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Hamlet

August 06 - September 22

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

Photo Credits

The cast of Hamlet. Photo by Jim Cox.

Hamlet

Summary

Hamlet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"A powerful new staging of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Barry Edelstein returns to the outdoor stage, with a cast featuring some of the nation’s finest classical actors, to bring Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy to life under the San Diego stars.

Hamlet is supported by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.

Production Sponsors
Karen and Donald Cohn
Ann Davies
Pam Farr and Buford Alexander
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Qualcomm
Jean and Gary Shekhter
Gillian and Tony Thornley
Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund
Vicki and Carl Zeiger

Artist Sponsor for Jonny Orsini (Laertes)
Sue and Edward "Duff" Sanderson

Artist Sponsor for Grantham Coleman (Hamlet)
June Yoder

Artist Sponsor for Cait O'Connor (Costume Designer)
Anonymous

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Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Chaz Cabrera (Musician) was born and raised in Southern California. His professional career started at the age of 18 when he formed a group named Jazz Avenue with five of his close friends. They competed in the national competition SchoolJam USA 2012, where they won the prestigious title of Best Teen Band and were given the opportunity to play for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Cabrera arranges for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and composes original music for big bands, wind ensembles, and symphonies. He directs his own big band, known as the JazzKatz Orchestra, and performs with San Diego’s premier groups, such as Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, The Reo Collective, and more. Mr. Cabrera plays multiples instruments, such as the piano, woodwinds, and percussion. He currently attends San Diego State University and is pursuing a Music Education degree. chazcabrera.com.

Gabriel Wolf (Musician) is an electro-acoustic trumpet performer currently based in San Diego. Living in the mountains of East County with his wife, he has continued to explore and push the edge of trumpet playing through electronic effects pioneered by legends like Miles Davis. Mr. Wolf studied at the University of Miami and the University of North Texas from 1990 to 1996, where he began his explorations in electro-acoustic music. During this period he performed with jazz legends Dewey Redman, Sonny Rollins, Nat Adderley, and Ornette Coleman while also leading his jazz–rock improv bands Sivad and Ghostcar. Mr. Wolf has also traveled the world leading and playing in show bands on cruise ships. Currently he plays with Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and works as a freelance musician.

Barry Edelstein (Director, Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, 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, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. 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. Mr. Edelstein’s other Shakespearean directorial credits include The Winter’s Tale at Classic Stage Company; As You Like It starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and Richard III starring John Turturro. His additional credits include the Lucille Lortel Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons; the world premiere of Steve Martin’s The Underpants, which he commissioned; and Molière’s The Misanthrope starring Uma Thurman in her stage debut. Mr. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. 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.

Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design) recently designed the Globe’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Skeleton Crew,and The Last Match. His Broadway credits include The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper (also West End) and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee. His Off Broadway credits include Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design) and Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), Vietgone and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Luce (Lincoln Center Theater), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regionally Mr. Mackabee has designed for Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theater, Bay Street Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, The Muny, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His dance credits include Doug Varone and Dancers and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. His television credits include Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, “Gotham,” “Smash,” and “The Today Show.” Mr. Mackabee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com.

Cait O’Connor (Costume Design) is a designer, painter, and illustrator working and exhibiting in the United States and abroad. Her recent projects include La Traviata directed by Arin Arbus (Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Titus Andronicus directed by Michael Sexton (The Public Theater), Inspiré (Cirque du Soleil), The Witch of Edmonton directed by Jesse Berger (Red Bull Theater), Hamlet directed by Elizabeth LeCompte (The Wooster Group), and Le Rossignol with Michael Curry and directed by Robert LePage. Ms. O’Connor received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for The Witch of Edmonton and won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume Design for La Traviata. cait-oconnor.com.

Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s King Richard II, Double Indemnity, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has designed over 200 productions on and Off Broadway and at most major regional theatre and opera companies across the U.S. Internationally his work has been seen in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, and Wroclaw. His recent credits include Happy Days with Dianne Wiest (Theatre for a New Audience), Smart People (Long Wharf Theatre), Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold”...and the Boys (Signature Theatre Company, Drama Desk Award nomination), Sarah Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life (Yale Repertory Theatre), Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton (Westside Theatre), and Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn (Theatre for a New Audience). His credits for dance include Pilobolus, Alison Chase/Performance, and others. Mr. Strawbridge has received American Theatre Wing, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas–Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel nominations and awards. His is Co-Chair of the Design Department at Yale School of Drama and a resident lighting designer at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Sten Severson (Sound Design) is pleased to be returning to The Old Globe, where he has designed King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Othello. His selected credits include the Broadway productions of Hair, The Motherf***er with the Hat, and The Merchant of Venice, and theOff Broadway productions of Venice, No Place to Go, The Total Bent, and The Controversy of Valladolid, as well as King Lear, the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hair, and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.His regional credits include Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Fallaci (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, Arena Stage), and Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). Mr. Severson is a partner in Acme Sound Partners, collectively responsible for over 30 Broadway shows since 2000. He has taught at New York University and Yale School of Drama, and he currently serves as the Sound Director at Children’s Theatre Company.

