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Native Gardens

May 26 - June 24

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Kimberli Flores, Eddie Martinez, Peri Gilpin, and Mark Pinter. Photo by Jim Cox.

Native Gardens


Native Gardens

West Coast premiere
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Edward Torres

"Cuttingly funny! Director Edward Torres has tapped an ace cast!" —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American dream when they purchase an upscale house in a historic neighborhood. But a disagreement with their next-door neighbors Virginia and Frank over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. The hedgerow becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into flower-flinging enemies in the West Coast premiere of Karen Zacarías’s uproarious Native Gardens.

Video: Barry Edelstein talks about Native Gardens

Production Sponsors
Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation

Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes. There is no intermission. 

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Cast and Creatives



Karen Zacarías (Playwright) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the U.S. Her musical comedy Destiny of Desire is currently playing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival after runs at Goodman Theatre and South Coast Repertory. Her play Native Gardens is slated for more than 15 productions, including Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, and others. She is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Her other plays include Mariela in the Desert, Legacy of Light, The Book Club Play, and The Sins of Sor Juana; the adaptations of Just Like Us, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Into the Beautiful North, OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist, and Ella Enchanted the Musical;and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center, and she has written 10 theatre-for-young-audience musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. Her plays have been produced at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Center, Dallas Theater Center, and many more. Ms. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. She lives in DC with her husband and three children.

Edward Torres (Director) returns to The Old Globe after directing the critically acclaimed California premiere of Water by the Spoonful as well as the 2017 Powers New Voices Festival reading of What You Are. Most recently he directed the California premiere of The Happiest Song Plays Last (Center Theatre Group, also at Goodman Theatre), Eric Aviles’s Where You From? What You Be About? (Downtown Art), the world premiere musical La Canción (Repertorio Español; Latin ACE Award for Best Musical, Artistas de Teatro Independiente Award for Best Director), Macbeth (The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit), Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising), White Tie Ball by Martín Zimmerman (Teatro Vista), and How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence (Steppenwolf for Young Adults). He directed the world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens Theater, produced in association with Teatro Vista), which was named Best Play of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Time Out Chicago; was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and earned Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production – Play and Best Director – Play. He also directed subsequent productions to critical acclaim at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre (2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Obie Award for Best New American Play) and at Geffen Playhouse. He serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater at Wesleyan University. As an actor you can see him this fall in Downstate by Bruce Norris in a co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and London’s National Theatre.

Collette Pollard (Scenic Design) is thrilled to make her debut at The Old Globe with Native Gardens. Her regional credits include Sense and Sensibility, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo,and Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage), Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), The Oldest Boy (Marin Theatre Company), and Geller Girls, Good People, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theatre). Her Chicago credits include The Wolves, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Fish Men,and Stoop Stories (Goodman Theatre), 42nd Street (Drury Lane Theatre), Hir, The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, Head of Passes, 1984, and To Kill a Mockingbird (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Chicago Voices (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Thaddeus and Slocum and In the Garden (Lookingglass Theatre Company), and The Importance of Being Earnest, The Hunter and The Bear, and Arcadia (Writers Theatre). Ms. Pollard is a company member at The House Theatre of Chicago, where she has designed 20-plus productions, including Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker, The Hammer Trinity, Rose and the Rime, and The Sparrow,all of which were remounted at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. She is an Artistic Associate at TimeLine Theatre Company. Ms. Pollard is the recipient of several Joseph Jefferson Awards, and she has joined the faculty of University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor of Design at the School of Theatre and Music.

Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, having previously designed Skeleton Crew and Knowing Cairo. Her selected local credits include The Grift and El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse), Evita, Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Venus in Fur, Clybourne Park, The Who’s Tommy, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), The Threepenny Opera, Don Quixote, and Intimate Apparel (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and The Legend of Georgia McBride, Animal Crackers, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, and Dirty Blonde (Cygnet Theatre Company). Her other San Diego credits include designs for North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and MOXIE Theatre. Regionally, Ms. Gittings has designed for A Noise Within, Crossroads Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Western Stage, among others. Her accolades include four Craig Noel Awards, the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Costume Design, a Patté Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award. In 2014, her work was selected to appear in the traveling curated museum exhibit Bewitching. In addition to her theatrical work, Ms. Gittings teaches fashion illustration at San Diego Art Institute and creates custom costumes and couture for private clients, themed events, parties, and red-carpet galas through her company LEO DUO. She holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from UCLA. icostumedesign.com, leoduo.com.

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, having just designed The Wanderers. She recently designed Sweeney Todd and Roof of the World (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and Titanic (Signature Theatre Company). Her San Diego designs include Rich Girl (The Old Globe) and West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). Her associate credits include Bright Star and Allegiance (The Old Globe) and Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). She enjoys a career in both San Diego and New York City, where she had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway production this spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. amandazieve.com.

Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, where he previously designed The Old Man and The Old Moon and Water by the Spoonful. Based in New York City and Chicago, his other recent work includes projects with PigPen Theatre Co., Writers Theatre, 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 multiple Lucille Lortel and Joseph Jefferson Awards and was honored with the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. mikhailfiksel.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast for The Old Globe for the past five seasons, including the recent productions of The Wanderers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Picasso and the Lapin Agile, and Skeleton Crew. Their Broadway casting credits include The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Saint Joan, Junk, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Signature Theatre Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and Arena Stage, among others. Their film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on The Old Globe’s The Wanderers, Powers New Voices Festival (2016–2018), Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, and Oscar and the Pink Lady. Her regional credits include Hollywood, Ether Dome, Miss You Like Hell,and The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse), Evita and Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Dogfight, My Fair Lady, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre Company), The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company), and This Wonderful Life (North Coast Repertory Theatre). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

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 29, 2018 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, June 5, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


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, June 2, 2018



"Cuttingly funny! Director Edward Torres has tapped an ace cast!" —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Delightfully funny! The case is terrific—very entertaining!" —Broadway World