I feel incredibly lucky to live in San Diego and I am especially blessed to be near Balboa Park. Even though I have been here for 25 years, I still marvel at the beauty of the park every time I visit.
One of my favorite parts of the Park is The Old Globe Theatre. I discovered their “New Voices Festival” in January and what a find that was. This was their third annual presentation of new American works for the stage. The Old Globe is “committed to bringing the best new playwriting to San Diego”, and giving fans the opportunity to see the artistic process in action. This year, two of the four creative teams got to spend a week at the theatre working on their plays with the actors and the Globe’s artistic staff.
The play we saw was in the Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre which is the smaller theatre. I love the set up – the seating is built around the stage and there are only five rows so there’s not a bad seat in the house. Plus, it seems like you are part of the play because you are so close to the actors.
We saw “Peerless” which is about the stress and pressure that high school seniors go through during the college application process. The actors read off of scripts but even so it was impressive how they could talk so fast (without stumbling over their words) in the way that hyper teenagers do.
At the end of the performance, the crowd gave the actors a well deserved standing ovation. If you haven’t been to the “New Voices Festival” I highly recommend it; did I mention that it’s FREE!!!
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