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History

Timeline

2000 - Present

2000

Jack O’Brien directs Tom Stoppard translation on Chekhov’s The Seagull in west-coast premiere production

World-premiere of The Full Monty: The Musical (music & lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Terrence McNally, directed by Jack O’Brien) plays to sold-out audiences at The Old Globe.

Tom Hall leaves post as Managing Director to produce The Full Monty in New York with co-producer Lindsay Law.

Douglas C. Evans named new Managing Director of The Old Globe.

The Full Monty opens on Broadway on October 26.

The Old Globe receives unprecedented leadership gift of $5 million from then Board president, Harvey P. White.

2001

Jack O’Brien directs highly successful production of Twelfth Night, starring Old Globe Associate Artists Paxton Whitehead, Dakin Matthews, Deborah Taylor, and Harry Groener

The Old Globe produces world premiere of The Boswell Sisters.

The national tour and London productions of The Full Monty begin.

Karen Carpenter is named new Associate Artistic Director.

2002

The Old Globe launches national tour of acclaimed West End and Broadway hit, Stones in His Pockets in February.

Jeffrey Hatcher is named Donald & Darlene Shiley Playwright -in- Residence; The Old Globe produces his plays Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Smash.

Tony Award-winner John Rando directs popular production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Pericles is performed for the first time at The Old Globe in an acclaimed production directed by Darko Tresnjak.

Jack O’Brien directs the world premiere of Nora Ephron’s first play, Imaginary Friends, starring Swoosie Kurtz, Cherry Jones and Harry Groener. The show moves to Broadway in November.

The Old Globe names Louis G. Spisto as new Executive Director.

2003

The Old Globe presents three world premieres: Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Loves & Hours and Knowing Cairo.

Jack O'Brien wins the Tony® Award for his direction of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray.

Jack O'Brien directs the world premiere of His Girl Friday at London's National Theatre, becoming one of a handful of American directors to work at Great Britain's leading theatre organization.

Daniel Sullivan is appointed the 2003 Shiley Artist-in-Residence; directs the Globe's acclaimed production of Julius Caesar.

2004

Old Globe hosts the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller and presents his acclaimed new production of Resurrection Blues.

Globe revives its renowned Summer Shakespeare Festival, headed up by Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, with three Shakespeare classics -- Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and The Two Noble Kinsmen -- playing in nightly rotation in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Jack O'Brien wins his second consecutive Tony® Award for his direction of Henry IV at Lincoln Center, starring Kevin Kline, Ethan Hawke and Globe Associate Artist Richard Easton.

World premiere of the Broadway-bound musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, music & lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty), book by Jeffrey Lane, directed by Jack O'Brien, and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, plays to sold-out audiences in the Old Globe Theatre.

2005

The Old Globe’s winter season includes Richard Greenberg’s acclaimed Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out, the world-premiere musical Himself and Nora, and the off-Broadway hit Lobby Hero.

Globe kicks off 70th Anniversary Season with free Open House on June 18, with Globe Associate Artist Marion Ross serving as Master of Ceremonies in the role of Queen Elizabeth.

Globe continues its renowned Summer Shakespeare Festival, led by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, including The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale playing in nightly rotation in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Old Globe presents finale performances of its Romeo y Julieta Bi-National Project in San Diego and Tijuana, in conjunction with CECUT.

Globe’s summer offerings include the world premiere of David Rambo’s The Lady with All the Answers, a delightful new piece about the life and letters of Ann Landers, starring Randy Graff; and the summer hit Moonlight and Magnolias, about the making of Gone with the Wind, featuring Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer Simpson), Tom McGowan and David Manis.

Globe produces Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, the thrilling world-premiere, pre-Broadway musical about the life and work of Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

2006

Globe presents the world-premiere, pre-Broadway musical, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, conceived and directed by Twyla Tharp to the music of Bob Dylan. In addition, Globe’s Winter Season includes the highly acclaimed productions of Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, and Lee Blessing’s A Body of Water starring Sandy Duncan, which won three San Diego Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding Production.

Globe launches $75 million Capital Campaign to help build the Globe’s endowment and enhance facilities.

Globe continues its renowned Summer Shakespeare Festival, led by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and the Theatre’s first-ever production of Titus Andronicus, playing in nightly rotation in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The Globe’s summer schedule also included the world premiere of Lincolnesque and the heartwarming Wendy Wasserstein play, The Sisters Rosensweig.

Globe kicked off 2006/7 Season with popular production of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone and co-world premiere of Greg Kotis’ (Urinetown) Pig Farm.

Globe’s annual holiday production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! makes its Broadway debut at the Hilton Theater, marking the 20th Globe show to transfer to New York and the third in 2006 (including Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’).

2007

The Globe’s Winter Season was highlighted by the West Coast premiere of the hit musical Ace, the world premiere of Itamar Moses’ The Four of Us, Amy Freed’s delightful Restoration Comedy, as well as two critically-acclaimed revivals: August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

The renowned Summer Shakespeare Festival, led by Darko Tresnjak, featured Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Measure for Measure. The summer schedule also included the launch of the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q, presented by the Globe in a special engagement at the Spreckels Theatre downtown.

Globe Artistic Director Jack O’Brien wins his third Tony Award for his direction of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia.

Globe kicked off 2007/8 season with world-premiere, Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair, with book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by John Bucchino, directed by John Doyle. In the Carter, internationally-acclaimed actress Rosemary Harris starred in the American premiere of Oscar and the Pink Lady.

Globe’s annual holiday production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Globe, with three new songs and other exciting updates to the show. The show also plays its second season on Broadway.

On November 15, Globe Founding Director Craig Noel receives the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.

The organization announces a change in its leadership structure with the retirement of Jack O’Brien as Artistic Director. Lou Spisto becomes CEO/Executive Producer; Jerry Patch and Darko Tresnjak become Co-Artistic Directors; and O’Brien becomes Artistic Director Emeritus.