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秋戏即将开幕

無名剧社自2014年创社已经连续排演三年
今年秋季将是無名的第5场中文话剧的演出

历时半年,無名剧社的秋戏《长恨歌》即将于11月26日在 MIT的Kresge Auditorium 公演!早鸟票新鲜出炉,限时抢购,最低仅需$11.99!更多购票信息,请在文末点击“阅读全文了解购买。


这次的剧目「长恨歌」将带您回到上世纪40年代的老上海洋场,在一片歌舞升腾的盛世幻象中,一个清丽的身影如一朵白莲花般,浮现在“上海小姐”的舞台中央。她的命运,是在这一片繁华拉开帷幕,却在冥冥中预示着的悲伤的结局……

    接下来,就先让我们一起来认识下,我们部分的演员吧:
人物定妆


[ 青年王琦瑶] 
娇俏温婉的“上海小姐”
她是上海弄堂里走出来的姑娘,
骨子里藏着不输于人的骄傲,
那看似热闹的人生开场,
繁华虽耀眼,却在转瞬即逝。

[程先生] 
温柔、细腻、痴情的文艺青年
 用半辈子的光阴迷恋,
守护于王琦瑶身旁40年;
原想否极泰来,
他却道是物是人非,撒手而去;
他是那个默默的“背后先生”
也是王永远无以为回报的男人。

[吴佩珍] 
对朋友掏心掏肺,善良的热心肠
 瑶瑶少时闺密,
永远只为朋友着想,
偏偏只能主动结束这段友谊,
道路的不同,身不由己。

[萨沙] 
飞扬跋扈、个性活泼的中苏混血儿
代表了中国和苏联的革命交情,
是为自己自豪的混血儿,
他本可以没什么顾忌,
活得飞扬跋扈,
却沦为王琦瑶最后的遮羞布。

[蒋丽莉] 
敢爱敢恨、心直口快的富家小姐
 “程先生,我爱你
你放心,
我知道你眼里只有瑶瑶,
我依旧爱你。”

[王母] 
好面子、但爱女儿的好妈妈 
“你说我嫌贫爱富?
我只希望你一生幸福
那怕你与我一世相离...”

[严师母] 
厂长太太 ,养尊处优的“人上人”
为社会地位而骄傲的主流女性,
她有家庭可以依靠撑腰,
相比之下,王琦瑶只能靠自己。


摄影:赵易,夏雨
海报设计:Linda Ye
文章排版:姚凯丹,Nina Xu,Abby Li,张雨璟


秋戏「长恨歌」早鸟票售票渠道正式打开!


历时半年,無名剧社的秋戏《长恨歌》即将于11月26日在 MIT的Kresge Auditorium(W16, 48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139) 公演!

在博士屯的初冬季节,無名诚意邀请热爱戏剧的你们一同回到四十年代的老上海,身临其境地感受长恨歌所描绘的四十年悲欢离合。無名在公演剧场的选择上也做了精细考量,Kresge Auditorium远观由球面铺陈而成,内部是宽敞的开放空间,让每位观众都拥有最佳观剧视角。相信“美轮美奂的剧场+悲喜交加的年代大戏”的完美搭配定会给各位2017的冬日留下一番难忘的体验。 

还等什么?赶快呼朋唤友,叫上在博士屯和屯附近的亲戚、朋友一起来看戏吧!此次秋戏面向所有华人群体,早鸟票正在火热出中,只需$11.99 就能观看由無名剧社所有成员尽心付出历时半年出品的戏剧,真是物超所值!优惠时间截止到10月30号之后将会恢复正价票, $17.99。此次,我们还将开放传说中,价值$24.99 的VIP座位,将全剧场中最好的位置奉献给最好的你,同时更有神秘奖励等你来拿哦!

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無名剧社Instagram账号成立了!

如果你想一睹無名历史演出的剧场照,也可以移步我们新开的Instagram账号:wumingtheaterclub,或搜索话题 #无名剧社 #wumingtheaterclub 
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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARRESTING NEW DRAMA A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK BY HUNTINGTON PLAYWRITING FELLOW KEN URBAN AND DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD NOMINEE COLMAN DOMINGO

(BOSTON) – In conjunction with its upcoming production of A Guide for the Homesick, Huntington Theatre Company will host several special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to A Guide for the Homesick, available at huntingtontheatre.org/season/2017-2018/a-guide-for-the-homesick/, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. A Guide for the Homesick runs through Sunday, November 4 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

LGBTQ+ NIGHT AT A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK
Thursday, October 12 after the 7:30pm performance

Join the LGBTQ+ community for a special night at A Guide for the Homesick followed by a special post-show reception with d’oeuvres provided by Above and Beyond Catering.

A CONVERSATION WITH TIMOTHY LONGMAN FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Saturday, October 14 after the 2pm performance

Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University Timothy Longman will speak about his work and its shared themes with A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Saturday, October 14.

