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Old Globe unveils hybrid season of outdoor, indoor, virtual and interactive theater


After being in the dark for 14 months, San Diego’s largest and oldest theater, the Old Globe, today announced plans for a full reopening of its three stages in Balboa Park.

The unprecedented hybrid season will unfold gradually with a mix of live, virtual and interactive theatrical projects over the next four months.

On June 4, the Lowell Davies Festival Theater will reopen for a summer series of movie nights, cabaret shows and Shakespeare events. Free outdoor events at the Globe’s Copley Plaza will also begin on June 4. Full-fledged theatrical productions will return with the musical “Hair” on the outdoor stage starting August 10, followed by the world premiere of the Michael John LaChiusa musical “The Gardens of Anuncia” in the main Old Globe Theater on the 10th. September. The Sheryl and Harvey White Theater will reopen on October 7 with the world premiere of Mansa Ra’s “Shutter Sisters”.

During this summer’s slow ramp-up, the first shows will be presented with small castings on stage only three evenings a week, becoming full shows six nights a week in August.

The Globe will also feature several virtual productions in the coming months, including two short plays and an epistolary piece where ticket buyers will be mailed a series of letters and postcards that reveal a true love of WWII. . history. There will also be a new interactive self-guided tour experience where visitors to Balboa Park will be able to unlock videos of fictional stories with their mobile phones in locations around Balboa Park.

Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein said returning to live programming was a huge logistical challenge to plan with ever-changing public health prescriptions. But it also marks a happy moment. So, as “the biggest team in the local theater industry,” he wanted The Globe to make a statement with a rich assortment of nine-month events that signal the pandemic is finally drawing to a close.

“Of course we want to do a lot of things. When we are closed, we are not fulfilling our mission of providing theater to the community of San Diego, ”he said. “People miss the theater. They want to become a community again. My impression of what’s going to happen is what happened when Shakespeare reopened his theater. He will come back to life. “

The Globe’s first live stage performances this summer will be a series of open-air cabaret shows in June and July by leading ladies from three Globe-premiered musicals: Solea Pfeiffer from ‘Almost Famous’, Carmen Cusack from “Bright Star” and Eden Espinosa from “Rain”.

“These are three of the most magnificent voices in American musical theater,” he said. “When they all said they wanted to come, it moved me deeply. It was a true expression of their attachment to San Diego.

Actor Ron Cephas Jones and director Patricia McGregor collaborate on a video production of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” for The Old Globe.

(Courtesy of The Old Globe)

Edelstein said “Hair” seemed like the perfect show to bring live theater back to the Globe. While working at the Public Theater in New York City, “Hair” was produced at the Delacorte Outdoor Theater in Central Park, and he said it was an “epic experience to watch this play under the stars.”

“It’s a nice statement to make for the reopening. It’s about people coming together to dream of an ideal world, ”he said, adding that he will have a very diverse cast.

“Gardens of Anuncia,” about the life story of Argentinian Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, also honors the company’s commitment to showcasing more stories about the experience of Blacks, Indigenous people and people from across the country. color (BIPOC).

“It’s a story of Latina brilliance,” he said. “There will be a stage filled with Latinas telling the story of their lives, their voices and their culture.”

One of the highlights of the virtual offerings – which Edelstein says will likely become a permanent part of the Globe’s future – will be a digital version of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” starring two-Emmy-winning Ron Cephas Jones. Awards by playing Randall’s organic. dad, William, in the “This Is Us” television series. Edelstein said he worked with Jones in New York City and tried to get the actor to the Globe for years.

Under the latest state health ordinances, all theaters in San Diego County are allowed to reopen at full capacity on June 15. Performances before this date will be presented with socially distant headquarters, regardless of vaccination status. For all performances after June 15, The Globe will post updates on the restrictions the state and county require at that time on its website at theoldglobe.org.

Ticket sales dates vary. Visit theoldglobe.org or by calling the box office at (619) 234-5623. Here’s a look at the lineup coming up at the Old Globe:

Free Movie Series

The series premieres June 4 at the open-air Lowell Davies Festival Theater. The shows start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but tickets reserved for general admission are required.

  • “Dream girls” with Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson: June 4
  • “Cinderella” with Brandy and Whitney Houston: June 5
  • “West Side Story,” 1961 original film: June 6
  • “Passing Strange”, filmed live on Broadway by Spike Lee: June 11
  • “The Wiz” with Diana Ross: June 12
  • George takei “Allegiance, the Broadway Musical”: June 13
  • “Naughty boots”: 1st of July
  • “1776” film adaptation of the musical in 1972: July 2
  • “Fat,” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: July 3

Cabaret shows

Evening concerts by prominent former women at the Old Globe. Shows start at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage. Tickets start at $ 29 and go on sale at noon on June 11.

