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(12/7/10) • The cast and crew celebrated the opening of Plaid Tidings with a festive Plaid party in Hattox Hall after the performance. The warm holiday glow of the show traveled with the Plaids as they greeted their friends and admirers.

Executive Producer Lou Spisto, actors Leo Daignault and David Brannen, Board Members Jo Ann Kilty and Elaine Darwin, and actors Jason Heil and Michael Winther.

The Plaid design team: Sean Fanning (set), Paul Peterson (sound) and Charlotte Devaux (costumes).

Plaid prop master David Buess.

Lou Spisto and Plaid creator Stuart Ross with actors Michael Winther, David Brannen, Leo Daignault and Jason Heil.

Globe Education Associate Kim Montelibano Heil and Jason Heil.

Actor Michael Winther and Diretor of Production Robert Drake.




(11/22/10) • A host of local television stations covered the Globe's annual Tree Lighting on Sunday evening. Fox 5's Jenny Hammel had a Grinch's-eye view from the front row. Check out the video clip:


And Jeff Powers also weighed in on San Diego 6 / CW:


(11/19/10) • Fah Who Doraze (which means "Welcome, Christmas" in the native Who-tongue) and welcome to the cast of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This year's edition features a host of Who-returnees including Jeff Skowron as The Grinch. The cast, crew and staff of the Globe gathered before rehearsal to welcome each other to another festive holiday season at The Old Globe.

Martin Van Treuren (Old Max), Annette Yé (Stage Manager), Jeff Skowron (The Grinch) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

Executive Producer Lou Spisto greets the 2010 Grinch cast.

Emma Rasse, Allison Ma, Aaron Acosta and Samantha Littleford (Little Whos).

Kürt Norby, Kyle J. Jackson and Courtney Corey (Grown-Up Whos) with Steve Gunderson (Papa Who).

Randall Dodge (Grown-Up Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who) and Phil Johnson (Grandpa Who).

Felicity Bryant, Leif Erik Isaacson, Trevor Juliano Lerma and Liam James Brandt (Little Whos).


(11/17/10) • After a successful run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, the cast, crew and the entire set of Welcome to Arroyo's traveled across town to Lincoln High School Center for the Arts as part of the Globe’s Southeastern San Diego Residency Project for a series of student matinees and public performances. Prior to the event, Globe teaching artists worked with students in the classroom to explore the art and story of the play and its social history. Welcome to Arroyo’s is part of the Globe’s second year of artistic programs in southeastern San Diego supported by a three-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation’s Artistic Innovation Fund. (Photos by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.)

Actor GQ greets the students before the show.

Lincoln High School's Donald Robinson introduces the cast of Welcome to Arroyo's at a post-performance discussion.

A full house at one of four student matinees.

Lincoln High students enjoy the talk-back.


(11/17/10) • (back l. to r.) The cast of Plaid Tidings -- Michael Winther (Frankie), David Brannen (Sparky), Jason Heil (Smudge) and Leo Daignault (Jinx) -- with Plaid creator Stuart Ross and Executive Producer Lou Spisto.


(11/10/10) • The fifth annual Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 21 at 6:00 p.m. and kicks off the holiday season in conjunction with San Diego's favorite holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the Globe Plaza and will remain for the run of the show. This fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch and Plaid Tidings casts and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe's Cople Plaza. Tickets to this FREE event can be obtained by visiting the Box Office or by calling (619) 23-GLOBE.


(11/8/10) • The cast and crew of The Winter's Tale celebrated in Hattox Hall after a magical opening night. The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production runs in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre through Nov. 14.

Christian Durso, Ryman Sneed and director Ray Chambers.

Ethan Stone, Andrew Hutcheson, Shirine Babb, Robby Young, Graduate Theatre Chair Richard Seer and Deborah Radloff.

Shirine Babb, Grayson DeJesus and Ethan Stone.

Jonathan Spivey, Bree Welch and Ben Diskant.

Rachael Jenison, Adam Daveline, Jesse Jensen,
Robby Young and director Ray Chambers.

Voice and speech coach Jan Gist with Allison Spratt Pearce.


