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The Age of Innocence

February 08 - March 10

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

The cast of The Age of Innocence, 2024. Photo by Jim Cox.

The Age of Innocence


February 8 – March 10, 2024

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Edith Wharton
Adapted by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Chay Yew

This Globe-commissioned world premiere, based on Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, is set in 1870s Gilded Age New York City, where high society clashes with love. When the glamorous Countess Ellen Olenska sweeps into town, she upends the lives of everyone around her, especially the dashing lawyer Newland Archer. This new adaptation for the stage from Karen Zacarías (Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens) is the kind of lush period production for which The Old Globe is renowned.

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, February 20; Wednesday, February 21; and Wednesday, March 6 (evening performance).

Open-Caption Performance: Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Running time: Two hours and 10 minutes (two acts with one intermission).

Digital Program

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“A gorgeously sumptuous and lush production.” —BroadwayWorld

“There’s no denying that Karen Zacarías’s world premiere play is beautiful.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Zacarías’s rendition of The Age of Innocence will likely find its way to many American theatres.” —Talkin’ Broadway

Best Bet —Cultural Attaché

The Age of Innocence is a brilliant stage play that has much to offer anyone who is a fan of theatre or a great love story. Thoughtfully directed and beautifully performed, the production is a hit!” —The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

“As expected, this staging looks absolutely fabulous, from bustled gowns, flamboyant hats, and pristinely pressed suits, to timely and emotive lighting, to the stunning chandelier that hovers over the Gilded Age, upper-crust society digs of the 1870s.” —Stage West

Cast and Creatives



Karen Zacarías (Playwright) The Old Globe: Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens. Other world premieres: Shane (Cincinnati Playhouse, Guthrie); the upcoming Five Notes with Gloria Estefan (New York), Destiny of Desire (New York), Waiting for Snow Havana (New York), two other Broadway-bound musicals, two studio films, more. Other plays: The Good One, The Copper Children, The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, Just Like Us, Into the Beautiful North. Other work/honors: one of American Theater magazine’s “most produced playwrights,” core founder of Latinx Theatre Commons, American Artist Fellow, Washingtonian of the Year, Sine Institute Fellow for Policy Innovation at American University, Lee Reynolds Award for “social, cultural, or political change with theatre,” Medallion Award by Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, speaker at TEDxBroadway. KarenZacarias.com.

Chay Yew (Director) The Old Globe: Dishwasher Dreams. New York credits: The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, City Center Encores!, Playwrights Realm, Audible Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, National Asian American Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company. Regional credits: Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, South Coast Rep, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Humana Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Portland Center Stage, East West Players, Singapore Repertory Theatre, others. Honors: Obie Award for Direction. chayyew.com.

Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Macbeth. Broadway: A Strange Loop (Tony Award nomination), 20th anniversary production of Topdog/Underdog, Broadway premiere of Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind. Off Broadway: Atlantic, CSC, Lincoln Center, MCC, MTC, New Group, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Roundabout, Second Stage, Signature, Soho Rep. Regional: Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, CTG, Guthrie, Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth. International tour: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir. Honors: Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design, Special Citation Obie for A Strange Loop,Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, multiple Henry Hewes Design nominations. arnulfomaldonado.com, @arnulfo.maldonado.design on Instagram.

Susan E. Mickey (Costume Design) The Old Globe: Sense and Sensibility. Theatre: 15 productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, eight productions at Huntington Theatre Company, 11 productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 58 productions at Alliance Theatre; Playboy of the Western World (Guthrie Theater). Television: Miss Evers’ Boys (HBO), Mama Flora’s Family (CBS). Opera: Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Rigoletto (Opera på Skäret, Sweden). Honors: three Joseph Jefferson Awards, Carbonell Award for Outstanding Costume Design, Merritt Award for Collaboration. Current: Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University.

Lee Fiskness (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: debut. Off Broadway: King James (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Cincinnati Playhouse, Emerson Colonial Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep. Opera: Chicago Lyric, San Jose, Dallas, Colorado, Portland, Kentucky, Florentine Opera. International: Jurassic World: The Exhibition (China), The Marriage of Figaro (Japan), Movement Stories (Abu Dhabi). Television: worked on lighting teams with “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Rosie Show,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” FOX Sports, NBC, Chicago Bears. Other: served as Lighting Director at The Santa Fe Opera and worked with the company for 18 seasons. leefiskness.com.

Darron L West (Sound Design) The Old Globe: Jitney, The Gods of Comedy, The Twenty-Seventh Man, Into the Woods. Tony and Obie Award–winning sound designer whose work has been heard in over 600 productions all over the United States and in 15 countries. Additional honors: Drama Desk, Lortel, AUDELCO, Princess Grace Foundation Statue Awards, many others. Other: 30-year company member designing the productions of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Audible: soundscapes for Photograph 51, Paradise Blue, Coal Country.

Ursula Meyer (Voice and Dialect Coach) The Old Globe: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, more. Other: Head of Graduate Acting at UC San Diego, Chair of Mentorship Committee for Voice and Speech Trainers Association, over 35 years teaching voice and coaching Shakespeare, TEDx speaker for “Shakespeare Plays with Words.” Education: graduated with distinction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, designated Linklater teacher. Credits: La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, 16 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Awards: UCSD Distinguished Teaching Award, Anti-Racist Changemaker Fellow, Sanford Compassionate Communication Academy Fellowship.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: The Age of Innocence, Exotic Deadly, Under a Baseball Sky, 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: Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Grey House, Ohio State Murders, Macbeth, The Minutes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, Three Tall Women, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Jitney, The Glass Menagerie, Blackbird, Disgraced. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic, Vineyard. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).

Kelly Gillespie, CSA (Casting) The Old Globe: Trouble in Mind. Manhattan Theatre Club: Casting Director; Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, The Best We Could, Skeleton Crew, Prayer for the French Republic, Ink, Choir Boy, more. Arena Stage: Exclusion. WP Theater: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, What We’re Up Against, Sundown Yellow Moon, Ironbound. 13P: Melancholy Play, A Map of Virtue, The Zero Hour, Monstrosity. Foundry, Public Theater: Good Person of Szechwan. Ensemble Studio Theatre: Photograph 51. Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America, Residence, Seven Guitars, 4000 Miles, Dot, The Roommate, Eat Your Heart Out. Others: TACT, Keen Company. Education: B.A. from University of Michigan.

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Twelfth Night, Under a Baseball Sky, 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: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical; Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord; Indecent; Side Show; Ruined; The Third Story; Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse), Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Education: Vanderbilt University.

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The XIXth, Come Fall in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Anjee Nero (Stage Management Swing) The Old Globe: Cabaret, Destiny of Desire, Come Fall in Love, Almost Famous, The Gardens of Anuncia, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bright Star, Allegiance, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Rocky Horror Show, Life After, The Wanderers, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, The Twenty-Seventh Man, A Room with a View, Kingdom, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Be a Good Little Widow, more. Broadway: Bright Star. Regional highlights: Bright Star (Kennedy Center), Fly, Sideways, Ruined, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herringbone, The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse), Ruined (Huntington Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), Venice (Center Theatre Group), Antigone (SITI Company).