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JEFFREY M. BENDER AND JOHN CARIANI TO STAR IN
CHARLES LUDLAM’S THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Henry Wishcamper Helms the Gothic Comedy


SAN DIEGO (July 8, 2009)—The Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto is pleased to announce the cast and creative team of Charles Ludlam’s gothic spoof, The Mystery of Irma Vep.  Jeffrey M. Bender and John Cariani are a “cast of thousands,” taking on the roles of Lady Enid, Lord Edgar, Nicodemus Underwood – and a mummy – among many others.  Directed by Henry Wishcamper. The Mystery of Irma Vep will run in the Globe’s Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium July 31 – Sept. 6, 2009.  Low-priced previews are available from July 31 – Aug. 5.  Opening night is Aug. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Ludlam’s Obie-winning farce has enjoyed a run as one of the most-produced plays in America. On a "dark and stormy night," Lady Enid arrives at an estate with her new husband, who is under the spell of his deceased first wife and haunted by something that’s prowling the grounds.  Strange things begin to happen around Lady Enid while the mysterious portrait of Irma Vep hanging over the fireplace gazes down upon her.  The Mystery of Irma Vep is a hilarious comedy that satirizes everything from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca to Victorian Melodrama to The Mummy's Curse.

The creative team includes Robin Vest (scenic design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Jason Bieber (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design) and Kathryn Davies (stage manager).
 
Jeffrey M. Bender (Lady Enid Hillcrest/Nicodemus Underwood/Alcazar/Pev Amri) has previously appeared at the Globe in Opus. Broadway: Cymbeline (Lincoln Center Theater).  Off-Broadway: Jane Eyre, (The Acting Company).  Regional: The Three Musketeers (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Rivals, Life of Galileo, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Enrico IV, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Measure for Measure and Camino Real (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Nerd (Delaware Theatre Company); Rounding Third and Fuddy Meers (Capital Repertory Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Sound).

John Cariani (Lord Edgar Hillcrest/Jane Twisden/An Intruder) is making his Globe debut.  Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Award nomination; Outer Critics Circle Award).  Off-Broadway: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Public/NYSF; Modern Orthodox; It’s My Party…  Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  Film: Showtime, Kissing Jessica Stein, Robot Stories. TV: Law & Order (2002-2007 - Beck, the forensics tech), Six Degrees.

Charles Ludlam was an American actor, director, playwright and founder of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in New York City.  His works include Big Hotel (1967), Conquest of the Universe, or When Queens Collide (1968), Turds in Hell, an adaptation of The Satyricon (1969), The Grand Tarot (1969), Bluebeard, an adaptation of H. G. Well's The Island of Dr Moreau (1970), Eunuchs of the Forbidden City (1971), Corn (1972) Camille (1973), Stage Blood, an adaptation of Hamlet (1975), Caprice (1976), Der Ring Gott Farblonjet, an adaptation of The Ring Cycle, The Ventriloquist's Wife, Utopia, Incorporated, The Enchanted Pig, Elephant Woman, A Christmas Carol, Reverse Psychology (1980), Love's Tangled Web (1981), Secret Lives of the Sexists, Exquisite Torture, Galas (1983), inspired by the life of Maria Callas , How to Write a Play (1983) and The Artificial Jungle (1986).
 
Henry Wishcamper’s recent directing credits include Port Authority (Atlantic Theater Company); The Seafarer (Hartford TheaterWorks); The Mound Builders (Julliard); Talking Pictures (Goodman Theatre); the New York premiere of Jane Martin’s Flags (59e59); Doug Grissom’s Elvis People (New World Stages); his own play The Polish Play, A Conflation of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry (Katharsis Theater Company); Pullman Car Hiawatha, Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play (Keen Company); Scott Blumenthal’s So Frightful… (McGinn/Cazale Theater); The Good Thief (Portland Stage Company), Moliere’s The Flying Doctor and The Imaginary Cuckold (Roundtable Ensemble); and John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore (HERE).  He served as the assistant director on the Broadway productions of August: Osage County (directed by Anna D. Shapiro), Shining City (directed by Robert Falls), Absurd Person Singular (directed by John Tillinger) and Match (directed by Nicholas Martin). Wishcamper is the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company and a Drama League Directing Fellow.
 
Associated events taking place during the run of The Mystery of Irma Vep include:
 
INSIGHT SEMINAR: The Mystery of Irma Vep  Monday, Aug. 3 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Monday night seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Champagne reception at 6:30pm.
 
OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.  $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes  Tickets: $21  (Show sold separately.)

