Old Globe unveils the hybrid season of outdoor, indoor, virtual and interactive theater


After 14 months of darkness, San Diego’s largest and oldest theater, the Old Globe, today announced plans for a full reopening of all three stages in Balboa Park.

The unprecedented hybrid season will gradually begin with a mix of live, virtual and interactive theater projects over the next four months.

On June 4th, the Lowell Davies Festival Outdoor Theater will reopen for a summer series of movie nights, cabaret shows and Shakespeare events. Free outdoor events at Globe’s Copley Plaza will also start on June 4th. From August 10th full-fledged theater productions will return to the outdoor stage with the musical “Hair”, followed by the world premiere of the Michael John LaChiusa musical “The Gardens of Anuncia” at the Old Globe Theater on September 10th. The Sheryl and Harvey White Theater will reopen on October 7th with the world premiere of Mansa Ra’s “Shutter Sisters”.

During the slow ramp-up this summer, the first shows will only be presented three nights a week with small stage casts, which will turn into full-cast shows six nights a week in August.

The Globe will also be showcasing several virtual productions over the coming months, including two short film pieces and a letter game where ticket buyers receive a series of letters and postcards in the mail that share a real love affair from the WWII story. There will also be a new interactive self-guided tour where Balboa Park visitors can unlock fictional story videos using their mobile phones in locations around Balboa Park.

Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein said the return to live programming had been a major logistical challenge to plan with ever-changing public health regulations. But it is also a joyful time. As “the local theater industry’s biggest outfit in town,” he wanted the globe to make a statement with a rich nine-month collection of events signaling that the pandemic is finally coming to an end.

“Of course we want to do a lot. When we’re closed, we’re not fulfilling our mission to provide theaters to the San Diego community, ”he said. “People miss the theater. They want to be a community again. My impression of what’s going to happen is what happened when Shakespeare reopened his theater. It is brought back to life. “

The first live appearances on the Globe stage this summer are a series of outdoor cabaret shows in June and July by leading women from three past world premier musicals at the Globe: Solea Pfeiffer from Almost Famous, Carmen Cusack from Bright Star “And Eden Espinosa from” Rain “.

“These are three of the really great voices in American musical theater,” he said. “When they all said they wanted to come, I was very moved. It was a real expression of her fondness for San Diego. “

Actor Ron Cephas Jones and director Patricia McGregor are working on a video production of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” for The Old Globe.

(Courtesy The Old Globe)

Edelstein said “Hair” was the perfect show to bring the live theater back to life in the Globe. While working at the Public Theater in New York, “Hair” was produced at the Delacorte Outdoor Theater in Central Park and he said it was “an epic experience to see this play under the stars.”

“It’s a nice statement for the reopening. It’s about people coming together to dream of an ideal world, ”he said, adding that it will have very different casts.

Gardens of Anuncia, about the life story of Argentine-born Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, also recognizes the company’s commitment to sharing more stories about the experiences of blacks, indigenous peoples and people of color (BIPOC).

“It’s a story about Latina brilliance,” he said. “There will be a stage full of Latinas telling the story of their lives, their voices and their culture.”

One of the highlights of the virtual offerings – which Edelstein said will likely become a fixture in the future of the globe – will be a digital version of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,” starring Ron Cephas Jones, who won two Emmy Awards for Randall’s Biological Father William in the TV series “This Is Us”. Edelstein said he worked with Jones in New York and tried for years to get the actor to the globe.

The latest state health regulations allow all theaters in San Diego County to return to full capacity on June 15. Performances before this date will be presented with socially distant seats regardless of vaccination status. For all performances after June 15, the globe will post updates on its website at theoldglobe.org regarding the restrictions required by the state and county at that time.

Ticket sales dates vary. Visit theoldglobe.org or call the box office at (619) 234-5623. Here’s a look at the upcoming programming at the Old Globe:

Free film series

The series opens on June 4th at the Lowell Davies Festival Theater outdoors. The shows start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but reserved tickets are required for general admission.

