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Press Release: 2019 Summer Season Announcement

THE OLD GLOBE 2019 SUMMER SEASON of Love and Laughter:

The 2019 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Will Feature

AS YOU LIKE IT, Directed by JESSICA STONE,
JUNE 16 – JULY 21, 2019
and
ROMEO AND JULIET, Directed by BARRY EDELSTEIN,
AUGUST 11 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

The Summer Also Welcomes Back Two Globe Favorites!:
the Award-Winning PIGPEN THEATRE CO. (The Old Man and
The Old Moon
) with a World Premiere Musical
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX,
Directed by MARC BRUNI and PIGPEN THEATRE CO.,
the Family-Friendly Show Runs JULY 6 – AUGUST 11, 2019
and
STEVE MARTIN’S Hilarious THE UNDERPANTS

JULY 27 – AUGUST 25, 2019

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

 

SAN DIEGO (October 19, 2018)—The Old Globe today announced the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup, which will include two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays: the romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Jessica Stone, will run June 16 – July 21, and love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet, directed by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, August 11 – September 15. Both will play outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Indoors, the 2019 Summer Season overflows with music, adventure, and laughter, starting with the award-winning PigPen Theatre Co., which delighted Globe audiences in 2017 with The Old Man and The Old Moon. This talented ensemble returns July 6 – August 11 with a world premiere musical The Tale of Despereaux. Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film, with book, music, and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., this inspiring family-friendly adventure will be directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and PigPen Theatre Co. Rounding out the summer is a sparkling comedy by the Globe’s second most popular playwright-in-residence—a guy named Steve Martin: The Underpants. Adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company, and it will play July 27 – August 25. 2019 Summer Season subscriber tickets will go on sale Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”

The 2019 Shakespeare Festival kicks off with As You Like It, the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption...and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree. Bucolic Balboa Park is the ideal spot for Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love. Jessica Stone’s recent body of work, including Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, has had Globe audiences rolling in the aisles. Her Shakespearean directing debut will run June 16 – July 21 and open Saturday, June 22, 2019.

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars. Edelstein is currently working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a unique version of The Tempest combining Shakespeare, opera, and Broadway for November 2018, and he returns to his home territory with Romeo and Juliet, which will run August 11 – September 15, with opening night on Saturday, August 17.

The acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. charmed and astonished Old Globe audiences with The Old Man and The Old Moon. Now they return to San Diego, bringing their one-of-a-kind theatrical and musical inventiveness to Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, Newbery Medal–winning modern fable, The Tale of Despereaux. Despereaux is a courageous mouse who dreams of becoming a knight. He sets off on a noble quest that will take him down into dungeons and up to the heights of a castle tower to rescue a beautiful human princess—but the dark-hearted rat Roscuro has other ideas. The Boston Herald proclaims, “PigPen Theatre Co. is already a phenomenon,” while The New Yorker says, “It’s like watching child geniuses at play!” Full of gorgeous music, stunning stage effects, witty performances, and a message of optimism and community, The Tale of Despereaux is an inspiring and beguiling story for all ages. Directed by Marc Bruni and PigPen Theatre Co., it will run July 6 – August 11, opening Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin is back with a riotously funny farce, The Underpants. Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops—wardrobe malfunction!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles. Her husband is frantic that her faux pas will cost him his job and reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants. Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences hits like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star, and Meteor Shower, brings us a hilarious look at sudden fame and the crazy things people do when they’re in the grip of romantic fever. The New York Times calls the play “laugh-out-loud funny!” and “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee.” The Underpants will run July 27 – August 25, opening Thursday, August 1, 2019.

