Touring Free Shakespeare in the San Diego Community with an Additional Week of Performances of the Searing Comedy MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Directed by PATRICIA MCGREGOR, NOVEMBER 1 Through NOVEMBER 20, 2016!
SAN DIEGO (October 11, 2016, updated October 26, 2016)—The Old Globe invites your participation and coverage as Globe for All returns November 1 – November 20, in its third year on the annual roster, with Shakespeare’s searing comedy Measure for Measure. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut, following glowing reviews for The Public Theater Mobile Unit’s Hamlet this summer. The free Globe for All Shakespeare tour begins Tuesday, November 1 and extends its reach this year with an additional week of performances and eight new venues that stretch across San Diego County in a wide variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities. The tour will culminate in two low-cost performances on Sunday, November 20 in the Globe’s rehearsal studios, part of Balboa Park’s historic House of Charm.
Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s richest plays, mixing comedy and drama in a thrilling story of love and power. In a decadent Vienna, the strict, newly appointed leader Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay—until he falls for a young nun pleading for the life of her brother and things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic.
In addition to the performance, each partner organization is offered a Bard Basics workshop leading up to the performance. These workshops are designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work. Taught by professional Globe teaching artists, participants will be introduced to Shakespeare, his work, and the common themes and ideas of Measure for Measure. Each performance will begin with an introductory pre-show warmup led by the teaching artists and end with a casual talk-back with the Globe’s Master Teaching Artist Lisel Gorell-Getz, who is also in the cast.
Globe for All presents free professional Shakespeare to diverse, multigenerational audiences in locations around San Diego County, with a cast of nine professional actors, a DJ, and four production staff members. Over the past two years, Globe for All has performed in military bases, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, correctional facilities, recreation centers, libraries, and other community venues for nearly 2,200 audience members, many seeing theatre—and Shakespeare—for the first time. In addition to this year’s 17-stop tour, Globe for All will play at The Old Globe for two low-cost performances.
Globe for All helps make theatre matter to audiences who, for whatever reason, do not enjoy regular access to the professional performing arts. With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms, the tour gives audiences an intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator. For some, the Globe for All tour is their first experience seeing a piece of live theatre, and for others, it is an exciting return to the art form. In addition to providing the community with free access to professional performances of Shakespeare,Globe for All enriches the theatre experience by offering free workshops and other activities. This model of theatrical engagement has grown very popular across the country, and our tours are used as exemplars by many other theatre companies.
Venues for the 2016 tour include return visits to South Bay Community Services/Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, Fourth District Senior Resource Center; San Diego Public Library – Central Branch, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services, Father Joe’s Villages, California State Prison, Centinela, Naval Base San Diego, and Veterans Village of San Diego. New venues this year include San Diego Rescue Mission, Mary Fay Pendleton School at Camp Pendleton, The Old Globe Technical Center, Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library, City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex, The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation – Linda Vista, A Reason to Survive, and Escondido Public Library, with an additional location to be announced.
Globe for All will be presented with free public performances at
- Fourth District Senior Resource Center (The George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th St., San Diego, 92114) on Friday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.
- The Old Globe Technical Center (5335 Market St., San Diego, 92114) on Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.
- San Diego Public Library – Central Branch (Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101) on Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m.
- Lemon Grove Academy/Lemon Grove Historical Society/Lemon Grove Branch Library (Lemon Grove Academy, Roberto Alvarez Auditorium, 3171 School Ln., Lemon Grove, 91945) on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m.
- Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services (St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church, 799 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, 92020) on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
- City Heights/Weingart Branch Library & Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105) on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.
- The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation – Linda Vista (Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St., San Diego, 92111) on Sunday, November 13 at 12:15 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 16 at 7:00 p.m.
- A Reason to Survive (Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 140 E. 12th St., Suite B, National City, 91950) on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Escondido Public Library (239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, 92025) on Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 noon
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. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances ($12), located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.
2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR: Globe for All Measure for Measure (11/3-20), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/5-12/26), M.F.A. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (11/12-20), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12/2017), The Blameless (2/23-3/26), Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25), Guys and Dolls (7/2-8/13).