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 2018-02-21 星探無 无名剧社

一出舞台剧的诞生需要多少个部门?多少个工作人员?在無名春戏《杀戮之神》的剧组里,这个答案是3个部门,36名工作人员。来自不同专业不同背景的大家要如何一起筹备?各自都负责了怎样的工作?在《杀戮之神》距演出半月之余,星探無采访了剧组全员,希望能为观众提供更内部的信息,有全新的视角去了解《杀戮之神》。

無名春戏《杀戮之神
时间
2018年3月4日 晚7:00
地址
MIT Wong Auditorium, Tang Center (E51)
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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01
对于《杀戮之神》这部剧,大家是如何理解的?
制片-Abby
 《杀戮之神》这部剧层层剥茧,主要通过对话剥下人们的伪装,最后呈现出一种极其丑陋的场面,结局令人分外唏嘘。所以说任何伪装和虚假早晚会被识破,造成心理更加空虚和缺乏安全感。联想我个人在美国经历的各种事情,我特别推崇从容不迫,淡定坦然的生活态度,人能对自己真诚是非常了不起的一个品质。人只有对自己真诚,才有可能对别人真诚。上升到社会问题,我觉得近两代年轻人,很多根本没办法面对自己,心理其实特别脆弱,在网络信息这么发达的时代,很多人的生活是给他人营造的假象,以及给自己营造的假象。我希望大家能更真诚地,待己待人。 

导演 -董洋
与《杀戮之神》标题完全不符的是,本剧故事本身聚焦在一个平白无奇的小事——一件校园斗殴事件。这个安排有几个有意思的点,首先,在远古社会,暴力是解决事情的第一标准,即使如今身处文明社会,我们怎么能保证我们已经没有丝毫暴力因子在血液里作祟呢?唯一改变的可能是,我们的武器从石矛变成了尖牙利嘴。其次,这件事件本身锁定在了一个中产家庭,其中的夫妻关系在当今社会有种数不尽的分身,本剧又将这种具有普遍性的家庭分身活生生地撕开,将血淋淋的伤口展示给观众,暗示着杀戮与暴力因子一直存在在我们的身边。

演员-苏禹宁
《杀戮之神》给我的感觉是一部撕开人们文明的假面,让观众看清人性内核的故事。这个看似标题党的名字,仔细思考很有深意。其实现代社会在很多方面和原始社会有共通之处,文明本身就是由强权、暴力、屠杀来塑造的。在和平时代,这种暴力也并没有结束,只不过是披上了文明的外衣而已。


演员-黄子奇
在我看来“杀戮”指的是情绪对自己生活的毁灭性破坏,其实这部戏很贴近现代人的生活,因为生活的压力和日常的快节奏会累计很多负能量和人际关系裂痕,遇到一个很小的导火索就会导致情绪爆炸,我们只是把最坏的情况呈现了出来,希望大家可以在面对类似情况的时候能做出比剧中人物更好的选择吧。


演员-尹佳
现代社会每个人都有太多的面具,就像这部戏中安妮特的表面“端庄”,维朗尼卡的表面“慈善”,迈克尔的表面“宽容”,而日常生活中的一件小事,甚至一只小仓鼠,就能轻而易举将所有这些“表面的光鲜”撕得粉碎,面具的背后则是真实而丑陋的人性。我不能说是在传递什么文化和价值观,只希望我们能表达一种思考,并让观众享受看戏的过程。

演员-苗泓瑛
故事中四位人物不同的职业代表着一定的社会阶层,表达了现有的社会秩序,谈话过程中不断引发的争执也体现了当代西方社会文明的冲突。我希望可以通过自己的表演给观众带来一个警示,让观众能够通过我对维朗妮卡这个人物的演绎感受到“同理心”的重要性。在大多数情况下,“同理心”可以帮助人类遏制残忍和暴力,并且具有提升人类共同的善良意愿和美好的价值。同时,我也希望观众可以通过故事的整体发展和走向(冲突和争吵)客观地意识到人类文化、文明的多样性,并且深刻地感受到狭隘的理念和偏执的做法可能会带来的灾难性后果。


02
各位演员对自己的角色是如何定位的?

演员-苏禹宁:
我的角色,迈克尔,是一个在整部剧中性格上有明显变化的人。

在会面的开始阶段,我一直装作一位文明人,努力去维持一种和平友善的气氛。可是随着谈话的深入,我的妻子维朗妮卡因为一只仓鼠的事情和雷耶夫妇一起指责我,这令我发狂。我便暴露出了我消极的粗人本性,而我与妻子的争吵也把她推向了最终的崩溃。

我对待仓鼠的做法就和阿伦一直在打电话的做法一样,都是推动两位女士爆发的核心因素。这也正是我这个角色起到的最重要的作用。其实在表演上人物性格的巨大变化本身就是一项挑战。

演员-黄子奇:
阿伦这个角色应该说是开启新话(si)题(bi)的导火索吧,他其实一直抱着一种饶有兴味的态度在观察其他三人的争吵;同时通过引导他人的谈话来证明自己“每个人都只在乎自己的感受”这一观点;而且剧名《杀戮之神》也是通过这个角色的观点引出来的。

