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IDEATION
BY AARON LOEB

DIRECTED BY JIM PETOSA
SEPTEMBER 2-24, 2017
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre presents Ideation, September 2-24, 2017 in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $35-$65 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. Subscription packages that include Ideation are also available.
The press opening will be on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30pm.
A Spotlight Symposium will be held on Sunday, September 10 following the 2pm matinee. Creating Realities: The Shifting Culture of Understanding What is True will feature WGBH contributor and media specialist Dan Kennedy. newrep.org/symposium
“This season we felt compelled to look at the resilience of the human spirit,” says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “At a time when it is increasingly difficult to decipher truth from fallacy in politics and the news, Ideation allows us to explore actions of thought in the creation of realties. In this thrilling, and darkly comic mystery, the truth becomes so twisted that we begin to question everything. We’re asking those who see the show to please spread the word, but don’t give away the ending!”
“After the tremendous success of last year, we’re thrilled to present another remarkable season at New Rep,” says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “Our first production of the season takes us deep into the inner-workings of a fast-paced consulting firm and their a-list team. Joining us on that team are a number of New Rep regulars: Christine Hamel, Lewis D. Wheeler, and Ed Hoopman, along with Jake Murphy, who made his New Rep debut last season, and newcomer Matt Ketai. We welcome them all for what is sure to be one of our most talked about productions of the season!”

About IDEATION
In Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic psychological thriller, a group of top-tier consultants are tasked with a mysterious project for an unnamed client. The team must come up with a solution to a morally and ethically ambiguous hypothetical—one that threatens to tear the team apart. Ideation is a captivating new work that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

About NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat MainStage Theater and the 90-seat BlackBox Theater. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with playwrights through staged readings and world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Rep’s Mission
New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time.

What we do:
§  Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues.
§  Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings.  Our productions are designed to be accessible to all.  We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences.  We embrace theater as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement.
§  New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.  

Artistic Bios
CHRISTINE HAMEL* (Hannah) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Brecht on Brecht, Broken GlassOn the Verge, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd, directing God Box, and dialect/voice coaching many productions, including Golda's Balcony, Tongue of a Bird, Camelot, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Holiday Memories, and The Kite Runner. Recent area credits include The Women Who Mapped The Stars (Poets’ Theatre); Tongue Tied Tight And Delivered (Huntington Theatre Company); A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater); The Penelopiad (Boston University School of Theatre); Season’s Greetings and Our Town (Wellesley Repertory Theatre); and The Glass Menagerie (Boston Center for American Performance). Regionally, she performed the role of Emma Darwin in Trumpery (Olney Theatre Center). Ms. Hamel is an Assistant Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting at Boston University. She is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher, and holds a Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov acting technique. She currently resides in Arlington.
ED HOOPMAN* (Ted) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Mister Roberts, Indulgences and touring productions of Macbeth and Hamlet. Recent credits include Camelot (Lyric Stage Company); and Finish Line (Boston Theater Company/Boch Center). Other regional credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, City of Angels, Dear Elizabeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company); Dog Paddle (Bridge Rep); King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare); A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Company); Assassins, After Ashley, and A Clockwork Orange (Company One); and Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse). New York credits include Interior: Panic and World's Fastest Hamlet (Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre); Jester’s Dead (The Outfit); and Foreign Wars (Random Access Theater).  Television credits include See Kate Run (ABC); and Aftershock (History Channel). Mr. Hoopman is also an accomplished voiceover actor whose work can be heard both locally and nationally. Born and raised in Northern California, Ed now calls Cambridge home after 13 years in the Boston area. edhoopman.com
MATT KETAI* (Sandeep) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Regional credits include Dracula, Or The Undead (Williamstown Theatre Festival); A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company); Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Fallujah (Kennedy Center ACTF/InCite Arts Festival). New York acting credits include Xander Xist… (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival); Oedipus (La MaMa); La Ruta (Working Theatre);  Mom Play (TinyRhino). Matt is a member of the Flea Theater’s resident acting company and The Bats from 2014-2015. Matt received his BFA in Acting from Boston University and his MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. Brown/Trinity credits include Side Show (BroadwayWorld and RI Critics Pick, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet.
JAKE MURPHY* (Scooter) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Brecht on Brecht. Boston credits include Mamihlapinatapai (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) and The Human Comedy (Boston University). Off Broadway credits include Dead End (Axis Theatre Company); and a staged reading of The Crowded Hour (Manhattan Theater Club). Regional credits include Noises Off and Sherlock Holmes (Sacramento Theatre Company); Boner Problem and Missed Connections (Brunch Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet (Marin Shakespeare). Film credits include We Can Do It, Can Hitler Happen Here?, Prom King 2010, and Ghost Light. Television credits include A Crime to Remember and The Defectives. Jake received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. jake-murphy.com
LEWIS D. WHEELER* (Brock) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Gift Horse, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Rancho MirageLong Day’s Journey into NightSilence, and a touring production of Cyrano. Recent credits include Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Regional credits include No Man’s Land (IRNE Nomination Best Supporting Actor, American Repertory Theater); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, and The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); Doubt, An Ideal Husband, and The Totalitarians (Gloucester Stage Company); and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Also American Stage (St. Pete), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Nora Theatre Company, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Cape Rep, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film and television credits include Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night, Black Mass, The Company MenPink Panther 2Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, and Hatfields & McCoys. Lewis earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. He resides in Boston and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2004.
AARON LOEB (Playwright) is a San Francisco Bay Area playwright whose work has been performed around the country. His full-length plays include The Proud, Alcestis (Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Brown, First Person Shooter, Blastosphere (with Geetha Reddy), and Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party, which had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2010. Among the honors Loeb has received are two Bay Area Theater Critic Circle Awards for Best New Play (First Person Shooter in '07, ALBGDP in '08), Outstanding Play from the New York International Fringe Festival (Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party '09), GLAAD Media Award Nominee (Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party '09), and seven Emerging Playwright Awards from PlayGround. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc. and a Playwrights Foundation resident playwright.
JIM PETOSA (Director/Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.

IDEATION at a glance

Company:                                                          New Repertory Theatre

Artistic Director:                                              Jim Petosa              

Managing Director:                                        Harriet Sheets

Production:                                                       Ideation

Venue:                                                                MainStage Theater | Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA 02472

Playwright:                                                       Aaron Loeb

Director:                                                            Jim Petosa

Cast:                                                                    Christine Hamel*                               Hannah
Ed Hoopman*                         Ted
Matt Ketai*                                               Sandeep
Jake Murphy*                                           Scooter
Lewis D. Wheeler*                           Brock

Production Team:                                           Ryan Bates                                                     Scenic Designer
Penney Pinette                 Costume Designer             
Bridget K. Doyle                    Lighting Designer
Dewey Dellay                                Sound Designer
Brian M. Robillard*                          Stage Manager

Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

Performance Schedule:                 Saturday, September 2, 8pm                                         Preview
Sunday, September 3, 4pm                          Preview

Wednesday, September 6, 7:30pm               Press Opening
Thursday, September 7, 7:30pm                Talkback
Friday, September 8, 8pm                
Saturday, September 9, 8pm                
Sunday, September 10, 2pm                                            
Sunday, September 10, 7:30pm                                            

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30pm               
Thursday, September 14, 7:30pm
Friday, September 15, 8pm                              
Saturday, September 16, 3pm                               Talkback
Saturday, September 16, 8pm                              
Sunday, September 17, 2pm                                             Talkback              

Thursday, September 21, 2pm                              Talkback
Thursday, September 21, 7:30pm
Friday, September 22, 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 3pm                             
Saturday, September 23, 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 2pm                                              Talkback

Tickets:                                               $35-$65. Student, senior, and group discounts available.
Telephone: 617-923-8487, Online: newrep.org
In Person: 12pm to 5pm, Tues-Sun
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Parking:                                                             Free, six-level parking garage next to the
Mosesian Center for the Arts

Public Transportation:                   #70 or #70A bus to the School Street stop from
Central Square Station, Red Line

Accessibility:                                                    Wheelchair Accessible, T-Coil/Hearing Loop,
Large-Print and Braille Programs Available

Season Sponsors:                                            WGBH
Massachusetts Cultural Council
NCGIT
Xfinity
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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OPENS NEW PRODUCTION CENTER IN EVERETT WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY



CONTACT:      Desiree Barry, Communications Manager, dbarry@huntingtontheatre.org  / 617 273 1518 
PHOTO:             huntingtontheatre.org/huntington-production-center-ribbon-cutting/

(BOSTON, MA) – The Huntington Theatre Company officially opened the new Huntington Production Center in Everett, MA on Thursday, August 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by over 80 people including Huntington supporters and stakeholders, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Everett Kevin O’Donnell, Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Rollins, Everett City Council members Fred Capone and Michael McLaughlin, Everett Representative Joe McGonagle, Production Center landlords Ed Owens, Sr. and Ed Owens, Jr., and Boston’s Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros.

The new Huntington Theatre Company Production Center in Everett includes 25,000 square feet of production space, 18,000 square feet of storage space, and 4,000 square feet of office space, housing the company’s prop, paint, and scenic shops. The new facility features large, open, and flexible work areas and onsite prop, costume, and scenery storage, allowing Huntington staff to produce more complex design work in a more efficient workspace, and to build upon the Huntington’s community mission by expanding production services to other arts organizations, entertainment venues, and companies throughout the region. The Huntington’s former production facility, located at 252-258 Huntington Avenue and previously owned by Boston University, will become the site of a new building developed by QMG Huntington LLC who purchased the lot in May 2016.

“I’m so delighted to welcome all of you to an extraordinary first step in the re-invention and the re-capitalization and the re-imagination of the Huntington Theatre Company, starting here with the dedication of this Production Center in Everett,” said Managing Director Michael Maso as he welcomed the crowd.

“This is the first step in the journey that we are on right now to transform the Huntington Theatre Company,” said Board Chairman David R. Epstein. “We’ve been a successful organization in Boston for 35 years, and we have ambitious plans about how to create the kind of facility that will entertain not just our children but our grandchildren.”

“We are open for business,” said Artistic Director Peter DuBois at Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony. “The Huntington Production Center is going to enable us to expand our community mission, and the Huntington will be able to serve more theatre companies in the Boston area. We will also be able to serve the burgeoning, expanding, growing television and film community and our special events community.”

The Huntington worked with Leggat McCall Properties (Boston) to select the Everett location and with Dacon (Natick) to design and build out the site. Construction was completed in Junethe Huntington staff moved into the space in July, and work has begun to construct the sets of Merrily We Roll Along, the Huntington’s season opening musical.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert our current theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
“LENNY & STEVE: THE MUSIC OF BERNSTEIN AND SONDHEIM,”
A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT ONLY CONCERT EVENT
WITH MARIA FRIEDMAN, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

OLIVIER AWARD WINNER AND MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG DIRECTOR MARIA FRIEDMAN
BRINGS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SOLO SHOW TO BOSTON

(BOSTON, MA) – Olivier Award winner, West End and Broadway star, and director of the Huntington’s Merrily We Roll Along, Maria Friedman brings her critically acclaimed solo show Lenny & Steve: The Music of Bernstein & Sondheim to the Huntington for a one-night only concert event on Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm, accompanied by her longtime collaborator, musical director and pianistJason Carr. This special cabaret will take place at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Tickets are now on sale and start at $25.

Exploring the genius of Broadway songwriters Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, three-time Olivier Award winner Ms. Friedman will compare and contrast songs from their separate catalogs, as well as their joint masterpiece West Side Story. This beguiling evening of songs and anecdotes includes “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook, Too,” “Losing My Mind,” and “Send in the Clowns.”

Lenny & Steve: The Music of Bernstein & Sondheim played to sold out houses in London this spring, and will play at New York’s esteemed 54 Below immediately following the Huntington performance. The Guardian says, “Maria Friedman has long been Britain’s most celebrated Sondheim exponent,” and The Independent calls Friedman “one of Sondheim’s foremost interpreters.” BritishTheatre.com raves, “You don’t so much leave at the end of this concert, as sail away from it on a wave of euphoria.”

The Huntington is also opening the 2017-2018 season with Maria Friedman’s stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along,which received universal rave reviews – the most five star reviews in West End history – as well as the Olivier Award for Best Musical and high praise from Stephen Sondheim himself who called it “the best production of Merrily We Roll Along I’ve seen.” Travelling backwards in time over 30 years in the entertainment business, this cult favorite musical charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary, and features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” and “Not a Day Goes By.The Independent called Friedman’s production of Merrily We Roll Along "one of the great musical productions of this or any other era." Merrily We Roll Along begins Friday, September 8 and continues through October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. 

TICKETS
Single tickets range from $25 - $75 and are on sale now; Huntington FlexPass holders may also redeem into this performance:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
 Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
ABOUT MARIA FRIEDMAN & JASON CARR
Maria Friedman (Vocalist) made her directorial debut with her highly acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2012 and transferred to the West End in May 2013. The production won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards in 2013, Oliver Awards in 2014 (for which Ms. Friedman was also nominated for Best Director of a Musical), and the Critic’s Circle Award in 2013. She went on to direct High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, which was equally well received and then directed Stepping Out which toured in 2016, opening in the West End in the spring of 2017. Ms. Friedman is best known as a three-time Olivier Award-winning star of the musical stage. The heart of her career has been centered around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim. She has played Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre, Fosca in Passion at the Queen’s Theatre (Olivier Award), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall with Bryn Terfel, and Mary in the original London production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Leicester Haymarket. In concert she has played Sally in Follies and both Charlotte and Petra in A Little Night Music. Ms. Friedman was honored to sing for Stephen Sondheim at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington, as well as at the special all-Sondheim BBC Prom. Her many international concert appearances include three sell-out seasons at New York’s prestigious Café Carlyle, and many concerts with Michael Legrand and the late Marvin Hamlisch. Most recently, she premiered her new cabaret show Lenny and Steve with musical director Jason Carr at the Hippodrome’s Matcham Room. Her most recent recording is Maria Friedman Sings the Great British Songbook (on Sepia Records). In addition to winning three Olivier Awards, she has received nine Olivier Award nominations and has won an Evening Standard Award.

Jason Carr (Musical Director/Pianist) is a composer, lyricist, orchestrator, and pianist. His long association with Maria Friedman includes her Olivier Award-winning shows By Special Arrangement, By Extra Special Arrangement, and Re-arranged, as well as her CDsMaria Friedman and Maria Friedman Sings the Great British Songbook. He has composed incidental music for over 50 plays at London’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and in the West End and on Broadway, and his orchestration credits includes the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Sunday in the Park with George, La Cage aux Folles, and A Little Night Music (in the UK and on Broadway, winning the Drama Desk Award and two Tony Award nominations for Best Orchestrations). He also orchestrated PS Classics’ restoration of Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash’s Sweet Bye and Bye. He has accompanied many notable singers, including Elisabeth Welch, Betty Garrett, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Lorna Luft, Michael Ball, and Dame Felicity Lott with whom he toured internationally, and arranged, produced, and played on Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid’s album You Are the Best Thing That Ever Has Happened to Me. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After winning the 1988 Vivian Ellis Prize for Young Writers of Musicals, Jason was invited by Sir Peter Hall to compose the musical Born Again (Chichester Festival Theatre starring Mandy Patinkin and José Ferrer). As associate composer at Chichester from 2003 to2005, he wrote music and lyrics for two new musicals, The Water Babies and Six Pictures of Lee Miller (nominated British Composer Awards). His musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played throughout the UK, and his new musical Lockhart has just received a developmental production at Mountview Academy.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org



SONDHEIM’S LEGENDARY MUSICAL MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY 

THE HUNTINGTON BRINGS DIRECTOR MARIA FRIEDMAN’S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION TO BOSTON
(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company will open its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman will recreate her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances will run September 8 – October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.

The musical includes a book by George Furth. Music direction will be provided by Matthew Stern (The Bridges of Madison County and The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy Stage Company) and choreography by Tim Jackson(Merrily We Roll Along in the West End).
Maria Friedman’s stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along received universal rave reviews – the most five star reviews in West End history – as well as the Olivier Award for Best Musical and high praise from Stephen Sondheim himself. Travelling backwards in time over 30 years in the entertainment business, this cult favorite musical charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary, and features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” and “Not a Day Goes By. The Independent called Friedman’s production of Merrily We Roll Along "one of the great musical productions of this or any other era."
“After seeing Maria Friedman’s stunning staging of Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, I knew I had to share this tremendous production with Boston,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Maria has captured lightning in a bottle, turning a musical long beloved by Sondheim geeks into an international hit. I can’t wait for her to recreate the definitive and mesmerizing version of Merrily for Boston audiences with the best of Boston, New York, and international talent. Put this show on the calendar in pen!”

“This production of Merrily We Roll Along is not only the best I've seen, but one of those rare instances where casting, direction, and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than the parts,” says Stephen Sondheim of Maria Friedman’s London production.
The Huntington Theatre Company is committed to a long-term project of staging all 15 musicals for which Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics. Merrily We Roll Along is the third musical to be staged in the series, following last fall’s sublime production of Sunday in the Park with George and the 2015 production of A Little Night Music. “Like our commitment to August Wilson and producing all the plays in his Century Cycle, the Huntington is thrilled to take a deep dive into Sondheim’s body of work,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Sondheim is the great musical theatre genius of a generation, and producing and presenting his work on the Huntington’s stages will provide a tremendous and remarkable experience for Boston audiences.”
Merrily We Roll Along features a live orchestra of nine musicians with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and an award-winning cast of Boston favorites and first-rate international musical theatre artists. The show follows the lives of three close friends — Frank Shepard, an influential song writer and film producer, lyricist Charley Kringas, and theatre critic Mary Flynn. Mark Umbers (She Loves Me at Menier Chocolate Factory) and Damian Humbley(Forbidden Broadway in the West End) will reprise their roles from Maria Friedman’s London production playing Frank and Charley, respectively, and Eden Espinosa (Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and San Francisco and Los Angeles productions) joins the cast as Mary.
Frank’s second wife Gussie is played by Aimee Doherty (A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with Georgeat the Huntington). Gussie’s first husband, Broadway producer Joe Josephson, is played by Christopher Chew(Amphitryon at the Huntington and Bridges of Madison County at SpeakEasy Stage Company).
Frank’s first wife Beth Spencer is played by Jennifer Ellis (The Bridges of Madison County at SpeakEasy Stage Company). Frank Jr., the eight-year-old son of Frank and Beth, is played by Cameron Levesque (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Fiddlehead Theatre) and Brendan Cole O’Brien (Show Boat at Fiddlehead Theatre) at alternating performances. Beth’s mother, Mrs. Spencer, is played by Amy Barker (A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntington) and Beth’s father, Mr. Spencer, is played by Robert Saoud (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Huntington). Ceit Zweil (Mame at Stoneham Theatre) plays Charley’s wife Evelyn.
Other cast members include Jessica Kundla (Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntington) as Meg,Maurice Emmanuel Parent (A Raisin in the Sun at the Huntington and The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy Stage Company) as Bunker, Rebecca Gibel (Camelot at Trinity Repertory Company) as KT, Pablo Torres (A Little Night Music at the Huntington) as Ru, Patrick Varner (A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntington) as Tyler, Craig Walezkao (Kinky Boots first national tour) as Jerome, and Morgan Kirner (Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music at the Huntington) as the newscaster. Caleb Damschroder(Cabaret on Broadway), Bransen Gates (Barnum at Moonbox Productions), and Carla Martinez (Barnum at Moonbox Productions) round out the ensemble.
Merrily We Roll Along features scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour (Antigone at the National Theatre), and lighting design by Philip Rosenberg (Can You Forgive Her?, Betrayal, Private Lives, Bus Stop, and She Loves Me at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.
Stephen Sondheim (Composer and lyricist) is an American musical theatre legend and Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Award winner. He wrote the music and lyrics for Road Show, PassionAssassinsInto the WoodsSunday in the Park with GeorgeMerrily We Roll AlongSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetPacific OverturesThe FrogsA Little Night MusicFolliesCompany, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as the lyrics for West Side StoryGypsyDo I Hear a Waltz?, and additional lyrics for Candide. Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by SondheimMarry Me a LittleYou’re Gonna Love Tomorrow,Putting It Together, and Sondheim on Sondheim. He composed the film scores of Stavisky and Reds, songs for Dick Tracy, and the television production Evening Primrose. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. In 2010 the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.
Maria Friedman (Director) made her directorial debut with her highly acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2012 and transferred to the West End in May 2013. The production won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards in 2013, Oliver Awards in 2014 (for which Ms. Friedman was also nominated for Best Director of a Musical), and the Critic’s Circle Award in 2013. She went on to direct High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, which was equally well received and then directed Stepping Out which toured in 2016, opening in the West End in the spring of 2017. Ms. Friedman is best known as a three-time Olivier Award-winning star of the musical stage. The heart of her career has been centered around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim. She has played Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre, Fosca in Passion at the Queen’s Theatre (Olivier Award), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall with Bryn Terfel, and Mary in Merrily We Roll Along at the Leicester Haymarket. In concert she has played Sally in Follies and both Charlotte and Petra in A Little Night Music. Ms. Friedman was honored to sing for Stephen Sondheim at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington, as well as at the special all-Sondheim BBC Prom. Her many international concert appearances include three sell-out seasons at New York’s prestigious Café Carlyle, and many concerts with Michael Legrand and the late Marvin Hamlisch. Most recently, she premiered her new cabaret showLenny and Steve with musical director Jason Carr at the Hippodrome’s Matcham Room. Her most recent recording isMaria Friedman Sings the Great British Songbook (on Sepia Records). In addition to winning three Olivier Awards, she has received nine Olivier Award nominations and has won an Evening Standard Award.
George Furth (Book) was born in Chicago, received his bachelors’ degree at Northwestern School of Speech, and went to Columbia for his graduate work. Having acted in 40 movies and countless television shows, he went on to write CompanyTwigsThe ActThe Supporting CastMerrily We Roll Along, and Precious Sons. His other work includes The Doctor is Out, a mystery he collaborated on with Stephen Sondheim, seven one-act plays entitled Sex (7), and a musical entitled Off the Record with music by Doug Katsaros. Mr. Furth won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, and London Evening Standard Awards.
Tim Jackson (Choreographer) has worked extensively in the UK. In addition to Merrily We Roll Along  (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and film release), his credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (children’s musical direction and additional movement, West End), Stepping Out (Theatre Royal Bath, West End, and UK tour), the Olivier Awards Ceremony 2016-2017 (musical staging, Royal Opera House and Royal Albert Hall),  Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Leicester Curve), Little Shop of Horrors (Royal Exchange Manchester), Made in Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and New Wolsey Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Queen’s Theatre and Hornchurch), If I (Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo, Umeda Arts Theatre, and Osaka), Frisky & Mannish: Just Too Much (Udderbelly and Edinburgh Fest), and The Beautiful Game and Pages: Promised Land(Union Theatre). Mr. Jackson also works as a director, musical director, and composer.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org
PHOTO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
To download high-resolution (or smaller) photos of Merrily We Roll Along:
  1. Visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/news/photo-library/2017-2018/merrily-we-roll-along/
  2. Click on the thumbnail and let the image load in your browser on the Flickr site.
  3. Click the " . . . " button in the lower right-hand corner of the window and select View All Sizes.
  4. Select the size you wish to download from the choices listed across the top of the image.
  5. Click the "Download the ___ size of this photo..." link at the top. The image will download to your computer. 
PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN

