The Merchant of Venice, Directed by Adrian Noble, Begins June 9 at Old Globe's Shakespeare Fest
By Michael Gioia
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, directed by Adrian Noble (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), who is in the midst of his fourth and final season as the artistic director of The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival, begins performances June 9 in San Diego.
Noble also directs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as part of the Globe's 2013 summer season. The festival kicked off June 2 with A Midsummer Night's Dream, helmed by Olivier Award-nominated director Ian Talbot.
"Seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a balmy summer night is one of the most magical experiences it’s possible to have in the theatre, and the Globe's annual Shakespeare Festival is as good as that experience gets," said Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein in a previous statement. "One of the reasons it's so special is the talent of our own Adrian Noble, and while he will be leaving the Globe once this summer's Festival is open, all San Diegans will be able to cheer and salute him for giving us another fantastic season with two superb productions of his own, and a third from the gifted Ian Talbot. The Globe and I thank Adrian for four summers of beautiful work, and we look forward to welcoming him back soon."
Miles Anderson returns to the Festival as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jay Whittaker returns for his fourth consecutive Festival season as Oberon in Midsummer. Whittaker will also star as Guildenstern, joining Festival newcomer John Lavelle as Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Lavelle also appears as Snug in Midsummer and Lancelot Gobbo in Merchant. Also making her Festival debut is Krystel Lucas, who appears as Titania in Midsummer as Portia in Merchant.
Lucas Hall, last seen on the Festival stage as Hamlet, will reprise the role in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as well as play Puck in Midsummer and Bassanio in Merchant. Midsummer's quartet of star-crossed lovers comprises Winslow Corbett as Hermia, Ryman Sneed as Helena, Nic Few as Demetrius and Adam Gerber as Lysander. The Merchant of Venice also features Corbett as Jessica, Sneed as Nerissa, Few as Prince of Morocco and Gerber as Lorenzo. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Corbett will appear as Ophelia, Sneed as Gertrude and Few as Horatio.
The repertory company also features Donald Carrier, Sherman Howard, Charles Janasz and Triney Sandoval, Erin Elizabeth Adams, Matthew Bellows, Meaghan Boeing, Jeremy Fisher, Adam Gerber, Kushtrim Hoxha, Stephen Hu, Allison Layman, Danielle O’Farrell, Stephanie Roetzel, Christopher Salazar, Robbie Simpson, Whitney Wakimoto and Sean-Michael Wilkinson.
The creative team includes Old Globe associate artist Ralph Funicello (scenic design), Deirdre Clancy (costume design), Alan Burrett (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design, original music), Peter Golub (original music), Elan McMahan (music direction), George Yé (fight director), James Vásquez (movement), Jan Gist (voice and dialect coach) and Bret Torbeck (stage manager).
For more information and tickets, call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org.
Here's a glance at the 2013 summer season:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre — both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center — and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its Shakespeare Festival.
The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.
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