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Press Release: Complete Cast and Creative Team of The Metromaniacs

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for The Old Globe's West Coast Premiere of David Ives’s Uproarious New “Translaptation,” The Metromaniacs, Directed by Michael Kahn, Presented in Association with Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

SAN DIEGO (December 14, 2015, updated January 12, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of The Metromaniacs by supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies). This uproarious new “translaptation” of a classic French farce, Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie,will be directed by one of America’s most renowned stage directors, Michael Kahn, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. This smart, sexy new comedy will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, January 30 – March 6, 2016. Previews run January 30 – February 3. Opening night is February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29.00 and are currently on sale.

In 18th-century Paris, poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Damis has a serious case of verse-mania, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name! Soon we’re off and running in a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities that The Washington Post calls “a marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy!” The Metromaniacs is a true find: one of the nation’s most exciting new plays, in its original production, directed by the legendary Michael Kahn.

The cast includes Benjamin Cole (Servant), Christian Conn (Damis), Cary Donaldson (Dorante), Michael Goldstrom (Mondor), Peter Kybart (Baliveau), Adam LeFevre (Francalou), Amelia Pedlow (Lucille), Connor Sullivan (Servant), and Dina Thomas (Lisette).

The creative team includes James Noone (Scenic Design), Murell Horton (Costume Design), Mark McCullough (Lighting Design), Matt Tierney (Sound Design), Adam Wernick (Original Music), Laura Stanczyk, CSA (Casting Director), Carter C. Wooddell (Additional Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“I’m excited about The Metromaniacs for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is how riotously funny and truly entertaining it is,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I’m also very thrilled to welcome David Ives to the Globe, whose sparkling ‘translaptation’ of this play is what Shakespeare would call ‘a feast of language.’ And I’m honored and most happy to bring Michael Kahn’s glorious directing work to San Diego audiences. Michael is one of America’s great stage directors as well as a friend and mentor to me. He leads this talented company through a romp that is the kind of fun, top-notch theatre that audiences expect of the Globe.”

David Ives (Playwright) is the author of All in the Timing, Venus In Fur (both the celebrated play and the Roman Polanski film), Time Flies, Lives of the Saints, New Jerusalem, Ancient History,and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). Ives has also done what he calls “translaptations,” plays that combine translation and adaptation: The Liar, The School for Lies, and The Heir Apparent (translaptated respectively from Corneille, Molière, and Regnard). He is a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and lives in New York City.

Alexis Piron (1689-1773, Playwright, La Métromanie), one of the most widely produced comic writers of the 18th century, lived a life dogged by controversy. He had an uncanny ability to make powerful enemies and, as a result, he is all but forgotten today. Born in Burgundy in 1689, Piron moved to Paris in the early 1720s, eager to be a poet. But instead of garnering glory at La Comédie-Française—the theatre of King Louis XV—Piron worked at Paris’s unofficial fairground theatres. At these théâtres de la foire, Parisians came to have a naughty good time, classical decorum be damned. Arlequin-Deucalion (1722), an ingenious dramatic monologue sprinkled with satirical jabs at contemporary authors and actors, established Piron as an anarchic, dangerous wit. In 1738, Piron produced his masterpiece at, of all places, La Comédie-Française. Inspired by a real-life literary scandal involving Voltaire, La Métromanie brings the literary pretensions of the ruling classes down to the parterre of public opinion. The play was a popular success, one that Voltaire would not forget. Piron was nominated to the Académie Française (of which Voltaire was a member) in 1753. Citing his artistic improprieties, Louis XV vetoed him. Though he lived a long life of material comfort, Piron never again wrote for La Comédie-Française.

Michael Kahn (Director) has been the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company for the past 27 years. During this time he has directed award-winning classical theatre productions, instituted free Shakespeare performances, and led the theatre to receive the 2012 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Kahn has received seven Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Director. Kahn’s work in theatre and opera has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, in American regional theatres, and at international venues. Prior to joining STC, Kahn was the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School, where he has taught since its founding in 1968. He served as the Artistic Director of The Acting Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and American Shakespeare Theatre. He also earned a Tony Award nomination for his direction of Showboat. In January 2013, Kahn was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In April 2013, he was named an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Shakespeare Theatre Company (Co-Presenter), winner of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is recognized as America’s premier classical theatre company. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC creates, preserves, and promotes classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences. In addition to a stable of arts education initiatives, STC has been proud to present the annual Free For All production, a remount of recent work offered to audiences at no charge, for 25 years and counting. Located in the nation’s capital, STC performs in two theatres in downtown Washington, DC: the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre and the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall. These spaces create a dynamic, cultural hub of activity that showcases STC as well as outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations.