(10/21/10) • The set for Welcome to Arroyo’s is designed to place the audience in the lounge called Arroyo’s. Surrounding the audience are grafitti-covered panels used to represent the exteriors and as projection screens for the various images that help illustrate the story. The panels were built in the Globe's scene shop and were painted by artists from Writerz Blok, a San Diego-based community of artists focusing on alternative and hip-hop culture. They are conveniently located just down the street from the Old Globe Technical Center. This is their second collaboration with the Globe, the first being the production of the hip-hop musical Kingdom in 2009. The projected images were painted on walls at the Technical Center and photographed as they were created. Projection designer Aaron Rhyne created animations based on the painting process which give life to the images.

Festival Set


(10/20/10) • Jeff Skowron will return as the Grinch in the Globe’s 13th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Jeff made his Globe debut as the Grinch in last season’s production. The annual holiday musical will run in the Old Globe Theatre Nov. 20 – Dec. 26. New this year: Tickets to the 11:00 a.m. performances can be purchased for children of all ages!

Jeff is no stranger to Grinch, having performed in both the 2007 and 2008 Broadway productions. He is co-creator and co-star with Matt Yeager of the popular web series "Greg and Donny," which recently won the top honor at the 2010 New York Television Festival: a development deal with the Independent Film Channel ( His additional Broadway credits include Enron (Trader), The Lion King (Ed, Timon, Zazu), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou), High Society (Stanley) and the workshop of The Boy From Oz (playing Chris Bell opposite Hugh Jackman). Jeff has appeared Off Broadway in Debbie Does Dallas and Zombie Prom. His regional credits include Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Luther in the world premiere of Leap, both at Cincinnati Playhouse, and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Contemporary American Theatre Company. Jeff's film and television credits include New York City Serenade, The Narrows, How to Seduce Difficult Women, The Good Shepherd, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Premium, Chapter 27, all “Law & Order” series and “Mary and Rhoda.” Skowron plays Ryan on the hit web series “The Burg,” directed by Peter Sollett, and Pippin on “All's Faire.”

Read the press release.


(10/19/10) • The complete cast and creative team of The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program's production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale have been announced. One of Shakespeare’s most intriguing romances, The Winter’s Tale seamlessly blends the comic and the tragic, the epic and the intimate. From the savage tragedy of jealous Leontes in Sicilia, to the festive comedy of Perdita and Florizel in Bohemia, this dynamic play combines elements from each dramatic genre with Shakespeare's most searing poetry and a thrilling exploration of the healing, redemptive power of time. Directed by Ray Chamber, the show will run Nov. 7 – Nov. 14 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

The cast features Shirine Babb (Paulina), Ethan Stone (Antigonus, Servant, Lord from Bohemia), Adam Daveline (Shepherd, Cleomenes, Prison Keeper), Grayson DeJesus (Clown, 1st Lord, 2nd Guard), Ben Diskant (Autolycus, 2nd Lord), Christian Durso (Leontes), Andrew Hutcheson (Polixenes, Officer), Jesse Jensen (Florizel, 1st Guard, 1st Attendant), Rachael Jenison (Perdita), Allison Spratt Pearce (Time, 2nd Lady), Deborah Radloff (Archidamus, Mopsa, 1st Gentlewoman), Ryman Sneed (Hermione), Jonathan Spivey (Camillo, 2nd Attendant, Mariner), Bree Welch (Emilia, Dorcas) and Robby Young (Mamillius).

Read the press release.


(10/14/10) • Hattox Hall was transformed into the "Arroyo's Lounge" when the cast, crew and creative team celebrated the opening of the West Coast Premiere of Welcome to Arroyo's.

Director Jaime Castañeda, exectutive producer Lou Spisto,
music director Shammy Dee and playwright Kristoffer Diaz.

Costume designer Charlotte Devaux flanked by
cast members Byron Bronson and GQ.

Cast members Amirah Vann, Andres Munar and Tala Ashe.

Partygoers dance to the Arroyo's soundtrack.

Actor Wade Allain-Marcus, playwright Kristoffer Diaz
and executive producer Lou Spisto.

Production assistant Amanda Salmons, stage manager
Elizabeth Lohr and property master David Buess.

Partygoers poppin' and lockin' at the "Arroyo's Lounge."

Arroyo's guests pause for a photo.



