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Stir

May 4 – May 26, 2024
(Opening night: Thursday, May 9)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez
Directed by Marcela Lorca

A Globe-commissioned, world-premiere play about family, food, and healing. Two siblings, separated by distance and circumstance, meet to share their mother’s favorite recipe. What starts as a simple project leads to surprising connection as they reminisce and reveal secrets of their own. This tender comedy from Melinda Lopez (Mala at The Old Globe) and Joel Perez (Kiss My Aztec! at La Jolla Playhouse) invites audiences to grab a seat at the table and savor the possibility of reuniting with loved ones after a long time apart.

This production includes strong language and mature themes. This production features the preparation of food, including black beans, onions, garlic, green bell pepper, and spices, which will be chopped and cooked onstage and will release natural aromas into the theatre. We ask patrons with airborne food allergies to please take note of this part of their visit.

Total running time: One hour and 20 minutes (one act with no intermission).

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Community Night: Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, May 14; Tuesday, May 21; and Wednesday, May 22 (evening performance).

Open-Caption Performance: Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Stir is supported by lead production sponsors Paula and Brian Powers.

Digital Program

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Cast and Creatives Announcement Press Release

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

Melinda Lopez (Mariana, Co-Playwright) As performer: Mala (The Old Globe, ArtsEmerson, Guthrie, Huntington Theatre Company, Audible, PBS), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Our Town, Persephone, Rose Tattoo, A Month in the Country (Huntington Theatre Company), Grand Concourse, Appropriate, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Theatre District, Anna in the Tropics (SpeakEasy), Many Colors Make the Thunder King (Guthrie), Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage), Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare & Co.). As playwright: Mala, Mr. Parent, adaptation of Yerma, Back the Night, Becoming Cuba, Orchids to Octopi, Sonia Flew, audio series Dream Boston. Residencies: Sundance Institute, Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop. Awards: IRNE Award, Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, October 29, 2016 declared Melinda Lopez Day in Boston. Other: Mellon Foundation National Playwrights Residency Program, professor at Northeastern University.

Joel Perez (Henry, Co-Playwright) Writing credits: Beautiful, FL (Disney+), Lost City Radio (NYSAF, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep). Acting credits: Broadway: Fun Home. Off Broadway: Sweet Charity, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group), The Tempest, Wild Goose Dreams, Oedipus El Rey, As You Like It (The Public). Regional: Kiss My Aztec! (La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Hartford Stage). Film/television: tick, tick… BOOM! (Netflix), “The Big C,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Person of Interest.” Honors: Lortel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Miranda Family 2021 Voces Latinx National Playwriting Award, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting. misterjoelperez.com, @misterjoelperez.

Marcela Lorca (Director) Artistic Director of Ten Thousand Things. Regional: Stones in His Pockets (Latté Da), Twelfth Night, Emilia, Iphigenia at Aulis, Comedy of Errors, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Sins of Sor Juana, Winter’s Tale, Into the Woods (Ten Thousand Things), Count of Monte Cristo (OSF), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Scorched (Syracuse Stage), Crimes of the Heart, The Burial at Thebes, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Disgraced (Guthrie Theater), House of the Spirits (Mixed Blood), Caroline, or Change (Guthrie, Syracuse Stage), The Clean House (Juilliard), Blood Wedding (Guthrie, Missouri Rep), numerous original plays. Other: movement/choreography for over 150 plays, co-founder of two actor training programs (Guthrie). Honors: 2019 Zelda Fichandler Award.

Diggle (Scenic Design) (he/him/his) Proud Gay Mexican designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots. The Old Globe: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Craig Noel Award). Selected credits: Travels (Ars Nova), The Harder They Come (Public Theater), In the Heights (Cleveland Play House), Cowboy Bob (Alley Theatre), Hair, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really (Portland Center Stage), Gruesome Playground Injuries (St. Louis Rep), Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre), Shakespeare: Call and Response (Public’s Mobile Unit), The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr), Decky Does a Bronco (Royal Family Productions), Red Emma and the Mad Monk (Tank, ANT Fest), Electra, Fade (DTC). Other awards: Princess Grace Honoraria. Other: scenic design professor for SMU’s graduate design program. diggledesigns.com, @diggle_deisgns on Instagram.

