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Press Release

 

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF
JOHN MOROGIELLO'S ENGAGING SHAW


SAN DIEGO (July 12, 2011)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast Premiere of John Morogiello’s comedy Engaging Shaw.  Directed by Henry Wishcamper, Engaging Shaw will run July 29 – Sept. 4 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run July 29 – Aug. 3.  Opening night is Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets 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.

This new comedy follows the battle of wits and the real-life romance between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright George Bernard Shaw.  When wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend sets her sights on the famed author of Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Major Barbara, the challenge of romancing this confirmed bachelor, philanderer and unromantic man is more complicated than in any of his stories.  The New York Times hailed, “Engaging Shaw is a charming romantic comedy.  If there’s a minute of the play that’s less than clever, you’ll be hard pressed to find it,” and Variety cheered, “A spirited and intelligent combat of words and sparkling banter.”

The cast of Engaging Shaw features Rod Brogan (George Bernard Shaw), Natalie Gold (Beatrice Webb), Angela Pierce (Charlotte Payne-Townshend) and Michael Warner (Sidney Webb).

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Matthew Richards (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Lavinia Henley (Stage Manager).

Playwright John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  His plays include Irish Authors Held Hostage (Greenwich Street Theatre, Warehouse Theatre and Edinburgh’s Bedlam Theatre), Men and Parts (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Shadowbox Cabaret), Stonewall’s Bust (Mountain Playhouse), Gianni Schicchi (Rep Stage and Harlequin Productions) and Engaging Shaw (Abingdon Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company and Oldcastle Theatre Company).  Engaging Shaw will receive its European premiere at Vienna’s English Theatre next spring.  A new play, Blame It on Beckett will premiere Off Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company this October.  In December, a scene from A Thing for Redheads will appear in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2011, published by Smith and Kraus.

Director Henry Wishcamper recently directed the Globe’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep.   His directing credits include Beau Williams’ Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club), Ellen Fairey’s Graceland (LCT3), his own adaptation of the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers and Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures (Goodman Theatre), Conor McPherson’s Port Authority (Atlantic Theater Company), The Seafarer (TheaterWorks), The Good Thief (Portland Stage), Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders (The Juilliard School), 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) and Thornton Wilder’s Pullman Car Hiawatha (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Keen Company).  He served as the assistant director on the Broadway productions of August: Osage County (directed by Anna D. Shapiro) and Shining City (directed by Robert Falls).  Wishcamper is the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company.  He is a Drama League Directing Fellow and a graduate of Yale University.  His next project will be Conor McPherson’s The Birds (Guthrie Theater).

Rod Brogan (George Bernard Shaw) received his M.F.A. from The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program and has appeared on Broadway in Mauritius and in the National Tour of Doubt.  His Off Broadway credits include Treasure Island.  He has appeared in The Old Globe productions of Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Much Ado About Nothing, Pentecost and The Food Chain.  His other regional credits include Doubt (Syracuse Stage), Judgment Day (Bard SummerScape) and King Lear (CENTERSTAGE).  He has appeared on television in “Major Dad” (series regular), “One Life to Live,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Oz” and “Girl Talk.”

Natalie Gold’s (Beatrice Webb) theater credits include Distracted, The Language of Trees and Howard Katz (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Fever Chart (The Public Theater), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival), Festen (Broadway), Brendan (Huntington Theatre Company) and Unfold Me (Summer Play Festival).  Her television and film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order,” “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” “Without a Trace,” Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Almost Perfect, Fairhaven, Love and Other Drugs and “Rubicon” (AMC).

Angela Pierce (Charlotte Payne-Townshend) is making her debut at The Old Globe.  Her Broadway credits include The Norman Conquests directed by Matthew Warchus, Heartbreak House directed by Robin Lefevre and A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Ed Hall.  Her Off Broadway work includes King Lear with Kevin Kline (The Public Theater), Soldier’s Wife (Mint Theater Company), Silver Nitrate (Blue Heron Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Repertory Theatre) and Hedda Gabler (Theatre at St. Clement's).  Regionally she has appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (Intiman Theatre), Proof (Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks and Arizona Theatre Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company and The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Henry VI and The Bald Soprano (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), A Flea in Her Ear (The Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Suddenly Last Summer (Studio Arena Theater), Noises Off, The Best Man and Crimes of the Heart (Cape Playhouse) and The Rivals and Macbeth (The Acting Company).  Her films include You Don’t Know Jack with Al Pacino, directed by Barry Levinson, Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe directed by Phil Gallo and Able Danger directed by Dave Herman.  Her television credits include “Private Practice,” “Lie to Me,” “Criminal Minds,” “Medium,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and Farewell Mr. Kringle for Hallmark Channel.  Pierce is a B.F.A. graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division, Alumni Board of The Acting Company and a recipient of AFTRA and R. Lansing Memorial Scholarships.

