Old Globe's Six Degrees of Separation, With Ziemba, Opens Jan. 15

News   Old Globe's Six Degrees of Separation, With Ziemba, Opens Jan. 15
 
Broadway's Karen Ziemba is Ouisa, the rich New Yorker who is uniquely touched by a young con man who insinuates himself into her circle, in the Old Globe Theatre production of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, opening Jan. 15 after previews from Jan. 10 in San Diego.
Thomas Jay Ryan and Karen Ziemba
Thomas Jay Ryan and Karen Ziemba Photo by Craig Schwartz

Trip Cullman directs the revival, playing to Feb. 15. Ziemba won the Tony Award for her performance in the musical Contact and was nominated for her work in Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance and Curtains.

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In Six Degrees, according to Old Globe, "the Kittredges' lives revolve around the high-stakes world of the New York art scene, where the appearance of success is everything. One evening as they are entertaining at their Upper East Side home, a young man [played by Samuel Stricklen] claiming to be a college friend of their children shows up at their front door injured and asking for help. He is a charming young man who enchants the couple with a home-cooked gourmet meal and regales them with stories of his famous father. As their involvement with him takes unexpected twists and turns, they begin to question not only his identity but their own. A hit on Broadway that became an acclaimed motion picture with Will Smith, Stockard Channing, and Donald Sutherland, this intriguing play probes the allure of celebrity and the games we play to elevate our own significance."

The cast also features Thomas Jay Ryan as Ouisa's husband Flan, Donald Sage Mackay as Larkin, Keliher Walsh as Kitty, Tony Torn as Geoffrey, Samuel Stricklen as Paul, James Eckhouse as Dr. Fine, Joaquin Perez-Campbell as Rick/Hustler, Catherine Gowl as Elizabeth, Kevin Hoffmann as Ben, Sloan Grenz as Doug, Jordan McArthur as Woody, Andrew Dahl as Trent, Vivia Font as Tess and Steven Marzolf as Doorman/Policeman/Detective.

* The creative team includes Andromache Chalfant (scenic design); Emily Rebholz (costume design); Ben Stanton (lighting design); Paul Peterson (sound design); and Diana Moser (stage manager).

Guare is the Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning playwright of such plays as House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation (which won London's Olivier Award as Best Play and for which he also wrote the screenplay), Landscape of the Body, A Few Stout Individuals, as well as his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Louis Malle's "Atlantic City." He won a Tony for his libretto to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and was nominated for a Tony for his play Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and his libretto to Sweet Smell of Success. His adaptation of His Girl Friday premiered to great acclaim at London's National Theater. The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater will produce his new play, A Free Man of Color, next season.

Cullman most recently directed South Coast Repertory's critically acclaimed world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Injured Party. He has directed numerous Off-Broadway plays, including The Drunken City and Manic Flight Reaction at Playwrights Horizons, Terrence McNally's Some Men at Second Stage Theatre, The Wooden Breeks at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; Dog Sees God and Last Sunday in June at Century Center for the Performing Arts.

For tickets and more information call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

The cast of <i>Six Degrees of Separation</i>
The cast of Six Degrees of Separation Photo by Craig Schwartz
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