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SAN DIEGO (July 17, 2019)—As The Old Globe’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues, the theatre today announced the cast and creative team of the love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to direct the greatest love story of all time, after helming a smash-hit production of Othello and a sales-record-breaking production of Hamlet. Performances will run August 11 – September 15 outdoors under the stars in the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run August 11–16, with opening night on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
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, one of America’s leading Shakespeareans, recently created a unique version of The Tempest, combining Shakespeare, dance, and classical music, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program.
“What a gift it is to direct one of the great masterpieces in world literature, and what an extra joy to do so on our Festival Theatre stage, one of the most beautiful Shakespeare venues in this country,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Romeo and Juliet contains multitudes. It’s a work of sublime and uplifting romance, and also a warning about how hatreds held fast by one generation can cause terrible destruction to the next. It is a justly famous play that truly has in it everything we love about Shakespeare. As always, the Globe has attracted an extraordinarily talented cast and design team, and I am so looking forward to sharing their work with San Diego audiences.”
The cast includes lauded actors from Broadway, Off Broadway, film, and television, including Aaron Clifton Moten as Romeo (The Flick, “neXT,” “Disjointed,” The Night Of, “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Louisa Jacobson as Juliet (Native Son, The Member of the Wedding); Candy Buckley as Nurse (Globe’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Broadway’s Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, After the Fall, Ring Round the Moon, Scandalous), Ben Chase as Mercutio (Mondo Tragic, Untamed, Anna Christie, Liberté: A Call to Spy, “Transparent”), Sofia Jean Gomez as Lady Capulet (Craig Noel Award for A Doll’s House, Part 2 at San Diego Rep, Lucille Lortel Award for Angels in America, Parts I and II), Jesse J. Perez as Friar Laurence (Party People, The Father, A Doll’s House, Informed Consent), and Cornell Womack as Lord Capulet (Globe’s As You Like It, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale; The Tempest with LA Philharmonic; Broadway’s On Golden Pond, Talk Radio). The cast includes students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Carlos Angel-Barajas as Prince, Summer Broyhill as Lady Montague, Ramon Burris as Balthasar, Mason Conrad as Paris, Yadira Correa as Tybalt, Aubrey Deeker Hernandez as Lord Montague, Eric Hagen as Apothecary, Bibi Mama as Abram, Hallie Peterson as Capulet Servant, Jersten Seraile as Friar John, Morgan Taylor as Benvolio, Wenona Truong as Peter, Jared Van Heel as Sampson, and Marco Antonio Vega as Gregory.
The multiple-award-winning creative team includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design; Globe’s The Imaginary Invalid, Welcome to Arroyo’s; Man from Nebraska, The Profane), Judith Dolan (Costume Design; Tony Award for Candide,Lucille Lortel Award for The Petrified Prince, Parade, Lovemusik; Night and Dreams, The Tempest with LA Philharmonic), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design; Globe’s As You Like It, MuchAdoAboutNothing, Hamlet, KingRichardII, DoubleIndemnity, Othello, TheTwoGentlemenofVerona, international productions), Sten Severson (Sound Design; Globe’s As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, more; Broadway’s Hair, The Motherf***er with the Hat, The Merchant of Venice), Mark Bennett (Original Music and Music Director; Globe’s Twelfth Night, Golda’s Balcony, Arms and the Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Pygmalion; Broadway’s Junk, Driving Miss Daisy, Drama Desk Award for The Coast of Utopia), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), Justin Gray (Pianist and Conductor), David Huber (Voice and Text Coach), Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting), and Joshua Pilote (Production Stage Manager).
William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Barry Edelstein (Director, 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, 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. In January he oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program, and last November he 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.
Romeo and Juliet is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Diane and John Berol, Karen and Donald Cohn, Ann Davies, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, The Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund, and The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund. California Bank & Trust is the Artist Sponsor for Louisa Jacobson (Juliet), and June Yoder is the Artist Sponsor for Aaron Clifton Moten (Romeo). Additional support provided by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
Additional events taking place during the run of Romeo and Juliet include:
VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
With Romeo and Juliet’s director and Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. 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.