Michael Warner (Sidney Webb) most recently appeared in the revival of Arthur Kopit’s Wings, directed by John Doyle at Second Stage Theatre.  His other theater credits include shows at Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Keen Company, Soho Repertory Theater and The Fire Dept, among others.  His World Premieres include Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees at Roundabout Underground, Lucy Thurber’s Monstrosity at 13P, Missed Connections at Ars Nova and Alena Smith’s The Piven Monologues at The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub.  Warner’s solo play, How. What. Now., was selected for the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and will have a workshop production in the fall with Project Y Theatre Company and will be directed by Campbell Scott.  His television and film work includes “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Breaking Upwards, “As the World Turns” and the upcoming “Almost in Love.”  He received his M.F.A. from Rutgers.

TICKETS to Engaging Shaw 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 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre begin on July 29 and continue through Sept. 4.  Ticket prices range from $29 to $67.  Performance times:  Previews:  Friday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 3 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.

Associated events taking place during the run of Engaging Shaw include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Engaging Shaw
Monday, Aug. 1 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE

Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Engaging Shaw
Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Tuesdays, Aug. 23 and 30.  FREE

Discuss the play with members of the Engaging Shaw cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Engaging Shaw are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, Aug. 5 and 12 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Engaging Shaw are sold separately.)

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.

CALENDARMuch Ado About Nothing (5/29-9/24), The Tempest (6/5-9/25), Amadeus (6/12-9/22), Hershey Felder in Concert: The Great American Songbook (7/11-7/17), Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (7/22-8/28), Engaging Shaw (7/29-9/4), Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (9/15-11/6), Somewhere (9/24-10/30).

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 75 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 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-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 and community programs.  Numerous world premieres 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 on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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FACT SHEET

ENGAGING SHAW
By John Morogiello
Directed by Henry Wishcamper

RUNS:  July 29 – Sept. 4, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  $29-67

SYNOPSIS:  When heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend sets her sights on famed author George Bernard Shaw, the challenge of romancing this confirmed bachelor is more complicated than in any of his stories.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Matthew Richards (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Lavinia Henley (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Rod Brogan (George Bernard Shaw), Natalie Gold (Beatrice Webb), Angela Pierce (Charlotte Payne-Townshend) and Michael Warner (Sidney Webb).

PREVIEWS:
Jul 29 FRI 8pm
Jul 31 SUN 7pm
Aug 2 TUE 7pm
Aug 3 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Aug 4 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Aug 5 FRI 8pm
Aug 6 SAT 2pm
Aug 6 SAT 8pm
Aug 7 SUN 2pm
Aug 7 SUN 7pm
Aug 9 TUE 7pm
Aug 10 WED 7pm
Aug 11 THU 8pm
Aug 12 FRI 8pm
Aug 13 SAT 2pm
Aug 13 SAT 8pm
Aug 14 SUN 2pm
Aug 14 SUN 7pm
Aug 16 TUE 7pm
Aug 17 WED 7pm
Aug 18 THU 8pm
Aug 19 FRI 8pm
Aug 20 SAT 2pm
Aug 20 SAT 8pm
Aug 21 SUN 2pm
Aug 21 SUN 7pm
Aug 23 TUE 7pm
Aug 24 WED 7pm
Aug 25 THU 8pm
Aug 26 FRI 8pm
Aug 27 SAT 2pm
Aug 27 SAT 8pm
Aug 28 SUN 2pm
Aug 28 SUN 7pm
Aug 30 TUE 7pm
Aug 31 WED 7pm
Sep 1 THU 8pm
Sep 2 FRI 8pm
Sep 3 SAT 2pm
Sep 3 SAT 8pm
Sep 4 SUN 2pm
Sep 4 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, Aug. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Tuesdays,
Aug. 23 and 30
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT'S FRIDAY
Fridays, Aug. 5 and 12 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA 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.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org