World Premiere by Bacharach/Slater, SCOTTSBORO BOYS et al. Set for Old Globe in 2011-2012; Full Season Announced

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Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced that The Old Globe will produce the World Premieres of four new plays and musicals in its 2011-12 Winter Season. The season will feature the World Premiere musicals Some Lovers by music legend Burt Bacharach and Tony Award winner Steven Sater and Nobody Loves You by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, as well as the West Coast Premiere of John Kander and Fred Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. The two plays receiving World Premiere productions are Somewhere by Globe Playwright-in-Residence Matthew Lopez and The Recommendation by Jonathan Caren. The new season also includes revivals of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show and the Eugene O'Neill classic Anna Christie directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn. Special events include the World Premiere of Odyssey by Todd Almond, a music theater event conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet celebrating the Globe's 75th Anniversary, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of Twelfth Night and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which returns for its 14th consecutive year.

"The season is particularly exciting because of all the new work, and I think it is quite varied in terms of style and story," said Spisto. "We are working with some of today's most interesting and accomplished writers, and they all have something to say that both resonates with us and sparks a reaction. The revivals are also entertaining and a bit daring. It's a big season with 10 productions, and that's only the winter! All in all we are doing 15 productions and one special event celebrating the culmination of our 75th Anniversary - it's pretty amazing."

The Old Globe 2011-12 WINTER SEASON

Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

September 15 - November 6, 2011
Richard O'Brien'S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Directed by Oanh Nguyen

When Brad and Janet, a clean-cut young couple from the suburbs, get caught with a flat in the middle of nowhere, they seek help from the devilishly charming transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter. What they discover in his mysterious laboratory is a time warp of sexual and scientific possibilities - and, perhaps, true love. The musical that became a movie and started a 35-year nonstop cultural phenomenon is back where it is meant to be seen - live on stage.

Richard O'Brien (Book, Music and Lyrics) began his career as an actor, performing in the London productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s. With the guidance of director Jim Sharman, O'Brien opened his new musical The Rocky Horror Show at the Theatre Upstairs in 1973. Within weeks it became a cult theater hit and quickly led to an original cast album. Two years later O'Brien and Sharman adapted it into a film, retitled The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Though the material was highly provocative for its time, including depictions of gay and transgender culture, the movie gained a huge cult following and made stars of its leads. O'Brien himself appeared in the movie as Riff Raff. Still in limited release 35 years after its premiere, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. O'Brien created a follow-up movie, Shock Treatment, and several more stage musicals in the ‘80s, and he continued to act in bit parts in cult films such as Flash Gordon, Dark City, Ever After and Dungeons & Dragons. In 1998 he released a CD, entitled Absolute O'Brien, of music from his one-man revue, Disgracefully Yours. He served as the host of the popular British game show "The Crystal Maze" and appeared on the West End in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He also occasionally does cabaret-style music and comedy performances on stages around the world, singing songs from Rocky Horror, among others.

Oanh Nguyen (Director) co-founded Chance Theater in 1999, where he is currently Artistic Director. He also serves as the Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory as part of Theatre Communications Group's New Generations Program. Nguyen was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County and is a recipient of the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color fellowship. Nguyen recently directed the West Coast premiere of Po Boy Tango by Kenneth Lin at East West Players. He was also the Associate Director of the world premiere of The Happy Ones by Julie Marie Myatt at South Coast Repertory (nominated for two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production). His other directing credits include the world premiere of The Girl, The Grouch and the Goat by Tony Award winner Mark Hollmann, Three Days of Rain, Bash, Lee Miller: The Angel and The Fiend, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Tape, Closer Than Ever, Porcelain, Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Laramie Project, Jesus Hates Me (remounted at South Coast Repertory), Inventing Van Gogh, Frozen, The Last Five Years, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, Rabbit Hole, Hair (five Ovation Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical, and six LADCC Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Revival), Merrily We Roll Along, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter and the Chance's original staging of The Who's Tommy (recently remounted at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, five Ovation Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical, three LADCC Award nominations, two Garland Awards and a Back Stage Critic's Pick).

