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Press Release

 

THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-2015 SEASON


The World Premiere of BRIGHT STAR, a New American Musical
Music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Lyrics by Edie Brickell, Book by
Steve Martin, based on an Original Story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell,
Directed by Walter Bobbie

The Southern California Premiere of THE WHITE SNAKE
Written and Directed by Mary Zimmerman, Making her San Diego Directing Debut

The West Coast Premiere of THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN
by
Nathan Englander, Directed by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

Joined by The Smash Comedy Hit BUYER & CELLAR
by Jonathan Tolins, Directed by Ron Lagomarsino;
THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez;
MURDER FOR TWO,
with Book and Music by Joe Kinosian, Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair;
and George Bernard Shaw’s Romantic Comedy ARMS AND THE MAN

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Returns for its 17th Consecutive Year

SAN DIEGO (April 18, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced its 2014-2015 Season, beginning September 13 with the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Edie Brickell, book by Steve Martin, based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie makes his Globe debut directing with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.

The Globe is delighted to welcome one of the true geniuses of the American theatre, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut beginning March 21 with an enchanting theatrical spectacle, The White Snake. Jonathan Tolins’s “totally fictional” Off Broadway hit, Buyer & Cellar, will have you rolling in the aisles. Directed by Ron Lagomarsino, performances begin April 4.

With The Twenty-Seventh Man, Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and reimagines it for the Globe’s intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling. It makes its West Coast Premiere on February 14.

Boxing’s “breakthrough saga for a new generation” (LA Times), Marco Ramirez’s wildly theatrical new play The Royale brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, beginning October 4. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz returns January 24 to direct Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian’s Off Broadway hit, Murder for Two, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Utterly romantic and one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war beginning May 9.

The 2014-2015 Season will also include the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, beginning performances November 15. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014-2015 Season are currently available by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $99 to $615. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

“The Old Globe’s 2014-2015 Season offers some of everything that makes this theatre one of America’s greatest, and I am thrilled to announce it,” said Edelstein. “From a world premiere musical by two of our country’s entertainment giants to a classic by Shaw; from an historical drama by an eminent novelist to a wacky musical whodunit; and from a visually splendid take on a classic fable to a wry and riotous look at contemporary celebrity—the range and variety of the season is enormous.”

Edelstein continued, “As always, in this season the Globe welcomes our country’s most visionary theatre artists to San Diego, and they are a spectacularly talented group. Their work—and especially the abundance of laughter and light it brings—marks the Globe’s happy contribution to our city’s celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial. I’m proud to note too that these productions will be surrounded by our full spectrum of humanities, outreach, education, and community efforts. All in all the season is a rich and wonderful program befitting the flagship arts institution of our region, and a season that demonstrates what a 21st-century American theatre can be.”

Please see the attachment for complete show descriptions and profiles for the 2014-2015 Season. Please see the press release for Bright Star for more information about the World Premiere musical, including creative team bios. 
All selections are subject to change.

