Casting Announced for Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival, Featuring Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind

News   Casting Announced for Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival, Featuring Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind The Old Globe's 2012 Shakespeare Festival, performed in repertory at the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, will run June 3-Sept. 30. Adrian Noble returns as the artistic director of the festival and will direct As You Like It and Inherit the Wind. Complete casting has been announced.

British director Lindsay Posner will make his debut at the Globe with his production of Richard III, which will kick off the festival June 3. Jay Whittaker will star in the title role.

The creative team includes Ralph Funicello (scenic design), Deirdre Clancy (costume design), Alan Burrett (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Shaun Davey (original music), Peter Golub (original music), Steve Rankin (fight director), Elan McMahan (music direction), Christine Adaire (vocal and dialect coach), Calleri Casting (casting) and Bret Torbeck (stage manager).

Here is a look at the 2012 Festival:

Richard III
By William Shakespeare
June 3-Sept 29 (Opening night is June 24)
Directed by Posner

"Richard III is one of the most diabolical and outrageous villains in all of literature. A ruthless Machiavellian, the brilliant and power-hungry lord embarks on a bloody campaign to seize and keep the English crown. Shakespeare paints an unforgettable portrait of obsession, seduction, betrayal and a man who would be king."

The cast features Dan Amboyer (Earl of Richmond), Happy Anderson (George, Duke of Clarence), Matthew Bellows (Sir Richard Ratcliffe), Adam Daveline (Second Murderer), Jeremy Fisher (Marquess of Dorset), Vivia Font (Lady Anne), Robert Foxworth (Lord Hastings), Dana Green (Queen Elizabeth), Aidan Hayek (Young Duke of York), Charles Janasz (Stanley, Earl of Derby), Rachael Jenison (Second Citizen; Sir Vaughan), Jesse Jensen (Sir William Catesby), Joseph Marcell (Lord Mayor), Jonas McMullen (Edward, Prince of Wales), Robin Moseley (Queen Margaret), Danielle O’Farrell (Sir Walter Herbert), Allison Spratt Pearce (Third Citizen; Earl of Oxford), Bob Pescovitz (King Edward IV), Deborah Radloff (Duchess of York), Stephanie Roetzel (Sir William Brandon), Christopher Salazar (Lord Rivers; Tyrrel), Jacques C. Smith (Duke of Buckingham), Jonathan Spivey (First Murderer), Whitney Wakimoto (Lord Lovell), Bree Welch (First Citizen; Scrivener), Jay Whittaker (Richard, Duke of Gloucester) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Sir Robert Brakenbury; Lord Grey). As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
June 10-Sept. 30 (Opening night is June 29)
Directed by Noble

"Flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity make for one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Rosalind escapes into the forest and adopts the persona of a man to get close to her beloved Orlando. But when he falls for another woman, she must untangle the web of deceptions she has woven to win her true love. As You Like It explores the giddy excitement and dizzying foibles of love and is a perfect summer night under the stars."

The cast features Dan Amboyer (Orlando), Happy Anderson (Duke Frederick; William), Matthew Bellows (Charles; Lord), Adam Daveline (Amiens; Sir Oliver Martext), Jeremy Fisher (Dennis), Vivia Font (Celia), Dana Green (Rosalind), Charles Janasz (Adam; Hymen), Jesse Jensen (Exiled Lord), Joseph Marcell (Touchstone), Danielle O’Farrell (Audrey), Allison Spratt Pearce (Phoebe), Bob Pescovitz (Duke Senior), Christopher Salazar (Silvius; Lord), Jacques C. Smith (Jaques), Adrian Sparks (Corin), Jonathan Spivey (Le Beau), Jay Whittaker (Oliver) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Jaques de Boys; Exiled Lord) with Rachael Jenison, Deborah Radloff, Stephanie Roetzel, Whitney Wakimoto and Bree Welch (Forest Dwellers).

Inherit the Wind
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
June 17-Sept. 25 (Opening night is July 3)
Directed by Noble

"Two powerhouse lawyers face off in a small town with the eyes of an entire nation upon them when a schoolteacher is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin's theories of evolution. When the issue goes to trial, the two attorneys must passionately confront questions of faith and science in a heated courtroom. This fictional re-creation of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial tackles issues that are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1925."

The cast features Dan Amboyer (Bertram Cates), Happy Anderson (Mayor), Matthew Bellows (George Sillers), Adam Daveline (Radio Man; Reporter), Jeremy Fisher (Mr. Goodfellow), Vivia Font (Rachel), Robert Foxworth (Henry Drummond), Aidan Hayek (Howard), Charles Janasz (Reverend Brown), Rachael Jenison (Mrs. McLain), Jesse Jensen (Bannister), Joseph Marcell (E.K. Hornbeck), Robin Moseley (Mrs. Brady), Danielle O’Farrell (Reuters Reporter; Townsperson), Allison Spratt Pearce (Townsperson), Bob Pescovitz (Judge), Deborah Radloff (Mrs. Blair), Lou Francine Rasse (Melinda), Stephanie Roetzel (Mrs. Loomis), Christopher Salazar (Tom Davenport), Jacques C. Smith (Mr. Meeker), Adrian Sparks (Matthew Harrison Brady), Jonathan Spivey (Elijah; Keller), Whitney Wakimoto (Bollinger; Aaronson), Bree Welch (Mrs. Krebs) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Dunlap; Page).

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The Old Globe will also offer special events associated with the festival, including "Insights Seminars" June 18 (Richard III) and June 25 (As You Like It, Inherit the Wind); "Post-Show Forums" July 11, July 31 and Aug. 21 (Richard III), July 17, July 25 and Aug. 28 (As You Like It) and July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 5 (Inherit the Wind); "Shakespeare in the Garden" seminars; and "Out at the Globe," an evening for gay and lesbian theatre lovers, Aug. 9 at 6:30 PM, among others.

In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe's 2012 summer features Divine Rivalry by Michael Kramer, with D. S. Moynihan and directed by Michael Wilson (July 7-Aug. 5); and Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, directed by Richard Seer (July 27-Sept. 2).

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. For more information and tickets, call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org.

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