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SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2019)—As the Globe deepens its commitment to making theatre matter to more people, our work expands in service to the public good. The Globe today announced that its signature arts engagement program, Globe for All, will tour Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon to four community venues this spring, following its West Coast premiere at the Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli and starring the original acting company, They Promised Her the Moon will tour from May 16 through May 19. There will be free public performances at Sweetwater High School and Oceanside Public Library, along with closed, invitation-only performances at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and Father Joe’s Villages.
In 1960 the famed Mercury Seven trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. But they weren’t alone. Thirteen women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing. The first woman to be tested, Jerrie Cobb, even out-performed her male counterparts. But while Alan Shepard and John Glenn went on to become household names, Ms. Cobb never got that chance. In vividly theatrical terms, the West Coast premiere of They Promised Her the Moon tells the unknown true story of this exceptional and unjustly overlooked woman—skilled aviator, world-record-holding pilot, successful business executive—and the powerful forces that kept her from reaching orbit. Contains strong language.
The cast includes Matthew Boston as Dr. Randy Lovelace and Others (Off Broadway’s Education and The Edge of Our Bodies), Mary Beth Fisher as Jackie Cochran (Broadway’s The Night of the Iguana and Frank’s Home), Morgan Hallett as Jerrie Cobb (the Globe’s Time and the Conways, Broadway’s The Present, Translations, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Lanna Joffrey as Helena Cobb and Others (the Globe’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Profane and Measure for Measure Off Broadway, extensive U.K. credits), Michael Pemberton as Harvey Cobb and Others (Broadway’s The Farnsworth Invention, I’m Not Rappaport, Mamma Mia!, and Hedda Gabler), and Peter Rini as Jack Ford and Others (Broadway’s Proposals and A View From the Bridge, “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Blacklist”).
The creative team includes Jo Winiarski (Scenic Design; The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at theGlobe and Off Broadway, Love, Loss, and What I Wore), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design; 10th Globe show plus The Last Match and The Royale, Carmen at LA Opera, All Is Calm at San Diego Opera), Cat Tate Starmer (Lighting Design; The Winning Side Off Broadway), Jane Shaw (Sound Design; the Globe’s The Wanderers, Off Broadway’s Actually, I Was Most Alive with You, and Men on Boats), David Huber (Dialect and Vocal Coach; 34 Globe productions), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).
The Globe for All touring program, the Globe’s cornerstone arts engagement initiative, was launched in 2014 by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and has since brought free professional theatre twice a year to over 9,000 diverse, multigenerational people in communities throughout San Diego, offering workshops, community meals, and post-show conversations. The They Promised Her the Moon spring Globe for All Tour performances will take place at Sweetwater High School on Saturday, May 18 and at the Oceanside Public Library in their Civic Center Community Rooms on Sunday, May 19. Tour performances are by invitation only from the community partner organizations. In addition, the Globe for All Tour will be performed for members of the following organizations (not open to audiences outside the organization; advance clearance needed for media coverage): Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility on Thursday, May 16 and Father Joe’s Villages on Friday, May 17. (See below for details.)
“The space program we learn about in this exciting play is different from the one we know, which is mostly male,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. Playwright Laurel Ollstein reminds us of another, fuller story that demands to be told. There were many more astronauts-in-training than the Mercury Seven we all remember, and it’s both exhilarating and heartbreaking to know that it could have been a woman who took the first steps at Tranquility Base had the playing field been level and society more equitable. I am excited to tour the production to venues around the county after its Globe run, where I know that Jerrie Cobb’s amazing tale will inspire audiences even as it moves and delights them. Last year’s Powers New Voices Festival thrilled to this revelatory work, and I look forward to sharing the unjustly neglected story of Jerrie Cobb and her extraordinary life with all of San Diego.”
They Promised Her the Moon at The Old Globe is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Ann Davies, Globe Guilders, Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation, and Viasat. They Promised Her the Moon is a recipient of a 2018 Social Impact Theatre Grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.
The They Promised Her the Moon Globe for All Tour is supported in part through lead gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, and Viasat.
Additional support for Globe for All comes from Maggie Acosta and Larry Shushan, Actors’ Equity Foundation, The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant, The County of San Diego, Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, The James Irvine Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and Michael T. Turner and Suzanne Poet Turner. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
CALENDAR: Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/12),AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/20),AXIS: Manila Disco Fever in Concert (5/9),Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/30–6/30),AXIS: San Diego’s Gods of Comedy (6/15), As You Like It (6/16–7/21),AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11),Steve Martin’s The Underpants (7/27–8/25), Romeo and Juliet (8/11–9/15),AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/14),2019 Globe Gala(9/21),AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3).
