SAN DIEGO -- The Old Globe's 1998 season opened Feb. 7 with a production of Scotland Road, a psychological thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher staged in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage by Globe executive director Craig Noel. The show began previews Feb. 4 and ends its scheduled run Mar. 15.
Produced at various regional theaters around the country (including a current run at NY's Primary Stages), Scotland Road was hailed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a subtle play of ideas masquerading wonderfully as an edge of your seat mystery. Hatcher's insights are perceptive, satisfying, and a bit unsettling...a real page turner that keeps you emotionally engaged right up to the last surprising yet oddly inevitable image."
The story concerns a young woman floating on a chunk of ice. Rescued by a passing ship, the lady has but one word to say: "Titanic." That's when two investigators come in to get to the bottom of the woman's identity, only to have their own identities challenged.
The cast includes Darla Cash, Katherine Faulconer, John Rafter Lee and Katherine McGrath. Designing the show are Barth Ballard (lighting), Jeff Ladman (sound), Robin Sanford Roberts (set) and Dione Lebhar (costumes).
Closing date at the Old Globe is March 15. For tickets ($22-$39) and information on Scotland Road, call (619) 239-2255. *
Next up at the theatre will be What The World Needs Now -- A Musical Fable, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, having its pre-Broadway world premiere April 2-May 3.
Roxanne Barlow, John Bolton, Brendan Byrnes, Lindsay Chambers, Misty Cotton, Jack Donahue, Sutton Foster, Pamela Gold, Amy Heggins, Jenny Hill, Alicia Irving, Joanne Manning, Adam Matalon, Rod McCune, Paula Newsome, Monica Pege, Jonathan Sharp, Mark Anthony Taylor, Patrick Wilson and Courtney Young are featured.
The musical was conceived by Gillian Lynne (Tony Award-winning choreographer of The Phantom of the Opera) and Kenny Solms. Lynne is the director and choreographer.
In the Globe's small space, the Cassius Carter Stage, David Ives' bill of six off-the-wall one acts, All In The Timing, opens Mar. 28 and runs through May 3, prior to a June 6 transfer to the Geffen Playhouse in L.A.
In other Old Globe news, two new musicals will open there in the fall: Paramour, based on Jean Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors, book and lyrics by Joe (Cabaret) Masteroff and music by Howard Marren, Sept. 26-Oct. 31; and an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, Nov.22-Jan.3.
The Old Globe's outdoor summer season will include Stephen Wadsworth's staging of As You Like It, July 11-Aug. 15; and Dan Sullivan's staging of Romeo and Juliet, Sept. 5-Oct. 10.
Karen Allen will star in Michael J. Chepiga's new play about a Wall Street trader, Getting and Spending, on the main stage Aug.1-5, and the Cassius Carter Centre Stage gets Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon, July 25-Aug. 29; and John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler, Sept. 19-Oct. 24.