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MIKEL SARAH LAMBERT JOINS THE CAST OF EVAN SMITH’S
THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION

 

SAN DIEGO (September 15, 2009)—Mikel Sarah Lambert will take on the role of Margaret in the West Coast premiere of Evan Smith’s The Savannah Disputation.  The previously announced Robin Pearson Rose has left the cast due to an unexpected family emergency.  Directed by Kim Rubinstein, The Savannah Disputation will run in the Globe’s Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium Sept. 26 – Nov. 1, 2009.  Previews run from Sept. 26 – Sept. 30.  Opening night is Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
 
The Savannah Disputation is a contemporary comedy about two Catholic spinsters:  the good-natured, sometimes susceptible Margaret and the no-nonsense, always spirited Mary.  When Margaret welcomes a door-to-door Pentecostal missionary into their home her conviction begins to waver.  Mary quickly hatches a plan to bring her sister back into the fold by inviting their unsuspecting parish priest to dinner, leading to a religious shakedown and a theological showdown about the true meaning of faith.
 
The cast of The Savannah Disputation features Kimberly Parker Green (Melissa), Mikel Sarah Lambert (Margaret), Nancy Robinette (Mary) and James Sutorius (Father Murphy).
 
The creative team also includes Deb O (Scenic Design), Judith Dolan (Costume Design), Alan Burrett (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).
 
Evan Smith’s The Savannah Disputation enjoyed a successful run at New York’s Playwrights Horizons in 2009, as did his previous plays, Psych and The Uneasy Chair.  His other works include Servicemen, Daughters of Genius and Remedial English.  His TV pilot, “Debs,” was a part of Naked TV, produced by Fox TV/Naked Angels.  Smith is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the recipient of a Whiting Award.
 
Kim Rubinstein previously directed The American Plan at The Old Globe.  She was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Private Lives, The Santaland Diaries and The Cocktail Hour.  Regionally, she has directed Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Portland Center Stage and San Jose Repertory Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.  Rubinstein was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the national tour of Angels in America.
 
Kimberly Parker Green previously appeared at the Globe in All's Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Two Gentlemen of Verona and received her MFA from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego.  Mikel Sarah Lambert appeared at the Globe in 2007 as Clara in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.  At the Royal Shakespeare Company she has appeared in Hamlet, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Man Equals Man and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Lambert worked in several series for the BBC including "The Mackinnons," "Play for Today" and "Gangsters." Nancy Robinette is making her Globe debut.  Her Off Broadway credits include Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Give Me Your Answer Do! and Finally FlanneryJames Sutorius as been seen at the Globe in The Price, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2007 Best Actor, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award) and Lincolnesque (2006 Best Featured Actor, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award).  On Broadway, he has appeared in The Farnsworth Invention, Conversations with My Father, The Changing Room, Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard.
 
TICKETS to The Savannah Disputation 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 Sept. 26 and continue through Nov. 1.  Ticket prices range from $29 to $62.  Performance times:  Previews: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 30 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, 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 (9/19-11/8), The Savannah Disputation (9/26-11/1), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program) (11/14-11/22), Whisper House (1/13-2/21), Lost in Yonkers (1/23-2/28).
 
PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
 
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 227-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre) 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 theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES


KIMBERLY PARKER GREEN (Melissa) THE OLD GLOBE: All's Well That Ends Well, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  REGIONAL: Midwives, Round House Theatre Company; Venus, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts; A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, National Player's Summer Tour.  EDUCATION: Green has a BFA from Boston University's School for Theatre, and an MFA from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego.
 
MIKEL SARAH LAMBERT (Margaret) THE OLD GLOBE: Hay Fever.  LONDON: Hamlet (Ben Kingsley), Henry IV, Parts I and II, Man Equals Man, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company. NEW YORK: Cyrano de Bergerac, Wit, Private Battles, The Daughter-In- Law, Richard III, Year One of the Empire, The Constant Wife. REGIONAL (Great Britain): Old Times, Victoria Regina, Elektra, Private Lives, A Taste of Honey, The Bed Sitting Room, Tom Sawyer (pantomime), A Winter's Tale, Julius Caesar. REGIONAL: Far Away, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Marriage à la Mode, The Film Society, Undiscovered Country, Arms and the Man, Richard II, Henry V.  Lambert worked in several series for the BBC including "The Mackinnons," "Play for Today" and "Gangsters." She acts, directs, teaches in New York, where she also works with emerging playwrights at the Lark Play Development Center.
 