(10/8/10) • Gay and lesbian theatergoers and friends celebrated the Globe's current productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound and Welcome to Arroyo's at Out at the Globe on Thursday night. The delicious food prepared by Savory Deli & Market included a delicious garlic and chicken dish to warm the soul on a chilly San Diego night. Petite gourmet cupcakes provided by Cups went down easy with help from the wine and martini bar. Join us for the next pre-show Out at the Globe event coinciding with Rafta, Rafta... and Groundswell on March 31.


(10/5/10) • Who-belly's hang from the rafters at the Old Globe's Technical Center in Southeastern San Diego. The belly's will soon be dusted off in preparation for the 13th annual presentation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!



(9/10/10) • Adrian Noble will return as the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival and direct Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. Presented in repertory in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Festival will also include Much Ado About Nothing directed by Ron Daniels.

“I am delighted that Adrian Noble will be back, particularly so because this season was one of the most acclaimed and successful in the Globe’s history,” said Executive Director Lou Spisto. “Adrian’s direction and work with the company was exceptional and insightful, and the productions were stellar. In the 2011 season, we will build upon the phenomenal success of our annual Shakespeare Festival, one of the nation’s premier theatrical events.”

The season also features Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein in the Old Globe Theatre. Preceding Bernstein is a 10-day limited engagement of Hershey Felder in George Gershwin Alone. The West Coast Premiere of John Morogiello’s romantic comedy, Engaging Shaw, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre will complete the season.

“I am excited that Hershey Felder, who is beloved by Globe audiences, will return to our stage for his third appearance with his newest effort,” Spisto continued. “I also asked Hershey to reprise Gershwin as a prelude to Bernstein because Lenny is a direct artistic descendent of Gershwin. They were both icons of the Twentieth Century who straddled the worlds of popular and classical music. John Morogiello’s play Engaging Shaw is a perceptive account of the real life romance between playwright George Bernard Shaw and socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend that is very literate and entertaining.”

The complete 2011 Summer Season is as follows:

Shakespeare Festival / Lowell Davies Festival Theatre (runs May 29 – Sept. 25 in repertory)

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (May 29 – Sept. 24)
Ill-matched lovers Benedick and Beatrice trade banter and barbs in one of Shakespeare’s most popular and charming comedies. Ron Daniels (The Taming of the Shrew) returns to direct.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare (June 5 – Sept. 25)
Shakespeare's final masterpiece places the desire for revenge against the demands of love on a magical deserted island. Adrian Noble directs this enchanted tale of redemption and forgiveness.

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (June 12 – Sept. 22)
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Academy Award for Best Film, Amadeus is part biography and part murder mystery – and filled with some of the greatest music ever composed. Adrian Noble directs.

Old Globe Theatre

Hershey Felder in George Gershwin Alone (July 1 – July 10)
Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (July 15 – Aug. 28) Celebrated playwright/pianist Hershey Felder returns to the Globe with his newest work, along with an old favorite. Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein celebrates the life of one of America's greatest musicians featuring excerpts from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Mass and many more. Prior to Maestro, Felder will perform a special limited engagement of George Gershwin Alone. A smash hit at the Globe in 2006, Felder leads audiences through the fascinating rhythms of Gershwin’s legendary songbook while telling the tale of his tragically short life. Joel Zwick directs.

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

Engaging Shaw by John Morogiello (July 29 – Sept. 4)
John Morogiello’s romantic comedy reveals the real-life courtship and battle of wits between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion, Major Barbara). Engaging Shaw receives its West Coast Premiere at the Globe following its sold-out New York run.

Read the press release.


Festival Set

(9/9/10) The Old Globe and the University of San Diego welcomed seven new students into the prestigious Master of Fine Arts program at a recent reception. The Class of 2012 will strut their stuff in next summer's Shakespeare Festival! (above, l. to r.) Ethan Stone, Allison Spratt, Adam Daveline, Deborah Radloff, Jesse Jensen, Rachael Jenison and Jonathon Spivey.


(9/7/10) • The staff of the Globe gave a warm welcome to the Welcome to Arroyo's cast and creative team as they began rehearsals for the west coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz's play. Directed by Jaime Castañeda, the hip hop-infused play will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Sept. 25 – Oct. 31. Welcome to Arroyo’s will also be performed at Lincoln High School Center for the Arts Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the Globe’s Southeastern San Diego Residency Project.

