Coriolanus Added to Old Globe Summer Shakespeare Fest; Tresnjak Will Direct

News   Coriolanus Added to Old Globe Summer Shakespeare Fest; Tresnjak Will Direct
 
The Old Globe in San Diego announced Jan. 9 that William Shakespeare's Coriolanus is replacing the previously announced Henry VIII as part of the 2009 Shakespeare Festival.

In the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Globe will present two works of Shakespeare: Twelfth Night and Coriolanus, along with Edmond Rostand's classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. The three productions will be performed in nightly rotation in the Globe's outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre June 13-Sept. 27.

Globe resident artistic director Darko Tresnjak will once again oversee the Festival and direct Coriolanus and Cyrano de Bergerac, while Festival favorite Paul Mullins (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure) will direct Twelfth Night.

Executive producer Lou Spisto stated, "We decided to make the change in plays after the casting process began. We rarely make changes in any season; however, we ultimately decided that this new combination of plays worked better than the original. The parameters of the repertory company often factor heavily in play selection and in this case we realized a better plan after the initial season announcement was made in early September. We look forward to producing Henry VIII in a future season and we're pleased that Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare's most admired plays, will be presented in combination with the beloved Twelfth Night and Rostand's timeless classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. This summer's Shakespeare Festival will certainly appeal to many different tastes and, once again, be enjoyed by tens of thousands of San Diegans and visitors from around the country and elsewhere."

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As previously announced, the world premiere of The First Wives Club – A New Musical, book by Rupert Holmes, music and lyrics by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, directed by Francesca Zambello, will run in the Old Globe Theatre July 15–Aug. 16. The Arena Theatre at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium will host Charles Ludlam's comic-gothic play, The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Henry Wishcamper, to run Aug. 1–Sept. 6.

For more information or to subscribe to The Old Globe’s 2009 Summer Season, please contact Globe Ticket Services at (619) 23-GLOBE or visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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