CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE LAST GOODBYE, A NEW MUSICAL
FUSING ROMEO AND JULIET AND THE
SONGS OF ROCK ICON JEFF BUCKLEY
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman
Head the Cast as Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for The Last Goodbye, a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel, the rock musical is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Choreography is by Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh (“So You Think You Can Dance”), and orchestrations, music direction and arrangements are by Kris Kukul. The Last Goodbye will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Sept. 22 – Nov. 3, 2013. Preview performances run Sept. 22 – Oct. 5. Opening night is Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Sunday, Aug. 18 at 12 noon. 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.
The Last Goodbye is a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with some of the most thrilling rock music of the past 20 years. That light in yonder window is still the east and Juliet is still the sun . . . but the sound in her bedchamber is all new: the sweeping, emotional and extraordinarily beautiful songs of the late rock icon Jeff Buckley. This unique work of theater is a remarkable fusion of the classic and the modern, melding Shakespeare’s tragedy, in its original text, with Buckley’s incendiary music, and staged with limitless invention by Alex Timbers, one of the true stage visionaries at work today.
The Old Globe is pleased to produce this new version of The Last Goodbye by special arrangement with Hal Luftig, The Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ruth and Steve Hendel, Rhoda Herrick and Executive Producer Lauren Fitzgerald. An earlier version had its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2010, where it broke all box office records for Williamstown’s Nikos Stage. The new version opening at The Old Globe reflects two years of developmental workshops under the direction of Alex Timbers.
“I am deeply proud and very excited to launch the Globe’s 2013-14 Season, and my tenure as Artistic Director here, with The Last Goodbye,” said Barry Edelstein. “This daring, moving and hugely entertaining work brings together many of the things that are central to the Globe’s identity: a classic text, the vibrant energies of the musical theater, a sumptuous and splendid production and a creative team of the first rank in the American Theater. It’s a particular thrill to welcome Alex Timbers to the Globe, an artist whose work delights and surprises and whose sensibility renews the American musical in ways I both appreciate and admire. I know that audiences in San Diego and beyond will love this powerful and original show.”
Jay Armstrong Johnson will play Romeo. He was recently seen on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody as well as with the companies of Catch Me If You Can and Diane Paulus’ Tony Award-winning revival of Hair. He played Mark in the First National Tour of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and has appeared Off Broadway in MCC Theater’s Wild Animals You Should Know and Prospect Theater Company’s Working, for which he won a Drama Desk Award.
Talisa Friedman will appear as Juliet. She has been featured regionally in Ah, Wilderness! (Arena Stage), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (The Studio Theatre), The Bardy Bunch (New York International Fringe Festival) and the world premiere stage adaptation of Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). She is the recipient of the Jonathan Levy Prize and the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.
The cast of The Last Goodbye alsofeatures Hale Appleman (Mercutio), Stephen Bogardus (Friar Laurence), Nancy Snow Carr (Lady Montague), Shannon Cochran (Lady Capulet), Brandon Gill (Benvolio), Bryan Scott Johnson (Montague), Eric Morris (Paris), Daniel Oreskes (Capulet), Tonye Patano (Nurse), Wallace Smith (Prince) and Jeremy Woodard (Tybalt) with James Brown III, Billy Bustamante, Drew Foster, Adam Perry, Steve Schepis and Nik Walker (Ensemble), Megan Carmitchel (Additional Vocals), Bradley Gibson (Swing) and Adam Cochran (Band Singer).
The creative team includes Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), Jennifer Moeller (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), Ken Travis (Sound Design), Ian Hersey (Text Consultant), Kate Waters (Fight Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Associate Fight Director), Carrie Gardner, CSA (Casting) and Peter Lawrence (Production Stage Manager).
The Last Goodbye is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Darlene Marcos Shiley, Mickey Stern and Sheryl and Harvey White.
Please see the attachment for complete cast biographies.
