A world premiere musical, a musical revival by Bob Fosse, four new plays and two outdoor Shakespeare productions will highlight The Old Globe’s 2022 season, which was announced today.
Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein said San Diego’s oldest and largest theater will celebrate its survival from the pandemic with a season that honors community and the power of theatrical storytelling.
âAfter this terrible calamity that we have all experienced, what do we want to see? Let’s do things that will be accessible and entertaining, bright and happy. There are a few darker topics in there, but mostly it’s a very bright and very spectacular range of shows, âhe said.
The Old Globe was one of the first professional San Diego County theaters to resume production after the state reopened on June 15. Edelstein said the Globe’s reopening of the production of the musical “Hair” on its outdoor stage was a “massive blow,” but tickets for indoor productions were a bit more difficult to sell.
Globe staff and all performers are fully vaccinated, and ticket buyers must be masked and show full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test to attend. But there remains some reluctance among theatergoers to return indoors. The musical “The Gardens of Anuncia” fell short of the ticket sales forecast, but “Shutter Sisters is meeting the company’s modest sales targets. On the positive side, Edelstein said ticket sales for the This fall’s production of âDr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss!â are the best in company history.
The 2022 season will feature 10 combined productions presented in the Globe’s three performance spaces at Balboa Park. Subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $ 140 for a four-game plan. To order, call (619) 234-5623 or visit theoldglobe.org.
Here’s a look at the 2022 season, hosted by the theaters in which the productions will be presented: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Old Globe Theater, an Elizabethan-inspired main stage with 580 seats; the Sheryl and Harvey White Theater, a 250-seat circular theater; and the Lowell Davies Festival Theater, a 620-seat outdoor amphitheater.
Old Globe Theater
“Trouble in the Mind” by Alice Childress
This 1955 theater classic from one of America’s first black professional playwrights finally made its Broadway debut this month. It is a behind-the-scenes dramatic comedy about a black actress and a multiracial cast rehearsing a difficult Broadway play set in the Southern United States when racial tensions arise with the white director of the play. The play will be directed by Old Globe resident artist Delicia Turner Sonnenberg of San Diego. Edelstein said: âThis is a piece we were reviewing in 2019, but the social justice movement that has swept the country since the murder of George Floyd has made us take a more serious look at the pieces about the experience of black Americans. . Delicia successfully directed it to the Moxie Theater (in 2015) and has a deep understanding of the play and a deep sympathy for its characters. From February 5 to March 13.
“The dance of Bob Fosse” by Bob Fosse
This Broadway cover of Fosse’s 1978 revue “Dancin” features 18 short scenes that highlight the unique theatrical style of the famous director-choreographer. It will be directed and musically staged by Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original Broadway company, with a book reviewed and updated by actress and playwright Kirsten Childs. âThat’s all we associate with Fosse, but with the dust blown by Wayne and Kirsten’s team to reveal his musculature,â said Edelstein. “Performers are the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of Broadway dancers.” April 17 to May 29.
Thomas Kail’s “Freestyle Love Supreme”, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale
âHamiltonâ writer Lin-Manuel Miranda co-created this hip-hop musical improvisation show in 2004, where performers take input from audiences to create freestyle riffs, comedies and musical numbers. The Globe will be a Southern California stopover for a new touring production of the longtime Broadway show which will be directed by co-creator Thomas Kail. âWe are going to adjust the session times to reach a different and younger audience. It’s a very conscious way for us to say this is a small start, but the pedigree couldn’t be higher and it’s an absolute blast. From June 21 to July 10.
“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical”
India’s most popular and longest-running Bollywood romantic comedy film “Dilwale Dulhania The Jayenge” will be adapted into a musical that will premiere at the Old Globe before making its way to Broadway. Aditya Chopra, who directed the original 1995 film “DDLJ”, will make his directorial debut for the musical, which will be created by a mix of Indian and American artists, including writer / lyricist Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”). It is the story of an Indo-American woman who entered into an arranged marriage in India with a family friend, but during the summer vacation before the wedding she finds her true love. âAs the interdependence of our world increases, it’s fun to see the theater as a place where bridges between cultures and nations are built,â said Edelstein. “Plus, South Asia’s population is one of the most vibrant in California, and including this beautiful culture in our programming is a happy thing for us.” September 1 to October 16.
Sheryl and Harvey White Theater
“El Borracho” by Tony Meneses
Developed as part of the Old Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival, this world-premiere comedy-drama is the story of a young Mexican-American writer hoping to bond with his estranged alcoholic father, who has returned. live with his ex-wife and son in his last days. Edward Torres conducts. Edelstein said he compares the play to Eugene O’Neill’s âLong Day’s Journey into Night,â âexcept that it doesn’t last four hours and it’s not miserable. It’s quite moving and enjoyable. From February 17 to March 20.
“Mala” by Melinda Lopez
Actress and playwright Melinda Lopez will perform her funny and brutally honest solo play about a girl’s complex relationship with her dying mother during a cold winter in Boston. Lopez will perform the original English version of the play and a different actor will perform the play in Spanish on certain dates. David Dower directs. âIt’s a beautiful play about a woman taking care of her mother at the end of her life, which looks darker than she is,â said Edelstein. “It’s a beautiful, touching and heartwarming piece of how they manage to connect under the circumstances.” From May 7 to June 12.
“Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knott and Jeffrey Hatcher
The Old Globe commissioned playwright Jeffrey Hatcher to adapt Frederick Knott’s 1954 detective novel about the murder of a husband plotting to catch and punish his wife, whom he suspects of having been unfaithful. Hatcher also adapted Knott’s “Wait Until Dark” for the stage with great success. Stafford Arima (“Allegiance” and “Red Velvet” at The Globe) will direct. âIt’s so entertaining and grabs you by the backhands from the second you are there,â said Edelstein. From July 21 to August 21.
“What are we talking about when we talk about Anne Frank” by Nathan Englander
The Old Globe commissioned this play by Nathan Englander which Edelstein will direct. The duo previously collaborated on Englander’s “The Twenty-Seventh Man”. It’s based on a short story about two old high school friends whose lives have dramatically diverged on topics of culture, religion, and family. Edelstein describes the play as âfantastic, funny, daring and quite shocking. It’s a very Jewish play, and yet manages to speak to the bizarre political upheavals of this moment that we are experiencing in a truly fascinating way. From September 15 to October 16.
Lowell Davies Festival Theater
“The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare
Shana Cooper is directing this new production of the Bard’s Battle of the Sexes comedy, based on her original 2018 production at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The staging has been increased from eight to 20 actors, which will include the MFA Globe drama students. Edelstein said Cooper’s production won overwhelming reviews in New York City. âThis is the best production of ‘Shrew’ that I have seen,” said Edelstein, “It is one of the few productions of this piece that really understood it without agitprop and without a political perspective imposed. She just finds a certain vein of comical humanity in it. From June 5 to July 10.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
Old Globe resident artist Patricia McGregor stages this romantic comedy of fairies and young lovers caught in spells, mistaken identities and mischief in the Enchanted Forest of Athens. “Midsummer” has not been produced on the Festival stage since 2013. McGregor staged the play a few years ago for the Globe for All tour and she will be back on the play for a new look next summer. Edelstein said McGregor is only the second black woman to lead the festival stage in the company’s 87-year history. “We are very happy to do this job and to move in this direction, but it forces us to face the time it has taken us to get here.” From July 31 to September 4.