演员-尹佳:
在这部中我饰演安妮特这一角色。安妮特这个角色的行为和态度转变与整个剧情的反转和发展是密切相关的。

作为打人孩子的母亲,在一开始,安妮特处于被动和解的状态,配合做到“表面上的平和”。然而,随着种种事件的发生,人物们的面具逐渐被撕开,优雅体面的人设开始崩塌,矛盾开始激化。而后她所有略带暴力的行为,更是将雷耶夫妻的和两个家庭的冲突推向顶点,使整部剧达到高潮。

演员-苗泓瑛:
我对维朗妮卡这个角色的定义就是一位富有远见,具有崇高理想的人道主义作家,她一直在做西方“普世价值”中民主和人权的代言人。

她在剧中一直努力向其他三位人物传输一个观点——我们应该理性地看到孩子们之间的冲突,用文明的方式来解决这个问题。然而,人是情感动物,一旦真正地开始沟通,就无法保持完全的理性。而当情感被引入时,冲突和矛盾就在所难免。

所以无论是从一开始的表面平和还是故事发展到最后对人类文明与野蛮探讨的针锋相对,我的角色一直起到一个承上启下的作用。同时,她自身人性的矛盾和偏执也揭示了本剧的主题。也许每一位生活在文明社会的文明人,骨子里都住着一个杀戮之神。


03
你觉得自己在無名,工作上遇到最大的挑战是什么?

制片-Abby
由于無名是一个学生剧社,人员流动性大,如何保证人员的延续性便是很大的挑战。因为资源有限,非常重要的事情不能有信息上的断层。只有打好基础,线上线下外联之间互传资源,交流步骤清晰才行。在没必要的事情上不耗费很多精力,整个团队才能更专业。



导演-董洋
本剧是一幕出独幕剧,所以舞台流动时间与真实流动时间是一致的,这种不间断的高强度演出会给予演员极大的压力。本剧对台词要求又是极高,这也需要我们好好琢磨,好好研究,尽量完整地向观众展现剧中的一些核心,精彩的因素。

制片-年糕
筹备时间相比于之前的秋戏会缩短很多,在有限的时间里需要有条不絮地完成外联三方的策划筹备,是本次春戏工作的一个难点。




制片-家杰
最困难的就是没法去各个环节深入了解工作,所以平时细节部分都要留心。


舞台监督-凯丹
舞台总监是一个管理型的工作,相比其他需要艺术创造的工作要更严谨一些,要求个人性格上要收敛一些。在做统筹管理的过程中,我也学习到很多时间管理,以及一个很基本但是很重要技巧就是怎么说话,如何才能顾及到别人的感受。



平面设计-Ricky
最大的挑战就是要把握好剧本的主旨方向,然后根据剧中的情感基调来突出视觉上的故事剧情感。我在無名认识了更厉害更有天赋的人,学习了别人对审美和剧情的研究,启发很大。


平面设计-翔宇
我希望这期海报达到的效果是,当观众见到的第一眼,首先有一定的视觉冲击,之后是对一些元素的理解和想象,而后可能产生一些不解进而带着这种不解去观看话剧,最后看完话剧的时候,能对最初的这期海报内容有新的解读和自己的阐释。所以在选择元素的时候,我选择了一直在客厅中出现的客体郁金香。

郁金香本身有友谊、高贵的含义,那么我将郁金香放倒、同时有倒影(真实与虚拟的关系)、倒影和实体有不同的颜色(到底孰真孰假,孰实孰虚?),而香烟——这个看似完全与郁金香无关甚至有很大的视觉对比的元素,又与郁金香有何联系?

线上宣传-蛋蛋
线上会有大量沟通工作,不管是剧组内和其他部门的联络、还是剧社外和潜在观众的沟通都是很有挑战的事情。进入线上组后才发现每次的推送不仅在构思和文笔上要动脑筋,还需要站在观众的角度上考虑他们会感兴趣的内容。


线上宣传-大地
周更压力还是挺大的,时间紧凑,推文从构思到成文之间大概也就几小时,还有太多未尽善尽美之处。剧透和推广,调侃和诚意之间的度都要好好权衡。但由于团队强大,所有人集思广益,弥补了底稿许多不足的地方,呈现给读者的都是精品诚意之作。



线下宣传-贺繁
有些合作方对于我们的宣传不够配合,不过也有一些挺愿意帮忙的。还是要多沟通,了解双方的想法。


制片助理-sasa
以前没做过持续一整个月的统筹工作,现在我跟着制片人们学习了很多,觉得自己大局观有所长进。而且無名是一个很鼓励人表达意见的地方,之前想要憋着的话现在也会比较自然地说出口。



04
大家觉得平时工作中最重要的是什么?
制片-Abby
作为今年剧组的负责人,有很多方面要协调,如指导老师、MIT校方和剧社各成员。我要保证场地技术音响不出问题,平时有很多paperwork和手续,同时我得确保导演、演员、设计、制片各组之间配合默契,衔接不上的时候便需要帮忙,及时传递信息,保证不影响进程。



