Audition Update: A Noise Within and The Old Globe

A Noise Within is seeking actors for its 2014-15 Season. Equity Principal auditions for Julius Caesar and Figaro will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and have a Shakespearean monologue ready if asked. Auditions will be held at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please park in the Metro Station parking structure behind the theatre. More information at www.actorsequity.org. For more about A Noise Within visit www.anoisewithin.org.

The Old Globe will hold Equity Principal auditions on Monday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm for the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season: Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Rich Girl, and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Please prepare 2 one-minute contrasting monologues. They will see Non-Equity actors if time allows. Actors who cannot attend either EPA are welcome to submit to casting@theoldglobe.org, or Attn: Casting 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101. Auditions will take place in the Old Globe Rehearsal Hall, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. For a complete breakdown of roles available and more information, go to www.actorsequity.org. For more about The Old Globe visit www.theoldglobe.org.

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Globe For All: File This One Under “Great For The Community”

Globe For All - All's Well

Pictured: Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy (back row, left) and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (back row, right) with the cast and community partners of All’s Well That Ends Well. Photo by Mike Hausberg.

The Old Globe begins an exciting new production platform this month. Globe for All is a free professional touring production of Shakespeare that will allow the theatre to serve more communities throughout San Diego by collaborating with a diverse range of local organizations. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein directs the first production, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well with a cast of local professional actors and recent graduates of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program. The tour begins Oct. 28 and will culminate in three low-cost performances Nov. 7 – 9 in the Globe’s Hattox Hall, part of the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  More

The Old Globe Celebrates its 80th Year in 2015 with Shakespeare Onstage and in Film

Rebecca TaichmanThe Old Globe will celebrate its 80th Anniversary as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration with a 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare onstage and in film.

2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival artistic director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct the musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage.

Director Rebecca Taichman (pictured), whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, who has three shows on Broadway this season, will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of ErrorsMore

Photo Flash: The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive

Old Globe Summer Intensive 2014

Photos by Douglas Gates

The Old Globe’s seventh annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive presented its culminating performance on Monday, August 18 at 8:00 pm with performances of 50-minute versions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The four-week program is a unique opportunity for local high school actors and actresses to refine their skills as performers in a professional setting. Throughout the Intensive, the students study classical theatre technique, voice, movement and stage combat while observing the productions of the Globe’s Shakespeare Festival, which runs concurrently with the program. Festival company members are able to lend the students insights into the art of performing Shakespeare that they then apply to their own performances of the Bard’s work.

Congratulations to all of the young artists who were part of the Summer Intensive. We’ll be looking for you on stage in the near future!

Old Globe Summer Intensive

Old Globe Summer Intensive 2014

First Look: The Old Globe’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Mark Lamos opens Saturday, August 16 and runs through September 14, 2014 at The Old Globe in Balboa Park, San Diego. For tickets call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit www.TheOldGlobe.org. Break a leg!

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The cast of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photos by Jim Cox.

Old Globe - Two Gents

L-R: Rusty Ross (Speed), Richard Ruiz (Launce) and Khloe Jezbera as Crab the dog

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Cast and Creative Team Announced for The Old Globe’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

Old Globe - Two Gents

L-R: Kristin Villanueva (Julia), Adam Kantor (Proteus), Britney Coleman (Silvia) and Hubert Point-Du Jour (Valentine). Photo by Jim Cox.

The Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona which will be presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, August 10 – September 14. Renowned director, Globe alumnus, and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues) returns to the Globe to direct one of Shakespeare’s most delightful and boisterous comedies.

Best friends Valentine and Proteus travel to the big city to seek their fortunes only to find themselves rivals, both madly in love with the beautiful Silvia, daughter of Milan’s most powerful duke. Two Gents is a fast-paced, exuberant tale of friendship, romance, and secret identities, featuring a band of outlaws, two bumbling servants, and one unforgettable dog.  More

Review: Blair Underwood and Richard Thomas Lead a Powerful OTHELLO

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Kristen Connolly and Blair Underwood with Noah Bean and Richard Thomas (background). Photos by Jim Cox.

There is no redemption in Othello. Shakespeare has provided no late opportunity to undo what has been done, no chance to make amends for the terrible wrongs lavished upon the innocent, and no way for the audience to feel anything but horror for the treachery that has filled the stage for two and a half hours.

That such a series of betrayals could be orchestrated by one man so lacking in remorse that his final words of explanation are merely that he will give no explanation speaks to how calculated Shakespeare’s choice is to leave the audience without closure. An unrepentant Iago (Richard Thomas) denies a devastated Othello (Blair Underwood) the one thing he desperately seeks to know – why – by saying, “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak word.” And when Thomas delivers those final words calmly, coolly, without even looking at him, it is enough to give you chills.  More

The Old Globe Announces Full Cast and Creative Team of OTHELLO

(from left) Richard Thomas stars as Iago, Blair Underwood as Othello, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona. by Jim Cox.

L-R: Richard Thomas stars as Iago, Blair Underwood as Othello, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona in Othello. Photo credit: Jim Cox.

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello, directed by artistic director Barry Edelstein. Joining the previously announced Blair Underwood in the title role, Richard Thomas as Iago, and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona are Broadway and Globe veterans Noah Bean (Michael Cassio; Yellow Face, “Damages”), Jonny Orsini (Roderigo; The Nance), Mark Pinter (The Duke of Venice; the Globe’s Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt), Angela Reed (Emilia; Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Globe’s August: Osage County), and Mike Sears (Brabantio, Gratiano; La Jolla Playhouse’s Sideways and His Girl Friday).

In addition, the cast will include Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program actors Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bianca), Jamal Douglas (Othello’s Aide-de-Camp), Kushtrim Hoxha (Montano), Patrick Zeller (Lodovico), and in the ensemble: Meaghan Boeing, Lindsay Brill, Charlotte Bydwell, Lowell Byers, Adam Gerber, Stephen Hu, Tyler Kent, Robbie Simpson and Megan M. Storti.  More

Blair Underwood to Star in OTHELLO at The Old Globe

Blair UnderwodBig news from The Old Globe today as they announce that two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Blair Underwood will make his Globe debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello in the company’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Underwood recently debuted on Broadway in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and is well-known to audiences for his television and film roles. He is no stranger to Shakespeare, previously starring in Measure for Measure with Lisa Gay Hamilton and Kevin Kline for the 1993 summer season at the New York Shakespeare Festival (aka Shakespeare in the Park).

Joining him and also making their Globe debuts are the previously announced Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas as Iago and Kristen Connolly as Desdemona. They continue collaborations with Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein that began in New York: Thomas starred in Edelstein’s critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater in 2011, and Connolly in three Shakespeare plays that Edelstein helped produce at The Public.

“I’m honored and excited to welcome the great Blair Underwood to the Old Globe family,” said Edelstein. “He is a distinguished stage actor whose intensity and charisma will give us a majestic and magnetic Othello. That he joins a company already boasting the luminaries Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly is truly for me an embarrassment of riches.”

Performances run June 22 – July 27, with Opening Night on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 pm. Tickets to the Globe’s 2014 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only at www.TheOldGlobe.org or by calling (619) 23-GLOBE. The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.

Richard Thomas Debuts as Iago in The Old Globe’s OTHELLO

Richard ThomasThe Old Globe has announced two of the stars of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Making their Globe debuts are Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas (The Americans, The Waltons) as Iago and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods) as Desdemona.

Kristen ConnollyBoth artists continue collaborations with Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein that began in New York: Thomas starred in Edelstein’s critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater in 2011, and Connolly in three Shakespeare plays that Edelstein helped produce at The Public. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.  More

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