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Press Release



The West Coast Premiere Features Christine Estabrook,
Ben Graney, Kelsey Kurz and Zoë Winters

SAN DIEGO (April 19, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s quirky and tender comedy Be a Good Little Widow. Directed by Hal Brooks, Be a Good Little Widow will run May 11 – June 9, 2013 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 11 – May 15. Opening night is Thursday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Melody thought being a young wife was hard—until she became a widow. Luckily her mother-in-law Hope is an expert in the field. As she navigates the prickly terrain of pressed black dresses, well-meant advice and inappropriate outbursts, she stumbles toward understanding what it means to find someone through losing them. A bittersweet look at the messy parts of life, Be a Good Little Widow contemplates how grief, devotion and hope can persevere within us all.

“I’m proud to welcome the very talented Bekah Brunstetter and her delicate and touching play to the Globe,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “One of this theater’s most important jobs is to introduce San Diego audiences to the voices that will shape the next period in the American theater, and Bekah’s is surely one of those. Be a Good Little Widow is a gentle work, humane and intimate, and I marvel at how its light touch delivers such a moving evening in the theater.”

Christine Estabrook (Hope) originated roles in the Off Broadway productions of Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwater, Craig Lucas’s Blue Window and Deborah Eisenberg’s Pastorale, for which she won an Obie Award. She also originated roles in and earned Drama Desk Award nominations for North Shore Fish and Win/Lose/Draw. Estabrook was awarded both the Drama Desk and the Clarence Derwent Award for her portrayal of Sheila in The Boys Next Door. In 2011 LA Weekly presented her with their award for best comedic performance in another one of Christopher Durang’s plays, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (The Blank Theatre). She performed in two of Wendy Wasserstein’s hit Broadway shows, The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig, as well as opening and performing for two years in Steven Sater’s Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Her many television credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “American Horror Story,” “Anger Management” and “Mad Men.” Her film appearances include Sea of Love, The Usual Suspects and Spider-Man 2.

Ben Graney (Craig) has appeared on Broadway in War Horse (Lincoln Center Theatre) and Off Broadway in When the Rain Stops Falling directed by David Cromer (Lincoln Center Theatre) and The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova). His other New York theater credits include Paper Dolls (Sundance Institute Theatre Lab), The Spring Fling (F*It Club/IRT Theater), Bare Naked Drama (Aporia Theater/Cherry Pit Theatre), Obama Drama (Creative Destruction/The Tank) and An Irish Brew (Studio Tisch). He has appeared regionally in Twelfth Night (McCarter Theatre Center), Postcards from Earth (Guthrie Theater), The Cherry Orchard and Twelfth Night (Chautauqua Theater Company) and the Brand:New Festival of New Plays (Hartford Stage). Graney’s film and television credits include Canto, Ama at Sea and “Unscripted.”

Kelsey Kurz (Brad) has previously been seen at the Globe in Nobody Loves You and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. He has appeared on Broadway and Off Broadway in The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater), Davy & Stu (The Ensemble Studio Theatre) and I Coulda Been a Kennedy (2006 New York International Fringe Festival). His regional credits include Single Girls Guide (Capital Repertory Theatre), Sons of the Prophet (Huntington Theatre Company) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Cat Ballou (Jackson Hole Playhouse). He has appeared in the films Spartan King (in post-production) and A Time to Speak (in post-production).

Zoë Winters (Melody) has appeared Off Broadway in 4000 Miles (LCT3 at The Duke, Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater) and Love Song (59E59 Theaters). Her other New York credits include Hater (Ohio Theatre), The Eyes of Others (New Ohio Theatre) and two productions of short stories that she wrote and performed: Swimming Legs (TheaterLab) and Not At The Dinner Table (New Ohio Theatre). Her regional credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Magic Theatre, Virginia Stage Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Her film and television credits include In the Family, Under, “Law & Order,” “Ugly Betty,” “Gossip Girl” and “Army Wives.”

The creative team includes Jason Simms (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Seth Reiser (Lighting Design), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

Be a Good Little Widow is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Elaine and Dave Darwin, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky and Torrey Pines Bank.

Playwright Bekah Brunstetter has written the plays House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rough Reading Series), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company, 2009, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage/LiveWire Productions, 2012) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Lark Play Development Center’s Playwrights’ Week, 2009, Finborough Theatre, June 2010, and Ice Factory, 2012). She was a New Voice/New York Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, member of Primary Stages’ Writer’s Group and the Naked Radio writing team. Brunstetter is an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group and the Playwrights Realm. She worked with Craig Wright on his original MTV series “Underemployed”and is currently writing for ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth.”

Following the 8:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 18, Be a Good Little Widow playwright Bekah Brunstetter will take part in a special Post-Show Forum to discuss the play and her career with audience members. This discussion is free for those in attendance that evening and takes place right in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Director Hal Brooks helmed the National Tour of Nilaja Sun’s Obie Award-winning No Child… and the acclaimed Off Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize finalist Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno. His recent credits include Figaro and The Bald Soprano (The Pearl Theatre Company), Alena Smith’s The Bad Guys (Second Stage Theatre Uptown), Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale (Denver Center Theatre Company), Kimberly Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still and Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back (Dallas Theater Center), Mona Mansour’s Urge for Going (The Public Theater), creative consultant on Colin Quinn: Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Sharr White’s Six Years (Humana Festival) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Two River Theater Company). He is Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the Associate Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He was Artistic Director of the Rude Mechanicals of New York where he directed the Off Broadway premieres of Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso and Will Eno’s The Flu Season.

TICKETS to Be a Good Little Widow can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on May 11 and continue through June 9. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 15 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, May 29 and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 1. 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 Be a Good Little Widow include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Be a Good Little Widow
Monday, May 13 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: Be a Good Little Widow
Tuesdays, May 21 and 28 and Wednesday, June 5. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Be a Good Little Widow 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

CALENDAR: Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9), 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).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at

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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By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Hal Brooks

RUNS: May 11 – June 9, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: A young widow navigates the prickly terrain of black dresses, well-meant advice and inappropriate outbursts in the West Coast Premiere of this quirky comedy.

CREATIVE TEAM: Bekah Brunstetter (Playwright), Hal Brooks (Director), Jason Simms (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Seth Reiser (Lighting Design), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

CAST: Christine Estabrook (Hope), Ben Graney (Craig), Kelsey Kurz (Brad) and Zoë Winters (Melody).

May 11 SAT 8pm
May 12 SUN 7pm
May 14 TUE 7pm
May 15 WED 7pm
May 17 FRI 8pm
May 18 SAT 2pm
May 18 SAT 8pm
May 19 SUN 2pm
May 19 SUN 7pm
May 21 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 22 WED 7pm
May 23 THU 8pm
May 24 FRI 8pm
May 25 SAT 2pm
May 25 SAT 8pm
May 26 SUN 2pm
May 26 SUN 7pm
May 28 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 29 WED 2pm
May 29 WED 7pm
May 30 THU 8pm
May 31 FRI 8pm
Jun 1 SAT 8pm
Jun 2 SUN 2pm
Jun 2 SUN 7pm
Jun 4 TUE 7pm
Jun 5 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jun 6 THU 8pm
Jun 7 FRI 8pm
Jun 8 SAT 2pm
Jun 8 SAT 8pm
Jun 9 SUN 2pm
Jun 9 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).

Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

Tuesdays, May 21 and 28 and Wednesday, June 5
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355