Euan Morton, David Selby, Miles Anderson Paint a Divine Rivalry, Opening July 12 at The Old Globe

By Kenneth Jones
July 12, 2012

The Old Globe's West Coast premiere of Divine Rivalry — the tale of Renaissance art stars and a famed head of state — opens June 12. Sean Lyons plays Niccolò Machiavelli, Miles Anderson is Leonardo da Vinci and Tony Award nominee Euan Morton (Taboo) is Michelangelo Buonarroti.



Michael Kramer and D. S. Moynihan wrote the play, which is inspired by a real-life event. Michael Wilson (Broadway's The Best Man, Dividing the Estate) directs. Previews began July 7 at The Old Globe's Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in San Diego, CA. Performances continue to Aug. 5.

According to The Old Globe, "Divine Rivalry transports audiences to 16th-century Florence, where two of the world's greatest artists, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli (author of 'The Prince'). The fascinating contest forms the backdrop for an even greater battle as the leading minds of the Renaissance clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art."

David Selby (Broadway's The Heiress, TV's "Falcon Crest") plays Piero Soderini.

Anderson was last seen in the 2011 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival as Prospero in The Tempest and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. His 2010 appearance in the title role of The Madness of George III won him the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award.

Lyons recently appeared in the world premiere of Ether Dome at Alley Theatre and was featured for three years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Moby Dick Revisited, The Grapes of Wrath and The Good Doctor.

Morton was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Boy George in Taboo and has also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim, and in Parade at Ford's Theatre.

The creative team includes Jeff Cowie (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Robert Wierzel (lighting design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), Telsey + Company (casting) and Marisa Levy (stage manager).

Playwright Kramer is an award-winning journalist who has held many posts over the years, including New York magazine's political columnist in the 1970s and 1980s, and later Time's political columnist. He also co-authored "I Never Wanted to be Vice President of Anything," a political biography of Nelson Rockefeller that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Playwright D. S. Moynihan began her career in the press/marketing departments of New York's Circle Repertory Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre. She then became literary manager of the latter, where she worked closely with writers on the creation and development of new plays. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Drama from New York University and taught theatre at Sarah Lawrence College for five years. She currently serves as vice president-creative projects for The Shubert Organization.

For tickets and information, visit TheOldGlobe.org.