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SAN DIEGO (October 8, 2021) — The Old Globe presents its digital sharing of Nobel Prize laureate Samuel Beckett’s (Waiting for Godot) 1958 short play Krapp’s Last Tape as part of the Globe’s What Is Theatre Now? initiative. The virtual theatrical event features two-time Emmy Award winner Ron Cephas Jones (NBC’s “This Is Us”) and direction by Old Globe Resident Artist Patricia McGregor (co-author and director of the world premiere of Lights Out, Nat King Cole at Peoples Light and Skeleton Crew at Geffen Playhouse), with director of photography and editor Joshua “Lucky” Peters. Krapp’s Last Tape takes on special meaning amid a pandemic over 60 years later. Ruminating on a time of isolation and regret, the clown Krapp enacts his quirky birthday ritual: listening to a recording of his younger self and confronting the glories and failures of his youth. The free digital sharing will begin on Monday, October 25, 2021 for a limited time only on The Old Globe’s YouTube channel.
“Our What Is Theatre Now? initiative asked six talented artists that question, mid-pandemic,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The brilliant Patricia McGregor answered with a stunning idea: to reimagine a towering classic of the 20th-century stage for our new digital reality, and to invite one of America’s very finest actors to assay the work. Ron Cephas Jones, now celebrated for his television work, spent decades on the New York stage, and his emotional power and technical skill are unparalleled. He and McGregor have found new layers of meaning and feeling in Beckett’s idiosyncratic and funny play, and all of us at the Globe are thrilled to share this digital incarnation with our audiences.”
Krapp’s Last Tape is free and available through The Old Globe’s YouTube channel. Digital sharing begins on Monday, October 25, 2021 and runs through Tuesday, November 23, 2021. For additional information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.
What Is Theatre Now? is generously supported by Bank of America. Digital programs at The Old Globe are supported by The Conrad Prebys Foundation. Financial support 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.
Bios and photos of all participants can be found 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 87th 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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