The Old Globe Presents “The Gardens of Anuncia”

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Five-Time Tony Award Nominee, Michael John LaChiusa, is author, and provided the music and lyrics for “The Gardens of Anuncia,” which is inspired by the life story of American stage icon, Graciela Daniele, who directs and co-choreographs the production, with assistance from Alex Sanchez. Performances run from Friday, September 10 through Sunday, October 17 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Anuncia tends the garden of her country house as she reflects on her life, looking back on her girlhood in Juan Perón’s Argentina and paying homage to the family of women whose sacrifices allowed her to become an artist. This funny, poignant, and beautiful musical features a beguilingly romantic and tango-infused score filled with the exuberant sounds of women reveling in the joys of being alive.

“The Gardens of Anuncia”features Enrique Acevedo as priest, grandfather, that man, moustache brother, and movie father; Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia); Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen); Carmen Roman as older Anuncia; Tally Sessions as the deer and moustache brother; Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena); and Kalyn West as younger Anuncia. Rehearsal stand-ins are Summer Broyhill and Joz Vammer.

The creative team for the world premiere musical includes scenic design by Mark Wendland; costume design by Toni-Leslie James; lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; sound design by Drew Levy; orchestrations by Michael Starobin; music direction by Deborah Abramson; casting by Tara Rubin, CSA and Xavier Rubiano, CSA; and production stage management by Anjee Nero.

The Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). For tickets and additional information, visit

(from left) Carmen Roman appears as Older Anuncia, Mary Testa as Granmama, Eden Espinosa as Mamí, Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, and Andréa Burns as Tía in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.

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