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Barefoot in the Park

July 28 - September 16

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

Kerry Bishé and Chris Lowell. Photo by Jim Cox.

Barefoot in the Park

Summary

By Neil Simon
Directed by Jessica Stone

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"A charming ode to the magic of love! The radiant "Halt and Catch Fire" TV star Kerry Bishé effortlessly steals the show. She's adoring, clever and playful. Paul is amiably played by "GLOW" TV star Chris Lowell, who does a slow burn throughout until he hilariously erupts." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for laughter. This summer, director Jessica Stone (Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Globe to extend our decades-long relationship with giant comic playwright Neil Simon with this fresh and hilarious new look at his “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy” (The New York Times).

Production Sponsors
Terry Atkinson
Peter Cooper
Pam Farr and Buford Alexander
Debra Turner


Artist Sponsor for Director Jessica Stone
Leonard Hirsch

Artist Sponsor for Kerry Bishé and Chris Lowell
Sandra and Arthur Levinson

Running time: Two hours and twenty minutes. There are 2 intermissions.

Groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets, and tickets may also be purchased as part of a money-saving season package.

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Program

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Neil Simon (Playwright) is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific, and performed playwrights in the world. His plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; The Star-Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God’s Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They’re Playing Our Song; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers; Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; London Suite; Proposals; Hotel Suite; The Dinner Party; 45 Seconds from Broadway; Oscar and Felix; and Rose’s Dilemma. In addition to his many film adaptations of his plays, his screenplay credits include After the Fox, The Out-of-Towners, The Heartbreak Kid, Murder by Death, The Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, Max Dugan Returns, The Slugger’s Wife, The Marrying Man, and The Odd Couple II. For television Mr. Simon has written for series, teleplays, and motion pictures including “Your Show of Shows,” “Caesar’s Hour,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Garry Moore Show,” Broadway Bound, and Jake’s Women. His books include Rewrites: A Memoir, The Play Goes On: A Memoir, and four omnibus collections of his plays. He has received a Pulitzer Prize, a Golden Globe Award, three Tony Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honor, as well as dozens of other major award nominations.

Jessica Stone (Director) previously directed Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Arms and the Man, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at The Old Globe. Shehas worked as an actor on and Off Broadway and in television and film for the last 30 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. She has performed Off Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, including 10 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television credits include series-regular and guest-starring roles on CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hulu. Her film credits include work with Ang Lee, M. Night Shyamalan, and Kevin Bacon, among others. Ms. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 all-male production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her directing credits now include Dancing at Lughnasa, Absurd Person Singular,and A Funny Thing... (Two River Theater), Bad Dates, Ripcord, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Huntington Theatre Company), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA), and June Moon and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her upcoming projects include Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair for Shakespeare Theatre Company and American Conservatory Theater. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Tobin Ost (Scenic Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s Emma and Himself and Nora. A New Yorker for 20 years, his Broadway credits include Newsies (Tony Award nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Musical), Disaster!, Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, The Philanthropist (costume design), and Brooklyn (costume design). His notable Off Broadway credits include Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life; Nightingale; Grace; The Overwhelming (costume design); Zanna, Don’t! (co-scenic and costume design); Almost Heaven (costume design); and Fighting Words. Mr. Ost has worked extensively with other major regional theatres, including La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Two River Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, and others. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of The Tempest, The Wanderers, 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. Mr. Reynoso is the Obie Award–winning costume designer for Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and the creator/director of Waking La Llorona. He is recognized locally for his designs of queens, At the Old Place, Tiger Style!, Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, and Kingdom City, all at La Jolla Playhouse. His other selected work includes Hamlet (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), and The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare 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, having just designed Native Gardens and 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.

Lindsay Jones (Sound Design) has designed 16 shows at The Old Globe, including Skeleton Crew, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Opus, The Glass Menagerie, In This Corner, and Oscar and the Pink Lady. His Broadway credits include The Nap, Bronx Bombers, and A Time to Kill.His Off Broadway credits include Privacy and Kings (The Public Theater), Mankind and Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Rx (Primary Stages), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop), and many others. Internationally he has designed Henry IV, Parts I and II (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Titus Andronicus (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Mr. Jones’s regional credits include South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and others. His film and television scoring work includes The Brass Teapot (Magnolia Pictures) and the Academy Award–winning A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (HBO Films). Mr. Jones has received seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations; two Ovation Awards and three nominations; and multiple nominations for Drama Desk, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, and Craig Noel Awards, among many others. lindsayjones.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast for The Old Globe for the past five seasons, including the recent productions of Native Gardens, The Wanderers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Picasso at 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).

Libby Unsworth (Production Stage Manager) made her Globe debut last season with The Old Man and The Old Moon. Her Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway, Les Misérables, The Visit, and Scandalous. Her Off Broadway credits include The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre), At Home at the Zoo (Signature Theatre Company), Fire and Air (Classic Stage Company), 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), 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. She received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from Boston University.

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, July 31, 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, August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Reviews

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"A charming ode to the magic of love! The radiant "Halt and Catch Fire" TV star Kerry Bishé effortlessly steals the show. She's adoring, clever and playful. Paul is amiably played by "GLOW" TV star Chris Lowell, who does a slow burn throughout until he hilariously erupts." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Funny! Sweet summer fluff – cotton candy for grownups! Perky Kerry Bishé and endearing Chris Lowell have great comic timing and wonderful chemistry." —Jazz 88.3

"A fun, stylish production at the Globe! Kerry Bishé and Chris Lowell find the heart and humor in their characters, while sets, costumes, and sound design add more charm." —San Diego Reader

"Breezy and beautiful! Forget about reality and enjoy the sweetness. The Old Globe's production makes it easy!" —San Diego CityBeat