September 8 – October 15, 2017
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below. 

WHERE
Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
 Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG:
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
 
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.
35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, September 8, following the 8pm performance

A post-show party for the region’s culturally curious aged 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. Hang out with friends and meet new people.
35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $30.

COOLIDGE CORNER SCREENING OF BARTON FINK
Monday, September 11 at 7pm
Tickets: $13
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for film and in turn discovers the real truth behind Hollywood. Considered one of The Coen brothers’ best films, Barton Fink is a mash-up of comedy, film noir, mystery, horror, and drama. “A dark comedy of flamboyant style,” says The New York Times.
Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
ACTORS FORUMS
Wednesday, September 20 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, September 28 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Thursday, October 5 after the 7:30pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of Merrily We Roll Along and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.
HUMANITIES FORUM 
Sunday, September 24 after the 2pm performance

Explore the context and significance of Merrily We Roll Along with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on September 24.
STUDENT MATINEE
Thursday, September 28 at 10am

For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, September 28 at 10am (student matinee)

Friday, September 29 at 8pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing at designated performances.
Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, September 28 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, September 30 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for blind and low-vision patrons at designated performances. 

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at 
mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS QMG HUNTINGTON LLC FILE WITH THE BOSTON PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR HUNTINGTON AVENUE PROJECT

Huntington Theatre Company plans to renovate its longtime theatrical home and provide expanded amenities for the community

(BOSTON)  Commercial developers QMG Huntington LLC filed plans for their Huntington Avenue project with the Boston Planning and Development Agency today, June 26, 2017. The project includes plans for a new high-rise apartment building at 252-258 Huntington Avenue, as well as the preservation and restoration of the historic theatre at 264 Huntington Avenue, the longtime home of the Huntington Theatre Company. QMG Huntington LLC purchased the Huntington Avenue properties in May 2016 and has agreed to give the Huntington exclusive, permanent ownership of the theatre.

The new apartment building will feature a new entrance to the Huntington Theatre Company’s Huntington Avenue Theatre, and new public amenities, including a first floor theatre lobby that will house a café and be a gathering space throughout the day, and an expansive second floor lobby that will double as an event space for up to 150 people. 

The Huntington will expand its programming to provide year-round activity in the theatre and lobbies, and will make these new spaces available for use by the community. The new, flexible lobby space on the second floor will allow the Huntington a wider range of possibilities to present events such as music performances and lecture series, to host events by other arts organizations and community groups, and to serve as a living room and gathering space, open to the public throughout the day. The Huntington anticipates enlivening this area of the Avenue of the Arts, just as the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion has assisted in revitalizing the South End by hosting performances, business meetings, special events, community gatherings, and classes throughout the year.

The Huntington plans to renovate the Huntington Avenue Theatre, preserving the historical beauty of the building, while providing up-to-date amenities for artists, audiences, and the community, and implementing state-of-the-art technology for its renowned productions. The Huntington will also renovate or replace the service building next door to the theatre, which will unite the Huntington’s rehearsal hall, costume, sound, and electrical shops, and administrative offices, as well as provide a loading dock to the theatre itself.

“I am very excited that this project will improve our neighborhood and our block of the Avenue of the Arts, enabling the Huntington to expand the services we’ve been providing to Boston for the past 35 years,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “This expansion of services would not be possible without QMG Huntington LLC, whose generosity will allow the Huntington to do so much more for our community.”



HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY HAS ENGAGED ARCHITECTS BRUNER/COTT & ASSOCIATES
FOR HUNTINGTON AVENUE THEATRE PROJECT

The Huntington takes control of the Huntington Avenue Theatre on July 1, 2017

(BOSTON)  The Huntington Theatre Company’s longtime home on Huntington Avenue remains secure, and the Huntington will continue to produce world-class theatre there for generations to come. Beginning July 1, 2017, the building known as the Boston University Theatre will become the Huntington Avenue Theatre, controlled on a permanent basis by the Huntington Theatre Company.

The Huntington has engaged Bruner/Cott & Associates as architects for the Huntington Avenue Theatre project. Known for award-winning designs for seminal projects such as MASS MoCA and the Boston University School of Law, Bruner/Cott has a reputation for thoughtful design that celebrates the heritage and craftmanship of the past while optimizing resources for sustainable futures.

The Huntington and Bruner/Cott are currently making plans to renovate the Huntington Avenue Theatre, which in turn will expand the Huntington’s services to its audiences, artists, and the Greater Boston community. Audiences will notice the first signs of change at the theatre when the Huntington’s 2017-2018 season begins in September while preparation for the larger renovation project continues.

David Epstein, the Huntington’s chairman of the board and chief operating officer of the real estate company The Abbey Group, played a leading role in the architect selection process. “Bruner/Cott has a great track record of working with arts groups and of reinvigorating older buildings,” says Epstein. “I expect that they will be able to bring out the beauty of our historic theatre while also creating vibrant, new social spaces.”
“We’re incredibly excited about this partnership and what it means for Boston,” says Scott Aquilina, principal at Bruner/Cott. “The Huntington project will provide a magnet for community engagement and set the stage for exciting growth and change on the Avenue of the Arts.”

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert our current theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community.Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org

ABOUT BRUNER/COTT & ASSOCIATES
Bruner/Cott & Associates (Cambridge, MA) is dedicated to enhancing quality of life, economic vigor, and sense of community through thoughtful, sustainable design for cultural, educational, and commercial clients nationwide. They believe the most effective design solutions derive from a creative interpretation of place, culture, program, and responsibility to our planet, and see architecture as a site-specific art rather than an imposed style, thoughtfully considering each project within the context of its mission and its community.

NEW REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES
GALA 2017
ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER CELEBRATING
MICHAEL MCCAY AND DAN SALERA, BRANCH LINE RESTAURANT, AND SHELDON HARNICK

TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 9, 2017
[WATERTOWN] On Tuesday evening, May 9, New Repertory Theatre will hold its annual Gala celebration at the historic Commander’s Mansion at the Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. New Rep’s Gala 2017 promises to be an exciting evening featuring an array of exquisite food and drink, spirited live performances, and enticing live and silent auction items.

This year we celebrate our 2017 Gala Honorees: Karoff Leadership Award - Michael McCay and Dan Salera, New Rep Advisory Council Members; Community Advocate Award - Branch Line Restaurant; Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award - Sheldon Harnick, Tony Award-winning Lyricist. We raise a glass to these honorees, each having played an integral role in New Rep’s achievements and triumphs throughout the years. 

“The New Rep Gala is a wonderful opportunity for our friends, families, and supporters to reflect on what we’ve achieved during the year,” says Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. “As our 2016-2017 season comes to a conclusion, we have much to celebrate. We were able to provide a season brimming with powerful productions that triumphantly showcased our mission. The work was engaging, passionate, and personal, and I hope that resonates throughout the festivities at this year’s Gala. We look forward to sharing this special night with the entire New Rep family.”

“New Rep is pleased to recognize Michael McCay and Dan Salera, Branch Line Restaurant, and Sheldon Harnick as outstanding members of our community,” says Managing Director, Harriet Sheets. “Each of the honorees has uniquely influenced the work that we do at New Rep and we are grateful for the opportunity to present these awards of recognition during our Gala.”



New Rep Gala 2017 Committee
Charles Breckling
Robert Brustein & Doreen Beinhart
Holly Crary
Marcy Crary & Tim Hall
Amy & Lee Ellsworth
Jane Feigenson
C. Nancy Fisher
Miriam Gillitt
Ellen Glanz & Richard Berger
Jodi Goodman
Kirsten Greenidge
Virginia Inglis
Ted & Ann Kurland
Shari Malyn & Jon Abbott
Daniel Newton & Christopher Flynn
Kathleen O’Connor
Austin Pendleton
Ruth Spack
Peter & Richie Vanderwarker
Richard & Betty Walker

Sponsors
The Village Bank
athenahealth
Capaldi Limited Partnership
Eastern Bank
Watertown Savings Bank

Media Sponsor
WGBH

Restaurant Sponsors
Wild Rice Cafe
Not Your Average Joe’s      
Terry O’Reilly’s
Stockyard Restaurant
Moldova Authentic Restaurant




Partners
Ballroom in Boston
Be Our Guest
Boston Audio Visual Rental
Brilliant Pictures
Fastachi
Gordon’s Fine Wine and Liquors
Legit Band
LimoLiner
Premier Bartending & Beverage Service
Red Phoenix Event Group
Residence Inn by Marriott, Watertown
Simply Serving
Vantage Graphics



About New Repertory Theatre
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat MainStage Theater and the 90-seat BlackBox Theater. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with playwrights through staged readings and world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Rep’s Mission
New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time.

What we do:
§  Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues.
§  Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings.  Our productions are designed to be accessible to all.  We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences.  We embrace theater as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement.
§  New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.  
UPROARIOUS COMEDY RIPCORD BY DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE BEGINS FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company will present the uproarious comedy Ripcord by Pulitzer Prize winner and Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People, Rabbit Hole) and directed by Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike). Performances begin Friday, May 26 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 

“With Ripcord, we welcome back two comedic geniuses to the Huntington: Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire and Jessica Stone,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “David is among the greatest playwrights ever to come out of the City of Boston and the author of our smash-hit about Southie, Good People. Jessica Stone is a lauded actress and the director of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. With this kind of genius at work, it is no surprise that this play is laugh-out-loud funny with a truly moving underbelly. It’s The Odd Couple with old women, nursing home shenanigans, and skydiving – what’s not to love?”

In this deliciously inappropriate new comedy, cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn. The two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed.

“I'm thrilled to be back in my hometown, and back at the Huntington which has been my theatrical home in Boston,” says playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. “I'm especially excited that Huntington audiences are going to get to see Ripcord, which is another kind of homecoming for me, as it's a return to my earlier style of playwriting – more overtly comic, outrageous, whimsical, and a little vicious. But most importantly, of all my plays, Ripcord is my mother's favorite, so I'm happy that she'll only have to travel a few T stops to see it.”

I'm so excited to be jumping into the absurd and moving world of David Lindsay-Abaire,” says director Jessica Stone. “The Huntington and Boston both have ties to this artist and his unique perspective. I look forward to creating my own and to the discoveries that follow and to being back at the Huntington where some of my favorite theatrical experiences have taken shape.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The cast includes Nancy E. Carroll (I Was Most Alive with You; Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Good People at the Huntington) as Abby, a short-tempered woman who is determined not to share a room at her assisted living facility. Despite her efforts, she is paired with the gregarious and optimistic Marilyn played by Annie Golden (“Orange is the New Black” and the film Hair).Marilyn’s daughter Colleen is played by Laura Latreille (Ryan Landry’s “M”and Mauritius at the Huntington) and her son-in-law Derek is played by Richard Prioleau (A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre). Eric T. Miller (Awake and Sing! at the Huntington) appears as a figure from one of the women's past, and the young resident aid Scotty is played by Ugo Chukwu (The Bad and the Better at The Amoralists).

David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright) is a Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His plays Good People and Rabbit Hole have both been produced at the Huntington. Rabbit Hole was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony Award nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. Good People premiered on Broadway and received two Tony Award nominations and the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. Most recently, his production of Ripcord was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire is also a screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award and two Tony Awards (Best Score and Best Book of a Musical) for his work on Shrek the Musical and the Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire’s screen credits include the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman, Academy Award nomination), Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks), and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney).

Jessica Stone (Director) returns to the Huntington after directing Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, based on Nicholas Martin’s Broadway direction. She has worked as an actress on Broadway and Off Broadway, and in television and film, for the last 25 years. She performed in the Huntington’s productions of She Loves Me, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Springtime for Henry (director Nicholas Martin). Ms. Stone’s directing credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), Arms and the Man (The Old Globe), Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theater), Charlotte’s Web (TheatreWorksUSA), and June Moon and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

The Huntington’s production of Ripcord features scenic design by Tobin Ost (Newsies on Broadway); costume design by Gabriel Berry (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at the Huntington); lighting design by David J. Weiner (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Butley, and Springtime for Henry at the Huntington); sound design and composition by Mark Bennett (A Confederacy of Dunces and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Huntington); and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon (I Was Most Alive with You at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

The Huntington’s 2016-2017 season is sponsored through the generosity of Sheryl and Gerard Cohen, Carol G. Deane, and J. David Wimberly. The production sponsors for Ripcord are Bette and John Cohen.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert our current theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org

PHOTO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
To download high-resolution (or smaller) photos of Ripcord:
  1. Visit huntingtontheatre.org/news/photo-library/2016-2017/ripcord/
  2. Click on the thumbnail and let the image load in your browser on the Flickr site.
  3. Click the " . . . " button in the lower right-hand corner of the window and select View All Sizes.
  4. Select the size you wish to download from the choices listed across the top of the image.
  5. Click the "Download the ___ size of this photo..." link at the top. The image will download to your computer. 
PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN

May 26 – June 25, 2017
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below. 

Press Opening: Wednesday, May 31, 7pm. RSVP online.
WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston
TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
 Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

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SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH RIPCORD
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season 
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

ACTORS FORUMSWednesday, June 7 at 2pm
Thursday, June 15 after the 7:30pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Ripcord and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, June 11 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of Ripcord with UMass Boston professor Kathrin Boerner, an expert in adult development and aging, following the 2pm performance on June 11. 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, June 20, at the 7:30m performance
Friday, June 23, at the 8pm performance
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf/deaf/hard-of-hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at 
mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.


MORE EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues its 2016-17 season of new plays with Every Piece of Me by playwright Mary Conroy
Irish family drama concludes season of new plays

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) brings its 2016-17 season to a close with Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy. Running from April 20-30, this new family drama is directed by Zohar Fuller and co-produced with Boston University College of Fine Arts.

In Every Piece of Me, Aine returns home to Ireland to introduce her American fiancé to her family, finding her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart.

As a young adult, playwright Conroy spent a year in Ireland and says that while the play isn’t based on her own life, “it is based on my experience of leaving my family behind and immersing myself in a new culture. And then, with time, returning home and seeing my perception of where I came from change.”  

Conroy—who returned from that year abroad with an Irish boyfriend (today her husband)—describes the play as a story of growth and change. The initial inspiration for the play came during a trip to visit family.

“A few summers ago my husband and I were going to visit his brother’s family in Rosmuc, County Galway,” Conroy says. “You can’t visit someone’s house without bringing some biscuits or tea or something sweet. We stopped at a shop on the way. It was small and quiet. I remember looking around thinking, ‘This place hasn’t changed in thirty years.’ I told my husband so and he said very matter-of-factly, ‘It didn't need to change. Its main purpose was to sell biscuits and bread and milk.’ As I stood at the counter and waited to pay for my package of McVities biscuits, the shop keeper appeared in the doorway of the pub and with his ruddy cheeks and warm smile he asked, ‘What can I do for ye?’ That's when I saw a character. I didn't know where he would show up until I started writing Every Piece of Me and realized that shop was the perfect setting and that character came to life.”

The production features Maureen Adduci, Stephen Cooper, Sarah Hirsch, Maggie Markham and Charlie Tisch.

A post-show conversation with Every Piece of Me’s playwright, director, and cast members will follow the April 22 performance.

Conroy is a member of the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017.Her pilot Proud Mary placed second at the CineStory Television Retreat last year. She serves as the Dramatists Guild Representative for Massachusetts. Director Fuller is a Boston-based director, performer and educator currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing at Boston University. She has worked with several area theatres including Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Nora Theatre and The Theater Offensive.

Five of this season’s plays were written by the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. Four, including Every Piece of Me, were co-produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre—part of its New Play Initiative—fostering collaborations between graduate-level playwrights and directors.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

ABOUT THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY NEW PLAY INITIATIVE
The BU New Play Initiative (NPI) expresses the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ commitment to the School of Theatre’s participation in the development of new work. This special initiative provides playwrights, directors, designers, and actors with a variety of developmental options to support the collaborative creation of new work for the theatre. Students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists are given the opportunity to utilize the creativity of the rehearsal room to develop their plays, which are then presented through workshop productions. The life of these new plays doesn’t end on the BU stages. Many New Play Initiative productions are often later fully produced by member companies of our Professional Theatre Initiative, including the School of Theatre’s professional extension—Boston Center for American Performance. www.bu.edu/cfa/npi

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MARY CONROY teaches Screenwriting at Boston College. She has been awarded a graduate fellowship and is a full-time M.F.A. in Playwriting student at Boston University. She serves as the Dramatists Guild Representative for Massachusetts. In 2016, Mary placed second with her pilot, Proud Mary, in the CineStory Television Retreat. In 2014, Mary was an invited artist at the Nantucket Film Festival with her television pilot, Good Morning Detroit, and she attended the BANFF World Media Festival in Canada. Previously, she has been an invited participant at the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. She has had numerous productions of her short plays in the New England area as well as New York and California. Mary reads and judges for a variety of festivals and screenwriting competitions. She continues to write in all three genres of visual storytelling: film, television, and theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
ZOHAR FULLER is a Boston-based director, performer and educator. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing at Boston University where she has directed God’s Ear, Uncommon Women and Others, The Shape of Things and Blue/Orange. This past summer, Zohar worked on Company One Theatre’s The T Party. Previously Zohar was the Program Director for The Theater Offensive’s Creative Action Crew and worked with TTO’s youth programming, True Colors, for four years. In the past she has worked on productions at the Berkshire Theatre Group, Lyric Stage, Nora Theatre, Liars and Believers, and Double Edge Theatre. Zohar holds a B.A. in Theatre for Social Change from Brandeis University.