  • “Dream girl” with Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson: June 4th
  • “Cinderella” with Brandy and Whitney Houston: June 5th
  • “West Side Story” 1961 Original film: June 6
  • “Strange Over” Filmed live on Broadway by Spike Lee: June 11th
  • “The Wiz” with Diana Ross: June 12th
  • George Takei “Loyalty, the Broadway Musical”: June 13th
  • “Kinky Boots”: July 1
  • “1776” The film adaptation of the 1972 musical: July 2nd
  • “Fat,” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: July 3rd

Cabaret shows

Evening concerts by former leading actresses at the Old Globe. The shows start at 8 p.m. on the open-air stage. Tickets start at $ 29 and go on sale June 11 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Solea Pfeiffer (“Almost famous”): 19.-20. June
  • Carmen Cusack (“Heller Stern”): June 25-27
  • Eden Espinosa (“Rain”): July 9-11

Axis events

Family-friendly, 60- to 90-minute interactive programs presented on the Copley Plaza of the Globe, unless otherwise stated. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

  • Word Up! Living “: 5.30 p.m. June 4, June 25, July 2, July 16, August 6, August 20 and September 10
  • Movement Enthusiast Physical Workshop with Disco Riot: 10 a.m., June 12, June 26 and August 28
  • 19th Celebration with the San Diego Black Artists Collective: Noon June 19th (Lowell Davies Festival Theater)
  • The poet’s tree finale: 5.30 p.m. June 22
  • Fit Body from Ashley dance class for all ages: 10 a.m. July 10 and July 31
  • Clean Comedy Happy Hour: 5.30 p.m. August 10
  • Maraya movement workshop: 10 on August 14
  • SoulKiss Night at the Globe: 5:30 p.m. August 24

Summer Shakespeare

“Think Shakespeare LOVE!”: 16.-18. July. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the seven Shiley Graduate Theater Program graduates from Old Globe and the University of San Diego present romantic excerpts from William Shakespeare’s plays, poems and songs on the outdoor stage. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $ 20 and will go on sale June 11 at 12 noon.

Live theater

Three-game subscriptions are on sale now.

  • “Hair”: August 10 – September 26. The classic musical “Age of Aquarius” from 1967, directed by James Vásquez. (Lowell Davies Festival Theater)
  • “The Gardens of Anuncia”: September 10 – October 17. The world premiere musical by Michael John LaChiusa, commissioned by Globe, is inspired by the life story of Argentina-born Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, who will direct and choreograph the show. (Old Globe Theater)
  • “Shutter Sisters”: 7 Oct-Nov 7. Mansa Ra, the world premiere game commissioned by Globa, is about two mothers, one black and one white, who live side by side during the hardest days of their lives. Donya K. Washington directs. (Sheryl and Harvey White Theater)
  • “Anger in the head”: February 5 – March 13, 2022. Old Globe artist Delicia Turner Sonnenberg directs this 1955 classic from Alice Childress’ backstage drama about a black actress and a multiracial cast rehearsing a challenging new Broadway piece in the south. (Old Globe Theater)
  • “El Borracho” – February 17 – March 20, 2022. Edward Torres directs this world premiere tragic comedy by Tony Meneses about an estranged family brought back together in the last days of the father. (Sheryl and Harvey White Theater)

Details for more 2021 productions, including vacation programs, will be announced at a later date. Plans for the remaining productions have been postponed in 2020 (“Little Women”, “Faceless”, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”, “Dial M for Murder”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Henry.” V “). ) are also still pending.

Virtual theater

  • “Krapp’s last volume”: Samuel Beckett’s 1958 one-act, about an aging clown pondering his younger days, will play lead actor Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) and directed for the film by Globe-based artist Patricia McGregor. It will soon be streamed for free at youtube.com/user/theoldglobe.
  • “Anonymous biography”: Based on the work of Argentine writer Juan José Saer, this world premiere piece by Johanna McKeon Rey Lucas plays with a collection of Saer’s fictional characters whose experiences highlight the human experience. It will soon be streamed for free at youtube.com/user/theoldglobe.
  • “Dear Jack, dear Louise: love letter experience”: Starts June 15th. Ken Ludwig’s play about his parents ‘mail advertising during World War II has been converted into replicas of their actual letters, photos and telegrams sent to ticket buyers’ mailboxes. The first mailings start on June 15th. Another series starts on July 1st and continues on the 1st and 15th of each month while stocks last. Tickets for donors and subscribers are $ 35 and go on sale on June 2nd. General tickets are $ 35 and go on sale on June 9th.
  • “At this point: It happened here!”: Starts June 15th. This tour of five locations in Balboa Park was designed and written by Katherine Harroff and directed by James Vásquez. It introduces actors who recreate the stories of the life changing moments of real people in locations around Balboa Park. The videos are activated by pointing a mobile phone at QR codes on signposted signs. Free. No reservation required.


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