Old Globe's Opus, With Brill, Abele, Bender, Dold, Sigismund, Begins March 21

News   Old Globe's Opus, With Brill, Abele, Bender, Dold, Sigismund, Begins March 21 The dysfunctional, high-strung string quartet — plus one added player — of the Old Globe's production of Michael Hollinger's Opus, directed by Kyle Donnelly, is tuned up and ready for its first preview March 21.

The cast includes Jim Abele as Elliot, Jeffrey Bender as Alan, Mark H. Dold as Dorian, Corey Brill as Carl and Katie Sigismund as Grace.

The music-infused play (Beethoven is the centerpiece composer) will run to April 26 in the Globe's arena stage at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium. Opening is March 26.

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According to Old Globe, "A world-renowned string quartet struggles to prepare for high-profile performance at the White House when their brilliant but unstable violist mysteriously disappears. When they hire a gifted young woman as a replacement, the rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash and the musicians contend with the evanescent nature of their life's work. But no opus will ever be as complex or compelling as the offstage travails of these five extraordinary individuals, as they wrestle with feuds, ambition, mortality, and their passion for the music."

The creative team includes Kate Edmunds (scenic design); Denitsa D. Bliznakova (costume design); York Kennedy (lighting design); Lindsay Jones (sound design); and Diana Moser (stage manager). Hollinger's Opus has been seen around the country at Arden Theatre, Florida Stage, Off-Broadway and elsewhere. His plays include An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Red Herring, Tiny Island, Tooth and Claw and Incorruptible. His Arden Theatre production of Opus was nominated for seven Barrymore Awards, winning for Outstanding New Play. Opus also received a 2007 Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

Donnelly directed the Globe's productions of Orson's Shadow and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Recent credits include Lisa Kron's Well at Arena Stage, where she previously served as associate artistic director from 1992 to 1998 and directed such productions as She Loves Me, Born Yesterday, Tom Walker, The Women, Lovers and Executioners, The Miser, Molly Sweeney, A Small World, Dancing at Lughnasa (winner of Helen Hayes Award for Best Production), Summer and Smoke, A Month in the Country, The School for Wives, Misalliance, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical) and others.

Opus tickets are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting www.TheOldGlobe.org, or the Globe Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA.

The cast of <i>Opus</i>
The cast of Opus Photo by Craig Schwartz