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SAN DIEGO (February 13; updated February 20, 2019)—The Old Globe announced the cast and creative team for the American premiere of Life After, a rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical withbook, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson. The Globe’s own Barry Edelstein directs, with choreography by Ann Yee and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel. Life After will run March 22 – April 28, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 22–28. Opening night is Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Life After is produced by special arrangement with Yonge Street Theatricals, Linda Barnett, and Natalie Bartello. Single tickets start at $32.00 and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death and sets out to uncover what really happened on the night that changed her family forever. Britta Johnson’s Life After is a bittersweet, witty, and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love. Through the vivid imagination of a young woman looking for the facts, we find a more complicated truth instead. The Old Globe’s Barry Edelstein directs the American premiere of this rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical from a composer the Toronto Star calls “a startlingly talented emerging voice.” BroadwayWorld dubs Life After “musical theatre perfection…exquisite from start to finish.” Johnson and Life After received a total of six coveted Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the Toronto world premiere in September of 2017, including Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Production in the 2017–2018 season.
The cast includes Bradley Dean (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, The Last Ship) as Frank Carter, Sophie Hearn (Nickel Mines, Facebook Me, Richard II) as Alice Carter, Charlotte Maltby (Starting Here, Starting Now; Have You Met Miss Jones) as Kate Carter, Livvy Marcus (Hair, Lizzie, The Theory of Relativity) as Hannah, Mamie Parris (Broadway’s Cats, School of Rock – The Musical, Wicked) as Beth Carter, and Dan’yelle Williamson (Broadway’s Memphis, Scandalous, Rocky) as Ms. Hopkins; Ensemble members Ximone Rose (Broadway’s Once on This Island, Beautiful national tour), Mackenzie Warren (Broadway’s Cats; Anything Goes, Pippin national tours), and Carmel Valley native Charlotte Mary Wen (the Globe’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, One Day the Musical Off Broadway); Lance Arthur Smith (the Globe’s October Sky) as Frank Carter Understudy; and Encinitas native Emma Stratton (Broadway’s Prince of Broadway; Bullets Over Broadway national tour) as Swing.
The multiple Tony Award–nominated creative team includes Ann Yee (Choreography; London’s Caroline, or Change; Oklahoma! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lynne Shankel (Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Orchestrations; Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), Neil Patel (Scenic Design; Broadway’s Time and the Conways; India Pale Ale, An Ordinary Muslim; The Lion national tour), Linda Cho (Costume Design; 15 Globe shows include A Thousand Splendid Suns, October Sky, The Comedy of Errors; Broadway’s Anastasia, Tony Award–winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design; the Globe’s October Sky, Bright Star, Bethany, August: Osage County; Broadway’s Lobby Hero, Dear Evan Hansen), Ken Travis (Sound Design; the Globe’s American Mariachi, Rain, The Last Goodbye; Broadway’s In Transit, Aladdin), internationally acclaimed Sven Ortel (Projection Design; Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Wonderland), Chris Kong (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).
“From the first instant I heard the score of Life After, I was swept away,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Britta Johnson is a major new talent in the contemporary musical theatre, and she’s fashioned a story that is so many things: warm, humane, truthful, and about important things like family and loss and grief and healing. Its characters and their experiences are as moving and meaningful as its glorious, shimmering music. It gives me great joy to direct such a rich and winning work, and to work with a team of collaborators both onstage and off who are the absolute eminences in our field. And it is a distinct pleasure to bring Britta’s unique and thrilling voice to the United States for the first time, and to the Globe’s wonderful audience. This is a special show, and I cannot wait to share it with San Diego.”
Britta Johnson (Book, Music, and Lyrics) is a writer, composer, and lyricist based in Toronto who is thrilled to be making her American debut at The Old Globe. Life After premiered in Canada in 2017 (co-produced by Canadian Stage, The Musical Stage Company, and Yonge Street Theatricals) and went on to win six Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Production. Her other writing credits include, with her sister Anika Johnson, Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life, Brantwood, Jacob Two-Two, and Trap Door; with Sara Farb, Kelly v. Kelly and Reframed; and with Katherine Cullen, Stupidhead! Ms. Johnson was the librettist for choreographer Robert Binet’s adaptation of The Kreutzer Sonata with Ballet Moscow. She is the inaugural Crescendo Series Artist with The Musical Stage Company in Toronto, which includes a commitment to produce three of her shows in three years.
Barry Edelstein (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. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. In January he oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program. He most recently 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), Mr. 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.