Michael Kimmel (Conceiver and Adapter) has seen The Last Goodbye performed in concert at Wild Project, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and Westside Theatre (produced by The Public Theater). Kimmel is also the creator/writer of Turn of the Screw, a modern, musical adaptation of the classic Henry James novella with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini (“Smash”). Turn of the Screw had its concert debut at Lincoln Center in 2012. Kimmel and Gasparini are also collaborating on #UntitledPopMusical, focusing on the rise and fall of pop star Jenna Styles, which had its concert debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York this past June. Kimmel is the book writer for Painless, with music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, whichdebuted at Joe’s Pub and will have its first workshop in the fall of 2013, and he is also the author of Bluebird, a version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull set in the songwriter community of Nashville.
Jeff Buckley (Music and Lyrics) was born in California’s Orange County on November 17, 1966 and died in Memphis on May 29, 1997. He had emerged in New York City’s avant-garde club scene in the 1990s as one of the most remarkable musical artists of his generation, acclaimed by audiences, critics and fellow musicians alike. His one and only full-length, full-band studio album, Grace, released in 1994, includes his haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Buckley and his band spent the following two years touring the world in support of the album, and though he was largely ignored by U.S. audiences, who were fully involved in the grunge movement, his sensitive and soaring vocals, virtuoso guitar and gripping performance style were critically acclaimed throughout Europe, the U.K. and Australia. He was awarded France’s prestigious Grand Prix International du Disque de l’AcadÃ©mie Charles Cros in 1995, as well as Platinum Record plaques from France, the U.K. and Australia. In May of 1997 in Memphis, on the verge of recording his second studio album, Buckley perished in an accidental drowning while taking a late-night swim in the Wolf River Marina. The songs he had been working on were posthumously released as Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk in 1998, which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Today, Grace is ranked among the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and Buckley’s recording of “Hallelujah” was voted number one among the top 100 vocal performances of all time by Mojo magazine (U.K.).
Alex Timbers (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-nominated writer and director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two Obie Awards. His Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, Obie Award for Directing, Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (director and book writer, Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical) and The Pee-wee Herman Show, which aired on HBO. His Off Broadway credits include Here Lies Love (Drama Desk and OCC nominations for Outstanding Director of a Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Obie Award, Garland Award for Direction), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical) and Hell House (Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience). Timbers is Artistic Director of experimental New York company Les Freres Corbusier. He recently directed Rocky in Germany.
Sonya Tayeh (Choreography) is an Emmy-nominated choreographer who was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and received a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University. Her stage credits include: The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Spring Awakening (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Walk For Water (Cirque du Soleil), New Wave LA and Next Wave LA (Los Angeles Ballet)and The Endurance to Move, Battles and The Root of Me (Tayeh Dance Company). Tayeh has directed and choreographed world tours and stage performances for Madonna, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, Kerli, Miley Cyrus and more. Her television credits include “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The American Music Awards,” “The Voice,” “X Factor,” “The BRIT Awards” and “American Idol.”
Kris Kukul (Orchestrations, Music Direction and Arrangements) is the resident music director/cabaret director for Williamstown Theatre Festival. His recent arrangement/music direction work includes Animal Crackers (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Last Goodbye (Williamstown/Joe’s Pub), LaMama Cantata (Spoleto Festival), From the Fire (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), In the Footprint (The Civilians), The Daughters (Collaborative Arts Project 21), It’s Judy’s Show (DR2 Theatre, Theatre J), Revolting Rhymes (Lucille Lortel Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company), Kaspar Hauser and Jabu (The Flea Theater), Dispatches (Naked Angels), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Actors’ Playhouse) and God’s Ear (Vineyard Theatre). He is arranger/music director for Elizabeth Swados. Kukul has composed music for Wing It! and Camp Monster (Williamstown), Beauty Queen (3Graces Theater Co.), Dash Dexter (Manhattan Theatre Club), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre of Greece) and Oliver Twist (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). His international work includes Heracles directed by Andrei Serban, Bokan (Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de BogotÃ¡), La MaMa Cantata (Belgrade and Zagreb Festivals), The Bacchae (Warsaw) and The Frogs (Epidaurus Festival).
TICKETS to The Last Goodbye 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. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Sunday, Aug. 18 at 12 noon. Performances begin on Sept. 22 and continue through Nov. 3. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:00 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. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
Additional events taking place during the run of The Last Goodbye include:
INSIGHTS SEMINAR: The Last Goodbye
Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing 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: The Last Goodbye
Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 16. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the The Last Goodbye cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.
