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THE OLD GLOBE/UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
GRADUATE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS
SHAKESPEARE’S MEASURE FOR MEASURE


SAN DIEGO (Oct. 17, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, running Nov. 10 – Nov. 18 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Opening night is Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m.  Directed by Ray Chambers, tickets to Measure for Measure can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

The Duke of Vienna has handed the reins of his government to Angelo, only to discover that Angelo's rigid adherence to the law is tainted with hypocrisy. A young nobleman, Claudio, is sentenced to death for premarital relations with a woman to whom he is betrothed. His fate is thrust into the hands of his sister, Isabella, who now must choose between her brother's life and her own salvation. Wickedly comic and strangely tender, Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's most powerful plays.  

The cast features Erin Elizabeth Adams (Juliet), Matthew Bellows (Angelo), Meaghan Boeing (Mistress Overdone, Lady of the Court), Jeremy Fisher (Lucio), Adam Gerber (Claudio), Kushtrim Hoxha (Elbow, Gentleman, Barnardine), Stephen Hu (Provost), Allison Layman (Francisca, Angelo’s Attendant, Kate Keepdown), Danielle O’Farrell (Escalus), Stephanie Roetzel (Mariana), Christopher Salazar (Duke Vincentio), Robbie Simpson (Froth, Gentleman, Abhorson), Whitney Wakimoto (Isabella) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Pompey, Friar Peter).

Thecreative team includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement), Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg), Nicole Ries (Stage Manager) and Stephanie Larson (Assistant Stage Manager).

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre.  For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.

Since first training with The Old Globe in the mid-1980s, Director Ray Chambers has worked as a classical actor and director with numerous regional theaters across the country.  For nearly two decades as an Associate Artist with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Chambers has worked as an actor, director, writer and instructor and served as Director of the Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program at ASF from 2001-2009.  His regional acting credits include title roles in Hamlet, The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard III, Coriolanus, King John, Henry V, Tartuffe and leading roles in Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, The Rivals, Henry IV, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest and Saint Joan, among many others.  His credits at The Old Globe include Life of Riley, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, The School for Scandal, Coriolanus, Love’s Labours Lost, Hamlet and Macbeth.  He has taught Acting and Classical Text in master classes and workshops for universities and theaters around the country and has served as a national board member of the University/Resident Theatre Association.

TICKETS to Measure for Measure 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 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre begin on Nov. 10 and continue through Nov. 18.  Tickets are $19.  Performance times:  Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for students, 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.

CALENDARAllegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/28), Good People (9/29-10/28), Measure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29), Pygmalion (1/12-2/17), The Brothers Size (1/26-2/24).

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, 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

ERIN ELIZABETH ADAMS (Juliet) 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).  

MATTHEW BELLOWS (Angelo) recently appeared in the Globe’s 2012 Shakespeare Festival productions of Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind, as well as the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of Twelfth Night, Fathers and Sons and Pygmalion as well as Sunset Boulevard (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Scarlett Pimpernel and Beauty and the Beast (Hale Center Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (The People’s Theater), The Ark and Big River (Provo Theatre Company) and The Sound of Music, Big River and Les Misérables (Tuacahn Center for the Arts).  His other credits include Misalliance, Handing Down the Names, The Beggar’s Opera, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, The Zoo Story and the title role in Hamlet.  His television and film credits include the WB’s “Everwood,” Forever Strong, Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-Day Tale, Civil Love and The Letter Writer.  He produced and starred in the short film Hellespont, competing in festivals now.

MEAGHAN BOEING (Mistress Overdone, Lady of the Court) has appeared in Los Angeles in the world premiere of Imagine (South Coast Repertory), Master Class (The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum), Man of La Mancha (A Noise Within), Surf Orpheus (Getty Villa) and The Antaeus Company.  Her other productions include King Lear, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, The Misanthrope, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pirates of Penzance and The Sound of Music as well as a world premiere translation of Don Juan.  Boeing has appeared in national commercials as well as independent films, performs vocal music of various styles and is a teacher of piano and voice.