NANCY ROBINETTE (Mary) OFF BROADWAY: Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Finally Flannery.  REGIONAL: Death of a Salesman, The Rivals, Souvenir, The Imaginary Invalid, The Silent Woman, Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Well, Body of Water, Escape from Happiness, Donna Q, The Obituary Bowl, Wonder of the World, Fat Men in Skirts, Ivanov, The Little Foxes, Christmas on Mars, Frozen, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Lady Windermere's Fan.  FILM: Serial Mom, Soldier Jack.  TV: The Hunley, The Day Lincoln Was Shot.
 
JAMES SUTORIUS (Father Murphy) THE OLD GLOBE: The Price, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2007 Best Actor, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award); Lincolnesque (2006 Best Featured Actor in a Play, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award).  BROADWAY: The Farnsworth Invention, Conversations with My Father, The Changing Room, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard.  OFF BROADWAY: Sexual Perversity in Chicago.  REGIONAL: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Santa Barbara’s Grenada Theater; The Farnsworth Invention, La Jolla Playhouse; Hamlet, Cleveland Playhouse and Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Crucible, South Coast Repertory; Uncle Vanya, The Price, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Macbeth, Chicago Court Theatre; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stage West; The Devil’s Disciple, Arizona Theatre Company; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pasadena Playhouse; 2 Lives, George Street Playhouse; A Perfect Wedding, Kirk Douglas Theatre; A Man for All Seasons, Nevada Conservatory Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Festival/LA; The Seagull, Matrix Theatre Company.  TV: Skokie, On Wings of Eagles, A Death in Canaan, Space, Prototype, My Breast, A Question of Love, “The Andros Targets,” “CSI,” “The Unit,” “E.R.”, “The Practice,” “The X-Files,” “Ally McBeal,” “Charmed,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Quantum Leap.”
 
 

FACT SHEET


THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION
By Evan Smith
Directed by Kim Rubinstein
 
RUNS: Sept. 26 – Nov. 1, 2009, Old Globe Theatre

TICKETS:
 $29-$62

SYNOPSIS:
 A contemporary comedy about two Catholic spinsters and a door-to-door Pentecostal missionary who enters their home setting off a theological showdown.

CREATIVE TEAM:
Deb O (Scenic Design), Judith Dolan (Costume Design), Alan Burrett (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).
 
CAST:  Kimberly Parker Green (Melissa), Mikel Sarah Lambert (Margaret), Nancy Robinette (Mary) and James Sutorius (Father Murphy).

PREVIEWS:
Sep 26 SAT at 8:00pm
Sep 27 SUN at 7:00pm
Sep 29 TUE at 7:00pm
Sep 30 WED at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Oct 1 THU at 8:00pm (OUT at the Globe)
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Oct 2 FRI at 8:00pm
Oct 3 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 3 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 4 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 4 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 6 TUE at 7:00pm
Oct 7 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 8 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 9 FRI at 8:00pm (Wine Lovers Night)
Oct 10 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 10 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 11 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 11 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 13 TUE at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 14 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 15 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 16 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
Oct 17 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 17 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 18 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 18 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 20 TUE at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 21 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 22 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 23 FRI at 8:00pm
Oct 24 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 24 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 25 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 25 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 27 TUE at 7:00pm
Oct 28 WED at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 29 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 30 FRI at 8:00pm
Oct 31 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 31 SAT at 8:00pm
Nov 1 SUN at 2:00pm
Nov 1 SUN at 7:00pm
 
INSIGHT SEMINAR  Monday, Sept. 28 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
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30pm–8:00pm  $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, Oct. 9, 6:30pm–8:00pm $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, Oct. 16, 6:30pm–8:00pm $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, Oct. 13 & 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 28
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE
 
BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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 .

PHOTOS:
Digital images of Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
 
PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org