导演-董洋
时间的规划是很重要的,安排时间排练总是会遇到演员们时间表的出入,所以协调好时间是一切的重中之重,这样才能保证排练的时间和整部剧的纯熟度。其次,排练的时候周期短,密度大,又恰逢冬春转季之时,演员的身体健康是极其需要注意的,无论如何,身体健康第一啊。


制片-年糕
线上线下外联的联系和协调,问题的及时处理解决,怎么抓住剧的闪光点进行宣传推广也是一个不能忽视的部分。
制片-家杰
对整体工作流程都必须熟悉,每个环节一定要尽量清楚。


舞台监督-凯丹
呈现出一部优秀作品制片团队和创作团队之间一定要紧密配合,所以沟通就变得非常重要。我们这次剧组其实是一个崭新的团队,所以一切都在慢慢磨合。




摄影-夏雨
我平时专注于拍出主体清晰构图合理,亮度均衡有氛围感,高质量的照片,抓拍有趣的瞬间,指不定就是表情包素材呢。





摄影-雨箫
我觉得最应该注意的是要捕捉到演员们最精彩的瞬间吧,比如表情很到位的时候,这样演员以后有照片做参考,剧组也有很棒的影像记录下大家排练认真的样子。尤其是拍定妆照的时候,我觉得拍出每个人的神韵是最重要的。

线下宣传-解一鸣
组员之间的合作和对外的沟通是重中之重。线下宣传主要和学校的CSSA以及波士顿地区比较火的公众号进行联系。要保持和合作方的联系,帮忙宣传对方的活动,并提前考虑对方的需求。在最初则要把工作流程和会遇到的困难和共事的小伙伴们说清楚,譬如关键的售票环节。

外联-刘鑫
一定要留心和潜在的合作方保持联系。作为外联最好能多认识一些人,会很有用,往往能真正发挥作用的都是私下的个人资源。由于本身是学商的,能把在学校学到的东西运用到现实中还是很开心的,在外联学到了很多和人打交道的技巧。


场景设计-玥琀
场景设计我觉得根本的目的是为了在舞台上创造一个属于这个故事的空间领域,让观众和演员都能自然地入戏,并且在视觉上突出演员的表演。最注意的应该是时刻牢记场景是为了剧情服务,舞台作为背景给演员表演服务的本质需求,不能只考虑怎么把场景做的精美,要平衡对艺术风格的追求和现实条件的限制。必须要说的是,这次的场地局限很多,所以为了保证观众的体验,有效演出区域非常小,这不管对我还是对演员都是很大的挑战。

道具组-欣悦
剧里剧外的道具我都会很留心。哪怕一开始筹备时间充裕,还是要提前计划,毕竟万事都有变数,一定要主动沟通跟进,及时记录。同时我很感谢剧组的小伙伴们都各自出力,一起热心地筹备道具,而并不是道具组完全包办,真的帮忙很多!


音效-刘曼
音效素材一定要合适剧情,然后切入切出的点要控制好,要注意跟演员配合好,在确定合适的音效的时候要花点心思。然后跟设计组还有导演演员要多沟通,比如比较关键的男主角的手机铃声,不能随便找,而是需要一个不太花哨,听起来不太悦耳,听多了让人心烦,这种感觉的铃声,得多揣摩一下跟人物情景的关系。

05
在無名,你学到了什么,收获了什么进益?
制片-Abby
这个优秀的团队海纳百川都是人才,有从事电影工作的有从事设计的,和大家共事有很大的收获。虽然所有人背景不一样,却都喜欢戏剧文化,很难得我们能够聚集在一起,专注做戏剧。




导演-董洋
对于台词的把控,如何抠台词是我最大的心得。对于这种独幕剧台词是起支撑作用的,每一句台词都得感受到编剧的重角在哪里。对于台词的诠释也极其重要,因为演员完全靠台词来传递情绪——每一句台词,每一句对话,什么时候顿什么时候强什么时候爆炸,都是讲究的。


制片-年糕
遇到了很多有趣的人,学习到了很多东西,收获颇多,非常感谢大家。



制片-家杰
在無名结识了不少出色的小伙伴,学习他们在各方面的专业知识,还有感染到共同的要把话剧做好的热情,我以前没有做过话剧制片所以也是一个全新的学习经历。



舞台监督-凯丹
我觉得蛮有趣的地方其实是在发生冲突,甚至是沟通不畅产生矛盾的时候。我有遇到非常真诚的人,会诚实地说出对我做一些事的看法。我非常感激有这样的朋友,他们让我看到自身的优缺点,再进行反思。因为在这样的自我发现之后,也使得我在自我表达的方式上更有“一张一弛”的这种把控力。



设计总负责-Amy
我之前对话剧其实没有多少了解,只是因为喜欢看所以想加入剧社有更深入的理解。加入無名之后,我觉得除了对话剧和幕后方面有更多了解之外,很幸运的是通过话剧社我可以加深对中国文化的一些了解,这个是我之前没有机会的。剧社的人来自不同的地方,学着不同的专业,讲着不同的方言,我觉得跟大家相处也可以了解下自己这个小圈子以外的世界。
摄影-赵易
加入無名对我摄影方面的学习和进步很大,平时学校里不太会有这样经常拍照的机会,还能和其他喜欢摄影的小伙伴一起交流。尤其是拍定妆照的时候,从前期构想到和化妆、演员组一起合作,以及后期的修图,都是很好的实践锻炼。在有限的条件下,合理利用灯光、幕布、道具,和演员沟通角色性格和设定,以期得到最好的效果。