AT A GLANCE:
Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy
Directed by Zohar Fuller

April 20-30, 2017
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

When Aine returns home to Ireland to introduce her American fiancé to her family, she finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart. Her departure might have been the cause, but some wounds never heal. A play about guilt, mercy, and the power of love.

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
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Adults ($30); BU Faculty/Staff ($25); Seniors-62+ ($25); Students with valid ID ($10)
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Company One Theatre in collaboration with the Boston Public Library presents
peerless
A play by Jiehae Park, Directed by Steven Bogart
April 27 – May 27, 2017 | Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square | 85 min
Radically inclusive, totally affordable. All tickets for peerless are Pay-What-You-Want

Boston, MA — Company One Theatre (C1) and the Boston Public Library are thrilled to enter into a collaborative venture that brings a full-scale, all-ages, pay-what-you-want theatrical production of Jiehae Park’s Peerless to Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square—the first fully-staged theatrical run ever to be staged in the space. Performances begin Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and continue through May 28, 2017 in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

“To stage the first-ever live theatre run at the BPL is an honor,” says C1 Artistic Director Shawn LaCount. “And it marks what we hope will be an example to the rest of Boston’s artistic and cultural institutions of what we can achieve together as an intersectional community.”

“The City of Boston is proud to support Boston’s flourishing arts community through Company One Theatre’s production of Peerless at the Boston Public Library,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston. “The collaboration between the two organizations to bring Rabb Hall to life as a theater performance space is both innovative and exciting.  We look forward to this being one of the first of many performances there.”

“Today’s library spaces can be brought to life with innovative partnerships. In our first year post-renovation, this pilot program with Company One Theatre’s performances will undoubtedly bring new energy and dynamism to the Central Library for all to enjoy,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “It’s yet another way of making Shakespeare come to life.”

Company One Theatre and the Boston Public Library are dedicated to making art and information accessible to all. In this spirit, all tickets to PEERLESS are Pay-What-You-Want. By removing the financial barrier to attendance, we hope everyone who wishes to can engage with this work.  No minimum contribution is required to attend PEERLESS, though a $10 ticket donation goes to Company One and directly contributes to the future of financially accessible theater in Boston.   Thanks to our generous Lead Sponsors, Boston Public Library Foundation, and the Highland Street Foundation, as well as the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for helping us make boundary-breaking art accessible to all.


NEW REPERTORY THEATRE AND
BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE PRESENT

GREENSBORO ARTS ALLIANCE AND RESIDENCY/MIRROR THEATER’S SINNERS
BY JOSHUA SOBOL
DIRECTED BY BRIAN COX
FEATURING NICOLE ANSARI AND BEN GETZ

**LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: MARCH 23-APRIL 2, 2017**



[BOSTON] New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance present Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency/Mirror Theater’s Sinners by Joshua Sobol, March 23-April 2, 2017 in the TheatreLab@855, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20-$35 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org.



In Sinners, Layla, a married English professor, has an affair with one of her married students, Nur. Out of fear that the oppressing authorities would find out and kill them both, Nur decides to confess, claiming that Layla seduced him. A fully staged production directed by Olivier- and Emmy Award-winner Brian Cox, the play examines issues of women’s rights, societal constraints, and what choices one makes for love.



About NEW REP PRESENTS

New Rep Presents continues the conversations we explore during our season, channeling our mission to speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time, expanding the discussion, and delving into topics that have become the cornerstone of the New Rep experience.
About NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat MainStage Theater and the 90-seat BlackBox Theater. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with playwrights through staged readings and world premiere productions. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page to Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

About BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE
Boston Center for American Performance serves as the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Expanding the definition of the College as an “artistic home,” BCAP is designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience. It is the College’s conviction that such collaborations will have a profound impact on the College’s educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of new work and/or new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.

About GREENSBORO ARTS ALLIANCE & RESIDENCY/MIRROR THEATER LTD

Mirror Theater Ltd
, originally founded in 1983 by Sabra Jones, is the spiritual successor to Harold Clurman's Group Theatre and Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory. The founding initiative was spearheaded by the legendary philanthropist, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and received additional endowments from Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Dina Merrill, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Paul Newman, as well as NYSCA, ATT, the Astor Foundation, The Lilah Acheson Wallace Foundation, and a host of others. The Mirror Theater Ltd's Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency (GAAR) strives to benefit the community of Greensboro by providing year-round cultural and artistic opportunities to the residents of Greensboro and its surrounding areas. Founded in 2005, GAAR operates year-round, employs Greensboro-based staff, and its events have brought together the thousands of people who come to Greensboro every year. GAAR to date has produced over 60 plays in Vermont, as well as beginning an Opera Company and a much lauded Children’s Musical Comedy Professional Training Camp. GAAR also works in the public school system to offer the full canon of Shakespeare as well as training. The Mirror is proud to have produced over 172 plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London, regionally, and on television. The Mirror has been nominated for a Tony as well as numerous awards including Outer Critics Best Overall Excellence and Best Acting Ensemble and the Brown and Williamson Award for their Arts & Education program, which has been a recipient of multi-year funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Artistic Bios
NICOLE ANSARI* (LAYLA) Broadway: Rock N’ Roll directed by Trevor Nunn; Off-Broadway: Shakespeare’s Sister directed by Irina Brook at La Mama; Regional: Island of Slaves at Shakespeare and Company, MA. In Europe: World Premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Rock N’ Roll at the Royal Court Theatre in London and in the West End. Company Member of the famed Theatre du Soleil, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine, in Paris and on tour for two years. Founding Member of the Shakespeare Company Berlin. At the Public Theatre in Vienna, Austria: Berenice in Berenice, Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac, Irma in the Musical Irma La Douce, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Romy Schneider in the play Romy, which she also co-wrote. Nicole started her Theatrical Career in Switzerland in Repertory in Zurich doing Shakespeare, Karge, Jelinek, Goetz and Brecht, amongst others. Film/TV includes: Side Effects by Steven Soderbergh; Blumenthal and As Good as Dead (both of which she also co-produced); Maggie Black; I Was There; NBC’s Mysteries of Laura; HBO’s Deadwood (recurring role); NBC’s The Blacklist; Current: Einstein for SAT1 (Germany); TV’s Bar Karma; CBS’ As The World Turns. Nicole studied with the late Uta Hagen at HB Studios in NYC for Scene Study and the Shakespeare Masterclass and with Susan Batson at the Actor’s Studio NY, as well as at the Stage school of Dance and Drama. Nicole is also the proud Mama of Orson and Torin and lives with her husband, the actor Brian Cox, and her children in NYC.

BEN GETZ* (Nur) is happy to be working on his first production with the Mirror Theater. Ben is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio. Some of his favorite roles from college include Diomedes in Troilus and Cressida, Phil in Hurlyburly, Joe in Bachelorette, and Duke Senior in As You Like It. Film/TV credits include Blue Bloods, Uncaged and the soon to be released series Play by Play on Verizon Go90.

BRIAN COX (Director) is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. He has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York, and Scotland. Cox earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the critically hailed independent film L.I.E. and also shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Spike Jonze’s Adaptation. His most recent film credits include roles in The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Red 2, Coriolanus, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Campaign, and Blood. Additionally, he has appeared in The Good Heart, Tell-Tale, The Escapist, Troy, X2, Zodiac, 25th Hour, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Ring, Red, The Rookie, The Affair of the Necklace, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss the Girls, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Manhunter, Hidden Agenda, and Nicholas and Alexandra.  Repeatedly honored for his work in the theatre, Cox won two Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for St. Nicholas. He spent eight months in London’s West End, starring as Max in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n Roll, a role he reprised on Broadway. Cox was also seen on Broadway in The Championship Season. Cox has also helmed stage productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder, and Richard III. In 2003, Cox’s contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, Empire Magazine honored his film achievements with the Empire Icon Award and, in 2007, the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood today.

JOSHUA SOBOL (Playwright) is a playwright, director, and author. Sobol has written over 75 plays and directed productions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, and the United States. He is currently the playwright in residence at Israeli Stage. His most famous play, Ghetto, has been performed in 24 countries, and his plays have garnered many awards including The Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the YearThe Critics’ Circle London Theatre Awards – Best New Play 1989Laurence Olivier Award Nomination for Best PlayMainichi Art Prize – Best Play of the YearYumiuri Shimbun Grand Prize for Best Play of the Year. Sobol won five David’s Harp awards for Best Israeli Play and won the Israeli Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sobol was awarded The Golden Medal of the City of Vienna for Excellent Achievement in 2014.

SINNERS at a glance

Company:                                                   New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance Present Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency/Mirror Theater

Production:                                                 Sinners
Venue:                                                        TheatreLab@855 | Boston University | 855 Commonwealth Ave. | Boston

Playwright:                                                 Joshua Sobol

Director:                                                      Brian Cox

Cast:                                                            Nicole Ansari*                 Layla
Ben Getz*
                        Nur
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

Performance Schedule:                Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm              Press Opening
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm             
Saturday, March 25, 8:00pm       
Sunday, March 26, 2:00pm             

Thursday, March 30, 7:30pm       
Friday, March 31, 7:30pm             
Saturday, April 1, 8:00pm             
Sunday, April 2, 2:00pm

Tickets:                                          $20-$35. Telephone: 617-923-8487, Online: newrep.org

Parking:                                                       Agganis Arena Parking Garage, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
More information at agganisarena.com/plan-your-visit/parking

Public Transportation:                               Green Line B to Boston University West
57/57A bus inbound to St. Paul Street, outbound to Buick Street

Accessibility:                                               Wheelchair Accessible

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues its 2016-17 season of new plays with Franklin by award-winning playwright Samantha Noble



BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) continues its 2016-17 season with Franklin by Samantha Noble. Running from March 23 to April 2, this new drama is directed by Stephanie LeBolt.



The story of Franklin plays out in two parallel time periods: 1845, when the Franklin expedition sought the Northwest Passage in the arctic, and a contemporary story about an archaeologist searching for Franklin’s lost ship.



Franklin’s origin comes out of an assignment in one of Noble’s graduate classes with Professor Ronan Noone at Boston University. Noone challenged her to write a historical scene set at a moment that changed everything for the people involved. Noble says her mind went instantly to the last hours of the sailors of the Franklin expedition.


“It’s a moment when a great ambition became a great disaster,” she says. “But for the men involved, it’s something worse: it’s a moment of realizing that the ambition that you thought would make you great has doomed you.”


Noble says that, while she started writing the play because of everything known about the expedition, it’s what we don’t know about that voyage that drew her into the story.


“In one sense, the loss of the Franklin expedition is a mystery that’s been solved in my lifetime: we finally know the location of two lost ships that had practically become mythology in Canada,” she says. “In another sense, though, it’s a mystery that we’ll never solve. What really happened to and between the people on those ships? We can learn a lot from the Inuit oral history surrounding the expedition, and we can discover a great deal through ongoing research. We can speculate about lead poisoning, or the long-term effects of isolation and increasing desperation. But no matter what the science turns up or what information is preserved, we’ll only ever have the basic facts. We’ll never actually know what happened to Franklin’s men.” 



Last summer Franklin was developed as part of the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network’s M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop. A post-show conversation with Franklin’s playwright, director, and cast members will follow the March 25 performance.

Noble is a member of the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. She attended Smith College where she was awarded the Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize. Her play A Drink was sponsored by The Nora Theatre Company in Boston Theater Marathon XVIII. Director LeBolt makes her BPT directing debut with this production. LeBolt’s Boston credits include work with the Huntington Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Lyric Stage and Bad Habit Productions.

BPT’s season concludes in April with Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy, co-produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre as part of its New Play Initiative.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
SAMANTHA NOBLE is a Boston-based playwright and theatre artist. She attended Smith College where she was awarded the Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize. While at Smith, she acted as a Research Fellow in the joint faculty and student Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute’s project titled “Evil,” for which she developed and staged her play The Strength of Stones. In 2013, she partnered with director Kathryn Stewart to create a Seattle-based theatre project, The Tenacity Theatre Collective, through which she premiered her original work An Actress vs. William Shakespeare as part of Seattle’s Arts Crush Festival. The play came to the East Coast as part of the Hamilton & Wenham Art Grows Here Festival. She worked with New Century Theatre in all aspects of theatrical production from 2008-2011. Her play A Drink was sponsored by The Nora Theatre Company in the 2016 Boston Theater Marathon. In summer of 2016, her newest play Franklin was developed as part of the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network’s M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop. She has worked as a dramaturg developing new works through Boston University and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and has taught Creative Writing at Boston University. 


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
STEPHANIE LEBOLT is thrilled to make her directorial debut at Boston Playwrights' with Franklin. Upcoming work includes La Llorona (Fresh Ink Theatre) and The Ordinary Epic (Podcast). Boston credits include work with the Huntington Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Lyric Stage, Bad Habit Productions, the Umbrella Arts Center, Solas Nua in Boston, The Open Theatre Project, One Minute Play Festival, and Boston Theater Marathon. She is a director, choreographer, producer, and artist-administrator based in Cambridge and a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. 


AT A GLANCE:
Franklin by Samantha Noble
Directed by Stephanie LeBolt

March 23-April 2, 2017
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

The Franklin expedition to the North Pole in 1845 sought the Northwest Passage and instead found ice, starvation, and insanity. For three years, modern-day underwater archaeologist Caroline has been searching for Franklin’s second ship, but time is running out. Two crews, two ships, and one 200-year-old mystery.

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Boston, MA 02215
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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY, LONGTIME ARTISTIC HOME OF PLAYWRIGHT AUGUST WILSON, HOLDS SEVENTH ANNUAL REGIONAL FINALS OF “AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION” ON JANUARY 30

WHAT:               August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finals

WHEN:               Monday, January 30 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

WHERE:            South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

                TICKETS:          Free and open to the public. RSVP

(BOSTON, MA) – Huntington Theatre Company’s Department of Education presents the 7th annual Boston regional finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, celebrating the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) inaugurated the competition in 2009, and this year marks the 7th year that the Huntington’s education department has hosted the competition in Boston. Over 550 high school students from 13 Boston area public schools have participated in the program this school year; the winner of each school competition will compete on Monday, January 30 at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The competition is free and open to the public.

The Huntington’s Education Department staff and teaching artists have been visiting 10 schools in the August Wilson Monologue Competition residency program weekly since October. During their school visits they introduce participating students to August Wilson and the 10 plays of his American Century Cycle centering on the 20th century African American experience. The residency curriculum includes work on text analysis and characterization and one-on-one coaching with students in their performances in preparation for the competition. Teachers are also provided biographical materials on August Wilson and his history with the Huntington Theatre Company.

Due to popular demand from area high schools, the Huntington’s Education Department expanded the August Wilson Monologue Competition program beyond the residency schools in 2015 and participation is open to any interested high school in the Boston or Greater Boston area. These schools are provided with all materials necessary to educate students on the life and work of August Wilson and the schools coach students for in-school competitions and the Boston Regional Finals. This year six schools registered to participate and three of those schools will send their school winner to the Boston Regional Finals.

In competitions at the school level and at the Boston finals, students perform a two to three-minute monologue of their choosing from one of Wilson’s ten plays. A panel of judges assess contestants on the basis of preparedness, understanding of the text, emotional connection to the material, and commitment to the performance.

The top two winners from Boston will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will perform their monologues at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in the National Competition on May 1, 2017. Airfare, hotel accommodations, workshops, and tickets to attend a Broadway production will be provided in collaboration with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theatres. The national competition is also free and open to the public.

“The release of the film Fences has helped move August Wilson into the American mainstream, providing young people across the country with access to an essential American story,” says the Huntington’s Director of Education Donna Glick. “The Huntington is especially proud to be the home of the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Boston, one of 10 cities in this national program. The opportunity to study and perform powerful monologues from dynamic characters invites young people to explore different parts of their personalities in a safe environment.”
   
The following schools will be represented at the 2017 Boston Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition: Academy of the Pacific Rim, Another Course to College, Boston Day & Evening Academy, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Community Academy of Science and Health, Dorchester Academy, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, English High School, Fenway High School, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Lexington Christian Academy, McKinley South End Academy, and Snowden International School at Copley. Judges at the Boston competition will be Boston actors Elle Borders and Damon Singletary and local director and assistant professor at Northeastern University Jonathan Carr. The accuracy judge is Allyssa Jones, program director for performing arts at Boston Public Schools, and the prompter is Justin Samoy, producing apprentice at the Huntington Theatre Company.

August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a singular achievement in American theatre. Each of the 10 plays is set in a different decade of the 20th century. The Huntington had a special relationship with August Wilson and his work, beginning in 1986 with a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, his third play in the American Century Cycle. For 25 years, the Huntington served as an artistic home to Wilson, developing and premiering eight of the ten plays of his American Century Cycle before they went on to Broadway. The Huntington completed Wilson’s Century Cycle in 2012 with Wilson’s first Broadway hit, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In 2016, the Huntington produced August Wilson’s memoir and final play How I Learned What I Learned, directed by August Wilson’s longtime collaborator Todd Kreidler.

The competition was created by Kenny Leon (director of Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Fences at the Huntington and on Broadway and The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live! on NBC) and Todd Kreidler (adapter of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Huntington), two of August Wilson’s closest collaborators. Leon worked closely with Wilson and directed many of the American Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at major regional theatres, including the Huntington. True Colors Associate Artistic Director Kreidler served as dramaturg for Wilson’s Radio Golf.

“The competition offers students an interactive way to learn about Wilson’s work and how his plays connect with each decade in the 20th century,” says Kreidler. “Students learn about history, social studies, and literature through performing monologues from Wilson’s plays and studying his American Century Cycle.”

Major funding for the Boston regional August Wilson Monologue Competition is provided by EdVestors Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund. Funding for the National competition is provided by Macy’s, Delta Airlines, and Time Warner Foundation.



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ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. The Huntington is the recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and was named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org

PROVOCATIVE AND MOVING DRAMA THE WHO & THE WHAT BY PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AYAD AKHTAR NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 7 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

HUNTINGTON RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS TO SUPPORTTHE WHO & THE WHAT
BOSTON — The Huntington Theatre Company presents the provocative and moving drama The Who & the What by Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced, and directed by Huntington’s associate producer M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar and Becoming Cuba at the Huntington). Performances now run March 31 – May 7, 2017 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA / South End.
In The Who & the What, brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. The Who & the What is a fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are. “A vibrant culture-clash drama simmering with humor,” says the Associated Press.

“I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences,” says playwright Ayad Akhtar. “Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am so honored this play is a part of their season.”

“After last season’s provocative hit Disgraced I am looking forward to having another story by Ayad Akhtar brought to life on our stage,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “The Who & the What provides a unique, vitally important look into the Muslim American experience through the lens of faith and family.”

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to the Huntington to support the production of The Who & the What. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Huntington Theatre Company, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” says NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theatre, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Additionally, the Huntington will engage Greater Boston audiences in even deeper discussion about the complexities of the Muslim American identity through a robust series of talkbacks and public events that explore Islam and faith in America after most performances of The Who & the What.

“Last season’s hit production of Disgraced generated intense and thoughtful discussions after each performance, with hundreds of audience members staying behind to share their thoughts with us and with their fellow theatregoers,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “We are looking forward to building on those conversations this season with The Who & the What. We are lining up a first-rate series of speakers to lead audience members in thought-provoking and stimulating conversations after most performances, about the play, about faith in America, and about Muslim American identity, at a time when those conversations could not be more important.”

A full list of talkbacks and public events will be released in March. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Celebrating its 35th season, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent, produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org
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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN

March 31 – 
May 7, 2017               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below. 

Press Opening: Wednesday, April 5, 7pm. 
RSVP online.
WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston
TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
 Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
$20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues its 2016-17 season of new plays with The Atheist by Ronan Noone
Edgy, satirical comedy features Georgia Lyman as crooked journalist Augustine Early

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) continues its 2016-17 season with The Atheist by Ronan Noone. Running from January 19-February 5, this comedy is directed by the playwright.

The Atheist is a solo piece centering on crooked tabloid journalist Augustine Early. Originally created for a male actor, Noone readdresses the piece here with a female protagonist played by Georgia Lyman.

“I wondered what difference, if any, would there be for an audience when a woman played the part.” Noone says. “Would she be seen as more scrupulous than a man? Would she be judged differently from a man? . . . Do we measure our news by an alternative standard when a woman reports it to us? Casting Augustine Early as a woman immediately updated the play for me.”

The playwright also predicts that The Atheist—and what the satirical comedy has to say about the role of media in our culture—will resonate in today’s political environment.

“At present, we are beginning to suspect that the former trust we had in our newspapers is breaking and that, in fact, it may have been broken for a long time,” Noone says. “And now this nation, where 60 million citizens voted directly opposite to its other 60 million citizens, is divided not by ideas, but by anger.”

BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass agrees.

“Ronan’s brainstorm to change the gender of his protagonist is right on the money,” Snodgrass says. “In fact, in this race of social media, I think it actually makes the play even more relevant to all our lives.”

A post-show conversation with Noone will follow the Jan. 21 performance.

The Atheist enjoyed an off-Broadway run (with Chris Pine in the titular role) in 2006. The play was also produced by the Huntington Theatre Company in 2007 and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2008; both productions starred Campbell Scott. The play has also been produced in the U.K. (London and Edinburgh), Spain, Canada, the Philippines and Ireland.

A graduate of—and now adjunct assistant professor in—Boston University’s M.F.A. Playwriting Program, Noone’s award-winning plays including BrendanScenes From an Adultery, The Baile Trilogy (The Lepers of Baile BaisteThe Blowin' of Baile GallThe Gigolo of Baile Breag), The Compass Rose and Little Black Dress have been seen in theatres throughout the country and around the world including the Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Vineyard Playhouse, and many others.

BPT’s season continues in February with The Honey Trap by Leo McGann, a co-production with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre; Franklin by Samantha Noble (March); and Every Piece of Me (April), also produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, by Mary Conroy.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR
RONAN NOONE’s The Second Girl is the winner of the inaugural Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting Award, 2015. Additional plays include: The AthiestBrendanScenes From an Adultery, The Baile Trilogy (The Lepers of Baile BaisteThe Blowin' of Baile GallThe Gigolo of Baile Breag), The Compass RoseLittle Black Dress, and A Small Death. The themes that run through Ronan’s work are immigration, dispossession, misanthropy, issues of social conscience, and the ability of a character to survive difficult and fascinating circumstances. He believes in playing with ways to tell a good story, a necessary story that tells us who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going. He believes in stories that resonate beyond the theatre’s door and that add ideas to the national conversation. He believes in the playwright as thinker.
His play The Atheist played at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It was also co-produced by The Culture Project and Ted Mann’s Circle in the Square productions in New York and received both Drama Desk and Drama League Acting nominations. Other recent international productions have taken place in the U.K. (London and Edinburgh), Spain, Canada, the Philippines, and Ireland. His full-length and one-act plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, Baker Plays, and Dramatists Play Service. Awards include: Jeff recommendations in Chicago; Ovation recommendations in Los Angeles; Critics Award in Austin, Texas; American Critics Steinberg New Play Award nomination; nomination for best play at 1st Irish Festival New York; three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best New Play; the Boston Theatre Critics Association's Elliot Norton Outstanding New Script Award; a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award; and a 2014 Edgerton New American Play Award. His essay on theatre, “Being Afraid to Breathe,” is published by the Princeton University Library Chronicle LXVIII, and his plays have been featured in books on Irish Studies, such as Anail an Bheil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture and Sinead Moynihan’s Other People’s Diasporas. He has attended the Sundance Theatre Workshop and developed work at New York Stage and Film, The Orchard Project, The Lark Theatre and Theresa Rebeck’s Vermont Writer’s Retreat, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida.
He is Artistic Associate at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. Noone has also developed work for television with Pretty Matches Productions and the reality TV-based production company High Noon Entertainment. His 2014 Live Action Short The Accident (based on his short play I Glue You) has played the Boston International Film Festival and the Montclair Film Festival.
After studying politics and mathematics at University in Galway (NUIG), Ireland, Ronan began his writing career with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. He wrote for various newspapers in Ireland with a small stint in Prague. After an editor told him his writing was de-constructive and did not meet the formula for a newspaper, he wrote his first play. Later, he immigrated to America and submitted that play to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre where he studied with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. There he understood that deconstruction wasn’t a bad word, and for a play to develop you needed the support, belief, and resources of a theatre community behind you. As a teacher, Ronan guides student writers to search for the beating heart in their work, to critique with care, to rewrite using the pen as a scalpel, and to read and reread all the plays they can get their hands on. RonanNoone.com.

AT A GLANCE:
The Atheist by Ronan Noone
Directed by Ronan Noone

January 19-February 5, 2017
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Augustine Early, a crooked journalist, has made an art of clawing her way up the professional ladder. When she turns a politician’s tawdry predilections into front-page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person she thought was immune. A searing and hilarious play about the perfect headline, whatever the cost.
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS
THURGOOD
by George Stevens, Jr.
directed by Benny Sato Ambush       featuring Johnny Lee Davenport

JANUARY 7-FEBRUARY 5, 2017
PART OF NEW REP’S PROPHETIC PORTRAITS SERIES:
EXAMINING HISTORY AT THE LEVEL OF THE INDIVIDUAL
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre presents Thurgood, January 7-February 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $19-$42 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. Subscription packages that include Thurgood are also available.
The press opening will be on Monday, January 9 at 7:30pm.
“There is no mistaking the powerful and lasting legacy that Justice Thurgood Marshall had on the judicial system in the United States,” says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “Arguing landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education deservedly brought him the national attention that eventually propelled him to the nation’s highest court. His story is one of determination and perseverance, so we’re pleased to present this play as we begin our new Prophetic Portraits Series this winter.”

“Thurgood Marshall is the Civil Rights Movement's unsung hero,” says actor Johnny Lee Davenport. “His nomination to the Supreme Court literally changed America. Looking to the future sometimes means revisiting the past. By doing this play, I hope to remind, maybe even forewarn people that the politics of our country and the laws governing our nation, based on the Constitution of the United States, apply to, and protect all Americans. Not just the rich, not just the privileged, and certainly not just the interests of certain individuals. Thurgood gives us hope and the assurance that one man can make a difference!”
“New Rep would like welcome back both Johnny Lee Davenport and director Benny Sato Ambush to our stage,” says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “They return after their critically-acclaimed collaboration on The Whipping Man during our 2013-2014 season. Thurgood will provide our audiences an amazing opportunity to engage with this powerful work during a time of political transition, one in which the future of this nation’s courts will once again be determined.”

About THURGOOD
Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport (The Whipping Man) as Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood spans Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education. Presented during the final month of the Obama administration, Thurgood is a tribute to Marshall’s enduring legacy.

Funded in part by Bay State Banner

About NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Mainstage Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with four playwrights through three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Rep’s Mission
New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues. Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings. Our productions are designed to be accessible to all. We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences. We embrace theater as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.
Artistic Bios
Johnny Lee Davenport* (Thurgood Marshall) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Whipping Man and A House with No Walls. Other area credits include The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre); It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Wheelock Family Theatre); Water by the Spoonful and Broke-ology/Elliot Norton Award, Best Actor (The Lyric Stage Company); Driving Miss Daisy and Master Harold…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); and Invisible Man/Helen Hayes Award, Best Ensemble (Studio Theatre Washington, D.C. and The Huntington Theatre Company). Mr. Davenport has played more than 50 roles in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays including Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company). Film credits include Ted, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, and Ascendants. He was named Best Actor in Boston Magazine (2011).

Benny Sato Ambush ** (Director) serves as Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence at Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. He returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing The Whipping Man. A professional SDC stage director, producer, former LORT Artistic Director, educator, consultant, NEA panelist and site evaluator, and published commentator, his prior artistic leadership experience includes Ensemble Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Rites and Reason Theatre Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Florida Stage, and Theatre Virginia. He directed at all these theaters. He was Associate Artistic Director of Anna Deavere Smith's Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. He has also directed for dozens of professional regional theatres, festivals, and universities. He has narrated the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and has toured the former Soviet Union and Kenya via the United States Information Agency. He was Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University. He has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Theater Conservatory, California State University, Colorado College, Kenyatta University, Kenya, Contra Costa College, Brown University, University of California, University of North Carolina, and Florida Atlantic University. He has served on numerous regional and national boards, including Theatre Communications Group and is an active advocate of cultural equity, non-traditional casting, and pluralism in the American theater. His work has earned many awards throughout the country. Mr. Ambush earned his MFA in Directing from University of California, San Diego and his BA from Brown University.

George Stevens, Jr. (Playwright) is a writer, director, producer, playwright and author. As a writer, director, and producer, Stevens has earned many accolades, including 17 Emmys, two Peabody Awards for Meritorious Service to Broadcasting, the Humanitas Prize and eight awards from the Writers Guild of America, including the Paul Selvin Award for writing that embodies civil rights and liberties. In 2012 the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Stevens with an Honorary Academy Award for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.” Stevens serves as Co-chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities following his appointment by President Obama in 2009. Stevens is founder of the American Film Institute and during his tenure, more than 10,000 irreplaceable American films were preserved and catalogued to be enjoyed by future generations. In addition, he established the AFI's Center for Advanced Film Studies, which gained a reputation as the finest learning opportunity for young filmmakers. Stevens made his debut as a playwright in 2008 with Thurgood, which opened at the historic Booth Theater on Broadway. The play had an extended run starring Laurence Fishburne as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Fishburne received a Tony nomination and returned to the role in the summer of 2010 with runs at the Kennedy Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Thurgood was filmed while at the Kennedy Center and shown on HBO in 2011. Stevens was executive producer of The Thin Red Line, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He co-wrote and produced The Murder of Mary Phagan, starring Jack Lemmon, which received the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series. He wrote and directed Separate But Equal starring Sidney Poitier and Burt Lancaster which also won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series. Stevens won two Emmys for the 1994 documentary, George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin, which depicted the wartime experiences of his father, one of the most highly regarded directors of all time. He produced an acclaimed feature length film about his father, George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey

MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH AND TONY AWARD WINNER BILLY PORTERTO BE HONORED AT HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

(BOSTON) – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017.The Huntington’s festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington’s programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually.

“Mayor Walsh is deeply committed to the arts in Boston,” says Managing Director Michael Maso. “During his tenure, his office has worked to ensure that arts and culture remain a top priority in the city. Mayor Walsh played the critical role in helping the Huntington stay on Huntington Avenue and because of his leadership, the Huntington is now able to embark on a new chapter in its history. Everyone who cares about theatre in Boston and the Huntington’s role in our cultural community is in his debt. It is a privilege to be able to honor him at the Spotlight Spectacular.”

“Billy Porter directed a sizzling remount of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum in 2015, and we will welcome him back this spring to direct Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Billy has proven that he is a man of boundless talent. We are delighted to honor Billy’s work at the Huntington and his many contributions to the American theatre community in April.”

Designed by Rafanelli Events, the lights come up at 6pm at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts and will feature a cocktail reception, a live auction offering one-of-a-kind items, a seated dinner provided by Max Ultimate Food, the presentation of the Wimberly Awards, and entertainment. The Gerard & Sherryl Cohen Award for Excellence will be given to two Huntington staff members who consistently go above and beyond in their contribution to the company. Guests will also have the opportunity to “Sponsor a Class” in support of the Huntington’s student matinee program and other education initiatives. Additional funds to support the Huntington will be raised through an online auction that will run from April 7 – 28, 21017. 

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues its 2016-17 season of new plays with Faithless by playwright Andrew Joseph Clarke
Play about Irish-American family offers a funny and moving look at family, faith and forgiveness

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) continues its 2016-17 season with Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke. Running from December 8-18, this new drama is directed by Stephen Pick.

Faithless centers on two generations of an Irish-American family who gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. The unexpected return of Skip—the family black sheep—causes decades of baggage to resurface.

Playwright Clarke says the characters in the play will be familiar to area audiences and the play’s themes widely relatable.

“While this story is by no means autobiographical, these are the people I know, these voices, these characters, are people any Boston audience would recognize,” Clarke says. “We take family dynamics for granted but they're universal in a way—so everyone has this innate shared vocabulary, a shared understanding when watching a family in crisis. . . Family is the perfect example of how nobody can ever fully comprehend the experience and the existence of another person, no connection is absolute, even if those people know everything you've ever done since birth, even when they know all your secrets and failures. People can't ever form an absolute connection, and you have to accept what you do have or else you end up abandoning it entirely.” 

A post-show conversation with the playwright, director, and cast members of Faithless will follow the Dec. 10 performance.

Clarke is a member of the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. His work has been produced at Sarah Lawrence College and in various festivals around New York, most notably the 2012 run of his first play Outside Providence at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Director Pick is working toward his M.F.A. in Directing, also at Boston University. He is originally from Portland, Oregon, where he co-founded Valley Repertory Theatre in 2011.

The cast of Faithless includes Maureen Keiller, Abby Knipp, Greg Maraio and Christine Power.

Five of this season’s plays were written by the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. Four of them, including Faithless, are being co-produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre—part of its New Play Initiative—and feature collaborations between graduate-level playwrights and directors.

BPT’s season continues in January with The Atheist by Playwriting faculty member Ronan Noone; The Honey Trap by Leo McGann (February); Franklin by Samantha Noble (March); and Every Piece of Me (April) by Mary Conroy.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

ABOUT THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY NEW PLAY INITIATIVE
The BU New Play Initiative (NPI) expresses the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ commitment to the School of Theatre’s participation in the development of new work. This special initiative provides playwrights, directors, designers, and actors with a variety of developmental options to support the collaborative creation of new work for the theatre. Students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists are given the opportunity to utilize the creativity of the rehearsal room to develop their plays, which are then presented through workshop productions. The life of these new plays doesn’t end on the BU stages. Many New Play Initiative productions are often later fully produced by member companies of our Professional Theatre Initiative, including the School of Theatre’s professional extension—Boston Center for American Performance. www.bu.edu/cfa/npi

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
ANDREW JOSEPH CLARKE is a third-year graduate student in Boston University’s Playwriting M.F.A. program, and a Boston native. He received his B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in 2013, and has since been a licensing associate for Samuel French, a literary intern or Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at BU where he taught his own undergraduate class. His work has been produced at Sarah Lawrence and in various festivals around New York, most notably the 2012 run of his first play Outside Providence at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
STEPHEN PICK is a director from Portland, Oregon, where he co-founded Valley Repertory Theatre in 2011. As Artistic Director, he has enjoyed developing new plays in addition to giving fresh life to established works. A signature piece for the company, the Stories of Newberg series has produced four new plays since Valley Rep’s inception. Created in an ensemble-driven environment and based on true stories of local people, Walk a Mile, A Break in the Clouds, In the Family of Things, and O Little Town have been some of his most rewarding projects.

Transplanted to Boston to earn his M.F.A. at Boston University, Stephen’s recent productions include Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, and JanuszGłowacki’s Hunting Cockroaches. Other favorite directing credits include My Name is Asher Lev adapted byAaron Posner, It’s a Wonderful Life adapted by James W. Rodgers, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and The Lion in Winter by James W. Rodgers. Stephen directs in both Spanish and English.


AT A GLANCE:
Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke
Directed by Stephen Pick

December 8-18, 2016
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Two generations of an Irish-American family gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. But when black sheep Skip unexpectedly returns, decades of baggage surface. A funny and moving look at family, faith, and forgiveness. 

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Adults ($30); BU Faculty/Staff ($25); Seniors-62+ ($25); Students with valid ID ($10); Three-Play Flex Pass ($50)

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时间:11/12 and 11/13 6:30pm
地点:Lindsay Hall, Bentley University, 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452
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TIGER STYLE!  EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 20 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

(BOSTON) – Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company has extended the run of its production of Tiger Style!, by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, to November 20. The added performances are Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm; Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 18 at 8pm; Saturday, November 19 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, November 20 at 2pm. Tiger Style! plays at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston.

WGBH’s Jared Bowen raves Tiger Style is “uproariously funny! It is great to be able to laugh so hard.” The Boston Globe says it is “witty” and “a sharply observed comedy,” and WBUR says Tiger Style! is “a comedic explosion of Asian American stereotypes.”

A new block of seats are on sale now. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online athuntingtontheatre.org by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
Tiger Style! features squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen, who reached the pinnacle of academic achievement and graduated from Harvard. But as adults, they’re epic failures: he’s just been passed up for a promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! 
Tiger Style! explores what happens when educational achievements and hard work don’t lead to personal or professional success. Travelling from California to China, this hilarious new play examines the immigrant experience, racial stereotypes, parenting, and success with wit and sharp humor. 


Boston Playwrights’ Theatre opens its 2016-17 season of new plays with Memorial by award-winning playwright Livian Yeh
Play about architect Maya Lin first of five plays written by graduating class of M.F.A. playwrights

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) opens its 2016-17 season with Memorial by Livian Yeh. Running from October 13-23, this new drama is directed by Kelly Galvin.
Memorial is about the then 21-year-old artist and architect Maya Lin, whose “untraditional” memorial was selected in 1981 to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. An undergraduate at Yale at the time, Lin found herself defending her design for The Wall to veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents.
Playwright Yeh—who had considered writing about the architect and artist for some time—attended a lecture given by Lin at Boston University last year.
“After seeing her at BU, I decided she is too amazing not to write about,” Yeh says. “She seems so confident. It’s hard to believe she ever doubted herself as an artist.”
A post-show conversation with Memorial’s playwright, director, and cast members will follow the Oct. 15 performance.
Yeh is a member of the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. Her play Nightfall was a co-recipient of the Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Director Galvin is completing her M.F.A. in Directing, also at Boston University. She has worked with several area theatres, including Shakespeare & Company and the Huntington Theatre Company.
Five of this season’s plays were written by the Boston University M.F.A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. Four, includingMemorial, will be co-produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre—part of its New Play Initiative—and will feature collaborations between graduate-level playwrights and directors.
BPT’s season continues in December with Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke; The Atheist by Playwriting faculty member Ronan Noone (in January); The Honey Trap by Leo McGann (February); Franklin by Samantha Noble (March); and Every Piece of Me(April) by Mary Conroy.
ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

ABOUT THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY NEW PLAY INITIATIVE
The BU New Play Initiative (NPI) expresses the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ commitment to the School of Theatre’s participation in the development of new work. This special initiative provides playwrights, directors, designers, and actors with a variety of developmental options to support the collaborative creation of new work for the theatre. Students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists are given the opportunity to utilize the creativity of the rehearsal room to develop their plays, which are then presented through workshop productions. The life of these new plays doesn’t end on the BU stages. Many New Play Initiative productions are often later fully produced by member companies of our Professional Theatre Initiative, including the School of Theatre’s professional extension—Boston Center for American Performance. www.bu.edu/cfa/npi

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
LIVIAN YEH is a Taiwanese playwright. Her plays include Nightfall, recipient of the John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Goldberg Playwriting Award from NYU, as well as the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Nightfall was first work shopped at The Goldberg Theatre in collaboration with The Flea Theatre and its resident acting company and will be included in Fresh Ink Theatre’s 2016-2017 season as part of the Ink Spots Reading Series. Her short plays have appeared at the National Concert Hall in Taipei (Taiwan), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NYC), 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NYC) and The Cape Cod Theatre Project (MA). She holds a B.F.A. from NYU and is an M.F.A. candidate at Boston University.


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
KELLY GALVIN is completing her M.F.A. in directing at Boston University. Most recently she directed Much Ado About Nothing for The Theater at Woodshill and this winter she will direct The Cherry Orchard at the Boston University Lane-Comley Studio 210. While at BU she has directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tall Girls, andChanges of Heart. Previously, Kelly served as the artistic associate at WAM Theatre Company in the Berkshires and has been a company member with Shakespeare & Company since 2008 where she works as a director, teacher, and actor. She has served as assistant director to Tina Packer on All’s Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar, held assistantships with Bedlam, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and Boston Center for American Performance, and recently completed an observership for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar. Kelly attended Wellesley College where she studied Theater and Political Theory.