Curtis Moore (Original Music) was last at the Globe with Sense and Sensibility. He wrote the musical Triangle, which premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and received six San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He composed the music for Venice with Matt Sax and Eric Rosen (which had a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater) and Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. With Thomas Mizer, Mr. Moore was awarded the 2016 Fred Ebb Award and the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant. Along with Triangle, they wrote the musicals The Legend of Stagecoach Mary (National Alliance for Musical Theatre) and The Bus to Buenos Aires (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He conducted and performed the music in The Bridge Project’s critically acclaimed world tour of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, and he composed the score for Barry Edelstein’s production of Othello (The Old Globe) and Timon of Athens (The Public Theater). With Matthew Brookshire, he wrote and performed the songs for Todd Solondz’s film Palindromes (Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals). trickybox.com.

Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) is honored to return to the Globe after The Last Goodbye in 2013, Othello in 2014, and Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! this summer. His credits as fight director include Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, New World Stages, national tour), Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, commercial remount), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company), Sailor Man (also co-creator, New York International Fringe Festival, winner of Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright, The Tank, Fight Fest), and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Mr. Grigolia-Rosenbaum has also been fight director for numerous regional and touring companies, including Disney Cruise Line, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Ogunquit Playhouse, and National Theater for Arts and Education. He was the stunt coordinator and creature performer for the horror film Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image) and was a D1 varsity fencer while at Yale University.

David Huber (Voice Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid, Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, The Blameless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale directed by Jack O’Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. 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 locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and will be teaching voice at San Diego Mesa College in the fall. He is a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting) has cast the Globe’s productions of King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors. He is the Director of Artistic Development at Roundabout Theatre Company, where his credits include The Price, Marvin’s Room, If I Forget, The Cherry Orchard, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, She Loves Me, Noises Off, Thérèse Raquin, Old Times, On the Twentieth Century, The Real Thing, Cabaret, Violet, Machinal, The Winslow Boy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cyrano de Bergerac, Harvey, Anything Goes, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pajama Game, 12 Angry Men, Assassins, Nine, and Big River. His other Broadway credits include 1984, Groundhog Day, Amélie, Fun Home, Constellations, The River, You Can’t Take It with You, Rocky, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jerusalem, Arcadia, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, A Behanding in Spokane, The Seagull, Boeing-Boeing, Spring Awakening, The Pillowman, Gypsy, and True West. His film credits include A Home at the End of the World and Flicka, and his television credits include “Glee” (Emmy Award nomination).

Pamela Salling (Production Stage Manager) is happy to return to the Globe after stage managing Love’s Labor’s Lost. She is a New York-based stage manager for theatre, dance, and opera; her select credits there include The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country (That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry, and Regular Singing), Othello, Into the Woods, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Knickerbocker, and Neighbors (The Public Theater), De Materie and tears become...streams become... (Park Avenue Armory), Blood Knot (Signature Theatre Company), A Family for All Occasions, Thinner Than Water, and Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Labyrinth Theater Company), and Garden of Earthly Delights (Martha Clarke). Ms. Salling also recently completed productions of How to Be a Rock Critic (ArtsEmerson) and Petrol Station (The Kennedy Center), and she works extensively with director Peter Sellars around the world, including for his productions of Lagrime di San Pietro, Kopernikus, Josephine Baker: A Portrait, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, St. Matthew Passion, Desdemona, Othello, The Winds of Destiny, A Flowering Tree, and La Passion de Simone.

Amanda Nussbaum (Assistant Stage Manager) is an alumna of the M.F.A. program at UC San Diego. Her past credits at The Old Globe include The Old Man and The Old Moon, 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 Freaky Friday and 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.

Events

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, August 8, 2017 at 6:30 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, August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

Shakespeare in the Garden

Shakespeare in the Garden is a series of informal presentations that enhance the Summer Shakespeare Festival experience. These seminars feature members of the Festival creative team and take place in the Craig Noel Garden before each performance. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Reviews

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"A powerful new staging of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“The star of the show is Director Barry Edelstein, as the entirety of this production flows from his sensibilities as a Shakespearean.  Those sensibilities result in a thoughtful and highly entertaining performance.” —Talkin’ Broadway

“The Old Globe brings a smart, imaginative, and powerful version to their San Diego stage that you don't want to miss. Grantham Coleman carries the title role and he is excellent and eloquent as the Prince of Denmark.” —BroadwayWorld

“Director Barry Edelstein’s assured sense of tone — in his most accomplished directing venture at the Globe yet — is one of the best aspects of this deeply absorbing and visually rich show, which unfolds across a broad emotional spectrum. So is the absolutely committed performance of the young newcomer Grantham Coleman, who inhabits the character of Hamlet with an equally complex set of responses — at times slyly self-assured, at others volcanic with rage, at still others so twitchy and jittery he’s like a human nerve ending.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune