Leanne Agmon, Jonathan Fielding, Rose Hemingway & More to Star in The Old Globe's TIME AND THE CONWAYS; Cast Announced
The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run March 29 - May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 29 - April 2. Opening night is Thursday, April 3 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.
The curtain rises on a gorgeous English country home in 1919 in the midst of a game of charades played by the young Conway family at a birthday party with their friends. Flash forward to 1937 in the same house: the grown children have gathered to settle family accounts in a world not so bright as it was. For this family, time is a kind of dream: their precious moments together are fleeting and brief, but their destinies are eternal. Time and the Conways, by the author of An Inspector Calls, is just the kind of theatrical gem Globe audiences love to rediscover, with the kind of sumptuous period scenery, costumes, and artistry for which The Old Globe is renowned.
In his poignant drama of the Conways and their eventful lives in Britain between the wars-a period that Globe audiences who love "Downton Abbey" will recognize-Priestley examines the driving forces of human existence: love, ambition, and most of all, time. He conjures a striking portrait of a family in which past, present, and future are inextricably intertwined.
"I am looking forward to welcoming San Diego audiences to the Globe to rediscover this extraordinary work by a master of the English stage," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Rarely revived in the United States, Priestley's plays are fascinating, moving, and highly theatrical. The visual artistry of the gifted director Rebecca Taichman and the richness of the Globe's production values will make Time and the Conways a memorable evening."
The cast of Time and the Conways features Leanne Agmon (Carol Conway; upcoming Hybrids), Broadway veterans Jonathan Fielding (Alan Conway; Pygmalion, The Seagull), Morgan Hallett (Madge Conway; Translations, Long Day's Journey Into Night), Rose Hemingway (Hazel Conway; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Daniel Radcliffe), Sarah Manton (Joan Helford; One Man, Two Guvnors, London's The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific, Dirty Dancing), Leo Marks (Gerald Thornton; the Globe's Lincolnesque), Kim Martin-Cotten (Mrs. Conway; The Merchant of Venice), Max Gordon Moore (Ernest Beevers; Relatively Speaking), Amanda Quaid (Kay Conway; Equus), and Lee Aaron Rosen (Robin Conway; The Big Knife, The Normal Heart).
The creative team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Matt Hubbs (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
Time and the Conways is supported in part through gifts from Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, Globe Guilders, United, and Wells Fargo.
J.B. Priestley (Playwright, 1894-1984), born in Bradford, England, was the son of a schoolmaster. He served in the British Army until 1919, when he went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Priestley was a wartime broadcaster, second only to Winston Churchill as spokesman for England's self-determination and faith. He wrote some 50 plays and dramatic adaptations; among the best known are his "Time" plays (Dangerous Corner, I Have Been Here Before, and Time and the Conways), influenced by the theories of J.W. Dunne; his psychological mystery drama An Inspector Calls; and his farce When We Are Married. Although more naturally a playwright, he is also well remembered for his many novels, including Black-Out in Gretley, Daylight on Saturday, Three Men in New Suits (springing from his observations of wartime life in Britain), and Angel Pavement, a romantic novel. Satirist, philosopher, humorist, time-theorist, political pundit, and entertainer, he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1977.
Rebecca Taichman (Director) has directed the Off Broadway productions of Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette (Soho Repertory Theater), Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons), Greenidge's Luck of the Irish (LCT3), Ruhl's Orlando (Classic Stage Company), Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam (Music Theater Group/Gotham Opera), Telemann's Orpheus (New York City Opera), Theresa Rebeck's The Scene (Second Stage), Menopausal Gentleman (Ohio Theatre), and Rappaccini's Daughter (Gotham Opera). Taichman's regional credits include Adjmi's Marie Antoinette (Yale Rep/American Repertory Theater), Milk Like Sugar and Sleeping Beauty Wakes by Rachel Sheinken and GrooveLily (La Jolla Playhouse), She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night (McCarter), Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Clean House (Woolly Mammoth), and Adjmi's The Evildoers (Yale Rep). Taichman is currently co-creating the new piece Vengeance with Paula Vogel for La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and she will be directing Sarah Ruhl's new play, The Oldest Boy, at Lincoln Center this fall.
TICKETS to Time and the Conways 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 begin on March 29 and continue through May 4. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, April 2 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. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, April 23 and no matinee performance on Saturday, April 26. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.