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Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy

May 11 – June 16, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, May 16)

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

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
In association with McCarter Theatre Center

Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!”…and the gods actually appear! The Ivy League will never be the same as a pair of screwball deities encounters the carnal complexity of college coeds, campus capers, and conspicuous consumption. Two-time Olivier Award–winning comic playwright Ken Ludwig, who delighted Globe audiences with Robin Hood! and Baskerville, brings us a knockabout world premiere with laughs that are simply divine.

Single tickets for Ken Ludwig's Gods of Comedy go on sale Friday, March 29 at 12:00 noon.

Production Sponsors
Nicki and Ben Clay
Elaine and Dave Darwin
Paula and Brian Powers
Jean and Gary Shekhter
Pamela J. Wagner and Hans Tegebo

Artist Sponsor for Ken Ludwig (playwright)
Jo Ann Kilty


Publicity Photos

Ken Ludwig
The Old Globe presents the world premiere of Ken Ludwig's The God's of Comedy running May 11 - June 16, 2018. Photo by Leslie Cashen.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative


Ken Ludwig (Playwright, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy) is a Tony and Olivier Award–winning playwright who has written over 25 plays and musicals, including six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His additional awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Play, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Significant Contribution to American Theatre. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Book, Publication, or Recording of 2014, and his essays are published by The Yale Review. Mr. Ludwig’s best-known works include Crazy for You (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Baskerville, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and is produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year.

McCarter Theatre Center (Co-Producer, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy), led by Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, is one of America’s leading regional theatres and is one of the few organizations in the U.S. producing professional theatre while simultaneously presenting major performing artists. The theatre’s world premiere stage highlights include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award), The Brother/Sister Plays, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, and The Understudy. Its Broadway credits include Translations, Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize), and Electra. Curated by Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, the company’s presented engagements include such artists as Lang Lang, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Wynton Marsalis, and David Sedaris. Its community efforts include in-school residencies, adult education classes, and student matinees. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. mccarter.org.


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

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, May 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

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, May 21, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Subject Matters

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, May 19, 2019