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Flirtation, friendship, and mistaken identity! Shakespeare's most beloved comedy, As You Like It, is a lighthearted look at the fickle and passionate nature of love. When Rosalind is banished by her cruel uncle, she escapes to the magical Forest of Arden—disguised as a boy with her cousin in tow—and soon meets lovesick Orlando. Will wit and merriment overcome jealousy and deception? How will true love ever find its way, lost in the delightful madness of the forest? The cast of As You Like It is comprised of students from The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program.
In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin — the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience — is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights Movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption.
Over 13 days in September, 1978, three world leaders came together to attempt the impossible: a negotiated peace in the Middle East. Journey to the secluded presidential retreat in the Maryland hills near the nation's capital, where President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for a marathon fortnight of debate, arm-twisting, cajoling, stratagems, charm offensives, proposals, and counter-proposals. Camp David, based on first-hand accounts and never-before-seen documents, is Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright's (The Looming Tower, HBO's Going Clear) most recent play, from which his New York Times bestseller Thirteen Days in September emerged. Camp David offers a you-are-there view of a great historical achievement whose legacy continues to resonate and tantalize nearly 40 years later.
Physicist Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They go for a drink ... or perhaps they don't. Marianne's engaged ... or perhaps Roland is married. Or maybe they're both single. Nick Payne's smash Broadway hit play Constellations takes this chance encounter between two lost souls and opens the door to the infinite possibilities of their relationship.
Breathlessly navigating through the spellbinding and romantic journey of being in love, Constellations looks at how the tiniest change in the detail of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. Old Globe favorite Richard Seer returns to direct this exciting new play that the NY Times called "Sexy. Sophisticated. Gorgeous. This story of parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word."
It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and praised by countless critics, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance.
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated composers behind Dogfight, a Best New Musical nominee for the Drama League, and Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle award winners for Outstanding Musical. Benj and Justin also received an Outer Critics Circle Best Score nomination for their work on the show.
America's favorite holiday fable returns for its 18th joyous year, and we've added a week!
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 18th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day" and "Fah Who Doraze," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. As in years past, The Grinch will be performed for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides (date tbd).
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!!!!
Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) brings "The Empress of Fashion" back to The Old Globe! Before Anna Wintour or The Devil Wears Prada, there was Diana Vreeland, larger-than-life doyenne of American taste. Unceremoniously fired as editor of Vogue, she hunkers down in her famous all-red New York apartment and plans her comeback: a magazine of her own. The path to get there is as complicated and outré as Vreeland herself. Full Gallop, which premiered at the Globe in 1995, is a witty one-woman tour de force about the fabulous style icon who forever changed the way Americans experience clothing, art, and life.
At morning's first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled, the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a black comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.
Healing Wars is a multisensory experience that blends dance, storytelling and multimedia in an exploration of how soldiers and healers cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war. Incorporating narratives from the American Civil War, as well a remarkable performance from a young Navy veteran, this powerful piece asks how we as a nation recover from what seems like endless battles. Healing Wars anchors the Playhouse's highly-anticipated second Without Walls Festival.
In a virtuoso performance, award-winning showman and San Diego favorite Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein) brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, long thought of as America's Composer. From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York's Lower East Side, and ultimately all of the country and the world, Irving Berlin's story epitomizes capturing the American Dream. Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs, from "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," to "White Christmas," and the score of "Annie Get Your Gun," Felder's signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey in song.
A creative team that has amassed an astounding 16 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmys, and 1 Academy Award joins forces at the Globe for an exuberant world premiere dance-theatre musical! Ten of America's best theatrical storytellers (the minds behind such hits as The Full Monty, Driving Miss Daisy, M. Butterfly, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) join director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The King and I) and composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) to create a ravishing evening that glides, leaps, and twirls through the giddy extremes of romantic love. This unique event ranges across eras and cultures and tells its stories through the universal language of dance, from classical ballet to swing to tap to ballroom to jazz to flamenco and more. In Your Arms is as intoxicating as a sunset cocktail and as exhilarating as a first kiss.
Indecent is a world-premiere play with music inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1922 Broadway debut of God of Vengeance — a work considered by many to be a seminal work of Jewish culture, by others, a work of traitorous libel. Alive with popular songs of the era, this deeply-moving piece charts the history of an incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally-rich community that inspired its creation.
Fresh off his Tony Award-winning smash, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Darko Tresnjak returns to the Globe to helm one of the greatest romantic musical comedies of all time. Cole Porter's witty and high-spirited songs will transport you into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. This beloved classic features show-stopping dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters, and a knockout score including "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "So In Love," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Get ready for a sizzling summer evening that's simply "Too Darn Hot"!
The US Open tennis semifinals are underway. Russian phenom Sergei Sergeyev and American superstar Tim Porter do battle under the lights on center court. Their wives Galina and Mallory cheer them on anxiously from the stands. As the back-and-forth action unfolds, The Last Match journeys inside the minds of these two extraordinary players to reveal the lives that led to this defining moment. Before it's game, set, and match, four good people win and lose more than just a championship. Developed in the Globe's 2014 New Voices Festival, Anna Ziegler's energetic and moving new play is a funny and visceral look at the sacrifices we make to stay on top.
Supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies) gives us this uproarious new "translaptation" of a classic French farce. In 18th-century Paris, young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Indeed, Damis has fallen in love with a mysterious poetess sight unseen, charmed by her verse alone. But unbeknownst to him, his beloved is actually a middle-aged gentleman named Francalou! This mistaken identity sets in motion a comedy of pseudonyms, plot twists, and plenty of playful poetry. The Washington Post called Ives's play "almost criminally enjoyable, a marvel of old and new, with punch lines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy." Legendary American stage director Michael Kahn makes his Globe debut.
Truly the event of 2016, Rain marks Artistic Director Barry Edelstein's musical directing debut. This sumptuous world premiere brings to San Diego one of the most exciting teams working in theatre today: Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson. Based on Somerset Maugham's famous short story, Rain follows a group of American travelers thrown together in a boarding house on a tropical South Pacific island. The sudden arrival of another guest, the mysterious and provocative Sadie Thompson, turns their lives upside down in ways they could never have foreseen. Featuring a lush and stirring score by LaChiusa, the genius behind Broadway's The Wild Party, Rain is a powerful and sweeping musical drama.
Master sushi chef Koji built his successful career on respect—for tradition, fine ingredients, and the legends who came before him. But now his restaurant, considered one of the greatest in Tokyo, is losing its customers to newer and flashier places. It's time for a new generation to take over. Koji's brilliant protégé Takashi might know how to save the restaurant, if only he could find a way to tell his mentor. Kimber Lee's beautiful play will take audiences into the mind of the chef-as-artist and bring to vibrant life the sheer exhilaration of creating bite-sized masterpieces. toyko fish story is a gorgeous meditation on work, legacy, and the art of perfection.
When introverted, 30-something computer repairman Dan finds a potential spark with outgoing t-shirt designer Lindsay, his attempts at a relationship are thwarted by the Technicolor world in his head. This world-premiere musical goes where no musical has gone before, bringing to life the circus of judgmental, neurotic, ever-changing characters that rule an ordinary man's mind. Up Here is an ambitious, razor-sharp musical comedy about recognizing your place in the universe — and maybe even finding happiness.