SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A new comedy is taking over the Old Globe and it centers around the American dream of home ownership. But throw in a neighbor dispute and it becomes an all-out war of taste, class and gardening.
It's Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens, which was developed in the Globe’s 2017 Powers New Voices Festival. Edward Torres (the Globe’s Water by the Spoonful) directs this uproarious new comedy, playing May 26 – June 24, 2018 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center; Opening May 31. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now.
Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American Dream when they purchase an upscale house in a historic neighborhood. But a disagreement with their next-door neighbors Virginia and Frank over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. The hedgerow becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into flower-flinging enemies in this West Coast premiere.
The cast includes Kimberli Flores (Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Pulse at Guthrie Theater) as Tania Del Valle, Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle on “Frasier,” “Broad City,” and “Scorpion”) as Virginia Butley, Eddie Martinez (member of Chicago’s Teatro Vista, Fade Off Broadway) as Pablo Del Valle, and Mark Pinter (Globe’s Red Velvet, Macbeth, Othello, and more) as Frank Butley, as well as local San Diego actors Jose Balistrieri (Gardener) and Alexander Guzman (Gardener).
“It’s a special pleasure for the Globe to bring this funny and smart play to San Diego audiences,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Native Gardens is being produced in theatres nationwide, and the reasons are clear. It’s a play that’s about the special character of American cities, where people from many backgrounds live cheek-by-jowl and come together to make urban cultures that are rich, diverse, and highly energetic. Karen Zacarías finds hilarity in, of all things, a property dispute, and she shows us in warm and witty terms how good neighbors can overcome just about any difference. Eddie Torres and his ace cast are going to deliver a memorable night of theatre to Balboa Park as well as to our neighbors around the county.”
Visiting Morning Extra in studio to tell us about their Old Globe debut are Peri Gilpin and Kimberli Flores.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org.