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THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES THE FULL CAST
AND CREATIVE TEAM OF OTHELLO,
AS MULTI-AWARD-WINNING ACTOR BLAIR UNDERWOOD
MAKES HIS OLD GLOBE DEBUT IN THE TITLE ROLE,
JOINING RICHARD THOMAS AND KRISTEN CONNOLLY


OTHELLO KICKS OFF 2014 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

PERFORMANCES RUN JUNE 22 – JULY 27,
WITH OPENING NIGHT ON SATURDAY, JUNE 28 AT 8:00 P.M.

SAN DIEGO (May 28, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the cast of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Joining the previously announced Blair Underwood in the title role, Richard Thomas as Iago, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona are Broadway and Globe veterans Noah Bean (Michael Cassio; Yellow Face, “Damages”), Jonny Orsini (Roderigo; The Nance), Mark Pinter (The Duke of Venice; the Globe’s Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt), Angela Reed (Emilia; Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Globe’s August: Osage County), and Mike Sears (Brabantio, Gratiano; La Jolla Playhouse’s Sideways and His Girl Friday).

Joining them are Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program actors Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca), Meaghan Boeing (Ensemble), Lindsay Brill (Ensemble), Charlotte Bydwell (Ensemble), Lowell Byers (Ensemble), Jamal Douglas (Othello’s Aide-de-Camp), Adam Gerber (Ensemble), Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano), Stephen Hu (Ensemble), Tyler Kent (Ensemble), Robbie Simpson (Ensemble), Megan M. Storti (Ensemble), and Patrick Zeller (Lodovico).

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Acme Sound Partners with Jason Crystal (Sound Design), Curtis Moore (Original Music), Ryan Nestor (Music Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Underwood most recently made his acclaimed Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and garnered rave reviews opposite Cicely Tyson in Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful Also making their Globe debuts are Emmy Award winner Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) and Connolly (“House of Cards,” The Cabin in the Woods). No stranger to the Bard, Underwood starred in Measure for Measure for the 1993 summer season at the New York Shakespeare Festival (aka Shakespeare in the Park). Thomas and Connolly continue collaborations with Edelstein that began in New York: Thomas starred in Edelstein’s critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater in 2011, and Connolly in three Shakespeare plays that Edelstein helped produce at The Public. All three actors are making their Old Globe debuts.

From New York’s Shakespeare in the Park to Balboa Park, Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his outdoor directorial debut in The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre 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.

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with Opening Night on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Subscription tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season range from $92 to $332. Single tickets start at $29. 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 gifted actors who have assembled for Othello this summer make the case for the Globe’s preeminence among American Shakespeare theatres,” said Edelstein. “This talented company, led by Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, and Kristen Connolly, grace our stage with their skills and imagination, and it’s my honor both to direct them and also to welcome them to San Diego.”

Blair Underwood (Othello) is an award-winning actor/writer/director/producer. Underwood has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, 10 NAACP Image Award nominations (six wins), and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for former Vice President Al Gore’s album An Inconvenient Truth. His theatre credits include the recent Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which garnered him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination; his one-man show IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop; and Purlie, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Measure for Measure, The Game of Love and Chance, and Love Letters. His television credits include “Ironside,” The Trip to Bountiful, “The Event,” “In Treatment,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Sex and the City,” Mama Flora’s Family, Murder in Mississippi, Soul of the Game, “City of Angels,” The Wishing Tree, and Heat Wave. His film credits include The Art of Getting By, Madea’s Family Reunion, Something New, Full Frontal, Rules of Engagement, Deep Impact, Just Cause, Posse, Set It Off, The Second Coming (director, executive producer, writer, and star), and The Bridge to Nowhere (directorial debut). He is the co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). In 2009, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened the Blair Underwood Clinic, a full-service, state-of-the art HIV/AIDS treatment clinic in Washington, D.C. The clinic was named after him due to his longtime charity advocacy.

Richard Thomas (Iago) starred in the award-winning series “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and has continued to star in series, films, plays, and over 50 movies for television. His theatre career began at age seven in 1958 with Broadway’s Sunrise at Campobello and continued with Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, The Stendhal Syndrome, Democracy, and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, as well as the Broadway national tour of 12 Angry Men and Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion. His recent projects include David Mamet’s Race (Broadway), Timon of Athens (The Public Theater), Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, and An Enemy of the People (Manhattan Theatre Club). Thomas starred in the series “Just Cause,” “It’s a Miracle,” and “The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson.” His television films include Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes and It, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Red Badge of Courage, The Master of Ballantrae, Johnny Belinda, Berlin Tunnel 21, Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story, Hobson’s Choice, Roots: The Next Generations, Go Toward the Light, The Christmas Secret, Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Annie’s Point, Wild Hearts, and Hallmark’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Thomas produced What Love Sees and For All Time for television and appeared in the films The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning, Red Sky at Morning, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, and the forthcoming Anesthesia. He most recently appeared as Jimmy Carter in Camp David at Arena Stage and can currently be seen as Agent Frank Gaad on FX’s “The Americans.”

Kristen Connolly (Desdemona) is making her Globe debut, having worked with Barry Edelstein on King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure, all at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. She most recently completed work on the History Channel miniseries Houdini opposite Adrien Brody and is best known for playing Christina Gallagher on Netflix’s series “House of Cards.” Her other film credits include The Cabin in the Woods, The Bay, The Happening, Revolutionary Road, Certainty, and the soon-to-be-released A Good Marriage, written by Stephen King. Her television credits include “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Mercy,” and the web series “iChannel.”

Othello is supported in part through gifts from Qualcomm, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Ann Davies, Brian and Silvija Devine, Nina and Robert Doede, and Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander. Additional support is provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (Director) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the works of Shakespeare in the United States, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s works. He recently made his Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale starring Billy Campbell, the first Shakespeare to be staged in our indoor theatre in over a decade. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008-2012), he oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its extensive educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, Edelstein staged Julius Caesar starring Jeffrey Wright for Shakespeare in the Park and The Merchant of Venice featuring Ron Leibman’s Obie Award-winning portrayal of Shylock. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998-2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, where he produced and directed some of New York’s most memorable classical productions. Edelstein’s Shakespearean directorial credits include The Winter’s Tale with David Strathairn, Timon of Athens with Richard Thomas, As You Like It with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Richard III with John Turturro. His additional credits include the Lucille Lortel Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons; the world premiere of Steve Martin’s The Underpants, which he commissioned; Molière’s The Misanthrope starring Uma Thurman in her stage debut; and the world premiere of novelist Nathan Englander’s play The Twenty-Seventh Man. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. His book Thinking Shakespeare (called by New York magazine “a must-read for actors”) was published in 2007 and is now the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions.

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.

Presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Old Globe 2014 Shakespeare Festival also includes 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.

Additional events taking place during the run of Othello include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Othello
Monday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Othello
Tuesdays, July 1 and July 8 and Wednesday, July 2.
Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN: Othello
Wednesday, July 2, Friday, July 11, Tuesdays, July 15, Saturday July 19, Thursday, July 24.
Short lectures presented by members of the artistic team reveal fascinating insights about the play and the production. Shakespeare in the Garden lectures are presented at 7:00 p.m. in the Craig Noel Garden. FREE

DON’T MISS: Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas (Iago) stars in A Distant Country Called Youth, an intimate look at the making of an artist—Tennessee Williams. One night only, Monday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Spanning Tennessee Williams’s life from his seminal younger years in St. Louis to the successful Broadway opening of The Glass Menagerie more than 20 years later, this one-man show weaves together elements from his extraordinary life, tormented family relationships, distant travels, casual lovers, and career ups and downs. A Distant Country Called Youth was adapted by Steve Lawson from The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams, Volume I: 1920-1945, edited by Albert J. Devlin and Nancy M. Tischler, published by New Directions, and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

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 during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

A REMINDER: Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, which provides access to Laurel Street and the west side of the Park, will be closed to automobiles and vehicular traffic through June during Caltrans’s seismic retrofitting process. The bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, so patrons could arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. To access The Old Globe during this repair period, vehicle traffic should enter Balboa Park from the east via Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The Organ Pavilion, Alcazar Garden, and Hall of Champions lots all offer ample parking, and a lovely short walk through the Park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

2013-2014 SEASON CALENDAR: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-6/29), A Distant Country Called Youth (6/9), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).

