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Cocktails with the Canon

The Old Globe Is Proud to Present Its Latest Podcast,
Conversations with American Playwrights
About the Western Theatrical Canon,
Premiering on May 13, 2021

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SAN DIEGO (May 6, 2021)—The Old Globe today announced the release of its latest podcast, Cocktails with the Canon, an interview-based series hosted by colleagues and friends, the Globe’s Literary Manager and Dramaturg Danielle Mages Amato and Artistic Associate Lamar Perry. Through a series of informal but hard-hitting conversations, Amato and Perry will take audiences on a journey that investigates the “traditional” Western dramatic canon, along with the writers, groups, identities, and aesthetics that have historically been excluded. Over the course of the season, they will welcome to the podcast an acclaimed group of American playwrights to reflect on the forces that have historically shaped—and continue to shape—the American theatrical canon, and to discuss the works they consider canonical within their own communities. The hosts and guests will also dive into personal stories and share their dreams and action plans for the future of the American theatre. Ultimately the podcast hopes to ask the question: how can we expand the canon and create access for all? Listeners will walk away from Cocktails with the Canon feeling like they’ve just left a night at the theatre and a gathering with their community over drinks and food. Cheers!

Cocktails with the Canonwill premiere on Thursday, May 13, and new episodes will become available bi-weekly on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Music, and Podbean. The trailer is currently available and can be streamed and downloaded at those links.

The first episode will feature playwright Lauren Yee, and the podcast will continue with playwrights Dave Harris, Donja R. Love, Ryan Victor Pierce or “Opalanietet”, Whitney White, and Karen Zacarías. Each interview is curated in collaboration with the episode’s playwright to ensure that safe space is facilitated for open and honest conversation that is not a monolithic representation of the various communities and identities these artists hold.

“Even as we look forward to our return to live theatre production, the Globe continues to provide virtual and digital programming in many forms, including this dynamic and fascinating new podcast,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Lamar Perry and Danielle Mages Amato have curated a remarkable series of conversations with some of the most provocative thinkers in the American theatre, and the ideas that ping through this podcast express some very big themes about who the American theatre is for, what work stands center stage, and how rich voices that have been excluded need to be heard loudly. Lamar and Danielle lead this exploration with all the wit, humor, and insight that make them central to the Globe’s artistic life, and to the field at large. I raise my glass to them and their guests, and urge Globe audiences to listen in.”

“This podcast, and the conversations we’ve been having with artists about the idea of ‘canon’ in the theatre right now, have been so powerful and transformative for me,” said Literary Manager and Dramaturg Danielle Mages Amato. “I’m excited to welcome audiences to join us at this table where we’re gathering with friends and colleagues for a series of fun, relevant, eye-opening, necessary, and often challenging conversations about the theatre—where it has been and where we imagine it can go.”

“This series,” said Artistic Associate Lamar Perry, “is an invitation to imagination, something I believe we’re desperately in need of in the American theatre at the moment. I’m particularly mindful of not asking People of the Global Majority to reckon with fixing a system they did not create nor break, but rather to ask: what do you dream of, and who inspired those dreams? No sole person is the proprietor of right when it comes to restorative justice, in my opinion, but I do believe that through collaboration, accountability, and grace we can begin a systemic reimagining. I hope these conversations can contribute to that.”

Digital programs at The Old Globe are generously supported in part by the Peggy and Robert Matthews Foundation.

Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

Note: While in-person Globe productions and events have largely been postponed until further notice, the Globe is proud to present a 2021 lineup of programming, including free online work to continue reaching the San Diego community, and in-person shows when we are able to return to our theatres in Balboa Park.

Hamlet: On the Radio is currently airing in partnership with. The Globe’s Barry Edelstein directs this audio revival of the Globe’s 2017’s smash-hit production of Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy. Associated free programs include the recently concluded Thinking Shakespeare Live: Infinite Book, the latest installment of Edelstein’s popular series; the online exhibit Shakespeare in San Diego: The Virtual Experience; Vicki and Carl Zeiger Virtual Insights Seminars; and the return of On Book: The Old Globe’s Shakespeare Reading Group.

Current online arts engagement programs include new middle school and high school Globe to Go focused resources, a part of School in the Park, which offers free downloadable K–5 resources for teaching; season 3 of Reflecting Shakespeare TV, a digital version of the transformative initiative offered at prisons; the exploration of modern poetry The Poet’s Tree; Creative Youth Studio; the AXIS event Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead; and another year of the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio and Theatre Design Studio for high school students and recent graduates.

When the Globe’s three stages open once again, there will be an exciting season of new works, classic plays, and thrilling musicals. The Summer Shakespeare Festival in the Globe’s famed outdoor Festival Theatre will feature William Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, and the American tribal love-rock musical Hair; with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, directed by James Vásquez and choreographed by Rickey Tripp. In the Globe’s two indoor theatres there will be Alice Childress’s American classic Trouble in Mind directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg; the Globe-commissioned world premiere musical The Gardens of Anuncia, inspired by the life story of Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, who directs and choreographs, with book, music, and lyrics by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa; the world premiere of Mansa Ra’s Globe-commissioned play Shutter Sisters, directed by Donya K. Washington; and the world premiere play El Borracho by Tony Meneses, directed by Edward Torres.

The Globe also has a wide array of programs and videos archived on our website at www.TheOldGlobe.org and on our YouTube channel.

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 86th 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 the Audrey S. Geisel 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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