Linda Purl & MacIntyre Dixon Busy Spending at Old Globe, July 26-Sept. 5

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Broadway and Long Wharf Theatre veteran John Tillinger will be at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre this summer spending time timing Spending.

Broadway and Long Wharf Theatre veteran John Tillinger will be at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre this summer spending time timing Spending.

Less cryptically, Tillinger will direct a world premiere romantic comedy, Getting and Spending, starting previews July 26 for an opening Aug. 1 and a run through Sept. 5. Though Karen Allen had originally been mentioned for the lead in Michael J. Chepiga's play, Linda Purl is now in the role. Purl's stage credits include stints at Long Wharf, Williamstown, South Coast Rep and the Mark Taper Forum.

She'll be joined by fellow Spend-ers Kali Rocha (An Inspector Calls), Derek Smith, MacIntyre Dixon (1776, Twigs, Forum), Debra Mooney, David Lansbury and James Morrison. Designing the shw are James F. Noone (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Jeff Ladman (sound).

Among Tillinger's recent credits include Broadway revivals of The Sunshine Boys and Inherit The Wind.

Getting and Spending can be considered something of a flip-side to Other People's Money. Here, a Wall-Street hotshot gives all her riches to the poor and homeless. The problem? She made her killing via illegal insider trading. To the rescue comes a nationally recognized attorney -- who's just on the verge of taking monastery vows. In other Old Globe news, the theatre's outdoor summer season will include Stephen Wadsworth's staging of Shakespeare's As You Like It, July 11-Aug. 15; and Dan Sullivan's staging of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Sept. 5-Oct. 10.

As You Like It, directed by Stephen Wadsworth in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, begins July 11. Written in early 1600, As You Like It takes audiences on a voyage of identity and gender bending, loves wronged, lost and found.

Director Wadsworth has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, New York City Opera and Los Angeles Opera.

The cast includes Jack Banning as Adam, Ivar Brogger as Jacques, James Carpenter as Duke Frederick, Richard Easton as Le Beau/Corin, Francesca Faridany as Rosalind, J. Michael Flynn as Duke Senior, Leslie Kalarchian as Phebe, Aaron Krohn as Dennis/Sir Oliver Martext, Christopher Liam Moore as Silvius, Laurence O'Dwyer as Touchstone, Derrick Demetrius Parker as Charles, Heather Raffo as Audrey, Jared Reed as Orlando, Peter Smith as William, James Patrick Stuart as Oliver, Chris Pedro Trakas as Amiens, Margaret Welsh as Celia, plus an ensemble of Christian Casper, Andrea Cirie, Michael Cruz, Lina Patel, Baylen Thomas, Matthew Troncone and Jim Wallert.

Lighting is by Peter Maradudin, sound by Jeff Ladman, scenic design by Tom Lynch, and costume design by Anna Oliver.

Two new musicals will open at the Old Globe Theatre in fall 1998: 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, 1999.

Meanwhile, the Cassius Carter Centre Stage gets Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon, July 19-Aug. 29; and John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler, Sept. 19-Oct. 24.

Nixon's Nixon, opening July 25, is a speculative account of the meeting between President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the eve of Nixon's resignation from office. Both men examine their places in history, re-enact moments from the administration, and scheme to save the presidency.

Keith Jochim plays Richard M. Nixon and Tim Donoghue plays Henry Kissinger. The director is Charles Towers. Lighting design is by Nancy Schertler, sound design by Jeff Ladman, scenic design by William Clarke, and costume design by Gordon DeVinney.

For tickets to shows at the Old Globe Theatre call (619) 239-2255.

-- By Michael Farkash
Southern California Correspondent
and Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent
and David Lefkowitz

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