AT A GLANCE:
Memorial by Livian Yeh
Directed by Kelly Galvin

October 13-23, 2016 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

When her “untraditional” memorial is selected to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 21-year-old architect Maya Lin finds herself defending it to the veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents. As the opposition to her design gains momentum, Maya must make a difficult choice. Should art challenge the way we honor the fallen? 

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Adults ($30); BU Faculty/Staff ($25); Seniors-62+ ($25); Students with valid ID ($10)
Subscriptions Available: Playwrights’ Pass ($90); Three-Play Flex Pass ($50)


HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MIKE LEW’S WILD GLOBETROTTING COMEDY TIGER STYLE!

(BOSTON) – In conjunction with its upcoming production of Tiger Style!, theHuntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Tiger Style!, available at huntingtontheatre.org/tigerstyle by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) and BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, October 14, 2016 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

A POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH MA-YI WRITERS LAB
Sunday, October 16 after the 7pm performance
Join the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights, for a conversation about the themes of Tiger Style! following the 7pm performance on October 16. Panelists include Tiger Style! playwrightMike Lew, Dustin Chinn, Naveen Choudhury, Clarence Coo, Hansol Jung, Rehana Lew Mirza, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Nandita Shenoy

Ma-Yi Writers Lab is now in its 12th year and the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights ever assembled. Founded in 2004 by Sung Rno in connection with the NEA/TCG Playwright’s Residency program and currently led by Mike Lew (Tiger Style!) and A. Rey Pamatmat (after all the terrible things I do), the Lab has fast become home to some of the country’s most exciting emerging writers. Plays that were born in the Lab have gone on to workshops and productions within Ma-Yi as well as with the Huntington Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, LCT3, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Humana Festival of New Plays, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Sundance Film Festival, Eugene O’Neill Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, and many more. Recent achievements include a Helen Merrill Award, Lanford Wilson Award, NNPN Commission, Leah Ryan Prize, Laurents/Hatcher Prize, Kendeda Grad Playwriting Award, two Princess Grace Fellowships, two PoNY Fellowships, two Hodder Fellowships, and six New Dramatists residencies.

POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH TIGER STYLE! PLAYWRIGHT MIKE LEW
Wednesday, October 19 after the 7:30pm performanceJoin Tiger Style! playwright Mike Lew for a post-show conversation about the inspiration behind the show following the 7:30pm performance of Tiger Style!on October 19.
Mike Lew is the author of Teenage Bike America, microcrisis, Stockton, People’s ParkIn Paris You Will Find Many Baguettes…, RoanokeMoustache Guys, and Tiger Style! Mr. Lew is a Dramatists Guild Councilmember and Tony Award voter, co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program Fellow, and recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Award, Kendeda and AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Awards, Heideman Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He received his training from The Juilliard School and Yale University.

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION   
Thursday, October 20 before the 7:30pm performance
A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative. Community Membership is an initiative designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income and to diversify the audiences so it looks more like the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $20. Membership is free and available through partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve limited-income populations. 

Bank of America is the Season Sponsor of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative. Made possible by a grant from Theatre Communications Group.

DUMPLING CLASS AT MEI MEI
506 Park Drive, Boston 

Saturday, October 22 at 10amTickets: $65, available at meimeiboston.com/upcoming-events/dumpling-class-saturday-october-22nd-10am-12pm
In collaboration with the Huntington's production of Tiger Style!, Mei Mei invites you to the learn dumpling folding and cooking skills needed to make this delectable dish. Participants will also take home a bottle of Mei Mei sauce and all the dumplings they can eat. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn hands-on skills to make your own delicious dumplings at home.

35 BELOW: FALL CRAWL
Sunday, October 22 at 4pm (in between the 2pm and 8pm performances of Tiger Style!)
RSVP: 
huntingtontheatre.org/Tiger-Style/35-Below-fall-crawl/   Join the Huntington and 35 Below patrons on a "South End Freedom Tour," of sorts, before or after Tiger Style! on Saturday, October 22. Taking you from the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA to the BU Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts, the tour will hit three hot spots (Masa, Sister Sorel, and SRV) for pre- or post-show festivities.

A CONVERSATION WITH BOSTON GLOBE’S “MISS CONDUCT” ROBIN ABRAHAMS
Sunday, October 23 after the 2pm performance
Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams (aka “Miss Conduct”) will lead a conversation about transitioning into adulthood. Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland will moderate the conversation after the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 23.
Robin Abrahams writes the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for The Boston Globe Magazine, and is the author of the bookMiss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. She works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. A Cambridge resident with a PhD in research psychology from Boston University, her previous jobs include theatre publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and writing. Ms. Abrahams is married to Marc Abrahams, publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are awarded annually for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. robinabrahams.com.

STUDENT MATINEES
Friday, October 28 at 10am
Thursday, November 3 at 10am
For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. To reserve tickets, please contact Manager of Education Operations Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

ACTORS FORUMS
Friday, October 28 at 10am (student matinee)
Thursday, November 3 at 10am (student matinee)
Wednesday, November 9 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, November 10 after the 7:30pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Tiger Style! and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM WITH BOSTON GLOBE COLUMNIST SHIRLEY LEUNG
Sunday, October 30, after the 2pm performance
Join Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung for a compelling conversation about race, parenting, and success following the 2pm performance on October 30. Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions.

Shirley Leung writes a business column for The Boston Globe every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage, as well as producing theGlobe 100 and Top Places to Work magazines. A graduate of Princeton, Leung also has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal andBaltimore Sun. Ms. Leung is a board member and former president of the New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, November 3 at 10am (student matinee)
Friday, November 4 at 8pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf/deaf/hard-of-hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

Season ASL Consultant: Wendy Watson

A POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH JU YON KIM 
Saturday, November 12 after the 2pm performance
Join us from for a post-show conversation with Harvard Professor Ju Yon Kim following the 2pm performance of Tiger Style! on November 12. 

Ju Yon Kim is the associate professor of English at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American literature and performance; modern and contemporary American theatre and drama; and cross-racial and intercultural performance. She is the author of The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday (NYU Press, 2015), which received the 2016 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association for best book in American studies published in 2015 by a New England area scholar. Her articles have appeared in Theatre JournalModern DramaThe Journal of Transnational American StudiesModernism/modernity, and Theatre Survey. As a 2013-2014 visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she began a second book project now titled Paper Performance: Suspicion and the Spaces of Asian American Theater. She will complete a three-year tenure as the book review editor of Modern Drama in 2017. Ms. Kim received her PhD in modern thought and literature from Stanford University and her BA in English from Yale University.

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening performances and most Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinee performances.
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.


PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN
October 14 – November 13, 2016
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.
Press Opening: Wednesday, October 26, 7pm. RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

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The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
announces cast & creative team for
WARRIOR
CLASS
by KENNETH LIN
(writer, House of Cards)
directed by Dawn M. Simmons

OCTOBER 21 — November 13, 2016
PRESS OPENING:  Sunday, October 23, 3pm


Playwright Kenneth Lin (TV’s House of Cards) delivers “an absorbing, incisive new play that crackles with authenticity” (NY Times), just in time for the climax of a surprising election season. Michael Tow (Chinglish) plays a New York assemblyman who's been dubbed "The Republican Obama." The son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran, he looks forward to a seemingly limitless political career. When someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression, he must decide how far he'll go to keep the incident out of the public eye.  Whatever his decision, the consequences may be costly.
“Warrior Class is not only smart, it’s also politically potent material for an election year.” — Variety

Featuring:  Steven Barkhimer*, Jessica Webb*, Michael Tow*

Scenic Design, Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design, Chelsea Kerl
Lighting Design, Dan Jentzen
Sound Design, Elizabeth Cahill

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)  

COMPANY

CAST
Michael Tow*                     Julius Weishan Lee
Steven Barkhimer*            Nathan Berkshire
Jessica Webb*                    Holly Lillian Eames

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WHEN:  October 21 — November 13, 2016
Wednesdays, Thursdays – 7:30pm
Wednesday matinees – 2pmOctober 26November 9
Fridays – 8pm
Saturdays – 3pm & 8pm
Sundays – 3pm

Post-show Q&A with the artists:  October 23November 6 after 3pm performance
             
WHERE:      The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA  02116

TICKETS:   Start at $25
Seniors – $10 off regular price
Student rush – $10
Group rates available

Box Office:  617-585-5678   
website:  lyricstage.com

JOIN THE CONVERSATION
instagram: @lyricstageboston


WARRIOR CLASS BIOS:

Kenneth Lin’s plays Warrior Class (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), FALLOW (Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding New Play, Brown Martin Philadelphia Award), Intelligence-SlavePo Boy Tango(TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), said Saïd (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Princess Grace Award), Life on Paper, Agency,* and Genius in Lovehave been seen at theaters throughout the country, including the Second Stage Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Marin Theater Company and East West Players. Film/Television: House Of Cards (Netflix); American Way (USA). Commissions: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Wilma Theater and Arena Stage. Residencies: Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ucross Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lark Playwrights Workshop, Interstate 73, New York Stage and Film, McCarter Playwrights Retreat. Education: Cornell University, Fulbright Scholarship, Yale School of Drama.

Dawn M. Simmons (Director) returns to the Lyric Stage having directed Saturday Night, Sunday Morning last season. She has directed productions for: New Exhibition Room, Suffolk University, Fresh Ink Theatre, Dorchester Fringe Festival, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project, The Theatre Offensive, Our Place Theatre Project, Mill 6, Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Boston Theatre Works, and As Yet To Be Theatre. Dawn is an Artistic Director of New Exhibition Room and Director of Engagement for the Boston Center for the Arts. 

Steven Barkhimer (Nathan Berkshire) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Superior Donuts, The Underpants, and Book of Days (IRNE Award).  A Resident Acting Company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project, he was recently in ASP’s Winter’s Tale; he also portrayed a version of himself in Kate Snodgrass’ Bark’s Dream and The Last Bark, both produced by Sleeping Weazel. Steven played Waldo Lydecker in Laura (Stoneham Theatre), as well as writing music and lyrics for Stoneham’s latest musical, Lobstergirl. Director of award-winning productions of The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare and Fully Committed, he is also the author ofWindowmen (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding New Script; IRNE Award, Best New Play; Kennedy Center Award, Best New Play).

Michael Tow (Julius Weishan Lee) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Chinglish. Michael is a professional film, TV and theater actor living in Boston. He has appeared in Hollywood films such as Unfinished Business opposite Dave Franco and Universal's RIPD with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges. Last year he appeared in Netflix's Masters of NoneDaredevil (Season 1) and USA's Royal Pains. Other theatre credits include Wild Swans (American Repertory Theater), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Wheelock Family Theatre), and After The Quake at Company One.  Currently he is producing the Hollywood full-length version of his award-winning short film, East of Hollywood.

NB:  East of Hollywood is a short mockumentary that follows Ken Chang who, in order to land a role on network TV, undergoes Actor “Orientalification” to prove that he can be Asian enough to make it in Hollywood.  chimeraentertainment.com/eastofhollywood/


Jessica Webb (Holly Lillian Eames) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Boston area credits include: The Yellow Wallpaper (Off The Grid Theatre Company) BurningThe Company We Keep, and Five Down, One Across (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), MacbethAnimal FarmThe Crucible (New Rep On Tour), It's a Wonderful Life (Stoneham Theatre), DoubtThe RainmakerA Streetcar Named Desire, and A Witness for the Prosecution (Foothills Theatre Company). Regional credits: The Dressing Room and The $30,000 Bequest (The Organic Theatre Company,  Chicago), The $30,000 Bequest (Moscow Art Theatre/MXAT, Moscow), Jake's WomenCinderella, and Amadeus (The Nomad Theatre, Boulder), and Oleanna (The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit). Film credits include: Crooked LaneDark ScribblesHosedThe Conservatory, Meet the Mayfarers, The Proposal, and Mall Cop. She has a B.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University and is currently an Alexander Technique teacher, having graduated from The Boston Conservatory Teacher training program. Jessica is humbled and grateful to her partner and son (young Prince Hal) for their unconditional support. Jessica is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.alexanderactors.com.  



Boston Playwrights’ Theatre announces 2016-2017 season of new plays
Line-up to feature award-winning work by graduating class of MFA playwrights
and a new take on Ronan Noone’s The Atheist

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) today announces the new plays that will comprise its 35th season. The line-up includes Memorial by Livian Yeh, Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke, The Atheist by Ronan Noone, The Honey Trap by Leo McGann, Franklin by Samantha Noble and Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy.

“I’m eager to bring these moving and exhilarating new plays to the attention of our audiences,” BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass says. “These new works are fresh from the oven and ready for feasting. And collaborating with the award-winning BU School of Theatre in their New Play Initiative doubles our excitement. It doesn’t get better than this!”

Five of this season’s plays were written by the Boston University M. F. A. Playwriting Program class of 2017. Four will be co-produced with the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre—part of their New Play Initiative—and will feature collaborations between graduate-level playwrights and directors.

“The BU School of Theatre is so proud to participate in this season of new works generated by our third year M. F. A. playwrights,” Director of the BU School of Theatre Jim Petosa says. “Their presence and interaction with our collaborative community is a source of vital creative energy that positively impacts everyone in our School.”

The season opens in October with Memorial by Livian Yeh, about 21-year-old artist and architect Maya Lin, whose“untraditional” memorial was selected in 1981 to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Still an undergraduate at Yale at the time, Lin found herself defending her design for The Wall to veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents. The play will be directed by Kelly Galvin. Playwright Yeh’s playNightfall was a co-recipient of the Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Next, in December, is Andrew Joseph Clarke’s Faithless directed by Stephen Pick. The play centers on two generations of an Irish-American family who gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. The unexpected return of Skip—the family black sheep—causes decades of baggage to resurface. Clarke’s play Outside Providence was produced at NYC’s Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

A new take on Ronan Noone’s The Atheist will kick off the new year. The Atheist enjoyed an off-Broadway run in 2008 starring Campbell Scott as corrupt journalist Augustine Early; this production finds Noone revisiting the script with a female protagonist. Noone—who will also direct the production—is an alumnus and faculty member of Boston University’s Playwriting Program whose award-winning plays have been produced in Boston, New York, and throughout the world.

Leo McGann’s The Honey Trap, directed by Adam Kassim, opens in February. Set in the outskirts of Belfast in 1979, what seems like a typical night at the pub turns into something much darker for two off-duty British soldiers. Reliving that night for an oral history project reopens old wounds for one of the soldiers, and finds him back in Belfast decades later in search of answers and revenge. The Honey Trap is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award.

Franklin by Samantha Noble, directed by Stephanie LeBolt, opens in late March. The play centers on the search for the ship used by the Franklin expedition—which sought the Northwest Passage—to the Arctic in 1845. The play centers on this 200-year-old mystery and modern-day underwater archeologist Caroline, who has been searching for the wreckage for three years. Franklin was one of six plays selected for the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, a partnership of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University’s Center for New Plays.

The season closes with Mary Conroy’s family drama Every Piece of Me, directed by Zohar Fuller. Aine’s return home to Ireland with her American fiancé finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart. Was Aine’s departure the cause? Every Piece of Me addresses guilt, mercy, and the power of love. Playwright Conroy is a multidisciplinary storyteller whose television pilot, Proud Mary, placed second in the CineStory Foundation TV/Digital Retreat.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

ABOUT THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY NEW PLAY INITIATIVE
The BU New Play Initiative (NPI) expresses the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ commitment to the School of Theatre’s participation in the development of new work. This special initiative provides playwrights, directors, designers, and actors with a variety of developmental options to support the collaborative creation of new work for the theatre. Students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists are given the opportunity to utilize the creativity of the rehearsal room to develop their plays, which are then presented through workshop productions. The life of these new plays doesn’t end on the BU stages. Many New Play Initiative productions are often later fully produced by member companies of our Professional Theatre Initiative, including the School of Theatre’s professional extension—Boston Center for American Performance. www.bu.edu/cfa/npi

INSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission. Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

ABOUT THIS SEASON’S PLAYWRIGHTS
ANDREW JOSEPH CLARKE is a third-year graduate student in Boston University’s Playwriting M.F.A. program, and a Boston native. He received his BA at Sarah Lawrence College in 2013, and has since been a licensing associate for Samuel French, a literary intern or Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at BU where he taught his own undergraduate class. His work has been produced at Sarah Lawrence and in various festivals around New York, most notably the 2012 run of his first play Outside Providence at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. This fall, Andrew will be joining the UMass Boston M.Ed. program to receive his second master’s degree and to become a licensed English teacher. 
MARY CONROY teaches Screenwriting at Boston College. She has been awarded a graduate fellowship and is a full-time M.F.A. in Playwriting student at Boston University. She serves as the Dramatists Guild Representative for Massachusetts. In 2016, Mary placed second with her pilot, Proud Mary, in the CineStory Television Retreat. In 2014, Mary was an invited artist at the Nantucket Film Festival with her television pilot, Good Morning Detroit, and she attended the BANFF World Media Festival in Canada. Previously, she has been an invited participant at the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. She has had numerous productions of her short plays in the New England area as well as New York and California. Mary reads and judges for a variety of festivals and screenwriting competitions. She continues to write in all three genres of visual storytelling: film, television, and theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. 

LEO MCGANN is a Belfast-born playwright. He began writing with Tinderbox Theatre Company who staged his short play Friends Like These at the Grand Opera House in Belfast as part of their Fireworks Programme in 2009. After a move to London he was a part of the Young Writers Programme and the Studio Group at the Royal Court. Before beginning his M.F.A. studies in Playwriting at Boston University in 2014, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford and worked for the BBC as a screenwriter, sports journalist and assistant producer. The first draft of The Honey Trap—then titled In the Moment—won the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award at the 48th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Outside of his M.F.A. studies Leo enjoys playing rugby, cinema, hiking, pub trivia and going on trips to see and explore more of the USA.

SAMANTHA NOBLE is a Boston-based playwright and theatre artist. She attended Smith College where she was awarded the Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize. While at Smith, she acted as a Research Fellow in the joint faculty and student Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute’s project titled “Evil,” for which she developed and staged her play The Strength of Stones. In 2013, she partnered with director Kathryn Stewart to create a Seattle-based theatre project, The Tenacity Theatre Collective, through which she premiered her original work An Actress vs. William Shakespeare as part of Seattle’s Arts Crush Festival. The play came to the East Coast as part of the Hamilton & Wenham Art Grows Here Festival. She worked with New Century Theatre in all aspects of theatrical production from 2008-2011. Her play A Drink was sponsored by The Nora Theatre Company in the 2016 Boston Theater Marathon. In summer of 2016, her newest play Franklin was developed as part of the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network’s M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop.  She has worked as a dramaturge developing new works through Boston University and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and has taught Creative Writing at Boston University. 

RONAN NOONE’s The Second Girl is the winner of the inaugural Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Playwriting Award, 2015. Additional plays include: The AthiestBrendanScenes From an Adultery, The Baile Trilogy (The Lepers of Baile BaisteThe Blowin' of Baile GallThe Gigolo of Baile Breag), The Compass RoseLittle Black Dress, and A Small Death. The themes that run through Ronan’s work are immigration, dispossession, misanthropes, issues of social conscience, and the ability of a character to survive difficult and fascinating circumstances. He believes in playing with ways to tell a good story, a necessary story that tells us who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going. He believes in stories that resonate beyond the theatre’s door and that add ideas to the national conversation. He believes in the playwright as thinker.
His play The Atheist played at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It was also co-produced by The Culture Project and Ted Mann’s Circle in the Square productions in New York and received both Drama Desk and Drama League Acting nominations. Other recent international productions have taken place in the U.K. (London and Edinburgh), Spain, Canada, the Philippines, and Ireland. His full-length and one-act plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, Baker Plays, and Dramatists Play Service. Awards include: Jeff recommendations in Chicago; Ovation recommendations in Los Angeles; Critics Award in Austin, Texas; American Critics Steinberg New Play Award nomination; nomination for best play at 1st Irish Festival New York; three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best New Play; the Boston Theatre Critics Association's Elliot Norton Outstanding Script Award; a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award; and a 2014 Edgerton New American Play Award. His essay on theatre, “Being Afraid to Breathe,” is published by the Princeton University Library Chronicle LXVIII, and his plays have been featured in books on Irish Studies, such as Anail an Bheil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture and Sinead Moynihan’s Other People’s Diasporas. He has attended the Sundance Theatre Workshop and developed work at New York Stage and Film, The Orchard Project, The Lark Theatre and Theresa Rebeck’s Vermont Writer’s Retreat, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida.
He is Artistic Associate at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. Noone has also developed work for television with Pretty Matches Productions and the reality TV-based production company High Noon Entertainment. His 2014 Live Action Short The Accident (based on his short play I Glue You) has played the Boston International Film Festival and the Montclair Film Festival.
After studying politics and mathematics at University in Galway (NUIG), Ireland, Ronan began his writing career with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. He wrote for various newspapers in Ireland with a small stint in Prague. After an editor told him his writing was de-constructive and did not meet the formula for a newspaper, he wrote his first play. Later, he immigrated to America and submitted that play to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre where he studied with Noble Laureate Derek Walcott. There he understood that deconstruction wasn’t a bad word, and for a play to develop you needed the support, belief, and resources of a theatre community behind you. As a teacher, Ronan guides student writers to search for the beating heart in their work, to critique with care, to rewrite using the pen as a scalpel, and to read and reread all the plays they can get their hands on. RonanNoone.com.
LIVIAN YEH is a Taiwanese playwright. Her plays include Nightfall, recipient of the John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Goldberg Playwriting Award from NYU, as well as the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Nightfall was first work shopped at The Goldberg Theatre in collaboration with The Flea Theatre and its resident acting company and will be included in Fresh Ink Theatre’s 2016-2017 season as part of the Ink Spots Reading Series. Her short plays have appeared at the National Concert Hall in Taipei (Taiwan), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NYC), 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NYC) and The Cape Cod Theatre Project (MA). She holds a B.F.A. from NYU and is an M.F.A. candidate at Boston University.

