THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES 2013-14 SEASON
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein’s Inaugural Season kicks off with the
William Shakespeare/Jeff Buckley Rock Musical The Last Goodbye
The new season also features the World Premieres of
The Few by Samuel D. Hunter and
Dog and Pony, a new musical by Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker
The California Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
and the West Coast Premiere of Bethany by Laura Marks
Associate Artist Nicholas Martin directs his smash Broadway hit
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Rebecca Taichman directs the J.B. Priestley classic Time and the Conways
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
returns for its 16th consecutive year
And in Edelstein’s Old Globe directorial debut,
Shakespeare returns to the indoor stage with The Winter’s Tale
SAN DIEGO (April 26, 2013)—Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein’s inaugural season kicks off with The Last Goodbye, a new musical that marries Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the electrifying songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. As previously announced, the rock musical is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) with choreography by Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”). The 2013-14 Season will also feature the World Premieres of The Few by Samuel D. Hunter and Dog and Pony, a new musical by Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker. Edelstein will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Rounding out the season are the California Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the West Coast Premiere of Bethany by Laura Marks, the J.B. Priestley classic Time and the Conways and Christopher Durang’s current Broadway hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
The 2013-14 Season will also include the 16th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Tickets to the Globe’s 2013-14 Season are currently available by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $94 to $606.50. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
“I am proud, excited, and just plain tickled to announce the 2013-14 Season at The Old Globe, my first as Artistic Director,” said Edelstein. “With two sensational new musicals, three award-winning plays about contemporary life by thrilling young American voices, a tour-de-force by an American comedic master, and a poetic classic by a 20th century giant, this remarkable and wide-ranging lineup of productions stays true to the Globe’s storied reputation even as it edges the company forward in some new directions. Plus a personal thrill: I make my San Diego directorial debut by returning Shakespeare to center stage at the Globe with my own production of my favorite of the Bard’s plays.”
Please see the attachment for complete show descriptions and profiles for the 2012-13 Season.
All selections are subject to change.
- The Last Goodbye – Conceived and Adapted by Michael Kimmel, Music and Lyrics by Jeff Buckley (Sept. 20 – Nov. 3, 2013) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
The Last Goodbye is a musical fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the incendiary rock songs of legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Directed by Broadway wunderkind Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh (“So You Can Think You Can Dance”), The Last Goodbye is the must-see event of the fall season.
- The Few by Samuel D. Hunter (Sept. 28 – Oct. 27, 2013) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
This World Premiere comedy is set in a small town in Idaho where a struggling newspaper is kept afloat by running personal ads from lovelorn long-haul truckers. Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise) was recently named a “Face to Watch in 2013” by the Los Angeles Times. Frequent Hunter collaborator and Old Globe alum Davis McCallum (Back Back Back) directs this funny and bighearted new play.
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason, Music by Mel Marvin, Original Production Conceived and Directed by Jack O’Brien, Original Choreography by John DeLuca (Nov. 16 – Dec. 28, 2013) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 16th consecutive year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition.
- Bethany by Laura Marks (Jan. 25 – Feb. 23, 2014) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses much more than her house. Lucille Lortel Award nominee Laura Marks unearths the hidden costs of an economic downturn in this dark comedy and explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed Bethany’s premiere production, will reimagine the play for its West Coast Premiere.
- The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (Feb. 8 – March 16, 2014) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Named “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans” by NPR, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein directs the first indoor Shakespeare production at the Globe in over a decade. Shakespeare’s sublime late masterpiece is a profound exploration of the simple miracles in life and the forces that shape them: love, friendship and forgiveness.
- Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley (March 29 – May 4, 2014) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
English stage giant J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls) bends time and space in a powerful family drama that is a theatrical exploration of how past, present and future are finally all one. Visionary director Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar) makes her Globe debut with this sumptuous revival of Priestley’s poignant play.
- Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes (April 12 – May 11, 2014) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful blends the real and online worlds as a group of wounded souls reach out to each other for support. Edward Torres directs the California Premiere of this provocative and tender new play about community, hope and redemption.
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (May 17 – June 22, 2014) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Straight from Broadway, Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin (Pygmalion) returns to San Diego to direct this riotous new play about three unfortunately-named siblings in Bucks County, PA. Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You) melds Chekhov with his trademark sensibility to create what Newsday calls “one of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.”
- Dog and Pony – Book by Rick Elice, Music and Lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker (May 28 – June 29, 2014) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) returns to the Globe (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost) to helm the World Premiere of this delightful new musical.
The Old Globe’s 2013 Summer Season features the annual Shakespeare Festival, led for its fourth year by Festival Artistic Director Adrian Noble. Noble will direct William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (June 9 – Sept. 28) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (June 16 – Sept. 26). Presented in repertory, the Festival will also include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 2 – Sept. 29), directed by Ian Talbot. The Summer Season also includes the The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, directed by Maria Mileaf (July 13 – Aug. 11), and Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, adapted for the stage by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright, directed by John Gould Rubin (July 27 – Aug. 25).
SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits. Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Subscriptions to the Globe’s 2013-14 Season range from $94 to $606.50. Eight-play packages range from $185 to $606.50. Four-play packages range from $94 to $378. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
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: Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6/2-9/29), The Merchant of Venice (6/9-9/28), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (6/16-9/26), The Rainmaker (7/13-8/11), Double Indemnity (7/27-8/25).
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 over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-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. The Globe brings world-class theater to its community through innovative initiatives designed to overcome barriers to arts attendance. Numerous world premieres such as Into the Woods, The Full Monty, Nobody Loves You 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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View the 2013-14 Season Announcement PDF for artist biographies and show descriptions.
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org