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The Underpants Cast and Creative Announcement

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for
STEVE MARTIN’s Hilarious Comedy
THE UNDERPANTS,
Directed by WALTER BOBBIE,
an Adaptation of DIE HOSE by CARL STERNHEIM

Performances Originally Scheduled to RunJuly 27 – August 25, 2019;
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND Through SEPTEMBER 1;
Opening Is Thursday, August 1

PHOTO EDITORS: Headshots and key art for The Underpants are available by clicking here.

SAN DIEGO (July 3, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of a sparkling comedy rounding in our summer season, The Underpants, by the Globe’s second-most-popular playwright-in-residence, Steve Martin. Directed by multiple-award winner Walter Bobbie (Globe and Broadway’s Bright Star, Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Chicago) and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company. This is the fourth Martin work in recent seasons at the Globe, from 2014’s world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, to 2016’s twice-extended, world-premiere comedy Meteor Shower, to 2017’s smash-hit revival of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

The Underpants begins performances July 27 and has already been extended by popular demand to run through September 1, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27 – July 31. Opening night is Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale now. 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.

A riotous farce adapted from a playwright often dubbed “the German Molière.” 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!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles, right in front of everyone. Her husband is frantic with worry about losing his job and their 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. Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences world premiere hits like Bright Star and Meteor Shower, makes Carl Sternheim’s “racy” German comedy a hilarious look at female empowerment, sudden fame, and the idiocy a beautiful woman inspires in the men who love her. The New York Times calls it “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee. The Underpants is often laugh-out-loud funny!”

The cast includes Jeff Blumenkrantz as Klinglehoff (Globe’s Damn Yankees, Broadway’s Bright Star, Off Broadway’s Murder for Two, Fosse/Verdon), Michael Bradley Cohen as Benjamin Cohen (Henry V, Twelfth Night for The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More), Regina De Vera as Louise Maske (The Merchant of Venice for Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, Into the Woods, Three Sisters, Mother Courage and Her Children at The Juilliard School), Joanna Glushak as Gertrude Deuter (Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and War Paint, Gloria: A Life, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Eddie Kaye Thomas as Theo Maske (Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, American Pie, Harold & Kumar, “Scorpion”), Luis Vega as Frank Versati (The Humans national tour, As You Like It at Guthrie Theater, Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse), and Kris Zarif as King (Globe’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Triad Productions,tempOdyssey at Teatro ALTO).

The award-winning Broadway veterans on the creative team include John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design; Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, King Richard II, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile,Broadway’s Venus in Fur, The Color Purple, and Rabbit Hole), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design; Globe’s Familiar, Allegiance, and Brighton Beach Memoirs,Broadway’s Allegiance and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design; Broadway’s Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man,A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design; Globe’s The Tale of Despereaux and Bright Star, Broadway’s Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, Tony Award winner for Hadestown), James Calleri and Paul Davis, Calleri Casting (Casting), and Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

The Underpants is a play that’s been in my life for nearly 20 years, and it’s brought me enormous laughter and joy over that time,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Back in 2000, when I was running Classic Stage Company in New York City, I asked Steve Martin to adapt Carl Sternheim’s play. He turned this strange comedy from Germany in 1910 into a fresh and riotous farce that’s suffused with Steve’s very particular brand of highbrow-lowbrow hilarity. It’s about how we don’t think straight when we fall in love, it’s about how a marriage grows, it’s about fame, and most of all it’s about the consequences of a wardrobe malfunction. It’s also about the happy return of Steve Martin to the Globe. Our audiences love him, and it’s a pleasure to round out his wonderful body of stage plays—Picasso at The Lapin Agile, Meteor Shower, and Bright Star—with this sparkling comedy. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie continues his own collaboration with Steve Martin, and he’s brought an astonishing team of Broadway veterans to collaborate with him and a stellar cast of actors to make a production that will enchant Globe’s audiences. I can’t wait to share it with San Diego!”

Steve Martin
(Playwright) 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, Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “Saturday Night Live.” His films are widely popular successes: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). As an author, 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. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker. Martin is an accomplished, Grammy Award–winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer who has won three Grammys for performing and composing. He has earned numerous honors, including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at The Old Globe in 2014, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score. His play Meteor Shower made its world premiere at the Globe in 2016 before playing a Tony-nominated run on Broadway. Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, received four Emmy nominations. They are currently touring their new comedy show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t, across the U.S. and internationally.

Walter Bobbie
(Director) just returned from Theatre Royal Bath, where he directed the U.K. premiere of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. His New York productions include Bright Star, Venus in Fur, Golden Age, The School for Lies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission, The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing,among others. Bobbie served as Artistic Director of City Center’s acclaimed Encores!, and he is on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. As an actor, his career spans the original cast of Broadway’s Grease to the 1992 Guys and Dolls and the recent Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Bobbie is the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards.

The Underpants
at The Old Globe is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsors Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor; Peter Cooper and Erik Matwijkow; Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander; Hal and Pam Fuson; Leonard Hirsch, in memory of Elaine Hirsch; and Vicki and Carl Zeiger. The Artist Sponsors for director Walter Bobbie are Gail and Doug Hutcheson. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

Additional events taking place during the run of The Underpants include:

VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, July 30, 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: Tuesday August 6, Wednesday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 13, 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.