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, August 20 and August 27, and Wednesday, August 21, 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.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN: Tuesday, August 20; Wednesday, August 21;
Thursday, August 22; Friday, August 23; and Saturday, August 24, 2019; all at 7:00 p.m.
The Old Globe artistic staff presents introductory talks prior to select performances. All talks take place one hour prior to the show, in the Craig Noel Garden. FREE.
SINGLE TICKETS to Romeo and Juliet start at $30.00, on sale now, and 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 August 11 and continue through September 15, 2019 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Performance times: Previews: Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m.; and Friday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances: (August 20–31): Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; (September 1–15): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
The 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival began with the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Globe favorite Jessica Stone, running June 16 – July 21, 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 is co-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 Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company, and it will play July 27 – September 1, 2019.
Don’t miss the many humanities events surrounding each production designed to make theatre matter to more people—including Insights Seminars, Post-Show Forums, 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 Matinees, Sensory-Friendly Performances, School in the Park, and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
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CALENDAR: As You Like It (6/16–7/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), AXIS: The Tale of Desperaux Sensory-Friendly AXIS Event (7/20), Steve Martin’s The Underpants (7/27–9/1), 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).
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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, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre 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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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Carlos Angel-Barajas (Prince, Ensemble) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He was recently seen in As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing,and The Tempest (The Old Globe) and Our Town, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters,and Cloud 9 (The Old Globe/USD). He has also appeared regionally in Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and The Rover (Santa Cruz Shakespeare). Locally he has appeared in Romulus Killgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar (La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival) and How to Use a Knife (UC San Diego’s Wagner New Play Festival). He received his B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego. @carlos_angelba on Instagram and Twitter. carlosangelb.com.
Summer Broyhill (Lady Montague, Ensemble) is a first-year M.F.A. candidate with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She appeared as Amiens in As You Like It in the Summer Shakespeare Festival this year. Her program credits include Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird, Rebecca in Our Town, and Calphurnia and Lepidus in Julius Caesar. She received her Bachelor of Music from Florida State University, and she was last seen on Broadway in Hairspray and in the national tours of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Hairspray. She has performed Off Broadway in Killer Therapy (The Players Theatre), The Independents (New York International Fringe Festival; The New York Times Critics’ Pick), and The Day Before Spring (York Theatre Company). Her favorite regional performances include Cathy in two productions of The Last Five Years, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane in the regional premiere of Tarzan, Lilli/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate opposite Davis Gaines, Roxie Hart in Chicago, Laurey/Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!, and several performances with Georgia Shakespeare. She is also a playwright. summerbroyhill.com, @summerbroyhill on Instagram.
Candy Buckley (Nurse) last appeared at The Old Globe in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her Broadway credits include the Sam Mendes–directed Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, After the Fall, Ring Round the Moon, and Scandalous. Her select Off Broadway credits include Wise Guys directed by Mendes, The Petrified Prince directed by Harold Prince (Drama Desk Award nomination), an all-female The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park, Shockheaded Peter, The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters, Lincoln Center Theater’s Bernarda Alba, Hal & Bee, and writer and daughter Erin Buckley’s Older Lady and Sistren. She just completed a workshop of the new musical adaptation of The Notebook (New York Stage and Film), and recently appeared in the premieres of Kleptocracy (Arena Stage) and The Squirrels and Kill Local (La Jolla Playhouse). Regionally Buckley has done Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, Misalliance, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and All the King’s Men (Helen Hayes Award nomination), among others. She can be seen on television in “The Americans,” “Treme,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Criminal Intent,” as well as in the film Bachelorette. She holds a Princess Grace Statue Award for Theater.