Timothy Longman’s current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. His new book, “Commanded by the Devil:” Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda will be published by Cambridge University Press and is based on his field research in Rwanda in 1992-1993 and 1995-1996. It argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

HUMANITIES FORUM WITH DR. STEPHANIE KAYDEN, CHIEF OF THE DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMS AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL
Sunday, October 15 after the 2pm performance
Explore the context and significance of A Guide for the Homesick with Dr. Stephanie Kayden from Brigham and Women’s Hospital following the 2pm performance on October 15.

Dr. Stephanie Kayden is the chief of the division of international emergency medicine and humanitarian programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. As director of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she trains graduate level students as well as working professionals in global health and humanitarian work. She serves on the editorial board for the American Medical Association’s Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Kayden received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed residency training in emergency medicine at Yale University, then a fellowship in international emergency medicine at Harvard University. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kayden helped develop emergency medical care in Bhutan, Fiji, Nepal, Japan, Germany, Serbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She provided disaster relief to survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, helped rebuild health systems for Burundian refugees in Tanzania, led a team to improve rural public health in Uganda, and published research on the effects of conflict on health in Liberia. She has taught health and human rights issues in more than a dozen countries. In 2010, Dr. Kayden helped establish a field hospital for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

MIT NIGHT AT THE HUNTINGTON: A CONVERSATION WITH KEN URBAN – A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK PLAYWRIGHT AND HEAD OF THE PLAYWRITING DEPARTMENT AT MIT
Tuesday, October 17 after the 7:30pm performance
Join Ken UrbanA Guide for the Homesick playwright and head of the playwriting department at MIT, for a discussion about the play after the 7:30pm performance of on October 17.

Ken Urban is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and his plays include NibblerSense of an EndingThe CorrespondentA Future PerfectThe Awake, and The Happy Sad. His plays have been produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Amoralists Theatre Company, 59E59 Theaters, The Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater/NYSF, Theatre503 (London), and SpeakEasy Stage Company. His awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. Mr. Urban is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a core writer at the Playwrights’ Center. He wrote the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation of The Happy Sad, and his television pilot “The Art of Listening” was optioned by ITV. His upcoming projects include The Remains at Studio Theatre in May 2018. His band Occurrence released The Past Will Last Forever in 2016 and is completing a new album. This fall, he was named a senior lecturer of theatre arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he runs the playwriting program.

A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN KELLY FROM TUFTS UNIVERSITY                                                
Sunday, October 22 after the 2pm performance
Erin Kelly, associate professor and department chair of the philosophy department at Tufts University, will speak about the moral responsibility and choices made by the characters of A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 22.

Erin Kelly grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, seemingly destined for medical or law school, and riding horses or being kicked by them. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University; in further pursuit of philosophy, she then went to Columbia University for graduate study before moving to Harvard University, where she earned her PhD. Her research interests are in moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law, with a focus on questions about justice, the nature of moral reasons, moral responsibility and desert, and theories of punishment. She has a non-academic interest in music, film, the outdoors, and has two young children.

A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MONICA ONYAGO FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY & SANDRA BUTLER FROM MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Wednesday, October 25 after the 2pm performance
Dr. Monica Onayago, clinical assistant professor of global health at Boston University, and Sandra Butler, senior manager of global business strategy at MGH Global Health, will discuss their work in facilitating community health in populations in Uganda and other foreign countries following the 2pm performance of A Guide for the Homesick on Wednesday, October 25.

Dr. Monica Onyango has over 25 years’ experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health, she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for 10 years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Dr. Onyango is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola, and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement, and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in nursing from Boston College, a master of science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a master in public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, a diploma in advanced nursing from Nairobi University, a diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.

Sandra Butler currently works for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health. Prior to joining CAMTech, she worked in the USAID foreign aid space for seven years, including two years living in Kampala, Uganda working on infectious disease outbreaks, where she learned the very important life skill of how to bury hippos that have died from anthrax. Upon returning to Boston, she made a move to the private sector and worked on vaccine readiness as part of the US Government’s pandemic preparedness plan. Ms. Butler now lives in Charlestown, loves being lakeside in Maine, and volunteers with the Mayor’s office to train women in salary negotiations as part of the city’s effort to be the first to close the gender pay gap. She is from Concord, Massachusetts, went to Colgate University for her BA, and Boston University School of Public Health for her MPH.
ACTORS FORUMSThursday, October 26 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, November 1 after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of A Guide for the Homesick and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum following the performance.

A CONVERSATION WITH DR. VINCENZO BOLLETTINO FROM THE HARVARD HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE
Sunday, October 29 after the 2pm performance
Join Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, director of the Resilient Communities Program at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, for a talkback about the themes in A Guide for the Homesick after the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 29.

