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H6: The Experience

The Old Globe’s
nationally recognized
Arts Engagement Department
presents
H6: The Experience,
featuring a variety of informative and interactive
events and workshops, including an installation
on the Globe’s Copley Plaza
showcasing nearly 90 years of Shakespeare in Balboa Park

H6: The Experience is centered around this year’s
Summer Shakespeare Festival production,
Henry 6,
a world premiere adaptation of
William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III,
adapted and directed by Barry Edelstein

Nearly 1,000 San Diegans will participate in this milestone production,
which marks The Old Globe’s completion of the Bard’s canon

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of Henry 6 can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (June 7, 2024) – The Old Globe is pleased to announce H6: The Experience, presented by its nationally recognized Arts Engagement Department, in collaboration with its New Plays and Dramaturgy department. H6: The Experience features a variety of informative and interactive events and workshops, including Every Way Complete, an installation on the Globe’s Copley Plaza showcasing nearly 90 years of Shakespeare in Balboa Park. H6: The Experience is centered around this year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival production, Henry 6, a world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, adapted and directed by Barry Edelstein. Henry 6 takes place under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Performances for One: Flowers and France run June 30 – September 14, 2024, with the opening on Friday, July 19, and for Two: Riot and Reckoning run July 9 – September 15, 2024, with the opening on Saturday, July 20.

Edelstein, together with his Globe artistic team and the theatre’s renowned Arts Engagement Department, has incorporated a rich community component into Henry 6. The milestone production, which marks the theatre’s completion of all the plays in Bard’s canon, features contributions from nearly 1,000 San Diegans, from acting in filmed crowd scenes integrated into the show’s action and live walk-on roles every night, to designing props and set pieces that will be seen onstage, to making recorded sound effects and singing choral material in the musical score.

“Our Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein had a vision that would radically include San Diegans in the making of Henry 6. Producing this show not only completes the canon for The Old Globe but also celebrates the decades of work we have done in the community using Shakespearean text as a creative catalyst and a means to bring communities together,” said Director of Arts Engagement Adena Varner. “With Barry’s vision as our guidepost, our creative team locked arms with our community, and every designer on the project was provided the awesome privilege to host three workshops with community members and partner organizations. These workshops have served as inspiration for each designer on an element of the design that will then be fabricated and represented in the world of the show. Some of these workshops served as an inclusive activation of community members themselves being a part of the onstage action. The work has been innovative, expansive, and for many people, it has been transformational. We have created something greater than a show. It’s now H6: The Experience!”


H6: THE EXPERIENCE SCHEDULE

June 7, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and June 14 and 21, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
H6 Workshop: Open Rehearsal
The Old Globe is holding the rehearsal door open for San Diegans to join the theatre for a rare experience: to view a rehearsal of the upcoming production of Henry 6. Attendees can meet the director, Barry Edelstein, and watch him and the cast of 30 actors in rehearsal. This is an exciting way to witness the process and effort that go into making a successful production.

June 15
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
H6 Workshop: Make Some Noise

Hattox Hall
Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Join the Globe in creating the original soundscape featured in Henry 6. The theatre seeks singers and sound makers from all over San Diego to join the Globe at this free event, where participants will meet the Henry 6 sound design team and make some noise with other singers, choirs, and vocalizers. Composer Julián Mesri, who wrote original music for Henry 6, will facilitate the workshop.

June 17
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
H6 Workshop: Sound Design

Hattox Hall
Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Join Henry 6 sound designer Melanie Chen Cole as she leads participants through a workshop about how to properly amplify sound. Learn how to use microphones and other systems to get the most out of a production’s performers. This workshop is highly recommended for teachers or local students interested in learning about sound.

June 24
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
H6 Workshop: Choreography

Hattox Hall
Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Move and dance with the Globe as Henry 6 choreographer Chelsey Arce leads an exciting movement-based workshop that will let participants experience the world of movement in Henry 6. Through the lens of movement this workshop will show how Arce is shaping the thrilling world of Henry 6. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a willingness to move and sweat!

June 30 – September 15
Every Way Complete

An installation on the Globe’s Copley Plaza
When audience members come to see Henry 6, they will experience firsthand theatre that lives beyond the stage. The Globe’s Copley Plaza will come alive with a beautiful installation celebrating nearly 90 years of Shakespeare in Balboa Park. This exhibit will also tell the groundbreaking story of the community’s involvement in the production of Henry 6 and will feature a grand living community art piece entitled Golden Circuit that echoes the plot of the story, all inspired by the scenic and costume design of the show. Audience members who attend Henry 6 will have the opportunity to walk through the exhibit, learn about our production history and community engagement work, and participate in the making of a living art project. Participants will choose to represent either the House of York or the House of Lancaster, and based on their decision make their own red or white roses that will then be placed upon a larger-than-life-sized crown. This opportunity will be available for the entire run of the show and will be an exciting way for audiences to actively engage with the world of the show and be a part of San Diego theatre history.

