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PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of The Old Globe’s 2022 Season can be found here.
SAN DIEGO (October 29, 2021) — The Old Globe proudly announces its 2022 Season with a diverse and exciting lineup that features the Broadway-bound musical Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, with direction and musical staging by Tony Award–winning choreographer Wayne Cilento (Wicked, The Who’s Tommy); the world premiere and pre-Broadway run of Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical,based on India’s most popular film and worldwide blockbuster, directed by Aditya Chopra; and a presentation of the 2020 Special Tony Award recipient and high-energy production Freestyle Love Supreme from the Tony Award–winning team of Thomas Kail (Hamilton), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), and Anthony Veneziale (Emmy Award–winning “The Electric Company”), blending hip-hop, improv, and vocal stylings. The theatre will also present the world premieres of Dial M for Murder,a Globe-commissioned adaptation of the famous murder mystery by the critically acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Scotland Road, Wait Until Dark) and directed by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima(West End’s Ragtime), and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander and directed by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, both of whom garnered raves from Globe audiences and critics for The Twenty-Seventh Man. The Globe continues its commitment to producing a broad array of titles for San Diego audiences with the funny, frank, and ultimately cathartic solo play Mala by Melinda Lopez and directed by David Dower (world premiere of Mala), which will be presented in English and Spanish on select dates and which was named “one of the best plays of the year” by The Boston Globe. The summer of Season 2022 will be highlighted with the return of the Globe’s Shakespeare Festival, featuring The Taming of the Shrew directed by Shana Cooper (Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Globe Resident Artist Patricia McGregor (Globe’s What You Are and Krapp’s Last Tape). In addition, the season will include two previously announced titles: a revival of the neglected modern-day classic Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress (Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White) and directed by San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (The Bluest Eye), and the world premiere of El Borracho by Tony Meneses(Guadalupe in the Guest Room) and directed by Edward Torres (world premiere of the critically acclaimed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity).
In its post-pandemic return, the Globe leads the way into recovery with the boisterous, celebratory spirit of the great Broadway musical combined with a forward-looking program that makes a conscious and intentional effort to reflect the energies and concerns of our community at this moment in time. More than ever, the Globe's ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice will be evident in programming that reflects the vast chorus of voices echoing through communities all around San Diego. This year, The Old Globe will present even more of what San Diego audiences have come to know and love about it: great theatre made by great artists that entertains, enlightens, and reminds us why this art form truly matters.
“It’s a special joy to announce the Globe’s spectacular lineup for 2022, which celebrates a milestone in our recovery from the pandemic—and San Diego’s, too—even as it points the way forward to a theatre that’s more vital and vibrant than ever,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The schedule showcases everything that audiences love about the Globe: glittering musicals, potent drama, raucous comedy, and, of course, top-notch Shakespeare. And it also expresses our deepened commitment to telling stories that include and reflect the many communities of our rich and diverse city. All of this work is created, as always, at the Globe by the finest theatre practitioners in the field—both established veterans and the most dynamic emerging talents—who themselves embody the wonderful diversity of the American, and, this season, international theatre. The pandemic buffeted The Old Globe, but this lineup of thrilling theatre fills us with optimism for a future that’s as bright and meaningful as can be. I cannot wait to welcome San Diegans to experience this bounty.”
THE OLD GLOBE 2022 SEASON INCLUDES:
DONALD AND DARLENE SHILEY STAGE
OLD GLOBE THEATRE
CONRAD PREBYS THEATRE CENTER
February 5 – March 13, 2022 (opening: Thursday, February 10)
Trouble in Mind
By Alice Childress
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
A thrilling new production of a too-often neglected American classic. New York, 1955. A leading Black actress and a multiracial cast rehearse a challenging new Broadway play set in the South. Backstage rivalries and showbiz egos cause excitement of their own, but artistic differences between the cast and the White director soon bubble to the surface, revealing the truths that American drama covers over and the ways in which even well-meaning people can harm others under the guise of helping. The New York Times recently called Alice Childress’s groundbreaking Trouble in Mind “a rich, unsettling play that lingers in one’s memory long after its conclusion.”
Contains strong language.
April 17 – May 29, 2022 (opening: Wednesday, April 27)
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
Original Broadway production created, directed, and choreographed by Bob Fosse
Choreography by Bob Fosse
Direction and musical staging by Wayne Cilento
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is Fosse’s full-throated, full-bodied celebration of the art form he loved, practiced, and changed forever. His hit musical masterpiece is reimagined by director Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original Broadway production of Dancin’. Cilentotransforms the show’s original vision for 21st-century audiences. Dancin’ brims with Fosse’s warmth, emotion, color, and endlessly influential style rarely seen in modern interpretations of his work. Featuring an eclectic score that spans a multitude of musical genres and an extraordinary cast of Broadway’s most accomplished dancers, Dancin’ delivers the quintessential Broadway experience for Fosse fans and first-timers alike. You’ve never seen Dancin’ like this.
June 21 – July 10, 2022 (opening: Wednesday, June 22)
Freestyle Love Supreme
Conceived by Anthony Veneziale
Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Thomas Kail
Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now—direct from Broadway—the original hip-hop musical improv phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale is coming to San Diego. The subject of the Hulu documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Tony Award–winning and Grammy Award–nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time—each time—as no two shows are ever the same. A “delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap for a wide range of ages” (The Washington Post).
