The Old Globe will present HENRY IV, Part I with 2 MFA students


The old globe will present Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I featuring students from The old globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater Program. Program Director and Distinguished USD Professor Craig Noel Jesse perez is running a cast of 12. The Limited Engagement will play eight performances only from November 12 to 19, 2021 in The old globe‘s House of Charm Rehearsal room. Located across from the Globe’s main campus and three stories below Balboa Park, this space is rarely open and seen by the public, yet it’s where world premieres have been developing for decades. Tickets go on sale Friday October 15. “

“Henry IV, Part I is one of the major works in Shakespeare’s canon, and his gallery of extraordinary figures is still a gold mine for a large number of classical actors,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic director Barry edelstein. “This is what makes it an excellent choice for The old globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater Program. The comedians currently in training represent the future of classical acting on the American scene, and they will face the challenge of this extraordinary work with aplomb, showing us a glimpse of the direction our field will take in the times to come. Program Director and Distinguished USD Professor Craig Noel Jesse perez is a prolific and inventive performing artist, and he will guide this talented group to a memorable production. I can not wait to see it!”

Henry IV, Part I will be performed live by MFA students from The old globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater Program. The cast of 12 includes Henian Boone, Brett Cassidy, Jacqui Dupré, Savannah Faye, Komi M. Gbeblewou, Camilla Leonard, Becca Lustgarten, Jeffrey Rashad, Bernadette Sefic, Jude tibeau, Nathan VanAtta and Maggie Walters.

The actors of training in The old globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater Program bring Shakespeare’s epic tale of history, power, honor and family to life. Set in the unique surroundings of the Globe’s large open and rough rehearsal studios, this modern production brings Hal, Hotspur, Quickly and, yes, Falstaff, into the 21st century. A small company of 12 MFA actors conjures up an intimate experience that moves from the tavern to the battlefield, with laughter, poetry and drama throughout.

In addition to Henri IV, director of part I Jesse perez (MFA Program Director), the creative team understands stage design by Robin sanford roberts, costume creation by Elisa Benzoni, lighting design by Jason Bieber, sound design by Melanie Chen Cole, fight choreography by Ka’imi Kuoha, assistant conductor by Jersten Seraile, vocal and vocal coaching by Jan Gist, dramaturgy by Abraham Stoll and staging by Nicole Ries.

Henri IV, Part I will play at The old globe‘s House of Charm Rehearsal Hall at Balboa Park in San Diego (1439 El Prado) from November 12 to 19 for eight performances only. The schedule is Friday November 12 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday November 13 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday November 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday November 16 at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday November 17 at 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale October 15 and will be available at or by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623). Regular tickets cost $ 10.00; students and Globe subscribers and donors are $ 7.00; and groups of 15 or more are $ 7.00.

All customers attending an event or show at The old globe will be required to wear masks during the visit, as well as show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or provide negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of entering the theater. Additional details on The old globeThe COVID-19 policies are available here.

The main underwriter of Henri IV, part I is Darlene Marcos Shiley, with additional support from Maggie Acosta and Larry Shushan. Major subscription of The old globe and the Shiley Graduate Theater program at the University of San Diego is provided by Darlene Marcos Shiley. Additional support is provided by the Globe Guilders, the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego.

Theodore and Audrey Geisel The Fund provides leadership support for The old globeactivities all year round.

Full casting details, along with biographies and portraits, will be released at a later date.

A joint venture of The old globe and the University of San Diego, the Shiley Graduate Theater Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round, graduate course in classical theater. In 1987 The old globe and the University of San Diego has established a graduate program in theater. The result has been one of the most acclaimed classical training programs in the United States, receiving hundreds of applications each year. It has grown into one of the most competitive graduate actor programs in the country. Graduates of the program have made their mark in the profession. They have performed extensively on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, in feature films and on television. They have also founded successful theater companies, written award-winning plays and scripts, and have performed across Europe and Canada. A notable graduate is Jim parsons, the star of “The Big Bang Theory”, winner of a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.


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