July 16
7:00 p.m.
Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar

The Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars provide patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with The Old Globe’s productions both onstage and backstage. Artists engage patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas to enhance the theatregoing experience. The Insights Seminar takes place one hour before curtain. Free; no reservations necessary.

July 18
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
H6 Workshop: Fight Call on the Plaza

Globe's outdoor Copley Plaza
Join Henry 6 fight choreographer Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum and members of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program as they lead a fight sequence that comes straight from Henry 6. Participants will watch the students perform and then pair up with scene partners to try their hand at this very exciting fight sequence.

July 24, and August 7 and 20
Post-Show Forum
for One: Flowers and France
Post-Show Forums are a chance to join an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. The forum is held immediately after the performance of One: Flowers and France. Free; no reservations necessary.

July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, and September 7 and 14
6:30 p.m.
Saturday Salon Speakers

The series of salons features renowned scholars and authors, including:

Dr. Sonia Desai | July 27 – Hattox Hall
A discussion about Shakespeare's history plays with The Old Globe Literary Associate Dr. Sonia Desai.

Adena Varner and Soroya Rowley | August 3 – Hattox Hall
A conversation with The Old Globe Director of Arts Engagement Adena Varner and Arts Engagement Programs Associate Soroya Rowley about the community involvement in creating the world of Henry 6. This salon will be moderated by The Old Globe Director of New Plays and Dramaturgy Danielle Mages Amato.

Dr. Jeff Wilson | August 24 – Hattox Hall
A discussion about the connections between HBO’s popular series “Game of Thrones” and Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays.

Dr. James Shapiro In Conversation with Barry Edelstein, supported by the Fuson Family | August 31 – Hattox Hall
A conversation with Henry 6 adapter and director Barry Edelstein.

Dr. Katherine Williams | September 7 – Hattox Hall
A discussion about disability representation in Shakespeare’s plays, both in the Renaissance and onstage today.

Dr. Ayanna Thompson In Conversation with Barry Edelstein, supported by the Fuson Family | September 14 – Location TBD
A conversation with Henry 6 adapter and director Barry Edelstein.

Additional Saturday Salon Speakers will be announced at a later date.

July 31, and August 14 and 27
Post-Show Forum for Two: Riot and Reckoning
Post-Show Forums are a chance to join an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. The forum is held immediately after the performance of Two: Riot and Reckoning. Free; no reservations necessary.

For up-to-date information on Henry 6 arts engagement activities, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/artsengagement.


ABOUT HENRY 6:

The Old Globe presents Henry 6, a world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, adapted and directed by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. The Globe becomes one of only a small handful of theatres in the country’s history to complete Shakespeare’s canon with Henry 6, the largest Shakespeare production the theatre has ever presented. Edelstein, a renowned stage director, producer, educator, and podcast host, fashions the rarely produced Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III into a thrilling two-part event, running simultaneously at The Old Globe’s 2024 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Henry 6 takes place under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

In Henry 6, two ruling families of England, the Yorks and the Lancasters, fight each other in a high-stakes civil war for power known as the Wars of the Roses. Edelstein’s adaptations include everything people love about the Bard—transcendent language, vibrant characters, breathtaking battles, and sweeping crowd scenes—as they explore the impact of national politics on individual lives. And the action is framed by a design team working at the very top of their craft and enacted by a sprawling cast of professional actors and local community members.

Henry 6 will play in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances for One: Flowers and France run June 30 – September 14, 2024, with the opening on Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m., and for Two: Riot and Reckoning run July 9 – September 15, 2024, with the opening on Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m. through August 31; beginning September 1, the schedule is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or at our Box Office in Balboa Park. Ticket prices vary. This production includes violence. For additional information on Henry 6, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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

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.

Henry 6 received Principal Support from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Additional support is provided by Lead Production Sponsors Kathryn Hattox Charitable Trust, Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Darlene Marcos Shiley, and The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund; Production Sponsors Hal and Pam Fuson and Vicki and Carl Zeiger; and Artist Sponsors Richard and Jennifer Greenfield (for costume designer David Reynoso) and Deborah A. and David A. Hawkins (for scenic designer Lawrence E. Moten III).

H6: The Experience arts engagement programs are supported by Price Philanthropies, Qualcomm, U.S. Bank, and Viasat. Additional support is provided by supporters of the Arts Engagement Giving Circle. Globe Teaching Artists are supported in part by the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists. This project was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

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.

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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