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Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Barry Edelstein
A Globe-commissioned world premiere from the celebrated writer of The Last Match. Esther and Schmuli are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. But Anna Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.
Contains strong language.
Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes. There is no intermission.
The Wanderers is the 2018 award winner of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Theatre Visions Fund.
The Wanderers is a recipient of a Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Theater Development Grant.
The Wanderers is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
The Wanderers is supported in part by a lead underwriting grant from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. It is also supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Laurents / Hatcher Foundation, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Paula and Brian Powers, U.S. Bank, and The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund. Additional funding has been provided by the Edgerton Foundation.
Anna Ziegler (Playwright) has written the plays The Wanderers (The Old Globe’s 2017 Powers New Voices Festival); The Last Match (The Old Globe, City Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company; Craig Noel Award nomination for Outstanding New Play); the widely produced Photograph 51, directed on the West End in 2015 by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman (WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play); Actually (Geffen Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club; Ovation Award for Playwriting for an Original Play); Boy (Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee); and A Delicate Ship (The Playwrights Realm, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). She currently holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Empire Street Productions. Her plays have been developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theatre Project, New York Stage and Film, Old Vic New Voices, and Soho Rep.’s Writer/Director Lab, among others. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service; a collection entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One is published by Oberon Books. She is currently developing television shows for HBO and AMC/Sundance and a screenplay for Scott Free Productions.
Barry Edelstein (Director) is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe and is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, and the world premiere of The Wanderers. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Mr. Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays.He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Marion Williams (Scenic Design) is a New York-based scenic and costume designer working in theatre, dance, and opera. Her previous Globe credits include scenic design for Death of a Salesman. Her New York credits include Primary Stages, MCC Theater, Mint Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Limón Dance Company, Manhattan School of Music, Red Bull Theater, and Women’s Project Theater. She has designed regionally for McCarter Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Barrington Stage Company, Triad Stage, Folger Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Round House Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Two River Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her international credits include Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Leipzig, Germany) and Introdans (Netherlands). She has received the Princess Grace Award and Special Projects Grant.
David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. He also designed As You Like It for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He received the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Grant, through which he created the immersive theatre piece Waking La Llorona, which was sponsored by The Old Globe and was subsequently part of La Jolla Playhouse’s 2017 Without Walls Festival. Mr. Reynoso is the Obie Award-winning costume designer of the Off Broadway hit Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and is also a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Healing Wars (Arena Stage). He is recognized locally for his designs of Tiger Style!, Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, Kingdom City,and the DNA New Work Series presentation of Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). His other work includes: Hamlet starring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Carey Perloff (American Conservatory Theater), Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland, Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq,and Abigail’s Party (American Repertory Theater), The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage Company), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Lyric Stage Company). Mr. Reynoso is also the recipient of an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com.
Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe. 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. Ms. Zieve received her B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. amandazieve.com.
Jane Shaw (Sound Design) is delighted to make her debut at The Old Globe. Last year she designed the premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her other New York work includes The Killer and Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience), Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk Award nomination), Ironbound (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Women’s Project Theater), and Hindle Wakes (Mint Theater Company). She was recently on the West Coast with Water by the Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum); her other regional designs include Shakespeare in Love (Cleveland Play House), Jane Eyre (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater), and Seder (Hartford Stage). Ms. Shaw has received a Drama Desk Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, NEA/TCG Career Development Program position, Henry Award, 2012 Premios ACE Award, and Bessie Award, and she has been nominated for Lortel, Henry Hewes Design, and Elliot Norton Awards. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Drama.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Projection Design) is a projection designer with extensive experience designing for new works and original adaptations for theatre, dance, opera, musicals, music performances, and installations. Her recent credits include Relevance and Informed Consent with Liesl Tommy, Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy (Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund), Erik Ehn’s Clover, Company XIV’s Snow White, The Civilians’s Paris Commune and In the Footprint, Matthew Paul Olmos’s so go the ghosts of mexico, part one, Elizabeth Swados and Cecilia Rubino’s From the Fire (2011 MTM:UK Musical Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best New Musical), and NPR’s WATER +/- with Kenny Leon. She is also a generative artist in devising interdisciplinary productions. The New York Times described her recent project with Target Margin Theater, Act IV of The Iceman Cometh, which combined contemporary puppetry with live-feed camera and projection, as “consistently inventive”. Upcoming she has Top Girls with Liesl Tommy. She was also part of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. jeanetteyew.com.
David Huber (Voice and Dialect Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid, Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, The Blameless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, and Bright Star, among many others. His previous Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and at several local colleges, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast for The Old Globe for the past five seasons, including the recent productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Picasso and the Lapin Agile, and Skeleton Crew. Their Broadway casting credits include 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).
Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musical productions of Benny & Joon; October Sky; Bright Star; Dog and Pony; Allegiance; A Room with a View; and Kingdom, in addition to The Importance of Being Earnest; King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; and The Savannah Disputation. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and most recently launched the first national tour. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres), Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, including having toured nationally and internationally with various organizations.
Marie Jahelka (Assistant Stage Manager) previously worked on The Old Globe’s 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.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
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, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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, April 14, 2018