Dr. Bollettino is the director of Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Bollettino served for five years as executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has 20 years of professional and academic experience in international politics, humanitarian action, civil-military engagement in emergencies, and the security of humanitarian aid workers. He has spent the past 14 years of his career at Harvard University in administration, teaching, and research. Current research focuses on civil military engagement during humanitarian emergencies, the security of humanitarian aid workers, and on the professionalization of the humanitarian aid field. Dr. Bollettino has managed several large training and policy development initiatives related to international humanitarian law, responsibility to protect, and peace building operations and has designed security reporting systems and program evaluations for field security measures in complex emergencies. He has authored several publications related to disaster management and humanitarian assistance and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies. He has taught courses on research design, peace building, and international politics at the Harvard Extension School. Dr. Bollettino came to Harvard University on a post-doctoral fellowship with the program on non-violent sanctions and cultural survival at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He completed his PhD at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN
October 6 – November 4, 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 above. 

WHERE

South End / Calderwood Pavilion
, 527 Tremont St., 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 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
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

NEW REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS
THE NEW (IMPROVISED)
DAVID MAMET PLAY

A COMEDY NIGHT WITH IMPROVISERS
HUNTER NELSON AND TERRY WITHERS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 7:30PM

PLUS, JOIN US FOR TWO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH NELSON AND WITHERS!
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre presents The New (Improvised) David Mamet Play, Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org.
THE NEW (IMPROVISED) DAVID MAMET PLAY is a hilarious spoof of a modern classic featuring comedic improvisers Hunter Nelson and Terry Withers. While Nelson and Withers insist David Mamet has retained them to workshop his newest, ever changing script, we’re not so sure. Join us for the improvised madness these two pros deliver, always in a pitch perfect tone matching Mr. Mamet’s most famous works.
Nelson and Withers have worked with some of the most notable improv comedy institutions in the country, including the UCB Theatre, Magnet Theatre, Baltimore Improv Group, and Reckless Theatre. Their 60-minute performance includes lots of audience participation and even more laughs!
Premise Initiation Workshop with Terry Withers
 Sunday, October 22nd at 5:15-7:15pm
 Participants will be introduced to premise initiation exercises. The goal will be to learn to identify comedic premises that can later be used to initiate instantly funny scenes!
Sketch Comedy Workshop: Writing In Your Own Voice with Hunter Nelson
 Monday, October 23 at 5:00-7:00pm
 An introduction to professional sketch writing. Classic sketches will be discussed and deconstructed from a writer’s point of view with an eye to the author’s particular voice.  Participants should bring any existing sketches of theirs with them for potential reading and review.
Cost is $35 per class. Call the Box Office at 617-923-8487 to reserve your spot.
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
Hunter Nelson is a writer, actor, improviser, and illustrator who grew up in Houston, TX. He has studied improv and sketch under Will Hines, Brandon Gardner, Michael Delaney, Kevin Hines, Brandon Bassham, Shannon O'Neill and Anthony King, among many others. Hunter has worked as a staff writer for Onion Digital Studios. He wrote and produced "Who Loves You, Baby?," a surreal tribute to long-dead TV star Telly Savalas, with runs at the SoHo Playhouse and Joe's Pub, and he's directed several sketch shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater. Hunter currently performs with his improv team Women & Men. His previous UCB House Teams include The Governess, A Sparrow, Big Margaret, Spooky Ghost, Greg, Fambly, and Legs For Days. In the past, Hunter was involved with such storied UCB experiments as "Vantage Point”, “The Second Macroscene (The Macrocrag)" and "12 Angry Improvisers". SMIRK, Rafael, and Sike are just a few of his highly successful, aerodynamic, and totally defunct indie groups. Currently, Hunter writes an illustrates the serial web comic TASKY JOHN, and improvises David Mamet plays with Terry Withers at secret locations all over the country.

Terry Withers began studying long form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in early 2007 where he has been lucky enough to train under such luminaries as Zach Woods, Joe Wengert, Charlie Todd, Erik Tanouye, Anthony King, Will Hines and Michael Delaney. Terry has also studied with Armando Diaz and owes a lot to coaches Kevin Hines and Russ Armstrong who have left their indelible imprint on him. Outside of The UCB Terry performs frequently with the ill-mannered, indie improv team, SMIRK.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues its 2017-18 season of new plays with the Boston premiere of Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) continues its 2017-18 season with the Boston premiere of Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Running from November 2-19, the comedy is directed by Shana Gozansky.

The play centers on Devon and Simone, working class sisters who reunite at the posh summer home of Simone’s wealthy employer on Martha’s Vineyard. Their end-of-summer sibs fest takes a turn whenSimone’s boss Michaela unexpectedly returns home after a marital blowout.

Like the young sisters in Elemeno Pea, Metzler found the exclusive enclave to be very different than the town in Upstate New York where she grew up when she spent a post-college summer on the island working at an upscale club.

“The yacht club world looked pretty enticing to me, all sun kissed and luxe,” she says. “But after a few months, I started to sense a real darkness under the hood. The tension between new money and old money was a rich stew in terms of drama, and the stories I overheard while serving drinks were darker and more unhappy than you’d guess. . .When I started writing a play about class, ambition, and women ten years later, I knew Martha’s Vineyard was the perfect place to set it.”

