Jennifer Ferrin, Carlo Alban and More to Star in The Old Globe's BETHANY; Cast & Creative Team Announced!

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Laura Marks's powerful new play Bethany. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Bethany will run Jan. 25 - Feb. 23, 2014 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run Jan. 25 - Jan. 29. Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 30 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.

In Bethany, Crystal and Gary live in a nice home in the suburbs. Only it's not theirs. In fact, they didn't know each other before they moved in, and the story of how they got there is the beginning of Crystal's plan to get her life back on track. Between her job at the Saturn dealership, her new housemate's conspiracy theories, and the motivational speaker who just might buy that sports car, this new drama will take you on the ride of your life, with a woman willing to take on anything and everything...all for someone named Bethany.

"Bethany continues the Globe's commitment to bringing the most exciting new voices in the American theater to San Diego," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Laura Marks's new drama tells the story of an extraordinary woman who goes to great lengths to keep her family whole, and in Gaye Taylor Upchurch's humane and skilfull production, it's a powerful evening that I'm very proud to present."

Jennifer Ferrin makes her Globe debut as Crystal. Ferrin currently stars as Louise Ellison on AMC's hit Wild West drama "Hell on Wheels" and is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for her recurring role on "As the World Turns." Among her extensive theater, film, and television credits, Ferrin was part of the original Broadway cast of the smash comedy The 39 Steps.

The cast of Bethany also features Carlo Albán (Gary), DeAnna Driscoll (Shannon), Amanda Naughton (Patricia), James Shanklin (Charlie), and Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson (Toni).

The creative team includes Lauren Helpern (Scenic Design), Sarah J. Holden (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Original Music and Sound Design), J. David Brimmer (Fight Director), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).

On Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m., the Globe will present a special forum discussion, "At Home in San Diego? The Question of Affordable Housing," that will explore some of the issues raised in Bethany as they pertain to San Diego County. Panelists Todd Gloria, Interim Mayor of the City of San Diego, and Susan Riggs, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation, will discuss housing affordability and affordable housing, and how the issue of housing has impacted the community of San Diego on all levels, from homelessness to the housing market. Richard C. Gentry, President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Housing Commission, will moderate. Although the event is free, reservations are required. Reservations can be made by emailing RSVP@TheOldGlobe.org.

Edelstein said, "Laura Marks's Bethany uses the theater to examine an important national issue: the crisis in affordable housing. We're thrilled to host a special forum on that topic in conjunction with the show, and we're honored to welcome Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and other leaders on the housing issue to the Globe to help our audience learn more, and to better serve our community through our art."




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