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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE’S REVIVAL OF ANNA CHRISTIE


SAN DIEGO (March 9, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the Globe’s revival of Anna Christie, Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece about the knotty relationship between an old sailor and his estranged daughter.  The production will be directed by Daniel Goldstein,who is currently represented on Broadway with the hit revival of Godspell.  Anna Christie will run March 10 – April 15, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run March 10 – March 14.  Opening night is Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.  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.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Anna Christie is Eugene O’Neill’s classic play about a weathered sailor and the daughter he hasn’t seen in 15 years.  Their new bond becomes strained when she falls in love with a young man whose seafaring life isn’t what her father wants for her.  When Anna reveals to both men the shameful secret she has been harboring, they must all come to terms with the harsh reality of her past.  The Old Globe’s acclaimed “Classics Up Close” series continues with this powerful play from one of America’s greatest dramatists.

Jessica Love makes her Globe debut in the title role made famous on film by Greta Garbo and Austin Durant portrays her seafaring lover, Mat Burke.  Broadway veteran Bill Buell plays her father Chris Christopherson.  Love’s recent credits include the World Premieres of When Tang Met Laika and Map of Heaven at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Durant most recently appeared in the smash-hit Broadway production of War Horse.  Buell’s Broadway credits include Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown, 42nd Street, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy, Big River, Annie and Anna Karenina.  Real-life married couple Kristine Nielsen and Brent Langdon will play Marthy Owen and Larry, respectively.  Nielsen has been seen on Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, To Be Or Not To Be, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Spring Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Iceman Cometh.  Langdon appeared in the American Premiere of Howard Barker's The Europeans at Atlantic Theater Company and Couldn't Say at Abingdon Theatre Company.

Rounding out the cast of Anna Christie are Bryan Banville (Longshoreman), Chance Dean (Longshoreman, Johnson), John Garcia (Johnny-the-Priest) and Jason Maddy (Postman).

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Chris Miller (Original Music), Jan Gist (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Calleri Casting (Casting) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

Director Daniel Goldstein is the director of the current Broadway revival of Godspell.  His other recent credits include God of Carnage (Huntington Theatre Company), The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Goodspeed Musicals and Broadway Across America) and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler (Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York City, The Black Dahlia Theatre and Red Dog Squadron).  As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was developed at the O'Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference this past summer.  His other projects include the Huntington Theatre Company productions of Falsettos (IRNE Award), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Cry of the Reed.  He also directed Golden Boy (The Juilliard School), Annie (The Muny), Clear (O'Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference and Dixon Place), True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Miss Margarida's Way with Julie Halston (Bay Street Theatre), A New Brain (Toho Theater in Tokyo), Mary's Wedding (Two River Theater Company), a highly praised revival of Godspell (Paper Mill Playhouse), Beau Willimon's Lower Ninth (The Flea Theater and Summer Play Festival), the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit New York International Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia, Kenny Finkle's Indoor/Outdoor (Daryl Roth Theatre and SPF), But I'm a Cheerleader (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Bathsheba Doran's Living Room in Africa (Gloucester Stage).  He has served as the Associate Director for All Shook Up and Fully Committed and Resident Director for the First National Tour of Mamma Mia! 

TICKETS to Anna Christie 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.  Performances begin on March 10 and continue through April 15.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 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.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, March 28 and no matinee performance on Saturday, March 31.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Anna Christie include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Anna Christie
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going 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: Anna Christie
Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3 and Wednesday, April 11.  FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Anna Christie cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, April 5 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 Anna Christie are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Anna Christie 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.

CALENDARA Room with a View (3/2-4/15), Anna Christie (3/10-4/15), The 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).

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 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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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

BRYAN BANVILLE (Longshoreman) is thrilled to be making his Globe debut.  His San Diego credits include 42nd Street (Coronado Playhouse) and Little Shop of Horrors (Scripps Performing Arts Academy).  His other theater credits include Once on This Island, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Schoolhouse Rock Live!  He competed as a Top 16 finalist as part of NBC’s singing competition show “The Sing Off.”  Banville will next appear in Cygnet Theatre Company’s revival of Man of La Mancha.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

BILL BUELL (Chris Christopherson) has appeared on Broadway in Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown, 42nd Street, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy, Taking Steps, Big River, Annie, Once a Catholic, The First, Welcome to the Club, The Miser and Anna Karenina.  His Off Broadway credits include The Fourth Sister and Eight Days Backwards (Vineyard Theatre), Andorra and Waste (Theatre for a New Audience), Bad Habits and Aristocrats (Manhattan Theatre Club), Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre Company), Kin, On the Bum and a concert of Violet (Playwrights Horizons) and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Common Pursuit, The Mysteries and The False Servant (Classic Stage Company).  With The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, he has appeared in Tartuffe, The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night.  His film and television credits include Across the Universe, Spy Game, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Love Letter, Requiem for a Dream, Quiz Show, Palindromes, Kinsey, Dark Water, The Box, “Boardwalk Empire,” “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Bronx is Burning,” John Adams, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experience,” “Law & Order,” “Ed,” “100 Centre Street” and “Cosby.”

CHANCE DEAN (Longshoreman, Johnson), an Orange County native, is thrilled to be making his San Diego debut at The Old Globe.  His recent performances include Luke in Next Fall (Actors Theatre Phoenix), Eddie Cochran in Be Bop A Lula (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Ethan in Jesus Hates Me (South Coast Repertory), Dennis in Loot (Arden Theatre Company) and Dexter in Four (Azuka Theatre).  He will next be performing in the West Coast Premiere of Reborning at the Chance Theater, where he is a company member and resident fight choreographer.  He received a B.A. in Theatre from USC and an M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia.

