THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER SEASON
Summer Shakespeare Festival will feature Old Globe
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein’s Festival directorial debut with Othello,
and Old Globe alumnus and renowned director Mark Lamos
helming The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods
returns to The Old Globe in an inventive reimagining
The Summer Season also features
Ronald Harwood’s heartfelt comedy Quartet
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 25, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced its 2014 Summer Season. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will make his Summer Shakespeare Festival directorial debut with Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello. Presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Festival will also include Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Globe alumnus and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues). The Summer Season will also feature Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986, in an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Rounding out the season is Ronald Harwood’s comedy Quartet, directed by Richard Seer. Into the Woods will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre and Quartet in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only, and prices range from $92 to $332. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.
“I am happy to present to San Diego and our entire region a slate of summertime offerings that includes something for everyone,” said Edelstein. “The artists who will bring these works to life are a stunningly talented group and I’m thrilled to welcome them to the Globe. I am honored to be making my Old Globe Shakespeare Festival directorial debut, all the more so because I will do it alongside master Shakespearean director and Globe alumnus Mark Lamos, whose work I truly admire.”
Edelstein continued, “The Globe’s own Richard Seer, whose elegant and light touch is beloved by our audience, is back taking the directorial reigns in our intimate in-the-round theater. And it’s a special privilege to introduce to San Diego the brilliant artists of Fiasco Theater, who are in the first rank of the next generation of American theater giants. Their splendid work with Sondheim and Lapine’s musical theater classic has magical appeal for our wide and diverse audiences. This production is another opportunity for families to share the experience of live theater together.”
The 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival will feature two separate productions, with distinct scenery and casts, each with its own separate run, a return to the Globe’s outdoor theater’s producing structure of 1988 to 2003 under then-Artistic Director Jack O’Brien. Added Edelstein, “By returning to two free-standing productions, our artists will be provided greater latitude in their responses to Shakespeare, encouraging them to take each play on its own terms, creating unique worlds with production designs that suit the individual plays. This approach will immerse audiences in these timeless stories and the singular visions these artists bring to them.”
The complete 2014 Summer Season is as follows:
2014 Shakespeare Festival / Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
- Othello by William Shakespeare (June 22 – July 27)
Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his debut on the Globe’s outdoor stage with one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (Aug. 10 – Sept. 14)
Renowned director and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos returns to the Globe with one of Shakespeare’s most delightful and boisterous comedies. Best friends Valentine and Proteus travel to the big city to seek their fortunes, only to find themselves rivals, both madly in love with the beautiful Silvia, daughter of Milan’s most powerful duke.
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
- Into the Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine
(July 12 – Aug. 10)
One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from the critically acclaimed Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after “happily ever after.” Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theater of the imagination.
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
- Quartet by Ronald Harwood (July 25 – Aug. 24)
From the author of The Dresser comes an uplifting comedy recently made into a major motion picture. Three former opera singers, Reginald, Cecily, and Wilfred, lead a harmonious existence at a home for retired musicians — until Reginald’s ex-wife, grande dame Jean Horton, arrives. As long-ago grudges surface and old scores are settled, the quartet heads back into the rehearsal room for one final encore. Globe favorite Richard Seer directs.
All selections are subject to change.
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 2014 Summer Season range from $92 to $332. 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: The Last Goodbye (9/22-11/3), The Few (9/28-10/27), Much Ado About Nothing (11/9-11/17), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/16-12/28), Bethany (1/25-2/23), The Winter’s Tale (2/8-3/16).
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 14 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. 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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View the 2014 Summer Season Announcement PDF for artist biographies and show descriptions.
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org