Single tickets for The Underpants start at $30.00 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or at 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 July 27 and continue through September 1, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27–31. Opening night is on Thursday, August 1 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.

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 $14.00 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 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 dropoff. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.

CALENDAR: As You Like It (6/16–7/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), AXIS: Sensory Friendly surround event for The Tale of Despereaux (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).

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, 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

Jeff Blumenkrantz (Klinglehoff) previously performed in San Diego in Damn Yankees (The Old Globe) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (La Jolla Playhouse). On Broadway, he has appeared in Bright Star (also at Ahmanson Theatre), A Class Act, How to Succeed in Business…, Damn Yankees, Threepenny Opera, and Into the Woods. He created the role of The Suspects in Murder for Two both Off Broadway (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. On camera, he can be seen in Fosse/Verdon, “Madam Secretary,” The Big Sick, “The Detour,” “30 Rock,” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Will and Grace,” “Law & Order,” and the New York Philharmonic concerts of Sweeney Todd and Candide on PBS. Also a composer, Blumenkrantz is a Tony Award nominee for his work Urban Cowboy. His songs have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Megan Mullally, Rebecca Luker, Alysha Umphress, and Victoria Clark, among others. jeffblumenkrantz.com, @blumietunes.

Michael Bradley Cohen (Benjamin Cohen) is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer. His recent credits include Dauphin in Henry V and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit). Most recently he performed as Malcolm in the Punchdrunk audience-immersive show Sleep No More. He has also appeared on screen in “Madam Secretary” and “The Good Fight.” He is a founding member of the theatre company American Centaur. He was a 2016 Fellow at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, and he is a Performing Maven with Lab/Shul. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and his M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting program, where he was an Ed Limato Scholar.

Regina De Vera (Louise Maske) was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. She moved to New York City in 2015 to pursue graduate training at The Juilliard School. While in Manila, she was a resident actress at the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s resident theatre company for five years. In 2013, she won the Philstage Award for the Performing Arts, for Female Lead Performance in a Play, for her work as Portia in a Filipino adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. Her notable roles at Juilliard include Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Irina in Three Sisters, and Aly in Chuck Mee’s Queens Boulevard. She is a recipient of the Raul Julia Memorial Scholarship in Drama as well as the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship. reginadevera.com.

Joanna Glushak
(Gertrude Deuter) has appeared in leading roles on Broadway in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, War Paint, Sunday in the Park with George, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Urinetown, Rags, Welcome to the Club, Conversations with My Father, Sweet Smell of Success, and Hairspray. Off Broadway, she just finished a sold out run of Gloria: A Life, about the life of Gloria Steinem. She appeared with New York City Opera as Petra in A Little Night Music and Cleo in The Most Happy Fella. Her national tour credits include Mrs. du Maurier in Finding Neverland, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, Evita, and Fiddler on the Roof. Glushak has played countless roles in regional theatre. She can be seen as Mrs. O’Toole in the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as well as countless television series and films. She is a Yale School of Drama graduate.

Eddie Kaye Thomas (Theo Maske) worked with Walter Bobbie on The Submission (MCC Theater) and Golden Age (Manhattan Theatre Club). His other New York theatre credits include Bachelorette (Second Stage Theater), Dog Sees God (Century Center for the Performing Arts), Smelling a Rat (The New Group), The Diary of Anne Frank and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (Broadway), Talking Pictures (Signature Theatre Company), and others. Thomas’s film credits include American Pie (1–4), Harold & Kumar (1–3), Black & White, Stolen Summer, Freddy Got Fingered, Dirty Love, and many others. His television credits include “Scorpion” (CBS), “American Dad” (Fox), “How to Make It in America” (HBO), “’Til Death” (Fox), “Off Centre” (WB), and “Brutally Normal” (WB). He has appeared as a guest star on many shows including “This Is Us,” “The X-Files,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “Law & Order.”

Luis Vega (Frank Versati) appeared in the national tour of Stephen Karam’s The Humans and in the regional productions of As You Like It (Guthrie Theater), Seize the King (La Jolla Playhouse), Where Storms Are Born and A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown Theatre Festival),and The Comfort Team (Virginia Stage Company). In New York City he has appeared in Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), i thought i would die but i didn’t (The Tank/New Georges), and Romeo and Juliet (Back Room Shakespeare Project). His film and television credits include Another Earth (official Sundance Film Festival selection, Fox Searchlight), Chinese Puzzle directed by Cédric Klapisch, “Madam Secretary,” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” He received a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Acting from UC San Diego. luis-vega.net, @sinverguenzaluisvega on Instagram.

Kris Zarif (King) appeared at The Old Globe last year in A Thousand Splendid Suns. He previously played El-Fayoumy in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad Productions), Nepotism Guy, Scientist Guy, and Security Guy in tempOdyssey (Teatro ALTO),and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet,Nanaivandak in 1001 Grains of Sand,and Micah in Inside Story (San Diego State University). He can also be seen in the films September Tapes, In the Wrong Hands, Timing, Any Genre You Like, and Rushing.

