The Old Globe Presents “Shutter Sisters”

| October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

“Shutter Sisters,” written by Mansa Ra (“Too Heavy for Your Pocket”) and directed by Donya K. Washington (“Beautiful Blackbird” at Alliance Theatre and Festival Producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), features Terry Burrell (Broadway’s “The Threepenny Opera” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) as Mykal and Shana Wride (The Old Globe’s “Native Gardens” and Diversionary Theatre’s “2.5 Minute Ride”) as Michael.

Performances begin October 7,  and run through November 7, with the official opening on Thursday October 14, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

“Bringing exciting world premiere plays to life is an important part of the Globe’s work,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “We commissioned the brilliant Mansa Ra some time ago, then developed this play in our Powers New Voices Festival, and now it’s our privilege to produce it as we reopen our intimate theatre-in-the round after a too-long hiatus. Ra’s play is a charmer: warm, funny, and deeply heartfelt, it’s about two very different women who discover just how very much they have in common—to their surprise, and ours. It’s a pleasure to restart our programming with such a smart and engaging play, and to welcome both Ra and director Donya Washington into the Globe family.”

“Shutter Sisters”tells the story of two women living parallel lives on the hardest days of their lives. A White woman named Michael attends her adopted mother’s funeral, while a Black woman named Mykal kicks her adult daughter out of her home. It’s a heartfelt and surprising journey through womanhood, identity, and what it means to belong.

In addition to Mansa Ra and Donya K. Washington, the creative team for the world premiere play “Shutter Sisters”includes scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Kara Harmon, lighting design by Zach Murphy, sound design by Chris Lane, casting by Caparelliotis Casting, and production stage management by Marie Jahelka.

“Shutter Sisters”will play in the Globe’s theatre-in-the round at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way).

Tickets will be available online at or by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623).

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