化妆老师-王蕾
加入無名一年,最大的收获是交了一群年龄相仿或年轻的朋友们。从这些留学生身上我学习到很多,以前可能会有些偏见,现在觉得哪怕是年轻一辈也都很有才华,方方面面包括谈吐修养,待人接物,工作起来很认真尽责。



线上宣传-行超
在17年秋戏《长恨歌》当志愿者帮助排戏,18年春戏《杀戮之神》加入线上宣传组,無名剧社给我带来的不仅仅是舞台艺术的强烈冲击感,也让我感受到了整个团队在追求舞台艺术、追求重现经典方面的热情。各个部门通力合作,各种事项有条不紊,我们每个人都在为了向观众展现最完美的话剧而献上自己最大的努力。


线下宣传-Karida
在無名,我最大的收获是团队的协调和合作,如何沟通各个部门来把自己的工作做好。每次我都需要尽快联系不同学校CSSA负责人,进行材料的互换推送的转载。我曾经在商学课上学过channel of communication这个概念,而在無名,我通过实践领会、理解了这个概念的实际意义,怎样进行有效的沟通来达到效率最大化。

线下宣传-Angelina
在加入無名之后,我看着大家从最开始的头脑风暴,到最后拿出一件件成品,无论是推文报道还是海报道具,体会到了热爱的强大。而我加入线下宣传也是因着自己对于渠道拓展,宣传推广的热衷,無名正好给了我一个完美的将它和戏剧结合的机会。只要每天对于喜爱的事物有所坚持, 应当就是一种进步。


制片助理-馅儿
跟这么多有意思的小伙伴一起干活很开心,也学习到了一个话剧从开始到上舞台的过程,以及亲眼见证了背后大家的付出!


灯光-施瑞扬
我在無名学习到最多的是一种认真做事的精神,大家为了共同的目标很负责任又很努力地把事情做好。这是我在無名学到最重要,也是我最喜欢無名的一个方面。




無名剧社」 
是由来自MIT和哈佛的戏剧爱好者们筹建的戏剧社团,旨在大波士顿地区推广中文戏剧文化,让戏剧妆点生活,让更多人因戏剧而感到幸福。

感谢南北家园对無名剧社的支持

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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION BOSTON REGIONAL FINALS

(BOSTON, MA) – Bishop Edwards of Snowden International School at Copley took first place on Monday, January 29, 2018 with his performance as Troy from Fences at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the eighth year by the Education Department of the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright’s longtime artistic home. Beyonce Martinez of Margarita Muniz Academy was named first runner-up and portrayed Vera from Seven Guitars; Antoinette Webster (Tonya, King Hedley II) of Codman Academy Charter Public School was named second runner-up. The three will receive a total of $850 in prize money, and the top two winners will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will perform their monologues at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre in the National Competition on May 7, 2018. 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 free and open to the public.

The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) inaugurated the competition in 2007, and this year marks the 8th year that the Huntington’s Education Department has hosted the regional finals in Boston. Over 640 high school students from 19 Boston area schools participated in the program this school year; the winner of each school competition competed on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
                  
The Huntington’s Education Department staff and teaching artists visited 10 schools in the August Wilson Monologue Competition residency program weekly since October. During their school visits they introduced 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 included work on text analysis and characterization and one-on-one coaching with students in their performances in preparation for the competition. Teachers were 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 nine schools registered to participate and eight of those schools sent their school winner to the Boston Regional Finals.
   
The following schools were represented at the 2018 Boston Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition: Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School, Another Course to College, Brighton High School, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Community Academy of Science and Health, Dana Hall School, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, English High School, Fenway High School, Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Margarita Muniz Academy, McKinley South End Academy, Snowden International School at Copley, Urban Science Academy, and West Roxbury Academy. Judges were local director Benny Sato Ambush, local actor Brandon G. Green, and Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge. The accuracy judge was Meagan Garcia, company manager at the Huntington, and the prompter was Noel McCoy, education committee member at the Huntington.

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 the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors The Boston Foundation, Kingsbury Road Charitable Trust, The Lucy R. Sprague Memorial Fund, The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation, The Roy A. Hunt Foundation, The William and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and Tiny Tiger Foundation. Funding for the National competition is provided by Delta Air Lines and Aetna.

REPERTORY THEATRE AND 
BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE PRESENT
STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT
WRITTEN BY ATHOL FUGARD
DIRECTED BY JIM PETOSA
JANUARY 27-MARCH 3, 2018
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance present Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, performed January 27-March 3, 2018 in the BlackBox Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Tickets may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act will be performed in repertory with Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz as part of New Rep’s Statements of Survival Series.
The press opening will be on Monday, January 29 at 7:30pm.
“In our Statements of Survival Series, we chose plays that would resonate firmly with the social and political times in which we are now living,” says New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “The fact that Athol Fugard’s Apartheid-era play is so timely is telling, especially as we continue to navigate the treacherous waters of an increasingly divisive world. It is our hope that presenting this work will shed light on issues that unfortunately still plague us.”