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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages and on tour throughout San Diego County. The Old Globe’s campus is home to 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 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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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON VENUES WITH PERFORMANCES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tour performances are by invitation only from the community partner organizations. These venues have pre-show community meals. Please contact us to cover this portion of the event.
Saturday, May 18; lunch starts at 12:00 noon. Performance starts at 12:45 p.m.
Sweetwater High School
2900 Highland Ave. National City, CA 91950
Sunday, May 19; lunch starts at 12:00 noon, performance starts at 12:45 p.m.
Oceanside Public Library, Civic Center Community Rooms
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON OUR NON-PUBLIC PERFORMANCE VENUES
For Possible Media Scheduling Only ~ Please Do Not Publish These Anywhere
Thursday, May 16; performance starts at 6:00 p.m.
Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (Advance clearances needed)
Friday, May 17; performance starts at 7:00 p.m.
Father Joe’s Villages
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Matthew Boston (Dr. Randy Lovelace and Others) has New York and regional credits that include leading roles at such theatres as Folger Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, TheaterWorks, Mosaic Theater Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Center Stage, George Street Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre, Two River Theater, Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Human Race Theatre Company, Northern Stage, Kitchen Theatre Company, 59E59 Theaters, Soho Rep., Working Theater, and many others. His television and film credits include “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” The Kitchen (upcoming), In the Family, Ghost Ship, Into the Blue, Camp Wilderness, “One Life to Live,” and “All My Children.”
Mary Beth Fisher (Jackie Cochran) has many Chicago credits, including Blind Date, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Little Foxes, Luna Gale, and The Seagull (Goodman Theatre), Domesticated, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and The Dresser (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Three Tall Women, The Year of Magical Thinking, and The Wild Duck (Court Theatre). She has worked in regional theatres all over the country, most recently as Nora in A Doll’s House, Part 2 for Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. Her New York credits include Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons), Boy Gets Girl and The Radical Mystique (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Night of the Iguana (Roundabout Theatre Company), and Extremities (Westside Theatre). Her television and film credits include “Sense8,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” “Without a Trace,” “Numb3rs,” “Prison Break,” “NYPD Blue,” “Profiler,” and “Dragonfly.” Ms. Fisher has received two Joseph Jefferson Awards, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and Chicago’s Leading Lady Award from the Sarah Siddons Society, as well as Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award nominations. She was a Beinecke Fellow at Yale University and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at the Ten Chimneys Foundation.
Morgan Hallett (Jerrie Cobb) previously appeared at The Old Globe in Time and the Conways. Her Broadway credits include The Present directed by John Crowley, Translations directed by Garry Hynes, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night directed by Robert Falls. Her Off Broadway credits include When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater) and Rebel Voices (Culture Project). She has appeared regionally in Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Translations (McCarter Theatre Center), Love, Janis (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Ladies Man (Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center), Lost Highway (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), and A Death in the House Next Door to Kathleen Turner’s House on Long Island (Alliance Theatre). Ms. Hallett spent five seasons at Denver Center Theatre Company, where her credits included Noises Off, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Lonesome West, Pierre, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Tantalus directed by Sir Peter Hall. Her television and film credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Good Wife,” “Deception,” “Unforgettable,” Population 436, and The Reader. She holds an M.F.A. from National Theatre Conservatory.
Lanna Joffrey (Helena Cobb and Others) is an actor, spoken-word performer, and writer working in the U.K. and the U.S. She appeared at the Globe last season in A Thousand Splendid Suns directed by Carey Perloff (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Dramatic Production, BroadwayWorld San Diego Award for Best Play). Her select performances include The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Troilus and Cressida and Timon of Athens (The Factory Theater), Muse of Fire and Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), Cause (Vault Festival), The Soulless Ones (Hammer House of Horror Live), I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre), Sad and Merry Madness directed by Barry Edelstein and Measure for Measure (The Public Theater), 9 Parts of Desire (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston; IRNE Award), and 1001 (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company; Denver Post Ovation Award). Her critically acclaimed verbatim play Valiant traveled the U.K. and the U.S.—going to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Theatre503, Women and War Festival, WOW Folkestone Festival, and InterAct Theatre Company—and earned a FringeNYC Award. Her spoken word has been featured online and in print. She received her M.A. in Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and her B.F.A. in Acting from Syracuse University. lannajoffrey.com.