Even though Metzler “finished” Elemeno Pea with its premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays and subsequent productions at South Coast Rep and other theatres around the country, “I found myself going back to the play in 2015 anyway. I had had a child at that point, and the play’s imperfections gnawed at me. I didn't think I had been fair to one of my characters, Michaela. I knew I could write a more honest and compassionate draft, one that asked a bigger question. And, with absolutely no real reason to do so, I started working on the play again.”

Metzler continued her work with the 2015 production of the play at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where—when they asked if they could produce the original version of the script—she asked if she could do some “tinkering.”  

“I started pulling threads and kept pulling them, long after the Pittsburgh show closed,” she says. “In the end, it was a "page one" [complete] rewrite I did. And I am very proud!”

Metzler’s plays—including Humana Festival 2017’s Cry it OutElemeno PeaThe May QueenCarve,Close Up Space and Training Wisteria (first produced at BPT in 2002)—have been performed throughout the country. For television, Metzler has written for Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Casual (Hulu), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/co-producer on Shameless (Showtime). Metzler graduated from the Boston University Playwriting Program in 2002.

“We’re honored to be producing this newest version of Molly’s wonderful play but even happier to have her back in our theatre again,” BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass says. “She has a true gift for comedy, but it’s her characters who pull us into the world and who make us care. I can’t wait for this gifted cast, designers, and director to get started! And I can’t wait to work with Molly again.”

A post-show conversation with Snodgrass, Metzler, Gozansky, and the cast will follow the Nov. 4 performance.

BPT’s season continues in March with the world premiere of Brawler by Walt McGough (in collaboration with Kitchen Theatre Company) and the North American premiere of The Rosenbergs (An Opera) in April—in collaboration with the Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts—with music by Joachim Holbek and libretto by Rhea Leman.


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, internationally, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous national, regional, and Boston awards, including IRNE Awards for Best New Script and 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.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MOLLY SMITH METZLER is a proud alumna of Boston University’s graduate playwriting program, where she studied under Derek Walcott and Kate Snodgrass. Her plays include Cry it OutElemeno PeaThe May QueenCarveClose Up Space, and Training Wisteria, which was first produced at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and then transferred to The Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival. Regional: Northlight (upcoming), Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, South Coast Rep, The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Chautauqua Theater Company, City Theatre, Play Makers Rep, Geva Theatre Center, Cape Cod Playhouse, and more. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Cherry Lane, SPF (Summer Play Festival). Metzler’s awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the National Student Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s David Mark Cohen Award, the Mark Twain Comedy Prize, and a finalist nod for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Repertory. In television, Metzler has written for Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Casual (Hulu), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/co-producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s novel The Thing About Jellyfish into a film for OddLot and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at SUNY Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, and The Juilliard School.


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
SHANA GOZANSKY is a freelance director and teaching artist. She recently directed Paradise at Central Square Theater. Her work has been produced at Trinity Repertory Company, The Hangar Theatre, The Calderwood Arts Pavilion, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, The Bowery Poetry Club, Dickinson College, Manhattan Theatre Source, and The Red Room. She has assisted on productions at Berkeley Rep, The Geffen, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Henry Miller’s Theater, and Trinity Repertory Company and has taught acting and directing at Brown University, College of the Holy Cross, the Hangar Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company. Shana holds a M.F.A. in Directing from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company M.F.A. Programs and a B.A. in Theater from Bard College, was an Artistic Associate at The Hangar Theatre, an Artist-in-Residence at chashama and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and is a Drama League Directing Fellow.


AT A GLANCE:
Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Shana Gozansky

November 2-19, 2017
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.
When Devon visits Simone for an end-of-summer sibs fest on Martha’s Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As personal assistant to wealthy and demanding trophy wife Michaela Kell, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo—but is all this luxury free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become.
A Boston premiere. Elemeno Pea is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

First performance of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Lost Tempo Oct. 5
Cast, post-show conversation announced

BOSTON – Performances of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s (BPT) Lost Tempo begin next week.

The cast features Omar Robinson as jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones and marks Robinson’s BPT debut. He is familiar to audiences for his work with a number of Boston area theatres, most notably as a company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he played the title role in Hamlet last season. Robinson is joined by Miranda ADEkoje (who won the Independent Reviewers of New England’s Best Actress-Play, Large Stage Award—for Huntington Theatre Company’s Smart People), Evelyn Howe (Shakespeare & Company’s Sotto Voce), and Charles Linshaw  (Wellesley Repertory Theatre’s Emilie). Arthur Gomez, Mishell Lilly and Kinson Theodoris complete the cast.

The play follows jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones, lured back from Paris—by a former lover and the promise of an ownership stake in a nightclub—to 1950s Harlem. Lost Tempo moves between 1954, 1959 and 1964, years that saw some of the most iconic jazz recordings of the 20th century—but when the public no longer considered jazz to be music’s “cutting edge.”

