MICHAEL KRAMER AND D. S. MOYNIHAN’S
DIVINE RIVALRY BEGINS PREVIEWS JULY 7
Sean Lyons joins Miles Anderson, Euan Morton and David Selby
in the West Coast Premiere
SAN DIEGO (June 29, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced that Sean Lyons will play the role of Niccolò Machiavelli in the West Coast Premiere of Divine Rivalry. Jeffrey Carlson, who was previously announced for the role, has withdrawn from the production. Based on a real-life event, the drama about two of history’s most famous artists—and one of history’s most infamous statesmen—is written by Michael Kramer with D. S. Moynihan. Directed by Michael Wilson, Divine Rivalry will run July 7 – Aug. 5 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 7 – July 11. Opening night is Thursday, July 12 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.
Divine Rivalry transports audiences to 16th-century Florence, where two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli (The Prince). The fascinating contest forms the backdrop for an even greater battle as the leading minds of the Renaissance clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art.
Shakespeare Festival favorite Miles Anderson returns to the Globe to play the legendary Leonardo da Vinci. Anderson was last seen in the 2011 Shakespeare Festival as Prospero in The Tempest and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. His 2010 appearance in the title role of The Madness of George III won him the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award.
Sean Lyons will play Niccolò Machiavelli. Lyons recently appeared in the world premiere of Ether Dome at Alley Theatre and was featured for three years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Moby Dick Revisited, The Grapes of Wrath and The Good Doctor.
Euan Morton will appear as Michelangelo Buonarroti. Morton was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Boy George in Taboo and has also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim.
David Selby will play Piero Soderini. Selby’s Broadway credits include The Heiress, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and I Won’t Dance and has originated roles on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Falcon Crest.”
The creative team includes Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Peter Nigrini (Projection Design), Telsey + Company (Casting) and Marisa Levy (Stage Manager).
Michael Kramer (Playwright) is an award-winning journalist. As New York Magazine’s political columnist in the 1970s and 1980s, he covered local and national politics. For a decade beginning in the late ‘80s, he was TIME Magazine’s political columnist, covering national and foreign affairs. He was also chief political correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and managing editor of the New York Daily News. He was the editor and publisher of More, the media magazine, and editor of Content, a short-lived magazine about the news business. He is the coauthor of The Ethnic Factor, a book about minority voting patterns that became a standard text on the subject. He also coauthored I Never Wanted to be Vice President of Anything, a political biography of Nelson Rockefeller that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
D. S. Moynihan (Playwright) began her career in the press/marketing departments of New York’s Circle Repertory Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre. She then became Literary Manager of the latter, where she worked closely with writers on the creation and development of new plays. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Drama from New York University and taught theater at Sarah Lawrence College for five years. She currently serves as Vice President—Creative Projects for The Shubert Organization.
Michael Wilson (Director) returns to the Globe where he directed Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate this past winter. He is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. He received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Foote’s three-part, nine-hour The Orphans’ Home Cycle in 2010. On Broadway, he has directed Dividing the Estate (Tony nomination, Best Play), Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April (Tony nomination, Best Play) and John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance (Roundabout Theatre Company). His Off Broadway credits include the premieres of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets, Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theater), Tina Howe’s Chasing Manet (Primary Stages) and Christopher Shinn’s Picked (Vineyard Theatre) and What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons), as well as the New York premieres of Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity, Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign and the Roundabout revival of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. His resident theatre work includes plays and musicals at Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Long Wharf Theatre as well as Hartford Stage, where he was Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011, when Divine Rivalry had its world premiere there, and where he commissioned and developed Quiara Alegría Hudes’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Water by the Spoonful. A recipient of the 2001 Princess Grace Statue Award, he is a Morehead Scholar graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His next project is the American premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Now or Later for Huntington Theatre Company.
TICKETS to Divine Rivalry 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 begin on July 7 and continue through Aug. 5. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11 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 a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and no matinee performance on Saturday, Aug. 4. 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 Divine Rivalry include:
INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Divine Rivalry
Monday, July 9 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: Divine Rivalry
Tuesdays, July 17 and 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 1. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Divine Rivalry cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Friday, Aug. 3 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 Divine Rivalry 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.
CALENDAR: Richard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), Divine Rivalry (7/7-8/5), God of Carnage (7/27-9/2), Allegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/21), Good People (9/29-10/28).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
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MILES ANDERSON (Leonardo da Vinci) was seen in The Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival last year as the highly acclaimed Prospero in The Tempest and Salieri in Amadeus. His 2010 appearance as King George in The Madness of George III won him the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award. His other credits include Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, an Olivier Award-nominated performance as Sigismund in Life’s a Dream, Twelfth Night and Volpone (Royal Shakespeare Company) andWest End appearances in The Weir, Oliver! and The Rehearsal. He is the recipient of three British Theatre Awards. His recent screen roles include Vishwaroopam with Indian director Kamal Hassan and an ongoing guest lead in “Doctors” (BBC TV). His film work includes Cry Freedom! and The Shepherd. His television appearances include “Criminal Minds,” Dempsey in ITV’s “Ultimate Force,” Roger O’Neill in BBC’s award-winning “House of Cards” and Dan Fortune in the hit series “Soldier, Soldier.”
