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April 6 – May 6, 2018
(Opening night: Thursday, April 13)
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Barry Edelstein
A Globe-commissioned world premiere from the celebrated writer of The Last Match. Esther and Schmuli are shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. But Anna Ziegler’s funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.
The Wanderers is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
The Wanderers is supported in part by a lead underwriting grant from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. It is also supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Laurents / Hatcher Foundation, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Paula and Brian Powers, U.S. Bank, and The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund. Additional funding has been provided by the Edgerton Foundation.
Anna Ziegler (Playwright, The Wanderers) has written the plays The Wanderers (The Old Globe’s 2017 Powers New Voices Festival), The Last Match (The Old Globe, City Theatre, upcoming in 2017 at Roundabout Theatre Company; Craig Noel Award nominee for Outstanding New Play),Photograph 51 (directed on the West End in 2015 by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman; WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play; previously produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Theater J, among others), Actually (upcoming in 2017 at Geffen Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Theatre Club), Boy (Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee), A Delicate Ship (The Playwrights Realm, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Another Way Home (Theater J, Magic Theatre), Dov and Ali (Theatre503, The Playwrights Realm), The Minotaur (Rorschach Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre), and BFF (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’s National Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Project, New York Stage and Film, The Araca Group, Old Vic New Voices, and Soho Rep.’s Writer/Director Lab, among others. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service; a collection entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One is published by Oberon Books. She is currently developing a television series for AMC/Sundance and a screenplay for Scott Free Productions. Ms. Ziegler is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts.
Barry Edelstein (Director, The Wanderers) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, 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, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Mr. 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. Mr. Edelstein’s other Shakespearean directorial credits include The Winter’s Tale at Classic Stage Company; As You Like It starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and Richard III starring John Turturro. His additional credits include the Lucille Lortel Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons; the world premiere of Steve Martin’s The Underpants, which he commissioned; and Molière’s The Misanthrope starring Uma Thurman in her stage debut. Mr. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. His book Thinking Shakespeare 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.