The Metromaniacs is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, HM Electronics, Inc., and the Globe Guilders.

TICKETS to The Metromaniacs start at $29.00 and are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on January 30 and continue through March 6. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00pm, and Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. Opening Night is Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Wednesday matinee performance on February 24 at 2:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, February 27. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more.

Additional events taking place during the run of The Metromaniacs include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesday, February 9, Tuesday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 24. Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

FREE WEEKEND OF POETRY - Both events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, February 13. Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, San Diego poets Gill Sotu, Karla Cordero, and Jim Moreno discuss the wide-reaching impact of poetry in modern society. FREE

POETRY ON THE PLAZA Sunday, February 14 at 4:00 p.m., join host Gill Sotu, the neo-soul band Abstrack, and other area poets including Cordero, Moreno, Lizz Huerta and Joe Limer for, a one-hour showcase of San Diego poetry. FREE

Additional events taking place during the run of The Metromaniacs include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR:

Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE

SUBJECT MATTERS:

Saturday, February 6

Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, explore the ideas and issues raised by the production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS:

Tuesday, February 9, Tuesday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 24

Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances ($12), located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

PLEASE NOTE: To look up online or GPS directions to The Old Globe, please do not use the Delivery Address above. There is only a 10-minute zone at that physical address. For GPS users, please click here for the map coordinates, and here for written directions to The Old Globe and nearby parking in Balboa Park.

2015-2016 SEASON CALENDAR: New Voices Festival (1/14-1/17/2016), The Metromaniacs (1/30-3/6), The Last Match (2/13-3/13), Rain (3/24-5/1), Constellations (4/9-5/8), Camp David (5/13-6/19), tokyo fish story (5/28-6/26), Macbeth (6/19-7/24), Sense and Sensibility (7/6-8/14), Meteor Shower (7/30-9/4), Love’s Labor’s Lost (8/14-9/18).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 80 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Benjamin Cole (Servant) is making his Globe debut. He is currently Artistic Associate for North Coast Repertory Theatre. His local acting credits include Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse), Faded Glory and Who Am I This Time? (North Coast Repertory Theatre), The Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre). His other regional acting credits include Macbeth and As You Like It (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival), and Cymbeline (The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company).

Christian Conn (Damis) is making his Globe debut. He originated the role of Damis in The Metromaniacs at Shakespeare Theatre Company last year. His other theatre credits include Desire Under the Elms (Broadway), Fulfillment (The Flea Theater), Tiny Dynamite (59E59 Theaters), Other Desert Cities (Guthrie Theater), Venus in Fur (The Studio Theatre), The Liar, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Grapes of Wrath and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Angels in America and All My Sons (PlayMakers Repertory Company), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Bug, and King Lear (Syracuse Stage), four seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, three seasons with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and one season with The Acting Company.

Cary Donaldson (Dorante) has appeared on Broadway in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Off Broadway in The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park), Timon of Athens (The Public Theater), The Rivals and Major Barbara (The Pearl Theatre Company), and The Old Boy (Keen Company). Regionally, Donaldson has performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Georgia Shakespeare. His television credits include “Blue Bloods” and playing Henry Ford in History’s “The Men Who Built America.”

Michael Goldstrom (Mondor) appeared in the Off Broadway productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Kitty Kitty Kitty, and Can-Can with Patti LuPone. He also appeared in the Broadway workshop of The Mambo Kings. His regional credits include the world premiere of The Metromaniacs, The Merchant of Venice, Luv, the East and West Coast premieres of Modern Orthodox (LA Weekly Theater Award nomination), Old Wicked Songs and All in the Timing (Chautauqua Theater Company), narrator of A Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall), The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Peter and the Wolf with Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Goldstrom’s film credits include Heights, Jelly, Approaching Union Square, Freud in Freud’s Magic Powder, Equal Opportunity, Genghis Cohn in The Dance of Genghis Cohn, and Press or Say ‘2’, for which he also served as writer and director. He has been seen on television in “DreamWorks Dragons,” “Ben 10: Omniverse,” Porn ’n Chicken, The Lost Battalion, “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He has also narrated over 60 audiobooks.

