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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF DOUBLE INDEMNITY


SAN DIEGO (July 9, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the San Diego Premiere of the crime classic Double Indemnity, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright from the novel by James M. Cain. Directed by John Gould Rubin, Double Indemnity will run July 27 – August 25, 2013 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27 – July 31. Opening night is Thursday, Aug. 1 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.

The classic crime novel and film noir masterpiece Double Indemnity has been reinvented for the stage. When small-time insurance agent Walter Huff falls under the spell of Phyllis, a gorgeous femme fatale, the two conspire to murder her husband for the insurance money. It seems like the perfect crime—until it all starts to unravel. Sexy, fun and wildly theatrical, Double Indemnity is a riveting summer thriller.

Double Indemnity is one great yarn, an edge-of-your-seat, what-will-happen-next thrill ride, and it’s a perfect summer entertainment for San Diego audiences,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The innovative and imaginative director John Gould Rubin has assembled an A-list team of designers to bring to the Globe a production that I know will excite and delight.”

Michael Hayden (Walter Huff) has appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremberg (Tony Award nomination), Carousel, Cabaret, Enchanted April, Festen and Henry IV, and his Off Broadway credits include All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), The Lady from Dubuque (Signature Theatre Company), Dessa Rose and Far East (Lincoln Center Theater) and All My Sons (Roundabout Theatre Company).

Angel Desai (Phyllis Nirlinger) played Marta in the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway revival of Company, and she has been seen Off Broadway in The Winter’s Tale directed by Barry Edelstein and The Tempest (Classic Stage Company), Stop Kiss and Henry VIII (The Public Theater), Manic Flight Reaction and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons) and The Architecture of Loss (New York Theatre Workshop).

The cast of Double Indemnity alsofeatures Murphy Guyer (Keyes, Herbert Nirlinger), Megan Ketch (Lola Nirlinger, Nettie, Nurse) and Vayu O’Donnell (Sachetti, Jackson, Norton).

The creative team includes Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Elizabeth Rhodes (Sound Design), Keith Skretch (Projection Design), Kwan-Fai Lam (Original Music), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Peter Van Dyke (Stage Manager).

Double Indemnity is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Nina and Robert Doede; Elaine and Leonard Hirsch; Gloria Rasmussen, in memory of Dick Rasmussen; and Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.

David Pichette (Playwright) has been a fixture in the Northwest theater scene for the last 30 years. His notable performances have included the title role in Nixon’s Nixon, Feste in Twelfth Night, Terbougie in Alan Alda’s Radiance and Noël in Oh, Coward! (Seattle Repertory Theatre), George in Jumpers, Dispatcher in Harold Pinter’s Victoria Station, The Author in David Hare’s one-man show Via Dolorosa and Mellersh in Enchanted April (A Contemporary Theatre), Voltaire and Pangloss in Candide, John Adams in 1776 and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (The 5th Avenue Theatre) and King Henry and Shallow in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Polonius in Hamlet and Jaques in As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company). Around the country, he has appeared with Alliance Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage and San Jose Repertory Theatre. A longtime love of classic American crime fiction, shared with co-author and fellow actor R. Hamilton Wright, led to a decision two years ago to adapt James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity.

R. Hamilton Wright (Playwright) has been a professional actor for 35 years, and in that time he has appeared in over 130 productions. He and David Pichette have written a new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles that will be receiving its world premiere in November at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

James M. Cain (Novelist), one of the creators of the roman noir genre, began his career as a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun and was a protégé of the famous critic H. L. Mencken. As a journalist born and raised on the East Coast, Cain contributed to The Atlantic, The Nation, The New York World and American Mercury and became the managing editor of The New Yorker magazine before moving to Hollywood in 1930. Though he tried his hand at both plays and screenwriting, Cain found his true voice and fame as a crime novelist and short story writer. Best known for his novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain is also the author of Serenade, Mildred Pierce, Sinful Woman, The Moth, Rainbow’s End and Past All Dishonor, among others. Double Indemnity, his second novel, was first published in serial form in Liberty Magazine in 1943. Cain died at the age of 85 in 1977.