Ann Yee (Choreography) trained at Boston Conservatory of Music, Harvard Summer Dance Center, and The Ohio State University. Her theatre work includes Sunday in the Park with George (The Hudson Theatre), Oklahoma! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival),The Taming of the Shrew (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park), Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse, King’s Cross Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse), and Woyzeck (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Gate Theatre). Her international work includesThe American Clock and The Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic), Julie, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre), Blurred Lines (The Shed at National Theatre), Caroline, or Change (West End, Hampstead Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), War Requiem and Wozzeck (English National Opera), The Threepenny Opera (Salzburg Festival), Urinetown (St. James Theatre, Apollo Theatre), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Almeida Theatre), How to Hold Your Breath and Birdland and Oxford Street (Royal Court Theatre), The Commitments (Palace Theatre), The Color Purple (European premiere), Macbeth and Bent (Trafalgar Studios), Philadelphia, Here I Come! and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse), Angels in America (Lyric Hammersmith, U.K. tour), and Hair (Gate Theatre).
Lynne Shankel (Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Orchestrations) has written orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, The New York Pops, and Raúl Esparza, to Tony Award winner and Bon Jovi member David Bryan, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator for Allegiance and was the first woman to solely orchestrate a new musical on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include music director and arranger for Cry-Baby, and resident music supervisor for the Tony Award–winning revival of Company. She was music director and arranger for the Off Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her orchestrations. Ms. Shankel received a second Drama Desk nomination for Burkell and Loesel’s The Extraordinary Ordinary. Her other recent credits include Snow Child (Arena Stage), and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). Her previous credits at The Old Globe include Allegiance (Craig Noel Award) and original music for Red Velvet. As a composer, her credits include Bare: The Musical, Postcard American Town,and HoT.
Life After at The Old Globe is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsors Karen and Donald Cohn, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Karen and Stuart Tanz, The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger. The Artist Sponsors for director Barry Edelstein are Sandy and Arthur Levinson. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
Additional events taking place during the run of Life After include:
VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
This series provides 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; no reservations necessary.
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, April 2 and 9, and Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
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 for ticketholders of that evening’s performance.
SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, March 30, 2019 following the matinee performance.
Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE; no reservations necessary.
Single tickets start at $32.00 and are now on sale. 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 March 22 and continue through April 28, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 22–28. Opening night is Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances: 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, April 17 and no matinee performance on closing day, Sunday, April 28.
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CALENDAR: Familiar (1/26–3/3/2019), Tiny Beautiful Things (2/9–3/17), Globe Guilders’s Celebrating Couture Fashion Show (3/22), Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/5), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/20), 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), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/14), 2019 Globe Gala (9/21), AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3).
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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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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Bradley Dean (Frank Carter) is making his Old Globe debut. He has appeared on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, The Last Ship, Doctor Zhivago, Spamalot, Company, The Story of My Life, Evita, Jane Eyre, and Man of La Mancha. His other New York credits include The Most Happy Fella and A New Brain (City Centre Encores!), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic), and The Fantasticks. He has toured nationally in Bat Out of Hell, Spamalot, and Evita, and internationally in the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show and the world tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Among his regional highlights are Chess (The Kennedy Center), Follies (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Camelot (Goodspeed Musicals), Falsettos (Barrington Stage Company), Titanic (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Candide (Alliance Theatre), No Way to Treat a Lady (Hartford TheaterWorks), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse), Funny Girl (North Shore Music Theatre), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), and the world premieresof A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center)and Fly (Dallas Theater Center). BradleyDean.net.
Sophie Hearn (Alice Carter) is a New York–based actor making her regional debut at The Old Globe. Her past credits include Nickel Mines (The Duke on 42nd Street), Facebook Me (DR2 Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Henry IV, Parts I and II (Rutgers Theater Company). She recently graduated with her B.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Charlotte Maltby (Kate Carter) was last seen playing Julia Melville in the world premiere musical The Rivals at Bristol Riverside Theatre. Prior to that, she starred as Maria von Trapp in the first national tour of The Sound of Music directed by three-time Tony Award winner and former Old Globe Artistic Director Jack O’Brien. Her other New York and regional credits include Woman One in Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company), Young Shirley Jones in Have You Met Miss Jones opposite Academy Award winner Shirley Jones (New Theatre), Kate McGowan in Titanic (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Martha in The Secret Garden (Theatre Under the Stars, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Center Stage), and Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and Fantine in Les Misérables (The Muny). Ms. Maltby’s film credits include Ithaca directed by Meg Ryan, The Deserters, AWOL, The Last Five Years directed by Richard LaGravenese, People People, and Work It, Honey. She also appeared in the NBC television series Aquarius directed by David Duchovny. Ms. Maltby has performed with the Houston and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and she is a proud University of Michigan graduate. @cmalts.