“New Rep’s mission to present plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time could not be more relevant than during our Statements of Survival Series,” says New Rep Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “Starting with the one-woman show Unveiled by Rohina Malik in January, continuing with Athol Fugard’s Statements… and Stephen Dietz’s Lonely Planet, and concluding with Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay this February, these plays are thought-provoking, important, and quintessential New Rep.”
About STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT
In apartheid South Africa, where intimate interracial relationships are illegal, a black man and a white woman share more than just their love, baring all in the face of oppression and uncertainty. Athol Fugard’s Statements… is a remarkable love story that stands as a strident reminder of the intolerance and cruelty of a not-so-distant past. Contains nudity.

Spotlight Symposium | Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm
 BlackBox Theater at Mosesian Center for the Arts | Free and Open to the Public
Artistic Protest: Delving deeper into playwright Athol Fugard’s stance against apartheid
 A Spotlight Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm and will feature panelists Zoliswa O. Mali, Coordinator of South African Languages at Boston University, Diana Wylie, Professor of African Studies at Boston University, Timothy P. Longman, Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University, and moderated by Kyna Hamill, Assistant Director of the Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theatre,  Boston University. This event is free and open to the public. Contact symposium@newrep.org to reserve a space.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, State-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.  
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.

About BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE
Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) 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.

Artistic Bios
EVE KAGAN* (A White Woman) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Rent, Passing Strange, and the touring production of The Scarlet Letter. Other Boston credits include Sunfish, How Many Miles to Basra, The Cutting, Gypsy, and Around the World in 80 Days (Greater Boston Stage Company); Talking to Terrorists (Súgán Theatre Company, IRNE nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble); The Scarlet Letter and The Miracle Worker (Foothills Theatre). Other theatre credits include leading roles in The Vagina Monologues (YogaSoup, Santa Barbara); Bite Size Plays (White Room Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'Pick of the Fringe'); Hello Herman (Grove Street Playhouse, NYC); The Little Foxes and The Sisters Rosensweig (Inside the Ford Theatre, LA); Equus and The House of Yes (Wesleyan University); Women and Wallace (Williamstown Theatre Festival apprentice program); and Twelfth Night (LAMDA). Eve appeared in the film The Notebook, the recent independent film Shot with Noah Wyle, and several television series including Alias, The L Word, The Parkers, and Columbo Likes the Nightlife with Peter Falk. Ms Kagan is an international theatre teaching artist with an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard, having taught locally with New Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Gordon College, and most recently at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

MICHAEL OFORI (A Colored Man) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Credits include directing The Prison Graduate and Sizwe Bansi is Dead (Ohio University); Gem of the Ocean and The Train Driver, assistant directing By the Bog of Cats, and acting in Much Ado About Nothing (Boston University). Michael is a multifaceted performer who is originally from the Ashanti Region of Ghana, and has performed with the Kyeremateng Playhouse, The Ashanti King’s Singing and Drumming Ensemble, The Ghana Dance Ensemble at University of Ghana, The National Dance Company at the National Theater of Ghana, Azaguno Inc. and Noyam Dance Institute, among others. Michael holds a BFA in Theater and Dance from University of Ghana, an MA in African Studies from Ohio University, and is currently a Theatre Education graduate student at Boston University.

TIM SPEARS* (A Policeman) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, and Mister Roberts. He also appeared in Good Off-Broadway at PTP/NYC. Other New York City credits include A Question of Mercy and Assistant Director on Monster (PTP/NYC); and JUMP! and Realism (The Exchange). Other Boston credits include Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, House (IRNE Nomination), Good, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance); and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). Mr. Spears received a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. Born in Texas, he now resides in Somerville.

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 Ideation, 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.

ATHOL FUGARD (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include Blood Knot, Master Harold…And the Boys, Exits and Entrances, The Captain's Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloes, The Island, and the award-winning Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Mr. Fugard has received six honorary degrees from esteemed colleges and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

STATEMENTS AFTER AN ARREST UNDER THE IMMORALITY ACT at a glance

Companies:                                                       New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance

New Rep & BCAP Artistic Director:            Jim Petosa              

New Rep Managing Director:      Harriet Sheets

BCAP Managing Director:                             Liz Mazar Phillips

Production:                                                       Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
Venue:                                                                BlackBox Theater | Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA 02472

Playwright:                                                       Athol Fugard  


Director:                                                            Jim Petosa

Cast:                                                                    Eve Kagan*                                              A White Woman
 Michael Ofori                                    A Colored Man
 Tim Spears*                                              A Policeman

Production Team:                                           Jeffery Petersen                             Scenic Designer
Becca Jewett                                 Costume Designer             
Matthew Guminski                            Lighting Designer
Brian M. Robillard*                          Stage Manager
               Elizabeth Y. Ramirez*                            Assistant Stage Manager

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

Performance:                                                   Saturday, January 27, 3:00pm                        Preview
Sunday, January 28, 7:30pm                                              Preview
Monday, January 29, 7:30pm                                              Opening

Wednesday, January 31, 7:30pm                              Talkback
Thursday, February 01, 7:30pm
Friday, February 02, 8:00pm