OUT AT THE GLOBE: The Last Goodbye
Thursday, Sept. 26 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. Everyone is welcome. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to The Last Goodbye 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: 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), Double Indemnity (7/27-9/1), The Last Goodbye (9/22-11/3), The Few (9/28-10/27), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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. 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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HALE APPLEMAN (Mercutio) has appeared in the New York productions of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play directed by Mark Wing-Davey, David Rabe’s Streamers directed by Scott Ellis, Photograph 51 (The Ensemble Studio Theatre) and Unrequited (The Public Theater). His regional credits include Streamers (Huntington Theatre Company), Paradise Lost (American Repertory Theater), Buried Child (L.A. Theatre Works), La Ronde L.A. (Arden Theatre Company), Moonchildren (Berkshire Theatre Group), Emily Mann’s A Seagull in the Hamptons (Stony Brook Southampton) and The Art of Coarse Acting, 100 Saints You Should Know and Twelfth Night (Chautauqua Theater Company). Appleman’s film credits include Teeth, Private Romeo, Beautiful Ohio, Pedro and Oysters Rockefeller, and he has been seen on television in “Smash.”
JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON (Romeo) has appeared on Broadway as Greg Wilhote in Hands on a Hardbody, Frank Abagnale, Jr. standby in Catch Me If You Can and Claude understudy in the original revival cast of Hair. His Off Broadway credits include Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC Theater) and Working (Prospect Theater Company, Drama Desk Award). He also played Mark in the First National Tour of A Chorus Line. His regional credits include Chip in On the Town and Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company), Frederick in Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder’d) (The Muny), Hands on a Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse), Link Larkin in Hairspray (Weston Playhouse) and Baby John in West Side Story. He can be heard on the recording of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. His film and television credits include Sex and the City 2, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Apprentice.”
STEPHEN BOGARDUS (Friar Laurence) has appeared on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Old Acquaintance, Man of La Mancha, James Joyce’s The Dead, High Society, Love! Valour! Compassion!, King David, Falsettos, The Grapes of Wrath, Les MisÃ©rables and West Side Story (1980 revival). His Off Broadway work includes Passion (Classic Stage Company), Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), David Greenspan’s Go Back to Where You Are, Falsettoland and Falsettos (Playwrights Horizons), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (The Public Theater). Regionally he has appeared in God of Carnage (Huntington Theatre Company), The Exorcist (Geffen Playhouse), M. Butterfly (Arena Stage) and 80 Days (La Jolla Playhouse). His National Tour credits include Ravenal in Show Boat, Stine in City of Angels and Freddie in Chess. This past summer, Bogardus took part in a workshop of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star (New York Stage and Film). His television credits include “The Big C,” “Smash,” “Monk,” all three “Law & Order” series and “Without a Trace.” His film credits include Julie & Julia, Little Ones, States of Control and Love! Valour! Compassion!
JAMES BROWN III (Ensemble) has Original Broadway Cast credits that include Willie Lopez and Subway Ghost understudy and Dance/Fight Captain in Ghost The Musical, Jimmy in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jetsam understudy and Dance/Fight Captain in The Little Mermaid, Bobby, Harpo understudy and Fight Captain in The Color Purple and Dance Captain in The Frogs. His other Broadway credits include The Lover in Wicked, the Tony Award-winning cast of Memphis, O’Houlihan in The Producers and Simba understudy and Dance/Fight Captain in The Lion King.
BILLY BUSTAMANTE (Ensemble) was most recently seen as Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Paper Mill Playhouse. His other credits include Lincoln Center Theater, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Sacramento Music Circus, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Theatre Under The Stars, The Muny and New York Musical Theatre Festival.
MEGAN CARMITCHEL (Additional Vocals) has appeared in San Diego in Fiddler on the Roof (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Pippin (Diversionary Theatre), South Pacific and Stepping Out (Welk Resort Theatre) and The Who’s Tommy (San Diego Repertory Theatre). Her Bay Area theater credits include Peter Pan (Berkeley Playhouse) and City of Angels and Chess (San Francisco State University).
NANCY SNOW CARR (Lady Montague) previously appeared at The Old Globe in the 2011 and 2012 productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her other credits include the National Tours of Phantom and The Buddy Holly Story, Dorothy in the Washington, DC premiere of Hunter Foster and David Kirshenbaum’s Summer of ‘42 (Round House Theatre) and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse).
ADAM COCHRAN (Band Singer) is a Drama Desk Award-nominated composer/musician, for Outstanding Music in a Play for 2010’s A Play on War, and he is a company member with New York/Abu Dhabi-based Theater Mitu. His recent composition credits include Marat/Sade (Tisch Mainstage), The Odyssey (Abu Dhabi) and The Elephant Man (Wings Theater). As an actor, he has appeared in The Apostle Project (New York Theatre Workshop), Hamlet (Galapagos Art Space), Wyoming and Parts of Kansas (Barrow Street Theatre), Pageant (Stoneham Theatre), One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Nuclear Love Affair (Prague Fringe Festival). His credits with Theater Mitu, under Artistic Director Rubén Polendo, include JuÃ¡rez: A Documentary Mythology (Juárez, Mexico), A Dream Play (Abu Dhabi) and DR.C (or How I Learned to Act in Eight Steps) (3LD Art & Technology Center). He has released three albums as burlesque punk rocker Minq Vaadka, played Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge and more, and written and starred in Minq Vaadka’s Narcischism: Un Cabaret d’Adieu (Robert Moss Theater).
SHANNON COCHRAN (Lady Capulet) last appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet and Desiree in A Little Night Music (Writers’ Theatre). She appeared in the National Tour of August: Osage County, and she won Obie and Theatre World Awards, among others, for her creation of a role in another Tracy Letts play, Bug, in London and Off Broadway. She has worked at such theaters as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in addition to directing for many Chicago and Los Angeles theaters. Cochran’s recent film credits include The Perfect Family with Kathleen Turner, The Ring and Star Trek: Nemesis. She can be seen as Attorney General Susan Sawyer on “Scandal” and has had roles in numerous television series.
DREW FOSTER (Ensemble) has previously appeared in West Side Story (The Muny and First National Tour), Bach at Leipzig and All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Rabbit Hole (Florida Studio Theatre), Episcoene opposite F. Murray Abraham (Red Bull Theater) and Amadeus, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet (Island Shakespeare Festival). He also spent five seasons with Asolo Repertory Theatre, including with their productions of Over the Tavern, The Diary of Anne Frank, I’m Not Rappaport, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Greeks, The Corn is Green and more. As a 2009 Chautauqua Theater Company Directing Fellow he helped direct and choreograph Arcadia, Rx and The Winter’s Tale, and as a directing associate at The Juilliard School, he helped direct King Lear, Blue Window and Hamlet. Foster is the current Artistic Director of the Shelter Island Shakespeare Festival.
TALISA FRIEDMAN (Juliet) is making her Globe debut. Her regional credits include Ah, Wilderness! (Arena Stage), the world premiere stage adaptation of Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (The Studio Theatre). Her New York credits include The Bardy Bunch (New York International Fringe Festival) and Liz Swados’ oratorio Resilient Souls. She has been awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for most promising actor and the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.
BRADLEY GIBSON (Swing) has previously appeared in the ensemble of Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater), the reading of Princesses (Goodspeed Musicals) and as Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime (New London Barn Playhouse).
BRANDON GILL (Benvolio) previously appeared at The Old Globe in the world premiere of The Recommendation. His theater credits include Superior Donuts (Pittsburgh Public Theater) and Jim Crow in Neighbors and workshops of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Antony and Cleopatra directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Public Theater). His film credits include Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Nicolas Cage and the upcoming film Foreclosure with Michael Imperioli and Wendell Pierce. On television he has recurred on “Golden Boy” (CBS) and guest starred on “Do No Harm” (NBC), “House of Cards,” “Detroit 1-8-7”(ABC), “Are We There Yet?” (TBS), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Fringe.”
