Eden Espinosa Will Lead Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's RAIN at Old Globe Theatre; Full Cast Announced!

Eden Espinosa Will Lead Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's RAIN at Old Globe Theatre; Full Cast Announced!

The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego will soon present a world-premiere production- Michael John LaChiusa's Rain. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Eden Espinosa will lead the production as 'Sadie.' Directed by Barry Edelstein, the show will run March 24 to May 1, 2016 at the Old Globe's Shiley Stage.

The Old Globe cast will also include: Marie-France Arcilla, Elizabeth A. Davis, Jeremy Davis, Eden Espinosa, Betsy Morgan, Rusty Ross, Mike Sears, Tally Sessions, and Jared Zirilli.

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Having gained attention from its Globe workshop in New York in 2014, starring Audra McDonald, this musical will make its official world premiere. RAIN is based on a W. Somerset Maugham tale depicting visitors to a South Pacific Island. "The way the piece is written, the characters break into these long songs that are aria-like in their structure," says Edelstein. "And they feel to me like soliloquies in a traditional play."

Somerset Maugham's classic story Rain was adapted as a movie three times, his iconic character Sadie Thompson played successively by Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. Now a brand-new musical comes to the Globe from Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson. The year is 1924, the setting a boarding hotel on the island of Western Samoa, where a missionary, a doctor, and their wives are scandalized by Sadie's arrival, particularly when they learn what she does for a living. But the missionary has secrets of his own, and when he tries to shut down Sadie's business and save her soul, more heats up than the South Pacific sun. Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes his musical theatre debut with this gorgeous and powerful new work that reveals the explosive nature of repressed desire.

For more information and season tickets, call (619) 234-5623 or visit theoldglobe.org.

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