INTO THE WOODS, OTHELLO & More Included in Old Globe's 2014 Summer Season
The Old Globe today announced its 2014 Summer Season. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will make his Summer Shakespeare Festival directorial debut with Shakespeare's great tragedy Othello. Presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Festival will also include Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Globe alumnus and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues). The Summer Season will also feature Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986, in an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Rounding out the season is Ronald Harwood's comedy Quartet, directed by Richard Seer. Into the Woods will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre and Quartet in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets to the Globe's 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only, and prices range from $92 to $332. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the box office.
"I am happy to present to San Diego and our entire region a slate of summertime offerings that includes something for everyone," said Edelstein. "The artists who will bring these works to life are a stunningly talented group and I'm thrilled to welcome them to the Globe. I am honored to be making my Old Globe Shakespeare Festival directorial debut, all the more so because I will do it alongside master Shakespearean director and Globe alumnus Mark Lamos, whose work I truly admire."
Edelstein continued, "The Globe's own Richard Seer, whose elegant and light touch is beloved by our audience, is back taking the directorial reigns in our intimate in-the-round theater. And it's a special privilege to introduce to San Diego the brilliant artists of Fiasco Theater, who are in the first rank of the next generation of American theater giants. Their splendid work with Sondheim and Lapine's musical theater classic has magical appeal for our wide and diverse audiences. This production is another opportunity for families to share the experience of live theater together."
The 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival will feature two separate productions, with distinct scenery and casts, each with its own separate run, a return to the Globe's outdoor theater's producing structure of 1988 to 2003 under then-Artistic Director Jack O'Brien. Added Edelstein, "By returning to two free-standing productions, our artists will be provided greater latitude in their responses to Shakespeare, encouraging them to take each play on its own terms, creating unique worlds with production designs that suit the individual plays. This approach will immerse audiences in these timeless stories and the singular visions these artists bring to them."
The complete 2014 Summer Season is as follows:
2014 Shakespeare Festival / Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
Othello by William Shakespeare
(June 22 - July 27)
Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his debut on the Globe's outdoor stage with one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Despite the prejudices in Venice, the brilliant general Othello excels both on the battlefield and in the halls of state. But when he marries Desdemona, his envious lieutenant Iago sets in motion a diabolical plan to destroy him. Edelstein gives us a riveting, intense, and intimate production where poetry soars and swords clash, where true love and wrenching jealousy collide.