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Old Globe Announces Casting for 2008 Summer Shakespeare Festival logo
Darko Tresnjak
The Old Globe Theatre has announced casting for the theater's 2008 Summer Shakespeare Festival, which will feature three productions: Romeo and Juliet, to be directed by Richard Seer; The Merry Wives of Windsor, to be directed by Paul Mullins; and All's Well That Ends Well, to be directed by Darko Tresnjak, who also serves as artistic director of the festival. The three productions will be performed in nightly rotation in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre June 14-September 28.

The repertory company includes Globe Associate Artists Kandis Chappell, Jonathan McMurtry, Deborah Taylor, and James Winker, as well as Celeste Ciulla, Graham Hamilton, Wynn Harmon, Eric Hoffmann, Charles Janasz, Katie MacNichol, Owiso Odera, Bruce Turk, and Heather Wood. Also featured are students in The Old Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program: Ashley Clements, Joy Farmer-Clary, Vivia Font, Kimberly Parker Green, Sloan Grenz, Sam Henderson, Brian Huynh, John Keabler, Michael Kirby, Kern McFadden, Nathaniel McIntyre, Carolyn Ratteray, Tony Von Halle and Barbra Wengard.

The Festival creative team includes Ralph Funicello (set designer), Linda Cho (costume designer for All's Well That Ends Well), Anna Oliver (costume designer for Romeo and Juliet, Denitsa D. Bliznakova (costume designer for The Merry Wives of Windsor, York Kennedy (lighting designer), and Chris Walker (sound designer).

In addition, the Old Globe's summer season will include The Pleasure of His Company (July 12-August 17), by Samuel Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner, to be directed by Tresnjak. The comedy revolves around a San Francisco debutante planning her marriage to a Napa Valley cattle rancher.

It will be followed by Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Obie Award-winning play Sight Unseen (August 2-September 7), about a celebrated artist who, despite immense popularity, yearns for something more in his life. The production will be performed in the San Diego Museum of Art's Copley Auditorium.

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