Casting Is Announced as GLOBE FOR ALL Extends Its Reach, Touring Free Shakespeare in the San Diego Community

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.

(from left) Daniel Petzold, Mahka Mthembu, and Christopher Salazar
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 the tours are used as exemplars by many other theatre companies.

Globe for All presents free professional Shakespeare to diverse, multi generational 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. In addition to this year’s 17-stop tour, Globe for All will play at The Old Globe for two low-cost performances.

Patricia McGregor directs the 2016 Globe for All production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
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.

Directed by Patricia Mcgregor, 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.

Lisel Gorell-Getz (Mistress Overdone, Mariana, Servant)
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.

The cast includes recent graduates of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program Makha Mthembu (Isabella, Soldier), Daniel Petzold (Angelo, Barnardine), and Christopher Salazar (Duke Vincentio, Elbow) in the lead roles, and Ally Carey (Pompey, Provost), Jake Millgard (Lucio, Froth), and Nathan Whitmer (Claudio). Joining them are local actors Lisel Gorell-Getz (Mistress Overdone, Mariana, Servant), Flordelino Lagundino (Escalus, Abhorson),Davina Van Dusen (Juliet, Friar Peter), and DJ Miki Vale.

The creative staff includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Shelly Williams (Costume Design), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“Globe for All has quickly grown to become one of the core programs of The Old Globe, enriching our community and galvanizing our theatre as it serves our neighbors in a deep and special way,” 
said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. 
“It’s our core conviction that theatre in general, and Shakespeare in particular, are necessary to living a full and rich life, and yet we recognize that some in our city either don’t know about the work we do or cannot enjoy regular access to it. Globe for All is an exciting way to bring the joys and thrills of live, professional Shakespeare to San Diegans who may not have experienced them before. We are grateful to the community-based organizations that are partnering with us and to the civic-minded philanthropies that are supporting this effort. Together, we can make theatre matter to many more of our fellow citizens.”

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.
The tour culminates with two low-cost public performances offered in The Old Globe’s rehearsal studios in the House of Charm on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. These performances will be open to the public. Tickets are $15 for general public and $10 for subscribers.

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