BRYAN SCOTT JOHNSON (Montague) has been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia! His other New York City credits include his solo show I Want My Token Back! (Bistro Award), Max and Maxine: Together...Again! (Bistro Award), Philemon and The End of Civilization. He appeared in the original cast of the late Larry Shue’s hit comedy The Foreigner (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Johnson’s other regional credits include the premiere of Almost Heaven (Denver Center Theatre Company), A Child’s Christmas in Wales (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Heartbeats and Mimi le Duck (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Man of La Mancha (Stoneham Theatre), Twelfth Night (Michigan Shakespeare Festival) and The 1940’s Radio Hour (Riverside Theatre), among others. His tour credits include Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show. His television credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Ed,” “Kings,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “The Onion News Network” and “Outlaw.”
ERIC MORRIS (Paris) most recently appeared in recurring roles as Noble Sanfino on “Blue Bloods” and Deputy Mayor Holbrook on “Golden Boy.” He has also appeared on Broadway as Sky in Mamma Mia! and Coram Boy. He frequently collaborates with composer/writer Joe Iconis, starring in the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love and the Second Stage Theatre run and original cast recording of Things to Ruin,among other projects. His television and film credits include “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order,” “New Amsterdam,” “As the World Turns” and the upcoming feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. His other regional and Off Broadway credits include White Noise (Royal George Theatre), Empire (Lincoln Center Theater workshop) and Notes to MariAnne (New York Stage and Film).
DANIEL ORESKES (Capulet) recently completed successful runs of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist with Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave (Cherry Lane Theatre), Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (The Public Theater) and Russian Transport directed by Scott Elliott (The New Group). On Broadway, he created the role of Big Davey in the American premiere of Billy Elliot as well as roles in The Miracle Worker, Cymbeline, Aida, Electra and Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of The Song of Jacob Zulu. His other Off Broadway credits include John Patrick Shanley’s Cellini and Missing Marissa, Doug Wright’s Quills, Arthur Miller’s Mr. Peters’ Connections and A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Dan Sullivan for The Public Theater. Oreskes’ film and television credits include The Thomas Crown Affair, The Devil’s Advocate, “The Sopranos,” “Rescue Me,” “The Good Wife,” “Pan Am,” “Third Watch” and “Law & Order.”
TONYE PATANO (Nurse) garnered multiple nominations and awards on both stage and screen, notably as Heylia James on Showtime’s “Weeds” as well as the La Jolla Playhouse tour of the award-winning play Ruined,for which she was recognized by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play. Her film credits include Diving Normal, Ponies, The Hurricane, The Savages, Trainwreck, Little Manhattan, The Great New Wonderful, The Thing About My Folks, A Price Above Rubies, Fresh, The Company Men, Stolen, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Loving Leah. Her television credits include “One Life to Live,” “County” (pilot), “Monk,” “Hope & Faith,” “Sex and the City,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Eli Stone.” She has appeared in many Off Broadway and regional theater productions as well as the National Tour of Legends! and 45 Seconds from Broadway on Broadway. Patano recurs on the hit FX drama “The Americans”and recently wrapped the feature Every Secret Thing with Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks.
ADAM PERRY (Ensemble) previously appeared at The Old Globe in Dancing in the Dark. His Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Don in A Chorus Line and Wicked. His other theater credits include Damn Yankees and On the Town (City Center Encores!) and The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). He has also appeared in the National Tours of Cats and Sweet Charity. His television and film credits include “Smash,” “One Life to Live,” My Week with Marilyn, “The Miraculous Year” (HBO pilot), “The Academy Awards,” “The Tony Awards” and “The Kennedy Center Honors.”
STEVE SCHEPIS (Ensemble) appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Finian’s Rainbow. His other New York theater credits include Anyone Can Whistle and On the Town (City Center Encores!). He toured Europe with the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. His regional credits include Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed Musicals), Benjamin in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Music Circus) and Oklahoma! (Paper Mill Playhouse).
