East County News Service
November 7, 2019 (San Diego) -- The Old Globe celebrates six years of making theatre matter to more people. Its talented Globe for All company of professional actors will bring a stirring production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to a variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County. The free-admission Globe for All Tour kicked off in late October and has already held several performances around the County. The Tour comes to the El Cajon branch of the County Library with the Chaldean Middle Easter Social Services on Friday November 8 at 5:34 (799 East Washington).
Below are additional details provided by the Old Globe:
Director Daniel Jáquez returns to The Globe to helm this production of The Winter’s Tale. His previous work at The Globe includes the 2017 direction and co-creation of the bilingual piece La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace), which was presented as part of one of The Old Globe’s signature arts engagement programs, coLAB, and he was a participant in this year’s The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship, led by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.
Rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enticing and moving romances. King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity with his best friend from youth, Polixines, the king of Bohemia. After he explodes in rage, only time and forgiveness can bring healing to his family and his wounded land. The Winter’s Tale sweeps from tragedy to comedy—along the way visiting the royal court, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue, and one notoriously hungry bear.
The cast features Carlos Angel-Barajas (Leontes, Young Shepherd), Yadira Correa (Paulina, Mopsa), Sofia Jean Gomez (Hermione, Dorcas), Anthony Green (Antigonus, Shepherd), Eric Hagen (Polixenes, Dion, Shepherd’s Son), Jersten Seraile (Florizel, Cleomenes), Morgan Taylor (Emilia, Time, Attendant), Wenona Truong (Perdita, Mamillius, Lord 2), and Jared Van Heel (Camillo, Officer, Lord 1).
The creative staff includes Yi-Chien Lee (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Abigail Grace Allwein (Composer and Creative Musician), David Huber (Voice and Text Coach), Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager), and Hannah May (Assistant Stage Manager).
“The Winter’s Tale is my very favorite Shakespeare play, and so it’s a special pleasure to see it tour our region as the 2019 production of our thrilling Globe for All series,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Full of feeling, music, magic, and wonder, the play is about the power of second chances in life, and I know that in Daniel Jáquez’s inventive and energetic production it will touch audiences deeply, even as it fills them with laughter and joy. Globe for All is central to this theatre’s commitment to serving San Diego and helping make theatre matter to more and more people. I couldn’t be more proud to share this work, nor happier to invite our neighbors to be part of it.”
Daniel Jáquez (Director) is a Co-Founding Director of TuYo Theatre, a company that creates and produces theatre from a diverse Latinx perspective. He served as Artistic Director of Milagro in Oregon, and in New York he was Director of both INTAR Theatre’s young acting company and its New Works Lab, an annual festival for emerging Latinx playwrights. Mr. Jáquez, now based in San Diego, has directed and produced shows Off and Off Off Broadway, across the United States, and internationally. He believes that theatre matters because it builds empathy by bringing us together in one place to share an experience that reflects the human condition of people around us and around the world.
William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of tragedies, comedies, romances, and histories, including All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Community Partners will enjoy this unique experience of The Winter’s Tale up close and personal, presented in non-traditional theatre venues within their own neighborhoods. New partners this year include Casa Familiar/South Bay Community Services in San Ysidro, Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch, District 9 Mountain View Community Center, Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center, and Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
Globe for All will return to longtime partner locations including San Diego Rescue Mission; Veterans Village of San Diego; The George L. Stevens Senior Center; San Diego Public Library branches including the Central Library and Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library; Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility; Oceanside Public Library; Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library; Father Joe’s Villages; Naval Base San Diego; Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/San Diego County Library – Lemon Grove Branch Library; Cal State San Marcos; California State Prison, Centinela; and San Diego Military Family Collaborative/Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Serra Real Connections Healthy Start Program. The tour will culminate in two low-cost public performances on Sunday, November 17 on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage.
To become familiarized with The Winter’s Tale, each Community Partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop, designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work. Professional Globe Teaching Artists Jasmin Haddad, Tara Ricasa, Arielle Siler, and Valeria Vega, and will introduce participants to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of the play. These artists also begin each performance with an introductory pre-show warmup and end them with a casual talkback.
Since its inception, Globe for All has made theatre matter to more than 11,000 audience members by bringing free, live, professional productions of Shakespeare and shows from our mainstage to diverse multigenerational audiences in neighborhoods throughout San Diego. We perform in military bases, homeless shelters, senior and correctional facilities, libraries, and any place where people may not enjoy regular access to professional performing arts. Most performances include a community meal and preshow activity. The production gives audiences an up-close, visceral experience and fosters a shared sense of community.
Globe for All will be presented with free public performances at:
- Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Friday, November 8 at 5:45 p.m.
- Casa Familiar/South Bay Community Services (San Ysidro Civic Center, 212 W. Park Ave., San Diego, 92173) on Saturday, November 9, at 12:45 p.m.
- Chula Vista Public Library – Civic Center Branch Library (365 F St., Chula Vista, 91910) on Saturday November 9, at 6:15 p.m.
- Naval Base San Diego (Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St., 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136) on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Open to Navy personnel and family members.)
- Cal State San Marcos (Arts 111 Performance Hall, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, 92096) on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Please note time change).
- District 9 Mountain View Community Center (641 S. Boundary St., San Diego, 92113) on Saturday, November 16 at 12:45 p.m.
- Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center (2902 Marcy Ave., San Diego, 92113) on Saturday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. (Please note time change).
To reserve tickets to the free open performances in the community, please go to www.theoldglobe.org/arts-engagement/globe-for-all. Tickets are subject to availability. There will be a standby line at each venue for people who do not reserve a ticket. This will not guarantee a seat to the performance. First come, first served.
The tour culminates with two low-cost public performances on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage on Sunday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. These tickets are $10.00 for subscribers and donors, on sale Friday, October 4 at 12:00 noon; and $15.00 for the general public, on sale Friday, October 11 at 12:00 noon; subject to availability.
Globe for All is supported in part through lead gifts from Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and Theatre Forward’s Advancing Strong Theatre program, made possible with the leadership gifts by James S. and Lynne P. Turley, Citi, Schloss Family Foundation, Stephanie Scott, Bank of America, the Board of Directors of Theatre Forward, and other supporters.
Additional support is provided by Maggie Acosta and Larry Shushan, Actor’s Equity Foundation, Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, The James Irvine Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Qualcomm, The Show Up for Seamus Fund, Mike Stivers, and Viasat. Further support comes from The City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant and the County of San Diego. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.
Organizations interested in partnering with Globe for All in the future and hosting a Globe for All touring performance should contact Laura Zablit, Arts Engagement Programs Manager, at lzablit@TheOldGlobe.org or (619) 231-1941 x2143.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.
CALENDAR: Almost Famous (9/13–10/27), Noura (9/20–10/20), Globe for All Tour: The Winter’s Tale (10/29–11/17), M.F.A.: Twelfth Night (11/2–10), AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show (11/23–12/24), August Wilson’s Jitney (1/18/2020-2/23), Hurricane Diane (2/8–3/8), Little Women (3/14–4/19), Faceless (3/28–4/26), The Gardens of Anuncia (5/8–6/14), What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (5/28–6/28).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.
The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 85th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON VENUES WITH PERFORMANCES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Many of these venues have pre-show community meals. Please contact us to cover this portion of the event.
Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services/San Diego County Library – El Cajon Branch Library
- St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020
- Friday, November 8 at 5:45 p.m.
- The mission of Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services (CMSS) is to help refugee communities maximize their potential toward a better way of life, as well as to facilitate their acculturation into American society. To this end, CMSS educates and empowers resettling Chaldean and Middle-Eastern refugees by providing them with the primary healthcare, education, and social service tools and programs necessary for comprehensive wellbeing and success in their new homeland.
- The mission of San Diego County Library (SDCL) is to inform, educate, inspire, and entertain. Conferred the national 2012 Library of the Year award by Library Journal and Gale (part of Cengage Learning), SDCL provides sanctuaries for all ages and has its finger on the pulse of the community.
Casa Familiar/South Bay Community Services
New Community Partner/venue
- San Ysidro Civic Center, 212 W. Park Ave., San Diego, 92173
- Saturday, November 9 at 12:45 p.m.
- Casa Familiar was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3), community-based organization dedicated to serving residents in South San Diego County. Originally established in 1968 under the name Trabajadores de la Raza, Casa has grown and expanded its efforts from solely serving Spanish-speaking clients in San Ysidro to providing services and programs to all South San Diego County residents. Casa‘s approach allows the agency to adapt to community needs through a multifaceted program and funding strategy. This permits the sustaining of advocacy and community development at its core, while simultaneously examining and addressing community needs. Casa is the leading service and community development organization in the community of San Ysidro, providing over 40 bilingual programs and services at six different sites in the community. Programs range from civic engagement to health and social services, arts and culture to education.
Chula Vista Public Library – Civic Center Branch Library
New Community Partner/venue
- 365 F St., Chula Vista, 91910
- Saturday, November 9 at 6:15 p.m.
- The community is the heart of the Chula Vista Public Library. It is dedicated to serving the community by encouraging and celebrating reading, learning, and connection. At all three Chula Vista Public Library locations, you can find access to information resources, educational programs for all ages, and of course a collection of books, digital media, and other materials. The South Chula Vista Branch Library (155,000 volumes), the Civic Center Branch Library (185,000 volumes), and the Otay Ranch Branch Library (17,000 volumes) offer library services in English and Spanish.
Naval Base San Diego (open to military personnel, family members, and guests)
- Navy Region Southwest, Anchors Catering & Conference Center, Main at Yama St., 2375 Recreation Way, Building 3210, San Diego, 92136
- Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
- As the Naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest region (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada), Navy Region Southwest provides coordination of base-operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in areas such as housing, environment, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters, and supply, medical, and logistical concerns for the hundreds of thousands of active-duty, reserve, and retired military members in the area. The Anchors Catering & Conference Center is located at Naval Base San Diego just outside the Main St. Gate; it allows for easy access to non-military guests.
Cal State San Marcos
- Arts 111 Performance Hall, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, 92096
- Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
- California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is a public comprehensive university in San Marcos, California and one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system. San Marcos is a suburban city in the North County area of San Diego County. CSUSM offers more than 60 degree and credential programs, which include the arts and music, humanities, natural and applied natural sciences, education, business, and the health professions. It has a student body of 13,893 undergraduate and graduate students.
District 9 Mountain View Community Center
New Community Partner/venue
- 641 S. Boundary St., San Diego, 92113
- Saturday, November 16 at 12:45 p.m.
- Mountain View was dedicated in 1914 and was one of the first parks to be dedicated in San Diego. People still talk about the great car shows that took place in the park back in the 1960s.
Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center
New Community Partner/venue
- 2902 Marcy Ave., San Diego, 92113
- Saturday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
- The center was built in 1944 and was rebuilt in 1994 to better serve the needs on the community. The redesign included additional restrooms, a large kitchen, and a remodeled patio area.
ALL INFORMATION (VENUES, DATES, AND TIMES) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Abigail Grace Allwein (Composer and Musician) is delighted to return to The Old Globe, after her debut with Much Ado About Nothing last year. She has most recently been seen in Indecent (Cape Rep Theatre), Once (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Sister Act (Walnut Street Theatre), and The Last Five Years (Huntington University Theatre Company). She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Theatre matters because it opens our hearts and minds to things we don’t understand.
Carlos Angel-Barajas (Leontes, Young Shepherd) was born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, and grew up in the City Heights area of San Diego. He is a proud graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program (class of 2019). He was recently seen in Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It at The Old Globe. Theatre matters because great stories break down barriers and bring people together.
Yadira Correa (Paulina, Mopsa) has been seen as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Audrey in As You Like It, Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing, and Francisca in The Tempest at The Old Globe. She also recently appeared in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program productions of Our Town, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters, and Cloud 9. Ms. Correa is an alumna of the School at Steppenwolf. @yadeeenyc on Instagram. Theatre matters because it is one of the few spaces where strangers can commune for a few hours and be immersed in the exploration of the human condition.
Sofia Jean Gomez (Hermione, Dorcas) has appeared as Nora in San Diego Repertory Theatre’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, for which she won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play. Some of her New York credits include Angels in America, Parts I and II (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Ensemble). She received her M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama and her B.F.A. at Sam Houston State University. Theatre matters because it builds artistic citizens for the communities of the past, present, and future.
Anthony Green (Antigonus, Shepherd), a native of Chula Vista, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. He was most recently seen as Leonte in the world premiere of The Island in Winter, a Latinx adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. His Shakespeare credits include Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, King John, King Lear, Cymbeline, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Theatre matters because it reminds us of the universality of being human.
Eric Hagen (Polixenes, Dion, Shepherd’s Son) appeared in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest on The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival stage. Regionally, he has been in King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nebraska Shakespeare), The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, and Henry IV, Part II (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Peter Piper (Guthrie Theater), and August & Amy (Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater). @eric.weiman on Instagram. Theatre matters because it bonds individuals through communal experiences.
Jersten Seraile (Florizel, Cleomenes) was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana. Before receiving his M.F.A. from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he premiered his solo play Harlem Blooms in Spring at Off Broadway’s Theatre Row, where he played the role of Langston Hughes. He received his Bachelor of Science from The New School. Some of his favorite roles include Betty and Edward in Cloud 9, Kulygin in Three Sisters, and Caesar in Julius Caesar. Theatre matters because it changes hearts.
Morgan Taylor (Emilia, Time, Attendant) is a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Taylor has been seen at The Old Globe in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest. She has also recently appeared in Our Town, Julius Caesar, Cloud 9, Three Sisters, and Romeo and Juliet (The Old Globe/USD). Taylor is an alumna of UC Santa Barbara’s Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. @the.morgantaylor. Theatre matters because the stories we tell shape our identity and our world.
Wenona Truong (Perdita, Mamillius, Lord 2) previously played Peter in Romeo and Juliet, Lord in As You Like It, Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing, and Iris in The Tempest (The Old Globe), Henrietta and Elizabeth in Persuasion and Ariel in The Tempest (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), and Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird (Capital Stage). wenonatruong.com. Theatre matters because it is an essential form of expression and introspection that teaches us the undeniable power of vulnerability and unconditional love for our own humanness.
Jared Van Heel (Camillo, Officer, Lord 1) has been seen in The Old Globe’s Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest. He has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, and he has performed Off Broadway, regionally, and on television, film, and other forms of new media. Theatre matters because it is the most immediate way we can share what it is to be human.
Yi-Chien Lee (Scenic Design) is a San Diego–based set designer. Her select design credits include Mission Incomplete (Young Star New Vision), Code: Cyrus (Divertimento. Media), In Search of Beckett (Double Theatre), You Tube (The Dead-End Flower Troupe), Everybody Black (UC San Diego), How to Defend Yourself and Mothers (Wagner New Play Festival), and Girlfriend (Diversionary Theatre). She received an M.F.A. from UC San Diego, and her work on Moondrunk has been selected for the Emerging Young Artist/Imagination Exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. Theatre matters because present matters.
Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design) has designed 26 productions at The Old Globe, where she is Resident Costume Design Associate. Her designs have also been seen at La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has designed extensively for both theatre and television in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as in London and Sydney. She is a recipient of a prestigious Theatre Communications Group grant undertaking costume research in London and Bath. Theatre matters because it celebrates live storytelling, reflecting ideas and questions about life.
David Huber (Voice and Text Coach) has worked on 40 Globe productions since 2014. His most recent shows include Noura, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and The Underpants. He has worked as an actor at The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and many others. He coaches professionally and privately, teaches at local colleges and schools, and is an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Theatre matters because it helps us live an examined life capable of change and growth.
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager) has worked on the Globe productions of What You Are, Tiny Beautiful Things, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, A Thousand Splendid Suns, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe for All), Twelfth Night (Globe for All), Guys and Dolls, Camp David, and The Comedy of Errors. Her credits as a production stage manager include Beachtown, Outside Mullingar, The Oldest Boy, and Honky (San Diego Repertory Theatre) and The Last Wife, Spring Awakening, Assassins, and Company (Cygnet Theatre Company). Theatre matters because it opens the boundaries between communities.
Hannah May (Assistant Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be working with the Globe for All Tour for her fifth year in a row. She is a local San Diego stage manager, graduating from San Diego State University in 2015. Some of her work has included Life After, Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Blameless, and Meteor Shower (The Old Globe), Rock of Ages, Shockheaded Peter, and The Wind and the Breeze (Cygnet Theatre Company), and the 2017 POP Tour (La Jolla Playhouse). Theatre matters because it is an art that touches all and judges none.