JEREMY FISHER (Lucio) appeared in the 2012 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival productions of Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind.  He has appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of Twelfth Night, Fathers and Sons and Pygmalion.  His Chicago productions include Coronado and Hollow Lands (Steep Theatre Company), Stage Door and No More Dead Dogs (Griffin Theatre Company), the title role in Ivanov, Sweet Confinement (After Dark Award for Outstanding Ensemble), The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers and Bible B-Sides (Sinnerman Ensemble), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Artistic Home), Election Day (Theatre Seven), Odin’s Horse (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre), Hot N’ Throbbing (Pine Box Theater Company) and Another Day in the Empire (Black Sheep Productions).  

ADAM GERBER (Claudio) has most recently worked in Tokyo, Japan on Hikobae (The Actors Clinic, Will Do).  His New York productions include As You Like It and the Off Broadway revival of Lebensraum (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre).  He has performed in numerous other productions including Sex and the Holyland (New York International Fringe Festvial) and Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, In the Boom Boom Room and Dancing at Lughnasa(Stella Adler Studio of Acting),and he has been featured in various national commercials. 

KUSHTRIM HOXHA (Elbow, Gentleman, Barnardine) has appeared in Rock ‘n’ Roll, King Lear, Sun Monkey, The Glass Menagerie and Hamlet (National Theater of Kosovo), Senior Carrar’s Rifles and Scapin’s Deceits (Professional Theater of Gjakova), Patriotic Hypermarket (Bitef Theater, Belgrade), Yue Madeline Yue (Multimedia Center, Kosovo and Volkstheater, Vienna) and Hamlet (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte).  He has performed in numerous theater festivals such as Festival Iberoamericano in Columbia, Mess Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ex-Ponto Festival in Slovenia, VIE Scena Contemporanea Festival in Italy, ASSITEJ Festival in Sweden, Dezire Festival in Serbia, Durban Theatre Festival in South Africa, Skupi Festin Macedonia and SKENA UP Festival in Kosovo.  He is the cofounder of Teatri Urban Theater Company in Prishtina, Kosovo.  His film and television credits include Human Zoo, I Need You and “Familja Moderne.

STEPHEN HU (Provost) has recently appeared in Los Angeles productions of Macbeth and Richard III (The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum) and the L.A. premiere of Ching Chong Chinaman (Artists at Play).  He has also worked in various Bay Area productions with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, Asian American Theater Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (a personal favorite).  Hu is a member of the Bay Area Trifecta Ensemble.

ALLISON LAYMAN (Francisca, Angelo’s Attendant, Kate Keepdown) has spent the past two years as a company member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, performing as Luciana in The Comedy of Errors and Timon of Athens on the main stage and multiple roles in the educational touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Macbeth.  Her other regional work includes Petra in An Enemy of the People at (Playhouse on Park) and a wide range of roles in productions at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Massachusetts.  In New York, she created characters in the premieres of Shrunken Heads and The Three Bears and was Mistress Squeamish in The Country Wife (Odyssey Productions).  

DANIELLE O’FARRELL (Escalus) most recently appeared in Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind (The Old Globe 2012 Shakespeare Festival) and Twelfth Night, Fathers and Sons and the staged reading of Pygmalion (The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program).  Previously she worked in Chicago on The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), Orpheus Descending (American Theater Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and No Exit, The Love of the Nightingale and the world premiere of Hideous Progeny (LiveWire Chicago Theatre).  She has performed in numerous other productions with the side project theatre company, First Folio Theatre, Signal Ensemble Theatre, Point of Contention Theatre Company and Bruised Orange, as well as projects with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Around the Coyote and Northwestern University.  Her film credits include Farewell Darkness and Stay with Me.  Her television credits include “My Boys.”  

STEPHANIE ROETZEL (Mariana) most recently appeared in Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind (The Old Globe 2012 Shakespeare Festival) and Pygmalion, Fathers and Sons and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program).  Roetzel has previously performed regionally in Best Weekend Ever (Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Company), The Seagull, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Vanderbilt University), My Fair Lady (The Victory Theatre Center) and Little Women (Lake Charles Little Theatre).

