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THE OLD GLOBE/UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
GRADUATE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS
SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT


SAN DIEGO (Oct. 7, 2011)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, running Nov. 6 – Nov. 13 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Opening night is Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m.  Directed by Richard Seer, tickets to Twelfth Night can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Shipwrecked on the rocky coast of Illyria, the lovely and plucky Viola disguises herself as a man to protect her honor in this strange land and finds employment as a page in the court of the lovesick Duke Orsino. But just as Viola falls in love with her new boss, the beautiful Olivia – whom Orsino is pursuing – finds herself attracted to this new young man, who's really Viola in disguise. Meanwhile, the servant Maria and the drunken Sir Toby Belch conspire to enact a riotous revenge on the hilariously presumptuous servant Malvolio. This magical comedy is filled with Shakespeare's most indelible comedic characters and sidesplitting situations.  

The cast features Matt Bellows (Captain, Priest, Officer), Adam Daveline (Toby), Jeremy Fisher (Sebastian), Rachael Jenison (Maria), Jesse Jensen (Feste), Danielle O’Farrell (Fabian), Allison Spratt Pearce (Viola), Deborah Radloff (Olivia), Stephanie Roetzel (Curio, Olivia’s Lady), Christopher Salazar (Orsino), Jonathan Spivey (Malvolio), Whitney Wakimoto (Antonia) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Andrew).

Thecreative team includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Michelle Hunt Souza (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Kevin J. Anthenill (Sound Design and Original Music), Jan Gist (Voice Coach), Liz Shipman (Movement), George Yé (Stage Combat), Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg), Ray Chambers (Text Coach), Nicole Ries (Stage Manager), Jamie Gillcrist (Assistant Stage Manager) and Lindsey Roth (Assistant Director).

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre.  For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.

Director Richard Seer is an award-winning director and actor and has directed and/or performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, on film and television and in over 70 productions at regional theaters in this country and Great Britain, including The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Sybil Thorndike Theatre in England.  He originated the role of Young Charlie in the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hugh Leonard’s Da and received the Theatre World Award for his performance.  At The Old Globe, he has directed productions of Life of Riley, The Last Romance, The Price, Romeo and Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Trying, Fiction, Blue/Orange (San Diego Critics Circle Award), All My Sons, Da and Old Wicked Songs (Patté Award).  Recent directing assignments also include Third (Huntington Theatre Company) and Sonia Flew (San Jose Repertory Theatre).  He received his M.F.A. in directing from Boston University, where he was awarded the prestigious Kahn Directing Award in 1985.  In 1990, Seer was invited to return to Boston University’s School for the Arts as an Associate Professor of Acting and Directing.  He has been Director of The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program since 1993.  In 2010, he was awarded the Craig Noel Distinguished Professorship.

TICKETS to Twelfth Night 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 Nov. 6 and continue through Nov. 13.  Tickets are $19.  Performance times:  Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, 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.

CALENDARRichard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (9/15-11/6), Somewhere (9/24-10/30), Twelfth Night (11/6-11/13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/19-12/31), Some Lovers (11/26-12/31), Dividing the Estate (1/14-2/12), The Recommendation (1/21-2/26).

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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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

MATTHEW BELLOWS (Captain, Priest, Officer) recently appeared in Sunset Boulevard (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Scarlett Pimpernel (Hale Centre Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (The People’s Theater) and Big River, Les Misérables and The Sound of Music (Tuacahn Center for the Arts). His television and film credits include “Everwood,” Forever Strong and The Letter Writer.

ADAM DAVELINE (Toby) has appeared in the Globe productions of The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus and Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy and also appeared as The Shepherd in the Globe/USD M.F.A. production of The Winter’s Tale. Some of his regional credits include Bruce in Finding Nemo – The Musical (Walt Disney Creative Entertainment), Javert in Les Misérables, David in Company, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, Carl in Bus Stop, Zoser in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Smudge in Forever Plaid and The Baker in Into the Woods. His film work includes Fire Creek (Lifesong Productions). His recordings include the concept albums of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Savior of the World. He has also performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall with the National Alliance for Excellence.

JEREMY FISHER (Sebastian) has been seen in the Chicago productions of Coronado and Hollow Lands (Steep Theatre Company), Stage Door and No More Dead Dogs (Griffin Theatre Company), the title role in Ivanov, Sweet Confinement (After Dark Award for Outstanding Ensemble), The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers and Bible B-Sides (Sinnerman Ensemble), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Artistic Home), Election Day (Theatre Seven), Odin's Horse (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre), Hot N' Throbbing (Pine Box Theater Company) and Another Day in the Empire (Black Sheep Productions). 

RACHAEL JENISON (Maria) was last seen in at the Globe in The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Amadeus and in the Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Winter’s Tale. Her Chicago credits include Magnolia (Goodman Theatre), Wood Demon (The Library Theatre) and Hedda Gabler and Misanthrope, or the Impossible Lovers (Vintage Theater Collective). Her regional credits include Almond and the Seahorse (Madison Repertory Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Great River Shakespeare Festival).

JESSE JENSEN (Feste) was recently featured at The Old Globe in The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus and Death of a Salesman directed by Pam MacKinnon. He has also appeared in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of The Winter’s Tale and Dear Harvey. His regional credits include The Heiress (Long Beach Playhouse), West Side Story (Musical Theater Los Angeles), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival) and the National Tour of The Art of Being (Adriana Garza Productions). His Los Angeles credits include Brilliant Traces, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Feeding the Moonfish (Front Porch Players) and the title role in Hamlet (Loyola Marymount University). His film and television credits include Wasted, Annabelle, Nomad and Charley as well as primetime roles on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cane” and “Cold Case.”

