The Old Globe Celebrates Five Years of Globe For All With A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
The Old Globe invites your participation as Globe for All celebrates five years of making theatre matter to more people! This talented company of professional actors will tour Shakespeare's most popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream throughout San Diego County to a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The free Globe for All Tour begins Tuesday, October 30 and will visit 17 community partner venues new and old, from Oceanside to the South Bay, from Linda Vista to the Imperial Valley. Patricia McGregor returns to direct her second Globe for All tour, following Measure for Measure in 2016, along with recent critical acclaim for her direction of the world premiere of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole (People's Light, Geffen Playhouse) and Skeleton Crew (Studio Theatre, Geffen Playhouse).
Audiences across San Diego County will fall under this midsummer night's spell filled with magic, humor, music, and magnificent poetry. A dream unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers, and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest imaginings. Add to this a secret potion that grants love at first sight, and anything can-and does-happen!
The cast features Sam Avishay* (Demetrius, Snout), Nora Carroll* (Hermia, Fairy), Daniel Ian Joeck* (Egeus, Peter Quince), Jose Martinez* (Lysander, Snug), Jake Millgard*(Theseus, Bottom), Kimberly Monks (Titania, Robin Starveling), Renardo Charles Pringle Jr.* (Oberon, Flute), Larica Schnell* (Helena, Philostrate) and Samantha Sutliff*(Hippolyta, Puck).
*Indicates a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
The creative staff includes Samantha Rojales (Scenic Design), Amanda "Junior" Bergman (Costume Design), Miki Vale (Sound Design), Bridgette Loriaux (Movement Consultant), David Huber (Voice and Text Coach), and Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager).
"We are delighted to present Shakespeare's masterpiece A Midsummer Night's Dream in 17 community partner venues this year. Our community connections have deepened considerably since we launched Globe for All five years ago and we value these crucial and rewarding partnerships," said Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Globe for All is inspired by two simple but deep beliefs: that theatre is an art form for everyone, and that as the flagship arts institution of San Diego, The Old Globe should be accessible to the entire community. Taking our show on the road each year to new corners of our region advances our values of equity, inclusion, access, and, of course, excellence. This year's tour embodies these values vividly, and our close friend Patricia McGregor's beautiful production of Midsummer will bring joy, fun, and the special magic of Shakespeare to our neighbors around San Diego County."
Community partners will enjoy this unique experience of A Midsummer Night's Dream up-close and personal, presented in non-traditional venues within their own neighborhoods. New partners this year include Cal State San Marcos, Oceanside Public Library, and Sweetwater High School / A Reason To Survive (A.R.T.S.). Globe for All will return to familiar haunts including San Diego Rescue Mission; Veterans Village of San Diego;Fourth District Seniors Resource Center; San Diego Public Library branches including the Central Library, City Heights/SAY San Diego, and Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library - El Cajon Branch Library, South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, Father Joe's Villages, Naval Base San Diego, Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library, California State Prison, Centinela; and San Diego Military Family Collaborative. The tour will culminate in two low-cost public performances on Sunday, November 18 on the Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage.
Each community partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop to become familiarized with A Midsummer Night's Dream, designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's work. Professional Globe Teaching Artists Kendrick Dial, Gerardo Flores, Lisel Gorell-Getz, Kimberly King, Erika Philips, James Pillar, Tara Ricasa, and Valeria Vega will introduce participants to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of the play. These artists also begin each performance with an introductory pre-show warmup, and end them with a casual talk-back.
Globe for All presents free professional theatre to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors and nine production staff members. Over the past four years, Globe for All has continued to extend its reach, performing in military bases, homeless shelters, senior and correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues. It has made theatre matter to more than 7,200 audience members, many of whom, 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.
Globe for All will be presented with free public performances at:
Fourth District Seniors Resource Center (The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114) on Friday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Oceanside Public Library, Civic Center Community Rooms (330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, 92054) on Saturday, November 3 at 12:45 p.m.
San Diego Public Library - Central Library (Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101) on Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library - El Cajon Branch Library (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:15 p.m.
San Diego Public Library - City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex /SAY San Diego (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105) on Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Cal State San Marcos, Arts 111 (333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096) on Sunday, November 11 at 1:30 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 Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. (open to Navy personnel and family members).
San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego's Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program (Junipero Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego, 92124) on Friday, November 16 at 5:45 p.m.
San Diego Public Library - Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library (3003 Coronado Ave., San Diego, 92154) on Saturday, November 17 at 12:45 p.m.
The Old Globe-Lowell Davies Festival Stage (1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101) on Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
In addition, the Globe for All Tour will be performed for members of the following organizations (not open to audiences outside the organization, advance clearance needed for media coverage):
San Diego Rescue Mission on Tuesday, October 30.
Sweetwater High School/ A Reason To Survive (A.R.T.S) on Wednesday, October 31.
Veterans Village of San Diego on Thursday November 1, OPENING NIGHT.
Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility on Tuesday, November 6
South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood onThursday, November 8.
Father Joe's Villages on Friday, November 9.
Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/San Diego County Library - Lemon Grove Branch Library on Wednesday, November 14.
California State Prison, Centinela on Thursday, November 15.
These last performances are NOT open to the public, so PLEASE DO NOT publish any details about them.
We strongly encourage potential audience members to make arrangements to attend public performances by contacting the community venues in their neighborhood. Seating is subject to availability. Your coverage is welcome, either to review the production - Opening Night is Thursday November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Village of San Diego - or to help spread the word within each community as the tour progresses. Even though the private community venues are intended to reach audiences within that neighborhood, we can request exceptions for media coverage, should there be a specific neighborhood you wish to see the production in. Please contact Susan Chicoine ASAP for more information about how to join us and see for yourself exactly what happens as the tour reaches out into the San Diego community! Advance media reservations are an absolute must, and those wishing to attend Centinela or Las Colinas must apply for necessary clearances now.
The tour culminates with two low-cost public performances on the Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage on Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. These tickets are $10 for subscribers and donors, on sale October 12 at 12:00 noon; and $15 for the general public, on sale Friday November 2 at 12:00 noon; subject to availability.communities.