John Gould Rubin (Director) is a producer as well as a director and is presently the Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, for whom he directed a radical, site-specific Hedda Gabler in a townhouse for 25 and a sexually explicit production of August Strindberg’s Playing with Fire at The Box, the notorious burlesque house. He is the former Artistic/Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for whom he directed eight shows, including premieres by John Patrick Shanley and Erin Cressida Wilson, and produced Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (LAByrinth, Off Broadway, commercially, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Donmar Warehouse and the West End) and Our Lady of 121st Street (LAByrinth and Off Broadway). Recent productions he has directed include The Caucasian Chalk Circle (to be remounted this coming winter), The Seagull and, last season, the musical The Fartiste. He produced the tour of Stephen Dillane’s one-man Macbeth in London, Sydney and New Zealand. Last summer Rubin developed a radical Peer Gynt based around the British, wheelchair-using actor Neil Hancock for The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo and a bilingual workshop of Ximena Escalante’s revolutionary Electra Despierta at California Institute of the Arts.

TICKETS to Double Indemnity 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 July 27 and continue through Aug. 25. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 31 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. 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 Double Indemnity include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Double Indemnity
Monday, July 29 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: Double Indemnity
Tuesday, Aug. 6, Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 13. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Double Indemnity cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

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), The Rainmaker (7/13-8/11), Double Indemnity (7/27-8/25), The Last Goodbye (9/20-11/3), The Few (9/28-10/27).

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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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

ANGEL DESAI (Phyllis Nirlinger) has appeared in New York in the 2006 Broadway revival of Company, The Winter’s Tale directed by Barry Edelstein and The Tempest (Classic Stage Company), Manic Flight Reaction and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons), The Architecture of Loss (New York Theatre Workshop), The Antigone Project and Gum (Women’s Project), This End Up: A User’s Manual for Lovers of Asians (Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Stop Kiss and Henry VIII (The Public Theater). Her regional credits include Phaeda Backwards and A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center), Company (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), the world premieres of Riceboy (Yale Repertory Theatre) and An Infinite Ache (Long Wharf Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Arena Stage), Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, New York Stage and Film, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Her television credits include recurring roles on “Damages,” “The Event,” “Dollhouse,” “Kings” and all three “Law & Order” series, guest spots on “Being Mary Jane,” “Do No Harm,” “The Good Wife,” “Eleventh Hour” and others. Her film credits include The Clique, The War Within, Heights, Black Knight and Robot Stories.

MURPHY GUYER (Keyes, Herbert Nirlinger) most recently appeared onstage as Doc Golightlyin the Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His other Broadway roles include Baylen in Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino, Chief Inspectorin Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Captain Bracketin Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, Randolph Southardin The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and Mr. Braddock in The Graduate. He recently appeared in the San Diego area in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Arthur Kopit’s A Dram of Drummhicit. His film credits include Arthur, The Feast of the Goat, The Mercy Man, Rounders, The Jackal and City Hall. He has been featured in such television programs as “House of Cards,” “Blue Bloods,” Mildred Pierce, “Rubicon,” “The Sopranos,” “24,” Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, “Oz” and, inevitably, “Law & Order.” A playwright as well as an actor, Murphy’s plays have been produced at theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and Russia. His produced and published works include Eden Court, The American Century, World of Mirth, The Enchanted Maze, Rendezvous with Reality, A Russian Romance and The Infinite Regress of Human Vanity.

MICHAEL HAYDEN (Walter Huff) has appeared on Broadway in Carousel (Drama Desk Award nomination, Theatre World Award), Cabaret (Studio 54), Judgment at Nuremberg (Tony Award nomination, Broadway.com Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Play), Enchanted April, Festen and Henry IV opposite Kevin Kline (Lincoln Center Theater). His Off Broadway credits include Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque (Signature Theatre Company), All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), Dessa Rose and Far East (Lincoln Center Theater) and All My Sons (Roundabout Theatre Company). His London credits include Carousel (National Theatre/West End) and Cabaret (West End). Regionally he has appeared in Merrily We Roll Along (The Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center), Sweet Bird of Youth, Henry V, Richard II and The Dog in the Manger (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Playboy of the Western World and The Winter’s Tale (Guthrie Theater) and A Dybbuk (Hartford Stage). Hayden’s film and television credits include Charming Billy (Best Actor, American Film Institute/Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), Patient 001, “Murder One,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Hack,” Far East, Bella Mafia, Texas Tragedy and “As the World Turns.”