The cast features Wade Allain-Marcus (Trip Goldstein), Tala Ashe (Lelly Santiago), Byron Bronson (Officer Derek), Andres Munar (Alejandro Arroyo), GQ (Nelson Cardenal) and Amirah Vann (Amalia Arroyo). The creative team includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Matthew Richards (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Shammy Dee (Musical Direction), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design) and Elizabeth Lohr (Stage Manager).

Welcome to Arroyo’s is part of the Globe’s second year of artistic programs in southeastern San Diego supported by a three-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation’s Artistic Innovation Fund. The grant enabled the Globe to initiate its Southeastern San Diego Residency Project in 2009 with a production of the hip-hop musical, Kingdom, presented at Lincoln High School Center for the Arts with a limited run at The Old Globe, in addition to a weeklong series of workshops in classrooms and in the community for students and hip-hop artists.

Read the press release.

The cast contemplates designer Charlotte Devaux's inspiration collage for the Arroyo's costumes at the design presentation.

(from left) Wade Allain-Marcus and GQ freestyle while Shammy Dee spins on the wheels of steel.

Festival Set
(rear) Andres Munar and GQ; (middle) Tala Ashe, Byron Bronson, Wade Allain-Marcus, Amirah Vann, playwright Kristoffer Diaz and director Jaime Castañeda; (front) music director Shammy Dee.

GQ and music director Shammy Dee share a laugh
as director Jaime Castañeda talks about the show.

Takeshi Kata's scale model of the Arroyo's set.


(9/2/10) • The Old Globe’s world premiere productions of Sammy and The First Wives Club – A New Musical were the recipients of five 2010 NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards presentation was held on Monday, Aug. 30 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood.

The Old Globe was named Best Producer for the world premiere production of Sammy. Broadway veteran Obba Babatundé won the Best Lead Actor award for his astonishing portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. and Ian Fraser, winner of 11 Emmy Awards for his musical talents, picked up the award for Best Music Director. The new musical’s book, music and lyrics were written by Oscar and Grammy Award winner Leslie Bricusse and premiered at the Globe Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2009.

Internationally recognized opera and theater director Francesca Zambello was named Best Director of a Musical and Broadway and West End designer Mark McCullough won Best Lighting for The First Wives Club. With music by the legendary songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, The First Wives Club premiered at the Globe July 17 – August 23, 2009.”

Read the press release.

Obba Babatundé as Sammy Davis Jr. Photo byCraig Schwarz.

High School students meet Obba Babatundé
after a performance of the world premiere musical Sammy.

75 YEARS / 7,500 TICKETS

(9/1/10) • 7,500 tickets will be made available free-of-charge to High School Students as part of the Old Globe’s ongoing 75th anniversary celebration. A new venture in its ongoing effort to connect young people with theater, complimentary tickets will be offered to all nine of the Globe’s 2010-11 Winter Season productions. Students must register online at to be eligible for the program.

Read the press release.



(8/12/10) • Jim Parsons, a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Masters of Fine Arts program, was awarded the Emmy Award for best lead actor in a comedy for his performance as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

"As it turns out, his time studying Shakespeare and the classics at USD and the Old Globe was the perfect preparation for his job playing a formula-spouting, pop-culture-pontificating theoretical physicist on network TV," said Karla Peterson in the San Diego Union-Tribune. "The Emmy statue may end up sitting on top of his piano, but part of it belongs in San Diego."

"'I cannot say, and I mean this quite sincerely, how often my time at grad school at USD enters my mind,' said Parsons. 'The type of work I did in that program to get through some of those Shakespearean texts is very similar to the work strategy I use to get through these scientifically dense speeches I have to get through now. My time at USD and the Old Globe was priceless in very specifically getting me ready for this role.'”

Congratulations, Jim!

Read the full story in the San Diego Union-Tribune

(top left, Jim Parsons and James Winker in Da, directed by Richard Seer at The Old Globe in 2001)

(bottom left, AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Festival Set


(8/24/10) • The Old Globe’s third annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive for teens concluded on Monday, August 16 with a sold out performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It. The four week program is a unique opportunity for local High School actors and actresses to refine their skills as performers in a professional setting.

