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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED
FOR IAN BRUCE’S GROUNDSWELL


SAN DIEGO (March 10, 2011)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto has announced the complete cast and creative team for Ian Bruce’s Groundswell, a psychological drama set in South Africa.  Directed by Kyle Donnelly, Groundswell will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, March 12 – April 17.  Preview performances run March 12 – March 16.  Opening night is March 17 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Set in a beachfront resort on the jagged edge of west South Africa, two men plot to convince their lone guest to invest in their diamond mining scheme.  The three men find themselves caught in a power struggle fueled by greed and desperation and will go to any length to secure a chance at a better life.  Groundswell is a taut, psychological thriller that offers a provocative look at a society still haunted by its divided past.

The cast of Groundswell features Antony Hagopian (Johan), Owiso Odera (Thami) and Ned Schmidtke (Smith).

The creative team includes Kate Edmunds (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Russell H. Champa (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Gillian Lane-Plescia (Dialect Coach) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

Playwright Ian Bruce was trained as an actor in Johannesburg and appeared briefly in the early 1970s on the South African stage and TV before leaving South Africa to begin a 17-year long political exile in Holland, where he cofounded the Tekhwini Theatre Foundation with Anthony Akerman and Joseph Mosikili.  In 1978 his first play, Falls the Shadow, won a Dutch Arts Council Best New Play Award and several works on South African themes followed.  The only one of these to evade South Africa’s censorship laws, My Father’s House, was courageously produced by PACT, the most progressive of the four provincial arts councils that existed in South Africa at the time, in 1987.  After his return to South Africa in the early 1990s, Bruce focused on the uses of drama for development and spent some years living and working in poverty-stricken rural communities.  In 1998 he began working with the New Africa Theatre Association, for which he and his wife, Ina, have created a host of productions, educational plays and industrial theater works.  He is the current Executive Director of the New Africa Theatre Association.  Since Groundswell, Bruce has written two more major plays: Transit (written and produced in 2009) and Burnt! (written in 2010 and currently in production in Cape Town).

Director Kyle Donnelly has directed Opus, Orson’s Shadow and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Globe.  She has had a long association with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., having been Associate Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998 and directed many productions including Dancing at Lughnasa (winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play) and Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Musical).  She directed the American premiere of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! for Roundabout Theatre Company.  Her regional credits include Spoon Lake Blues (The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Festival), The Constant Wife (American Conservatory Theater and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Dancing at Lughnasa (Goodman Theatre), Molly Sweeney (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Polk County (McCarter Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Zara Spook and Other Lures (Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Three Nights in Tehran (Signature Theatre Company).  She is the head of the professional actor training program at the University of California, San Diego.

Antony Hagopian (Johan) most recently appeared as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport in Long Island, New York.  He has appeared on Broadway in Frost/Nixon (and also in the National Tour) and Off Broadway in Walking Down Broadway (Mint Theater Company) and Stray (Cherry Lane Theatre).  His regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company and Dorset Theatre Festival, among others.  Television credits include “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “Guiding Light.”

Owiso Odera (Thami) was last seen at the Globe in the 2008 Shakespeare Festival in Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  His other Globe credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream and Titus Andronicus.  Off Broadway he has appeared in The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Romeo and Juliet (The Public Theater).  His other regional theater credits include the world premiere of Samuel J & K (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Gem of the Ocean (American Conservatory Theater), The Love of Three Oranges (La Jolla Playhouse) and Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company).  His television and film credits include “FlashForward,” “Three Rivers” (recurring), “Dirt” (recurring), “The Unit,” “Numb3rs,” Acholiland, Relative Obscurity and The Thirst: Blood War

Ned Schmidtke (Smith) has previously appeared at the Globe in The Pleasure of His Company, Sea of Tranquility, A Body of Water, Blue/Orange and Pericles.  He has appeared on Broadway and in the National Tour of Aren’t We All?  His many regional credits include Tonight at 8:30 (The Antaeus Company), The Molière Comedies (Mark Taper Forum), Driving Miss Daisy (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Six Degrees of Separation (National Tour), The Real Thing (Court Theatre), Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Three Sisters (Goodman Theatre), Libra (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Enemy of the People (Northlight Theatre), Tartuffe (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Passion Play (Arena Stage) and Plenty (Huntington Theatre Company).  Schmidtke’s film credits include The Change-Up (in post-production), Accepted, Wedding Crashers, xXx: State of the Union, Mercury Rising, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Chain Reaction, The Relic and Music Box.  His television credits include “Criminal Minds,” “Medium,” “Point Pleasant,” “24,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Huff,” “NYPD Blue,” “JAG,” “The West Wing,” “The Practice,” “ER” and “Crossing Jordan.

TICKETS to Groundswell can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre begin on March 12 and continue through April 17.  Ticket prices range from $29 to $67.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  There is also a Wednesday matinee on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. and no Saturday matinee performance on April 2.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Groundswell include:

INSIGHT SEMINAR: Groundswell
Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Groundswell
Tuesdays, March 22 and April 12 and Wednesday, March 30.  FREE

Discuss the play with members of the Groundswell cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Groundswell are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, March 25 and April 1 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Groundswell are sold separately.)

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARJane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy (1/15-3/6), Death of a Salesman (1/22-2/27), Rafta, Rafta… (3/22-4/24), Groundswell (3/12-4/17), August: Osage County (5/7-6/12), Life of Riley (4/30-6/5).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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FACT SHEET

GROUNDSWELL
By Ian Bruce
Directed by Kyle Donnelly

RUNS:  March 12 – April 17, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  $29-67

SYNOPSIS:  On the ferociously rocky coast of South Africa, two men plot to convince their lone guest to invest in their diamond mining scheme and find themselves caught in a power struggle fueled by greed and desperation.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Kate Edmunds (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Russell Champa (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Gillian Lane-Plescia (Dialect Coach) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Antony Hagopian (Johan), Owiso Odera (Thami) and Ned Schmidtke (Smith).

PREVIEWS:
Mar. 12 SAT 8pm
Mar. 13 SUN 7pm
Mar. 15 TUE 7pm
Mar. 16 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Mar. 17 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Mar. 18 FRI 8pm
Mar. 19 SAT 2pm
Mar. 19 SAT 8pm
Mar. 20 SUN 2pm
Mar. 20 SUN 7pm
Mar. 22 TUE 7pm
Mar. 23 WED 7pm
Mar. 24 THU 8pm
Mar. 25 FRI 8pm
Mar. 26 SAT 2pm
Mar. 26 SAT 8pm
Mar. 27 SUN 2pm
Mar. 27 SUN 7pm
Mar. 29 TUE 7pm
Mar. 30 WED 2pm
Mar. 30 WED 7pm
Mar. 31 THU 8pm
Apr. 1 FRI 8pm
Apr. 2 SAT 8pm
Apr. 3 SUN 2pm
Apr. 3 SUN 7pm
Apr. 5 TUE 7pm
Apr. 6 WED 7pm
Apr. 7 THU 8pm
Apr. 8 FRI 8pm
Apr. 9 SAT 2pm
Apr. 9 SAT 8pm
Apr. 10 SUN 2pm
Apr. 10 SUN 7pm
Apr. 12 TUE 7pm
Apr. 13 WED 7pm
Apr. 14 THU 8pm
Apr. 15 FRI 8pm
Apr. 16 SAT 2pm
Apr. 16 SAT 8pm
Apr. 17 SUN 2pm
Apr. 17 SUN 7pm

INSIGHT SEMINAR
Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, March 22 and April 12 and Wednesday, March 30.
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Fridays, March 25 and April 1 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org