Old Globe Season to Include Dog and Pony, The Last Goodbye, Bethany and Water by the Spoonful

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26 Apr 2013

Alex Timbers directs <i>The Last Goodbye</i>.
Alex Timbers directs The Last Goodbye.

The Old Globe's 2013-14 season in San Diego will include the world premiere of Dog and Pony, a new musical by Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker; as well as The Last Goodbye, a rock musical combining Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with music by singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley.

The season's lineup, which was announced April 26, will also include Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the world premiere of The Few by Samuel D. Hunter and Quiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful. Bethany by Laura Marks and Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley will also be performed, as well as the 16th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, with artistic director Barry Edelstein making his Old Globe directorial debut on the latter. 

“I am proud, excited, and just plain tickled to announce the 2013-14 Season at The Old Globe, my first as artistic director,” said Edelstein in a statement. “With two sensational new musicals, three award-winning plays about contemporary life by thrilling young American voices, a tour-de-force by an American comedic master, and a poetic classic by a 20th century giant, this remarkable and wide-ranging lineup of productions stays true to the Globe’s storied reputation even as it edges the company forward in some new directions. Plus a personal thrill: I make my San Diego directorial debut by returning Shakespeare to center stage at the Globe with my own production of my favorite of the Bard’s plays.”

The season at a glance follows: 

The Last Goodbye
Music and lyrics by Jeff Buckley
Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel
Sept. 20-Nov. 3
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"The Last Goodbye is a musical fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the incendiary rock songs of legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Directed by Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh ('So You Can Think You Can Dance'), The Last Goodbye is the must-see event of the fall season."

The Few
By Samuel D. Hunter
Sept. 28-Oct. 27
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"This world premiere comedy is set in a small town in Idaho where a struggling newspaper is kept afloat by running personal ads from lovelorn long-haul truckers. Frequent Hunter collaborator and Old Globe alum Davis McCallum (Back Back Back) directs this funny and bighearted new play."

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Music by Mel Marvin
Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason
Nov. 16-Dec. 28
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
"Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 16th consecutive year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition."

The Winter's Tale
By William Shakespeare
Feb. 8, 2014-March 16
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein directs the first indoor Shakespeare production at the Globe in over a decade. Shakespeare’s sublime late masterpiece is a profound exploration of the simple miracles in life and the forces that shape them: love, friendship and forgiveness."

By Laura Marks
Jan. 25-Feb. 23
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses much more than her house. Lucille Lortel Award nominee Laura Marks unearths the hidden costs of an economic downturn in this dark comedy and explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed Bethany’s premiere production, will reimagine the play for its West Coast premiere."

Time and the Conways
By J.B. Priestley
March 29-May 4
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"English stage giant J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls) bends time and space in a powerful family drama that is a theatrical exploration of how past, present and future are finally all one. Visionary director Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar) makes her Globe debut with this sumptuous revival of Priestley’s poignant play."

Water by the Spoonful
By Quiara Alegría Hudes
April 2-May 
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful blends the real and online worlds as a group of wounded souls reach out to each other for support. Edward Torres directs the California premiere of this provocative and tender new play about community, hope and redemption."

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
May 17-June 22
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Straight from Broadway, Old Globe Associate Artist Nicholas Martin (Pygmalion) returns to San Diego to direct this riotous new play about three unfortunately-named siblings in Bucks County, PA. Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You) melds Chekhov with his trademark sensibility."

Dog and Pony
Music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker
Book by Rick Elice
May 28-June 29

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
"From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) returns to the Globe (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost) to helm the world premiere of this delightful new musical."

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Subscription packages may be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.