Christopher Vergara (Costume Design) Recent: Fabulation (Billie Holiday Theatre), you don’t have to do anything (HERE Arts), American Mariachi (Alley), Espejos: Clean (Studio), Living & Breathing (Two River), How to Melt ICE (Boundless), Anna in the Tropics, Elián (Miami New Drama), Detroit ’67, Eight Nights (Detroit Public), Party People (Actors Theatre), Anna in the Tropics (Barrington), Survivor’s Odyssey, a virtual live opera (White Snake), Windfall (Bay Street), Once (VinWonders), Macbeth (Lewis Center), In the Heights (Orlando Shakes), Golem of Havana, Kidnap Road (La MaMa), La Traviata (Brevard), Harlequinade, Majisimas (Les Ballets Trockadero). Member: IATSE USA 829, Design Action, Wingspace, La Gente: Latinx Theatre Network. christophervergara.com, @cavergaradesign.

Cha See (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: The Exotic Deadly: Or the MSG Play. Off Broadway: Oh Mary (Lucille Lortel Theatre), You Will Get Sick (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Seagull/Woodstock, NY, one in two (The New Group), Wet Brain (Playwrights Horizons), The Fever, Lucy (Audible Theater), Exception to the Rule (Roundabout Underground), What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Playwrights Horizons/Brooklyn Academy of Music), soft (MCC), As You Like It, Babbitt (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: M.F.A. from NYU Tisch. Awards: Drama Desk Award nominee, Lucille Lortel Award nominee, Obie Award winner. seelightingdesign.com.

Fabian Obispo (Original Music and Sound Design) Off Broadway: The Chinese Lady (Lortel Award nomination), Sea Wall/A Life, Oedipus El Rey (Hewes Award nomination), Out of Time (Public Theater), Once Upon a Korean Time (Ma-Yi Theater), among others. Recent regional credits: Angels in America (Arena Stage; Helen Hayes Award nomination), Bina’s Six Apples (Alliance Theatre; Suzi Bass Award nomination), Imaginary Invalid (American Conservatory Theater; Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination), Sumo (La Jolla Playhouse), Tiger Style! (South Coast Repertory), The Heart Sellers (Huntington Theatre), Faith Healer (Barrington Stage). Film: original scores for Vancouver (LA Indie Short Film Fest Award for Best Original Score), 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting (PBS). Other awards: Berkshire Theatre Critics Award, Barrymore Award.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: King James, English, The Age of Innocence, Exotic Deadly, Under a Baseball Sky, What We Talk About…, Dial M for Murder, Mala, Shutter Sisters, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Wanderers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Skeleton Crew. Select Broadway: Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Grey House, Ohio State Murders, Macbeth, The Minutes, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Jitney, Blackbird, Disgraced. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).

Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager) (she/her/hers) The Old Globe: English, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Exotic Deadly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trouble in Mind, Krapp’s Last Tape, What You Are, Tiny Beautiful Things, Globe for All (2017–2023), The Lorax, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Guys and Dolls, Camp David, The Comedy of Errors. Regional: The Garden, 2020 POP Tour, Junk (La Jolla Playhouse), Fun Home, Beachtown, Roz and Ray, Into the Beautiful North, Outside Mullingar, The Oldest Boy, Oedipus El Rey, Honky (San Diego Rep), El Huracán, Mud Row, The Last Wife, Bad Jews, Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Assassins, Company (Cygnet), Pippin (Diversionary).

Kendra Stockton (Stage Management Swing) The Old Globe: The Age of Innocence, The XIXth, Come Fall in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players), White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Photos

Production Photos

Melinda Lopez as Mariana in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Melinda Lopez as Mariana in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry and Melinda Lopez as Mariana in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry and Melinda Lopez as Mariana in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry and Melinda Lopez as Mariana in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Melinda Lopez as Mariana, Al Rodrigo as Papi, and Joel Perez as Henry in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
(from left) Joel Perez as Henry, Melinda Lopez as Mariana, and Al Rodrigo as Papi in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Joel Perez as Henry, Melinda Lopez as Mariana, and Al Rodrigo as Papi in Stir, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Publicity Photos

Co-playwright Melinda Lopez.
Co-playwright Melinda Lopez. Photo by Adam DeTour.
Co-playwright Joel Perez.
Co-playwright Joel Perez.
Director Marcela Lorca
Director Marcela Lorca.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.