Ramon Burris (Balthasar, Ensemble) is a first-year M.F.A. candidate in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He has performed in three productions with the program. This will be his second production with The Old Globe, previously playing Charles in As You Like It. He comes from Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Theatre Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Since then he has performed regionally in the Baltimore area. He last appeared in The Big Thank You as a part of the Charm City Fringe Festival; the production received a Best of Fringe Award for the 2017 festival.
Ben Chase (Mercutio) has appeared Off Broadway in MondoTragic and Untamed (National Black Theatre), AnnaChristie (Wild Project), May39th (The Drama League/TBG Theatre), (A)LoftModulation (Access Theater), TheSunExperiment (New York International Fringe Festival), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, MCC Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Red Bull Theater, New Dramatists, and Lark Play Development Center. His regional theatre credits include Shakespeare & Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Syracuse Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and The Kennedy Center. Chase has been seen in the films TheLastThingHeWanted opposite Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck (upcoming this fall), Liberté:ACalltoSpy, AShotThroughtheWall, Jim:TheJamesFoleyStory, and LazarusRising. His television credits include “Transparent” (Amazon), “Difficult People” (Hulu), Undocumented (ITV), and “The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC). Chase received his M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. program and studied with Shakespeare in Performance at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Mason Conrad (Paris, Ensemble) was born and raised in Texas and later received his B.F.A. in Acting from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis. He most recently lived in Los Angeles, where he worked with Just Fix It Productions in The Willows. His further L.A. credits include “Lore” with Amazon Studios, Creep L.A.: Entry, and Threat at Whitefire Theatre. Conrad’s other regional credits include Door Shakespeare, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Peterborough Players, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and XVI Havana Theater Festival in Cuba. He was last seen onstage this summer as Silvius in As You Like It. masonconrad.com, @masondconrad on Instagram.
Yadira Correa (Tybalt, Ensemble) has been seen as Audrey in As You Like It, Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing,and Francisca in The Tempest at The Old Globe. She also recently appeared in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program productions of Our Town, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters,and Cloud 9. She playedGratiano in the all-female production of The Merchant of Venice (Cardinal Stage Company) and appeared in the special event production of 2666 (Goodman Theatre). She has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Teatro Vista, Collaboraction, and About Face Theatre, among others. Her credits also include Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Water by the Spoonful and Tanya Saracho’s Enfrascada (A Jarring Comedy of Hoodoo Proportions) (16th Street Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks), as well as most ensemble-devised works at Teatro Luna (2003–2009), including Machos, Lunatica(s), and S-e-x-Oh! Correa is an alumna of the School at Steppenwolf.
Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Lord Montague, Ensemble) was last seen at The Old Globe as Oliver in As You Like It. He has appeared internationally in Love’s Labor’s Lost at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon; Off Broadway in the New York premiere of The Liar by David Ives at Classic Stage Company; and in 13 productions as an affiliated artist at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and King Lear with Stacy Keach directed by Robert Falls. His other credits include the title role in Hamlet and Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Denver Center Theatre Company), Prior Walter in Angels in America (The Wilma Theater), and productions at Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, and Round House Theatre, among others. His television credits include Ridley Scott’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “True Blood,” “The Wire,” “The Mentalist,” “Castle,” “Backstrom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Crisis,” and his film credits include So the Lord Must Wait, Peter’s Plan, Distance, Leave No Marine Behind, and The Seer.
Sofia Jean Gomez (Lady Capulet) has appeared in San Diego as Nora in San Diego Repertory Theatre’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, which won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Dramatic Production, and for which she won Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play. Her New York credits include Angels in America, Parts I and II (Signature Theatre Company; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Ensemble) and shows at Page 73 Productions, New World Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Georges, and Lake Lucille Chekhov Project. Her regional credits include Tartuffe and The Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre; San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Principal Actress), Tartuffe and The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company; 2014 DC Metro Theater Arts WATCH Award for Best Actress in a Play), and Argonautika (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Performer), and productions at Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Stage, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. American Theatre magazine named her one of the “Actors Playwrights Love.” She received her M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama and her B.F.A. at Sam Houston State University.
