Page, Janasz, Ciulla Headline Old Globe 2009 Summer Festival
The Tony Award®-winning Old Globe is pleased to announce the cast of its 2009 Summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring two works by Shakespeare, Twelfth Night and Coriolanus, along with Edmond Rostand's celebrated classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. The three productions will be performed in nightly rotation in the Globe's outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre June 13 - September 27, 2009.
Old Globe Resident-Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who recently helmed the Globe's acclaimed 2008 productions of All's Well That Ends Well and The Women, will direct Coriolanus and Cyrano de Bergerac, while Paul Mullins (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth) will return to direct Twelfth Night.
The 2009 Shakespeare Festival will feature Broadway veteran Patrick Page (A Man For All Season, The Lion King) in the titular role of Cyrano de Bergerac and also in Twelfth Night as "Malvolio." Page was recently seen on the Globe stage in last year in the acclaimed production The Pleasure of His Company and the hit musical Dancing in the Dark.
The repertory company will also include Globe Associate Artist Charles Janasz (Shakespeare Festival 2002-2008), Celeste Ciulla (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Othello), Greg Derelian, Grant Goodman, Dana Green, Brendan Griffin (Back Back Back), Eric Hoffmann (The Merry Wives of Windsor, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure), Katie MacNichol (The Merry Wives of Windsor, All's Well That Ends Well, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth), James Newcomb, Bruce Turk (The Merry Wives of Windsor, All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Winter's Tale) and Gerritt VanderMeer, as well as the students in The Old Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program: Ashley Clements, Andrew Dahl, Vivia Font, Catherine Gowl, Sloan Grenz, Kevin Hoffmann, Brian Lee Huynh, Jordan McArthur, Kern McFadden, Steven Marzolf, Brooke Novak, Aubrey Saverino, Tony Von Halle and Barbra Wengerd.
The Festival creative team includes: Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, director: Coriolanus and Cyrano de Bergerac; Paul Mullins, director: Twelfth Night; Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello, Set Designer; Linda Cho, Costume Designer for Twelfth Night; Anna R. Oliver, Costume Designer for R Coriolanus and Cyrano de Bergerac; York Kennedy, Lighting Designer; Chris Walker, Sound Designer; Mary K Klinger, Stage Manager, and Moira Gleason, Jen Wheeler and Erin Albrecht, Assistant Stage Managers.
Cyrano de Bergerac opens the Festival, with previews beginning June 13 and the press opening on June 27; Twelfth Night begins previews on June 17 with a press opening on July 1; and Coriolanus begins previews on June 20, with a press opening on July 5.
There are several opportunities throughout the summer to see three the Shakespeare productions on three consecutive nights, including (weekends in bold): July 7-9; July 8-10; July 9-11; July 10-12; July 16-18; July 21- 23; July 22-24; Aug 4-6; Aug 5-7; Aug 7-9; Aug 12-14; Aug 14-16; Aug 19-21; Aug 20-22; Aug 27-29; Aug 28-30; Sept 4-6; Sept 11-13; Sept 15-17; Sept 16-18; Sept 17-19; Sept 22-24; Sept 25-27. For a complete schedule of the Shakespeare Festival, please visit: http://www.theoldglobe.org/calendar/index.aspx. Tickets for the summer season are currently available via subscription. Individual tickets go on sale on Sunday, May 17 and are available by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, or by visiting the Globe Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
The Globe is thrilled to continue bringing back the time-honored tradition of repertory begun by Founding Director Craig Noel. Shakespeare at the Globe dates back to the institution's artistic roots, when, in its very first year of existence, the Theatre presented 50-minute versions of Shakespeare's plays, performed in repertory. From 1949 to 1984, the Bard's work became an even more integral part of the Globe's programming, with the creation of the annual San Diego National Shakespeare Festival, an ambitious, summer-long event in which at least three Shakespeare works were presented in repertory. Revived in 2004, the Globe Summer Shakespeare Festival has become one of the most celebrated classical festivals in the country.
The Festival has garnered over two dozen awards during the last several years, including an Outstanding Ensemble Award for Measure for Measure and Outstanding Production Awards for Pericles and The Winter's Tale from the San Diego Critics Circle.