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Cast, Creatives, Venues Announced for Globe for All's MEASURE FOR MEASURE

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The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All returns November 1 - November 20, in its third year on the annual roster, with Shakespeare's searing comedy Measure for Measure. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut, following glowing reviews for The Public Theater Mobile Unit's Hamlet this summer.

The free Globe for All Shakespeare tour begins Tuesday, November 1 and extends its reach this year with an additional week of performances and eight new venues that stretch across San Diego County in a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The tour will culminate in two low-cost performances on Sunday, November 20 in the Globe's rehearsal studios, part of Balboa Park's historic House of Charm.

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's richest plays, mixing comedy and drama in a thrilling story of love and power. In a decadent Vienna, the strict, newly appointed leader Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay-until he falls for a young nun pleading for the life of her brother and things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic.

In addition to the performance, each partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop leading up to the performance. These workshops are designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's work. Taught by professional Globe teaching artists, participants will be introduced to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of Measure for Measure. Each performance will begin with an introductory pre-show warmup led by the teaching artists and end with a casual talk-back with the Globe's Master Teaching Artist Lisel Gorell-Getz, who is also in the cast.

Globe for All presents free professional Shakespeare to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors, a DJ, and four production staff members. Over the past two years, Globe for All has performed in military bases, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues for nearly 2,200 audience members, many seeing theatre-and Shakespeare-for the first time. In addition to this year's 17-stop tour, Globe for All will play at The Old Globe for two low-cost performances.

Globe for All helps make theatre matter to audiences who, for whatever reason, do not enjoy regular access to the professional performing arts. With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms, the tour gives audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator. For some, the Globe for All tour is their first experience seeing a piece of Live Theatre, and for others, it is an exciting return to the art form. In addition to providing the community with free access to professional performances of Shakespeare, Globe for All enriches the theatre experience by offering free workshops and other activities. This model of theatrical engagement has grown very popular across the country, and our tours are used as exemplars by many other theatre companies.

Venues for the 2016 tour include return visits to South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, Fourth District Senior Resource Center; San Diego Public Library - Central Branch, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services, Father Joe's Villages, California State Prison, Centinela, Naval Base San Diego, and Veterans Village of San Diego. New venues this year include Mary Fay Pendleton School at Camp Pendleton, The Old Globe Technical Center, Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library, City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex, The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation - Linda Vista, A Reason to Survive, and Escondido Public Library, with an additional location to be announced.

The cast includes recent graduates of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program Makha Mthembu (Isabella, Soldier), Daniel Petzold (Angelo, Barnardine), and Christopher Salazar (Duke Vincentio, Elbow) in the lead roles, and Ally Carey (Pompey, Provost), Jake Millgard (Lucio, Froth), and Nathan Whitmer (Claudio). Joining them are local actors Lisel Gorell-Getz (Mistress Overdone, Mariana, Servant), Flordelino Lagundino (Escalus, Abhorson), Davina Van Dusen (Juliet, Nun, Friar Peter), and DJ Miki Vale.

The creative staff includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Shelly Williams (Costume Design), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

"Globe for All has quickly grown to become one of the core programs of The Old Globe, enriching our community and galvanizing our theatre as it serves our neighbors in a deep and special way," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "It's our core conviction that theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, are necessary to living a full and rich life, and yet we recognize that some in our city either don't know about the work we do or cannot enjoy regular access to it. Globe for All is an exciting way to bring the joys and thrills of live, professional Shakespeare to San Diegans who may not have experienced them before. We are grateful to the community-based organizations that are partnering with us and to the civic-minded philanthropies that are supporting this effort. Together, we can make theatre matter to many more of our fellow citizens."

Globe for All will be presented with free public performances at:

- Fourth District Senior Resource Center (The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114) on Friday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.

- The Old Globe Technical Center (5335 Market St., San Diego, 92114) on Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.

- San Diego Public Library - Central Branch (Joan ? Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101) on Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m.

- Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library (Lemon Grove Academy, Roberto Alvarez Auditorium, 3171 School Ln., Lemon Grove, 91945) on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m.

- Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

- City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105) on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.

- The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation - Linda Vista (Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St., San Diego, 92111) on Sunday, November 13 at 12:15 p.m.

- Naval Base San Diego (Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St., 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136) on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

- A Reason to Survive (Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 140 E. 12th St., Suite B, National City, 91950) on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.

- Escondido Public Library (239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, 92025) on Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 noon

In addition to these free public performances, the Globe for All tour will be performed for members of the following organizations (not open to anyone outside the organization):

- Mary Fay Pendleton School at Camp Pendleton

- South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood

- Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility

- Father Joe's Villages

- California State Prison, Centinela

- Veterans Village of San Diego

- One additional location to be announced

These last performances are NOT open to the public, so PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH ANY DETAILS ABOUT THEM. The non-public performances require advance clearances, and not all venues are open to press.

Please contact Susan Chicoine or Mike Hausberg to join us and see for yourself exactly what happens as the tour reaches out into the San Diego community!

The tour culminates with two low-cost public performances offered in The Old Globe's rehearsal studios in the House of Charm on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. These performances will be open to the public. Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for subscribers, and are currently available to subscribers only. Tickets will go on sale to the general public, subject to availability, on Friday, October 28 at 12:00 noon.

Organizations interested in partnering with The Old Globe and Globe for All in the future should contact Karen Ann Daniels, Arts Engagement Programs Manager, at kdaniels@TheOldGlobe.org or (619) 231-1941 x2105.

Globe for All is supported in part through gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and BrIan DeVine, Sanderson Family Foundation, The Parker Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and The County of San Diego. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

The fall 2016 tour of Globe for All is dedicated to the memory of Stanley S. Edelstein.

Patricia McGregor (Director) has twice been profiled by The New York Times for her direction of world premieres. Her recent credits include The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), Hamlet (The Public Theater), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater), the world premiere of Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), and the world premiere of Hurt Village (Signature Theatre Company). Her other credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Winter's Tale, Spunk, Adoration of the Old Woman, Blood Dazzler, Holding It Down, Four Electric Ghosts, Nothing Personal, and The House That Will Not Stand. For several years she has directed the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, a co-founder of Angela's Pulse, and a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at Yale School of Drama, where she also served as Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

Photo Credit: Jim Cox


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