Livvy Marcus (Hannah) is thrilled to be making her Old Globe debut. Her theatrical credits include Hair (Berkshire Theatre Group), Lizzie and The Theory of Relativity (Playhouse Square), and Next to Normal and Steel Magnolias (Clinton Area Showboat Theatre). Ms. Marcus graduated from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, and she performs as a singer–songwriter around the city as well. @livvymarcus.
Mamie Parris (Beth Carter) marks her Old Globe debut with Life After. Her Broadway and national tour credits include Grizabella in Cats, Patty and Rosalie in School of Rock – The Musical, Elphaba in Wicked, Judy in 9 to 5, On the 20th Century, Ragtime, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, and 110 in the Shade. Her Off Broadway credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center) and See Rock City (Transport Group). She has been seen regionally in the world premiere musical Dave (Arena Stage), The Most Happy Fella (Goodspeed Musicals), and productions at The Muny and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Her television and film credits include “The Blacklist,” “State of Affairs,” and A Stand Up Guy. In addition to performing, Ms. Parris has taught acting and character development master classes across the country and is a sought-after audition coach. She is honored to be a part of Life After. mamieparris.com, @mamierocks on Instagram, @mamieparris on Twitter.
Ximone Rose (Ensemble) is a New Orleans native and a graduate of University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Program. She played a Storyteller in Broadway’s Once on This Island and Lucille in the first national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She has appeared regionally at Music Theatre Wichita and Fulton Theatre. She is represented by CGF Talent. @SimoneWithAnX on Instagram.
Lance Arthur Smith (Frank Carter Understudy) is an actor, writer, and fight choreographer who was last seen at The Old Globe in October Sky (also fight director) and reprised his role and fight direction in the subsequent New York development lab. His local credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Starlight Musical Theatre, ion theatre company, Intrepid Theatre Company, Vista’s Broadway Theater, Scripps Ranch Theatre, New Village Arts, San Diego Musical Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, and Welk Resort Theatre. His other regional credits include Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, The Ark Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Musical Theatre Southwest, and African American Theatrical Ensemble. Mr. Smith is the author of the book Princess Geek. His commissioned plays include The Price of Peace (New Village Arts) and Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play (with Jon Lorenz, San Diego Musical Theatre). lanceasmith.com.
Emma Stratton (Swing) is thrilled to be performing in her hometown. Her Broadway credits include Understudy Woman 1, 2, and 3 in Prince of Broadway, and her national tour credits include Helen Sinclair in Bullets Over Broadway and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Her select regional credits include Louise in Gypsy, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Lilli in Kiss Me, Kate,and Lucy in The Rivals. She was the winner of the 2009 Globe Honors.emmastratton.com, @ladystrat.
Mackenzie Warren (Ensemble) is honored to make her Old Globe debut with this show. Her Broadway and tour credits include Bombalurina in Cats, Reno understudy in Anything Goes, and Fastrada understudy in Pippin. Her regional credits include Reno in Anything Goes; Gymmasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Featured Performer in Steam Heat; and The Producers; It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman; Hello, Dolly!; Kiss Me, Kate; The Drowsy Chaperone; and Camelot. You can catch her in season 4, episode 11 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Charlotte Mary Wen (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Old Globe after spending seven holiday seasons in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as a child. Her other credits include One Day the Musical (Off Broadway), Mamma Mia! (Hollywood Bowl), American Idiot (La Mirada Theatre), and Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3-D Theatricals). Ms. Wen’s film and television credits include Can You Ever Forgive Me?, “The Young and the Restless,” and “Just Add Magic.” She is a graduate of University of Southern California. She also performs at Disneyland as Anna in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, and as Mulan in Mickey and the Magical Map. charlottemarywen.com, @charmarywen.