September 1 – October 16, 2022 (opening: Wednesday, September 14)
Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical
Directed by Aditya Chopra
Book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Choreography by Rob Ashford
Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical is the story of Simran, a young Indian American woman whose future is set: an arranged marriage back in India to a family friend. But when she convinces her very strict dad that she should spend a summer of freedom and fun in Europe, she falls for the charming Rog, and her careful, logical plans go out the window. Can she be true to both her heritage and her heart? Can carefree American Rog win over her traditional father? Take a whirlwind trip from Boston to Europe to India as cultures collide in the stage musical adaptation of the beloved hit romantic-comedy film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
SHERYL AND HARVEY WHITE THEATRE
CONRAD PREBYS THEATRE CENTER
February 17 – March 20, 2022 (opening: Thursday, February 24)
By Tony Meneses
Directed by Edward Torres
Raul is ill. He drinks, because he always drinks, just like el borracho on the lotería card. In his final months, Raul moves in with his ex-wife, who swore she’d never see him again, and their son, who’s longing to connect with his father at last. Developed as part of the Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival, the world premiere of Tony Meneses’s vibrant dramedy follows one family’s journey to come together so they can finally say goodbye.
Contains strong language.
May 7 – June 12, 2022 (opening: Thursday, May 12)
By Melinda Lopez
Directed by David Dower
She was always the good daughter. But now her mother, in the twilight of her life, calls her “mala”—bad to the core. Melinda Lopez’s funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic solo play is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in a challenging moment, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed. Theatermania calls it “deeply affecting,” while The Boston Globe named it “one of the best plays of the year. Piercingly honest and exquisitely moving.”
In our commitment to provide access to the widest San Diego audience, The Old Globe will present Mala in Spanish on selected dates.
July 21 – August 21, 2022 (opening: Thursday, July 28)
Globe-commissioned world-premiere adaptation
Dial M for Murder*
By Frederick Knott
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Stafford Arima
A new version of the celebrated murder mystery that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece! Tony is convinced that his wife Margot has been cheating on him. Now it seems that the affair is over, but in his jealousy Tony spins a web of suspicion and deception that will tighten around them and ensnare them both in danger, recrimination, and murder. The New York Times calls Dial M for Murder “a cat-and-mouse waiting game, with enough twists and sudden hitches to keep the chills and thrills running.” Acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Scotland Road, Wait Until Dark) brings us an edge-of-your-seat, world-premiere adaptation of this modern classic, directed in high style by Globe veteran Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Red Velvet) in our most intimate performance space.
September 15 – October 16, 2022 (opening: Thursday, September 22)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank*
By Nathan Englander
Directed by Barry Edelstein
Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander and director Barry Edelstein wowed Globe audiences with The Twenty-Seventh Man, and now they team up again for this world premiere of a modern-day comedy of friendship. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is Englander’s adaptation of his award-winning short story about two women, inseparable in high school, whose adult lives have taken them to opposite ends of the earth, and to wildly different experiences of culture, religion, and family. When they reunite, their bond is tested by the distance that has grown between them… and also by their husbands, who don’t exactly see eye to eye. Englander’s distinctive voice—hilarious, outrageous, and emotional—gives us a uniquely funny and smart exploration of how we see ourselves and how our friends see us.
Contains strong language.
LOWELL DAVIES FESTIVAL THEATRE
June 5 – July 10, 2022 (opening: Saturday, June 11)
The Taming of the Shrew*
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Shana Cooper
“Come on, and kiss me, Kate.”
Is anyone a match for the brash and strong-willed Katherine? The dashing adventurer Petruchio thinks he’s up to the challenge. Two of the sexiest figures in all of world theatre set off sparks in a clash of wills that is as bold as it is uproarious. Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes turns everything we think about love, marriage, and gender on its head. Director Shana Cooper brings to the Globe her daring and contemporary staging, which The New York Times praised as “an exhilarating new way to look at the comedy through modern eyes,” and The Wall Street Journal’s theatre critic called “the best Shrew I’ve ever reviewed.”
An earlier version of this production of The Taming of the Shrew premiered at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Davis McCallum, Artistic Director; Kate Liberman, Managing Director) in June 2018.
July 31 – September 4, 2022 (opening: Saturday, August 6)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy. Filled with magic, humor, music, and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams. With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!
*Dial M for Murder, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and The Taming of the Shrew were previously announced and scheduled as part of the Globe’s pandemic-postponed 2019–2020 Season.
Tickets for The Old Globe’s 2022 Season are currently available by subscription. Four-play subscription packages start at $140. For more information or to purchase a subscription, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org or call at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623).
The Old Globe continues to prioritize the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. All patrons who attend an event or performance at the Globe will be required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination, or provide proof of the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the theatre. Additional details are available here.
Trouble in Mind is supported by production sponsors Sheryl and Harvey White as well as artist sponsor Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is supported by production sponsor United and artist sponsors Philip and Margarita Wilkinson (for director Wayne Cilento).
El Borracho is supported by production sponsor Univision.
Dial M for Murder is supported by production sponsors Karen and Donald Cohn, Peter Cooper and Erik Matwijkow, Silvija and Brian Devine, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Hal and Pam Fuson, Leonard Hirsch, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Evelyn Mack Truitt, and Debra Turner.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is supported by production sponsors Elaine and Dave Darwin, Edelman, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Karen and Stuart Tanz, and the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund, as well as artist sponsors Sandra and Arthur Levinson (for playwright Nathan Englander). What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is the 2020 winner of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Theatre Visions Fund and is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
The Taming of the Shrew is supported by production sponsors Diane and John Berol, Karen and Donald Cohn, Silvija and Brian Devine, Jean and Gary Shekhter, and the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund. This production is supported in part by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported in part by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.
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.
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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