Eric Hagen (Apothecary, Ensemble) previously appeared as Dennis in As You Like It, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing,and Shipmaster in The Tempest on The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival stage. He was previously seen with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program as Simon Stimson in Our Town, Soothsayer and Lucius in Julius Caesar, Joshua and Gerry in Cloud 9, Solyony in Three Sisters,and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Regionally, he was most recently seen as Edmund in King Lear and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nebraska Shakespeare). His other regional credits include The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Henry IV, Part II (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Macbeth (USF Shakespeare-in-the-Schools tour), Peter Piper (Guthrie Theater), and August & Amy (Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater). He is an alumnus of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ YoungArts competition and of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. @eric.weiman on Instagram.
Louisa Jacobson (Juliet) has appeared regionally in Native Son (Yale Repertory Theatre) and The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, Escape from Happiness, and The Girl Is Chained. Her other credits include The Other World and Re: Union (Yale Cabaret). She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and studied in Oxford with British American Drama Academy.
Bibi Mama (Abram, Ensemble) is a first-year M.F.A. student and was most recently seen in As You Like It as Ensemble and Rosalind understudy here on the Shakespeare Festival stage. Her Off Broadway credits include Monkey in Owen & Mzee The Musical (Vital Theatre Company) and Stylist in Caps for Sale the Musical (The New Victory Theater). Her favorite regional credits include Julius Caesar (The Gallery Players), Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 (The Kennedy Center), Richard III, Enchanted April, and Pride@Prejudice (The Theatre at Monmouth), and Cloud 9 (Studio Theatre). She is a proud B.F.A. alumna of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts. Bibi-Mama.com, @bodybybibi on Instagram.
Aaron Clifton Moten (Romeo) is currently set as a series regular on the upcoming Fox drama “neXT,” hailing from John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and Manny Coto. Prior to “neXT,” he was a series regular on Netflix’s “Disjointed.” His other television credits include recurring roles on HBO’s award-winning miniseries The Night Of and Amazon’s highly acclaimed “Mozart in the Jungle.” He played opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and starred in Barrow Street Theatre’s production of the critically acclaimed play The Flick. A Juilliard School alumnus, Moten’s wide range of theatrical credits includes Young Collector in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway; Regan in King Lear directed by Ed Iskandar; Henry V in The Life of King Henry the Fifth directed by Nigel Smith; and The Seagull directed by Richard Feldman and A Raisin in the Sun directed by Jade King Carroll (The Juilliard School). His regional credits include Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater) and Sweeney Todd (Long Center).
Jesse J. Perez (Friar Laurence) is the 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, where he was recently seen in Seize the King. 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.
Hallie Peterson (Capulet Servant, Ensemble) is in her first year of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She was previously seen on the Globe’s Shakespeare Festival stage in As You Like It. Her previous roles within the M.F.A. program include Brutus in Julius Caesar, Mrs. Webb in Our Town, and Emma in Stupid F***ing Bird. A Chicago native, Peterson’s favorite credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Polarity Ensemble Theatre), All My Sons (Raven Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (Oil Lamp Theater), Fanny’s First Play (20% Theatre Company), and Dreamgirls, A Christmas Carol,and I Think You Think I Love You (Milwaukee RepertoryTheater). Peterson received her B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College. @halpetes on Instagram.
Jersten Seraile (Friar John, Ensemble) is in his second year of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He appeared earlier this summer in the Globe’s As You Like It and last year in Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest. He has also been seen in the M.F.A. program as Joe Stoddard and Wally Webb in Our Town, the title role in Julius Caesar, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Fyodor Ilych Kulygin in Three Sisters, and Betty and Edward in Cloud 9. He has toured nationally playing the roles of Mr. White, Bernard, and Brom Bones in Encore! (Chamber Theatre Productions). While on tour, Seraile made his Off Broadway debut playing Langston Hughes in the one-man show Harlem Blooms in Spring, which he also wrote (Theatre Row). His other credits include If We Don’t Get It, Shut It Down (Harlem Repertory Theatre) and The Full Monty and Oliver! (Clear Space Theatre Company). Seraile received his bachelor’s degree from Eugene Lang College.
Morgan Taylor (Benvolio, Ensemble) is completing her second year of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Taylor was seen this season as Phoebe in As You Like It and last season as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, as well as her role in The Tempest (The Old Globe). She has also appeared in Our Town, Julius Caesar, Cloud 9, Three Sisters, and Romeo and Juliet (The Old Globe/USD). Her other credits include Eurydice and Baby with the Bathwater (Oceanside Theatre Company) and Orlando (Elements Theatre Collective). Taylor is an alumna of University of California, Santa Barbara’s Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. morgantaylor.me, @the.morgantaylor on Instagram.
Wenona Truong (Peter, Ensemble) previously appeared with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program as Emily in Our Town, Portia in Julius Caesar, Maud and Lin in Cloud 9, Irina and Anfisa in Three Sisters, and Lady Montague, Balthasar, and Friar John in Romeo and Juliet. She also appeared as Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing and Iris in The Tempest (The Old Globe), Henrietta and Elizabeth in Persuasion and Ariel in The Tempest (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), and Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird (Capital Stage). She received her B.A. at University of the Pacific in Theatre Arts with a minor in Psychology. wenonatruong.com.
Jared Van Heel (Sampson, Ensemble) was last seen in The Old Globe’s productions of As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing,and The Tempest. He is a second-year M.F.A. candidate with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. In the program he has played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Clive and Martin in Cloud 9, Constable Warren and Sam Craig in Our Town, and Montague and Peter in Romeo and Juliet. He has appeared Off Broadway in Hamlet (S.O.S. Productions) and The Awesome 80s Prom (Davenport Theatrical Enterprises). He has toured internationally with Walking with Dinosaurs (BBC Worldwide/Global Creatures) and nationally with The Trip to Bountiful (Montana Repertory Theatre). Some of his other credits include The Liar, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night (Madcap Collective), Antony and Cleopatra (Harlequin Productions), American Midget (New York International Fringe Festival/Trembling Stage), and Cyclone, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and the world premieres of Frankenstein Unplugged and Breach (Montana Repertory Theatre).
Marco Antonio Vega (Gregory, Ensemble) appeared earlier this summer in As You Like It at The Old Globe. His previous credits include Puck in William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (Creekside Theatre Fest), and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bardolph in both Henry IV, Part II and Henry V, and Burgundy in King Lear, as well as two educational touring productions playing Laertes in Hamlet and Banquo in Macbeth (Utah Shakespeare Festival). He trained at Southern Utah University and received a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Vega also has years of improvisation training from Off the Cuff Comedy Improvisation in Cedar City, Utah. With Off the Cuff, he performed during the LA Indie Improv Festival.
Cornell Womack (Lord Capulet) appeared at the Globe earlier this summer in As You Like It, as well as in recent productions of Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale. He was seen last winter as Antonio at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a production of The Tempest with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Barry Edelstein. His Broadway credits include On Golden Pond and Talk Radio. His Off Broadway credits include Yellowman, Thunder Knocking at the Door, The Merchant of Venice, and The Odyssey. Womack’s television roles include Ritchie on the FX series “Rescue Me,” along with guest appearances on “Better Call Saul,” “Flaked,” “Suits,” “The Newsroom,” “The Fosters,” “Body of Proof,” “Criminal Minds,” “Medium,” “Boston Legal,” “CSI: Miami,” “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order,” “Warehouse 13,” “The Black Donnellys,” and “Hannah Montana.” His films include Grimshaw, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, State of Play, and The Happening. He currently narrates the documentary series “Corrupt Crimes,” “Motive to Murder,” “Gangster: America’s Most Evil,” and “Hangar 1: The UFO Files,” among others. Womack is a 2018 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. He trained at The Juilliard School Drama Division.
Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design) previously designed The Imaginary Invalid, Welcome to Arroyo’s, Some Lovers,and Pig Farm at The Old Globe. His recent New York credits include Man from Nebraska (Second Stage Theater), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Forever (New York Theatre Workshop), Gloria and Outside People (Vineyard Theatre), Derren Brown: Secret and Through a Glass Darkly (Atlantic Theater Company), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre), and Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre). Regionally Kata has worked at Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. Kata has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Ovation, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Barrymore Awards. He is an assistant professor at University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts.
Judith Dolan (Costume Design) has worked with legendary director Harold Prince on several productions, including the Broadway production of Candide for which she received a Tony Award for Best Costume Design. Another collaboration with Prince, The Petrified Prince at The Public Theater, earned her the Lucille Lortel Award. Her designs have also been seen in many theatres, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, The Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Houston Grand Opera. Her other Broadway designs include the award-winning musical Parade and Lovemusik, the latter of which earned her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Her costume designs include work for Los Angeles Philharmonic: Night and Dreams directed by Yuval Sharon and The Tempest directed by Barry Edelstein. Dolan holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design and a Ph.D. in Directing and Design/Theater History and Aesthetic Theory from Stanford University. She is currently a Distinguished Professor of Design in the Department of Theater and Dance at UC San Diego.
Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Double Indemnity, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has designed over 200 productions on and Off Broadway and at most major regional theatre and opera companies across the U.S. Internationally his work has been seen in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, and Wroclaw. He has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including American Theatre Wing, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas–Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel Awards. He is Co-Chair of the Design Department at Yale School of Drama and a Resident Lighting Designer at Yale Repertory Theatre.
Sten Severson (Sound Design) is pleased to be returning to The Old Globe, where he has designed As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Othello. His selected credits include the Broadway productions of Hair, The Motherf***er with the Hat, and The Merchant of Venice, and the Off Broadway productions of Venice, No Place to Go, The Total Bent, and The Controversy of Valladolid, as well as King Lear, the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hair, and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. His regional credits include Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Fallaci (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, Arena Stage), and The Abominables, Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). He has taught at New York University and Yale School of Drama.
Mark Bennett (Original Music and Music Director) worked on the Globe’s Twelfth Night directed by Jack O’Brien, Golda’s Balcony, Arms and the Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Pygmalion. His recent Broadway scores include Junk, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Driving Miss Daisy, The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk Award), Henry IV, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, among others. His Off Broadway credits include Nantucket Sleigh Ride, Socrates, An Iliad (Obie Award), Mad Forest, and My Children! My Africa! His La Jolla Playhouse scores include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award), His Gal Friday, An Iliad (Craig Noel Award), Dogeaters, and, as composer and co-lyricist, the musical Most Wanted. He has received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, Bessie Award, Ovation Award, Henry Hughes Design Award, and 14 Drama Desk Award nominations. He is very excited to be reunited with Barry Edelstein after last composing Edelstein’s production of As You Like It for Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) is honored to return to the Globe after As You Like It, The Last Goodbye, Othello, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, and Hamlet. His credits as a fight director include Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, New World Stages, national tour), Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, commercial remount), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company), Sailor Man (also co-creator; New York International Fringe Festival; Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright; The Tank, Fight Fest), and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Grigolia-Rosenbaum has also been fight director for numerous regional and touring companies, including Disney Cruise Line, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Ogunquit Playhouse, and National Theater for Arts and Education, as well as for special events (Robin Hood Foundation). He was the stunt coordinator and creature performer for the horror film Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image) and was a D1 varsity fencer while at Yale University.