SEASON 2016/2017 AT A GLANCE:
Memorial by Livian Yeh
Directed by Kelly Galvin

October 13-23, 2016 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

When her “untraditional” memorial is selected to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 21-year-old architect Maya Lin finds herself defending it to the veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents. As the opposition to her design gains momentum, Maya must make a difficult choice. Should art challenge the way we honor the fallen? 

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Adults ($30); BU Faculty/Staff ($25); Seniors-62+ ($25); Students with valid ID ($10)
Subscriptions Available: Playwrights’ Pass ($90); Three-Play Flex Pass ($50)
Call 866.811.4111 or visit www.bostonplaywrights.org

Press Night: Saturday, October 15 (8 p.m.)


Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke
Directed by Stephen Pick

December 8-18, 2016
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Two generations of an Irish-American family gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. But when black sheep Skip unexpectedly returns, decades of baggage surface. A funny and moving look at family, faith, and forgiveness. 

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Adults ($30); BU Faculty/Staff ($25); Seniors-62+ ($25); Students with valid ID ($10)
Subscriptions Available: Playwrights’ Pass ($90); Three-Play Flex Pass ($50)

Call 866.811.4111 or visit www.bostonplaywrights.org
BANK OF AMERICA BECOMES SEASON SPONSOR OF HUNTINGTON 
COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE & PROGRAM EXPANDS TO THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY AND SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY WITH TCG AUDIENCE (R)EVOLUTION COHORT GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Desiree Barry, Huntington Theatre Company, dbarry@huntingtontheatre.org / 617 273 1518
Jim Torres, SpeakEasy Stage Company, 
jimtorres@speakeasystage.com / 617 482 3279
Henry Lussier, Lyric Stage Company, henry_lussier@lyricstage.com / 617 585 5685

(BOSTON) – Bank of America becomes the Season Sponsor of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative and a grant from Theatre Communications Group allows the Huntington to expand its Community Membership Initiative to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and SpeakEasy Stage Company. Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants, supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), empower teams of three or more not-­for-­profit organizations to design and implement audience­ engagement and community­ development strategies together.

The Huntington Community Membership Initiative was created in 2012 to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited incomes, while also building diverse audiences that better reflect Greater Boston’s demographics.

The Huntington Community Membership Initiative has had a positive impact on Huntington audiences over the past four years, helping to reach a diverse population and make audiences more reflective of the city of Boston. Over 2,800 Community Members from 180 community-based organizations have purchased over 11,000 tickets to Huntington productions, totaling over $160,000 in sales.

With support from Bank of America as Season Sponsor of the program, Community Members can purchase $20 tickets to any available seat at any performance at the Huntington without restrictions. Membership is free through partnerships with agencies and organizations throughout Greater Boston that serve low-income populations.

Through the TCG (R)Evolution Cohort Grant, members of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative will now be able to purchase $20 tickets to any Lyric Stage Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company production during the 2016-2017 season. The goals of expanding this initiative include broadening the program’s reach, increasing the number of Community Members and the participation of the members, while also providing additional opportunities to those members.

“Since the beginning, the goal of the Huntington Community Membership Initiative has been to make theatre more affordable to as many people as possible,” says Managing Director Michael Maso. “It seems only fitting that our members will now have access to even more great theatrical productions in the city of Boston through the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and SpeakEasy Stage Company.”

“Having access to all shows at the Huntington with no date or seating restrictions has resonated with Community Membership participants,” says the Huntington’s Community Membership Coordinator Candelaria Silva-Collins. “Community members like having the same access as other patrons. Their enthusiasm about this program has led to their recommendation for other community organizations to be a part of the program and for the program to expand to other theatres. I am delighted that our expansion to Lyric Stage Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company will enable Community Members to experience more award-winning theatre in Boston.”

11TH ANNUAL HUNTINGTON-CODMAN SUMMER THEATRE INSTITUTE WILL PRESENT FREE PERFORMANCES OF “ROMEO & JULIET” JULY 28 & 29

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company’s Department of Education and Community Programs and Dorchester’s Codman Academy Charter Public School’s collaboration, theHuntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute, will culminate in two public performances of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 at 7pm at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The public is invited to the free performances and encouraged to RSVP online.

The Summer Theatre Institute is a free program for Codman students. Through the five-week program, students explore the full theatrical process, extending lessons from the school year in literacy, teamwork, and priority-setting and are paid a modest stipend for participating. Over the past 11 years the Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute has become a valuable resource to Codman students.

“At the heart of this play is true love,” says Huntington Manager of Education Operations and Romeo and JulietDirector Meg O’Brien. “This love is formed amidst extreme hate and prejudice. Love is what ends the feud. Love is what endures. The hate is defeated and new friendships and loyalties are created. Romeo and Juliet chose love over hate at every turn, and that inspires me. I find this play as important as ever given the nature of our world today. Hate never wins.”

The program began 11 years ago as a creative response to an increased risk of violence for teens between 4pm -7pm during the summer. The Summer Theatre Institute provides a safe environment for participants who come from neighborhoods in the Boston area. Students participating in this summer program range from rising sophomores to recent graduates of Codman Academy.

“The Huntington Theatre Company has given me an outlet for the past few years,” says four-time participant and recent Codman Academy graduate Demetrious Moore-Tolbert (Adam in As You Like It and titular roles inJulius Caesar and Macbeth). “I love the opportunities they have given me to bloom. I like that they’ve taught me real life skills that I need to be successful in the world.”

Emily Mora, a rising junior and first-time participant playing Juliet says, “Acting allows me to become something better than myself. Participating in theatre has become something more than an obligation. It’s an escape from reality.”

“I not only love being onstage, but also love becoming a different character,” says Rachelle Brown-Mitchell a rising sophomore and first-time participant in the Summer Theatre Institute program. “I love comparing my character’s personality to my own and finding the differences. I love the opportunity to connect with my character on a deeper level.”

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON AND CODMAN ACADEMY CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
The Huntington is a founding partner of Codman Academy Charter Public School and collaborates with Codman year-round to create and teach its innovative, interdisciplinary Humanities curriculum. Now in its 16th year, the partnership with Codman Academy showcases the Huntington’s wide-reaching youth, education, and community initiatives.

The program has been recognized locally and nationally as a model for improving urban students’ reading, writing, speaking, and presentation skills. The partnership between the Huntington and Codman Academy was awarded the Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest award in the arts and culture, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Codman Academy is the only public school to receive this recognition.

Through the program, students study poetry, plays, and the playwrights who wrote them, and attend Huntington productions. Additionally, 9th and 10th graders work with Huntington staff and teaching artists two days every month, immersing themselves in the workings of a professional theatre. The partnership engages and stimulates students from neighborhoods often excluded from Boston’s dynamic cultural life and enables them to develop both an understanding of and appreciation for the theatre by studying and attending Huntington performances, observing behind-the-scenes activities of the theatre, and participating in hands-on work in the theatre arts.

Thanks in part to the programs designed and administered by the Huntington, 99% of Codman Academy’s 10thgraders pass the English Language Arts portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam, a requirement for graduation. Since the first graduating class, 100% of Codman Academy students have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

The Huntington Theatre Company’s Department of Education and Community Programs is one of the most extensive, impactful, and admired theatre education departments in the country. Over the past 34 years, its nationally recognized programs have served more than 560,000.

2016 SUMMER THEATRE INSTITUTE CAST LISTin alphabetical order:

Student
Rachelle  Brown-Mitchelll
Character
Lady Montague
Hometown
Mattapan
Tre'Jon Carrasquillo
Apothecary
Dorchester
Shakya Davis-Witkowski
Friar John
Roxbury
Solomon Dubose
Montague
Dorchester
Jayrelle Fairweather
Prince
Dorchester
Shannon Guppy
Sampson
Dorchester
David Helas
Paris
Dorchester
Medgene Joseph
Capulet
Randolph
Shameka Joseph
Ensemble
Hyde Park
Emily Mora
Juliet
Dorchester
Demetrious Moore-Tolbert
Mercutio
Mattapan
Ariel Mullings-Bent
Balthasar
Dorchester
Desiree Reed
Ensemble
Hyde Park
Jaylen Settles
Peter
Weymouth
Jalanae St. Fort
Lady Capulet
Dorchester
Ave'Zakai Taylor-Kelley
Benvolio
Dorchester
Zachery Taylor-Kelley
Romeo
Dorchester
Sheriaha Teixeira
Friar Laurence
Dorchester
Antoinette Webster
Nurse
Dorchester
Adonis Woods
Tybalt
Dorchester


HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S FIFTH ANNUAL SUMMER WORKSHOP INCLUDES NEW PLAYS BY GABRIDGE, KAPLAN & MOÏSE

(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company’s annual Summer Workshop will start rehearsals on July 12 andconclude in public readings of three new plays on July 23 and 24, 2016. The workshop allows selected members of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program two weeks to focus on developing new plays. The workshop and public readings will take place in the South End at the Huntington’s Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston.

  • The Magician’s Daughter by Lila Rose Kaplan, directed by Meredith McDonough 
    Public reading: Saturday, July 23  at 3pm
    RSVP: huntingtontheatre.org/magician



**Please note that readings are open to the public, but not to reviewing members of the press. An RSVP is required to attend.

“Now in its fifth year, this annual development retreat is an important cornerstone for our new play activities,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Boston area playwrights participate in all levels of the process – the original retreat design and the annual selection process. Plays from previous years have gone on to production both by the Huntington and other Boston companies, and I’m excited to see how these three plays evolve this summer.”

Modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Summer Workshop is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival. Huntington staff members Lisa Timmel (Director of New Work) and Charles Haugland (Artistic Programs & Dramaturgy) support the writers in development. The festival is produced by Stephanie LeBolt, Daniel Morris, and Tonasia Jones.

“Not only are all this year's plays formally venturesome, but each is emotionally engaging in ways we haven't seen from these writers before,” says Director of New Work Lisa Timmel. “Lila Rose, Patrick, and Lenelle are taking bold risks and I am delighted to be able to support them as they hone their craft and expand their voices. Our directors this year come to us from across the country and they are three of the most dynamic women directing today. It's an honor to host Meredith, Jenny, and Marti.”

ABOUT THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS

THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER
by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Meredith McDonough
Public reading: Saturday, July 23 at 3pm

This play is a Magic Show, Heartwarming and somewhat Formally Adventurous. Discretion for Viewers advised due to Potent Matters such as Fantastic Figurative Fathers addicted to alcohol and Dangerous Damsel Daughters about to grow up. Discretion for Viewers advised if you have a Father or a Daughter (or know anyone who does).
Lila Rose Kaplan writes heartfelt comedies, bittersweet dramas, and musicals for young people. Her plays include Home of the Brave, Jesus Girls, The Magician’s Daughter, 1 2 3 - a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing, We All Fall Down, Wildflower, Bureau of Missing Persons, and Biography of a Constellation.Her theatre for young audiences work includes The Light Princess, The Pirate Princess, and The Magic Fish. Ms. Kaplan’s plays have been produced by the American Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Neighborhood Productions, Know Theatre, and Perishable Theatre. Her plays have been developed by the Huntington, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark. She is the recipient of the National Science Award in Playwriting and the International Women's Playwriting Award. Her fellowships include a Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights’ Realm Writing Fellow, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange, and the Shank Fellowship. She has held residencies at New Rep Next Voices, Harvard Business School, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. She has a BA with honors from Brown University and an MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego. Ms. Kaplan lives in Cambridge with her marine biologist and her curious daughter. lilarose.org.
DRIFT by Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Marti Lyons
Public Reading: Saturday, July 23 at 6pm

The lives of very different farming families intertwine after a deadly pesticide accident. As two wives find themselves caught between holding on to what was lost and moving forward, Drift finds dark poetry in how we relate to the land around us and how we grow food in contemporary America.

Patrick Gabridge’s full-length plays include Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Flight, Distant Neighbors, Fire on Earth, and Blinders and have been staged by theatres across the country. Recent commissions include plays and musicals for In Good Company, The Bostonian Society, Central Square Theater, and Tumblehome Learning. His short plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, and YouthPlays and have received more than 1,000 productions from theatres and schools around the world. He’s also the author of three novels, Steering to Freedom, Tornado Siren, and Moving (a life in boxes). His work for radio has been broadcast and produced by NPR, Shoestring Radio Theatre, Playing on Air, and Icebox Radio Theatre. Mr. Gabridge has a habit of starting things: he helped start Boston’s Rhombus Playwrights writers’ group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge. He’s also a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and a board member of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. He is the co-founder and current coordinator of the New England New Play Alliance. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G
by Lenelle Moïse
Directed by Jenny Koons
Public reading: Sunday, July 24 at 2pm

When “around-the-way-girl” Lala meets brainy and affluent Dani, an instant flirtation grows into an inseparable season of firsts. Their playful debates about everything from visual art to old school music seem romantic. So why haven’t they started K-I-S-S-I-N-G?

K-I-S-S-I-N-G was commissioned by the Clark University Theatre Department.

Lenelle Moïse is a poet, playwright, and performance artist. She was a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and the 2010-2011 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway drama Expatriate. Her other plays include The Many Faces of NiaCornered in the Dark, Purple, and Merit which won the 2012 Ruby Prize. Her work has been developed with the Culture Project, the Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, the Jewish Plays Project, Kitchen Theatre Company, Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, Southern Rep Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and The New Black Fest at the Lark Play Development Center, among others. Ms. Moïse has also been an artist-in-residence at Clark University, Northwestern, and UT Austin. She is the author of the poetry collection, Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award.


ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S NEW PLAY INITIATIVES AND PLAYWRITING FELLOWS PROGRAMThe Huntington Theatre Company is a national leader in the development of new plays and has produced 120 world, American, or New England premieres. The cornerstone of activity is the Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program, a two-year fellowship for selected local writers. A three-year, $245,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation adds local playwright Melinda Lopez to the Huntington’s full-time staff asplaywright-in-residence. The annual two-week Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground Festival of new plays allows selected HPFs and national writers to develop their plays in two and three dimensions.
The Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program creates relationships between a local community of writers and a nationally prominent producing theatre, forges those bonds through authentic conversation and artistic collaboration, and encourages dialogue between local artists. Huntington productions of plays by HPFs include Stick Fly and Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond, Ryan Landry’s “M” and Psyched by Ryan Landry, Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge, Before I Leave You by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, The Atheist, Brendan, and The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, Sonia Flew and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez, The Cry of the Reed by Sinan Ünel, and Shakespeare’s Actresses in America by Rebekah Maggor.

Since 2003, the HPF program has invited writers to participate in two-year residencies, during which playwrights receive a modest honorarium, join in a biweekly writers’ collective with artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the annual Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground festival of new plays. 

The primary focus of the program is creating relationships with writers at all stages of their careers, from emerging talent to established professionals. The program provides a framework for an in-depth, two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. The Summer Workshop, which began in 2012, was developed from conversations at convenings with HPFs past and present to solicit ideas about how to improve and expand the program.

Since 2009, the Huntington has instituted an open application process with submissions from any writer primarily based within commuting distance of Boston; applications are currently solicited every 18 months. The theatre selects two to three writers whose terms overlap with adjacent cohorts.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICAL SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM, DIRECTED BY PETER DuBOIS, BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY 
FEATURING RISING BROADWAY STARS ADAM CHANLER-BERAT AS GEORGE & JENNI BARBER AS DOT
(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company will open its 2016-2017 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece about love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (A Little Night Music) will direct. Performances will run September 9 – October 16, 2016 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.
One of the most acclaimed musicals ever, Sunday in the Park with George features a glorious score, including the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” with a book by James Lapine, choreography by Daniel Pelzig (A Little Night Music and Candide at the Huntington), and music direction by Eric Stern (music director for Marty and conductor for A Little Night Music at the Huntington).
Sunday in the Park with George was inspired by Georges Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Act one is set in 1884 and explores how the painting comes to life. The second act jumps forward 100 years and follows George’s great-grandson’s search for inspiration and what it means to create art in a contemporary world.Sunday in the Park with George is a transcendent love story that connects the past to the future through the lens of art and creation. The New York Times calls Sunday in the Park with George, “An audacious and touching work with a lovely, wildly inventive score.”