AUSTIN DURANT (Mat Burke) makes his Globe debut in Anna Christie.  His previous theater credits include War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater), Death of a Salesman and Passion Play (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Intiman Theatre), The Illusion and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Fantasticks (Mum Puppettheatre), Othello, Jelly’s Last Jam and Romeo and Juliet (Yale School of Drama) and The Who’s Tommy and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Yale Summer Cabaret).  He has also appeared on the television program “Nurse Jackie.”  He received his B.A. from Temple University and his M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

JOHN GARCIA (Johnny-the-Priest) is making his Globe debut.  His San Diego regional credits include Peter in Desire Under the Elms and Malcolm and Evers in The Curse of the Starving Class (Cygnet Theatre Company), Harvey Milk and Stuart Milk in Dear Harvey (Diversionary Theatre), Boon in You Never Can Tell (Avo Playhouse), Solyony in Three Sisters (New Village Arts), Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Mr. Krauler in The Diary of Anne Frank, Carlino in Wait Until Dark, Simeon in Desire Under the Elms and Man in Holiday Memories (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath and Sergio in La Gaviota (ion theatre company), Dean in Bets and Blue Notes, Jack in Black in The Mutilated (The Fritz Theatre), Ensemble in The Whole World Is Watching (San Diego Repertory Theatre) and Mr. Adams in A Member of the Wedding and The Irrigator in Sinker (The Muse Theatre). 

BRENT LANGDON (Larry) has appeared in New York in the American Premiere of Howard Barker's The Europeans (Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2) and Couldn't Say (Abingdon Theatre Company).  His regional credits include The Crucible (Hartford Stage), She Stoops to Conquer and Twelfth Night (McCarter Theatre Center), Richard II (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire and Henry V (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, B Street Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.  His television credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Conviction.”  He is a graduate of the University of Evansville and University of North Carolina.

JESSICA LOVE (Anna Christopherson) is making her Globe debut.  She has worked regionally at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts on two World Premieres, When Tang Met Laika and Map of Heaven.  In New York she has performed in Lucy Thurber’s Bottom of the World (Atlantic Theater Company) and Kay Matschullat’s Don't Fuck with Love (Red Bull Theater).  Following Anna Christie, she will appear at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC in Bachelorette

JASON MADDY (Postman) recently appeared at the Globe in the 2011 Summer Shakespeare Festival, a childhood dream come true, and has worked with many San Diego theater companies in his time here, including Premiere Productions, Moonlight Stage Productions, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Company and ion theatre company.  His regional work includes Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and Theatrical Arts International Productions.  Some of his favorite roles include Iago in Othello, Touchstone and later Trinculo in As You Like It, Louis in Angels in America (another dream come true)and, most recently, Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter.  Maddy received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign.  He has taught for theater companies and colleges across the country including Mt. San Jacinto College, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, La Jolla Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival and The Old Globe.

KRISTINE NIELSEN (Marthy Owen) has appeared in the Broadway productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, To Be Or Not To Be, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Spring Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Greenbird, Jackie and The Iceman Cometh.  Her Off Broadway credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Crazy Mary, Our Leading Lady, Miss Witherspoon, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations) and Dog Opera (Obie Award).  She has appeared regionally at The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Alley Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, Edinburgh International Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and Philadelphia Theatre Company.  Her films include Morning Glory, That’s What She Said, The Savages, Adelaide and Small Time Crooks.  Her television credits include “Smash,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Third Watch.”  She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

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FACT SHEET

ANNA CHRISTIE
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Daniel Goldstein

RUNS:  March 10 – April 15, 2012
Sheryl and Harvey White
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the knotty relationship between an old sailor and the daughter he hasn’t seen in 15 years.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Daniel Goldstein (Director), Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Chris Miller (Original Music), Jan Gist (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Calleri Casting (Casting) and Annette Yé (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Bryan Banville (Longshoreman), Bill Buell (Chris Christopherson), Chance Dean (Longshoreman, Johnson), Austin Durant (Mat Burke), John Garcia (Johnny-the-Priest), Brent Langdon (Larry), Jessica Love (Anna Christopherson), Jason Maddy (Postman) and Kristine Nielsen (Marthy Owen).

PREVIEWS:
Mar 10 SAT 8pm
Mar 11 SUN 7pm
Mar 13 TUE 7pm
Mar 14 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Mar 15 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Mar 16 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Mar 17 SAT 2pm
Mar 17 SAT 8pm
Mar 18 SUN 2pm
Mar 18 SUN 7pm
Mar 20 TUE 7pm
Mar 21 WED 7pm
Mar 22 THU 8pm
Mar 23 FRI 8pm
Mar 24 SAT 2pm
Mar 24 SAT 8pm
Mar 25 SUN 2pm
Mar 25 SUN 7pm
Mar 27 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Mar 28 WED 2pm
Mar 28 WED 7pm
Mar 29 THU 8pm
Mar 30 FRI 8pm
Mar 31 SAT 8pm
Apr 1 SUN 2pm
Apr 1 SUN 7pm
Apr 3 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 4 WED 7pm
Apr 5 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
Apr 6 FRI 8pm
Apr 7 SAT 2pm
Apr 7 SAT 8pm
Apr 8 SUN 2pm
Apr 8 SUN 7pm
Apr 10 TUE 7pm
Apr 11 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 12 THU 8pm
Apr 13 FRI 8pm
Apr 14 SAT 2pm
Apr 14 SAT 8pm
Apr 15 SUN 2pm
Apr 15 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, March 12 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, March 27 and April 3 and Wednesday, April 11
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, April 5 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.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

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).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

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