2014-2015 SEASON CALENDAR: Bright Star (9/13-11/2/14), The Royale (10/4-11/2), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/15-12/27), Murder for Two (1/24/15-3/1), The Twenty-Seventh Man (2/14-3/15), The White Snake (3/21-4/26), Buyer & Cellar (4/4-5/3), Arms and the Man (5/9-6/14), an exciting new American play to be announced (5/23-6/21).

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 theatres 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 theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 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 theatres across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca) was last seen in the Globe’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Pygmalion, as well as the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. production of Measure for Measure and reading of Once in a Lifetime. She has worked in New York City on Gated (Midtown International Theatre Festival) and regionally on Heist!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Post Wave Spectacular (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Henry IV Parts I and II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), and Done (Providence Black Repertory Company). She is a former Acting Apprentice with the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Noah Bean (Michael Cassio) has appeared in New York in One Arm (The New Group), Yellow Face (The Public Theater), Mary Rose (Vineyard Theatre), The Voyage of the Carcass (Soho Playhouse), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Acorn Theater), and Kid Simple and The Map Maker’s Sorrow (Summer Play Festival), among others. Regionally he has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Bay Street Theatre, and Huntington Theatre Company. His films include Morning Glory, The Pill, Little Murder, Black Marigolds, and Stay. He was a series regular on the Emmy Award-nominated series “Damages” for FX and “Nikita” for The CW. He has also been seen in recurring and guest-starring appearances on many other television series. Next up, he will appear as a series regular in the upcoming television movie 12 Monkeys for SyFy.

Meaghan Boeing (Ensemble) was most recently in The Old Globe’s The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, as well as the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Tartuffe. Her regional credits include Imagine (South Coast Repertory), Master Class (The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum), Man of La Mancha (A Noise Within), Surf Orpheus (Getty Villa), various productions with The Antaeus Company, King Lear, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, The Misanthrope, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, and a world premiere translation of Don Juan.

Lindsay Brill (Ensemble) most recently appeared as Mopsa and Lady in The Winter’s Tale at The Old Globe. She also appeared as Antonia and Verges in Much Ado About Nothing and Pooty in Reckless with the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program. In New York, Brill has performed at The Lion’s Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Prospect Theater Company, The Actors Studio, Nora’s Playhouse, and New York Theatre Workshop. She recently won the John Chatterton Short Play Festival award for the one-woman show Testify! in New York. She also performed sketch comedy in the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and finished shooting the new web series “Annie and Brie.”

Charlotte Bydwell (Ensemble) began her career as a dancer with Monica Bill Barnes Company and Keigwin + Company, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance, American Dance Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Joyce Theater. As a member of the resident acting company at The Flea Theater she appeared in Sean Graney’s highly acclaimed These Seven Sicknesses directed by Ed Iskandar. At the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival, she appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest directed by David Hyde Pierce and A Month in the Country directed by Richard Nelson. Her one-woman show, Woman of Leisure and Panic, debuted in the eighth-annual soloNOVA Arts Festival (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination), played the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, and was translated into Spanish for performances in Mexico. Bydwell was most recently seen in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program productions Much Ado About Nothing, Antigone, and Reckless.

Lowell Byers (Ensemble) appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Antigone, and Reckless. His Off Broadway credits include Night Float (Playwrights Horizons), Othello (Theatre Row), Balm in Gilead (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Play), and You Never Can Tell and The Changing Room (T. Schreiber Studio). He has been seen regionally in North Shore Fish (Gloucester Stage Company), As You Like It (Vermont Stage Company), and SMILE: The Musical (Deane Center for the Performing Arts). He played the title role in Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror (History Channel) and appeared in the films Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (Chiller/NBC Universal), Brewsie and Willie (Rocam Productions), and Things I Don’t Understand (Best Feature Film winner, Burbank International and Philadelphia Independent Film Festivals). His original play, Luft Gangster, had its 2013 world premiere at Abingdon Theatre Company directed by Austin Pendleton.

Kristen Connolly (Desdemona) is making her Globe debut, having worked with Barry Edelstein on King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure, all at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. She most recently completed work on the History Channel miniseries Houdini opposite Adrien Brody and is best known for playing Christina Gallagher on Netflix’s series “House of Cards.” Her other film credits include The Cabin in the Woods, The Bay, The Happening, Revolutionary Road, Certainty, and the soon-to-be-released A Good Marriage, written by Stephen King. Her television credits include “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Mercy,” and the web series “iChannel.”