  • Solea Pfeiffer (“Almost Famous”): June 19 to 20
  • Carmen cusack (“Bright Star”): June 25-27
  • Eden espinosa (“Rain”): from July 9 to 11

Axis Events

60-90 minute interactive programs for the whole family shown at Globe’s Copley Plaza, unless otherwise specified. Entrance is free but tickets are compulsory.

  • Word Up! Live”: 5.30 p.m. June 4, June 25, July 2, July 16, August 6, August 20 and September 10
  • Physical workshop for movement enthusiasts with Disco Riot: 10 a.m. June 12, June 26 and August 28
  • Eighteenth Anniversary Celebration with San Diego Black Artist Collective: Noon June 19 (Lowell Davies Festival Theater)
  • The poet’s tree finale: 5:30 p.m. 22 June
  • Fit Body by Ashley dance classes for all ages: 10 a.m. July 10 and July 31
  • Clean Comedy Happy Hour: 5.30 p.m. August 10
  • Maraya movement workshop: 10 a.m. on August 14
  • SoulKiss Night at the Globe: 5:30 p.m. on August 24

Summer shakespeare

“Thinking of Shakespeare LOVE!”: July 16-18. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the seven 2021 graduates of the Old Globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater program will present romantic clips of William Shakespeare’s plays, poems and songs on the outdoor stage. The performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $ 20 and go on sale at noon on June 11.

Live theater

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  • “Hair”: Aug 10-Sep 26. The classic musical “Age of Aquarius” from 1967, directed by James Vásquez. (Lowell Davies Festival Theater)
  • “The gardens of Anuncia”: Sep 10-Oct 17. The Globe-commissioned world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa is inspired by the life story of Argentinian Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, who will direct and choreograph the show. (Old Globe Theater)
  • “Shutter Sisters”: October 7-Nov. 7. The world premiere of Mansa Ra, commissioned by Globe, tells the story of two mothers, one black and one white, living parallel lives during the most difficult days of their lives. Donya K. Washington conducts. (Sheryl and Harvey White Theater)
  • “Problem in mind”: From February 5 to March 13, 2022. Old Globe resident artist Delicia Turner Sonnenberg directs this 1955 classic from Alice Childress’s behind-the-scenes drama about a black actress and multiracial cast rehearsing a tough new play on Broadway in the south. (Old Globe Theater)
  • “El Borracho” – February 17-March 20, 2022. Edward Torres directs this world first tragicomedy by Tony Meneses about a separated family reunited in the last days of the father. (Sheryl and Harvey White Theater)

Details of additional 2021 productions, including holiday lineup, will be announced at a later date. Plans for the remaining productions have been postponed to 2020 (“Little Women”, “Faceless”, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”, “Dial M for Murder”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Henry V ”)) are also pending.

Virtual theater

  • “Krapp’s Last Band”: Samuel Beckett’s 1958 debut act about an aging clown ruminating on recordings made in his youth will feature actor Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) and will be directed for the film by resident Globe artist, Patricia McGregor. It will soon be available for free streaming on youtube.com/user/theoldglobe.
  • “Anonymous biography”: Based on the work of Argentine writer Juan José Saer, this world premiere play by Johanna McKeon stars Rey Lucas playing a collection of fictional Saer characters whose experiences enhance the human experience. It will soon be available for free streaming on youtube.com/user/theoldglobe.
  • “Dear Jack, Dear Louise: Love Letter Experience”: Starts June 15. Ken Ludwig’s play about his parents ‘courtship during WWII has been turned into a series of replicas of their letters, photos and telegrams that will be sent to ticket buyers’ mailboxes. The first round of mailings begins on June 15. Another round will begin on July 1 and will continue on the 1st and 15th of each month while supplies last. Tickets for donors and subscribers cost $ 35 and go on sale June 2. General tickets cost $ 35 and go on sale June 9.
  • “In this place: it happened here!”: Starts June 15. Designed and written by Katherine Harroff and directed by James Vásquez, this five-location walking tour of Balboa Park features actors recreating the stories of life-changing moments of real people in locations around Balboa Park. The videos will be activated by pointing a cell phone at the QR codes on the displayed signs. Release. No reservations required.