The playwright also admits to a “fascination” with the 1950s, particularly the aspects of the decade that contradict images associated with the warm nostalgia of the period: poodle skirts, ’57 Chevys, and the like. Odle describes Lost Tempo as a look “into the shadows of the 50’s,” exploring themes such as drug addiction.

“This is the time when the Civil Rights movement was getting into gear and it was at a particularly dangerous and perilous time for people struggling to make this country live up to its promises,” he says. “Also in the background was the Cuban Revolution, Masters and Johnson’s Human Sexual Response, and the premiere of The Twilight Zone.”

Running from October 5-22, Lost Tempo is directed by Diego Arciniegas. A post-show conversation with BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass, Odle, Arciniegas, and the cast will follow the Oct. 7 performance.

Odle is a 2009 graduate of Boston University’s Playwriting program, and his plays have been produced in Boston, New York, and on the West Coast. In addition to his work as a playwright, Odle is an actor, director and educator. He is an adjunct playwriting professor at Bates College and also teaches courses in Theatre and Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


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, internationally, as well as in London’s West End. BPT’s productions have been honored with numerous national, regional, and Boston awards, including IRNE Awards for Best New Script and 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.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
CLIFF ODLE is a playwright, actor and director. He is a native of New Jersey and based in New England. He has been involved with theatre around the country. His plays have been performed in Boston, New York, San Diego and other areas. Lost Tempo was a part of the 2016 Boston Theater Marathon Warm-Up Laps and is his first full-length play to be produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Some highlights: His play Running the Bullswas featured in the SlamBoston festival and has been produced by his company, New Urban Theatre Lab; The Ahern Fox was a finalist in the 2007 Kennedy Center Theatre Festival; The Delicate Art of Customer Servicehas been produced by New Urban Theatre Lab and was entered in the Jersey Voices Annual Theatre Festival; Our Girl in Trenton has been produced by the BU New Play Initiative Workshop. He has been a resident playwright for the educational theatre group Theatre Espresso where he co-wrote their play about the 1957 Little Rock desegregation case called The Nine: Crisis in Little Rock. Cliff has also written plays about cyber-bullying, The Lesson and Think Twice, which are currently in rep with Deana’s Educational Theatre. He is the adjunct playwriting professor at Bates College and also teaches courses in Theatre and Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has also taught at Wheelock College, Emerson, and at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. As an actor he has worked for Bridge Repertory Theatre (Salome); New Repertory Theatre (Baltimore, coproduced with Boston Center for American Performance), RACEPassing Strange; Huntington Theatre Company (BrendanKing Hedley II); Up You Mighty Race (Fences); Company One (The Good Negro, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 103: Within The Veil); Wheelock Family Theatre (Saint Joan, Oliver, Taste of Sunrise, Pippi, Trumpet of the Swan); and a variety of other theatres in New York and San Diego. He can also be seen as a background artist in the movies Fever Pitch and What’s the Worst That Can Happen? and played a state trooper in an episode of Brotherhood (Showtime). His directing work includes plays such as The Colored Museum, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amadeus, Agnes of God,and The Chairs. He has directed The Cook for the UMASS Performing Arts Department. He has also directed the first UMASS Playwright’s Festival and served as a mentor/dramaturg for the second. He was a co-founder of New Urban Theater Laboratory. He is also founder of Jersey Voices, a one-act play festival which is now in its 24th year producing the work of New Jersey playwrights.  


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
DIEGO ARCINIEGAS is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Wellesley College, where he teaches performance and rhetoric. Most recently Diego directed Dog Act (Theatre on Fire), which was nominated for several IRNE Awards. Diego also directed The Draft (Hibernian Hall and Onwards Productions), which received an Arts Impulse Award for best new work. The Draft was filmed, and is now available through the Media Education Foundation and kanopystreaming.com. Diego served as Artistic Director of The Publick Theatre Boston from 2001 to 2011.