  • The World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical – Music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Lyrics by Brickell, Book by Martin, Based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, Directed by Walter Bobbie (Sept. 13 – Nov. 2, 2014) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    From award-winning screenwriter and playwright Steve Martin (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Roxanne) and chart-topping singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a world premiere American musical inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Love Has Come For You.” Bright Star features 25 new songs and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie (Broadway’s Chicago) makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.
  • The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Oct. 4 – Nov. 2, 2014) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. Loosely based on real events, Marco Ramirez’s (“Orange is the New Black”) wildly theatrical new play brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, and the ultimate fight for a place in history. The Los Angeles Times declared, “The Royale reanimates this breakthrough saga for a new generation!”
  • 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 Choreography by John DeLuca, Directed by James Vásquez (Nov. 15 – Dec. 27, 2014) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 17th consecutive year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition.
  • Murder for Two – Book and Music by Joe Kinosian, Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair, Directed by Scott Schwartz (Jan. 24 – Mar. 1, 2015) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    Multi-millionaire Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano! Murder for Two is an irrepressibly wacky tour-de-force musical that NewYork1 dubbed “a must-see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!”
  • The Twenty-Seventh Man by Nathan Englander, Directed by Barry Edelstein (Feb. 14 – Mar. 15, 2015) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin’s secret police have rounded up 26 writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a 27th suddenly appears: a teenager, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wonder at what has brought them together and wrestle with what it means to write in troubled times. Time Out New York called The Twenty-Seventh Man “exquisite — as chilling and haunted as a ghost story.” Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and reimagines it for the Globe’s intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling.
  • The White Snake – Written and Directed by Mary Zimmerman (March 21 – April 26, 2015) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    One of the true geniuses of the American theatre makes her long-awaited San Diego debut with The White Snake! Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman creates an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals. In this visionary staging of a classic Chinese fable, a gentle serpent transforms into a beautiful woman. She falls in love with a dashing young man and decides to stay human forever, until a wicked monk discovers her true identity and vows to destroy her. The White Snake is an unforgettable theatrical event for all ages that NPR called “strikingly beautiful.” The New York Times proclaimed that Zimmerman “creates richly imagistic works – her eye refines and refinishes, drawing ever-sharper pictures from the texts she theatricalizes.”
  • Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins, Directed by Ron Lagomarsino (April 4 – May 3, 2015) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    What’s a renowned diva to do with decades of memories that light the corners of her mind? And where to put the acres of memorabilia bursting the seams of her Malibu estate? If you’re Barbra Streisand, you enshrine them in a mini-mall in your basement where you can pretend to go shopping! Out-of-work actor Alex More can’t pass up the oddest of odd jobs—an offer to play shopkeeper for one tough customer who doesn’t let anyone rain on her parade. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people). Jonathan Tolins’s “totally fictional” Off Broadway hit will have you rolling in the aisles and realizing why The New York Times called it “seriously funny — a remarkably sustained slice of absurdist whimsy,” and the New York Daily News declared, “This play deserves a hearty ‘Hello, gorgeous!’ ”
  • Arms and the Man byGeorge Bernard Shaw (May 9 – June 14, 2015) Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
    George Bernard Shaw’s most romantic comedy! The beautiful Raina Petkoff is about to marry the heroic soldier Sergius. But the battlefield sweeps into her boudoir when an enemy soldier takes refuge under her bed. Soon she will have to decide between her romantic ideals and the surprising sensations of new love. Arms and the Man, one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war.
  • An exciting new American play to be announced (May 23 – June 21, 2015) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
  • The Old Globe’s 2014 Summer Season features the annual Shakespeare Festival, with Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein making his Summer Shakespeare Festival directorial debut with Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello. Presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Old Globe 2014 Shakespeare Festival will also include Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Globe alumnus and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues). The Summer Season will also feature Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986, in an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Rounding out the season is Ronald Harwood’s comedy Quartet, directed by Richard Seer. Into the Woods will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre and Quartet in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only, and prices range from $99 to $615. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.

    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 2014-2015 Season range from $99 to $615. Eight-play packages range from $187 to $615. Four-play packages range from $99 to $387. 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 during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

    A REMINDER: Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, which provides access to Laurel Street and the west side of the Park, will be closed to automobiles and vehicular traffic through June during Caltrans’s seismic retrofitting process. The bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, so patrons could arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. To access The Old Globe during this repair period, vehicle traffic should enter Balboa Park from the east via Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The Organ Pavilion and the Hall of Champions lots all offer ample parking, and a lovely short walk through the Park. Due to improvements under way, the parking lot adjacent to the Alcazar Garden will be temporarily closed through mid-May to increase the number of spots available to disabled users of the Park. During this time, the City of San Diego will extend the hours of the beautiful new Balboa Park trams until after Old Globe performances have concluded; running until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and until 11:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Audience members wishing to take the trams to and from the Globe should park near the pick-up location at Inspiration Point (east of Park Boulevard at President’s Way), where they depart every 10-15 minutes and deliver guests to the heart of Balboa Park at the Plaza de Panama. The trams do not have stops at the Organ Pavilion or Hall of Champions lots. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

    2013-2014 SEASON CALENDAR: Time and the Conways (3/29-5/4), Water by the Spoonful (4/12-5/11), What You Will (4/28), Thinking Shakespeare Live! (5/3), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-6/29), A Distant Country Called Youth (6/9), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).

    2014-2015 SEASON CALENDAR: Bright Star (9/13-11/2/14), The Royale (10/4-11/2), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/15-12/27), Murder for Two (1/24/15-3/1), The Twenty-Seventh Man (2/14-3/15), The White Snake (3/21-4/26), Buyer & Cellar (4/4-5/3), Arms and the Man (5/9-6/14), an exciting new American play to be announced (5/23-6/21).

    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 theatres 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 14 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 theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 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 theatres across the country.

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    View the 2014-2015 Season Announcement PDF for artist biographies and show descriptions.

    View the press release for Bright Star for more information about the World Premire musical, including creative team bios.


    PRESS CONTACTS:
    Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org
    Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org