November 19 - December 31, 2011
Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Original Production Conceived and Directed by Jack O'Brien
Original Choreography by John DeLuca
Directed by James Vasquez

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 14th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day" and "Fah Who Doraze," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

James Vasquez (Director) has been re-creating the original musical staging for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! since 2003. He won the 2010 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Direction of Cygnet Theatre Company's production of Sweeney Todd, which also won the award for Outstanding Resident Musical. His other recent directing/choreography credits include the West Coast Premieres of [title of show] (2010 Craig Noel Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and Resident Musical), Fair Use and Twist (Diversionary Theatre), A Little Night Music (choreographer) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cygnet Theatre Company) and Into the Woods (New Village Arts). He created musical staging for Boeing-Boeing as well as serving as Associate Director on Jane Austen's Emma - A Musical Romantic Comedy (The Old Globe). Along with his partners Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston, Vasquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. Their first two feature films, 29th and Gay (TLA Releasing, Here TV) and Ready? OK! (Wolfe Video, LOGO) have played national and international film festivals with Ready? OK! taking the Best Feature Film jury award in Seattle, North Carolina and San Diego. Daisy 3 is currently in post-production on its latest feature, That's What She Said starring Anne Heche. As an actor, Vasquez has appeared on film, television, Off Broadway and regional stages. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama.

January 14 - February 19, 2012
DIVIDING THE ESTATE
WEST COAST PREMIERE
By Horton Foote
Directed by Michael Wilson

Nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, Dividing the Estate is Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote's knowing comedy about family, money and greed. Living in present day Texas and ruled by octogenarian matriarch Stella, the family must confront their past as they prepare for an uncertain future when their family fortune begins to diminish. Stella's children debate whether or not they should divide the estate while their mother is still alive in order to ensure themselves financial independence. Director Michael Wilson, considered the foremost interpreter of Foote's work, reunites with Dividing the Estate's Broadway creative team and members of the cast to remount this modern classic. A co-production with the Alley Theatre.

Horton Foote (Playwright) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies and his notable live television dramas during the Golden Age of Television. He had his first play, Texas Town, produced Off Broadway in 1941. His other plays include The Last of the Thorntons, The Chase, The Traveling Lady, The Trip to Bountiful, Night Seasons, Tomorrow, The Habitation of Dragons, The Orphans' Home Cycle, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Courtship, Laura Dennis, Vernon Early, The Roads to Home, The Carpetbagger's Children and The Day Emily Married. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta. In 1995, Foote was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000. Foote died on March 4, 2009.

Michael Wilson (Director) is in his final (and 13th season) as Artistic Director of Hartford Stage and has produced over 75 productions for the theater, including the World Premiere of Tea at Five starring Kate Mulgrew. He has directed 29 productions at Hartford Stage, including Horton Foote's three-part commissioned World Premiere The Orphans' Home Cycle, which received the 2010 New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Play; the Drama Desk and Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Theatrical Event of the Season and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Under his leadership, Hartford Stage has focused on the development of new work - with 13 Broadway or Off Broadway transfers - and the expansion of its education and community outreach programs. His other directing includes the Broadway productions of Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate (Lincoln Center Theater), Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle nomination) and Old Acquaintance (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off Broadway he has directed Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle (Signature Theatre Company), The Carpetbagger's Children (LCT), Dividing the Estate, The Day Emily Married and Tina Howe's Chasing Manet (Primary Stages), Christopher Shinn's What Didn't Happen (Playwrights Horizons), Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets, Jane Anderson's Defying Gravity and Tennessee Williams' The Red Devil Battery Sign. Wilson has also directed regionally at Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Philadelphia Theatre Company, among others. His international directing credits include Angels in America Parts I and II and the 1995 Venice Biennale.

March 3 - April 8, 2012
TO BE ANNOUNCED

An exciting production will be announced at a later date.

April 22 - June 3, 2012
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman

Direct from Broadway, and nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Scottsboro Boys is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theater giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago's record-breaking revival), this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with arresting originality. The show is based on the notorious Scottsboro case in the 1930s in which nine African American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime. An inspiring story told through a mix of innovative staging and a breathtaking score, The Scottsboro Boys was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "The Best New Musical of the Year." A co-production with American Conservatory Theater.

John Kander and Fred Ebb (Music and Lyrics) have collaborated for the theater on Flora, the Red Menace, Cabaret (Tony Award, Best Composer and Lyricist), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70, Girls, 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Original Score), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Original Score), The World Goes Round, Steel Pier, Curtains, All About Us, The Visit and The Scottsboro Boys. Their film work includes Funny Lady, Lucky Lady, Cabaret, New York, New York, Steppin' Out, Chicago, Kramer vs. Kramer, Places in the Heart, Still of the Night, Blue Skies Again. Their television credits include "Liza with a Z," "Steppin' Out" (Emmy Award), "My Coloring Book," the Academy Awards, "Baryshnikov on Broadway," "Goldie and Liza Together," "Breathing Lessons," "The Boys Next Door" and "An Early Frost." In 1985, "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.

David Thompson's (Book) Broadway productions include the libretto for The Scottsboro Boys with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The show originated at Off Broadway's Vineyard Theatre and was presented at Guthrie Theater for a sold-out 10-week run. His work was recognized with a Drama Desk Award nomination as well as the Outer Circle Critics and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical. Thompson teamed with Kander and Ebb, Susan Stroman and Scott Ellis on Steel Pier (Tony Award nomination, Best Book of a Musical). He created the new script adaptation for the current revival of Chicago, which is now in its 14th year on Broadway. He collaborated with Harry Connick, Jr. and Susan Stroman on Lincoln Center Theater's Thou Shalt Not. Off Broadway, Thompson's work includes And the World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critics Awards) and the revival of Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination). Additional regional projects include new librettos for Jerry Herman's Dear World and Kander and Ebb's 70, Girls, 70. Thompson's adaptation of A Christmas Carol is now in its 20th year at McCarter Theatre. This spring, Thompson produced James Taylor's critically acclaimed Perspective series for Carnegie Hall. The four-concert series celebrated Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary and included guest artists Sting, Tony Bennett, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Barbara Cook, Alison Krauss, Robert Cray and President Bill Clinton. Thompson's television work includes the PBS specials "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" (Emmy Award nomination), "Razzle Dazzle," "Bernstein on Broadway," "The Music of Richard Rodgers" and "My Favorite Broadway."

Susan Stroman (Director) won critical acclaim for her direction and choreography of the Broadway production of The Scottsboro Boys. She directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography. She co-created, directed and choreographed the groundbreaking musical Contact for Lincoln Center Theater, winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Choreography, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards and a 2003 Emmy Award for "Live from Lincoln Center." Her other Broadway credits include Oklahoma! (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Olivier Awards), Young Frankenstein, Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man (Outer Critics Circle Award), The Frogs, Steel Pier, Big, Show Boat (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Picnic and Crazy for You (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Olivier Awards). Her Off Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys (Lucille Lortel Award), And the World Goes 'Round (Outer Critics Circle Award), Flora, the Red Menace and Happiness. At London's Menier Chocolate Factory she choreographed and co-directed Paradise Found with Harold Prince. For 10 years she choreographed Madison Square Garden's annual spectacular event A Christmas Carol (Outer Critics Circle Award) directed by Mike Ockrent. For New York City Opera she choreographed A Little Night Music, 110 in the Shade and Don Giovanni. For New York City Ballet, Stroman created Double Feature, a full-length ballet featuring the music of Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson, and For the Love of Duke featuring the music of Duke Ellington. She has created the ballets But Not for Me for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Take Five...More or Less for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her choreography received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO presentation Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall. Her other television credits include co-conceiver/choreographer for PBS's Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and An Evening with the Boston Pops - a Tribute to Leonard Bernstein. She received the American Choreography Award for her work on the Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. Stroman directed and choreographed the film adaptation of The Producers, which was nominated for four Golden Globes. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre and the winner of a record four Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