WINE LOVERS NIGHT: Friday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.  $19
Pre-show party with hosted wine bar and tasting with a selection of cheeses and fruit.  (Show sold separately.)
 
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.  $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)
 
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesday, Aug. 11 & 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 12  FREE
Discuss the play with members of The Mystery of Irma Vep cast and crew during free post-show discussions led by The Old Globe’s creative staff after the 7:30 p.m. performances on September 17 and 23.
 
TICKETS to The Mystery of Irma Vep can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on July 31 and continue through Sept. 6.  Ticket prices range from $29 to $59.  Low-priced preview performances are available from July 31 to Aug. 5.  Performance times:  Previews: Friday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Aug. 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, educators, 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 ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
 
CALENDAR: Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac and Coriolanus (in repertory thru 9/27), Sammy (9/17-11/1), The Savannah Disputation (9/26-11/1), Whisper House (1/13-2/21).
 
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/pressphotos.html.
 
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 280-seat Conrad Prebys Theatre Center) and the 612-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 theater's education programs and outreach services.  Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as 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 in New York and at regional theatres across the country.

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FACT SHEET


THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
By Charles Ludlam
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
 
CREATIVE TEAM:
 Robin Vest (scenic design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Jason Bieber (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design) and Kathryn Davies (stage manager).
 
CAST:  Jeffrey M. Bender (Lady Enid Hillcrest/Nicodemus Underwood/Alcazar/Pev Amri) and John Cariani (Lord Edgar Hillcrest/Jane Twisden/An Intruder)

SYNOPSIS:
 Charles Ludlam’s hilarious gothic spoof satirizes everything from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca to Victorian Melodrama to The Mummy's Curse.

TICKETS:
 $29-$43 previews; $29-$59 regular performances.
 
RUNS:  July 31 – Sept. 6, 2009

PREVIEWS:
July 31 FRI at 8:00pm
Aug 2 SUN at 7:00pm
Aug 4 TUE at 7:00pm
Aug 5 WED at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Aug 6 THU at 8:00pm (Out at the Globe)
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Aug 7 FRI at 8:00pm (Wine Lovers Night)
Aug 8 SAT at 2:00pm
Aug 8 SAT at 8:00pm
Aug 9 SUN at 2:00pm
Aug 9 SUN at 7:00pm
Aug 11 TUE at 7:00pm (Post-Show Forum)
Aug 12 WED at 7:00pm
Aug 13 THU at 8:00pm
Aug 14 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
Aug 15 SAT at 2:00pm
Aug 15 SAT at 8:00pm
Aug 16 SUN at 2:00pm
Aug 16 SUN at 7:00pm
Aug 18 TUE at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Aug 19 WED at 7:00pm
Aug 20 THU at 8:00pm
Aug 21 FRI at 8:00pm
Aug 22 SAT at 2:00pm
Aug 22 SAT at 8:00pm
Aug 23 SUN at 2:00pm
Aug 23 SUN at 7:00pm
Aug 25 TUE at 7:00pm
Aug 26 WED at 7:00pm
Aug 27 THU at 8:00pm
Aug 28 FRI at 8:00pm
Aug 29 SAT at 2:00pm
Aug 29 SAT at 8:00pm
Aug 30 SUN at 2:00pm
Aug 30 SUN at 7:00pm
Sep 1 TUE at 7:00pm
Sep 2 WED at 7:00pm
Sep 3 THU at 8:00pm
Sep 4 FRI at 8:00pm
Sep 5 SAT at 2:00pm
Sep 5 SAT at 8:00pm
Sep 6 SUN at 2:00pm
Sep 6 SUN at 7:00pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  
Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, VISA and MasterCard accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].
 
LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
 
INSIGHT SEMINAR  Monday, Aug. 3 at 7:00pm
Monday night seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Champagne reception at 6:30pm.  FREE
 
OUT AT THE GLOBE
Saturday, Sept. 20, 10:30am–12:30pm  $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes  Tickets: $21  (Show sold separately.)

WINE LOVERS NIGHT
Saturday, Sept. 20, 10:30am–12:30pm  $19
Pre-show party with hosted wine bar and tasting with a selection of cheeses and fruit.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Saturday, Sept. 20, 10:30am–12:30pm $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, Aug. 11 & 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 12
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE
 
PHOTOS:  Digital images of The Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressphotos.html
 
PRESS CONTACTS:
Jeffrey Weiser 619-238-0043 x2352  jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Samantha Haskins 619-238-0043 x2355  shaskins@TheOldGlobe.org