The elevator and hallways filled with people lugging grocery bags and foil containers of chicken and salad and more pieces of dinner, descending to the basement of The Old Globe’s rehearsal building in Balboa Park one evening last week.
A potluck’s sense of randomness, and bringing what you have, was not a gratuitous metaphor. The crowd filing into the room contained teenagers, businesspeople, well-coiffed ladies, a park ranger and a dance teacher originally from Senegal. They’d come to the Globe through sundry roads.
This is The Old Globe’s new “Odyssey” production.
Dozens more will be involved in the effort in the next few weeks as the Globe launches an experiment with community engagement in conjunction with its 75th anniversary. The theater hired director Lear deBessonet and composer and lyricist Todd Almond to come up with a musical theater piece that could involve a slew of San Diego community members and institutions as well as professional actors.
After meeting with a range of San Diegans over the last couple of years, deBessonet said she found an undeniable trend: Nearly everyone has come here from somewhere else.