Dan’yelle Williamson (Ms. Hopkins) is a Broadway veteran and is excited to be joining the Life After family. This is Williamson’s Old Globe debut. She was last seen in Tokyo, Japan in their annual New Years Musical Concert at Tokyu Theatre Orb. She recently portrayed Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Starring Buffalo’s debut season as well as at The 5th Avenue Theatre, receiving a Gregory Award nomination for Outstanding Actress (Musical). Her Broadway credits include the Tony Award–winning Memphis, Scandalous, and Rocky. Her other credits include Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Stages St. Louis), Jory in Disgraced (Northern Stage), Rosie in Mamma Mia! (Stages St. Louis), Nala in The Lion King (national tour), Elphaba in Wicked (Chicago), Nina Simone in Soul Doctor (Off Broadway), and Christine in August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Access Theater in New York). Ms. Williamson has written and produced two solo cabarets, both performed at various venues in New York City. Her voice can be heard on the motion picture soundtrack for 12 Years a Slave. danyellewilliamson.com, @dubbzlove on Instagram.
Neil Patel (Scenic Design) is a New York–based scenic and production designer. His recent film and television includes “The Village” (NBC), Aardvark (Universal), “The Path” (Hulu), Little Boxes (Netflix), Dil Dhadakne Do (Excel Entertainment), Some Velvet Morning (Tribeca Film), and Billy & Billie (DirecTV). His recent theatre and opera credits include India Pale Ale (Manhattan Theatre Club), An Ordinary Muslim (New York Theatre Workshop), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre Company), Time and the Conways (Roundabout Theatre Company), Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Royal Court Theatre), Mughal-E-Azam (NCPA Mumbai, New Delhi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore), The Lion (U.S. national tour), Alcina (Washington National Opera), Norma (LA Opera), Born for This (The Broad Stage, ArtsEmerson), and Shadowland (Pilobolus, tour through Europe, Asia, and the Middle East). Mr. Patel also created exhibition design and historical reproduction for Space Force Construction (V-A-C Foundation, 2017 Venice Biennale).
Linda Cho (Costume Design) is thrilled to return to The Old Globe, where she most recently designed A Thousand Splendid Suns, October Sky,and The Comedy of Errors. This is her 15th show here since 2002. She maintains a highly successful career with opera and theatre companies in the United States and abroad. Among her successes in theatre have been theBroadway productions of Anastasia (Tony Award nomination), The Lifespan of a Fact, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), and The Velocity of Autumn. Ms. Cho’s work has also been seen Off Broadway and at numerous American regional theatres and opera companies. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut earlier this season with Samson et Dalila. She recently received the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for A Thousand Splendid Suns at American Conservatory Theater. She is also the proud recipient of the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award and the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she is on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. Ms. Cho is an alumna of McGill University and holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale School of Drama. lindacho.com.
Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design) previously designed the Globe productions of October Sky, Bright Star, Bethany, The Rainmaker, and August: Osage County. His recent Broadway projects include Lobby Hero, Significant Other, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His other Broadway credits include Dear Evan Hansen (2017 Tony Award nomination), The Visit and Airline Highway (2015 Tony nominations), Of Mice and Men (2014 Tony nomination), Macbeth (Drama Desk Award nomination), Bright Star, Sylvia, Old Times, The Snow Geese, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Nance (2013 Tony nomination). His other regional credits include American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Internationally, Mr. Weideman has designed at Edinburgh International Festival, West End in London, Royal Shakespeare Company, Ancient Theater of Epidaurus in Greece, National Theater of Korea, La Scala in Milan, Opéra de Lyon, and De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. His awards and nominations for lighting design include Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Hewes Design, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, and San Diego Craig Noel Awards.
Ken Travis (Sound Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s productions of American Mariachi, Rain,and The Last Goodbye. His Broadway credits include In Transit, Aladdin, Jekyll & Hyde, A Christmas Story The Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, Memphis, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Steel Magnolias. His Off Broadway and regional credits include The Public Theater, The New Group, The Civilians, Atlantic Theater Company, Soho Rep., Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, and Paper Mill Playhouse.
Sven Ortel (Projection Design) designs projections and imagery for theatre, opera, dance, musicals, and beyond. His select Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Wonderland, and Newsies (Tony Award nomination). His West End credits include Marguerite, Jumpers, and The Woman in White, among others. He has also designed A Disappearing Number (world tour), Measure for Measure (world tour), Tiefland (Zurich, Barcelona), Rebecca (Vienna, Stuttgart), The Three Musketeers (Berlin, Stuttgart), Richard II (The Old Vic), Swan Lake (San Francisco), and The Ring Cycle (St. Petersburg). Mr. Ortel’s Off Broadway credits include Hamlet, Party People, Carrie, and Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has designed regional productions of A Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington Theatre Company), Mary Page Marlowe (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Roman Holiday (SHN Golden Gate Theatre), Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly (The Linq), and Ever After (Alliance Theatre). Mr. Ortel also leads the M.F.A. program in Integrated Media and an undergraduate track in Projection, Lighting, and Interactivity at The University of Texas at Austin.
