Awards, and he co-wrote and directed the Broadway adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, which was also recorded for “Great Performances.” His recent credits include directing the gala reading of Terms of Endearment (Geffen Playhouse), directing the London revival of Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), and writing the new book of Meet Me in St. Louis (The Muny’s 100th anniversary). His current projects include the stage adaptations of The Secret of My Success and Mystic Pizza, the North American premiere of Piaf/Dietrich, The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!, the new musical The Single Girls Guide, Port-au-Prince, and the podcast “Theatre Camp.” Greenberg directed and adapted (with Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda) the Drama Desk Award–winning production of Working, which ran at The Old Globe and Off Broadway. He also directed and adapted the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). He co-created and directed Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d) and co-wrote and directed Band Geeks.For television, he co-wrote Nickelodeon’s Emerald City Music Hall and Disney Channel’s Scramble Band. His other credits include numerous productions with Disney, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mirvish Productions, Signature Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Muny, Capital Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, and many more. Greenberg was a Curator at Ars Nova, Director of Musical Theatre Development at The New Group, and Artistic Producer at Musical Theatre Works. He is also Co-Director of the Broadway Teaching Group.

Steve Rosen (Playwright, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show) frequently collaborates as a writer with Gordon Greenberg. They are currently co-authoring the musical adaptation of the Michael J. Fox movie The Secret of My Success, which will have its world premiere at Chicago’s Paramount Theatre in January 2020. His other works with Greenberg include The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!, premiering this October at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Rosen has also collaborated with David Rossmer on a number of projects, including The Other Josh Cohen, which was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award. The show just completed a critically acclaimed six-month extended Off Broadway commercial engagement. Rosen and Rossmer currently have an agreement with RadicalMedia to package and sell their hour-long dramatic television series “Get In, Get Out.” Rosen was also one of the co-creators, writers, and hosts for the comedy improv variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe’s Pub and migrated Off Broadway and to other locations in New York. Rosen and Rossmer wrote, with Dan Lipton, The Great Broadway Shuffle, which Rosen has performed to standing ovations at Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, and American Airlines Theatre. As an actor, Rosen has worked extensively on stage and screen. He currently plays recurring roles on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Fox’s “The Resident,” and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance in The Other Josh Cohen, and a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Pretty Filthy. He also originated principal roles in the original Broadway companies of Spamalot, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, and the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls.

February 8 – March 8, 2020; opens Thursday, February 13, 2020
West Coast premiere
Hurricane Diane
By Madeleine George

This unconventional new comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George sees the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore the earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey? The New York Times cheered Hurricane Diane as an “astonishing new play,” and New York magazine hailed it as “hilarious and full of keen observation and profound human affection.”  Contains strong language.

Madeleine George (Playwright, Hurricane Diane) has written the plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist). Her other honors include a Whiting Award, the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and three MacDowell Colony Fellowships. George is an alumna of New Dramatists; a founding member of the Obie Award–winning playwrights collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.); the Fellow for Curriculum and Program Development for the Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College; and the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Two River Theater in New Jersey.

March 28 – April 26, 2020; opens Thursday, April 2, 2020
West Coast premiere, presented in the January 2019 Powers New Voices Festival
Faceless
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

National tensions swirl around the trial of Susie Glenn, an American teenager who left her home and family to join ISIS. Federal prosecutor Claire Fathi takes the case despite being reluctant to have her own gender and Muslim faith exploited in the name of justice. The Chicago Tribune exclaims that Selina Fillinger “can pack more moment-by-moment tension into a play than most playwrights ever manage in their careers.” This West Coast premiere etches compelling, complex portraits of a troubled young woman, her father, and the attorneys who battle over her future.

Following its run at the Globe, Faceless will tour to several of our Community Partner venues as part of our free Globe for All program. Details will be announced soon.  Contains strong language.

Selina Fillinger (Playwright, Faceless) has written the plays Faceless (Northlight Theatre premiere, Zeitgeist Stage Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Park Theatre in London; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped (Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative, Alley Theatre’s Alley All New Festival, Theatre Three; Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award), and Something Clean (commissioned by Sideshow Theatre Company’s Freshness Initiative; 2019 Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award for Playwriting). She currently has commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Fillinger was a Hawthornden Fellow and resident at the Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat at McCarter Theatre Center. She is a Northwestern University graduate (’16), where she studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director, Faceless) directed the Globe’s productions of Nick Gandiello’s The Blameless,Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, and Laura Marks’s Bethany. Upchurch has directed the Off Broadway productions of The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company), Clare Lizzimore’s Animal (Atlantic Theater Company, Studio Theatre; Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play), Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl, Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan,and Stephens’s Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater Company), Bethany (Women’s Project Theater), and Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Her other productions include Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Year of Magical Thinking with Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage), Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard’s musical Songbird (Two River Theater), and As You Like It (Falstaff Award for Best Play or Musical, Falstaff nomination for Best Director) and An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). She is an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

May 28 – June 28, 2020; opens Thursday, June 4, 2020
World premiere
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
By Nathan Englander
Directed by Barry Edelstein

Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander and director Barry Edelstein wowed Globe audiences with The Twenty-Seventh Man, and now they team up again for this world premiere of a modern-day comedy of friendship. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is Englander’s adaptation of his award-winning short story about two high school friends from suburban New York whose adult lives have taken them to opposite ends of the earth, and to wildly different experiences of culture, religion, and family. Reuniting for the first time in years, their love for each other is tested by the distance that has grown between them… and also by their husbands, who don’t exactly see eye to eye. Englander’s distinctive voice—by turns hilarious, outrageous, and emotional—makes this play a uniquely funny and smart exploration of how we see ourselves, and how our friends see us. Contains strong language.

