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Duel Reality Cast and Creatives Announcement

The Old Globe
announces the cast and creative team of the
West Coast premiere of
Duel Reality,
a production by The 7 Fingers,
directed by Shana Carroll,
originally produced and created with Virgin Voyages

Performances run
July 6 through August 4, 2024,
with the opening on Thursday, July 11

Tickets are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of Duel Reality can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2024)The Old Globe is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for Duel Reality, a spectacular theatrical experience by The 7 Fingers and directed by Shana Carroll (The Old Globe’s Passengers, Alliance Theatre’s Water for Elephants). Duel Reality was originally produced and created with Virgin Voyages. The West Coast premiere begins performances July 6 and plays through August 4, 2024, with the opening on Thursday, July 11 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Tickets are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

The triumphant return of the company that brought Globe audiences last summer’s smash hit Passengers. Love, honor, and betrayal come to life through a blend of acrobatics, theatre, and music in this one-act romp perfect for all ages. Two feuding families engage in a battle of skill, each competition more daring than the last. While the two groups face off, cheered on by their side of the audience, a pair of star-crossed lovers struggles to escape the showdown. The exhilaration and danger of competition provide the thrilling backdrop to The 7 Fingers’s one-of-a-kind daredevil theatrical extravaganza.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Montreal’s Les 7 Doigts de la Main, or The 7 Fingers, back to the Globe,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Their visit last year with Passengers delighted and amazed our audiences, and Duel Reality is even more astounding. This show is fierce and passionate, and the brilliant circus work and daredevil acrobatics help tell a story that Globe audiences will recognize: two star-crossed lovers manage to connect even though the groups they belong to are sworn enemies. Yes, there’s a hint of Romeo and Juliet in Duel Reality, but it’s presented here in a way you’ve never seen before. Great for families and thrilling for lovers of visceral, physical entertainment, this show is a joy to have on our stage.”

The cast of artists for Duel Reality include Daniela Corradi, Andreas De Ryck, Aerial Emery, Soen Geirnaert, Gerardo Gutiérrez, Michelle Hernandez, Marco Ingaramo, Kalani June, Einar Kling-Odencrants, Santiago Rivera Laugerud, Arata Urawa, and Danny Vrijsen.

In addition to Shana Carroll, the creative team includes Colin Gagné (Musical Director and Composer), Alexander Nichols (Lighting Designer), Camille Thibault-Bédard (Costume Designer), Maude St-Pierre (Production Director), Simon Carrière (Technical Director), Audrey Belzile (Technical Coordinator), Anna Kichtchenko (Assistant to the Artistic Director), Francisco Cruz (Acrobatic Coach), Christelle Vitupier (Tour Manager), Delphine Quenneville (Technical Director/Video), Francis Olivier Métras (Sound Technician), Pascal Lacas (Rigger), and Alejandro Esteban and Ahumada Urzúa (LX Operators).

Duel Reality is a production by Les 7 doigts de la main in Montreal. Originally produced and created with Virgin Voyages. Commissioning partner ArtsEmerson.

Duel Reality had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2023. In February 2024, ArtsEmerson in Boston presented the U.S. premiere of the production.

Bios and photos of all participants can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.

Tickets for Duel Reality are available now and start at $33. Performances for the five-week limited engagement run July 6 – August 4, 2024, with the official press opening on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. Duel Reality will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). LGBTQIA+ Theatre Night is scheduled for Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Post-Show Forum events will be held on Wednesday, July 17; Wednesday, June 24; and Tuesday, July 30. An open-caption performance will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. This production includes stylized depictions of violence. Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org for a full schedule and additional information.

Opening night post-show receptions for the cast and donors are held in Hattox Hall, located in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Duel Reality is supported by Production Sponsors Nikki and Ben Clay. Tour made possible thanks to the touring assistance program of the Quebec Council for the Arts and Letters.

Financial support of 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.

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional nonprofit regional theatres. Now in its 90th 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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