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November 1 – November 20, 2022
(Opening night: Friday, November 4, 2022)
Our Globe for All Tour brings the Bard’s thrilling history play to the San Diego community. The year is 1415, and the young and reckless Prince Hal has left his wild partying days behind and matured into thoughtful kingship. He rallies a ragtag group of English soldiers for a long-shot invasion of the mighty kingdom of France. Full of action and the electrifying language that marks Shakespeare at his height, Henry V is a rousing portrait of courage against all odds, directed by Johanna McKeon (Noura, Anonymous Biography).
The Globe for All Tour company will bring this production to various economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County, including Old Globe Community Partner venues from San Ysidro to Oceanside. The free-admission Globe for All Tour will run for three weeks. Venue dates, times, and locations will be announced at a later date.
Johanna McKeon has directed The Old Globe’s West Coast premiere of Noura, the streaming production of Anonymous Biography,and the Powers New Voices Festival reading of Unseen. Her other credits include the premiere of I Have Loved Strangers (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Clubbed Thumb), Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Theater Company), The Comedy of Errors and Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown), Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), Semi-Permanent (New York International Fringe Festival; Outstanding Solo Show), and many more. She directs frequently for the Obie Award–winning Noor Theatre, founded to develop and produce theatre artists of Middle Eastern decent. McKeon was Associate Director on the Broadway productions of Funny Girl, King Kong, War Paint, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, and Grey Gardens, and she has directed multiple national and international tours. Her independent feature Auld Lang Syne received the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2016 Indie Street Film Festival. She is a co-founder of the Susan Sontag Prize for Translation, and she is the recipient of Drama League, Boris Sagal, and Fulbright Fellowships. She received her M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kristen Flores (Scenic Design)
How did you first get started in the arts? Since I was a toddler, I’ve always loved to draw. My mom likes to tell a story about me quietly drawing on an airplane for hours.
What do you love about Shakespeare? It makes you feel. You can relate to any of his stories or you can find a piece of yourself in any of his characters.
Why is it important to give back to your community? I feel like l’m coming full circle. I was fortunate enough to work in a lot of small theatres in San Diego where people saw something in me and mentored me. Now I’m fortunate to be in the same position to mentor the future of theatre.
Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design)
What is one of your favorite local theatre or arts credits? I have a wistful soft spot for San Diego Rep’s House of Joy, a gorgeous female-centered story set in the Mughal era of India. It closed the day after opening night when COVID-19 shut down theatres across the country.
Why does theatre matter to you? Theatre is the art of storytelling, and everyone deserves access to participate, and the opportunity to have their story be told.
What do you love about Shakespeare? Shakespeare was one of the topics I first discussed with my British husband the night we met at Cass Street Bar & Grill in Pacific Beach!
Steven Lighty (Original Music)
How did you first get started in the arts? I got started in music in the fourth grade with trombone lessons.
Why does theatre matter to you? Theatre connects to most ancient traditions: we’re standing in line with Sophocles.
What is a dream opportunity you’d love to have? I would like to write a song with Willie Nelson.
Jason Paul Tate (Movement Direction)
What do you love about Shakespeare? The internal directions. Because he wrote before the role of director was truly codified, he left so many clues to the actor of how to play the text in the text itself. A roadmap for those who know the key.
What is a dream opportunity you’d love to have? I would love to direct a production of a new opera.
What is your pre-show ritual or warm-up? A cup of coffee, a good stretch session, and a fight rehearsal.
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager)
How did you first get started in the arts? I got started with ballet and Filipino folk dance classes when I was a child.
What inspires you as an artist? Hearing audience responses in the moment.
What is one of your favorite local theatre or arts credits? The Globe for All Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2018.
Evelyn Myers (Assistant Stage Manager)
Who inspires you as an artist? All of the people I get to work with!
What is your pre-show ritual or warm-up? Coffee, always.
Why does theatre matter to you? It is a community of collaborators that welcomes any and all.