This year’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive participants, all who received scholarships, were Eddy Allen (Point Loma High School), Matthew Bantock (Scripps Ranch High School), Zach Bunshaft (Coronado High School), Daniela Camilleri (Canyon Crest Academy), Celeste Conowich (San Francisco State University), Jennifer Cox (Coronado High School), Emma DePuy (home school), Taylor Fugere (The School for the Creative & Performing Arts), Jennifer Garcia (University of Notre Dame), Rebecca Gold (The Bishop’s School), Amanda Grant (The School for the Creative & Performing Arts), Angela Han (Canyon Crest Academy), Megan Hollingsworth (Grossmont Middle College High School), Emily Hoolihan (San Marcos High School), Audriana Hull (Westview High School), Jack Koester (University of California, Riverside), Geoff Lizar (Mira Mesa High School), Julia Lusitana (Grossmont Middle College High School), Tracy McDowell (Canyon Crest Academy), Naomi McPherson (High Tech High School), Jack Mullen (The Bishop’s School), Rebecca Myers (High Tech High School), Emma Perkis (Classical Academy), Sara Phelps (La Jolla High School), Caleb Puckett (Monte Vista High School), Caleb Roitz (Scripps Ranch High School), Chloe Schneider (Westview high School), Marie Shelton (The Academy of Our Lady of Peace), Kayla Solsbak (The School for the Creative & Performing Arts), Steven Turk (Linfield College), Daniel Valdez (Monte Vista High School), Paul Williams (St. Augustine High School), Christopher Yim (Classical Academy) and Laura Zablit (Scripps Ranch High School).

Below is a group photo of the energetic teens on the Lowell Davies Festival Stage with photos from Twelfth Night (above) and As You Like It (below). (Photos by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.)

Festival Set


(8/23/10) • The 2010 Globe Gala was the most successful fundraising event in the Globe's 75-year history. Held on Saturday, July 31, the amazing evening began in the Alcazar Garden with cocktails and a silent auction. The guests then enjoyed a live auction followed by a performance of the current hit musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, in the Old Globe Theatre. After the show, Gala guests enjoyed an elegant dinner and dancing under the stars on the Globe's Copley Plaza.

The Honorary Chairs of the Gala were Darlene Shiley, Audrey Geisel and Marion Ross. The Co-Chairs were Karen Cohn, Valerie Cooper, Deni Jacobs, Sandy Redman and Debbie Turner. Thanks to the generous support of the Gala's attendees, the Globe will maintain the highest standards of artistic quality while reaching out to thousands of children throughout the community with its many education programs.
(Photos by Douglas Gates.)

Co-Chairs Debbie Turner, Valerie Cooper, Sandy Redman, Deni Jacobs and Karen Cohn with Executive Producer Lou Spisto.

Conrad Prebys, Executive Producer Lou Spisto, Harvey White, Don Cohn and Jeff Jacobs.

Phil, Sheryl, Harvey and Ann White.

(front) Paul Michael, Honorary Chair Marion Ross, Alex Butterfield, Honorary Chair Audrey Geisel and Deborah Szekely. (back) Executive Producer Lou Spisto, Bill Snyder, Gloria Penner-Snyder, and Ken and Dixie Unruh.

Neiman Marcus provided the beautiful Gala table gifts and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina catered the elegant dinner.

Jeff Gleiberman, Samantha Kenter, Mark and Hanna Gleiberman and Justin Gleiberman.



(8/18/10) • There's still time to see the three plays of the 2010 Shakespeare Festival. The shows are performed in repertory with cast members playing multiple parts on different nights through Sept. 26. Read what the crtics are saying and catch a glimpse of the stellar productions!


