Tony-winner Cherry Jones will star in the world premiere of Tina Howe's Pride's Crossing, beginning previews Jan. 25 at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Howe is the author of Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Approaching Zanzibar, among other plays. Jones won the 1995 Best Actress Tony in the title role of The Heiress; she also was nominated for Our Country's Good.
Jones will play 91-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow, whose life, told in flashbacks, was profoundly changed when she broke the world's record for swimming the English channel in 1928, a time when women were expected to allow men to break the records. The play chronicles a journey of pride through a long and challenging life.
Jack O'Brien directs the play, opening Jan. 30 and running through March 2.
Also in the cast are Monique Fowler, Jeffrey Hayenga, Marceline Hugot, Robert Knepper, Hilary Clarke and Nichole Danielle Givans.
Sets are by Ralph Funicello, costumes by Robert Morgan, lighting by Michael Gilliam, and sound by Jeff Ladman.
Tickets cost $22-$39. For tickets and information: (619) 239-2255.