The Old Globe's 2012-13 Season will feature the World Premieres of two new musicals: Allegiance – A New American Musical by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. The season also includes George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in celebration of the classic play's 100th anniversary and the World Premiere of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. Two recent Broadway hits will make their San Diego debuts at the Globe: David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People and Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities. Rounding out the season are the West Coast Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's Be a Good Little Widow and the Southern California Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size.
Special events during the 2012-13 season include the 15th anniversary production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
"Our 2012-2013 season is a celebration of the best of The Old Globe, looking ahead to the future while honoring our past," said Managing Director Michael G. Murphy. "The new season features two treasured classics of the world stage, as well as two world premiere musicals and a selection of acclaimed contemporary plays. We are delighted to welcome back directors Stafford Arima, Kirsten Brandt, Nicholas Martin, Paul Mullins, Darko Tresnjak and James Vasquez – six gifted artists with long-standing relationships with the Globe. Also returning to direct is longtime artistic associate Richard Seer, who is also the head of our graduate theater program. Rick has directed many extraordinary Globe productions over nearly twenty years and has helped plan our new season in his current role as Interim Artistic Advisor."
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
September 7 – October 21, 2012 (Opening Night: September 19)
ALLEGIANCE – A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo
Book by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione
Directed by Stafford Arima
Allegiance – A New American Musical is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. On the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a meeting with a young journalist forces WWII veteran Sam Otsuka (television and film icon George Takei) to remember his family's relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Broadway favorite Telly Leung) and his sister Kei (Tony Award winner Lea Salonga) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, Allegiance takes audiences on a journey into our nation's history through the eyes of one American family.