Sunday in the Park with George is a Sondheim masterpiece. And personally, working on a musical about artistic creation is dizzying and profound,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Introducing Boston audiences to rising stars Adam Chanler-Berat and Jenni Barber is a thrill for me, as well as reuniting the world-class team of designers  and much of the fabulous Boston talent  from A Little Night Music. This production is the perfect celebration of staying in our long-term home on Huntington Avenue, and kicks off the season by celebrating the art of creation.”
The Huntington Theatre Company is committed to a long-term project of staging all 15 musicals for which Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics. Sunday in the Park with George is the second musical to be staged in the series, following last fall’s smash hit production of A Little Night Music. “Like our commitment to August Wilson and producing all of the plays in his Century Cycle, the Huntington is thrilled to take a deep dive into Sondheim’s body of work. Sondheim is the great musical theatre genius of a generation, and producing and presenting his work on the Huntington’s stages will provide a tremendous and remarkable experience for Boston audiences.”
Sunday in the Park with George features a live orchestra of 11 musicians and an award-winning cast of Boston favorites and first-rate musical theatre artists. Adam Chanler-Berat plays the contemplative George. Mr. Chanler-Berat most recently originated the title role in Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. Previously he originated the role of Henry in the Broadway musical Next to Normal. George’s longtime mistress and model Dot is played by Jenni Barber. Ms. Barber made her Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and recently played the role of Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked

George’s successful artist friend Jules is played by Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway) and Aimee Doherty (A Little Night Music at the Huntington andInto the Woods at Lyric Stage Company) plays Jules’ wife Yvonne. Other cast members include local favorite Bobbie Steinbach (A Little Night Music, Dead End, and The Corn is Green at the Huntington) as Old Lady. Her nurse is played by Amy Barker (A Little Night Music at the Huntington and [title of show] at SpeakEasy Stage Company). Jules and Yvonne’s coachman Franz is played by Patrick Varner (A Little Night Music at the Huntington), Todd A. Horman (The Last Ship on Broadway) plays the boatman, Nick Sulfaro (A Little Night Music at the Huntington and Camelot at New Repertory Theatre) plays Louis, Morgan Kirner (A Little Night Music at the Huntington and The Little Mermaid at Theatre by the Sea) plays Celeste 1, Sarah Oakes Muirhead (A Little Night Music at the Huntington) plays Celeste 2, Melody Butiu (Doctor Zhivago A New Musicalon Broadway) plays Frieda, Drew O’Shanick (A Little Night Music at the Huntington) plays Soldier, and Jordan McLaughlin (Kissless with New York Musical Festival) is the swing. Complete casting will be announced soon.
Sunday in the Park with George features scenic design by Derek McLane (A Little Night Music at the Huntington and Beautiful on Broadway, 2013 and 2014 Oscars), costumes byRobert Morgan (A Little Night Music, The SeagullThe Corn is Green, and She Loves Me at the Huntington), lighting design by Christopher Akerlind (All My Sons at the Huntington and Waitress on Broadway), sound design by Jon Weston (A Little Night Music at the Huntington and An American in Paris on Broadway), and projection design by Zachary Borovay (The Colored Museum at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Emily McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.
Stephen Sondheim (Composer and Lyricist) is an American musical theatre legend and Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Award winner. He wrote the music and lyrics for Road Show, PassionAssassinsInto the WoodsSunday in the Park with GeorgeMerrily We Roll AlongSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetPacific OverturesThe FrogsA Little Night MusicFolliesCompany, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as the lyrics for West Side StoryGypsyDo I Hear a Waltz?, and additional lyrics for Candide. Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by SondheimMarry Me a LittleYou’re Gonna Love TomorrowPutting It Together,and Sondheim on Sondheim. He composed the film scores of Stavisky and Reds, songs forDick Tracy, and the television production Evening Primrose. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. In 2010 the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.
Peter DuBois (Director) is in his ninth season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; the world premieres of Gina Gionfriddo’s Can You Forgive Her?, Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, Evan M. Wiener’s Captors, Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, and David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples; the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat’s after all the terrible the things I do, Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss. His West End/London credits includeRapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York’s Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater); the premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist);Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist); Modern TerrorismBecky ShawTrust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for PleasureRichard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater/NYSF);Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street(LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater), and the upcoming production of Can You Forgive Her? at the Vineyard Theatre. Regional US and UK credits include productions at American Conservatory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Humana Festival of New Plays, Manchester Opera House, and King's Theater Glasgow. Before arriving at the Huntington, he served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Prior to his work at Perseverance, Mr. DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York TimesTime OutNew York MagazineThe New YorkerNewsdayVariety, Entertainment WeeklyThe Evening Standard, and Improper Bostonian, and he received an Honorable Mention for 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine.
Daniel Pelzig (Choreographer) returns to the Huntington having worked on A Little Night Music, Candide, Private Lives, Company, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and A Christmas Carol. His most recent credits include choreographer for Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Carousel at Glimmerglass Festival, The Figaro Plays at the McCarter Theatre, and director/choreographer of Die Fledermaus at Houston Grand Opera and Romeo et Juliette at Kentucky Opera. On Broadway he choreographed 33 Variations (starring Jane Fonda) and A Year with Frog and Toad. His Off Broadway productions include Valhalla (New York Theatre Workshop), The New Moon (City Center Encores!), Regrets Only and Newyorkers (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Privates on Parade (Roundabout Theatre Company). His many Boston credits include resident guest artist for the dance division of The Boston Conservatory, stage director of The Bartered Bride for Opera Boston, Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito for Boston University Opera Institute, and four years as resident choreographer for Boston Ballet. Other recent credits include The Winter’s Tale (Guthrie Theater), My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival/Arena Stage), and Into the Woods (Alliance Theatre). He received his degree in cellular biology from Columbia University.
Eric Stern (Musical Director) is a Broadway veteran, having conducted, arranged and/or supervised 20 Broadway shows, including Shrek, Xanadu, Follies, Parade, Candide, The Will Rogers Follies, and Rags. He was the music director for Marty and the conductor forA Little Night Music at the Huntington. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Barbara Cook, Dawn Upshaw, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Elaine Stritch and Betty Buckley, and has conducted many of the world’s top orchestras.  Four years ago Eric and his family moved to Boston where he teaching conducting at Berklee College of Music.

Adam Chanler-Berat
 (George) was recently in the world premiere of Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. On Broadway, Mr. Chanler-Berat originated Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher. He also originated the role of Henry in Next to Normal on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well. Off Broadway credits include The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater/NYSF, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Actor), Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons), and My Favorite Year (York Theatre Company). On film, he can be seen opposite Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man. He starred in the web series “It Could Be Worse,” and his recent television credits include “Elementary,” “Veep,” and “The Good Wife,” as well as a role in the new CBS series “Doubt.”
Jenni Barber (Dot) has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (Glinda), The Nance, AnnieThe Performers, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. New York and regional credits include Presto Change-O (Barrington Stage Company), Private Lives (Hartford Stage), As You Like It and The Tempest (The Bridge Project, dir. by Sam Mendes), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Paint Your Wagon at Encores!. Her television credits include Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The Electric Company.” 
The Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season is sponsored through the generosity of Carol G. Deane, Sheryl and Gerard Cohen, and J. David Wimberly. The Production Sponsors forSunday in the Park with George are Betsy and David Epstein.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org
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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN
September 9 – October 16, 2016
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.
Press Opening: Wednesday, September 14, 7pm. RSVP online.
WHERE
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:
  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
 Select discounts apply:
  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE:
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.
35 BELOW WRAP PARTY
Friday, September 9, following the 8pm performance
A post-show party for the region’s culturally curious aged 35 and below featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. Mingle with members of the cast, creative team, and Huntington staff. Hang out with friends and meet new people.
35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $30.
COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Thursday, September 15, 2016 before the 7:30pm performance
A pre-show reception with refreshments for members of the Huntington Community Membership program. Community Membership is an initiative designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income and to diversify the Huntington’s audience to better reflect the city of Boston. Members can purchase best-available tickets to any performance without restriction for just $20. Membership is free and available through partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve limited-income populations.
ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, September 22 after the 7:30pm performance

Thursday, September 29 after the 10am performance (student matinee)
Wednesday, October 5 after the 2pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Sunday in the Park with George and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.
HUMANITIES FORUM 
Sunday, September 25 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of Sunday in the Park with George with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on September 25.

STUDENT MATINEES
Thursday, September 29 at 10am

For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, September 29 at 10am (student matinee)
Friday, September 23 at 8pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing at designated performances.
Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien atmobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.
 AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Thursday, September 29 at 10am (student matinee)
Saturday, October 1 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for blind and low-vision patrons at designated performances. 
Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien atmobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

THE HUNTINGTON’S SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR RAISED OVER $1,000,000 IN SUPPORT OF THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

(BOSTON) – Hundreds of guests honored Wimberly Award recipient Board Chairman Carol G. Deane and celebrated the all-star cast from the Huntington’s hit production of A Little Night Music, while raising over $1,000,000  (with additional gifts still coming in) to support the Huntington’s renowned education and community programs at the Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 25. “We are here to ensure another year of access to the Huntington’s programs for thousands of young people,” said Managing Director Michael Maso. “The centerpiece of all our education programs, the place where opportunity begins and lives are changed, is our student matinee program.”  

The celebration at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts began at 6pm with a cocktail reception. At 7:30pm, guests were seated for the program, and Artistic Director Peter DuBois kicked off the evening by introducing the cast of A Little Night Music and their performance of “A Weekend in the Country.” A heated live auction led by Managing Director Michael Maso featured exciting trips and unique experiences. Guests donated more than $200,000 to sponsor classes at 2016-2017 student matinees. Watch a video about the Huntington’s student matinee and other education programs at huntingtontheatre.org/2016-gala-video/.   

The evening continued with the presentation of the Gerard and Sherryl Cohen Awards for Excellence, which recognizes a Huntington production and administrative staff member each year. This year’s recipients were Costume Design Assistant Mary Lauve and Calderwood Rental Events Coordinator Katie Most. During the award presentation, Sherryl Cohen quoted nominations from Huntington staff members about Mary saying, “Those who know Mary and her meticulous efforts praise her hands-on approach as extraordinary.” Gerard Cohen continued saying, “The overriding goal of Katie’s work is to be assured that whatever appears on stage at our theatres meets the high standards of performance for which the Huntington is known.”

Following the Gerard and Sherryl Cohen Awards for Excellence, Michael Maso presented Carol G. Deane with the Wimberly Award saying, “Thanks to her leadership and her unmatched personal generosity we are brilliantly positioned to take on the great challenges before us.” 

“To me, the core, the essence of what the Huntington does is educate and inspire people of all ages from all walks of life through theatre,” said Carol G. Deane as she accepted the Wimberly Award on Monday. “I could spend an hour or more telling you stories of changed outcomes through theatre. I believe that theatre can shine a bright spotlight on what brings us together as a society: indeed, it can illuminate our common humanity and, help show us the very meaning of our existence.  Theatre helps to take a collection of buildings filled with people and give it a soul, a life of its own, create a community instead of a dense jungle of crowded dwellings.”

Entertainment continued after dinner as Bobbie Steinbach treated guests to “I’m Still Here” from FolliesHaydn Gwynne and Stephen Bogardus reprised their performance of “Send in the Clowns,” and as a tribute to Carol G. Deane, Lauren Molina and Mike McGowan sang a custom rendition of “Hostess with the Mostes’ on the Ball” from Call Me Madam. To end the evening, the cast of A Little Night Music brought everyone to their feet with a performance of “Side by Side/What Would We Do without You” from Company.

The Spotlight Spectacular was co-chaired by Jill Roberts, Neal Balkowitsch, and Donald Nelson. Event design was by Rafanelli Events, lighting and sound design was by High Output, rentals were provided by Be Our Guest, floral arrangements were provided by Winston Flowers, event printing was donated by Noble Ford Productions, and the event was catered by MAX Ultimate Food.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents

Boston Theater Marathon XVIII and the Warm-Up Laps
May 7 & 8
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion
at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street, Boston
Boston Theater Marathon XVIII part of ArtWeek Boston

BOSTON, MA – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) presents the 18th annual Boston Theater Marathon and the eighth year of The Warm-Up Laps. This year’s Boston Theater Marathon features 50 ten-minute plays, by 52 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatres in ten hours. 

For almost two decades, the Boston Theater Marathon—to be held on Sunday, May 8—has brought together playwrights, directors and theatres in an effort to foster collaboration between artists and producers. Many playwrights have enjoyed full-length productions with collaborating theatres because of relationships forged during the Boston Theater Marathon. 

This year’s Boston Theater Marathon weekend is part of ArtWeek Boston, which strives to offer new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. The bi-annual event is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center. Launched in 2013, ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by giving people a “sneak peek” at the creative process or by letting them be part of a unique, hands-on creative experience. Through community and artistic collaborations, this award-winning festival provides neighborhood-based experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more.

On Saturday, May 7, the Warm-Up Laps will feature And Moira Spins by Kirsten Greenidge at 12 p.m. (sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company); Lost Tempo by Cliff Odle at 2 p.m. (sponsored by Company One); and Brawler by Walt McGough at 4 p.m. (sponsored by SpeakEasy Stage Company). The Warm-Up Laps—readings of full-length plays—are presented in collaboration with The Boston Center for the Arts’ resident theatres in the BCA’s Deane Rehearsal Hall. The readings are free and open to the public.

Net proceeds from ticket sales to the Boston Theater Marathon will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.

The Boston Theater Marathon is supported in part by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, coming to Amherst College in May
Amherst College will be the only location in Massachusetts to host the original FirstFolio May 9–31, as part of a national touring exhibition celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2016
Contact: Caroline Hanna, channa@amherst.edu
Amherst, Mass.—To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, several of the Bard’s original 1623 First Folios are embarking on a cross-country tour. In the state of Massachusetts, Amherst College will be the only stop for the traveling exhibition titled First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, an initiative made possible by the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The First Folio will be on display at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum May 9–31, and the exhibition will be free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to see the book itself, which will be open to Hamlet’s famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue. Accompanying the 1623 book will be a six-panel display exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, along with interactive, digital activities.
Considered one of the most influential books in the world, the First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, all of those plays—including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It and more—might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s friends and theater colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after the Bard’s death in 1616.
“Amherst has long prized connections to primary-source literary documents because of the insight they offer into the history of the written word. We are particularly excited to be the Massachusetts host of the First Folio,” said Amherst President Biddy Martin. “The collector’s connection to the College makes the occasion of its visit unique to Amherst. It is a special treat to be part of the tour of this global treasure.”
The collector to which Martin referred is Folger Shakespeare Library founder and namesake Henry Clay Folger (1857–1930). Folger graduated from Amherst in 1879 and embarked on a highly successful career in business. He also spent much of his adult life building his Shakespeare collection, widely regarded as the greatest in the world.
“It does seem fitting that the First Folio returns to the alma mater of Henry Folger, given the passion and curiosity for Shakespeare he cultivated during his college years and then upon graduating,” said Michael Kelly, head of the College’s Archives and Special Collections, which is presenting a small exhibition, now through May 31, about Folger’s time at Amherst. (This exhibition includes selections from the College’s rare book collection and the College’s copy of the Second Folio, published in 1632.) “His preservation of Shakespeare’s works is yet another illustration of the great appreciation of the arts and humanities that an Amherst education instills in graduates. We are so thrilled to have one of Folger’s own First Folios here.”
Beginning in April through the end of May, Amherst will offer educational programs and related events for the public and families, including presentations by internationally recognized scholars, public performances of Shakespeare’s plays, and workshops for local teachers, as well as events organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum and The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at UMass. For a full schedule of related programming, visit amherst.edu/go/firstfolio.
Amherst College
Founded in 1821, Amherst College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college with 1,800 students from most of the 50 states and more than 30 other countries. Considered one of the nation’s best educational institutions, the College awards the B.A. degree in 38 fields of study. More than half of Amherst students receive need-based financial aid. Henry Clay Folger, renowned collector and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, graduated from Amherst College in 1879. Learn more at www.amherst.edu.   
Folger Shakespeare Library
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American Library Association
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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
VIBRANT, MOVING, AND PROVOCATIVE 35th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

THE 2016-2017 SEASON INCLUDES A SONDHEIM MASTERPIECE, 3 EXTRAORDINARY NEW PLAYS FROM THE HOTTEST PLAYWRIGHTS IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE, AND MORE!

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company, the 2013 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award and Boston magazine’s Best Theatre of 2014 and 2013, announces its 2016-2017 Season. The 35th anniversary season will include world-class productions of classics made current and stimulating new work created by the finest local and national talent. The lineup features Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical to be directed by Peter DuBois following on the success of his universally praised production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; a wild and irreverent comedy by Mike Lew; a British farce directed by Huntington favorite Maria Aitken, director of our acclaimed productions of The 39 Steps and Private Lives; an explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks; a provocative and moving drama from Ayad Akhtar, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced was a highlight of this season and inspired intense conversation throughout Greater Boston; and from the author of Good People, Boston native son David Lindsay-Abaire’s uproarious and delicious new comedy; plus one show to be announced soon.

The 2016-2017 Season will include four plays at the Boston University Theatre, the Huntington’s mainstage on the Avenue of the Arts, and three plays at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in the South End.

THE 2016-2017 SEASON LINEUP

·         Sunday in the Park with George, a sublime Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim; directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois; at the Boston University Theatre September 9 – October 16, 2016
·         Tiger Style!, a wild and searing comedy by Mike Lew about race, parenting, and success; directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA October 14 – November 13, 2016
·         Bedroom Farcea wickedly funny romp by Alan Ayckbourn; director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns for this rollicking comedy of marital misunderstandings; at the Boston University Theatre November 11 – December 11, 2016
·         Topdog/Underdogan explosive Pulitzer Prize winner by Suzan-Lori Parks; at the Boston University Theatre March 10 – April 9, 2017
·         The Who & the Whata provocative and moving drama by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hitDisgraced Ayad Akhtar; directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar); at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA March 31 – April 30, 2017
·         Ripcordan uproarious comedy by Boston native son David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People); directed by Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA May 26 – June 25, 2017

Plus one show to be announced soon.

 

MORE ABOUT THE SHOWS


SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Peter DuBois
September 9 – October 16, 2016
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
SUBLIME PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICAL
Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his search for love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” One of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois (A Little Night Music). “An audacious and touching work with a lovely, wildly inventive score,” says The New York Times.


TIGER STYLE!
by Mike Lew

Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
October 14 – November 13, 2016
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
WILD AND SEARING COMEDY
Squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, they’re epic failures: he’s just been passed up for promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success with wit and sharp humor. The Atlanta Journal Constitution calls Tiger Style! a “wild comedic ride! Smart urban comedy!”“I've been dying to work at the Huntington for years now,” says playwright Mike Lew. “I keep falling in love with the plays that originate there, and it's with the Huntington's spirit of bold new work in mind that I'm delighted to share Tiger Style! This is a deeply personal play about my Chinese American upbringing that wrestles with ‘Asian tiger parenting,’ Ivy League burnout, and the line between the cultural baggage we carry within us versus the cultural preconceptions heaped upon us. I can't wait to share it with Boston!”

BEDROOM FARCE
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Maria Aitken (The 39 StepsPrivate Lives)
November 11 – December 11, 2016
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
WICKEDLY FUNNY ROMP
4 couples. 3 bedrooms. One hilarious night. Trevor and Susannah, with their marriage on the rocks, invade three bedrooms of their family and friends over the course of an evening, spreading chaos in their wake. Director Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Private Lives) returns for this rollicking comedy of marital misunderstandings. “A masterclass in comedy at its finest,” says The London Telegraph.

“I am looking forward enormously to returning to the Huntington, my favorite regional theatre in America – no, amend that – in the world,” says director Maria Aitken. “It's the people who work there, of course. They're not only immensely skilled at what they do, which can't be for the money, they are magnificently supportive of my choices. I know whatever vision my designers and I come up with, it will somehow be realized.”

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by Suzan-Lori Parks
March 10 – April 9, 2017
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
EXPLOSIVE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
Lincoln and Booth are brothers: best friends and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former 3-card monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this darkly comic, deeply theatrical fable about family wounds and healing bonds. The New York Times calls it a “thrilling comic drama. Dazzlingly written!”

THE WHO & THE WHAT
by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar)
March 31 – April 30, 2017
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
PROVOCATIVE AND MOVING PLAY
Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit DisgracedAssociated Press says The Who & the What is “a vibrant culture-clash drama simmering with humor.”

I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences,” says playwright Ayad Akhtar. “Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am honored this play will be part of next season.”

RIPCORD
by David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People)
Directed by Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike)
May 26 – June 25, 2017
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
UPROARIOUS COMEDY
When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. Ripcord is a deliciously inappropriate new comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People), called “great fun and genuinely moving” by Time Out New York.

"I'm thrilled to be back in my hometown, and back at the Huntington which has been my theatrical home in Boston,” says playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. “I'm especially excited that Huntington audiences are going to get to see Ripcord, which is another kind of homecoming for me, as it's a return to my earlier style of playwriting – more overtly comic, outrageous, whimsical, and a little vicious. But most importantly, of all my plays, Ripcord is my mother's favorite, so I'm happy that she'll only have to travel a few T stops to see it."
For more information about the artists in the Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season, visit huntingtontheatre.org/season/2016-2017.   


SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

Subscriptions to the Huntington’s 2016-2017 Season are now on sale. Seven-play seated packages start at just $154 and offer the very best value – seven plays for the price of six so it’s like seeing one show for free – and up to 50% off single ticket prices. FlexPass packages (a minimum of 4 tickets that can be used for any show and never expire) are available now for redemption for the current season and beyond.

Subscriptions may be renewed or purchased by calling the Huntington Box Office at 617 266 0800 or by visiting huntingtontheatre.org/subscribe. Groups of 10 or more can place orders by calling 617 273 1657.

Single tickets will go on sale this summer.


ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org

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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF BOSTON REGIONAL FINALS AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION

(BOSTON, MA) – Staceyanne Burrell of Boston Arts Academy took first place on Monday, February 1, 2016 with her performance as Tonya from King Hedley II at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the sixth year by the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright’s longtime artistic home. Victoria Omoregie of Snowden International School at Copley was named first runner-up and also portrayed Tonya from King Hedley II; Carolina Alcantara (Aunt Ester, Gem of the Ocean) of Fenway High School was named second runner-up. The three will receive a total of $850 in prize money, and the top two winners will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will perform their monologues at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in the National Competition on May 2, 2016. Airfare, hotel accommodations, workshops, and performance tickets will be provided in collaboration with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theatres. The national competition is free and open to the public.