Peter Kybart (Baliveau) has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Awake and Sing! (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance), the Tony Award-nominated The Diary of Anne Frank, and Judgment at Nuremberg. His recent Off Broadway credits include Andorra, Cymbeline, and Beckett/Albee. His regional credits include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Virginia Stage Company, Olney Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Aurora Theatre Company, among others. He has also been seen in Australian productions of Saint Joan and other plays. A native of Berlin, Germany, Kybart performed for 14 years in Berlin and Hamburg and throughout Austria and Switzerland in plays by von Kleist, Shakespeare, Molière, Ustinov, and Shaw and in musicals such as West Side Story and Cabaret. His film credits include the Mayor of New York City in Spike Lee’s Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Judgement in Berlin, and White Star. He has made numerous television appearances in Germany, Ireland, and the U.S.

Adam LeFevre (Francalou) has been seen on Broadway in The Devil’s Disciple, Our Country’s Good, Summer and Smoke, Footloose, Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His Off Broadway credits include The Boys Next Door, The View from Here (Lamb’s Little Theatre), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Cyrano de Bergerac starring Frank Langella, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Old Friends (Signature Theatre Company), Him (Primary Stages), How the World Began and The Most Deserving (Women’s Project), Goose and Tomtom and Henry V (New York Shakespeare Festival), and Mr. Landing Takes a Fall (Slightly Altered States Theater Company at The Flea Theater). His regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. LeFevre’s television credits include Empire Falls, Recount, Crime, Storm of the Century, and guest starring roles on numerous sitcoms, series, and soap operas. He has been featured in over 90 films from John Sayles’s Return of the Secaucus Seven in 1980 to Steve Gaghan’s Gold, which will be released later this year. His third volume of poems, A Swindler’s Grace, was just published by New Issues Press.

Amelia Pedlow (Lucille) has appeared Off Broadway in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull Theater), The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company), and You Never Can Tell (The Pearl Theatre Company). Regionally, her work includes The Metromaniacs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and Huntington Theatre Company), Hamlet and The Liar (Denver Center Theatre Company), Legacy of Light (Cleveland Play House), The Diary of Anne Frank and The Tempest (Virginia Stage Company), and The Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, and Sick (Chautauqua Theater Company). Her television work includes roles on The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Shades of Blue,” and “The Blacklist.”

Connor Sullivan (Servant) recently made his Globe debut in the workshop production of When It Comes. His San Diegocredits include The Car Plays (Moving Arts, La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival), Out on a Limb: Unplugged (Scripps Ranch Theatre), and readings at Cygnet Theatre Company, Intrepid Theatre Company, and Diversionary Theatre. His film credits include Thane of East County and A Life Lived. He is also a member of Lamb’s Players Theatre’s educational touring company.

Dina Thomas (Lisette) is making her Globe debut. Her New York credits include Clever Little Lies (Westside Theatre) and Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre). Her regional credits include the world premiere of The Metromaniacs (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Tribes (La Jolla Playhouse), Everything You Touch (Contemporary American Theater Festival), 10x10 and See How They Run (Barrington Stage Company), Bad Jews (BroadwayWorld Regional Best Actress nomination), Distracted, Miss Witherspoon, and the world premiere of Hungry (Unicorn Theatre), Release Point (Berkshire Playwrights Lab), Green Whales (National New Play Network), and Death of a Salesman and Fiddler on the Roof (Cider Mill Playhouse). She has also appeared in staged readings for Red Bull Theater, Project Y Theatre Company, and Abingdon Theatre Company.

James Noone (Scenic Design) is an Affiliated Artist at Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he has designed many productions, including The Metromaniacs. He designed the Broadway productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Time to Kill, A Bronx Tale, Come Back, Little Sheba, Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgment at Nuremberg, Jekyll & Hyde, The Rainmaker, Night Must Fall, The Sunshine Boys, Getting and Spending, and The Gin Game. His Off Broadway credits include The Persians, Three Tall Women, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Cowgirls, Ruthless!, Breaking Legs, The Boys in the Band, The Woman in Black, and others. Noone has also designed for national tours, opera and television. He has received a Drama Desk Award, Henry Hewes Design Award, Ovation Award, and two Helen Hayes Awards. He teaches at Boston University School of Fine Arts.

Murell Horton (Costume Design) is currently designing new versions of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. The productions will move to Guthrie Theater in February 2016. This is the first time Horton’s work has appeared at the Globe. He is the recipient of the 2007 Irene Sharaff Young Master Award for costume design. He has been nominated for a total of seven Helen Hayes Award nominations for Outstanding Costume Design, all for work produced at Shakespeare Theatre Company. These productions include a number of world premieres as well as the David Ives’s trilogy of The Liar, The Heir Apparent, and The Metromaniacs, all directed by Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Horton has worked in many places in New York, the East Coast, and around the country including New York City Opera, The Juilliard School, Houston Grand Opera, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Denver Center Theatre Company.

Mark McCullough (Lighting Design) designed the lights for The Metromaniacs at Shakespeare Theatre Company. His Broadway credits include Outside Mullingar, The American Plan, Accent on Youth, After Miss Julie,and Jesus Christ Superstar (also national and U.K. tours). His Off Broadway credits include The Language Archive, Old Money, Mouth to Mouth, How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home, This is Our Youth, and Lobby Hero. Regionally he has designed at La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. McCullough’s international credits include Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre, London), Der Besuch der alten Dame (Ronacher Theatre, Vienna), Artus (St. Gallen, Switzerland), and Rebecca (St. Gallen and Palladium Theater, Stuttgart). His opera credits include The Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, La Scala, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra National du Rhin, Dallas Opera, and Seattle Opera.

Matt Tierney (Sound Design) recently designed the Broadway production of Machinal (2014 Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), Futurity (Ars Nova/Soho Repertory Theater), Appropriate (Center Theatre Group), The Tempest (The Public Theater), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), and The Sound and the Fury (Elevator Repair Service/The Public Theater). His further Off Broadway credits include Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre Company), Pocatello, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Detroit, Kin, and This (Playwrights Horizons), An Octoroon, Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre for a New Audience), Generations, Uncle Vanya, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, and Blasted (Henry Hewes Design Award) (Soho Rep), and Luck of the Irish (LCT3). Tierney’s credits with Elevator Repair Service include The Sound and the Fury, Arguendo, and The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards). Regionally he has designed for Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Center Theatre Group, Chautauqua Theater Company, The Wooster Group, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company.

Adam Wernick (Original Music) has been composing theatre and concert music for 30 years. His recent projects include ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull Theater) and a co-production of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (Guthrie Theater and Shakespeare Theatre Company). Wernick has worked with many theatre companies including Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Kennedy Center, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and others. His concert works include chamber music, works for voice, and an oboe concerto composed for Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. Wernick’s work has been supported by grants from The McKnight Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation, The Philadelphia Music Project, The Presser Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, and ASCAP.

Laura Stanczyk, CSA (Casting Director) has cast the Broadway, Off Broadway, and national tour productions of Side Show, After Midnight, A Night with Janis Joplin, Follies, Cotton Club Parade, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, The Glorious Ones, Flight, Translations, Tryst, and Dirty Dancing. Her other New York credits include Atlantic Theater Company’s The Cripple of Inishmaan (also national tour), City Center Encores! Summer Stars’ , Damn Yankees and Urinetown (also national tour), and Lincoln Center Festival’s Gate/Beckett. Her regional credits include The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, Strange Interlude, and Old Times (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Bull Durham (Alliance Theatre), Harps and Angels (Center Theatre Group), Gruesome Playground Injuries and The Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Side Show, The Guardsman, Follies, Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Ragtime, and Broadway: Three Generations (The Kennedy Center), Golden Age (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Royal George Theatre), and seven seasons at McCarter Theatre Center. Stanczyk’s international credits include My Brilliant Divorce (Druid Theatre Company), The Shawshank Redemption (The Gaiety Theatre, West End), and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Druid Theatre Company, Dublin Theatre Festival).

Carter C. Wooddell (Additional Casting) is Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Resident Casting Director and has cast their productions of The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound, Kiss Me, Kate, Salomé, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Free For All), Tartuffe, Man of La Mancha, The Metromaniacs, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale (Free For All), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Merchant of Venice. Her other casting experience includes Broadway’s End of the Rainbow and High and Off Broadway’s Tribes, Our Town, Freud’s Last Session, A Perfect Future, The Irish Curse, and An Error of the Moon, among many others. Wooddell also cast Lincoln Center Institute’s Hamlet, Fly, and Sheila’s Day. Her national tour credits include The Acting Company and Riverdance. Her regional credits include Alley Theatre, Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Broad Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and TheaterWorks. Wooddell’s casting credits also include BBC Radio’s The Piano Lesson, the television shows “The Electric Company” and “27 East,” and the films Premium Rush and Junction.

