Jessie Austrian, Ben Steinfeld & More Star in Fiasco Theater's Reimagined INTO THE WOODS, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe

Jessie Austrian, Ben Steinfeld & More Star in Fiasco Theater's Reimagined INTO THE WOODS, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe

The Old Globe continues its 2014 Summer Season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical INTO THE WOODS, which made its World Premiere at The Old Globe in 1986. The production is an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Prep for tonight's opening with just-released production photos!

The acting company includes Jessie Austrian (Baker's Wife), Noah Brody (Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella's Prince), Matt Castle (Pianist), Alison Cimmet (Witch), Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man), Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel's Prince), Liz Hayes (Cinderella's Stepmother, Jack's Mother), Claire Karpen (Cinderella, Granny), Patrick Mulryan (Jack, Steward), Ben Steinfeld (Baker), and Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel).

The creative team includes Lisa Shriver(Choreographer), Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Whitney Locher (Costume Design), Tim Cryan (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Matt Castle(Music Director, Orchestrations), Michael Perlman (Associate Director), and Marcy Victoria Reed (Stage Manager).

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from the critically acclaimed Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after "happily ever after." Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack's famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel's enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theatre of the imagination.

Into the Woods will run through August 10, 2014, with Opening Night tonight, July 17 at 8:00 p.m., on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old GlobeTheatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets start at $29. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

In an effort to welcome all families in San Diego to enjoy the magic of theatre, The Old Globe is happy to offer autism-friendly performances, presented in a family-friendly and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. There will be an autism-friendly performance of Into the Woods on Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. Slight adjustments will be made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members.

Additional features help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues. A pre-show visit to the Globe, called"Meet Your Seat," is offered on Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. to familiarize children with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre. An online social story will be available shortly for parents to view and print at home that outlines in words and pictures the experience that families will enjoy during their trip. The lobby of the theatre serves as a quiet area for children who may need to leave their seat during the show, and on-site volunteers will be on hand to assist families as needed as they arrive at the Globe and throughout the performance. On December 13, the Globe will offer an autism-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Photo Credit: Jim Cox

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