Nathan Englander (Playwright, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) premiered the theatrical adaptation of his short story The Twenty-Seventh Man at The Public Theater in New York in November 2012. The play had its West Coast premiere at The Old Globe in 2015. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and a Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Englander’s most recent book is the novel kaddish.com. He is also the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,an international best seller, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the novels The Ministry of Special Cases and Dinner at the Center of the Earth. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Barry Edelstein (Director, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank; Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-Seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, and the world premiere of The Wanderers, and the American premiere of Life After. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. He recently oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program and directed The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-Seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare, which was rereleased in a second edition in June, is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

 

Globe for All Tour: Bringing Shakespeare to the San Diego Community

October 29 – November 17, 2019; opens October 31, 2019
The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Jáquez

“O, she’s warm.”
Rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enticing and moving romances with the touring Globe for All troupe of actors. King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity with his best friend from youth, Polixines, the king of Bohemia. After he explodes in rage, only time and forgiveness can bring healing to his family and his wounded land. The Winter’s Tale sweeps from tragedy to comedy—along the way visiting the royal court, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue, and one notoriously hungry bear.

Globe for All is the centerpiece of The Old Globe’s commitment to creating public value by making theatre matter to more people. The sixth annual Globe for All Tour will bring free professional Shakespeare to community-based venues throughout San Diego County. The tour, along with workshops and talkbacks, reaches thousands of people across San Diego County twice a year. Over the past five years, the Globe for All Tour has performed in military bases, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other venues for nearly 10,000 audience members, many seeing theatre for the first time.

Daniel Jáquez (Director, The Winter’s Tale) is a freelance director, theatre maker, and translator of plays who recently took part in The Old Globe Classic Directing Fellowship. He is also co-founder of TuYo Theatre, a new company in San Diego that creates and produces theatre that tells stories from a diverse Latinx perspective. Jáquez, a long-standing Associate Artist of Milagro, served as Interim Artistic Director of the company’s 32nd season and received Portland’s Drammy Award for Best Director. In New York, he was the Director and Co-Founder of UNIT 52, INTAR Theatre’s young acting company, and the Director of INTAR and Jerome Foundation’s New Works Lab, an annual festival for emerging Latinx playwrights. He serves on the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee and the Lark Play Development Center’s México/United States Playwright Exchange Advisory Committee. He is a member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab and of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Jáquez earned an M.F.A. in Directing from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre, and a B.S. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

November 2 – 10, 2019; opens Saturday, November 2, 2019
Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jesse Perez

“If music be the food of love, play on!"
Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, the clever and courageous Viola disguises herself as a man for protection in this strange land, and soon finds a job working for Duke Orsino. Orsino loves the noble Olivia, Viola falls for Orsino, and Olivia becomes infatuated with Orsino’s messenger boy… who’s actually Viola in disguise! In Shakespeare’s world where identity is topsy-turvy, true love sees through all disguises. The classical actors of tomorrow, now training in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, expertly perform Shakespeare’s magical comedy, filled with some of his most unforgettable characters and memorable moments.

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Jesse Perez (Director, Twelfth Night) is Director of Professional Training for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He has acted Off Broadway in Party People (The Public Theater), The Father and A Doll’s House (Theatre for a New Audience), Informed Consent (Primary Stages), Triple Happiness (Second Stage Theater), Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons), In the Penal Colony (Classic Stage Company), and Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop). He also appeared in Lucia di Lammermoor (The Metropolitan Opera). His regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. His international acting credits include The Venice Biennale and Salzburg Festival. Perez’s television and film credits include “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Job,” “Life on Mars,” American Splendor, and Adopt a Highway. As a choreographer he has done The Comedy of Errors directed by Taibi Magar (Shakespeare & Company), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joanna Settle (Shakespeare on the Sound), and Steel Magnolias directed by Brian Mertes (Trinity Repertory Company). He also served as company choreographer starting in 2003 for Lake Lucille Chekhov Project, where he has choreographed all of Anton Chekhov’s major plays under the direction of Mertes and Melissa Kievman. He also choreographed for Salzburg Festival and Jedermann directed by Mertes, and he was movement coach on The Great Leap directed by Magar (Atlantic Theater Company). Perez has also been a guest artist and faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where he has choreographed, directed, and taught for the last 12 years.