THE OLD GLOBE Continues Successful Arts Engagement Program as GLOBE FOR ALL Tour Casting Is Announced for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM,
Directed by PATRICIA MCGREGOR,
OCTOBER 30 through NOVEMBER 18, 2018
Touring Free Shakespeare to 17 Community Partner Venues, Culminating with Low-Cost Public Performances on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre Stage
The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All celebrates five years of making theatre matter to more people! This talented company of professional actors will tour William 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. She recently received 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, Cobweb), Nora Carroll* (Hermia, Fairy, Moth), Daniel Ian Joeck* (Egeus, Peter Quince), Jose Martinez* (Lysander, Snug, Peaseblossom), Jake Millgard* (Theseus, Bottom), Kimberly Monks (Titania, Robin Starveling), Renardo Charles Pringle Jr.* (Oberon, Flute), Larica Schnell* (Helena, Mustardseed), 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 (DJ), 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.”
Patricia McGregor recently directed the world premiere of Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (also co-writer, People’s Light, Geffen Playhouse), Skeleton Crew (Studio Theatre, Geffen Playhouse), Good Grief (Center Theatre Group), Measure for Measure (Globe for All), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), Hamlet (The Public Theater), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Hurt Village (Signature Theatre Company), and A Raisin in the Sun, The Winter’s Tale, and Spunk (California Shakespeare Theater). She served as consultant for J Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only tour and Associate Director of Fela!, coaching Patti LaBelle on Broadway. She is also the co-founder of Angela’s Purse with her artist/activist sister Paloma McGregor.
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/Weingart Branch Library/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/San Diego County Library – Lemon Grove Branch Library; California State Prison, Centinela; and San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program. The tour will culminate in two low-cost public performances on Sunday, November 18 on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage.
To become familiarized with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, each Community Partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop, 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 Phillips, 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 Performance Hall, 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 tour culminates with two low-cost public performances on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage on Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. These tickets are $10.00 for subscribers and donors, on sale Friday, October 12 at 12:00 noon; and $15.00 for the general public, on sale Friday, November 2 at 12:00 noon; subject to availability.
Globe for All is supported in part through lead gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, and Theatre Forward, with additional support from Maggie Acosta and Larry Shushan, Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, Stuart Foreman, The James Irvine Foundation, Holmlund Family Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Sanderson Family Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, Michael T. Turner and Suzanne Poet Turner in loving memory of James Whitfield Poet, The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant, the County of San Diego, and Viasat. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.
Organizations interested in partnering with Globe for All in the future should contact Karen Ann Daniels, Associate Director of Arts Engagement, at kdaniels@TheOldGlobe.org or (619) 231-1941 x2105.
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CALENDAR: The Heart of Rock & Roll (9/6–10/21), M.F.A.: Julius Caesar (10/20–10/28), AXIS: Day of the Dead Celebration (10/28), Globe for All Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (10/30–11/18), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Looking for Christmas: The New Clint Black Christmas Musical (11/11–12/16), The Grinch sensory-friendly performance and AXIS: Jungle Poppins (12/1), Familiar (1/26–3/3/2019), Tiny Beautiful Things (2/9–3/10), AXIS: I Love Africa Concert (2/9), Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/5), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/20), AXIS: concert TBD (5/9), Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/23–6/23), AXIS: Tuesday Dances (6/4, 6/11, 8/18, 6/25), AXIS: Make Music San Diego (6/21).
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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.