Saturday, February 10, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 15, 2:00pm                Talkback
Friday, February 16, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 17, 3:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm                Talkback
Thursday, February 22, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 24, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 25, 2:00pm                Talkback

Friday, March 2, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 3, 3:00pm

Symposium Date:                                            Tuesday, February 20, 7:30pm

Tickets:                                               $19-42. 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, Large-Print and Braille Programs Available
Season Sponsors:                                            
WGBH
Massachusetts Cultural Council
NCGIT
Branch Line



EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 4 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND – 
NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
(BOSTON) – Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company has extended the run of the ArtsEmerson production of Mala. This powerful personal drama is written and performed by Huntington Playwright-In-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba) and directed by David Dower (Mala and Mr. JoyBreath & Imagination at ArtsEmerson).

The added performances are Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, January 31 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Thursday, February 1 at 7:30pm; Friday, February 2 at 8pm; Saturday, February 3 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, February 4 at 2pm. Mala plays at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston.

The Boston Globe raves Mala is “piercingly honest and exquisitely moving,” and WBUR’s The ARTery says Mala is “candid, raw, and exhilarating!”

Production photos for Mala can be downloaded from the photo library on the Huntington’s website and a trailer video is also available.

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 Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End and Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave.

Set during the epic winter of 2015, Mala is inspired by text messages frantically typed on an iPhone by Lopez, while she cared for her increasingly frail and consistently fierce mother. These short missives ultimately create a moving and generous portrait of the way taking care of family tests, deepens, and changes our bonds to the ones we love. Lopez, a regular on Boston stages, also performs the play.

Mala won the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script, and it was named one of the best plays of 2016 by The Boston Globe, WBUR’s ARTery, and DigBoston. This return engagement of Mala, back by popular demand, is funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic. Mala puts a sharp focus on what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed.

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.

ABOUT ARTSEMERSON
ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. It is dedicated to engaging allcommunities through stories that reveal and deepen connections to each other. By cultivating diversity in the artand in the audience, ArtsEmerson ignites public conversation around the most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. ArtsEmerson is committed to welcoming everyone into its landmark venues, located in Boston’s downtown Theatre District, for a diverse program of contemporary theatre, film, and music from around the city and around the world. In addition, ArtsEmerson engages in a range of community partnerships and produces a series of initiatives that make visible the rich diversity of cultural activity in the region. These programs are core to ArtsEmerson’s mission and expresses commitment to civic responsibility to create a more cohesive society. ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and is led by Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David Howse. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.


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)



REMAINING SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MALA  

HUNTINGTON COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE RECEPTION
Thursday, January 11 at 6pm
Huntington Community Members are invited to a free pre-show reception on Thursday, January 11. There will be complimentary food and drinks, and attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the Huntington season as well as meet other interested theatregoers. Tickets to the 7:30pm performance of Mala should be purchased separately.

The Huntington Community Membership Initiative is a program designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income. The program’s goal is to diversify audiences to better represent the city of Boston. Community Members can purchase tickets to any available seat at any performance without restriction for just $20.

POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL’S REVEREND GLORIA E. WHITE-HAMMOND AND PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALIST JANET L. ABRAHM
Sunday, January 14, after the 2pm performance 
Explore how palliative care specialists encourage healthy end-of-life conversations with Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond and palliative-care specialist Dr. Janet L. Abrahm. The conversation will be moderated by Director of New Work Charles Haugland.

Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD, MDiv, is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church and the Swartz resident practitioner in ministry studies at Harvard Divinity School. She retired from the South End Community Health Center in 2008 after serving 27 years as a dedicated pediatrician to families from some of Boston’s most challenged communities. In 1994, she launched the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry, “Do The Write Thing” for high-risk adolescent females. She co-founded My Sister’s Keeper in 2002, an initiative that champions human rights for women and girls in conflict zones. Currently, her work includes the “Planning Ahead” ministry at Bethel AME Church to encourage congregants to begin conversations about and document their advance care wishes. Along with a team of clergy, palliative care clinicians, and chaplains, she has organized colloquia to equip multi-faith community-based clergy persons to engage in more effective discussions to support their seriously ill members. She co-directs the joint Harvard Medical School and Harvard Divinity School course “Spirituality and Healing in Medicine.” She has been married to Reverend Ray Hammond, MD, since 1973. They are the grateful parents of Reverend Mariama White-Hammond who is married to Turahn Dorsey, and Adiya White-Hammond, and are doting grandparents to their spectacular granddaughter.  
Dr. Janet L. Abrahm, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is a member of the Adult Palliative Care Division in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has been a full-time palliative medicine specialist for over 20 years. In addition, she practiced for many years as a hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Abrahm is widely published in the area of palliative care, with a focus on palliative care for men and women with cancer. She served for almost 10 years as part of the leadership team of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and was a member of the examination writing committee for the first hospice and palliative medicine certifying examination offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The third edition of her book, A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Thursday, January 18 at 10am (Student matinee)
Friday, January 19 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 front rows of 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.

STUDENT MATINEES
Thursday, January 18 at 10am
Thursday, January 25 at 10am
For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. 
Student matinees include a pre-show in-school visit, a curriculum guide, a post-show Actors Forum, and a Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.
  