ABOUT THE CAST
MIRANDA ADEKOJE (Sheila “She’She” Jones) is thrilled to be making her Boston Playwrights’ Theatre debut. Her other regional acting credits include Mrs. Mueller in Doubt (Stoneham Theatre); Valerie in the world premiere of Lydia Diamond’s Smart People for which she won the IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Large Production (The Huntington Theatre); Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Shylock in Merchant of Venus (Zero Point Theater); Susan in Race (New Repertory Theatre); and Oya/Shaunta Iyun in The Brother/Sister Plays (IRNE Award for Best Ensemble); and Selector in How We Got On (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Ensemble) at Company One. Her film and television roles include Grace in Little Eyes (Beyond Measure Productions), Margaret in Four (Jam the Wimp productions), and Oona in the UK television series Nightlife.
ARTHUR GOMEZ (John “Sporty” Dale) is extremely excited to be working with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and director Diego on Lost Tempo. Prior credits include Amadeus (Moonbox Productions) and Blinders (Flat Earth Theater). Cliff, thank you for the words my man. Cast and crew, thank you for the laughs and energy. Everyone, thank you for continuing to support live theatre.
EVELYN HOWE (Barbara “Babs” Rosenbaum) is thrilled to be making her BPT debut. Most recently she appeared as Lucila Pulpo in Shakespeare and Company’s production of Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz. Boston area credits include The Motherf*cker with the Hat (Elliot Norton Outstanding Actress Award) and Necessary Monsters by John Kuntz, both with SpeakEasy Stage and directed by David Gammons; and Arabian Nights(Central Square Theater). She resides in NY, where she is currently working on a staged reading of Possessing Harriet by Kyle Bass at Syracuse Stage. Thanks to Kate, Diego and Cliff for this amazing opportunity, and cast and crew for a wonderful ride, dig?
MISHELL LILLY (Langford “Mack” McDaniels) has performed locally in Boston and Rhode Island. Credits include Ceremony of Old Dark Men (Providence Black Rep); The Taming of the ShrewCat on a Hot Tin RoofKwanzaa SongFences (Mixed Magic Theatre); and Harriet Jacobs (Central Square Theater). He sincerely gives “heartfelt thanks to Cliff Odle and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre for the opportunity to partake in my muse once again.”
CHARLES LINSHAW (Mort Hershel) is delighted to be making his Boston Playwrights’ Theatre acting debut, having previously been production dialect coach for Franklin. Recent regional credits include: Emilie and Three Sisters (Wellesley Repertory Theatre); From The Deep (FringeNYC 2016/CMS Productions & Boston Public Works/2015 - IRNE Award Nomination: Best Actor); and  The Chosen (Lyric Stage Company). Charles has also performed with The Nora Theater Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Publick Theatre, and in New York with Twilight Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, and many others. Charles has done voiceover work over the years for Frontline (WGBH/PBS) and will be appearing in the upcoming web series, The Naturals. He is also a busy dialect coach and teaching artist. MFA in Acting, Columbia University. Proud, long-time member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA. www.charleslinshaw.com
OMAR ROBINSON (Willie “Cool” Jones) is making his Boston Playwrights’ Theatre debut. Previous credits include The School for ScandalThe Comedy of ErrorsHenry VIIIRomeo & JulietPericlesTwelfth Night, and Hamlet in the title role (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Superior DonutsThe Death of a SalesmanSaturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); The Hunchback of Seville (Trinity Repertory Company); Dog Paddle (Bridge Repertory Theater); and Finish Line (Boston Theater Company & Boch Center). He is a member of Theatre Espresso, an educational theatre company that performs throughout New England, and a Resident Acting Company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. He received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College.
KINSON THEODORIS (Lane Blake) graduated from Eastern Nazarene College where he appeared in his first mainstage production, Twelve Angry Jurors, as Juror # 12 directed by Jacqui Parker. It was in college that he discovered his natural talent in acting as well as his love for the craft. Mr. Theodoris continued to develop his craft over the years with Our Place Theatre under the mentorship and direction of Jacqui Parker. Since his time with Our Place Theatre he has had the pleasure of performing at The Old State House (Blood on the Snow), Hibernian Hall (Top Eye Open), Plaza Theatre at The Boston Center for the Arts (Stop and Frisk), Fort Point Theatre Channel (The Land), Wheelock Family Theatre, and The Strand Theatre (Xernona and the Grand Dragon X). Mr. Theodoris spends his days working with the youth through his job at the YMCA when he is not immersed in the wonderful world of theater and film.

AT A GLANCE:
Lost Tempo by Cliff Odle
Directed by Diego Arciniegas

October 5-22, 2017
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones is lured back from Paris by past-love Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy’s Jazz Kitchen, but Cool’s inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. A jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.

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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NEW REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS
OLEANNA
BY DAVID MAMET

DIRECTED BY ELAINE VAAN HOGUE
OCTOBER 14-NOVEMBER 5, 2017
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre presents Oleanna, October 14-November 5, 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 Oleanna are also available.
The press opening will be on Monday, October 16 at 7:30pm.
"New Rep is proud to present this challenging play by one of its favorite playwright's, David Mamet,” says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “In the hands of director Elaine Vaan Hogue, the titanic talents of Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice will create a counterpoint of intensity that will bring the central conflict of this play into sharp focus."
“New Rep is excited to welcome back both Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice to our stage,” says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “Johnny Lee returns after his masterful portrayal in our acclaimed productions of Thurgood and The Whipping Man and Obehi returns after her powerful performance in Lydia Diamond’s The Gift Horse last season. We hope New Rep audiences will enjoy watching these two powerhouse performers together in David Mamet’s classic drama.”

