Old Globe's OPUS Officially Opens 3/26

The Old Globe's production of Opus, by Michael Hollinger, directed by Kyle Donnelly, is set to run in the Globe's Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium March 21 - April 26, 2009. The show officially opens tonight, Thursday, March 26 at 8:00pm).

Tickets are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE, online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, or by visiting the Globe Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The cast of Opus features Jim Abele as "Elliot," Jeffrey Bender as "Alan," Mark H. Dold as "Dorian," Corey Brill as "Carl" and Katie Sigismund as "Grace."

A world-renowned string quartet struggles to prepare for high-profile performance at the White House when their brilliant but unstable violist mysteriously disappears. When they hire a gifted young woman as a replacement, the rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash and the musicians contend with the evanescent nature of their life's work. But no opus will ever be as complex or compelling as the offstage travails of these five extraordinary individuals, as they wrestle with feuds, ambition, mortality, and their passion for the music.

The creative team includes Kyle Donnelly, director; Kate Edmunds, scenic design; Denitsa D. Bliznakova, costume design; York Kennedy, lighting design; Lindsay Jones, sound design; Diana Moser, stage manager, Marie Natoli, PA.

Michael Hollinger's (Playwright) plays include An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Red Herring, Tiny Island, Tooth and Claw and Incorruptible. His Arden Theatre production of Opus was nominated for seven Barrymore Awards, winning for Outstanding New Play. Opus also received a 2007 Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. He has written seven touring plays for young audiences, as well as numerous short works. For PBS, he has scripted three short films and co-authored the feature-length Philadelphia Diary. Other awards include the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre, a commission from the EST/Sloan Science and Technology Project, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Hollinger is a resident playwright of New Dramatists and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.

Kyle Donnelly (Director) directed the Globe's productions of Orson's Shadow and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Recent credits include Lisa Kron's Well at Arena Stage, where she previously served as Associate Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998 and directed such productions as She Loves Me, Born Yesterday, Tom Walker, The Women, Lovers and Executioners, The Miser, Molly Sweeney, A Small World, Dancing at Lughnasa (winner of Helen Hayes Award for Best Production), Summer and Smoke, A Month in the Country, The School for Wives, Misalliance, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical) and others. She directed the American premiere of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! for Roundabout Theatre and worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Rep, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and many other regional theaters around the country. She founded her own acting studio called the Actors' Center in Chicago which was a leading training center for actors in that city. She is a faculty member of UCSD's Department of Theatre and Dance, a member of SSDC and winner of the Alan Schneider award from TCG.


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