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February 11 – March 12, 2023
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Globe-commissioned world premiere
By José Cruz González
Directed by James Vásquez
From José Cruz González, author of American Mariachi, comes a Globe-commissioned story about baseball’s deep roots in the Mexican American community. When troublemaker Teo is put to work cleaning up a vacant lot belonging to his elderly neighbor, this unlikely pair forms a bond forged in history and America’s pastime. Inspired by San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood, and directed by Globe Resident Artist James Vásquez, this beguiling world premiere celebrates communities and individuals coming together to find hope, healing, love, and the occasional home run.
Under a Baseball Sky is supported by major production sponsors Hal and Pam Fuson, Sheryl and Harvey White, and Entravision and artist sponsors Philip and Margarita Wilkinson (for playwright José Cruz González).
José Cruz González’s Under a Baseball Sky was commissioned by the Old Globe and underwritten by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Total running time: One hour and 30 minutes (one act with no intermission).
Suitability Suggestions: Under a Baseball Sky contains strong language. This production contains strobe lighting, herbal cocoa shell cigarettes, a prop gun, and references to violence.
José Cruz González (Playwright) Plays: American Mariachi (The Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre Company), The Extraordinary ZLuna Captures the World (Denver Center), If by Chance (South Coast Repertory). Honors: 2022 Kennedy Center Next 50, a new initiative celebrating cultural leadership with 50 trailblazing leaders and organizations. Member: College of Fellows of the American Theatre, The Dramatists Guild of America, board the New Harmony Project, dedicated to a desire to support stories of hope, optimism, and the resiliency of the human spirit.
James Vásquez (Director) The Old Globe: Resident Artist; Hair, American Mariachi (world premiere), Hurricane Diane, Tiny Beautiful Things, Rich Girl (West Coast premieres), The Rocky Horror Show, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: Cabaret (Goodspeed Musicals), American Mariachi (Denver Center Theatre Co.), In the Heights (Dallas Theater Center, Moonlight Stage Productions), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (associate director, Children’s Theatre Co.), West Side Story, Cats (SD Musical Theatre), Pageant, Hedwig... (Cygnet Theatre Co.), Next Fall, Pippin (Diversionary Theatre). Education: The Juilliard School, Drama Division. jamesvasquez.com.
Anna Louizos (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Dial M for Murder, Much Ado About Nothing, Beyond Therapy. Broadway: three-time Tony Award nominee; In the Heights, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, School of Rock (sets and costumes), Avenue Q, Honeymoon in Vegas, R+H’s Cinderella, Holiday Inn, Dames at Sea, It Shoulda Been You, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, High Fidelity, Curtains.Other theatre: many productions Off Broadway, international, and regional; new world tour of West Side Story directed by Lonny Price; as well as a unique international production of West Side Story for Tokyo’s Stage Around, where the revolving audience is surrounded by scenery. Other: founder of BroadwayDesignExchange.com.
Danielle Nieves (Costume Design) Theatre: Clean/Espejos (South Coast Rep), Beauty and the Beast (5th Avenue Theatre), I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Public Works The Winter’s Tale (Seattle Rep), American Mariachi (Dallas Theater Center, Goodman Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House), Real Women Have Curves (Dallas Theater Center), Sense and Sensibility (Village Theatre), Behold the Dreamers (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Pity in History, No End of Blame, Gertrude – The Cry, Lovesong of the Electric Bear (Off Broadway). daniellenieves.com.
Rui Rita (Lighting Design) (he/him) Selected Broadway: Skeleton Crew, Velocity of Autumn, Trip to Bountiful, Present Laughter, Dividing the Estate, Enchanted April. Off Broadway premieres: Paradise Blue, Horton Foote’s Old Friends and Orphans’ Home Cycle (Hewes Award) (Signature), Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), Just Jim Dale (Roundabout), Nightingale, Moonlight and Magnolias (Manhattan Theatre Club), Carpetbagger’s Children, Far East (Lincoln Center Theater), Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts Center). Off Broadway revivals: The Piano Lesson (Signature), Talley’s Folly (Roundabout), Engaged (TFANA; Obie Award). Recent regional credits: Alley, Asolo, Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s, Guthrie, Huntington, Oregon Shakespeare, The Old Globe. designbyrui.com.
Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design) Tony Award for Sound Design: The Nance. Recent Broadway: Hillary and Clinton, The Waverly Gallery, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, The Boys in the Band, A Doll’s House, Part 2. Regional: The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage, ACT, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, Two River Theater, City Theatre. NY: Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, NYCC, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater, others. International: Cirque du Soleil, National Theatre of Cyprus, Dijon International Festival. Interactive: The Sphere, Spry Fox, Netflix. klaxson.net.
Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: What We Talk About…, Dial M for Murder, Mala, Shutter Sisters, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Wanderers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Skeleton Crew. Select Broadway: Ohio State Murders, Macbeth, The Minutes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, Jitney, The Glass Menagerie, Blackbird, Fish in the Dark, Disgraced, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic, Goodman, Vineyard. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).
Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dial M for Murder, El Borracho, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Familiar, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, In Your Arms, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Robin and the 7 Hoods, over 30more. Regional: Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord; Indecent; Side Show; Ruined; The Third Story; Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: Vanderbilt University.