CHRISTOPHER SALAZAR (Duke Vincentio) was seen this summer in the 2012 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival productions of Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind, and he previously appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A productions of Twelfth Night and Fathers and Sons.  He has appeared in New York in the World Premiere of Thieves (The Public Theater), Hamlet (Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, Inc.), The Merchant of Venice (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Brave New World Repertory Theatre) and Big Love (Columbia University Stage).  His regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Saint Joan and Peter Pan (Barter Theatre), Deathtrap (The Barnstormers Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra and Love’s Labour’s Lost (American Shakespeare Center) and understudying the East Coast Premiere of Outrage (The Wilma Theater).

ROBBIE SIMPSON (Froth, Gentleman, Abhorson) is thrilled to be making his Old Globe/USD debut in Measure for Measure.  His U.K. credits include Orlando in As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe).  His New York and Off Broadway credits include A Class Act directed by Bob Moss (Playwrights’ Horizons), Hanschen in Spring Awakening (Roy Arias Studios & Theaters) and Punchlines & Pregnant (Broadway Comedy Club).  His favorite regional credits include A Class Act and The Boys from Syracuse (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Rent and Almost, Maine (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Sisters Rosensweig and The House of Blue Leaves (New Century Theatre), Miss Saigon, Inherit the Wind, The Sunshine Boys and Lost in Yonkers (The Majestic Theatre).  He has appeared on television in NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Smash,” Syfy’s “Can You Survive a Horror Movie?” and numerous commercials.

WHITNEY WAKIMOTO (Isabella) was last seen in Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind as part of The Old Globe’s 2012 Shakespeare Festival.  She has also appeared in Twelfth Night, Fathers and Sons and the staged reading of Pygmalion (The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program).  Her New York credits include The Tempest (Stages on the Sound Theatre).  Her regional credits include Endgame and Big Love (Montana Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Bug (Montana Rep Missoula) and The Good Person of Szechwan (The Open Space Theatre).  

SEAN-MICHAEL WILKINSON (Pompey, Friar Pete) was most recently seen in Richard III, As You Like It and Inherit the Wind (The Old Globe 2012 Shakespeare Festival) and Twelfth Night, Fathers and Sons and Pygmalion (The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program).  His New York credits include The Party (Schapiro Theatre), The Joy of Sex (American Globe Theatre), Romeo + Juliette (Collective Company), The Lunar Adventure of Dar and Matey (Stolen Chair Theatre Company) and The Old Law (Theresa Lang Theatre).  His national credits include Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA).  His regional credits include Comedy of Errors (Lake George Theater Lab).

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FACT SHEET

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ray Chambers

RUNS:  Nov. 10 – Nov. 18, 2012
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  $19.

SYNOPSIS:  Under a corrupt government, young nobleman Claudio is sentenced to death, and his fate is thrust into the hands of his sister, Isabella, who must choose between her brother's life and her own salvation.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement), Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg), Nicole Ries (Stage Manager) and Stephanie Larson (Assistant Stage Manager).

CAST:  Erin Elizabeth Adams (Juliet), Matthew Bellows (Angelo), Meaghan Boeing (Mistress Overdone, Lady of the Court), Jeremy Fisher (Lucio), Adam Gerber (Claudio), Kushtrim Hoxha (Elbow, Gentleman, Barnardine), Stephen Hu (Provost), Allison Layman (Francisca, Angelo’s Attendant, Kate Keepdown), Danielle O’Farrell (Escalus), Stephanie Roetzel (Mariana), Christopher Salazar (Duke Vincentio), Robbie Simpson (Froth, Gentleman, Abhorson), Whitney Wakimoto (Isabella) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Pompey, Friar Peter).

OPENING NIGHT: Nov 10 SAT 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Nov 11 SUN 2pm
Nov 11 SUN 7pm
Nov 13 TUE 7pm
Nov 14 WED 7pm
Nov 15 THU 8pm
Nov 16 FRI 8pm
Nov 17 SAT 2pm
Nov 17 SAT 8pm
Nov 18 SUN 2pm
Nov 18 SUN 8pm

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