Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O’Brien

Dec. 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Old Globe presented a one-night-only event, Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O’Brien, on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. This special discussion between Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Old Globe Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O’Brien explored the history of The Old Globe and O’Brien’s new memoir about his early years in theater, Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director. After the presentation, O’Brien signed copies of the book, which were available for purchase at the theater.



Event Photos

(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
Old Globe Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien signs copies of his new book at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
   
   
(from left) Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, Former Managing Director Tom Hall, Artistic Director Emeritus Jack O'Brien, and Artistic Director Barry Edelstein at the public discussion event Barry Edelstein In Conversation with Jack O'Brien, Dec. 2, 2013 at The Old Globe. Photo by Doug Gates.
   



Profiles

  Old Globe Artistic Director Emeritus and three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien served as the Artistic Director of The Old Globe from 1982 through 2007. O’Brien currently serves as director of this season’s Broadway production of Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke. His Broadway credits also include The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away with Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, Best Director), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), and Porgy and Bess (Tony Award). He also directed the Metropolitan Opera production of II Trittico. His London credits include Love Never Dies and Hairspray (Olivier nomination), as well as the National Theatre production of His Girl Friday. He also directed six movies for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” His awards include 2008 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee, 2005 John Houseman Award, ArtServe Michigan 2008 International Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate at University of Michigan, and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at University of San Diego. Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director, his memoir about the early years of his career, was released this summer by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the works of Shakespeare in the United States, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s works. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008-2012), he oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its extensive educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, Edelstein staged Julius Caesar starring Jeffrey Wright for Shakespeare in the Park and The Merchant of Venice featuring Ron Leibman’s Obie Award-winning portrayal of Shylock. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998-2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, where he produced and directed some of New York’s most memorable classical productions. Edelstein’s Shakespearean directorial credits include The Winter’s Tale with David Strathairn, Timon of Athens with Richard Thomas, As You Like It with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Richard III with John Turturro. His additional credits include the Lucille Lortel Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons; the world premiere of Steve Martin’s The Underpants, which he commissioned; Molière’s The Misanthrope starring Uma Thurman in her stage debut; and the world premiere of novelist Nathan Englander’s play The Twenty-Seventh Man. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. His book Thinking Shakespeare (called by New York magazine “a must-read for actors”) was published in 2007 and is now the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions.