Broadway-Bound Lonergan's Starry Messenger with Broderick Debuts in Old Globe Season

News   Broadway-Bound Lonergan's Starry Messenger with Broderick Debuts in Old Globe Season
The world premiere, pre-Broadway run of Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger, with Matthew Broderick, highlights the upcoming new 2006-2007 season at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan

George Gershwin Alone, August Wilson's Two Trains Running, Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amy Freed's Restoration Comedy, Annie Weisman's Hold Please and the world premieres of Greg Kotis' Pig Farm (in collaboration with the Roundabout Theatre Company) and Itamar Moses' The Four of Us are also scheduled.

In addition to the subscription offerings, the Old Globe presents its traditional holiday productions of the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! musical by Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin, directed by Jack O'Brien (Nov. 18-Dec. 31) and Teatro Máscara Mágica’s acclaimed holiday musical La Pastorela by Max Branscomb, directed by William Virchis (Dec. 4-23).

The Old Globe’s 2006-2007 season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • George Gershwin Alone (Sept. 9-Oct. 22) - Old Globe Theatre
    Joel Zwick directs Hershey Felder in the solo tribute to the legendary American composer of the title. Music and lyrics are by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with a book by Felder.


  • Pig Farm (Sept. 23-Oct. 29) - Cassius Carter Centre Stage
    Urinetown pen Greg Kotis offers his Orwellian tale of an American man who runs struggles to keep his farm and his wife away from his farm hand when an officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, arrives to inspect the operation. The work makes its world premiere (in collaboration with New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company).
  • The Starry Messenger (Jan. 13-Feb. 18, 2007) - Old Globe
    Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me," Lobby Hero, This Is Our Youth) directs his own new work about an astronomy teacher (Broderick) who instructs "at a non-research university in New York by day and adult classes at the Hayden Planetarium by night" as he tries to balance his home life with his wife and son with his "ambitions to break back into the competitive scientific research community, from which he has gradually exiled himself." The work is billed as a pre-Broadway world premiere.
  • The Four of Us (Feb. 3-March 11, 2007) - Cassius Carter
    Itamar Moses' new work finds "Two contemporary young men [who] have each embarked upon widely differing writing careers" —one a struggling playwright, the other just penned a best-selling novel.
  • Restoration Comedy (March 17-April 22, 2007) - Old Globe
    The Beard of Avon playwright Amy Freed takes on another period piece in this new romantic comedy about a woman believed to be a young widow, but her husband "is very much alive and has been on a ten-year binge of dissolute behavior." Their friend conspires to reunite the pair, while their impoverished younger brother schemes in order to make his fortune.
  • Hold Please (March 31-May 6, 2007) - Cassius Carter
    Annie Weisman (Be Aggressive) paints a "portrait of American work life" in this work which "chronicles the lives of two generations of executive secretaries battling the corporate infrastructure, technology and each other."
  • Two Trains Running (May 5-June 10, 2007) - Old Globe
    Seret Scott directs part of the late August Wilson's epic 10-play cycle about the African American experience during the 20th century. The work takes place inside a Pittsburgh diner at the end of the 1960s.
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (May 19-June 24, 2007) - Cassius Carter
    Richard Seer directs Edward Albee's four-person classic which pits fiery duo George and Martha against each other and their late-night guests, a young professor and his wife. For more information on The Old Globe, call Globe Ticket Services at (619) 23-GLOBE or visit

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