Spotlight Symposium | Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm
MainStage Theater at Mosesian Center for the Arts | Free and Open to the Public
David Mamet: Playwright and Provocateur
A Spotlight Symposium will be held on Wednesday November 1 at 7:30pm and will feature WBUR’s Louise Kennedy and Ed Siegel discussing the themes of Oleanna, the complete works of David Mamet, and the playwright’s stance on post-performance conversations. In accordance with the playwright’s wishes and our contractual obligations, this event is being held on a non-performance night and will be the only opportunity during the run to discuss the play with our panelists. This event is free and open to the public. Contact
symposium@newrep.org to reserve a space.
About OLEANNA
It’s all about power in David Mamet’s groundbreaking drama about political correctness and perception. When John, a professor, tries to help his student Carol, is it a misunderstanding or inherent misogyny that causes trouble? Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport (The Whipping Man, Thurgood) and Obehi Janice (The Gift Horse), Oleanna crackles with the fiery dialogue of Mamet at his finest.

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
JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT* (John) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Thurgood, 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). johnnyleedavenport.com

OBEHI JANICE* (Carol) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Gift Horse and New Rep’s Next Voices New Play Reading Series. Recent credits include Love's Labour's Lost (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); We're Gonna Die (Company One Theatre/American Repertory Theater); An Octoroon (Company One Theatre/ArtsEmerson); Mr g (Underground Railway Theater); her solo show FUFU & OREOS (IRNE Nomination, Best Solo Performance, Bridge Repertory Theater); Arabian Nights (Central Square Theater); It Felt Empty (Theatre on Fire); and Splendor (Company One Theatre). A graduate of Georgetown University, Obehi was named "Boston's Best Actress" by The Improper Bostonian in 2014. Her comedic short, Black Girl Yoga, won the Reel 13/AfroPunk Film Competition (WNET/New York Public Media). American Theatre magazine named her one of "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" in February 2017. She was also the TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor at Company One Theatre from 2015-2017. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, she currently resides in Medford. obehijanice.com

ELAINE VAAN HOGUE (Director) is a director, actor, and teacher. Previous productions at New Repertory Theatre include directing Baltimore, The Amish Project, Imagining Madoff (Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding Production), The Kite Runner, and co-curating the inaugural Next Rep Black Box Festival in 2014. Regional directing credits include A Disappearing Number (URT @ Central Square Theater); Metamorphosis (Boston Center for American Performance); Walking the Volcano (Boston Center for American Performance/Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Crave (Nora Theatre Company); Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution (Kansas City); Infinity’s House (Majestic Theatre); Fen (New Theatre); The Penelopiad, Execution of Justice, Lizzie Stranton, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, The Other Shore, Angels in America, Three Sisters, Pains of Youth, Polaroid Stories, Marisol, and many others (Boston University). As an actor she has performed in The Road to Mecca (Boston Center for American Performance); Creation: Mythic Weavings (Women on Top & Magdalena USA); When Jennie Goes Marching (Olney Theatre & Spontaneous Celebrations). She is a member of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre, and is a participant in an international cyber-performance group collaborating in All the Better To See You With (Odin Teatret), MagFest KISS (Amsterdam), trans-hack-feminist UpStage Jam (Eclectic Tech Carnival). Ms. Vaan Hogue serves as Program Head of Theatre Arts at Boston University. Originally from Los Angeles, she resides in Central Massachusetts.

OLEANNA at a glance

Company:                                                          New Repertory Theatre

Artistic Director:                                              Jim Petosa              

Managing Director:                                        Harriet Sheets

Production:                                                       Oleanna

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

Playwright:                                                       David Mamet

Director:                                                            Elaine Vaan Hogue

Cast:                                                                    Johnny Lee Davenport*        John
Obehi Janice*                Carol

Production Team:                                           Jimmy Rotando                                   Scenic Designer
AJ Jones                                              Costume Designer             
Bridget K. Doyle                    Lighting Designer
Arshan Gailusº              Sound Designer
Becca Freifeld*                             Stage Manager

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
ºMember of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

Performance Schedule:                 Saturday, October 14, 8pm                                              Preview
Sunday, October 15, 4pm                               Preview
Monday, October 16, 7:30pm                               Press Opening

Thursday, October 19, 7:30pm                             
Friday, October 20, 8pm                     
Saturday, October 21, 8pm                     
Sunday, October 22, 2pm                                    
Sunday, October 22, 7:30pm                              

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30pm                              
Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm
Friday, October 27, 8pm                              
Saturday, October 28, 3pm                              
Saturday, October 28, 8pm                              
Sunday, October 29, 2pm                                                           

Thursday, November 2, 2pm                             
Thursday, November 2, 7:30pm
Friday, November 3, 8pm
Saturday, November 4, 3pm                
Saturday, November 4, 8pm
Sunday, November 5, 2pm                                             

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
Branch Line

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre opens its 2017-18 season of new plays with Lost Tempo by Cliff Odle

BOSTON – Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) opens its 2017-18 season with Lost Tempo by Cliff Odle. Running from October 5-22, the drama is directed by Diego Arciniegas.

The play follows jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones, lured back from Paris—by a former lover and the promise of an ownership stake in a nightclub—to 1950s Harlem.

The origins of Lost Tempo are in Odle’s experiences as an understudy for Huntington Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson’s King Hedley II in 2000. Legendary jazz drummer Max Roach was brought in to compose original music for the play before its transfer to New York.

