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What You Are

May 30 – June 30, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, June 6)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By JC Lee
Directed by Patricia McGregor

Feeling adrift in a changing America he no longer recognizes, Don scrapes together a living and struggles to support his family through hard work and good intentions. But everything around him, from his younger co-workers, to the technology in his office job, to even his own opinionated daughter, seems alien to the certainties and stabilities he once knew. When a simple misunderstanding at work escalates into an all-out confrontation, Don hatches a plan to set right all the things he feels have gone wrong. Can the people who love him manage to hold him together? JC Lee’s Globe-commissioned world premiere is a riveting, of-the-moment exploration of the personal struggles that accompany sweeping social change. Contains strong language.

Production Sponsors
Paula and Brian Powers

Photos

Publicity Photos

JC Lee
Playwight JC Lee. What You Are, by JC Lee and directed by Patricia McGregor, will run May 23 – June 23, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Patricia McGregor. What You Are, by JC Lee and directed by Patricia McGregor, will run May 23 – June 23, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Patricia McGregor. What You Are, by JC Lee and directed by Patricia McGregor, will run May 23 – June 23, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative

Creative

JC Lee (Playwright, What You Are)writes for theatre, film, and television. His play Luce received its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater (with development supported by The Old Globe) and is currently being turned into a feature film starring Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts for release later this year. His play Relevance received its world premiere at MCC Theater this past winter. He has received commissions from The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, and New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, where his play warplay received its world premiere last summer and will subsequently be produced by Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia this fall. His television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC and both “Looking” and “Girls” on HBO, where he is developing a pilot based on The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook. He is currently working on the film adaptation of The Nutcracker for Warner Brothers with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and a pilot based on the life of Mistress Trinity, a professional dominatrix, for FX. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and The Juilliard School. @jclee1230.

Events

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, June 4, 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, June 11, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 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, June 8, 2019