SEAN LYONS (Niccolò Machiavelli) is thrilled to be making his Globe debut. His other regional credits include the world premiere of Ether Dome (Alley Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Eventide and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Denver Center Theatre Company) and Tartuffe and Hamlet in repertory (National Theatre Conservatory). His international theater credits include Shakespeare’s R and J (Mainzer Kammerspiele and Neuss International Shakespeare Festival in Germany) and several shows in three summers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His television credits include “Friday Night Lights.” He also writes and performs with the aMios Theatre Company.
EUAN MORTON (Michelangelo Buonarroti) received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo. He reprised the role on Broadway, earning Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Morton also appeared in the Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac and in Sondheim on Sondheim with Barbara Cook. His Off Broadway credits include Howard Katz opposite Alfred Molina (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Measure for Pleasure (The Public Theater, Obie Award). His other stage appearances include title roles in Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Brundibár (The New Victory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Bay Street Theatre) and Caligula (New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYMF Award for Outstanding Individual Performance), in addition to Moisés Kaufman’s production of Into the Woods (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and Chess (Signature Theatre Company). Morton recently won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical for his portrayal of Leo Frank in Ford’s Theatre’s production of Parade and played Launce in The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. On film he can be seen in the documentary ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway. He has recorded two solo CDs, NewClear and Caledonia.
DAVID SELBY (Piero Soderini) has appeared on Broadway in The Heiress, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and I Won’t Dance. His Off Broadway roles include David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones (The Public Theater). He was directed by Michael Wilson in Long Day’s Journey into Night at Alley Theatre and Hartford Stage, where Wilson also directed him in the one-man play St. Nicholas. For the Los Angeles Theatre Center, he starred in The Crucible and The Night of the Iguana, receiving Drama Logue Awards for both performances. He was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame and received the Millennium Award from The Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he starred in Much Ado About Nothing. He starred as Abraham Lincoln in both the critically acclaimed The Heavens Are Hung in Black and the new play Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s Theatre earlier this year. His most recent feature film was The Social Network. On television, Selby created the roles of Quentin Collins on “Dark Shadows,” Richard Channing on “Falcon Crest,” Michael Tyrone on “Flamingo Road” and Xavier Trout on “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” He starred in the HBO series “Tell Me You Love Me” and has guest starred on numerous series including “Cold Case” and “Mad Men.” He also recently starred in the TNT special Deck the Halls. The author of seven published books, Selby recorded the voice of Commissioner Gordon for the upcoming animated video release of The Dark Knight and is a founding member of L.A. Theatre Works.
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By Michael Kramer
with D. S. Moynihan
Directed by Michael Wilson
RUNS: July 7 – Aug. 5, 2012
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.
SYNOPSIS: In 16th-century Florence, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli and clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art.
CREATIVE TEAM: Michael Kramer (Playwright), D. S. Moynihan (Playwright), Michael Wilson (Director), Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Peter Nigrini (Projection Design), Telsey + Company (Casting) and Marisa Levy (Stage Manager).
CAST: Miles Anderson (Leonardo da Vinci), Sean Lyons (Niccolò Machiavelli), Euan Morton (Michelangelo Buonarroti) and David Selby (Piero Soderini).
Jul 7 SAT 8pm
Jul 8 SUN 7pm
Jul 10 TUE 7pm
Jul 11 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Jul 12 THU 8pm
Jul 13 FRI 8pm
Jul 14 SAT 2pm
Jul 14 SAT 8pm
Jul 15 SUN 2pm
Jul 15 SUN 7pm
Jul 17 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jul 18 WED 7pm
Jul 19 THU 8pm
Jul 20 FRI 8pm
Jul 21 SAT 2pm
Jul 21 SAT 8pm
Jul 22 SUN 2pm
Jul 22 SUN 7pm
Jul 24 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jul 25 WED 7pm
Jul 26 THU 8pm
Jul 27 FRI 8pm
Jul 28 SAT 2pm
Jul 28 SAT 8pm
Jul 29 SUN 2pm
Jul 29 SUN 7pm
Jul 31 TUE 7pm
Aug 1 WED 2pm
Aug 1 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 2 THU 8pm
Aug 3 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Aug 4 SAT 8pm
Aug 5 SUN 2pm
Aug 5 SUN 7pm
Monday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE
Tuesdays, July 17 and 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 1
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, Aug. 3 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.
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org