Plays by Diaz, Ayckbourn also on the schedule
The 2010-11 season at San Diego’s Old Globe includes a repertory staging of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound” — a double bill that was supposed to play Broadway this season, but was abruptly cancelled in the wake of weak sales. The U.S preem of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Life of Riley” and the West Coast bow of Kristoffer Diaz’s “Welcome to Arroyo’s” are also on the line up. Unrelated to the aborted Broadway version, the Old Globe’s pairing of the Simon plays (running Sept. 14-Nov. 7) will be helmed by Scott Schwartz (“Golda’s Balcony”), who previously directed Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” at the San Diego theater. “Arroyo’s” (Sept. 25-Oct. 31), which preemed last month in Chicago, is penned by Diaz, whose Pulitzer finalist “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage. Brit Ayckbourn, whose “Riley” will run April 30-June 5 at the Globe, was last on the Rialto with the revival of “The Norman Conquests.” Also on tap for the Old Globe are stagings of Ian Bruce’s “Groundswell” and Ayub Khan-Din’s “Rafta, Rafta…,” plus a production of “Death of a Salesman” as well as a musical to be announced.
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