Jamal Douglas (Othello’s Aide-de-Camp) is an M.F.A. candidate with the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program who was recently seen in the Globe’s production of The Winter’s Tale. He also appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program productions of Reckless and Much Ado About Nothing. Douglas has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, PlayPenn, Simpatico Theatre Project, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Arden Theatre Company, Plays & Players, and the National Constitution Center, among others.

Adam Gerber (Ensemble) was last seen in The Old Globe’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Pygmalion, and the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. production of Measure for Measure. His New York credits include As You Like It and the Off Broadway revival of Lebensraum (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre). He has also worked in Tokyo, Japan on Hikobae (The Actors Clinic, Will Do). Gerber has performed in numerous other productionsincluding Sex and the Holy Land (New York International Fringe Festival) and Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, In the Boom Boom Room,and Dancing at Lughnasa (Stella Adler Studio of Acting).

Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano) was recently seen at The Old Globe in The Winter’s Tale and the 2013 Shakespeare Festival productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and The Merchant of Venice. He also appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program productions Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe,and Measure for Measure. He has appeared in Rock ‘n’ Roll, King Lear, Sun Monkey, The Glass Menagerie, and Hamlet (National Theater of Kosovo), Patriotic Hypermarket (Bitef Theater, Belgrade), and Yue Madeline Yue (Multimedia Center, Kosovo and Volkstheater, Vienna). He has performed in numerous theatre festivals in Columbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Macedonia, and Kosovo. His film and television credits include Human Zoo, I Need You, and “Familja Moderne

Stephen Hu (Ensemble) was last seen in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program’s Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe, and Measure for Measure. He also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead for the Globe’s 2013 Shakespeare Festival. His Los Angeles credits include Macbeth and Richard III (The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum) and the title role in Ching Chong Chinaman (Artists at Play). Some of his Bay Area credits include Over the Asian Airwaves (Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company), Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Beijing, CA (Asian American Theater Company).

Tyler Kent (Ensemble) is currently a candidate of the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. program, where he has recently appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, Antigone, and Reckless. His regional credits include The Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Eugene O’Neill Foundation), A Doctor in Spite of Himself and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Berkeley Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (Extant Arts Company), Twelfth Night (The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), MEDEAStories (SITI Company), Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway By The Bay), Snapshots and Auctioning the Ainsleys (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Finian’s Rainbow (Woodminster), Vera Wilde (Shotgun Players), and What the Butler Saw (Pacific Repertory Theatre). Kent was among the American participants in Kevin Spacey’s international Bridge Project with The Old Vic. His cabarets Nobody’s Hart and Give Me the Simple Life toured China in 2009 and 2011.

Jonny Orsini (Roderigo) made his Broadway debut last year opposite Nathan Lane in The Nance, for which he received an Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination and won Theater World’s Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater and the Clive Barnes Award. The Nance was recorded and will play movie theatres across the country this summer and on PBS in fall 2014. His other theatre credits include the Broadway revival of Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater) and the Off Broadway productions of An Early History of Fire (The New Group), Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova). He has appeared regionally in The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford TheaterWorks), and After Ashley (Company One, IRNE Award nomination for Best Actor). His film work includes Generation Um..., Girl Most Likely, Beneath, King Kelly, Rocksteady, and Cigarette Candy, winner of Best Short Film at South by Southwest (SXSW), Palm Springs, and Cleveland International Film Festivals, as well as Outstanding Performance at the Florida Film Festival for his portrayal of a young Marine suffering from PTSD.

Mark Pinter (The Duke of Venice) appeared in The Old Globe’s 1977 Summer Shakespeare Festival as Horatio in Hamlet and Jack Chesney in Charley’s Aunt. His Off Broadway credits include My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon (Hypothetical Theatre Company) and Three on the Couch (Soho Repertory Theater). Regionally he has been seen in Book of Days (Arena Stage), Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Price (Northern Stage), The Sound of Music (Syracuse Stage), West Side Story (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Victor/Victoria (North Shore Music Theatre), Equus (Arizona Theatre Company), and The Lion in Winter (North Coast Repertory Theatre). Pinter has appeared in the world premieres of Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), and Richard Montoya’s Federal Jazz Project (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba (North Coast Rep). His television credits include “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” and “Another World.” His films include Other People’s Money, Vanilla Sky, The Eden Myth, Season of Youth, and the short Play.

