Quartet

July 25 - Aug. 24, 2014
(Opening Night: Thursday, July 31)
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Richard Seer


From the author of The Dresser comes an uplifting comedy recently made into a major motion picture.  Three former opera singers, Reginald, Cecily, and Wilfred, lead a harmonious existence at a home for retired musicians — until Reginald’s ex-wife, grande dame Jean Horton, arrives.  As long-ago grudges surface and old scores are settled, the quartet heads back into the rehearsal room for one final encore.  Brimming with humor and stirring music, Quartet features a masterful cast under the direction of Globe favorite Richard Seer (The Last Romance).



Publicity Photos

   
Richard Seer will direct Ronald Harwood's Quartet, July 25 - Aug. 24, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Nick Abadilla.
   



Cast and Creative Team

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  Ronald Harwood (Playwright, Quartet) was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1934 and went to England in 1951.  His novel Home was awarded the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize for Fiction in 1994.  He is the editor of The Faber Book of Theatre and the author of a history of the theatre, All the World’s a Stage, which accompanies the BBC television series, which he presented.  He also wrote Sir Donald Wolfit, C.B.E.: His Life and Work in the Unfashionable Theatre.  He was Visitor in Theatre at Balliol College, Oxford.  Since 1993 he has been President of PEN International, the world organization of writers.  His plays include A Family, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (from Evelyn Waugh), The Dresser, Tramway Road, The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest, Interpreters, J.J. Farr, Ivanov (from Anton Chekhov), Another Time, Reflected Glory, and Poison Pen.  Taking Sides had simultaneous world premieres in Chichester and Krakow prior to opening at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.  Another Time, under the title Temps Contre Temps, won the Molière Award for Best Show, Paris 1993.  His play The Handyman opened in Chichester in September 1996 starring Frank Finlay.  He won the Academy Award for his screenplay of The Pianist and was nominated for The Dresser and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  His also wrote the films The Browning Version starring Albert Finney and Cry, the Beloved Country starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.  In 1996 he was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  Richard Seer (Director, Quartet) is an award-winning director and actor and has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television, and in over 70 productions at regional theaters in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Sybil Thorndike Theatre in England.  He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard’s Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance.  At The Old Globe, he has directed productions of Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange (San Diego Critics Circle Award), All My Sons, Da,and Old Wicked Songs.  His recent directing assignments also include Third (Huntington Theatre Company), Bill W. and Dr. Bob and Sonia Flew (San Jose Repertory Theatre), and Other Desert Cities (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley).  He received his M.F.A. in directing from Boston University, where he was awarded the prestigious Kahn Directing Award in 1985.  In 1990, Seer was invited to return to Boston University’s School for the Arts as an Associate Professor of Acting and Directing.  He has been Director of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993.  In 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel Distinguished Professorship.