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) previously worked at The Old Globe on In Your Arms, Twelfth Night, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter’s Tale, A Doll’s House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, the 2011-2013 Shakespeare Festivals, Rafta, Rafta…, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Alive and Well, Sammy, Cornelia, Since Africa, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and The Glass Menagerie. Her Broadway credits include In the Heights. Her regional credits include Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis,and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse) and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Her San Diego credits include Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Lamb’s Players Theatre.

 

West Coast Premiere

THE METROMANIACS

By David Ives

Directed by Michael Kahn

Adapted from Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie

Presented in Association with Shakespeare Theatre Company

RUNS: January 30 – March 6, 2016

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

Old Globe Theatre

Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: In 18th-century Paris, poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Damis has a serious case of verse-mania, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name! Soon we’re off and running in a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities that The Washington Post calls “a marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy!” The Metromaniacs is a true find: one of the nation’s most exciting new plays, in its original production, directed by the legendary Michael Kahn.

CAST: Benjamin Cole (Servant), Christian Conn (Damis), Cary Donaldson (Dorante), Michael Goldstrom (Mondor), Peter Kybart (Baliveau), Adam LeFevre (Francalou), Amelia Pedlow (Lucille), Connor Sullivan (Servant), Dina Thomas (Lisette)

CREATIVE TEAM: James Noone (Scenic Design), Murell Horton (Costume Design), Mark McCullough (Lighting Design), Matt Tierney (Sound Design), Adam Wernick (Original Music), Laura Stanczyk, CSA (Casting Director), Carter C. Wooddell (Additional Casting), Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager)

INSIGHTS SEMINAR:

Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS:

Tuesdays, Feb. 9 and 16, and Wednesday, Feb. 24

Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

FREE WEEKEND OF POETRY – FREE, open to the public:

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, February 13. Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, San Diego poets Gill Sotu, Karla Cordero, and Jim Moreno discuss the wide-reaching impact of poetry in modern society. FREE

POETRY ON THE PLAZA Sunday, February 14 at 4:00 p.m., join host Gill Sotu, the neo-soul band Abstrack, and other area poets including Cordero, Moreno, Lizz Huerta and Joe Limer for, a one-hour showcase of San Diego poetry. FREE

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA accepted.
(619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:

Jan 30 SAT 8:00pm

Jan 31 SUN 7:00pm

Feb 2 TUE 7:00pm (Insights Seminar)

Feb 3 WED 7:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: Feb 4 THU 8:00pm

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:

Feb 5 FRI 8:00pm

Feb 6 SAT 2:00pm (Subject Matters)

Feb 6 SAT 8:00pm

Feb 7 SUN 2:00pm

Feb 7 SUN 7:00pm

Feb 9 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Feb 10 WED 7:00pm

Feb 11 THU 8:00pm

Feb 12 FRI 8:00pm

Feb 13 SAT 2:00pm

Feb 13 SAT 8:00pm

Feb 14 SUN 2:00pm

Feb 14 SUN 7:00pm

Feb 16 TUE 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Feb 17 WED 7:00pm

Feb 18 THU 8:00pm

Feb 19 FRI 8:00pm

Feb 20 SAT 2:00pm

Feb 20 SAT 8:00pm

Feb 21 SUN 2:00pm

Feb 21 SUN 7:00pm

Feb 23 TUE 7:00pm

Feb 24 WED 2:00pm

Feb 24 WED 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)

Feb 25 THU 8:00pm

Feb 26 FRI 8:00pm

Feb 27 SAT 8:00pm

Feb 28 SUN 2:00pm

Feb 28 SUN 7:00pm

Mar 1 TUE 7:00pm

Mar 2 WED 7:00pm

Mar 3 THU 8:00pm

Mar 4 FRI 8:00pm

Mar 5 SAT 2:00pm

Mar 5 SAT 8:00pm

Mar 6 SUN 2:00pm

Mar 6 SUN 7:00pm

 

PHOTO EDITORS: Publicity photos for the Shakespeare Theatre Company production of The Metromaniacs are available here.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($12).

PHOTOS: Digital images of Globe productions are available at TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 / 325-9416
   schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org

Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355
   mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org