Chris Kong (Music Director) is thrilled to return to The Old Globe, where he previously served as Associate Music Director for the world premiere of Allegiance in 2012. His Broadway credits include Disney’s Frozen, Mean Girls, Pretty Woman, The Prom, Miss Saigon, Allegiance, Kinky Boots, Fiddler on the Roof, and Disney’s Newsies. His Off Broadway favorites include Carrie, SILENCE! The Musical, and Altar Boyz. Mr. Kong traveled the country under the chandelier with the 25th anniversary North American tour of The Phantom of the Opera. His other regional credits include Once on This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), [title of show] (George Street Playhouse), and Venice (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Mr. Kong is a San Francisco Bay Area native and graduate of the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific.
Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dog and Pony, A Room with a View, and others. Their select Broadway credits include Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, King Kong, The Band’s Visit, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Shrek The Musical, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Their Off Broadway credits include Clueless, The Musical; The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love;and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. They have also cast regionally for Yale Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musicals Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some of her additional credits include The Tempest; The Wanderers; The Importance of Being Earnest; King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour. Her select La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres), Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few, including having toured both nationally and internationally with several dance and music companies.
Book, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson
Directed by Barry Edelstein
Choreography by Ann Yee
Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Orchestrations by Lynne Shankel
Produced by special arrangement with Yonge Street Theatricals, Linda Barnett, and Natalie Bartello
RUNS: March 22 – April 28, 2019
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $32.00.
SYNOPSIS: Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death and sets out to uncover what really happened on the night that changed her family forever. Britta Johnson’s Life After is a bittersweet, witty, and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love. Through the vivid imagination of a young woman looking for the facts, we find a more complicated truth instead. A rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical from a composer the Toronto Star calls “a startlingly talented emerging voice.” BroadwayWorld dubs Life After “musical theatre perfection…exquisite from start to finish.”
CAST: Bradley Dean (Frank Carter), Sophie Hearn (Alice Carter), Charlotte Maltby (Kate Carter), Livvy Marcus (Hannah), Mamie Parris (Beth Carter), Dan’yelle Williamson (Ms. Hopkins); Ximone Rose, Mackenzie Warren, Charlotte Mary Wen (Ensemble); Lance Arthur Smith (Frank Carter Understudy); Emma Stratton (Swing).
CREATIVE TEAM: Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Ken Travis (Sound Design), Sven Ortel (Projection Design), Chris Kong (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, CSA (Casting), Anjee Nero (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 by calling the Box Office, evening performances only).
Mar 22 FRI 8:00pm
Mar 23 SAT 8:00pm
Mar 24 SUN 7:00pm
Mar 26 TUE 7:00pm (Zeiger Insights Seminar)
Mar 27 WED 7:00pm
Mar 28 THURS 8:00pm
OPENING NIGHT: Mar 29 FRI 8:00pm
Mar 30 SAT 2:00pm (Subject Matters)
Mar 30 SAT 8:00pm
Mar 31 SUN 2:00pm
Mar 31 SUN 7:00pm
Apr 2 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 3 WED 7:00pm
Apr 4 THURS 8:00pm
Apr 5 FRI 8:00pm
Apr 6 SAT 2:00pm
Apr 6 SAT 8:00pm
Apr 7 SUN 2:00pm
Apr 7 SUN 7:00pm
Apr 9 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 10 WED 7:00pm
Apr 11 THURS 8:00pm
Apr 12 FRI 8:00pm
Apr 13 SAT 2:00pm
Apr 13 SAT 8:00pm
Apr 14 SUN 2:00pm
Apr 14 SUN 7:00pm
Apr 16 TUE 7:00pm
Apr 17 WED 2:00pm
Apr 17 WED 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 18 THURS 8:00pm
Apr 19 FRI 8:00pm
Apr 20 SAT 2:00pm
Apr 20 SAT 8:00pm
Apr 21 SUN 2:00pm
Apr 21 SUN 7:00pm
Apr 23 TUE 7:00pm
Apr 24 WED 7:00pm
Apr 25 THURS 8:00pm
Apr 26 FRI 8:00pm
Apr 27 SAT 2:00pm
Apr 27 SAT 8:00pm
Apr 28 SUN 7:00pm
PHOTOS: Digital images of Globe productions are available at TheOldGlobe.org/press-room.
(619) 238-0043 x2152 / 325-9416
Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti aenciso@TheOldGlobe.org
(619) 238-0043 x2356