John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design) has designed the Globe productions of Much Ado About Nothing, King Richard II, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cornelia, Dancing in the Dark, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Redwood Curtain. His 115 Broadway credits include Sweat, Disgraced, The Nance, After Midnight, Good People, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities, Time Stands Still, The Royal Family, The Color Purple, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Chicago, Proof, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Burn This, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July,and Crimes of the Heart. His Off Broadway credits include The Whipping Man, Sylvia, The Substance of Fire, A Life in the Theatre, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, as well as 38 seasons at Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle Repertory Company, 22 seasons at City Center Encores!, film, opera, television, and circus. Beatty is the recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and he is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Drama.

Alejo Vietti (Costume Design) designed The Old Globe’s Familiar, Allegiance, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Engaging Shaw, and Lost in Yonkers. On Broadway he designed Allegiance (Drama Desk Award nomination), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (West End, Japan, Australia, U.K. tour, U.S. tours; Olivier Award nomination), and Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical. His Off Broadway credits include Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, The New Group, Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes, and City Center Encores!, among others. Vietti has designed regionally for La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and others. His international credits include Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Japan and Germany), Ukraine’s Donetsk Opera, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His other opera credits include Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and Minnesota Opera. He also designed for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Vietti is a recipient of Theatre Development Fund’s 2010 Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. alejo_vietti_costume_design on Instagram.

Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,and It’s Only a Play. His Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club,and Cactus Flower. His regional credits include productions with The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage, The Actors Company Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Two River Theater, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.

Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s productions of The Tale of Despereaux and Bright Star. His Broadway credits include Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown (Tony Award), The Cher Show, Bandstand, Bright Star, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination), The Performers,and Magic/Bird. His Off Broadway credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, The Landing,and Far from Heaven. He has designed over 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners, receiving five additional Tony nominations, for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair,and In the Heights.

Calleri Casting (Casting) (James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen)  cast the recent Broadway productions and tours of Burn This, Bright Star, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fool for Love, The Visit, The Elephant Man, and Venus in Fur. Their recent Off Broadway and regional credits include Kate Hamill’s Little Women at Primary Stages; the Pride Plays festival and Samuel D. Hunter’s Lewiston/Clarkston at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; and productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, and Two River Theater. Their television credits include the upcoming “Dickinson” (Apple) and “The Path” (Hulu), and their films include I Origins and Another Earth. Calleri Casting has received 14 Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. They are members of the Casting Society of America. callericasting.com.

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on The Old Globe’s Native Gardens, The Wanderers,Powers New Voices Festival (2016–2018), Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, and Oscar and the Pink Lady. Her regional credits include Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome, Miss You Like Hell,and The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse), Aubergine, Evita, and Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Hir, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre Company), The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company), and This Wonderful Life (North Coast Repertory Theatre). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

The Underpants
By Steve Martin
Adapted from Carl Sternheim
Directed by Walter Bobbie

RUNS: July 27 – September 1, 2019
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $30.00.

SYNOPSIS: 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.”

CAST: Jeff Blumenkrantz (Klinglehoff), Michael Bradley Cohen (Benjamin Cohen), Regina De Vera (Louise Maske), Joanna Glushak (Gertrude Deuter), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Theo Maske), Luis Vega (Frank Versati), Kris Zarif (King).

CREATIVE TEAM: John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), James Calleri and Paul Davis, Calleri Casting (Casting), Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: 12:00 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 ($14.00, advance reservation by calling the Ticket Office, evening performances only).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:

July 27 SAT 8:00pm
July 28 SUN 7:00pm
July 30 TUE 7:00pm (Zeiger Insights Seminar)
July 31 WED 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT: Aug 1 THU 8:00pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Aug 2 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 3 SAT 2:00pm
Aug 3 SAT 8:00pm
Aug 4 SUN 2:00pm
Aug 4 SUN 7:00pm
Aug 6 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 7 WED 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 8 THU 8:00pm
Aug 9 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 10 SAT 2:00pm
Aug 10 SAT 8:00pm
Aug 11 SUN 2:00pm
Aug 11 SUN 7:00pm
Aug 13 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 14 WED 7:00pm
Aug 15 THU 8:00pm
Aug 16 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 17 SAT 2:00pm
Aug 17 SAT 8:00pm
Aug 18 SUN 2:00pm
Aug 18 SUN 7:00pm
Aug 20 TUE 7:00pm
Aug 21 WED 7:00pm
Aug 22 THU 8:00pm
Aug 23 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 24 SAT 2:00pm
Aug 24 SAT 8:00pm
Aug 25 SUN 2:00pm
Aug 25 SUN 7:00pm
Aug 27 TUE 7:00pm
Aug 28 WED 7:00pm
Aug 29 THU 8:00pm
Aug 30 FRI 8:00pm
Aug 31 SAT 2:00pm
Aug 31 SAT 8:00pm
Sep 1 SUN 2:00pm
Sep 1 SUN 7:00pm

PHOTOS: Digital images of Globe productions are available at TheOldGlobe.org/press-room.

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