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THE OLD GLOBE’S 2012-13 SEASON
FEATURES THE WORLD PREMIERES OF
ALLEGIANCE – A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL
STARRING GEORGE TAKEI, LEA SALONGA AND TELLY LEUNG
AND THE NEW MUSICAL
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER


The new season also includes a
centennial production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
and a World Premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

The acclaimed Broadway plays Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
and Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

The West Coast Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow and the
Southern California Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
returns for its 15th consecutive year

SAN DIEGO (April 27, 2012)—The Old Globe’s 2012-13 Season features the World Premieres of two new musicals: Allegiance – A New American Musical by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak.  The season also includes George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in celebration of the classic play’s 100th anniversary and the World Premiere of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt.  Two recent Broadway hits will make their San Diego debuts at the Globe: David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People and Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities.  Rounding out the season are the West Coast Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow and the Southern California Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size.

Special events during the 2012-13 Season include the 15th anniversary production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.  Tickets to the Globe’s 2012-13 Season are currently available by subscription only.  Subscription prices range from $99 to $598.  Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

“Our 2012-2013 Season is a celebration of the best of The Old Globe, looking ahead to the future while honoring our past,” said Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.  “The new season features two treasured classics of the world stage, as well as two world premiere musicals and a selection of acclaimed contemporary plays.  We are delighted to welcome back directors Stafford Arima, Kirsten Brandt, Nicholas Martin, Paul Mullins, Darko Tresnjak and James Vasquez – six gifted artists with long-standing relationships with the Globe.  Also returning to direct is longtime artistic associate Richard Seer, who is also the head of our graduate theater program.  Rick has directed many extraordinary Globe productions over nearly 20 years and has helped plan our new season in his current role as Interim Artistic Advisor.”

Please see the attachment for complete show descriptions and profiles for the 2012-13 Season. 
All selections are subject to change.

  • Allegiance – A New American Musical – Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo, Book by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione (Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2012) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Allegiance – A New American Musical is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II.  Directed by Stafford Arima (Carrie, Altar Boyz), the World Premiere musical stars Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), television and film icon George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) and Broadway favorite Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent).  With its moving score, Allegiance takes audiences on a journey through a watershed event in U.S. history as seen through the eyes of one American family.
  • Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire (Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2012) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical) explores the accessibility of the American Dream in his hit Broadway play.  Set in South Boston, when Margie Walsh loses her job at the local dollar store and reaches out to an old flame she discovers that not everyone wants to remember their humble beginnings.  Director Paul Mullins returns to the Globe where he previously directed the Shakespeare Festival productions of Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night.
  • 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 Choroegraphy by John DeLuca (Nov. 17 – Dec. 29, 2012) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 15th consecutive year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film.  James Vasquez returns to direct the beloved San Diego holiday tradition.
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Jan. 12 – Feb. 17, 2013) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    The Old Globe will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Pygmalion with a lavish production directed by Nicholas Martin.  Returning after a 15-year absence to helm George Bernard Shaw’s masterwork, Martin previously directed the Globe productions of Later Life, Full Gallop, Overtime, Macbeth and The Mask of Moriarty.  His Broadway credits include Present Laughter with Victor Garber and Butley with Nathan Lane.
  • The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Jan. 26 – Feb. 24, 2013) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Infused with music and the rhythms of the South, The Brothers Size blends West African mythology with a modern-day story of two brothers reuniting on the Louisiana bayou.  Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney creates an emotional and theatrical tour-de-force that The Chicago Tribune called “the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more.”  Director Tea Alagić, who directed the original production of The Brothers Size, reunites with McCraney for this Southern California Premiere.
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, based on the novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman (March 8 – April 14, 2013) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Former Co-Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak returns to the Globe to direct this World Premiere musical of merriment and murder.  When Monty Navarro finds out he is eighth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other seven heirs standing in his way – all played by one agile actor!  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a witty music hall comedy that explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top.  A co-production with Hartford Stage.
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen – adaptation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt (March 23 – April 21, 2013) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    The Globe has commissioned a new adaptation of Ibsen’s landmark of world drama expressly for its popular Classics Up Close series, which features dramatic masterworks performed in the Globe’s intimate theatre-in-the-round.  Director Kirsten Brandt (Hold Please, Lobby Hero, Christmas on Mars, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) returns to The Old Globeto team up with renowned Ibsen scholar Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey.
  • Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (April 27 – June 2, 2013) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Jon Robin Baitz’s (The Substance of Fire, “Brothers & Sisters”) play about long-buried secrets that threaten to put a once picture-perfect Palm Springs clan back on the tabloid pages.  Currently a Broadway sensation, Other Desert Cities was recently named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist).  Globe favorite Richard Seer (Life of Riley, The Last Romance) directs this viciously comedic look at the truth behind the wounds of a very public fall from grace. A co-production with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
  • Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter (May 11 – June 9, 2013) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    When her husband’s business trip ends in tragedy, a young wife must reevaluate her life with the help of her mother-in-law – who just happens to be a professional widow.  Playwright Bekah Brunstetter (MTV’s “Underemployed”) takes a look at the messy parts of life in the West Coast Premiere of her bittersweet comedy.
  • The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program will present Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s wickedly comic play.  Measure for Measure will run Nov. 10 – 18, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.  The nationally-renowned professional actor training program is an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theater.  Ray Chambers directs.

    The Old Globe’s 2012 Summer Season features the annual Shakespeare Festival led for its third year by Festival Artistic Director Adrian Noble.  Noble will direct William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (June 10 – Sept. 30) and Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (June 17 – Sept. 25).  Presented in repertory, the Festival will also include Shakespeare’s Richard III (June 3 – Sept. 29) directed by Lindsay Posner.  The Summer Season also includes the West Coast Premiere of Divine Rivalry by Michael Kramer with D.S. Moynihan directed by Michael Wilson (July 7 – Aug. 5) and the San Diego premiere of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage directed by Richard Seer (July 27 – Sept. 2).

    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 2012-13 Winter Season range from $99 to $598.  Eight-play packages range from $188 to $598.  Four-play packages range from $99 to $372.  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.

    CALENDARThe Scottsboro Boys (4/29-6/10), Nobody Loves You (5/9-6/17), 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).

    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.  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, which are 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 2012-13 Season Announcement PDF for artist biographies and show descriptions.


    PRESS CONTACTS:
    Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
    Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org