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November 23 – December 24, 2019
(Opening night: Wednesday, November 27)
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
By Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen
Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist! Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego!
Gordon Greenberg (Playwright and Director) recently directed the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll at The Old Globe. He has directed for Broadway, Off Broadway, the West End, television, and regional theatre. His acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls was nominated for six Olivier Awards, and he co-wrote and directed the Broadway adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, which was also recorded for “Great Performances.” His recent credits include directing the gala reading of Terms of Endearment (Geffen Playhouse), directing the London revival of Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), and writing the new book of Meet Me in St. Louis (The Muny’s 100th anniversary). His current projects include the stage adaptations of The Secret of My Success and Mystic Pizza, the North American premiere of Piaf/Dietrich, The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!, the new musical The Single Girls Guide, Port-au-Prince, and the podcast “Theatre Camp.” Greenberg directed and adapted (with Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda) the Drama Desk Award–winning production of Working, which ran at The Old Globe and Off Broadway. He also directed and adapted the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). He co-created and directed Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d) and co-wrote and directed Band Geeks.For television, he co-wrote Nickelodeon’s Emerald City Music Hall and Disney Channel’s Scramble Band. His other credits include numerous productions with Disney, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mirvish Productions, Signature Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Muny, Capital Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, and many more. Greenberg was a Curator at Ars Nova, Director of Musical Theatre Development at The New Group, and Artistic Producer at Musical Theatre Works. He is also Co-Director of the Broadway Teaching Group.
Steve Rosen (Playwright) frequently collaborates as a writer with Gordon Greenberg. They are currently co-authoring the musical adaptation of the Michael J. Fox movie The Secret of My Success, which will have its world premiere at Chicago’s Paramount Theatre in January 2020. His other works with Greenberg include The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!, premiering this October at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Rosen has also collaborated with David Rossmer on a number of projects, including The Other Josh Cohen, which was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award. The show just completed a critically acclaimed six-month extended Off Broadway commercial engagement. Rosen and Rossmer currently have an agreement with RadicalMedia to package and sell their hour-long dramatic television series “Get In, Get Out.” Rosen was also one of the co-creators, writers, and hosts for the comedy improv variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe’s Pub and migrated Off Broadway and to other locations in New York. Rosen and Rossmer wrote, with Dan Lipton, The Great Broadway Shuffle, which Rosen has performed to standing ovations at Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, and American Airlines Theatre. As an actor, Rosen has worked extensively on stage and screen. He currently plays recurring roles on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Fox’s “The Resident,” and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance in The Other Josh Cohen, and a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Pretty Filthy. He also originated principal roles in the original Broadway companies of Spamalot, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, and the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls.
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, November 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.