THE OLD GLOBE Begins Live Performances on FRIDAY, JUNE 4 for the First Time After a 14-Month Pandemic Shutdown with Free Family-Friendly AXIS Performing Art Series Events!

 Kick Off the Fun with the Interactive Word Up! Live Show on the Globe's Copley Plaza at 5:30 p.m.

The interactive Mad Libs–style collaboration program Word Up! at The Old Globe

The interactive Mad Libs–style collaboration program Word Up! Live will kick off the AXIS series this Friday, June 4. Word Up!, hosted by Laura Z., is word-based collaboration between audience and artists that features a new performing artist every week, as well as special community guests from around San Diego. It was launched and streamed on The Old Globe’s YouTube channel during the pandemic, and for the first time ever, audience members will gather in person to collaborate with the featured guest artists Miki Vale and Ric Scales, as well as with San Diego community guest Lorna De La Cruz, to create stories in the rhythmic and rhyming form of rap with the theme of “what it means to be somebody.”

Where: In person on the Globe’s Copley Plaza (1363 Old Globe Way). These events will also be simulcast for free through The Old Globe’s YouTube channel so everyone can enjoy this exciting collaborative theatre-making event.

When: Friday, June 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with music by Miki Vale.

Who: Miki Vale is an international hip-hop artist, teaching artist, and commissioned playwright with The Old Globe. She has co-created physical and virtual spaces for women’s presence and engagement, such as SoulKiss Theatre (, exploring the impact of hip-hop culture on race, class, and gender. In 2016 and 2018 she was the DJ and sound designer for the Globe for All Tour., @mikivalethemc.

Ric Scales is one half of the San Diego hip-hop group 18scales. Taking from both the old and new school, adding in storytelling and varied content, he tries to push boundaries musically and consciously. With beginnings in battle rap, he developed a skill for freestyling that helped him become the multiple-time champion of No Sucker DJs Battlebot monthly hip-hop tournament. As an artist, he has opened for acts such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), KRS-1, Raewkon, and 2 Chainz.

Laura “Zee” Zablit (she/her/hers) is an Arts Engagement Programs Manager at The Old Globe and the creator and host of Word Up! Born and raised in San Diego, she has worked within the local queer, refugee, and immigrant communities, developing artistic programs and collaborative storytelling practices onstage and online. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in Drama and completed a bachelor of arts in Journalism at New York University.

Bios for all AXIS guests can be found here.

Schedule: 3:30 p.m.: Word Up! host Laura Zablit are available for interviews;
4:00 p.m.: Featured guest artists and San Diego community guest arrive and are available for interviews;
4:30 p.m.: Associate Artistic Director and Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine is available for interviews;
5:00 p.m.: Doors open with music DJed by Miki Vale;
5:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live performance begins;
6:30 p.m.: Performance ends. Laura Zablit will be available for interviews following the performance.

Tickets: Although offered for free, tickets are required. Tickets for the June 12 Movement Enthusiast Physical Workshop with Disco Riot event will be available June 8. For all arts engagement events after June 15, please check our website at for ticketing availability dates.

NOTE: Some of these events involve hosts and audience members engaging in physical activities, but guests will be socially distanced throughout so they can safely take part in the fun.

About AXIS
: Realizing our commitment to making theatre matter to more people, AXIS offers free cultural programs on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, led by local artists and craftspeople. The Globe’s unique physical location—and now our social media platforms—are participatory art venues where we make opportunities for connectivity and creative placemaking. AXIS is an effort to broaden our concept of audience by encompassing diverse, multigenerational constituencies from communities across San Diego County.

Arts engagement programs at The Old Globe are generously supported in part by The James Irvine FoundationQualcomm, and the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists. Digital programs at The Old Globe are supported in part by The Conrad Prebys Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

Reopening of Theatres and Reactivation of the Plaza: The Old Globe recently announced plans for the long-awaited full reopening of its three theatres in Balboa Park. Audiences will be able to once again gather in the Globe’s outdoor theatre starting June 4 and in the two indoor theatres in September. A full lineup of virtual and in-person theatre, boasting five world premieres, offers something for everyone, from musicals, Shakespeare, and new plays to movies, cabarets, family events, immersive storytelling, and more. This slate of programming, telling stories that range across many cultures and created by a diverse group of major talents, is part of the Globe’s ongoing commitment to make theatre matter to more people, especially now as San Diego begins to return to public spaces and this art form we deeply love.

For more information on all available programs this summer and fall, please click here.

2021 AXIS Performing Art Series Calendar

Jaye Piper Rosewell. Photo courtesy The Old Globe
Saturday, June 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Movement Enthusiast Physical Workshop with Disco Riot;
Saturday, June 19, 12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.: Juneteenth Celebration (in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre);
Tuesday, June 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: The Poet’s Tree Finale;
Friday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Drag Music with Jaye Piper Rosewell and San Diego business guest Farah Dinga;
Saturday, June 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Movement Enthusiast Physical Workshop with Disco Riot;
Friday, July 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: R&B with Rebecca Jade;
Saturday, July 10, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Fit Body by Ashley All-Ages Dance Class;
Friday, July 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Opera with Mandi Miller;
Friday, July 30, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Oral Tradition with Bibi Mama;
Saturday, July 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Fit Body by Ashley All-Ages Dance Class;
Friday, August 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Classical Violin with Omari Abdul-Alim;
Tuesday, August 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Clean Comedy Happy Hour;
Saturday, August 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Maraya Movement Workshop;
Friday, August 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Commedia dell’Arte with Valeria Vega and Jesús Quintero;
Tuesday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: SoulKiss Night at the Globe (please note date change from original press release);
Saturday, August 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Movement Enthusiast Physical Workshop with Disco Riot;
Friday, September 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Word Up! Live: Spoken Word with Angelo Pamintuan.

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