SAN DIEGO — The Old Globe will produce the world premieres of four new plays and musicals in its 2011-2012 winter season.
The season will feature the world premiere musicals "Some Lovers" by music legend Burt Bacharach and Tony Award-winner Steven Sater and "Nobody Loves You" by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, as well as the West Coast premiere of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s "The Scottsboro Boys," recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
The two plays receiving world premiere productions are "Somewhere" by Globe Playwright-in-Residence Matthew Lopez and "The Recommendation" by Jonathan Caren.
The new season also includes revivals of Richard O’Brien’s "The Rocky Horror Show" and the Eugene O’Neill classic "Anna Christie" directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn.
Special events include the world premiere of "Odyssey" by Todd Almond, a music theater event conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet celebrating the Globe’s 75th Anniversary, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of "Twelfth Night" and "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" that returns for its 14th consecutive year.
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“The season is particularly exciting because of all the new work, and I think it is quite varied in terms of style and story,” Executive Producer Lou Spisto said.
“We are working with some of today’s most interesting and accomplished writers, and they all have something to say that both resonates with us and sparks a reaction. The revivals are also entertaining and a bit daring. It’s a big season with 10 productions, and that’s only the winter! All in all we are doing 15 productions and one special event celebrating the culmination of our 75th Anniversary – it’s pretty amazing.”
The complete is as follows:
Richard O’Brien’s "The Rocky Horror Show" – Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien (Sept. 15 – Nov. 6) Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
The season opens with a revival of the enduring musical phenomenon "The Rocky Horror Show," featuring the sweet transvestite from Transylvania, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and his time-warped laboratory of sexual and scientific possibilities. Director Oanh Nguyen, Artistic Director of Southern California’s award-winning Chance Theater, is renowned for his distinctive interpretations of contemporary musicals.
"Somewhere" by Matthew Lopez (Sept. 24 – Oct. 30) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
After receiving its West Coast Premiere at the Globe in 2010, Playwright-in-Residence Matthew Lopez’s play "The Whipping Man" took New York by storm. His newest work, infused with dance, takes place in 1959 and tells the story of a family of dreamers whose home is scheduled for demolition to make way for the construction of Lincoln Center. Giovanna Sardelli, who last collaborated with Lopez on the Globe’s production of "The Whipping Man," will direct the world premiere production.
"Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" – Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason, Music by Mel Marvin (Nov. 19 – Dec. 31) Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 14th consecutive year in the delightful and heartwarming musical that has become a beloved San Diego holiday tradition. James Vasquez returns to direct.
"Some Lovers" – Music by Burt Bacharach, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater (Nov. 26 – Dec. 31) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Academy and Grammy Award-winning music legend Burt Bacharach teams with Tony Award winner Steven Sater ("Spring Awakening") for the world premiere of a new musical. Based upon "The Gift of the Magi," the classic O. Henry short story, "Some Lovers" features a new score by Bacharach.
"Dividing the Estate" by Horton Foote (Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2012) Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Beloved American playwright Horton Foote’s Tony-nominated comedy receives its West Coast premiere under the direction of Michael Wilson. Wilson, considered the foremost interpreter of Foote’s work, reunites with "Dividing the Estate" Broadway creative team and members of the cast to remount this modern classic. A co-production with the Alley Theatre.
"The Recommendation" by Jonathan Caren (Jan. 21 – Feb. 26, 2012) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
A chance encounter with an accused felon puts the longtime friendship of two college roommates at risk in this world premiere play by Jonathan Caren. Caren is a recent graduate of the Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School and one of America’s exciting new theatrical voices. Jonathan Munby (Donmar Warehouse’s "The Prince of Homburg" and "Life is a Dream") directs.
"Anna Christie" by Eugene O’Neill (March 10 – April 15, 2012) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn ("Proof") directs Eugene O’Neill’s poetic masterpiece about the knotty relationship between an old sailor, his daughter and her seafaring young lover.
"The Scottsboro Boys" – Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Book by David Thompson (April 22 – June 3, 2012) Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "The Scottsboro Boys" is the final collaboration by musical theater giants John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Chicago," "Cabaret"). Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman directed and choreographed the musical’s recent Broadway outing and will return to helm its West Coast premiere. This daring and entertaining new musical tells the shocking and inspiring true story of the notorious 1930s Scottsboro case in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime. A co-production with American Conservatory Theater.
"Nobody Loves You" – Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter, Book and Lyrics by Itamar Moses (May 2 – June 10, 2012) Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
"Nobody Loves You" is an irreverent new musical comedy about the search for real relationships in a pop culture that is anything but. A young grad student joins a reality television dating show to win back his ex-girlfriend and is instead seduced by fame in this world premiere production directed by Michelle Tattenbaum.
"Odyssey," part of the Globe’s Southeastern San Diego Residency Project (Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2) Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
The season also includes a special music theater event commissioned by The Old Globe in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. "Odyssey, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond ("Girlfriend," "We Have Always Lived in the Castle") is a reimagining of Homer’s epic poem performed by both professional artists and over 60 members of the San Diego community.
"Twelfth Night," Shakespeare’s magical comedy of mistaken identities (Nov. 6 – 13) Conrad Prebys Theatre Center’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.
The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program will present this masterpiece. The nationally-renowned professional actor training program is an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theater. Richard Seer directs.