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The Old Man and The Old Moon

May 13 – June 18

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

The ensemble of PigPen Theatre Co. Photo by Jenny Anderson.

The Old Man and The Old Moon


The Old Man and The Old Moon

By PigPen Theatre Co.
Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co.

“This is a story of time and tides and quests, the sort of fable on which mythologies and religions are founded,” says Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Now, after delighting audiences in New York, Chicago, and Boston, The Old Man and The Old Moon makes its West Coast premiere. The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea to find her reminds them—and us—of the unwavering power of love.

"Extraordinarily imaginative—a rare example of true theatre magic!" —TheaterMania

Production Sponsors
Globe Guilders
Kathryn and John Hattox

Artist Sponsor for Pigpen Theatre Co.
Jeanette Stevens

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. There is no intermission.

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Cast and Creative



Stuart Carden (Co-Director) is thrilled to share this epic story in his debut at The Old Globe. His recent credits include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (People’s Light & Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (City Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and PigPen Theatre Co.’s indie–folk ghost story The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre). His other credits include The Old Man and The Old Moon (ArtsEmerson, The New Victory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre), Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, Yellow Moon, Hesperia, and Travels with my Aunt (Writers Theatre), Oblivion, Tribes, Blackbird, Mary’s Wedding, A Picasso, and The Moonlight Room (City Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Crime and Punishment, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Butler (Northlight Theatre), Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The False Servant, and Stones in His Pockets (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), and The Merchant of Venice, Golden Child, Back of the Throat, and Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (Silk Road Rising). Mr. Carden served five seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Writers Theatre in Chicago (2009–2014) and two seasons at City Theatre (2007–2009). He lives in the South Loop of Chicago with his wife, contemporary art curator Neysa Page-Lieberman, and their twins, Dashiell and Griffin. He is a proud alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. stuartcarden.org.

Lydia Fine (Scenic and Costume Design) is a New York City-based designer. She has been working with PigPen Theatre Co. since their days together at Carnegie Mellon University. When Lydia is not playing with shadow puppets, she is working in various mediums creating worlds and characters for films, music videos, live music performances, internet talk shows, photo shoots, commercials, and immersive events. lydiafine.com.

Bart Cortright (Lighting Design) is a New York-based video and lighting designer. His previous PigPen designs include The Hunter and The Bear (Writers Theatre), The Old Man and The Old Moon (ArtsEmerson, The New Victory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Nightmare Story (Irondale Ensemble, Barrow Street Theatre), and The Mountain Song (Company One). His associate and assistant credits include Anastasia, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Newsies, Bring It On, and Here Lies Love. In addition to designing theatre shows, Mr. Cortright works as a cinematographer in Brooklyn. bartcortright.com.

Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, where he previously designed Water by the Spoonful, and to be working with PigPen, having recently worked with them on The Hunter and The Bear at Writers Theatre. Based in New York City and Chicago, his other recent work include projects with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Pearl Theatre Company, The Play Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Albany Park Theater Project, AmericanConservatory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, The Flea Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, and Second Stage Theatre. He has designed internationally for TukkersConnexion (Arnhem, Holland), International Festival of Londrina (Londrina, Brazil), and Festival d’Automne (Paris, France). His recent film composition credits include Glitch, The Wise Kids, and In Memoriam. He has received a Lucille Lortel Award, several Joseph Jefferson Awards, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. mikhailfiksel.com.

Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut and to be working with PigPen again. Her Broadway credits include Les Misérables, The Visit, and Scandalous. Her Off Broadway credits include Sell/Buy/Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Murder for Two (New World Stages), Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery (DR2 Theatre), Next Fall (Naked Angels), Jailbait (Cherry Lane Theatre), Unconditional (Labyrinth Theater Company), and Speech & Debate (Roundabout Theatre Company). Ms. Unsworth has worked regionally at George Street Playhouse, Two River Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival (eight seasons), Geffen Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, and Huntington Theatre Company. Her touring experience includes Prince of Broadway (Japan) and two seasons with Radio City Christmas Spectacular (arena tour). She received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from Boston University.

Amanda Nussbaum (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent alumna from the M.F.A. program at UC San Diego. Her past credits at The Old Globe include the Globe for All Tour of Measure for Measure, tokyo fish story, The Last Goodbye, and Summer Shakespeare Studio (and its earlier incarnation, Summer Shakespeare Intensive). Her other recent credits include Come from Away (La Jolla Playhouse), Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar (La Jolla Playhouse/Without Walls Festival), and The Real Thing (Roundabout Theatre Company). In addition to working on theatre productions, Ms. Nussbaum works as a stage manager for corporate events both nationally and internationally with Full Circle Show Management.


"Extraordinary imaginative—a rare example of true theatre magic!" —TheaterMania

"A glorious fusion of music and theatrics!" —BroadwayWorld

""What do you call this kind of theatre" my guest asked. For brevity's sake, let's just call it a really fine time." —The New York Times

"Every once in a while, a new group of absurdly talented young performers band together and show us how delightfully unihibited, how effortlessly inventive, how unapologetically and unpretentiously playful theatre can be." —New York Magazine

"A perfect combination of original music, stunning shadow puppetry, and vigorous physical comedy. Just as entertaining is how much fun the group has juggling all these mediums — it's like watching child geniuses at play." —The New Yorker

"It's worth saving the dates, especially for parents looking to light a spark of creativity in their offspring." —The Boston Globe

"Just because kids can have fun, don't confuse this with a children's show. The Old Man and The Old Moon would also fit right in at the Brooklyn Academy of Music or on Broadway." —The Huffington Post


Insight Seminar

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for 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. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Subject Matters

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, May 20, 2017