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The Last Match

February 13 – March 13, 2016
(Opening Night: Thursday, February 18)

A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Scenic Design by Tim Mackabee
Costume Design by Denitsa Bliznakova
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Bray Poor
Video Design by Paul Peterson
Vocal Coach, David Huber
Casting by Caparelliotis Casting/Lauren Port, CSA
Production Stage Manager, Diana Moser

The US Open tennis semifinals are underway. As Russian phenom Sergei Sergeyev and American superstar Tim Porter do battle under the lights on center court, Galina and Mallory, the funny and complicated women who share their lives, watch anxiously from the sidelines. But as the back-and-forth action unfolds, we journey into the minds of the players and the lives of the two couples in a fast-paced and moving exploration of family, parenthood, and the legacy we leave behind. Before it’s game, set, and match, more than a championship will be won or lost. Developed in the Globe’s 2014 New Voices Festival, Anna Ziegler’s energetic new play is a funny and visceral look at the sacrifices we make to stay on top.

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Production Photos

(from left) Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(clockwise from upper left) Natalia Payne as Galina, Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, Troian Bellisario as Mallory, and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Patrick J. Adams as Tim and Troian Bellisario as Mallory
Patrick J. Adams as Tim and Troian Bellisario as Mallory in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Natalia Payne as Galina
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Natalia Payne as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim
(from left) Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Natalia Payne as Galina
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Natalia Payne as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Troian Bellisario as Mallory and Patrick J. Adams as Ti
Troian Bellisario as Mallory and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim
(from top) Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Patrick J. Adams as Tim

Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei
Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Troian Bellisario as Mallory
Troian Bellisario as Mallory in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Natalia Payne as Galina
Natalia Payne as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

Publicity Photos

Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory, Patrick J. Adams as Tim, Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, and Natalia Payne as Galina
(from left) Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory, Patrick J. Adams as Tim, Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, and Natalia Payne as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim and Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei
(from left) Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim and Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Real-life fiances Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario star as Tim and Mallory
(from left) Real-life fiances Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario star as Tim and Mallory in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Natalia Payne stars as Galina and Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei
Natalia Payne stars as Galina and Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim
Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei
Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory
Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Natalia Payne stars as Galina
Natalia Payne stars as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory, Patrick J. Adams as Tim, Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, and Natalia Payne as Galina
(from left) Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory, Patrick J. Adams as Tim, Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, and Natalia Payne as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim
(from left) Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei and Patrick J. Adams as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim
Patrick J. Adams stars as Tim in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei
Alex Mickiewicz stars as Sergei in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory
Troian Bellisario stars as Mallory in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Natalia Payne stars as Galina
Natalia Payne stars as Galina in the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch (center) with the cast of The Last Match: (from left) Troian Bellisario, Patrick J. Adams, Alex Mickiewicz, and Natalia Payne.
Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch (center) with the cast of The Last Match: (from left) Troian Bellisario, Patrick J. Adams, Alex Mickiewicz, and Natalia Payne. The world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, runs February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
The Last Match
The world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, runs February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Old Globe. Illustration courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Anna Ziegler (Playwright) Ms. Ziegler’s plays include Photograph 51, directed on the West End in 2015 by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman, previously produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Theater J, and more; Boy at Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre (February–April 2016); A Delicate Ship at The Playwrights Realm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Another Way Home, upcoming at Theater J, previously produced at Magic Theatre; Dov and Ali at Theatre503 and The Playwrights Realm at Cherry Lane Theatre; The Minotaur at Rorschach Theatre and Synchronicity Theatre; and BFF with WET Productions at DR2 Theatre. She has been commissioned by The Old Globe, Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, and New Georges. Her plays have been developed at Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, The Araca Group, Old Vic New Voices, and Soho Repertory Theater’s Writer/Director Lab, among others. Ms. Ziegler is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director) made her Globe debut in 2014 directing Laura Marks’s Bethany. She has directed the Off Broadway productions of Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl and Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan and Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater Company), Bethany (Women’s Project Theater, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Play), and Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for the play cycle The Hill Town Plays). Regionally Ms. Upchurch directed the world premieres of Clare Lizzimore’s Animal (The Studio Theatre) and Melissa Ross’s Of Good Stock (South Coast Repertory). She has developed new work at New Dramatists, New York Stage and Film, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights’ Center, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Ms. Upchurch is an alumna of the Women’s Project Theater Directors Lab, The Drama League, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design) is making his Globe debut. 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 Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Guards at the Taj and Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), Luce (Lincoln Center Theater), Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regionally he has designed for American Conservatory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Center Stage, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Cleveland Play House, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Theater J, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Mr. Mackabee’s television credits include Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, “Gotham,” “Smash,” and “Today.” He is an alumnus of the University North Carolina School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com, @tmackabeedesign on Twitter, and @timmackabeedesign on Instagram.

Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design) is happy to return to The Old Globe, where she has designed The Royale, Good People, Anne Christie, Groundswell, Jane Austen’s EmmaA Musical Romantic Comedy, The Whipping Man, Opus, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her work has been seen nationwide at venues such as Geffen Playhouse, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, San Diego Opera, Cleveland Play House, A Noise Within, New Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Falcon Theatre, and others. Her costume design and stylist credits for other media include music videos for various artists and films. A Bulgarian-born costume designer, her academic background includes a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. Ms. Bliznakova is a professor in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University and is also the head of its M.F.A. Design and Technology program. Denitsa.com.

Bradley King (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer based in New York City. His recent work includes Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater, Kazino, Ars Nova), Empanada Loca, Sucker Emcee, and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth Theater Company), Elijah Green (The Kitchen), A Winter’s Tale (The Pearl Theatre Company), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), And I and Silence (Signature Theatre Company), and Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company). His work has been seen regionally at The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Penobscot Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Virginia Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His opera work includes Bard SummerScape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera, and Virginia Opera. bradleykingld.com.

Bray Poor (Sound Design) has designed the Broadway productions of The Real Thing, The American Plan, and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He has designed sound and created music for many Off Broadway theatres, including The Public Theater, Signature Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, Soho Repertory Theater, and Clubbed Thumb. His regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and more. Mr. Poor has been nominated for both Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. Most recently he designed sound for a production of The Glass Menagerie for Toneelgroep Amsterdam. He has also designed sound and created music for numerous videos and installations. He next travels to Louisville to design sound and compose music for Sarah Ruhl’s world premiere of For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday at the Humana Festival.

David Huber (Vocal Coach) previously worked on the Globe productions of 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 Old 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 REP Theatre, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and is currently teaching at Actors Workshop Studios. He is a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

Caparelliotis Casting/Lauren Port, CSA (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese,Lyle Kessler’s 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, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, and three seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Their recent 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).

Diana Moser (Production Stage Manager) recently stage managed the Globe productions of Rich Girl, Time and the Conways, and, for Globe for All, Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well. Since 2004 she has worked on over 25 shows at the Globe including Other Desert Cities, The Brothers Size, August: Osage County, The Recommendation, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, The Whipping Man, I Do! I Do!, Opus, Six Degrees of Separation, The Pleasure of His Company, In This Corner, the 2007 Summer Shakespeare Festival, Restoration Comedy, and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. Ms. Moser’s regional credits include La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and Arizona Theatre Company. Ms. Moser received her B.A. from Bard College and her M.F.A. in Directing from Purdue. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband, photographer Paul H. Williams. HaresignPhotoWorks.com.