The Old Globe has announced its 2017–2018 season. The lineup at the San Diego venue will kick off in September with the world premiere of the musical Benny & Joon, based on the 1993 MGM film of the same name.
The musical features music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and a book by Kirsten Guenther. The production, running September 7–October 22, will be directed by Jack Cummings III and officially open September 15. Like the film, the musical tells the story of a young woman with a mental illness, her brother who serves as her sole caretaker, and an auto mechanic and cinephile who shakes up their lives.
Beginning January 27, 2018, the Globe will present a lavish revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Important of Being Earnest. The production, directed by Maria Aitken, will open February 1 and run through March 4.
The world premiere of José Cruz González’s American Mariachi will play the Globe from March 23 through April 29. The presentation, opening March 29, is in associate with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company. The James Vásquez-helmed piece centers on a young woman who seeks to break from the monotonous routine of caring for her mother by forming an all-girl mariachi band.
Running May 12, 2018 through June 17 is the Southern California premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns. The Khaled Hosseini novel about three generations of Afghan women was adapted or the stage by Ursula Rani Sarma. Carey Perloff will direct the American Conservatory Theater co-production.
All four titles will play the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
Four productions will play the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre during the new season: James Lecesne’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (September 30–October 29); a Globe-commissioned world premiere translation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya from Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky (February 10–March 11, 2018); the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers (April 5–May 6, 2018); and Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (May 26–June 24, 2018).
The season will also include two Dr. Seuss-inspired works: the U.S. premiere of the Old Vic’s presentation of The Lorax, adapted for the stage by David Greig and running July 3–August 12, 2018, and the holiday tradition How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, marking its 20th anniversary at the Globe (November 4–December 24).