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Life After

March 22 – April 28, 2019
(Opening night: Friday, March 29)

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

Book, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson
Directed by Barry Edelstein

Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death and sets out to uncover what really happened on the night that changed her family forever. Britta Johnson’s Life After is a bittersweet, witty, and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love. Through the vivid imagination of a young woman looking for the facts, we find a more complicated truth instead. The Old Globe’s Barry Edelstein directs the American premiere of this rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical from a composer the Toronto Star calls “a startlingly talented emerging voice.” BroadwayWorld dubs Life After “musical theatre perfection…exquisite from start to finish.”

Production Sponsors
Jean and Gary Shekhter
Karen and Stuart Tanz
Vicki and Carl Zeiger


Publicity Photos

Britta Johnson
Britta Johnson. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Barry Edelstein
Barry Edelstein. Photo by Jim Cox.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative


Britta Johnson (Book, Music, and Lyrics, Life After) is a Toronto-based composer, lyricist, and writer. Her credits include Life After (Canadian Stage/The Musical Stage Company/Yonge Street Theatricals), Big Box Story (Stratford Festival), and Alligator Tears (Blyth Festival Theatre). Her credits with her sister Anika Johnson include Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan; Dora Mavor Moore Award for Audience Choice), Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Young People’s Theatre; Dora Award nominee Outstanding New Musical), Trap Door with book by Morris Panych (Theatre Sheridan), and the upcoming Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (The Musical Stage Company/Outside the March). Ms. Johnson also created Reframed with Sara Farb (Acting Up Stage Company/Art Gallery of Ontario; Dora Award nominee for Outstanding New Musical) and Stupidhead! with Katherine Cullen (Theatre Passe Muraille; Dora Award nominee Outstanding New Play). Last spring, she was librettist for choreographer Robert Binet’s adaptation of Kreutzer Sonata with Ballet Moscow. She is the Crescendo Artist-in-Residence with The Musical Stage Company in Toronto, which includes a commitment to produce three of her shows in three years.

Barry Edelstein (Director, Life After) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include the world premiere of The Wanderers, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, and the world premiere of The Wanderers. 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. 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.