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News Bender and Cariani to Star in Old Globe's Mystery of Irma Vep Casting has been announced for the Old Globe's upcoming production of Charles Ludlam's gothic spoof, The Mystery of Irma Vep.

Directed by Henry Wishcamper, the production will begin performances in the Globe's Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art's James S. Copley Auditorium July 31 with an official opening Aug. 6 at 8 PM. Performances will continue through Sept. 6.

Jeffrey M. Bender (Broadway's Cymbeline) and John Cariani (Tony nomination for Fiddler on the Roof) will be the "cast of thousands," taking on the roles of Lady Enid, Lord Edgar, Nicodemus Underwood – and a mummy – among others.

"On a 'dark and stormy night,'" press notes state, "Lady Enid arrives at an estate with her new husband, who is under the spell of his deceased first wife and haunted by something that's prowling the grounds. Strange things begin to happen around Lady Enid while the mysterious portrait of Irma Vep hanging over the fireplace gazes down upon her. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a hilarious comedy that satirizes everything from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rebecca' to Victorian Melodrama to 'The Mummy's Curse.'"

The creative team also includes Robin Vest (scenic design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Jason Bieber (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design) and Kathryn Davies (stage manager).

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office.

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