DANIELLE O’FARRELL (Fabian) appeared in Chicago in The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), Orpheus Descending (American Theater Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and the world premiere of Hideous Progeny, No Exit and The Love of the Nightingale (LiveWire Chicago Theatre). She has performed in numerous other productions with the side project theatre company, First Folio Theatre, Signal, Point of Contention Theatre Company and Bruised Orange Theater Company. Her film credits include Farewell Darkness and Stay with Me. Her television credits include “My Boys.”

ALLISON SPRATT PEARCE (Viola) was recently seen in the Globe productions of The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus and Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy and the Globe/USD M.F.A. production of The Winter’s Tale. Her Broadway and Off Broadway credits include Cry-Baby, Curtains, Good Vibrations and originating the role of Miss B. in Enter Laughing. She has appeared in National and European Tours as Sally in Cabaret and Sandy in Grease. She has been fortunate to play the leading roles regionally in My Fair Lady (Capital Repertory Theater), The Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed Musicals and Manhattan Theatre Club), Cinderella (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Oklahoma! (Casa Mañana), Barnum, Footloose and Singin’ in the Rain (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Flat Rock Playhouse). In film and television her roles include The Smurfs (summer 2011), He Got Game, NY-70 (NBC pilot) and hosting on HSN.

DEBORAH RADLOFF (Olivia) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus and Death of a Salesman and was also seen in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. staging of The Winter’s Tale. Her Off Broadway credits include Girls Night: The Musical (Sophia’s Downstairs Cabaret), and her Off Off Broadway credits include Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres Corbusier). Her other New York credits include Mosheh: A Video (HERE Arts Center) and Powerhouse (New York International Fringe Festival). She has appeared regionally in The Yiddish Are Coming: The Chosen Musical (world premiere, Denver Civic Theatre), Pericles, Othello, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival) and A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).

STEPHANIE ROETZEL (Curio, Olivia’s Lady) is making her Old Globe debut. She has previously performed regionally with the Williamston Theatre Festival Apprentice Program, Vanderbilt University, The Victory Theatre Center and Lake Charles Little Theatre.

CHRISTOPHER SALAZAR (Orsino) has appeared in New York in the world premiere of Thieves (The Public Theater), Hamlet (Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, Inc.), The Merchant of Venice (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Brave New World Repertory Theatre) and Big Love (Columbia University). His regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Saint Joan (Barter Theatre), Deathtrap (The Barnstormers Theatre), The Winter's Tale, Antony and Cleopatra and Love’s Labour’s Lost (American Shakespeare Center) and the East Coast Premiere of Outrage (The Wilma Theater).

JONATHAN SPIVEY (Malvolio) was recently seen at the Globe in The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus and Death of a Salesman and in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Importance of Being Earnest and Dear Harvey. His New York credits include The Naked Side of Grace and The Last Chanukah. His regional credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet (Richmond Shakespeare), Cyrano de Bergerac, Souvenir and Anything Goes (Barksdale Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Black Gold (Phoenix Theatre), Dogpark: The Musical (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre IV), Gypsy (Modlin Center for the Arts), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Imaginary Invalid, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Room Service, The Foreigner, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Oliver!, Forever Plaid and A Year with Frog and Toad (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Mr. Spivey is a Second City-trained improv artist, a jazz pianist, the co-author of the musical comedy Murphy’s Law and the recipient of the 2011 Craig Noel MFA Fellowship.

WHITNEY WAKIMOTO (Antonia) appeared in New York in The Tempest (Stages on the Sound Theatre).  Her regional credits include Endgame and Big Love (Montana Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Bug (Montana Rep Missoula) and The Good Person of Szechwan (The Open Space Theatre). 

SEAN-MICHAEL WILKINSON (Andrew) has been seen in New York in The Party (Schapiro Theatre), The Joy of Sex (American Globe Theatre), Romeo + Juliette (Collective Company), The Lunar Adventure of Dar and Matey (Stolen Chair Theatre Company) and The Old Law (Theresa Lang Theatre).  His national credits include Charlotte's Web (TheatreworksUSA).  His regional credits include Antipholus of Ephesus (Lake George Theater Lab).

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FACT SHEET

TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Seer

RUNS:  Nov. 6 – Nov. 13, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  $19.

SYNOPSIS:  Viola disguises herself as a male page in the court of Duke Orsino, but as Viola falls in love with her new boss, Olivia – whom Orsino is pursuing – finds herself attracted to this new young man.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Michelle Hunt Souza (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Kevin J. Anthenill (Sound Design and Original Music), Jan Gist (Voice Coach), Liz Shipman (Movement), George Yé (Stage Combat), Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg), Ray Chambers (Text Coach), Nicole Ries (Stage Manager), Jamie Gillcrist (Assistant Stage Manager) and Lindsey Roth (Assistant Director).

CAST:  Matt Bellows (Captain, Priest, Officer), Adam Daveline (Toby), Jeremy Fisher (Sebastian), Rachael Jenison (Maria), Jesse Jensen (Feste), Danielle O’Farrell (Fabian), Allison Spratt Pearce (Viola), Deborah Radloff (Olivia), Stephanie Roetzel (Curio, Olivia’s Lady), Christopher Salazar (Orsino), Jonathan Spivey (Malvolio), Whitney Wakimoto (Antonia) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Andrew).

OPENING NIGHT: Nov 6 SUN 7pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Nov 8 TUE 7pm
Nov 9 WED 7pm
Nov 10 THU 8pm
Nov 11 FRI 8pm
Nov 12 SAT 2pm
Nov 12 SAT 8pm
Nov 13 SUN 2pm
Nov 13 SUN 7pm

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