Ayckbourn's Life of Riley Will Get U.S. Premiere at Old Globe; Simon's BB Book-Ends Planned

News   Ayckbourn's Life of Riley Will Get U.S. Premiere at Old Globe; Simon's BB Book-Ends Planned
The Old Globe in San Diego will offer the U.S. premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Life of Riley, plus a double-bill of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, among other titles, in its 2010-11 "winter season."

Playwrights Alan Ayckbourn and Tracy Letts
Playwrights Alan Ayckbourn and Tracy Letts Photo by Tony Bartholomew and Jim Luning

Southern California theatregoers can also expect the West Coast premieres of Kristoffer Diaz's Welcome to Arroyo's and Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta, Rafta… and regional premieres of Ian Bruce's Groundswell and Tracy Letts' August: Osage County.

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and a soon-to-be-announced musical complete the season.

Scott Schwartz will direct Simon's related, semi-autobiographical Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound in repertory. The plays were to be staged in rep on Broadway in fall 2009, but only Brighton Beach went on, closing soon after due to poor ticket sales in a rough economy. Broadway Bound never saw the light of day. Both plays were hits for Simon in their original runs. The Old Globe revivals are in no way connected to the recent Broadway productions.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will return for its 13th consecutive year, in the Old Globe Theatre, Nov. 20–Dec. 26.

Tickets to the Globe's 2010-11 winter season are currently available by subscription only. Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office. *

Here's the Old Globe season at a glance:

Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound
by Neil Simon
Sept. 14–Nov. 7
Old Globe Theatre
"Two of Neil Simon’s most popular plays will be performed in repertory. The semi-autobiographical plays follow the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, from the foibles of youth in late-1930s Brooklyn, to a career as a comedy writer for radio. Scott Schwartz, who directed last season's hit production of Lost in Yonkers, returns to direct."

Welcome to Arroyo's
by Kristoffer Diaz
Sept. 25–Oct. 31
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Nov. 4–7
Lincoln High School Center for the Arts
"A brother and sister attempt to convert their family bodega into New York City's newest cultural sensation and unexpectedly discover a secret that could change their lives and, possibly, the history of hip hop music. Jaime Castañeda, who directed the recent Chicago premiere, will direct the Globe's West Coast premiere." Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and is currently playing Off-Broadway.

A Musical To Be Announced
Jan. 15–Feb. 20, 2011
Old Globe Theatre
A musical will be announced at a later date.

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Jan. 22–Feb. 27, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of Salesman is an unflinching examination of the American dream that is as relevant today as the day it was written. Pam MacKinnon, who helmed the Globe's world-premiere production of Itamar Moses' The Four of Us, will direct. She received the 2010 Obie Award for her direction of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park."

by Ian Bruce
March 12–April 17, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"Set in a beachfront resort on the jagged edge of west South Africa, a black caretaker and a white ex-cop hatch a get-rich-quick diamond scheme on an unsuspecting guest. This haunting, psychological thriller lends a glimmer of hope and promise for a just post-apartheid society. Director Kyle Donnelly has previously directed Opus, Orson's Shadow and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe.

Rafta, Rafta…
by Ayub Khan-Din, based on "All in Good Time by Bill Naughton
March 19-April 24, 2011
Old Globe Theatre
"Winner of the 2008 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Rafta, Rafta… is a hilarious look at the generational divide on sex and marriage within a close-knit Indian family living in London. Henry Wishcamper, who directed The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Globe, will direct this West Coast premiere."

Life of Riley
by Alan Ayckbourn
April 30–June 5, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world's most successful living playwrights (Absurd Person Singular and the recent Tony Award-winning revival of The Norman Conquests), was recently awarded the U.K.'s Critics' Circle Annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater in June. Life of Riley (his 74th play!) looks backwards, forwards and, now and then, sideways with wry comic affection on the lives we lived or might have lived. The Globe has also presented the U.S. premieres of Ayckbourn's Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays and Intimate Exchanges. Richard Seer directs (his tenth outing at the Globe)."

August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
May 7–June 12, 2011
Old Globe Theatre
"Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This epic, modern-day masterpiece is sure to be the theatrical event of the season. Sam Gold, 2010 Obie Award winner for his direction of Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens, will direct."

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