The Old Globe Theatre announced Friday that its 2016-17 season will feature nine major shows, including two world premieres.

The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park. Photo by Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons

The schedule begins Sept. 10 with a stage adaptation of the film “October Sky,” and includes the Steve Martin-penned “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and the family favorite “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

“There’s a huge range of material here — musicals and dramas, the comic and the serious, revivals and world premieres, ensemble-created work and a solo show, celebrations of theater history and plays that relate directly to today’s world,” said Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein.

“Our great city and our large and open-minded audience will find many extraordinary evenings of theater on our stages and in the community, and I’m thrilled to share them,” Edelstein said. “I’m also extremely proud to welcome the very best talent from around the country and right here in San Diego — artists at the top of their game in every theatrical discipline — to make work at the highest possible level of artistic achievement.”

The schedule includes, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage:

  • The West Coast premiere of “October Sky,” about a young West Virginia man’s obsession with rockets, Sept. 10-Oct. 23.
  • The “Grinch,” Nov. 5-Dec. 26.
  • Martin’s “Picasso,” in which Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein intellectually spar with each other and customers at a watering hole, Feb. 4- March 12, 2017.
  • “Red Velvet,” a drama set backstage at London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s, March 25-April 30, 2017.
  • And the West Coast premiere of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” a fable of when the man tending the moon leaves his post and plunges the world into darkness, May 13-June 18, 2017.

On the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre stage:

  • The coming-of-age story “The Lion,” Sept. 29-Oct. 30.
  • The world premiere of “The Blameless,” called a story of family bonds in extraordinary circumstances, Feb. 25-March 26, 2017.
  • “Skeleton Crew,” a drama set in a Detroit auto plant, April 8-May 7, 2017.
  • And the world premiere of “The Imaginary Invalid,” a Fiasco Theater comedy about a hypochondriac who wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills, May 27-June 25, 2017.

The schedule also includes a production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” that will tour area military bases, homeless shelters, senior centers, prisons and other community venues in November.

Also in November will be a joint production with the University of San Diego graduate theater program of the Bard’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

— City News Service

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