September 24 - October 30, 2011
SOMEWHERE
WORLD PREMIERE
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Old Globe Playwright-in-Residence Matthew Lopez's poignant new play is about one family's attempt to make its fantasy a reality. Gorgeous dance sequences are woven throughout the play and help to tell the story of Inez Candelaria and her three children's dream of a life in show business. With their building scheduled for demolition and their life together beginning to crumble, the filming of the West Side Story on the streets of their soon to be abandoned New York City neighborhood brings reality finally into focus. A World Premiere.

Matthew Lopez (Playwright) is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Globe. His play The Whipping Man recently concluded an acclaimed, sold-out New York run in a Manhattan Theatre Club production directed by Doug Hughes and starring Andre Braugher. The play had previously received its World Premiere production at Luna Stage in Montclair, New Jersey followed by its West Coast Premiere at the Globe last season. His other plays include Reverberation and Zoey's Perfect Wedding. He currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company and the Globe. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Playwrighting Fellow and a recent member of the Ars Nova Play Group. Somewhere was initially developed at Summer Play Festival in New York.

Giovanna Sardelli (Director) directed the West Coast Premiere of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez at the Globe. She has directed the World Premieres of Rajiv Joseph's plays The North Pool (TheatreWorks), Animals Out of Paper (Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Director) and All This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre), The Leopard and the Fox (AlterEgo Theatre Company), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre), the New York Premiere of Lynn Rosen's Apple Cove (Women's Project) and the World Premieres of James McLindon's Salvation (Hudson Stage Company), Christopher Wall's Dreams of the Washer King (The Playwrights Realm), Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower (Second Stage Theatre), Zoe Kazan's Absalom (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival) and Adriana Sevan's Taking Flight, which was developed at The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and had its World Premiere at Center Theater Group. She spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Studio Tisch. Sardelli received her M.F.A. in Acting from the Graduate Acting Program at New York University and is a graduate of their Director's Lab. At NYU she has directed numerous shows and presentations. She is on the faculty of the Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Dance at NYU.

November 26 - December 31, 2011
SOME LOVERS
WORLD PREMIERE
Music by Burt Bacharach
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Academy and Grammy Award-winning music legend Burt Bacharach joins forces with Tony Award winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) for a World Premiere musical that re-imagines The Gift of the Magi, the classic O. Henry Christmas tale, for today's audiences. On Christmas Eve, estranged lovers Molly and Ben are haunted by the memory of happier times, and like the unforgettable melody of a favorite song, their memories conspire to bring them together again. A timeless love story that takes place over 20 years, Some Lovers features a new score by Bacharach.

Burt Bacharach (Music) has been one of the most honored and successful composers for six decades, and he's still making music and setting records with his recordings, concerts and the world's best singers discovering his legendary songs and making them new again. Bacharach's credits read like the world's favorite radio station's playlist: "Alfie," "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," "Close To You," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," "I Say a Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "The Look of Love," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "This Guy's in Love with You," "Walk on By," "What the World Needs Now is Love," "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "That's What Friends Are For" are just a few of his 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+-year run on the charts. Bracketed with contemporaries Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, and recognized with three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards (including the 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), Bacharach's music is part of the culture in so many ways. From helping non-profits raise funds ("That's What Friends Are For") to Broadway (Promises, Promises), movies (soundtracks for everything from "Austin Powers" and "Spider-Man 2" to "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Fatal Attraction"), scores of new albums and singles each year, Bacharach's music is always nearby. His newest CD is When Ronan Met Burt, adding to his list of CDs impacting the international charts.

