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March 28 – April 26, 2020
(Opening night: Thursday, April 2, 2020)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

West Coast premiere, developed in the January 2019 Powers New Voices Festival
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

National tensions swirl around the trial of Susie Glenn, an American teenager who left her home and family to join ISIS. Federal prosecutor Claire Fathi takes the case despite being reluctant to have her own gender and Muslim faith exploited in the name of justice. The Chicago Tribune exclaims that Selina Fillinger “can pack more moment-by-moment tension into a play than most playwrights ever manage in their careers.” This West Coast premiere etches compelling, complex portraits of a troubled young woman, her father, and the attorneys who battle over her future. Contains strong language.

Running time: One hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Production Sponsors
The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund
Paula and Brian Powers

Artist Sponsor
Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation


Publicity Photos

Selina Fillinger
Selina Fillinger. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Faceless will run March 28 – April 26, 2020 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Faceless will run March 28 – April 26, 2020 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative


Selina Fillinger (Playwright) has written the plays Faceless (Northlight Theatre premiere, Zeitgeist Stage Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Park Theatre in London; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped (Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative, Alley Theatre’s Alley All New Festival, Theatre Three; Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award), and Something Clean (commissioned by Sideshow Theatre Company’s Freshness Initiative; 2019 Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award for Playwriting). She currently has commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Fillinger was a Hawthornden Fellow and resident at the Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat at McCarter Theatre Center. She is a Northwestern University graduate (’16), where she studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director) directed the Globe’s productions of Nick Gandiello’s The Blameless,Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, and Laura Marks’s Bethany. Upchurch has directed the Off Broadway productions of The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company), Clare Lizzimore’s Animal (Atlantic Theater Company, Studio Theatre; Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play), Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl, Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan,and Stephens’s Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater Company), Bethany (Women’s Project Theater), and Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Her other productions include Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Year of Magical Thinking with Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage), Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard’s musical Songbird (Two River Theater), and As You Like It (Falstaff Award for Best Play or Musical, Falstaff nomination for Best Director) and An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). She is an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


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, March 31, 2020 at 6:00 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, April 7, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


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, April 4, 2020


Open Caption Performance

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.