“The Globe’s 2019 summer lineup is bursting with two things we all need more of: love and laughter. The four productions in the season will be created by cherished artists, including some of our dearest friends, who return to our stages in brilliant form,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “We are delighted to see the gifted comic director Jessica Stone make her Shakespearean directing debut with the beguiling As You Like It. I can’t wait to work on a play I’ve longed to do, the greatest love story there is, Romeo and Juliet. The wizardly and extraordinarily gifted PigPen Theatre Co. will thrill us with their world premiere musical fable for all ages, The Tale of Despereaux, directed with Marc Bruni, fresh off the success of Beautiful on Broadway and national tour. And the Globe’s dear friend Steve Martin returns for a fourth time, following the great San Diego, New York, and nationwide successes of Bright Star and Meteor Shower, with The Underpants, a play he and I originally created together and which seems even funnier and more prescient these many years later. These shows are everything the Globe exists to create: great theatre art by great artists telling great stories about things that matter. I am thrilled to share it all with our audiences.”

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits. Tickets to the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season subscriptions will go on sale on Sunday, October 21, and range from $120 to $369. Single tickets for most shows begin at $30. Subscription packages 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 younger, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

Don’t miss the many humanities-based events surrounding each production—including Insights Seminars, Post-Show Forums, Subject Matters, New Voices in the Community, and Shakespeare in the Garden. Ongoing arts engagement programs throughout the year include Globe for All, AXIS, coLAB, Behind the Curtain, Bard Basics, Reflecting Shakespeare, Community Voices, Breaking Bread, Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, and Behind-the-Scenes Tours. Pioneering programs include Free Student Matinee Series, Sensory-Friendly Performances, School in the Park, and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Watch for details of exciting new guests to be announced for In Conversation with Barry Edelstein, Thinking Shakespeare Live!, and January’s Powers New Voices Festival. The Old Globe is an internationally recognized cultural icon striving to serve its audiences with the best possible theatrical experiences while providing year-round arts engagement and community programs for the citizens of San Diego County.

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Through a special arrangement with the San Diego Zoo, Old Globe evening ticket-holders have the opportunity to pre-purchase valet parking in the Zoo’s employee parking structure. With a drop-off point just a short walk to the Globe, theatregoers may purchase fast, easy, convenient valet parking for just $14 per vehicle per evening. Pre-paid only, available only by phone through the Old Globe Ticket Office. Call (619) 234-5623 or visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/valet-parking. The Balboa Park valet is also available during weekend performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

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

PLEASE NOTE: To look up online or GPS directions to The Old Globe, please do not use the Delivery Address above. For GPS users, please click here for the map coordinates, and here for written directions to The Old Globe and nearby parking in Balboa Park.

CALENDAR: The Heart of Rock & Roll (9/6–10/21), M.F.A.: Julius Caesar (10/20–10/28), AXIS: Day of the Dead Celebration (10/28), Globe for All Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (10/30–11/18), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Looking for Christmas: The New Clint Black Christmas Musical (11/11–12/16), The Grinch sensory-friendly performance and AXIS: Jungle Poppins (12/1), Familiar (1/26–3/3/2019), Tiny Beautiful Things (2/9–3/10), AXIS: I Love Africa Concert (2/9), Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/5), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/20), AXIS: concert TBA (5/9), Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/23–6/23), AXIS: Tuesday Dances (6/4, 6/11, 8/18, 6/25), AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21), As You Like It (6/16–7/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), The Underpants (7/27–8/25), Romeo and Juliet (8/11–9/15).

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

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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THE OLD GLOBE 2019 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

June 16 – July 21, 2019, with opening night on Saturday, June 22
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessica Stone

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”

The 2019 Shakespeare Festival kicks off with the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption...and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree. Bucolic Balboa Park is the ideal spot for Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love.

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

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

August 11 – September 15, 2019, with opening night on Saturday, August 17
Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time. Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars.

Barry Edelstein (Director, Romeo and Juliet) 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. He will next direct The Tempest at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November. 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.

THE OLD GLOBE 2019 SUMMER SEASON

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

July 6 – August 11, 2019, with opening night on Saturday, July 13
World premiere musical
The Tale of Despereaux
Book, music, and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film
Directed by Marc Bruni and PigPen Theatre Co.

The acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. charmed and astonished Old Globe audiences with The Old Man and The Old Moon. Now they return to San Diego, bringing their one-of-a-kind theatrical and musical inventiveness to Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, Newbery Medal–winning modern fable. Despereaux is a courageous mouse who dreams of becoming a knight. He sets off on a noble quest that will take him down into dungeons and up to the heights of a castle tower to rescue a beautiful human princess—but the dark-hearted rat Roscuro has other ideas. The Boston Herald proclaims, “PigPen Theatre Co. is already a phenomenon,” while The New Yorker says, “It’s like watching child geniuses at play!” Full of gorgeous music, stunning stage effects, witty performances, and a message of optimism and community, The Tale of Despereaux is an inspiring and beguiling story for all ages.

PigPen Theatre Co. (Book, Music, Lyrics, Co-Directors, The Tale of Despereaux)began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country, earning them Critic’s Picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe, and many more, and ranking them in the top 10 theatrical events of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. They were the first group to win the New York International Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row (2010 and 2011), and they have since gone on to win IRNE (2012, 2015) and Joseph Jefferson Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles. PigPen’s debut album, Bremen, was named No. 10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy Awards preview, sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, The Way I’m Running, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schubas Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, Whole Sun; performed at Mumford & Sons’s return to the Gentlemen of the Road festival; and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. In 2018, PigPen announced that they are creating two stage musicals based on beloved novels: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group) and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (in collaboration with Rick Elice).

Marc Bruni (Co-Director, The Tale of Despereaux) is currently represented on Broadway and U.S. tour with the Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award–winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He won the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical for its Australian production, and the show has also played the West End, U.K. tour, and Japan. His other credits include Off Broadway’s long-running Old Jews Telling Jokes (New York and Chicago; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), Paint Your Wagon, Pipe Dream, Fanny, and Hey, Look Me Over! (City Center Encores!), Roman Holiday (Golden Gate Theatre), Trevor (Writers Theatre; Jeff Award nomination), The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theatre Club), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (The Kennedy Center), The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Other People’s Money (Long Wharf Theatre; Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination), Presto Change-O (Barrington Stage Company), and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre Company). He has directed nine musicals for The Muny in St. Louis, most recently My Fair Lady and Singin’ in the Rain, and has twice been nominated for Kevin Kline Awards. He also won the New York Musical Festival Award for his direction of Such Good Friends. He is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a graduate of Dartmouth College.

 

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

July 27 – August 25, 2019, with opening night on Thursday, August 1
The Underpants
By Steve Martin
Adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim

Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin is back with a riotously funny farce. Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops—wardrobe malfunction!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles. Her husband is frantic that her faux pas will cost him his job and reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants. Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences hits like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star, and Meteor Shower, brings us a hilarious look at sudden fame and the crazy things people do when they’re in the grip of romantic fever. The New York Times calls the play “laugh-out-loud funny!” and “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee.”

Steve Martin (Playwright, The Underpants) is one of the most well-known talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Mr. Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967–1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, he shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” His films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). Mr. Martin is also an accomplished Grammy Award–winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, he released his third full-length album called Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. Love Has Come For You won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song for the title track and inspired their musical Bright Star, which had its world premiere at The Old Globe. Bright Star received five Tony Award nominations and received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Mr. Martin and Ms. Brickell’s second album together, So Familiar, was released on Rounder Records and featured 12 remarkable songs that bought the acclaimed duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers released a second album together in 2017 titled The Long-Awaited Album. As an author, Mr. Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile;a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a bestselling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. After making its world premiere at The Old Globe, his play Meteor Shower premiered on Broadway in 2017 in a production starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, and Jeremy Shamos, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Mr. Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, received four Emmy nominations. Mr. Martin and Mr. Short will announce additional tour dates in 2019 for their new comedy show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.

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