Steven Sater (Book and Lyrics) won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Lyrics, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Spring Awakening. His plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film), Asylum (Naked Angels) and a reconceived musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest (Lyric Hammersmith). He has collaborated with Duncan Sheik on Nero (Magic Theatre, New York Stage and Film), The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater and New York Stage and Film), Alice By Heart (commissioned by The National Theatre of London's Connections Festival) and the critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch Records). Sater wrote the script and lyrics for Prometheus Bound with music by Serj Tankian and directed by Diane Paulus, which premiered at American Repertory Theater in March 2011. Additionally, Sater works as a pop/rock lyricist and a screenwriter (the forthcoming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remake for Sony Pictures).

January 21 - February 26, 2012
THE RECOMMENDATION
WORLD PREMIERE
By Jonathan Caren
Directed by Jonathan Munby

Aaron is smart, charming and over-privileged. Iskinder, his new college roommate, comes from a middle-class immigrant family and is under-connected. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long. After a chance encounter with an accused felon sets off a chain of events that puts Aaron's life at risk, the two men are forced to rethink the meaning of friendship. The Recommendation is a bold and candid look at modern friendship from an exciting new theatrical voice. A World Premiere.

Jonathan Caren (Playwright) is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. His plays have been featured at Manhattan Theatre Club (Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Reading Series ‘11), The Ensemble Studio Theatre (Octoberfest ‘10), Ars Nova (ANT Fest ‘10) and the Lark Play Development Center, among others. His play Friends in Transient Places, directed by Evan Cabnet, premiered during The Juilliard School's 2010 Playwrights Festival, and his original drama Catch the Fish, directed by Kristin Hanggi, won Most Outstanding Play in the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. He is a participant in the 2011 Old Vic/New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, a member of Partial Comfort Productions and a prime member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is a winner of the LeComte Du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center Theater, a Kennedy Center Finalist and winner of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Literature.

Jonathan Munby (Director) recently directed The Winter's Tale (Guthrie Theater), A Number and White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Prince of Homburg and Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse), The Dog in the Manger (The Shakespeare Theatre Company, 2010 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Director), 24-Hour Plays (The Old Vic), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe), Henry V and Mirandolina (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company: Stratford, West End and International Tour, including the Kennedy Center), Madness In Valencia (RSC: The Other Place), A Number, The Comedy of Errors and Bird Calls (Crucible Theatre), Nakamitsu (Gate Theatre), Noises Off (Arena Stage), Journeys Among the Dead (Young Vic), Bed Show (Bristol Old Vic), The Anniversary (Garrick Theatre), John Bull's Other Island (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Tartuffe (also National Tour), The Gentleman from Olmedo, The Venetian Twins, The Triumph of Love and Dancing at Lughnasa (Watermill Theatre), Troilus and Cressida, Love for Love, Festen and The Way of the World (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) and Numb (C venues, Edinburgh Festival Fringe). His recent opera credits include Carmen (Opera Holland Park), Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera) and Sweetness and Badness (Welsh National Opera). His forthcoming productions include ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Company (Crucible Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Akasaka ACT Theater, Tokyo).

March 10 - April 15, 2012
ANNA CHRISTIE
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by David Auburn

The Old Globe's acclaimed "Classics Up Close" series continues with Anna Christie, Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the knotty relationship between an old sailor and the daughter he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Their new bond becomes strained when she falls in love with a young man whose seafaring life isn't what her father wants for her. When Anna reveals to both men the shameful secret she has been harboring, they come to understand the harsh reality of her past and show her compassion, love and forgiveness.

Eugene O'Neill (Playwright) is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest dramatists. He won the Pulitzer Prize four times: in 1920 for Beyond the Horizon, in 1922 for Anna Christie, in 1928 for Strange Interlude and in 1957 for Long Day's Journey into Night. His other plays include The Emperor Jones, Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness!, The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten and A Touch of the Poet. O'Neill was awarded the Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1923, a Litt.D. from Yale University in 1923, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936 and, for Long Day's Journey into Night, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1957. He died of pneumonia on November 27, 1953, in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Auburn's (Director) recent and upcoming directing credits include Michael Weller's Side Effects (MCC Theater) and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment and Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (Berkshire Theatre Festival). His plays include The Columnist, slated for Manhattan Theatre Club/Broadway in 2011-12, Proof (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award) and the recent adaptation of The New York Idea (Atlantic Theater Company). His films include The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House.