WALLACE SMITH (Prince) has been seen on Broadway as Judas in the revival of Godspell, Favorite Son in Green Day’s American Idiot, Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, Hud in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and Coalhouse understudy in the revival of Ragtime. His Off Broadway credits include Bobby Marrow in Choir Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club, and his regional credits include Dion in Whoopi Goldberg’s White Noise, John in Miss Saigon, Matt in the original Los Angeles company of bare: A Pop Opera and Leading Player in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2012 Pippin. Smith has been seen on television in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” NBC’s “American Dreams,” Fox Family’s “State of Grace” and Showtime’s “Soul Food.”
NIK WALKER (Ensemble) returns to California after originating the role of Booker in Des McAnuff’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). He has been seen on Broadway in Motown: The Musical and regionally in Into the Woods (CENTERSTAGE/Westport Country Playhouse) and Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse). His rock piece Whiskeyland! will receive its first staged workshop in New York City this November.
JEREMY WOODARD (Tybalt) has Broadway and National Tour credits that include Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Glory Days, Hairspray and Miss Saigon. He was also seen Off Broadway in Rock of Ages. His television and film credits include “The Big C,” “Smash” and So Funny.
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THE LAST GOODBYE
Conceived and Adapted by Michael Kimmel
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Buckley
Orchestrations, Music Direction and
Arrangements by Kris Kukul
Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Alex Timbers
RUNS: Sept. 22 – Nov. 3, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.
SYNOPSIS: The Last Goodbye is a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary music of rock icon Jeff Buckley, directed by Alex Timbers, one of the brightest stars in today’s Broadway theater.
CREATIVE TEAM: Michael Kimmel (Conceiver and Adapter), Jeff Buckley (Music and Lyrics), Alex Timbers (Director), Kris Kukul (Orchestrations, Music Direction and Arrangements), Sonya Tayeh (Choreography), Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), Jennifer Moeller (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), Ken Travis (Sound Design), Ian Hersey (Text Consultant), Kate Waters (Fight Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Associate Fight Director), Carrie Gardner, CSA (Casting) and Peter Lawrence (Production Stage Manager).
CAST: Hale Appleman (Mercutio), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Romeo), Stephen Bogardus (Friar Laurence), Nancy Snow Carr (Lady Montague), Shannon Cochran (Lady Capulet), Talisa Friedman (Juliet), Brandon Gill (Benvolio), Bryan Scott Johnson (Montague), Eric Morris (Paris), Daniel Oreskes (Capulet), Tonye Patano (Nurse), Wallace Smith (Prince) and Jeremy Woodard (Tybalt) with James Brown III, Billy Bustamante, Drew Foster, Adam Perry, Steve Schepis and Nik Walker (Ensemble), Megan Carmitchel (Offstage Singer), Bradley Gibson (Swing) and Adam Cochran (Band Singer).
Sep 22 SUN 7pm
Sep 24 TUE 7pm
Sep 25 WED 7pm
Sep 26 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
Sep 27 FRI 8pm
Sep 28 SAT 8pm
Sep 29 SUN 7pm
Oct 1 TUE 7pm
Oct 2 WED 7pm
Oct 3 THU 8pm
Oct 4 FRI 8pm
Oct 5 SAT 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Oct 6 SUN 7pm
Oct 8 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Oct 9 WED 7pm
Oct 10 THU 8pm
Oct 11 FRI 8pm
Oct 12 SAT 2pm
Oct 12 SAT 8pm
Oct 13 SUN 2pm
Oct 13 SUN 7pm
Oct 15 TUE 7pm
Oct 16 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Oct 17 THU 8pm
Oct 18 FRI 8pm
Oct 19 SAT 2pm
Oct 19 SAT 8pm
Oct 20 SUN 2pm
Oct 20 SUN 7pm
Oct 22 TUE 7pm
Oct 23 WED 7pm
Oct 24 THU 8pm
Oct 25 FRI 8pm
Oct 26 SAT 2pm
Oct 26 SAT 8pm
Oct 27 SUN 2pm
Oct 27 SUN 7pm
Oct 29 TUE 7pm
Oct 30 WED 7pm
Oct 31 THU 8pm
Nov 1 FRI 8pm
Nov 2 SAT 2pm
Nov 2 SAT 8pm
Nov 3 SUN 2pm
Nov 3 SUN 7pm
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).
Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE
Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 16
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE
OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. (Show sold separately.)
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org