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Romeo and Juliet

November 11 - November 19

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Romeo and Juliet


The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

The Montague and Capulet families are at war. When Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet by chance, the two lovers defy their entire world to be together. Acclaimed San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg’s audacious modern production goes beyond sentimental stereotypes to reveal the raw and powerful love story that ignites an inferno in a dangerously divided community.

A joint venture of the Globe and USD, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program trains seven select students in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Private Funding for The Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley.

Additional funding for the program is provided by Terry Atkinson, the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund, and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

Cast and Creative



Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is a founder and former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, where she directed many acclaimed productions. Last season she made her Old Globe debut directing Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew. She has also directed plays for San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego State University, Cygnet Theatre Company, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and Playwrights Project. Her honors include Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program grant, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award, Van Lier Fund fellowship (Second Stage Theatre), and the New York Drama League’s Directors Project. She is married to designer Jerry Sonnenberg and is the proud mama to August and Zoë.

Brian Redfern (Scenic Design) has designed The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program productions of Pericles, Reckless, Tartuffe, Fathers and Sons, and The Importance of Being Earnest. His designs have been seen at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Summer Rep Theatre Festival, Cygnet Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, Intrepid Theatre Company, ion theatre company, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, MOXIE Theatre, New Village Arts, Playwrights Project, and many others. This production of Romeo and Juliet marks his 100th scenic design. Mr. Redfern is currently Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at California State University, Chico and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA829. redfernscenicdesign.com.

Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design) previously designed The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Pericles for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She is Resident Costume Designer at North Coast Repertory Theatre, where she has designed Craig Noel Award-nominated productions. Her other select credits include Constellations (The Old Globe), Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our Town, Tall Girls, Brahaman/i, and Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse). Awake and Sing!, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Sylvia, and Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts), and Snakeskin, Lifeblood Harmony, Chagall, and A Man Found Wanting (Malashock Dance). Ms. Benzoni’s assistant costume design credits include Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy), Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse), and As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe). She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from UC San Diego, where she is currently an adjunct lecturer. elisabenzoni.com.

Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Design) recently designed Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe), Roz & Ray, The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding, Outside Mullingar, My Mañana Comes, Steal Heaven, Honky, The Mountaintop, and Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Revolutionist, Blue Door, Ruthless!, Trouble in Mind, Jade Heart, Mud Blue Sky, Skinless, and Freedom of Speech (MOXIE Theatre), Ballast and Bright Half Life (Diversionary Theatre), God of Carnage, Golda’s Balcony, The Nutcracker, and To Kill a Mockingbird (New Village Arts), and Art (Intrepid Theatre Company). Ms. Mojgani is an assistant professor in the School of Theater at George Mason University. She holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. sherrice.weebly.com.

Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) is excited to be working with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program again! A San Diego-based freelance sound designer, she has designed over 100 productions in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Her recent regional design credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Pericles (Globe/USD), The Imaginary Invalid (The Old Globe), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (A Noise Within), At the Old Place and #SuperShinySara (La Jolla Playhouse), Native Son (UC San Diego M.F.A. Program), American Hero, Having Our Say, Awake and Sing!, and An Iliad (New Village Arts), Travels with My Aunt, An Illusion, and Marjorie Prime (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Well and 2.5 Minute Ride (Diversionary Theatre). She holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com.

Jan Gist (Vocal Coach) has been the voice, speech, and dialect coach for The Old Globe on 89 productions, and she has coached at theatres around the country including Ahmanson Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Shakespeare Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. She is an original member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and she has presented at numerous conferences in addition to Voice Foundation’s conferences. Ms. Gist has taught workshops at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and the International Voice Teachers Exchange at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. She has been published in numerous VASTA journals and has authored chapters in the books Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium: Conversations with Master Teachers, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, and More Stage Dialects.

Brian Byrnes (Movement Coach) previously worked on The Old Globe productions of Red Velvet, Rain, Arms and the Man, The Twenty-seventh Man, and The Winter’s Tale, and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure for Measure. His other credits include New York theatres, regional theatres, Shakespeare festivals, and motion-capture animation in the U.S. and Sweden. His selected work also includes American Players Theatre, Intrepid Theatre Company, Prague Shakespeare Company, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Houston Ballet, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Texas Ballet Theatre, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, John Housman Theatre, Lucille Lortel Theatre, Westbeth Theatre Center, and others. He is an AEA actor, a director for theatre and opera, and a writer of several plays that have been professionally produced. Mr. Byrnes is a longtime member of the Society of American Fight Directors as a Certified Teacher, Fight Director, and Fight Master.

Amanda Peñaloza-Banks (Choreographer) trained as a contemporary dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School in the early ’90s, subsequently touring for 12 years with European dance companies. Her extensive choreographic and movement-education work with dance and theatre professionals and educators has taken her to the U.K., Ireland, Norway, Lithuania, and Kenya. In the U.S., Ms. Peñaloza-Banks teaches Laban principles, creative-movement techniques, and period dance in a variety of educational, academic, community, and professional settings.

Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg) specializes in Renaissance and early modern literature. He has published on Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and others. He is currently finishing a book, Conscience in Early Modern English Literature, which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and he is beginning work on a new edition of Paradise Lost. Mr. Stoll teaches Shakespeare in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and is Chair of the English Department at USD.

Nicole Ries (Production Stage Manager) has spent the last six years as Resident Production Stage Manager for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, where her previous productions include Ajax, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Trelawny of the “Wells”, Clybourne Park, Reckless, Acquainted with the Night, and The Maderati. Her other regional credits include the Ben Vereen Awards (Broadway/San Diego, 2015–2017), Jade Heart, Coming Attractions, and A Man, His Wife and His Hat (MOXIE Theatre), ManTrap (Diversionary Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors and A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre), and Into the Woods, Tom and Huck and Jim, Paradise Hotel, and Little Women: The Musical (San Diego State University). Ms. Ries is currently MOXIE Theatre’s Production Manager and has also worked with San Diego Repertory Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, Encore Vocal Ensemble, Crazed Imaginations, and Wondrous Strange Productions. Ms. Ries holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Arts Management from San Diego State University.

Sebastian Perfetto (Assistant Stage Manager) has stage managed Ballast, Well, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, In the Va Va Voom Room, A Civil War Christmas, Bright Half Life, and A New Brain (Diversionary Theatre), Rent (Southwestern College), Annie (California Youth Conservatory), Much Ado About Nothing, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the Musical (Intrepid Theatre Company). As production assistant and assistant stage manager, his credits include At This Evening’s Performance, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Fox on the Fairway, Side by Side, and Chapter Two (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and The Two Gentleman of Verona (The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program). Mr. Perfetto is grateful to call Diversionary Theatre his home as both Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from University of San Diego.