SAN DIEGO — The Old Globe Theatre will present plays by Michael Cristofer and New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton, a new translation of a Spanish classic, two Shakespearean works and a Hank Williams show in the company's annual summer festival.
"Breaking Up" (July 8-Aug. 23 at Cassius Carter Centre Stage), by Cristofer, who won a Tony and Pulitzer for "The Shadow Box," will be staged by "Forever Plaid" creator and director Stuart Ross, who described it as "14 intense scenes about a couple that has a very bad relationship and are even worse about breaking up."
Hamilton's "Interior Decoration" (July 12-Aug. 23 on the mainstage), about a successful woman determined to get pregnant but not married, will be directed by John Tillinger. The Globe presented a staged reading of the play last fall as part of its Play Discovery Series.
The new translation, "Spite for Spite" (Sept. 9-Oct. 25 in the Cassius Carter), commissioned from actor Dakin Matthews, is a verse adaptation of "El Desden, Con El Desden," a Golden Age of Spain classic written in 1654 by Agustin Moreto.
The Shakespeare plays are "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (July 1-Aug. 9 at the outdoor Lowell Davies Stage), and "A Winter's Tale" (Sept. 13-Oct. 25 on the mainstage).
"Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams" by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik (Aug. 28-Oct. 4 at the Davies) will feature Harelik as Hank Williams. It premiered at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria and was later produced at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, but its creators are said to be reshaping it.