Michael Pemberton (Harvey Cobb and Others) is very happy to make his debut at The Old Globe. He has appeared on Broadway in The Farnsworth Invention, I’m Not Rappaport, Not About Nightingales, Mamma Mia!, Picnic, and Hedda Gabler. His Off Broadway credits include Sundown, Yellow Moon; Insignificance; Dinner with Friends; Saturday Night; Outward Bound (Drama Desk Award nomination); You Never Can Tell; and Black Snow. His regional theatre credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, The Wilma Theater, The Wilbur, and George Street Playhouse. Mr. Pemberton has been seen in the films Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Family Stone, and Forbidden Steps (upcoming). His television credits include “New Amsterdam,” “The Punisher,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Affair,” “The Good Wife,” “Veep,” “Damages,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and three “Law & Order” series. Mr. Pemberton is also a songwriter and a New York City bandleader. themichaelpemberton.com.
Peter Rini (Jack Ford and Others) is thrilled to make his debut at The Old Globe. On Broadway he has appeared in A View From the Bridge, Tartuffe: Born Again,andthe original company ofNeil Simon’s Proposals. His Off Broadway credits include The Talls (Second Stage Uptown), Naked (Classic Stage Company), The Old Boy (Keen Company), Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Promenade Theatre), and others. His select regional theatre credits include An Enemy of the People (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Resident Play), Glengarry Glen Ross (Dallas Theater Center), The Provoked Wife (American Repertory Theater), and Heaven Can Wait (Westport Country Playhouse). Mr. Rini has been seen on television in“Orange Is the New Black,” “The Blacklist,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Quantico,” Killing Kennedy, and Netflix’s upcoming When They See Us. His films include Boiler Room, Sleepers, The Juror, and the upcoming indie What Breaks the Ice. He is a graduate of New York University’s Graduate Acting program and is thrilled to be working with fellow NYU alumna Giovanna Sardelli.
Jo Winiarski (Scenic Design) is a set designer and art director who made her Globe debut last season with The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Her Off Broadway credits include The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; multiple shows with The Pearl Theatre Company; The Jewish American Princess of Comedy; and I Love You Because. Other New York theatre companies she has designed for are New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company, Clubbed Thumb, Relentless Theatre Company, and Roundtable Ensemble. Her regional design credits include 12 seasons and 30 shows at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre Center, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Ms. Winiarski is the art director on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and she received an Emmy Award nomination for art direction for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.
Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design) is happy to return to The Old Globe, where she has designed The Last Match, The Royale, Good People, Anna Christie, Groundswell, Jane Austen’s Emma — A Musical Romantic Comedy, The Whipping Man, Opus, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her theatre design work has been seen nationwide at venues including Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, A Noise Within, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and others. Ms. Bliznakova’s work for opera includes Carmen (LA Opera) and Murder in the Cathedral and All is Calm (San Diego Opera). Her costume design and stylist credits for other media include films and music videos for various artists. She has received nominations for Outstanding Costume Design from LA STAGE Alliance’s Ovation Awards and Colorado Theater Guild’s Henry Awards. Ms. Bliznakova is a professor in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University and is the head of the M.F.A. Design and Technology program. Denitsa.com.
Cat Tate Starmer (Lighting Design) recently designed Frankenstein (Guthrie Theater), Hold These Truths (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Guthrie Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company), and Off Broadway’s The Winning Side (Epic Theatre Ensemble). She has designed for many New York City–based companies, including The Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Working Theater, and HERE Arts Center. She has been a guest lecturer and designer at Yale University, Princeton University, Brown University, Barnard College, and Bard College. Ms. Starmer designed the architectural lighting for Plaza 33, a pedestrian plaza near Penn Station in New York. She received two Lumen Awards and a SOURCE Award for her architectural work with Focus Lighting. She is currently a lecturer in lighting design at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and company manager for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.
Jane Shaw (Sound Design) made her Globe debut with last season’s The Wanderers. Her recent designs include Vanity Fair (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Engagement Party (Hartford Stage), The Price of Thomas Scott (Mint Theater Company), the premiere of Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival), I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons), and Sweat (Cleveland Play House). Her other New York work includes The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience), Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons), and Ironbound (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Women’s Project Theater). Ms. Shaw has received a Drama Desk Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, NEA/TCG Career Development grant, Henry Award, 2012 Premios ACE Award, and Bessie Award. She has been nominated for Lortel, Henry Hewes Design, and Elliot Norton Awards. Ms. Shaw is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Drama. She is a member of USA 829 and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.
David Huber (Dialect and Vocal Coach) has worked on 34 Globe productions since 2014, including 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. Mr. 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.
Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast for The Old Globe for the past five seasons, including Tiny Beautiful Things, Familiar, Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Skeleton Crew. Their Broadway casting credits include King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, and Ink, as well as The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Saint Joan, Junk, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Signature Theatre Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and Arena Stage, among others. Their film and television credits include “New Amsterdam” (series casting, NBC), “American Odyssey” (series casting, NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (pilot, ABC), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).
Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) has worked on over 40 productions at the Globe, including Familiar, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, In Your Arms, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Her regional credits include Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis, and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse), and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.