Angela Reed (Emilia) is thrilled to return to the Globe, where she played Barbara in August: Osage County. Her credits include Broadway’s The Country Girl, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and The Rainmaker, first national tours of War Horse and Spring Awakening, and Off Broadway productions at Mint Theater Company, Keen Company, The Actors Company Theatre, Classic Stage Company, and Primary Stages. Her regional credits include The Whale, After Ashley, and Map of Heaven (The Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Time Stands Still (City Theatre), Rabbit Hole (Cleveland Play House), Olly’s Prison (American Repertory Theater), Talley’s Folly (Pasadena Playhouse), The Real Thing and Crimes of the Heart (Syracuse Stage), Proof (Coconut Grove Playhouse), How I Learned to Drive, Angels in America, Othello, The Triumph of Love, Dracula,and In Her Sight (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Center Stage, Round House Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Two River Theater Company, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her television credits include “The Blacklist,” “Believe,” all the “Law & Order” series, “Third Watch,” and “Blue Bloods.”

Mike Sears (Brabantio, Gratiano) has appeared Off Broadway in When Words Fail (John Houseman Theater), Leap (Abingdon Theatre Company), and To Have and to Hold (Phil Bosakowski Theatre). His Off Off Broadway credits include American Globe Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company’s Summer Shakespeare, New Dramatists, New York International Fringe Festival, The Present Company, Musical Theatre Works, Producer’s Club Theatres, and The Duplex. His regional credits include Sideways, His Girl Friday, Hands on a Hard Body, and Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse), A Behanding in Spokane and Man from Nebraska (Cygnet Theatre Company), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre), The Foreigner, The Glory Man, and Rehearsal for Murder (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Birds of a Feather (Diversionary Theatre), Simpatico (New Village Arts),Good Boys (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company), and Tuesdays with Morrie (North Coast Repertory Theatre).

Robbie Simpson (Ensemble) was most recently seen at The Old Globe in Barry Edelstein’s production of The Winter’s Tale. His other Globe credits include the 2013 Shakespeare Festival and Freddy Eynsford Hill in the 100th anniversary production of Pygmalion directed by Nicholas Martin. Simpson’s Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing as well as Measure for Measure. His U.K. and New York credits include Orlando in As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Class Act directed by Bob Moss (Playwrights Horizons), and Hanschen in Spring Awakening directed by Lauren Coulson(Roy Arias). His favorite regional credits include A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Rent and Almost, Maine (Papermill Theatre), The Sisters Rosensweig (New Century Theatre), and Miss Saigon, Inherit the Wind, and Lost in Yonkers (The Majestic Theatre).

Megan M. Storti (Ensemble) returns to The Old Globe after appearing last fall as Bazira in Much Ado About Nothing. Her other credits with The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program include Rachael in Reckless and Ismene in Antigone. Her Chicago credits include The Liar (Writers’ Theatre), As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Woman in White and The City & the City (Lifeline Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), Marat/Sade (The Right Brain Project), Romeo and Juliet (Glass Onion Theatre), and Titus Andronicus (DreamLogic Theatreworks). Her regional credits include Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and Putnam County Playhouse.

Richard Thomas (Iago) starred in the award-winning series “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and has continued to star in series, films, plays, and over 50 movies for television. His theatre career began at age seven in 1958 with Broadway’s Sunrise at Campobello and continued with Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, The Stendhal Syndrome, Democracy, and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, as well as the Broadway national tour of 12 Angry Men and Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion. His recent projects include David Mamet’s Race (Broadway), Timon of Athens (The Public Theater), Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, and An Enemy of the People (Manhattan Theatre Club). Thomas starred in the series “Just Cause,” “It’s a Miracle,” and “The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson.” His television films include Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes and It, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Red Badge of Courage, The Master of Ballantrae, Johnny Belinda, Berlin Tunnel 21, Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story, Hobson’s Choice, Roots: The Next Generations, Go Toward the Light, The Christmas Secret, Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Annie’s Point, Wild Hearts, and Hallmark’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Thomas produced What Love Sees and For All Time for television and appeared in the films The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning, Red Sky at Morning, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, and the forthcoming Anesthesia. He most recently appeared as Jimmy Carter in Camp David at Arena Stage and can currently be seen as Agent Frank Gaad on FX’s “The Americans.”