“A sparkling play. All praise to The Old Globe for mounting it so stylishly.” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A must see! A towering performance from Miles Anderson. Stunning!” - TALKIN' BROADWAY

“It’s hard to imagine any actor anywhere besting Miles Anderson’s astonishing performance. It’s the sort of memory-making tour de force that audiences will talk about all year. Deirdre Clancy’s costumes are perhaps the finest, most historically accurate and most detailed ever seen on the festival stage.” - NORTH COUNTY TIMES

“Witty and suspenseful! A rush of delicious plotting. A rare entertainment, indeed.” - VARIETY


“Critic's Choice! This attractive duo (Jonno Roberts as Petruchio and Emily Swallow as Katherine) reveals sensitively layered details of their evolving characters, to intelligent, hilarious and finally touching effect. This fun-filled reading seems certain to fill the Festival Theatre for the summer’s duration.” - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Great, giddy fun and beautifully realized. In the riveting, passionate and forceful performances of Jonno Roberts and Emily Swallow, we are swept up in the relationship. Special mention must be made of the costumes by Deirdre Clancy which are jaw-dropping gorgeous.” - SAN DIEGO NEWS NETWORK

“Critic's Choice! King size fun! Crackling performances from Emily Swallow as Kate and Jonno Roberts as Petruchio, with inventive staging from director Ron Daniels.” - THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE


“A splendid piece of work that no one in or near southern California should miss.” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“This is one evening of Shakespearean theater you really should not miss. With so much actorly and directorial authority at the top, it’s little wonder the dozen roles plus many minor speaking parts feel transparently alive at the Globe. Top to bottom, the acting goes from strength to strength.” - NORTH COUNTY TIMES

“Critics Choice! A fine ensemble cast speaks the classic tragedy’s poetry with a crispness that informs nearly every aspect of the show.” - THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE


(8/17/10) • The Globe's Middle School Summer Intensive wrapped up its first successful summer session. Participating students in grades 6, 7 and 8 discovered new approaches to acting through lessons in voice and speech, movement, stage combat, improvisation and much more. On Friday, Aug. 6, the graduating class performed a showcase for parents and friends in Hattox Hall. The students performed short scenes and reveled in demonstrating their newly aquired stage combat techniques! For more information about the Globe's education offerings, contact



(8/16/10) • The cast and creative team assembled on Tuesday, Aug. 10 for the first day of rehearsal for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. Excitement permeated the room as director Scott Schwartz talked about his vision for the productions. Scott directed last season's smash hit production of Lost in Yonkers, so the Simon duet is in expert hands. Just like the Globe's annual Shakespeare Festival, the two plays will be performed in repertory with a rotating schedule. Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, last seen at the Globe in The First Wives Club and Six Degrees of Separation, will play Kate Jerome in the plays. Her two sons will be played by two sets of actors. Sloan Grenz will play Stanley and Austyn Myers (who appeared in Lost in Yonkers) will play Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Joseph Parks will play Stanley and Brandon Uranowitz will play Eugene in Broadway Bound. The plays will run in the Old Globe Theatre Sept. 14 – Nov. 7.

Here's the complete cast lineup for the Neil Simon plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs features David Bishins (Jack Jerome), Bonnie Black (Blanche Morton), Sloan Grenz (Stanley Jerome), Austyn Myers (Eugene Jerome), Allie Trimm (Nora Morton), Julia Vanderwiel (Laurie Morton) and Karen Ziemba (Kate Jerome). Broadway Bound features David Bishins (Jack Jerome), Bonnie Black (Blanche Morton), Howard Green (Ben Epstein), Joseph Parks (Stanley Jerome), Brandon Uranowitz (Eugene Jerome) and Karen Ziemba (Kate Jerome).

David Bishins, Karen Ziemba and Sloan Grenz watch the design presentation.

Director Scott Schwartz shares his vision of the two Neil Simon classics.

Festival Set
Joseph Parks, Brandon Uranowitz, Scott Schwartz, Karen Ziemba, Austin Myers and Sloan Grenz.

Designer Ralph Funicello's model of the set.

Ralph Funicello talks about his set designs for the two plays.


(8/12/10) • Single tickets for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will go on sale Friday, Sept. 3 at 12:00 noon. The annual holiday musical, directed by James Vasquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, will run in the Old Globe Theatre November 20 – December 26. Ticket prices range from $39 to $77 for adults and from $20 to $57 for children. Performances are restricted to children 3 years and up except for the 11:00 a.m. performances for which tickets can be purchased for children of all ages. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

(left, Jeff Skowron as The Grinch and Anna Bahen as Cindy-Lou Who in last season's production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Photo by Craig Schwartz.)