A CONVERSATION WITH END-OF-LIFE COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST REVEREND ROSEMARY LLOYD
Saturday, January 20 after the 2pm performance
Reverend Rosemary Lloyd
, adviser to the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s The Conversation Project – an interpersonal project dedicated to promoting and educating people in how to discuss their wishes at the end of their lives – will discuss the value of communication about death with moderator Charles Haugland, Director of New Work at the Huntington, after the 2pm performance on Saturday, January 20. 

Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv, is adviser to faith communities for The Conversation Project at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Lloyd organizes, educates, and supports clergy and congregations in having values-centered conversations with loved ones and healthcare providers about crucial end-of-life matters. Rev. Lloyd is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School. Her lifelong interest in end-of-life care and ethics is fueled by her experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she served The First Church in Boston and has spoken in a variety of congregational and healthcare settings on end-of-life issues for more than a decade. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute for Compassionate End of Life Care and an advocate for deepening the spiritual practice of embracing the reality of our mortality for the sake of having more joy in life.

HUMANITIES FORUM WITH HEBREW REHABILITATION CENTER CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER KATHLEEN BOYLE
Sunday, January 21 after the 2pm performance

Kathleen Boyle, clinical social worker in palliative care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and Director of New Work Charles Haugland discuss the ethics of end-of-life treatment as it relates to Mala following the 2pm performance on January 21.
Kathleen Boyle, MSW, LICSW, is the clinical social worker for the Palliative Care Team at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She focuses on the care of seniors and their families as they face chronic or terminal illness and assists them in formulating treatment plans that support their goals.  Previously, she has worked in hospice and community-based palliative care in both Massachusetts and Hawaii. She is committed to refining the model of palliative care practice, supporting patients and families facing challenging treatment decisions, and encouraging and developing staff competence and compassion related to end of life issues

NEW REPERTORY THEATRE AND
GREATER BOSTON STAGE COMPANY PRESENT

UNVEILED
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROHINA MALIK

NEW REPERTORY THEATRE: JANUARY 10-28, 2018
GREATER BOSTON STAGE COMPANY: FEBRUARY 7-16, 2018
[WATERTOWN AND STONEHAM] New Repertory Theatre and Greater Boston Stage Company present Unveiled, performed January 10-28, 2018 in the BlackBox Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown and February 7-16, 2018 at Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main Street, Stoneham. Tickets for New Rep performances may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Tickets for Greater Boston Stage Company performances may be purchased by calling the Greater Boston Stage Company Box Office at Box Office at 781-279-2200 or greaterbostonstage.org.
The press opening will be on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm.
“I write plays because it's my way of inviting an audience into the homes of those who are often marginalized,” says playwright and performer Rohina Malik. “The simple act of telling a story can remind us of our shared humanity. That's the power of theater. Art, in its many forms, has the power to solve world problems. That’s why I believe we should do everything we can to nurture and protect the arts.”
“At this moment, the voices of people like Rohina Malik and the women of Unveiled need to be heard more than ever. And they need to be heard from directly,” says Greater Boston Stage Company’s Artistic Director Weylin Symes. “There is so much discussion today about the Muslim experience both here in the US and around the world, but it is all too rare that we get to hear about this experience first-hand. These thoughtful, sincere, and human stories let us see these women as people – real people. New Rep felt like a natural fit as a co-presenter for this piece as they so clearly share our desire to share important stories like this with their audience. Anything that makes these stories more available to Boston area audiences is a good thing.”

“In our current cultural and political climate, a play like Rohina Malik’s Unveiled could not be more relevant,” says New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “What she shares with us is truly unique, allowing us to explore the lives of five Muslim women living in a post-9/11 world. When we began to think about a season in which we examine the resilience of the human spirit, Unveiled was a natural fit. Through humor, wit, and pathos, Rohina has crafted a resounding and moving work that we are pleased to be co-presenting with our partners at Greater Boston Stage Company. It is our hope that audiences will come away from this production uplifted and with a deeper understanding of these women's journeys through today's often tumultuous society.”

About UNVEILED
Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show.

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.  

About GREATER BOSTON STAGE COMPANY
Greater Boston Stage Company seeks to strengthen community in our suburban setting by encouraging first-time and seasoned audiences to experience the excitement of live theatre. In our intimate venue, we present plays and musicals, both familiar and new, which speak to the interests and concerns of our region and keep the art of professional theatre thriving. Our education program, The Young Company believes that good theatre makes good people. We provide year-round training and performance opportunities to students in grades 1-12 with a vital connection to our professional company. As a community anchor, Greater Boston Stage Company fuels the local economy and provides a welcoming and affordable cultural destination in Boston’s Metro North.

Greater Boston Stage Company’s Mission
We bring vibrant professional theatre and dramatic education beyond the boundaries of Boston, featuring world and regional premieres alongside fresh interpretations of familiar work. Within this setting, we uniquely foster the artists of tomorrow by providing ongoing performance and employment opportunities to our company of current and former students.