“I was blessed to have several discussions with Mr. Roach about his music and the many people he had worked with including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and of course Clifford Brown,” Odle says. “I had always had an appreciation for jazz, but talking with him opened a whole new world for me. I became a big fan of the jazz genres of the 40’s and 50’s, but particularly Hard Bop . . . Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock.”

Odle says that while some of the most iconic jazz recordings of the 20th century (Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue,” John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” and Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out,” to name a few) happened in 1959—the year in which the play is set—the public no longer considered jazz to be music’s “cutting edge.”

The playwright also admits to a “fascination” with the 1950s, particularly the aspects of the decade that contradict images associated with the warm nostalgia of the period: poodle skirts, ’57 Chevys, and the like. Odle describes Lost Tempo as a look “into the shadows of the 50’s,” exploring themes such as drug addiction.

“This is the time when the Civil Rights movement was getting into gear and it was at a particularly dangerous and perilous time for people struggling to make this country live up to its promises,” he says. “Also in the background was the Cuban Revolution, Masters and Johnson’s Human Sexual Response, and the premiere of The Twilight Zone.”

“We have been following the journey of this play for some time now, and Cliff has managed to capture the haunting world of 1950s jazz—where the transformations, both political and personal, led to the Civil Rights movement and more,” says BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass. “His is a singular vision, and I can’t wait to experience it.”

Lost Tempo was a part of Boston Theater Marathon XVIII’s Warm-Up Laps and is Odle’s first full-length play to be produced by BPT. Odle is a 2009 graduate of Boston University’s Playwriting program, and his plays have been produced in Boston, New York, and on the West Coast. In addition to his work as a playwright, Odle is an actor, director and educator. He is an adjunct playwriting professor at Bates College and also teaches courses in Theatre and Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

A post-show conversation with Snodgrass, Odle, Arciniegas, and the cast will follow the Oct. 7 performance.

BPT’s season continues in November with the Boston premiere of Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea; the world premiere of Brawler by Walt McGough (March), in collaboration with Kitchen Theatre Company; and the North American premiere of The Rosenbergs (An Opera) in April—in collaboration with the Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts—with music by Joachim Holbek and libretto by Rhea Leman.

HUNTINGTON TO HOST SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 WITH THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OFMERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Event to include an elegant pre-show dinner with director Maria Friedman and an after party with the cast


The Huntington’s 36th season will be commemorated with a Season Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 16 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and Studio 210. Guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy a glass of champagne, and experience the critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

The Season Opening Celebration will include an elegant pre-show dinner with West End and Broadway star and director of Merrily We Roll Along Maria Friedman, a performance of Merrily We Roll Along, followed by an after party with the cast.

The pre-show dinner and after party will include gourmet food by MAX Ultimate Food. The after party will feature signature cocktails by Privateer Rum, dancing, and music by one of Boston’s most in-demand DJs, Rick DiMareThe event is black tie optional.

We hope everyone who cares about the Huntington will join us for the new Season Opening Celebration and help us launch a new era at the Huntington with music, style, and a fun one-of-a-kind night at the theatre, ” says Managing Director Michael Maso.

 

TICKET PRICES AND EVENT INFORMATION

VIP Platinum ticket: $750
($650 for donors aged 40 & under)

Join us for a pre-show VIP dinner with Maria Friedman, star of the London stage and director of Merrily We Roll Along. Enjoy the 8pm performance of Merrily We Roll Along, champagne at intermission, and a VIP experience at the exclusive After Party with the cast of Merrily We Roll Along

Gold ticket: $250
($175 for donors aged 40 & under)

Enjoy the 8pm performance of Merrily We Roll Along with champagne at intermission and attend the exclusive After Party in our private rehearsal space. DJ Rich DiMare will pack the dance floor, plus enjoy delicious food and drink and rub elbows with the cast ofMerrily We Roll Along

 

Silver ticket: $125

Walk the red carpet to our Huntington Avenue Theatre and capture the moment with a commemorative photo of you and your guest. Enjoy the 8pm performance of Merrily We Roll Along with champagne at intermission.

Bronze ticket: $75Join us for the 8pm performance of Merrily We Roll Along. Enjoy a fabulous night at the theatre, dressed to the nines and surrounded by Boston’s finest.

Season Opening Celebration tickets are available at huntingtontheatre.org/celebration.Merrily We Roll Along ticketholders can exchange into the September 16 performance by contacting Sam Buntich at events@huntingtontheatre.org or 617 273 1513.

ABOUT MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
The Huntington opens 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 Frank, 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 start at $25.

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 Regional Theatre Tony Award and over 140 Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, 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


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.

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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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無名剧社2015年成立至今,已成功推出两部话剧 -2015年秋戏《无人生还》和2016年春戏《桃花源》。两部剧都获得了专业戏剧老师的肯定和波城戏剧迷们的热烈反响。

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本次大戏我们不设票价而是以自由捐赠的形式回馈观众,希望给您带来一个开心的周末!
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)




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



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

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(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. 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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. ‐#