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Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
The cast of Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Jim Cox.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein
After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time. Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.
Diane and John Berol
Karen and Donald Cohn
The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund
Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander
The Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund
Artist Sponsor for Juliet
California Bank & Trust
Artist Sponsor for Romeo
Additional support provided by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.
William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Barry Edelstein (Director, Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director) 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, the world premiere of The Wanderers, and the American premiere of Life After. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. In January he oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program, and last November he directed The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), 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, which was rereleased in a second edition in June, 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.
Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design) previously designed The Imaginary Invalid, Welcome to Arroyo’s, Some Lovers,and Pig Farm at The Old Globe. His recent New York credits include Man from Nebraska (Second Stage Theater), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Forever (New York Theatre Workshop), Gloria and Outside People (Vineyard Theatre), Derren Brown: Secret and Through a Glass Darkly (Atlantic Theater Company), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre), and Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre). Regionally Kata has worked at Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. Kata has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Ovation, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Barrymore Awards. He is an assistant professor at University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts.
Judith Dolan (Costume Design) has worked with legendary director Harold Prince on several productions, including the Broadway production of Candide for which she received a Tony Award for Best Costume Design. Another collaboration with Prince, The Petrified Prince at The Public Theater, earned her the Lucille Lortel Award. Her designs have also been seen in many theatres, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, The Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Houston Grand Opera. Her other Broadway designs include the award-winning musical Parade and Lovemusik, the latter of which earned her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Her costume designs include work for Los Angeles Philharmonic: Night and Dreams directed by Yuval Sharon and The Tempest directed by Barry Edelstein. Dolan holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design and a Ph.D. in Directing and Design/Theater History and Aesthetic Theory from Stanford University. She is currently a Distinguished Professor of Design in the Department of Theater and Dance at UC San Diego.
Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, 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. He has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including 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 Awards. He 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 As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, 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 the Off 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 The Abominables, Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). He has taught at New York University and Yale School of Drama.
Mark Bennett (Original Music and Music Director) worked on the Globe’s Twelfth Night directed by Jack O’Brien, Golda’s Balcony, Arms and the Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Pygmalion. His recent Broadway scores include Junk, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Driving Miss Daisy, The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk Award), Henry IV, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, among others. His Off Broadway credits include Nantucket Sleigh Ride, Socrates, An Iliad (Obie Award), Mad Forest, and My Children! My Africa! His La Jolla Playhouse scores include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award), His Gal Friday, An Iliad (Craig Noel Award), Dogeaters, and, as composer and co-lyricist, the musical Most Wanted. He has received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, Bessie Award, Ovation Award, Henry Hughes Design Award, and 14 Drama Desk Award nominations. He is very excited to be reunited with Barry Edelstein after last composing Edelstein’s production of As You Like It for Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) is honored to return to the Globe after As You Like It, The Last Goodbye, Othello, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, and Hamlet. His credits as a 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; Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright; The Tank, Fight Fest), and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). 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, as well as for special events (Robin Hood Foundation). 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 and Text Coach) has worked on 39 Globe productions since 2014, including The Underpants, As You Like It, What You Are, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Tempest, Native Gardens, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wanderers, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, and Bright Star. He has also served as a dialect/voice coach at La Jolla Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre. His regional theatre acting credits include The Old Globe, 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, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Pacific, among many others. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and at several local colleges, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto and an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons, and Lisa Donadio serves as Associate Casting Director. She recently cast As You Like It at the Globe. Her Playwrights Horizons credits include Grey Gardens (also on Broadway), Clybourne Park (also on Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for casting), and The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre). Her television credits include ABC’s “The Knights of Prosperity” (aka “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger”), NBC’s “Ed,” and USA’s “Monk.” Her regional theatre credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and People’s Light, among others.
Joshua Pilote (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Old Globe after stage managing The Tempest, directed by Barry Edelstein, at Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has stage managed on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally, and on national tours. Joshua has a B.A. in Theatre from The College of Idaho, and he is based in New York City. He is a proud Actors’ Equity Association member. @co_pilote on Instagram.
Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on more than 40 shows. Some of her favorites include Life After, The Blameless, October Sky, Rain, The Metromaniacs, The White Snake, Inherit the Wind, Somewhere, and Lost in Yonkers. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, See How They Run, The Music Man, and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), and The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego). Ms. Salmons is a graduate of UC San Diego.
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 13, 2019 at 6:30 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, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.