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SAN DIEGO (June 19, 2019)— It’s all happening as The Old Globe throws the party of the year—the 2019 Globe Gala, Where Black Tie Meets Tie-Dye, on Saturday, September 21, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The get-down fun will be on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, as Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning movie Almost Famous returns to its home city reimagined as a world-premiere musical. Globe Board members Ellise Coit and Karen Tanz serve as Co-Chairs.
The can’t-miss black-tie and tie-dye event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with roadies and fans alike gathering around craft tables loaded with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a surprise guest performance, to be announced at a later date. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of Play! will rock Copley Plaza until midnight.
Recalling an era when Nixon was President and Led Zeppelin was king, we look to our rose-tinted past to make our future something to sing about. With a theme that echoes that of the soon-to-open Globe world premiere of the new musical Almost Famous, by San Diego native and Oscar winner Cameron Crowe, the 2019 Old Globe Gala will be a night of glamour, celebration, and generosity.
The year’s best party supports the Globe’s bigger purpose—theatre that connects, enthralls, teaches, and empowers us. The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our commitment is to make it matter to more people. Your attendance at the 2019 Globe Gala will support a vibrant, nationally renowned theatre dedicated to serving the public good. Through thrilling productions of great classics, provocative new works, and exciting musicals, the Globe brings life-changing encounters with theatre to 250,000 people every year. Our remarkable arts engagement programs are redefining how a professional not-for-profit theatre transforms lives across the community it serves. These programs serve 40,000 children, families, and individuals, ranging from students in Title I schools to homeless communities, from military service members and veterans to incarcerated populations. Help us make theatre matter to more San Diegans—that’s a reason to celebrate!
The 2019 Gala Committee includes Michele Arthur, Terry Atkinson, Peter Cooper, Valerie Cooper, Elaine Bennett Darwin, Nadia Gastelum, David Ohanian, Joanie Polatchek, Jean Shekhter, Rhona Thompson, Pam Wagner, Muffy Walker, and Lynne Wheeler.
Tickets are $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables of 10 are available starting at $8,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $5,000 per couple. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket. Gala Underwriters will enjoy premium wine and champagne and will receive an invitation to an exclusive party in a private home. See the full list of underwriting and sponsorship opportunities by clicking here. To underwrite or purchase a table or individual tickets, contact Events Director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org.
Special thanks to our generous 2019 Globe Gala Underwriters, including Darlene Marcos Shiley, who gets Rock Star Treatment; deserving of a Cover of the Rolling Stone are Ellise and Michael Coit and Karen and Stuart Tanz; and Almost Famous Underwriters Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor, Qualcomm, Laurie Mitchell and Brent V. Woods, Pamela J. Wagner and Hans Tegebo, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger.
Our generous vendors include the following: award-winning Jeffrey Strauss and Pamplemousse Grille will cater; Blush Botanicals will provide lush florals; the band Play! will get everyone up on the dance floor; guests will be captured in photos by Douglas Gates of Gates Photography and Melissa Jacobs; Ace Parking will valet; APR Fine Linen Rentals will provide linens, chargers, specialty tables, and chairs; MiresBall is creating the Gala’s graphic design; Neiman Marcus will surprise and delight with Gala gifts; Trevor Norton and CleverCo will set the scene with lighting and set design; and SEAS will enhance the mood with lighting and sound.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. To look up online or GPS directions to The Old Globe, please do not use the Delivery Address above. Click for written directions to The Old Globe and nearby parking in Balboa Park.
CALENDAR: What You Are (5/30–6/30), As You Like It (6/16–7/21), AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), Steve Martin’s The Underpants (7/27–8/25), Romeo and Juliet (8/11–9/15), Almost Famous (9/13–10/20), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/14), Noura (9/20–10/20),2019 Globe Gala (9/21), Globe for All Tour: The Winter’s Tale (10/29–11/17), M.F.A.: Twelfth Night (11/2–10), AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show (11/23–12/24), August Wilson’s Jitney (1/18/2020-2/23), Hurricane Diane (2/8–3/8), Little Women (3/14–4/19), Faceless (3/28–4/26), The Gardens of Anuncia (5/8–6/14), What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (5/28–6/28).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.
The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 85th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, and in partnership with the University of San Diego it runs a renowned 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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