The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) inaugurated the competition in 2007, and this year marks the 6th year that the Huntington has hosted the regional finals in Boston. Over 400 high school students from 17 Boston area schools participated in the program this school year; the winner of each school competition competed on Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
                  
Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI) provides a full scholarship to one of the Boston Regional finalists. This year’s recipient is Laury Constantin (Rose, Fences), a sophomore from the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School. BUSTI is a five-week conservatory experience for motivated high school theatre artists where students learn how to tell a dynamic story through the theatrical medium. The scholarship recipient is selected through one-on-one interviews and is separate from the results of the monologue competition. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/cfa/busti.  

The Huntington’s Education Department staff and teaching artists visited 11 residency schools weekly from October to January to introduce Wilson and the 10 plays of his Century Cycle centering on the 20th century African American experience to participating students. The Education Department also offers support with script analysis, character development, and coach’s students in their performances in preparation for the competition.

Due to popular demand from area high schools this year, the Huntington’s Education Department expanded the August Wilson Monologue Competition program beyond the residency schools for the first time and participation was open to any interested school in the Boston or Greater Boston area. These schools were provided with all materials necessary to educate students on the life and work of August Wilson and the schools coach students for in-school competitions and the Boston Regional Finals.   
   
       The following schools are participants in this year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition: Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Another Course to College, Boston Adult Technical Academy, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Day & Evening Academy, Brighton High School, Brockton High School, City on a Hill Charter Public School, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Community Academy of Science and Health, Dorchester Academy, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, English High School, Fenway High School, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science,  McKinley South End Academy, and Snowden International School at Copley. Judges at the Boston competition included Milk Like Sugar actress Ramona Lisa Alexander, Boston actor Johnny Lee Davenport, the Huntington’s Dramaturg Charles Haugland, and Boston’s Arts and Culture Chief Julie Burros. The accuracy judge was Paul Sedgwick, Theatre Content Specialist for Boston Public Schools.

“We’re proud to celebrate six years of impacting students with August Wilson’s poetic works, and we are especially pleased to expand the competition beyond Boston this year,” says Donna Glick, Director of Education at the Huntington. “The opportunity to perform powerful monologues from dynamic characters invites students to explore different parts of their personalities in a safe environment. More and more students participate in the competition each year, and we are hopeful that next year’s competition will include a semi-final round.”

August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a singular achievement in American theatre. Each of the 10 plays is set in a different decade of the 20th century. The Huntington had a special relationship with August Wilson and his work, beginning in 1986 with a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, his third play in the Century Cycle. For 25 years, the Huntington served as an artistic home to Wilson, developing and premiering 8 of the 10 plays of his Century Cycle before they went on to Broadway. The Huntington completed Wilson’s Century Cycle in 2012 with Wilson’s first Broadway hit, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The competition was created by two of August Wilson’s closest collaborators: Kenny Leon (director of Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Fences at the Huntington and on Broadway) and Todd Kreidler (adapter of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Huntington). Leon worked closely with Wilson and directed many of the Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at major regional theatres, including the Huntington. True Colors Associate Artistic Director Todd Kreidler served as dramaturg for Wilson’s Radio Golf, and this March he will direct the Huntington’s production of August Wilson’s powerful theatrical memoir and final play How I Learned What I Learnedfeaturing another longtime Wilson collaborator, Eugene Lee.
  
Major funding for the Boston regional August Wilson Monologue Competition is provided by EdVestors Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund. Funding for the national competition is provided by Macy’s and Delta Airlines.


Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Back the Night opens Feb. 4
Cast, post-show conversation announced

BOSTON – The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) production of Back the Night opens this week.

The cast of the new drama by Melinda Lopez features Melissa Jesser and Amanda Collins as college students who find themselves at the center of a sexual assault investigation at their prestigious school. Collins recently appeared in the Nora Theatre Company’s Saving Kitty and in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge. BPT audiences will remember Jesser—who last appeared in The Flick at Gloucester Stage—from the various roles she played in last season’s Chosen Child.

The cast of Back the Night features other faces familiar to BPT audiences including Stephanie Clayman who was last seen here in Five Down, One Across during the 2010-11 season and John Kooi, who played the title role in last season’s Uncle Jack. Evan Horwitz and Michael Underhill complete the cast.

Running from February 4-28, Back the Night is directed by Daniela Varon. A post-show conversation with the playwright, director, and cast will follow the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 6.

Playwright Lopez is an adjunct assistant professor in Boston University’s MFA Playwriting Program whose award-winning plays have been seen in theatres and at festivals throughout the country including the Huntington Theatre Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Laguna Playhouse, the Summer Playwrights Festival (NY), the Milagro Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and many others. She is among the first cohort to receive a three-year playwright-in-residence grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


ABOUT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE
Founded in 1981 at Boston University by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) is an award-winning professional theatre dedicated to new works. At the heart of BPT’s mission is the production of new plays by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program, the latter in collaboration with Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre. The program’s award-winning alumni have been produced in regional and New York houses, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous regional and Boston awards, including 12 IRNE Awards for Best New Script and six Boston Critics’ Association Elliot Norton Awards.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MELINDA LOPEZ is a playwright, actress, and educator. She is the inaugural playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company and a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards, dir. Nicholas Martin) inaugurated the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in 2004. It has subsequently been produced at Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Laguna Playhouse, the Summer Playwrights Festival (NY), the Milagro Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and many others, and was broadcast on NPR's "The Play's The Thing!" Other plays include Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (IRNE Award, Central Square Theatre, commissioned by the National Institute of Health), Gary (Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory of New Work, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros(Laguna Playhouse), a new translation of Blood Wedding (Suffolk University), God Smells Like A Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award—Outstanding Solo Performance), Midnight Sandwich / Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays), How Do You Spell Hope? (Underground Railway Theater), and Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company and North Coast Repertory Theatre). She is among the first cohort to receive a three-year-playwright-in-residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a "promising new voice in American Theatre."
As an actress, Ms. Lopez previously appeared at the Huntington in Our Town, Persephone, A Month in the Country, and The Rose Tattoo. Other credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Anna in the Tropics and Theatre District (SpeakEasy Stage Company), The Oil Thief and A Girl’s War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage), and Many Colors Make the Thunder-king (Guthrie Theater). She is featured in the movie Fever Pitch. She has appeared in regional theatres across the country and also works in film and radio. She has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cambridge Arts Panel and has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University.
Ms. Lopez teaches theatre and performance at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. She is a founding member of Munroe Saturday Nights, which produces free high quality arts performances in the Boston area, and makes her home in Boston where she is active in the Cuban American community and helps with local charities to bring humanitarian aid to Cuba. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running, backcountry hiking, and sneaking into movie matinees on rainy days with her daughter.


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
DANIELA VARON is a New York-based theater director and acting teacher. Her work has been seen at some 40 theater companies around the country. Daniela is a long-time member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, where she has directed 13 productions to date, most recently Red Velvet starring John Douglas Thompson. She was Associate Director and co-founder, with Kristin Linklater and Carol Gilligan, of The Company of Women. She has been a Drama League Directing Fellow and was a member of the first official delegation of the Drama League U.S./Bulgaria Stage Directors Exchange Program. She has twice been selected for play development retreats with Voice & Vision, and was chosen as an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

She has directed plays by established and emerging women writers including Jenny Lyn Bader, Lolita Chakrabarti, Emily DeVoti, Margaret Edson, Maria Irene Fornes, Jennifer Gibbs, Sally-Jane Heit, Oni Faida Lampley, Jessica Litwak, Liz Lochhead, Heather MacDonald, Emily Mann, Lynn Nottage, Louise Page, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jodi Rothe, Elaine Smith, Naomi Wallace, Wendy Wasserstein, and Shannon Woolley, as well as plays by Robert Brustein, Manfred Karge, Tony Kushner, Jon Lipsky, Donald Margulies, Martin McDonagh, Gardner McKay, Terrence McNally, Harold Pinter, Luis Santeiro, J.M. Synge, and Vern Thiessen. And Shakespeare!

With author Rhona Silverbush, Daniela was co-producer, director and moderator of the series Conversations with Shakespeare, which played three seasons at Symphony Space and is in development for public radio.

Daniela has taught acting and directing at Columbia University School of the Arts, Dartmouth College, Emerson College, Smith College, SUNY-Purchase, and as a guest artist at schools, colleges, conservatories, and theater companies around the country. She has been a guest director at Barnard, Bennington, Dartmouth and Emerson Colleges and the University of Connecticut. For 10 years she was a Shakespeare specialist with Lincoln Center Theater’s Open Stages program. She is a founding faculty member of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language in New York, and maintains a private teaching and coaching practice for professional and student actors. In 2013 she taught a Shakespeare workshop for the Sfumato Theater Laboratory in Sofia, Bulgaria, one of the country’s foremost theater companies and its most experimental.

Daniela was born in Jerusalem, raised in Latin America, and educated at Brookline High School and Dartmouth College. She began working professionally in the theater at age fourteen as an actress with Boston's Hispanic Theater Company.

Recent projects include Red Velvet and Shakespeare’s Will at Shakespeare & Company, the premiere of Elaine Smith’s The Looking Glass at the Wharton Salon in Lenox, a Shakespeare Works residency with The Shakespeare Society in New York exploring Measure for Measure, and the first New York production of Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas at Barnard College.


ABOUT THE CAST
STEPHANIE CLAYMAN (The Doctor/Dolores/The Dean/The Senator) has worked Off-Broadway with the Women’s Project and the Vineyard Theatre, and regionally at The Kennedy Center, Trinity Rep, Huntington Theatre, Nora, Gloucester Stage, Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage, and New Rep. Favorite roles include Eppie Lederer (The Lady With All the Answers - IRNE Nomination), Flora (Humble Boy), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Gertrude (The Underpants), Marlene (Top Girls), Lusia (A Shayna Maidel), and Kate (The Taming of the Shrew). She is a proud cast member of Shear Madness, Boston’s longest running show. Stephanie is featured in the films The Women, Orphan, and A Simple Question and can be seen putting her Deaf Studies degree to good use in What’s the Worst That Could Happen? as her character gleefully interprets a string of invective into American Sign Language. As a teacher, Ms. Clayman has worked in venues ranging from inner city housing projects and schools to universities, teaching acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, and playwriting. More information at StephanieClayman.com.

AMANDA COLLINS (Cassie) has performed regionally in Out of Sterno, This Is Our Youth, 9 Circles (Gloucester Stage Company); The Seagull (Harbor Stage/Modern Theatre); A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Shortstack, Colorado, and What Then (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); When The World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage in Florida); Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater); 9 Circles (Publick Theatre); The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); No Exit (Payomet); Brecht’s The Life of Galileo (Underground Railway); Saving Kitty with Jennifer Coolidge (Nora Theatre Company); and Jester’s Dead  (The Outfit in NYC.) Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot) Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas at schools and courthouses across New England. She received her BA in History and Theatre from Regis College and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

EVAN HORWITZ (Sean) is a New York based actor delighted to make his Boston theater début. He is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College, where he studied English literature. At Bowdoin, Evan appeared in such plays as End of Summer (dir. Davis Robinson), The Imaginary Invalid (dir. Abigail Killeen), Twelfth Night(dir. Sam Plattus), The History Boys, The Importance of Being Earnest, and the solo play I Am My Own Wife. He also devises original work, most notably a silent clown musical with frequent collaborator Sarah Chalfie. His television credits include High Maintenance on HBO. He is an ensemble member of The Seeing Place Theater, now in residency at the Culture Project in New York City. Evan has studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.

MELISSA JESSER (Em) is thrilled to be returning to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre for Back the Night! Previous credits include: The Flick (Gloucester Stage), Mr. g(Underground Railway Theater), The Seagull (Huntington Theatre Company: Elliot Norton Award—Best Ensemble), Chosen Child (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), and The Hobbit (Wheelock Family Theatre). She holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy. melissajesser.com

JOHN KOOI (Officer Sam/The Reporter/The President/The Other Reporter) previously appeared in BPT’s productions of Uncle Jack (in association with the Boston Center for American Performance) and The Company We Keep. Other area credits include the IRNE Award winning Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre Company); Rancho Mirage (New Repertory Theatre); A Moon for the Misbegotten, Dinah Was, Betrayal, and As You Like It (Merrimack Repertory Theatre);Romance (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater) and Hamlet (The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Among his New York credits are Othello (John Montgomery Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (The Actors’ Company Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Metropolitan Playhouse of New York). Regionally, John has appeared in The Little Foxes and Clybourne Park (New Century Theatre); The Glass Menagerie and The Woman In Black (Shadowland Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (The Cleveland Orchestra); Beyond Therapy (Long Beach Playhouse); and Much Ado About Nothing (Pasadena Shakespeare Company). His film and television work includes The Minister’s Wife and Labor Day.

MICHAEL UNDERHILL (Brandon) is pleased as punch to be making his BPT debut! He has been proudly working on the fringe with imaginary beasts as an Artistic Associate since 2009. He has also served on the Artistic Board of Happy Medium Theater since 2012. Recent credits include: Winter Panto 2016: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (imaginary beasts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (Magnificent Bastards), Eyes Shut Door Open (Wax Wings), and Dying City (Happy Medium Theatre). Other local credits include: SpeakEasy Stage Company, Heart and Dagger, Stoneham Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Whistler in the Dark, Shakespeare NOW! and Theatre on Fire. Coming up next: The School for Scandal (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)Eyes Shut Door Open (Wax Wings & Cassie M. Seinuk Remount) and Brendan (Happy Medium Theater). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Brian, Meghan, the Samkos and especially his wife, Kiki! michaeljamesunderhill.com


BACK THE NIGHT AT A GLANCE:
Back the Night by Melinda LopezDirected by Daniela Varon
February 4-28

With violence on campus rising to epidemic proportions, Em is in total denial. But when her best friend Cassie is assaulted, Em makes some unexpected personal discoveries. Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason. Don't miss the new play from Huntington Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez, author of Becoming CubaSonia FlewOrchids to OctopiGary, and Caroline in Jersey.


ArtsEmerson Announces THE WONG KIDS IN THE SECRET OF THE SPACE CHUPACABRA GO! By New York’s Ma-Yi Theater Company --------------- February 19 through March 6, 2016 Emerson/Paramount Mainstage, Boston The press performance is Saturday, February 20, at 8PM. Click here to RSVP. Email for high resolution images and interviews. [BOSTON, MA – January 25, 2015] ArtsEmerson welcomes The Wong Kids in the Space Chupacabra Go! by New York’s Ma‐Yi Theater Company. Performances take place February 19 through March 6, 2016 at the Emerson/Paramount Mainstage, located at 559 Washington Street, in Boston’s historic theatre district. Tickets range from $25‐75 and may be purchased by calling 617.824.8400 or online at www.artsemerson.org. Group, student, and senior discounts are available. The Wong Kids Photos by Dan Norman About The Wong Kids in the Secret Chupacabra, Go! Using a mix of action‐driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, The Wong Kids transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy. Violet and Bruce Wong just don’t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have superpowers, they're just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it... if they can only stop bickering. Violet and Bruce ultimately realize that being different isn’t just okay, it might just be the most important thing ever. Click here to view the trailer. “Exuberantly imaginative...embeds its messages in fun, and its insistence on being extraordinary proves the upside of standing out” —The New York Times 2 “We are thrilled to welcome Ma‐Yi Theater Company to Boston,” says ArtsEmerson Co‐Artistic Director Polly Carl. “The Wong Kids’ story is one that celebrates everyone’s differences, which echoes ArtsEmerson’s core values.” “The themes in The Wong Kids are great take‐aways for theatre‐goers of all ages,” says Co‐Artistic Director David Dower. “We encourage folks to bring the whole family to enjoy this theatre adventure; but it’s not just for kids, it’s also for the kid inside us all.” About Ma-Yi Theater Company Ma‐Yi Theater Company develops new plays that explore and affect Asian‐American experiences while challenging the perceptions of what culturally specific theater should be. By producing forward thinking plays by today's emerging playwrights, Ma‐Yi Theater Company believes that theater can play an important part in breaking down barriers and increasing the understanding and appreciation of the cultural and ethnic diversity of our contemporary society. Ma‐Yi Theater Company has won a number of accolades including the 2010 Special Drama Desk Award for more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian‐American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater. Over the course of its 24‐year history, Ma‐Yi and its affiliated artists have garnered 9 OBIE Awards, and numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations. Ma‐Yi Theater Company is under the guidance of Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director, and Jorge Z. Ortoll, Executive Director. Click here for more information on Ma‐Yi Theater Company. Creative Credits Presented by Ma‐Yi Theater Company Written by Lloyd Suh Directed by Ralph B. Peña Co‐Created with Children’s Theatre Company The Wong Kids Performance Schedule Friday, February 19, 2016 8:00 PM Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:00 PM Sunday, February 21, 2016 1:00 PM Sunday, February 21, 2016 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:30 PM Thursday, February 25, 201 6:30 PM Friday, February 26, 2016 8:00 PM Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 PM Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:00 PM Sunday, February, 2016 1:00 PM Sunday, February, 201 6:00 PM Wednesday, March 2, 2016 7:30 PM Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:30 PM Friday, March 4, 2016 8:00 PM Saturday, March 5, 2016 2:00 PM American Sign Language Interpreted Performance Saturday, March 5, 2016 8:00 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016 1:00 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016 5:00 PM 3 Playwright Lloyd Suh Lloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and others, produced with Ma‐ Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), ArtsEmerson (MA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), East West Players (LA), and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via The Lark, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005‐2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co‐Director of the Ma‐Yi Writers Lab. He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. About Director Ralph B. Pena Ralph B. Pena is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of Ma‐Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company and Ma‐Yi Theater Company; WINNER – Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Michael Lew’s Microcrisis (EST/ Youngblood and Ma‐Yi Theater Company), and Lloyd Suh’s Children of Vonderly, and Nicky Paraiso’s House/Boy for LaMama ETC, and Dublin Theater Festival. Ralph received an Obie Award for his work on Lonnie Carter’s The Romance of Magno Rubio. In addition to Ma‐Yi, his work has also been seen at Long Wharf Theater, Kumu Kahua, Northwest Asian American Theater, ASIA Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, Round House Theater, NAATCO, Lincoln Center, La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Fox Theater, NYSF/Public Theater, the Odeon Theater in Romania, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is currently working on a new play about America’s involvement in the Middle East. He is a member of the Ma‐Yi Writers Lab, and The Ensemble Studio Theater. ArtsEmerson ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College. Through its international programming and local community partnerships ArtsEmerson serves the city of Boston, the Emerson community (students, faculty and staff), and the global field of performance practice. Founded in 2010, the same year that the U.S. Census confirmed Boston as a majority‐minority city, ArtsEmerson is committed to building a cultural institution that embraces and reflects the changing demographics of the City of Boston. ArtsEmerson operates from the core belief that the arts are for everyone. For more information on ArtsEmerson, visit www.artsemerson.org. ArtsEmerson’s History ArtsEmerson aims to address gaps in Boston’s cultural landscape by putting the world on stage and inviting diverse audiences from across the region into its historic downtown venues. Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard under the auspices of Emerson College, ArtsEmerson quickly established a reputation for putting great work from diverse cultures on its stages—work that emanates from the language of theater, yet pushes the boundaries into dance, music, and opera. ArtsEmerson’s first seasons focused on building a world‐class cultural institution that achieved visibility and a leadership role in the city in short order. By 2012, Boston Magazine named ArtsEmerson the Best Theatre in Boston. By December of 2013, WBUR critic Ed Seigel cited in his annual “Best of” round‐up, saying: “In four short years, [they] have established ArtsEmerson as one of the most important cultural institutions in New England.” In 2015, ArtsEmerson repeated as Boston Magazine’s Best Theatre in Boston, this time with a special citation for our dual focus on quality programming and deep community involvement. ArtsEmerson 4 continues to evolve its practice on both pillars: artistic excellence and civic impact, committed to building an audience for the work that reflects the diversity of Boston’s demographics, and to establishing ArtsEmerson as an active civic partner in Boston. In 2015 Orchard moved into the role of Creative Consultant. Currently ArtsEmerson is led by Artistic Director, David Dower, Creative Director, Polly Carl, and Managing Director, David Howse. This shared leadership model reflects the organization’s values — that multiple voices are essential to leading a 21st century arts organization. About Emerson College Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, with sites in the Netherlands and Los Angeles, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state‐of‐the‐art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China and the Czech Republic. The College has an active network of 32,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communications and the arts. For more information, visit emerson.edu. ‐#