(8/12/10) • The Old Globe, in partnership with KPBS, will host a special screening of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” a new animated television series that will air daily in San Diego on KPBS-TV at 8:30 a.m. starting Sept. 6 and is designed to support science learning for preschoolers. The free event will take place on Monday, September 6 in the Old Globe Theatre. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. with screenings at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. To RSVP, please call the Globe’s box office at (619) 23-GLOBE.

All children in attendance will receive complimentary goody bags and may have their photos taken with The Cat in the Hat himself. The Grinch from the Globe’s annual holiday production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will also make a special appearance.

Photo by Francisco Santos.

“We are thrilled to help introduce the next generation to another of Ted Geisel’s immortal creations, The Cat in the Hat,” said Executive Producer Lou Spisto. “Audrey Geisel’s generous gift of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has allowed the Globe to provide hundreds of thousands of children with their first live theater experience. We are so grateful for her ongoing generosity and support of the Old Globe, the arts and children’s education and literacy.”



(8/6/10) • A permanent exhibit of photos in celebration of the Globe’s 75th anniversary has been unveiled in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center and the Old Globe Theatre lobby. The exhibit uses photographs and graphics to present images of the Globe’s 75 years including the many artists who have worked both on and off the stage.

Click here to view a video about the making of the exhibit.

“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Old Globe we thought it important to create a permanent visual display which highlights the theater and its artists, and gives the theater lover a better understanding of the art and craft of theater and the origins of the art form,” said Executive Producer Lou Spisto.

The exhibit is comprised of four parts: “Bringing Art to Life,” “Lineage of the Globe,” “Artists of the Globe” and “History of the Globe.” Curated and designed by Llance Bower, the exhibit includes more than 150 images, custom wall-mounted illustrations, motion-activated digital picture frames and lenticular printing that allows images to change when viewed from different angles.

The exhibit can be viewed by the public as part of the Globe’s regularly scheduled “Behind the Scenes” tours. The 90-minute tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. No reservations are necessary. Group tours can be scheduled for selected weekdays. For more information, or to book a tour, please contact Kim Montelibano Heil. (Photos by Jeff Wiant.)


Festival Set

(8/4/10) Aleks Pevec, Clyde Alves, Brian Shepard, Timothy J. Alex, Will Chase, Jeffrey Schecter and Anthony Wayne stop the show nightly with "Come Blow Your Horn" in Robin and the 7 Hoods - A New Musical. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


(8/4/10) • Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and actress Patricia Conolly have been named Associate Artists of The Old Globe.  They are the 54th and 55th artists to receive the prestigious honor which recognizes their unique contributions to the institution.
“I am delighted to name these two incredible talents as Associate Artists of The Old Globe,” said Executive Producer Lou Spisto. “Gregg’s renowned design skills are currently on full display on the Old Globe stage with his absolutely incredible costumes for Robin and the 7 Hoods.  His intricate designs, sophisticated color scheme, and outrageous sense of humor are the trademarks of his success.  Patricia has a long history with our institution, having first appeared as Rosalind in Jack O’Brien’s 1976 production of As You Like It.  Her prestigious career has led her to Broadway, the West End, Canada and Australia, and yet Patricia’s artistic home has remained the Old Globe. I’m thrilled to welcome her back with our wonderful production of The Last Romance.”

Read the press release.

Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes.

Actress Patricia Conolly.


(8/2/10) • The cast, staff, crew and invited guests celebrated a "ring-a-ding ding" opening night of the new Broadway-bound musical comedy Robin and the 7 Hoods in the Globe's Hattox Hall last Friday night. The crowd was "walkin' happy"and "comin' on strong" the whole night long!

Michael Feinstein and Robin director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw.

Eric Schneider, Kelly Sullivan, Executive Producer Lou Spisto, Amy Spanger and Will Chase.

Lou Spisto and Dennis Farina.

Brian Shepard, Amy Spanger and Music Supervisor John McDaniel.

Two "Jersey Boys" - Christian Hoff and Eric Schneider.

Casey Nicholaw and Lou Spisto.

Stephanie Gibson and Will Chase.

"Robinettes" Cara Cooper, Lisa Gajda and Vasthy Mompoint.