Blair Underwood (Othello) is an award-winning actor/writer/director/producer. Underwood has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, 10 NAACP Image Award nominations (six wins), and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for former Vice President Al Gore’s album An Inconvenient Truth. His theatre credits include the recent Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which garnered him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination; his one-man show IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop; and Purlie, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Measure for Measure, The Game of Love and Chance, and Love Letters. His television credits include “Ironside,” The Trip to Bountiful, “The Event,” “In Treatment,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Sex and the City,” Mama Flora’s Family, Murder in Mississippi, Soul of the Game, “City of Angels,” The Wishing Tree, Heat Wave, and “L.A. Law.” His film credits include The Art of Getting By, Madea’s Family Reunion, Something New, Full Frontal, Rules of Engagement, Deep Impact, Just Cause, Posse, Set It Off, The Second Coming (director, executive producer, writer, and star), and The Bridge to Nowhere (directorial debut). Underwood earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as an artist-in-residence at Harvard University and holds two honorary doctorates, from Emerson College and Xavier University.

Patrick Zeller (Lodovico) was last seen at the Globe as Jailer in The Winter’s Tale and Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing. Zeller’s classical theatre credits include The Mysteries (Shakespeare & Company), The Comedy of Errors (New York Classical Theatre), Edward II (Pet Brick Productions), Hamlet (Maine Shakespeare Festival), and Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company). Zeller has appeared on “Law & Order,” “Medium,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless.” He also co-starred in the award-winning feature film Virgin Alexander. His other film credits include No Reservations, End of the Spear,and A Totally Minor Motion Picture.

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FACT SHEET

OTHELLO
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein

RUNS: June 22 – July 27, 2014
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
Old Globe Theatre

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: 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. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.

CAST: Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca), Noah Bean (Michael Cassio), Meaghan Boeing (Ensemble), Lindsay Brill (Ensemble), Charlotte Bydwell (Ensemble), Lowell Byers (Ensemble), Kristen Connolly (Desdemona), Jamal Douglas (Othello's Aide-de-Camp), Adam Gerber (Ensemble), Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano), Stephen Hu (Ensemble), Tyler Kent (Ensemble), Jonny Orsini (Roderigo), Mark Pinter (The Duke of Venice), Angela Reed (Emilia), Mike Sears (Brabantio, Gratiano), Robbie Simpson (Ensemble), Megan M. Storti (Ensemble), Richard Thomas (Iago), Blair Underwood (Othello), Patrick Zeller (Lodovico).

CREATIVE TEAM: William Shakespeare (Playwright), Barry Edelstein (Director), Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Katherine Roth (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Acme Sound Partners with Jason Crystal (Sound Design), Curtis Moore (Original Music), Ryan Nestor (Music Director), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

PREVIEWS:
6/22 SUN 8pm
6/24 TUE 8pm
6/25 WED 8pm
6/26 THU 8pm
6/27 FRI 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: 6/28 SAT 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
6/29 SUN 8pm
7/1 TUE 8pm
7/2 WED 8pm
7/3 THU 8pm
7/5 SAT 8pm
7/6 SUN 8pm
7/7 MON 8pm
7/8 TUE 8pm
7/9 WED 8pm
7/10 THU 8pm
7/11 FRI 8pm
7/12 SAT 8pm
7/13 SUN 8pm
7/15 TUE 8pm
7/16 WED 8pm
7/17 THU 8pm
7/18 FRI 8pm
7/19 SAT 8pm
7/21 MON 8pm
7/22 TUE 8pm
7/23 WED 8pm
7/24 THU 8pm
7/25 FRI 8pm
7/27 SUN 8pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, June 23 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, July 1, July 8, Wednesday, July 2
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN
Wednesday, July 2; Friday, July 11; Tuesday, July 15; Saturday, July 19; Thursday, July 24
Short lectures presented by members of the artistic team reveal fascinating insights about the play and the production. 7:00 p.m. in the Craig Noel Garden. FREE

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).

PRESS CONTACTS:
Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org