Justin Gray (Pianist and Conductor) has been active in the music scene in San Diego for over 35 years, specializing in musical theatre, cabaret, and large-scale corporate entertainment. He is a pianist, music director, and music arranger. He received his bachelor’s degree in piano and master’s degree in conducting from San Diego State University. Gray has been Music Director at Welk Resort Theatre for 25 years and was recently appointed Executive Director of Pacific Lyric Association, bringing professional opera and ballet to California Center for the Arts, Escondido. He is a business owner specializing in music preparation and custom soundtracks. He enjoys performance-arts photography and traveling.
David Huber (Voice and Text Coach) has worked on 39 Globe productions since 2014, including The Underpants, As You Like It, What You Are, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Tempest, Native Gardens, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wanderers, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, and Bright Star. He has also served as a dialect/voice coach at La Jolla Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre. His regional theatre acting credits include The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Pacific, among many others. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and at several local colleges, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto and an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons, and Lisa Donadio serves as Associate Casting Director. She recently cast As You Like It at the Globe. Her Playwrights Horizons credits include Grey Gardens (also on Broadway), Clybourne Park (also on Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for casting), and The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre). Her television credits include ABC’s “The Knights of Prosperity” (aka “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger”), NBC’s “Ed,” and USA’s “Monk.” Her regional theatre credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and People’s Light, among others.
Joshua Pilote (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Old Globe after stage managing The Tempest,directed by Barry Edelstein, at Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has stage managed on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally, and on national tours. He has a B.A. in Theatre from The College of Idaho, and he is based in New York City. He is a proud Actors’ Equity Association member. co_pilote on Instagram.
The Old Globe 2019 Shakespeare Festival
Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein
RUNS: August 11 – September 15, 2019
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $30.00.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
CAST: Candy Buckley (Nurse), Ben Chase (Mercutio), Sofia Jean Gomez (Lady Capulet), Louisa Jacobson (Juliet); Aaron Clifton Moten (Romeo), Jesse J. Perez (Friar Laurence), Cornell Womack (Lord Capulet). Students in Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Carlos Angel-Barajas (Prince), Summer Broyhill (Lady Montague), Ramon Burris (Balthasar), Mason Conrad (Paris), Yadira Correa (Tybalt), Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Lord Montague), Eric Hagen (Apothecary), Bibi Mama (Abram), Hallie Peterson (Ensemble), Jersten Seraile (Friar John), Morgan Taylor (Benvolio), Wenona Truong (Peter), Jared Van Heel (Sampson), Marco Antonio Vega (Gregory).
CREATIVE TEAM: Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Judith Dolan (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Sten Severson (Sound Design), Mark Bennett (Original Music and Music Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), Justin Gray (Pianist and Conductor), David Huber (Voice and Text Coach), Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting), Joshua Pilote (Production Stage Manager).
BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA accepted.
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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).
Aug 11 SUN 8:00pm
Aug 13 TUE 8:00pm (Zeiger Insights Seminar)
Aug 14 WED 8:00pm
Aug 15 THU 8:00pm
Aug 16 FRI 8:00pm
OPENING NIGHT: Aug 17 SAT 8:00pm
Aug 18 SUN 8:00pm
Aug 20 TUE 8:00pm (SIG/Post-Show Forum)
Aug 21 WED 8:00pm (SIG/Post-Show Forum)
Aug 22 THU 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)
Aug 23 FRI 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)
Aug 24 SAT 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)
Aug 25 SUN 8:00pm
Aug 27 TUE 8:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 28 WED 8:00pm
Aug 29 THU 8:00pm
Aug 30 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 31 SAT 8:00pm
Sept 1 SUN 7:00pm (note: schedule change)
Sept 3 TUE 7:00pm
Sept 4 WED 7:00pm
Sept 5 THU 8:00pm
Sept 6 FRI 8:00pm
Sept 7 SAT 8:00pm
Sept 8 SUN 7:00pm
Sept 10 TUE 7:00pm
Sept 11 WED 7:00pm
Sept 12 THU 8:00pm
Sept 13 FRI 8:00pm
Sept 14 SAT 8:00pm
Sept 15 SUN 7:00pm
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