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March 14 – April 19, 2020
(Opening night: Thursday, March 19, 2020)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
West Coast premiere
By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
In association with Dallas Theater Center
Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. Now her heartfelt story of Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, comes to the stage in a brand-new version that honors the spirit of Alcott’s original while freshly interpreting it for a new era. The Wall Street Journal named the prolific and widely produced Kate Hamill Playwright of the Year. Her sparkling adaptation will have audiences falling in love with the March sisters all over again as they grow from young girls to little women.
Kate Hamill (Playwright) is an actor/playwright who was named Playwright of the Year in 2017 by The Wall Street Journal. Her plays include Sense & Sensibility, in which she originated the role of Marianne (Off Broadway Alliance Award; Drama League Award nomination); Vanity Fair, in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp (The Pearl Theatre Company; Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination); Pride & Prejudice, in which she originated the role of Lizzy (Primary Stages, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination); Mansfield Park, in which she originated the role of Mary Crawford (Northlight Theatre); and Little Women (Jungle Theater, Primary Stages). Hamill’s plays have been produced Off Broadway and at American Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, and, upcoming, Dallas Theater Center, Alley Theatre, and more. She will next play Meg in her adaptation of Little Women at Primary Stages. She is currently developing new adaptations of The Odyssey and Scarlet Letter;a Christmas play called Scrooge for Senate; and several original plays: Prostitute Play, In the Mines (with music by The Bengsons),and The Piper, which is a PlayPenn selection and a 2019 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference finalist. Hamill was one of the 10 most-produced playwrights in the 2017–2018 season, and one of the five most-produced playwrights nationwide in the 2018–2019 season. kate-hamill.com.
Sarah Rasmussen (Director) started her first theatre company at 14 in her hometown of Sisseton, South Dakota after seeing a Garland Wright production. Since then she has gone on to a directing, producing, and teaching career with critical acclaim for inventive storytelling and a generous exchange between actor and audience. Rasmussen is Artistic Director of Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she commissions, directs, and produces new work. She was recently named Star Tribune’s Artist of the Year and is an inaugural recipient of the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle grant. Her directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse. Rasmussen has received an MN Theater Award for The Wolves, a Princess Grace Award, an Ivey Award for Overall Excellence, and Drama League and Fulbright Scholar fellowships. She has done new work development with Playwrights’ Center, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Lark Play Development Center, and many others. Rasmussen is an alumna of Women’s Project Theater, Soho Rep., and Lincoln Center Theater directing labs. She was formerly Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab new work development program and Head of M.F.A. in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin. Rasmussen has an M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in English and Theater from St. Olaf College.
Dallas Theater Center (Co-Producer) One of the leading regional theatres in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient, Dallas Theater Center performs to an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, Dallas Theater Center is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Dallas Theater Center is one of only two theatres in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest and most prestigious not-for-profit professional theatre association in the country. Under the leadership of Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, Dallas Theater Center produces a season-ticket series of classics, musicals, and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage, and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and many community collaboration efforts with local organizations. In 2017, Dallas Theater Center launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theatre project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play. Throughout its history, Dallas Theater Center has produced many new works, including recent premieres of penny candy by Jonathan Norton; Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew; Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; and many more. As a member of LORT, Dallas Theater Center operates under the LORT agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists.
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 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
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, March 24, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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, March 21, 2020
Open captioning is live text displayed simultaneously to the performance and does not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text. Please contact our Ticket Services Department at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org to purchase tickets within view of the captioning screen. Tickets for open-caption performances go on sale on the single-ticket on-sale date and are subject to availability. Support for open captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.