The Old Globe Theatre's executive director Louis Spisto and artistic director Jack O'Brien have announced the theater's 2005-2006 Winter Season in San DIego, continuing the 70th anniversary celebration that will begin with this summer's Shakespeare Festival.

Kicking off the season will be the world premiere engagement of Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. Choreographed and directed by Graciela Daniele, with a book by Terrence McNally, this new bio-musical stars the celebrated, Tony Award-winning dancer-singer-actress Chita Rivera. Next up will be another world premiere musical event, as yet untitled, conceived and choreographed by Twyla Tharp with music by the legendary Bob Dylan. The mainstage season will continue with Somerset Maugham's classic comedy The Constant Wife, followed by a new production of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour.

In the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, the Old Globe will present Dakin Matthews' new play The Prince of L.A., as well as Christmas on Mars, Trying, and the West Coast premiere of Lee Blessing's A Body of Water.

The Old Globe has also announced that its annual gala, this year celebrating the theatre's 70th anniversary, will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2005. It will include a cocktail reception, a silent auction, and a preview performance of Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, followed by dinner and dancing on the Globe's Copley plaza. To subscribe to the 2005-2006 Winter Season, phone 619-234-5623. For more information on the theater, visit the website www.theoldglobe.org.