Originally published April 26, 2013 at 12:16 p.m., updated April 26, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.
The new artistic director at The Old Globe is getting ready to launch his inaugural season.
Barry Edelstein is bringing new musicals, award-winning plays, classics and lots of talent to San Diego for the theater's 2013-14 season.
“I am proud, excited and just plain tickled to announce the 2013-14 season at The Old Globe, my first as Artistic Director,” said Edelstein.
“With two sensational new musicals, three award-winning plays about contemporary life by thrilling young American voices, a tour-de-force by an American comedic master, and a poetic classic by a 20th century giant, this remarkable and wide-ranging lineup of productions stays true to the Globe’s storied reputation even as it edges the company forward in some new directions."
Edelstein is also making his directorial debut by returning Shakespeare to center state at the Globe with "The Winter's Tale."
THE OLD GLOBE 2013-14 SEASON
"The Last Goodbye" (Sept. 20 – Nov. 3, 2013)
A musical fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the incendiary rock songs of legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Directed by Broadway wunderkind Alex Timbers and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh (“So You Can Think You Can Dance”).
"The Few" (Sept. 28 – Oct. 27, 2013)
This world premiere comedy is set in a small town in Idaho where a struggling newspaper is kept afloat by running personal ads from lovelorn long-haul truckers. Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter was recently named a “Face to Watch in 2013” by the Los Angeles Times. Frequent Hunter collaborator and Old Globe alum Davis McCallum directs this funny and bighearted new play.
"Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (Nov. 16 – Dec. 28, 2013)
Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 16th consecutive year in "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!", the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition.
"The Winter’s Tale" (Feb. 8 – March 16, 2014)
Named “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans” by NPR, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein directs the first indoor Shakespeare production at the Globe in more than a decade. Shakespeare’s sublime late masterpiece is a profound exploration of the simple miracles in life and the forces that shape them: love, friendship and forgiveness.
"Bethany" (Jan. 25 – Feb. 23, 2014)
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses much more than her house. Lucille Lortel Award nominee Laura Marks unearths the hidden costs of an economic downturn in this dark comedy and explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed Bethany’s premiere production, will re-imagine the play for its West Coast premiere.
"Time and the Conways" (March 29 – May 4, 2014)
English stage giant J.B. Priestley bends time and space in a powerful family drama that is a theatrical exploration of how past, present and future are finally all one. Visionary director Rebecca Taichman ("Milk Like Sugar") makes her Globe debut with this sumptuous revival of Priestley’s poignant play.
"Water by the Spoonful" (April 12 – May 11, 2014)
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Water by the Spoonful" blends the real and online worlds as a group of wounded souls reach out to each other for support. Edward Torres directs the California premiere of this provocative and tender new play about community, hope and redemption.
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (May 17 – June 22, 2014)
Straight from Broadway, Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin ("Pygmalion") returns to San Diego to direct this riotous new play about three unfortunately-named siblings in Bucks County, Penn. Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang melds Chekhov with his trademark sensibility to create what Newsday calls “one of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.”
"Dog and Pony" (May 28 – June 29, 2014)
From the award-winning talents behind "Jersey Boys," "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "Altar Boyz," "Dog and Pony" is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees returns to the Globe to helm the world premiere of this delightful new musical.