MEGAN KETCH (Lola Nirlinger, Nettie, Nurse) can currently be seen in the Lionsgate film The Big Wedding. In 2011 she starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Lewis Black’s comedy One Slight Hitch. Her television credits include “Under the Dome,” “The Good Wife,” a recurring role on “Blue Bloods,” Gotham, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “A Gifted Man.”

VAYU O’DONNELL (Sachetti, Jackson, Norton) has appeared on Broadway as Driscoll in Golden Boy (Lincoln Center Theater) and Basil and Beeston understudy in Man and Boy (Roundabout Theatre Company). His other New York credits include The Poor of New York (Connelly Theater), Jester’s Dead (The PIT), L(y)re (Ars Nova), Desperate Writers (Union Square Theatre), Tales from the Tunnel (Bleecker Street Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray and Perfect Harmony (Theatre Row), Dance Dance Revolution directed by Alex Timbers (Les Freres Corbusier) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Poor Tom Productions). Regionally he has been seen in Edward II and Tamburlaine (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Of Mice and Men (Cleveland Play House, Buffalo Studio Arena) and Sweet Bird of Youth, This is a Play and Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Williamstown Theatre Festival). O’Donnell’s film and television credits include “I Just Want My Pants Back,” The Weekend, Suzanne and Sharif and USMC, and he created and co-wrote the new web series “80/20” with Christopher Oscar Peña.

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FACT SHEET

DOUBLE INDEMNITY
Adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
Based on the Book by James M. Cain
Directed by John Gould Rubin

RUNS: July 27 – Aug. 25, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: The classic crime novel and film noir masterpiece, reinvented for the stage. When a small-time insurance agent falls under the spell of a gorgeous femme fatale, the two plot the perfect murder—until it all starts to unravel.

CREATIVE TEAM: David Pichette (Playwright), R. Hamilton Wright (Playwright), James M. Cain (Novelist), John Gould Rubin (Director), Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Elizabeth Rhodes (Sound Design), Keith Skretch (Projection Design), Kwan-Fai Lam (Original Music), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Peter Van Dyke (Stage Manager).

CAST: Angel Desai (Phyllis Nirlinger), Murphy Guyer (Keyes, Herbert Nirlinger), Michael Hayden (Walter Huff), Megan Ketch (Lola Nirlinger, Nettie, Nurse) and Vayu O’Donnell (Sachetti, Jackson, Norton).

PREVIEWS:
Jul 27 SAT 8pm
Jul 28 SUN 7pm
Jul 30 TUE 7pm
Jul 31 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Aug 1 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Aug 2 FRI 8pm
Aug 3 SAT 2pm
Aug 3 SAT 8pm
Aug 4 SUN 2pm
Aug 4 SUN 7pm
Aug 6 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 7 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 8 THU 8pm
Aug 9 FRI 8pm
Aug 10 SAT 2pm
Aug 10 SAT 8pm
Aug 11 SUN 2pm
Aug 11 SUN 7pm
Aug 13 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 14 WED 7pm
Aug 15 THU 8pm
Aug 16 FRI 8pm
Aug 17 SAT 2pm
Aug 17 SAT 8pm
Aug 18 SUN 2pm
Aug 18 SUN 7pm
Aug 20 TUE 7pm
Aug 21 WED 7pm
Aug 22 THU 8pm
Aug 23 FRI 8pm
Aug 24 SAT 2pm
Aug 24 SAT 8pm
Aug 25 SUN 2pm
Aug 25 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).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, July 29 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
Tuesday, Aug. 6, Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 13
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

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