May 2 - June 10, 2012
NOBODY LOVES YOU
WORLD PREMIERE
Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter
Book and Lyrics by Itamar Moses
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum

When Jeff, a young grad student, joins a reality television show to try and win back his ex, he unexpectedly meets a girl who might be the love of his life. But when seduced by the adulation of his fans, Jeff must decide what is more important - fame or love? Filled with tuneful pop songs, Nobody Loves You is an irreverent new musical comedy about the search for real relationships in a pop culture that is anything but. A World Premiere.

Gaby Alter (Music and Lyrics) is a New York-based songwriter and composer. His music has been featured on MTV, PBS, National Public Radio, the G4 Network and at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He is a Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and has won awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival. Alter wrote the music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which was produced at Goodspeed Musicals in 2010. His other works include 29, a pop-rock song cycle with Tommy Newman, the cabaret Not That We're Bitter with Sophie Jaff and Young Zombies in Love with Damian Hess, aka MC Frontalot. His music has been featured at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals, Goodspeed's Festival of New Artists, Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Joe's Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Merkin Concert Hall and on Sirius Radio. Alter has written songs for PBS television ("Music Time With Mr. Steve") and the theme for the NPR show "Backstory." He helped score (and starred in) the documentary Nerdcore Rising, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is now on Netflix Instant Watch and Hulu.com. As Gminor7, he is rapper MC Frontalot's keyboardist and co-writer with songs in video games and on cable television. Alter is an ASCAP member and alumnus of Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Itamar Moses (Book and Lyrics) is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, Completeness and The Den, a collection of short plays titled Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It), as well as various one-acts. He is presently adapting Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude for the stage with composer Michael Friedman and director Daniel Aukin. His work has appeared Off Broadway and at regional theaters across the country and in Canada, France and Brazil. They have been published by Faber & Faber, Heinemann Press, Playscripts Inc., Samuel French and Vintage. Moses has received new play commissions from McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory and Lincoln Center Theater. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and has taught playwriting at Yale University and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater's Playwrights' Coalition, Naked Angels Mag-7 and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He was born in Berkeley and now lives in Brooklyn.

Michelle Tattenbaum (Director) has directed Itamar Moses' plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It) (world premiere, The Flea Theater), The Four of Us (Los Angeles premiere, Firefly Theater & Films) and Szinhaz and Untitled Short Play (both world premieres, Naked Angels). She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific, touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months. Regionally, she has directed at Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Tattenbaum worked for Manhattan Theatre Club for three years, producing and developing new musicals including A Class Act (a production that transferred to Broadway) and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. She is a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow.

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The season also includes a special music theater event commissioned by The Old Globe in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. Odyssey, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond (Girlfriend, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) is a reimagining of Homer's epic poem performed by both professional artists and over 60 members of the San Diego community. Odyssey, part of the Globe's Southeastern San Diego Residency Project, will be performed on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2, 2011 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Additionally, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program will present Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's magical comedy of mistaken identities, Nov. 6 - 13, 2011 in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. The nationally-renowned professional actor training program is an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theater. Richard Seer directs.

The 2011 Summer Season features the annual Shakespeare Festival led by acclaimed director Adrian Noble. Noble will direct The Tempest (June 5 - Sept. 25) and Amadeus (June 12 - Sept. 22). Presented in repertory, the Festival will also include Much Ado About Nothing (May 29 - Sept. 24) directed by Ron Daniels. The Summer Season also includes Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone (July 1 - July 10) and Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (July 15 - Aug. 28) directed by Joel Zwick and Engaging Shaw (July 29 - Sept. 4), John Morogiello's romantic comedy directed by Henry Wishcamper.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits. Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Subscriptions to the Globe's 2011-12 Winter Season range from $99 to $536. Eight-play packages range from $188 to $536. Four-play packages range from $99 to $340. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

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.

Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

 

 

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