What's in a name? A Globe by any other name would still produce theatre in San Diego. Yet, the Old Globe Theatre have decided to change the moniker by which they are known in the American theatrical community. Taking into account that the company has three theatres and not just one, the Old Globe Theatre becomes "The Globe Theatres."
For 65 years, the Old Globe Theatre has been known by that name only, although the Tony Award-winning company has two other spaces - the more intimate Cassius Carter Centre Stage and the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, which is used only in the summer and early fall and often houses the Globe Theatres' Shakespeare productions.
Subtle physical changes around the theatre will be implemented to take in the new name. The Old Globe Theatre lobby has been renovated, the plaza statuary and banners reflect the change, and the lobby's recognition wall (remembering those who helped rebuild the Globe after it burned down and other patrons who have contributed to the theatre) has been updated. The Globe Theatres' website is also undergoing a redesign.
"The new look encompasses all of the distinctive qualities that make this theatre not only one of the most respected regional theatres in the country, but also a place I am thrilled to call my artistic home. The organization has been casually referred to as 'The Globe' for years. This change simply formalizes the reference; for there will always be an Old Globe Theatre — one of three wonderful spaces in which to produce theatrical work of the highest caliber," The Full Monty director and Old Globe artistic director Jack O'Brien said in a released statement.
The Globe Theatre's 2001 season features, on the Old Globe mainstage, The Woman in Black (Feb. 10-March 18), Dinner With Friends (March 31-May 6) and Art (May 26-July 1) The Cassius Carter Stage sees Crumbs From the Table of Joy (Feb. 7 March 18), The Countess (March 28-May 6), Vita and Virginia (May 23-July 1), Da' (July 15-Aug. 25) and The Country Club (Sept. 9-Oct. 20). Two world premiere musicals fill the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in summer 2001 - Boswell Sisters (July 1-Aug. 11) and Regina Taylor's A Night in Tunisia (Sept. 2-Oct. 13). — By Christine Ehren