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Old Globe summer season includes Shakespeare, 'God of Carnage'

November 16, 2011 |  4:10 pm


The Old Globe's 2012 summer season will feature the West Coast debut of "Divine Rivalry," Michael Kramer's new historical drama about Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the San Diego premiere of "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza.

In addition, the company's annual summer Shakespeare Festival will feature repertory productions of "Richard III," "As You Like It" and "Inherit the Wind." Adrian Noble is returning as the festival's director and will stage the latter two plays.

"Divine Rivalry" (July 7 to Aug. 12) tells the story of a painting competition between Michelangelo and Leonardo, organized by Niccolo Machiavelli. The play, written by Kramer with D. S. Moynihan, debuted earlier this year at the Hartford Stage, directed by that company's outgoing director, Michael Wilson.

The Old Globe's production of "Divine Rivalry" will also be directed by Wilson.

Reza's "God of Carnage" (July 27 to Sept. 2) is a dark comedy about two pairs of parents squabbling over their respective sons who were involved in a playground fight. Richard Seer will direct the production. The play had its L.A. debut earlier this year at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The Shakespeare Festival will feature parallel productions of "Richard III" (June 3 to Sept. 29), "As You Like It" (June 10 to Sept. 30) and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's "Inherit the Wind" (June 17 to Sept. 25).

"Richard III" will be directed by Lindsay Posner.


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Photo: The Old Globe campus in San Diego. Credit: The Old Globe