Artistic Bios
ROHINA MALIK (Playwright and Performer) is a Chicago based, award-winning playwright and solo performance artist. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Rohina was awarded the 2018 Lee Reynolds Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women in NYC. Her one-woman play Unveiled had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater, where it received critical acclaim and has been presented at venues all over the country. Rohina’s second play The Mecca Tales was produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2015 and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.  Recently, Voyage Theater Company and Crossroads Theater Company partnered to bring The Mecca Tales to the East Coast (Sheen Center) and Edison, NJ, directed by Kareem Fahmy. Her new play, Yasmina’s Necklace, had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater in 2016 and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work, and was recently remounted at The Goodman Theatre. Malik's plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre, 16th Street Theater, Voyage Theater Company, Crossroads Theatre, Next Theatre, Brava Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Silk Road Rising, Baltimore Theatre Project, and Mustard Seed Theater. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Artistic Associate at the 16th Street Theater and Voyage Theater Company. Unveiled was recently presented at two South African theater festivals: The Grahamstown Arts Festival and the 969 Festival in Johannesburg, produced by Voyage Theater Company. Rohina is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

UNVEILED at a glance

Companies:                                                       New Repertory Theatre and Greater Boston Stage Company

Production:                                                       Unveiled

Venues:                                                             Mainstage Theater | Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street | Watertown, MA 02472

Greater Boston Stage Company
 395 Main Street | Stoneham, MA 02180

Playwright and Performer:                          Rohina Malik

Production Team:                                           Jeffrey Petersen                             Scenic Designer
Matthew Guminski                            Lighting Designer
Logan Pratt                                              Stage Manager

Performance:                                                   New Repertory Theatre Schedule
Wednesday, January 10, 7:30pm                              Opening              
Thursday, January 11, 7:30pm
Friday, January 12, 8pm
Saturday, January 13, 3pm                     
 Saturday, January 13, 8pm
Sunday, January 14, 2pm

Thursday, January 18, 2:00pm
 Thursday, January 18, 7:30pm
Friday, January 19, 8pm
Saturday, January 20, 3pm                     
 Saturday, January 20, 8pm
Sunday, January 21, 2pm

Tuesday, January 23, 7:30pm
 Wednesday, January 24, 7:30pm
 Thursday, January 25, 7:30pm
Friday, January 26, 8pm
 Saturday, January 27, 8pm
Sunday, January 28, 2pm              

Greater Boston Stage Company Schedule
                Wednesday, February 7, 2:00pm              
Thursday, February 8, 10:00am
 Thursday, February 8, 7:30pm
Friday, February 9, 8pm
Saturday, February 10, 3pm                             
 Saturday, February 10, 8pm
Sunday, February 11, 2pm

Tuesday, February 13, 10am
 Thursday, February 15, 10am
 Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm
 Thursday, February 16, 8:00pm



Tickets:                                               New Repertory Theatre, $15-$40
Telephone: 617-923-8487, Online: newrep.org
In Person: Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Greater Boston Stage Company, $15-$25
Telephone: 781-279-2200, Online: greaterbostonstage.org
In Person: Greater Boston Stage Company
395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

The 7th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival
January 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Boston One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns for The 7th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival! The aim of this program is to get a cohort Boston based theatre-makers in the room, uphold the important themes, ideas, conversations, and dialogues that bubble up to the surface, and hold space for valuable community conversations. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by some of Boston and New England’s established and emerging playwrights and directors will be presented in two series, over four performances:

Series A: Saturday, January 6th & Sunday, January 7th at 8pm

Series B: Monday, January 8th & Tuesday, January 9th at 8pm

All Performances at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215)

The 7th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival will feature works by:

Series A:

Rosanna Alfaro, Beruit Balutis, Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Lisa Burdick, Mary Conroy, Andrea Fleck Clardy, Elizabeth DuPre, Dante Flores, Peter Floyd, Melanie Garber-Letitia, Kirsten Greenidge, Marzie Ghasempour, Ginger Lazarus, Christopher Lockheardt, James McLindon, Walt McGough, Mwalim, Kevin Mullins, Tyler Monroe, Samantha Noble, Clifford Odle, Kelly Smith, Donna Sorbello, Livian Yeh

Directed by Hatem Adell, Lindsay Eagle, Josh Glenn Kayden, Hannah Pryfogle, James Peter Sotis, and Kelly Smith

Series B:

Michael Bradford, Eleanor Burgess, Fabiola Decius, Brendan Doris-Pierce, Tai Feaster, Shari Frost, Steve Faria, Jessica Foster, James Ferguson, Deirdre Girard, Patrick Gabridge Colleen Hughes, Gillian Mackay-Smith, Charlotte Meehan, Lesley Moreau, Nina Louise Morrison, Laura Neill, Payne Ratner, Karmo Sanders, Cassie M. Seinuk, Jan Soolman Noah Tobin, Jaclyn Villano, Debbie Wiess

Directed by Liz Adams, Mikey DiLoreto, Steve Faria, Stephanie LeBolt, David Marino, and Alex Smith

Curated by Dominic D'Andrea & Caitlin Wees


EVENT DETAILS

Title: The 7th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival
Dates:
Series A:  Saturday, January 6th & Sunday January 7th
Series B: Monday, January 8th & Tuesday, January 9th
Times: 8 pm
Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at: www.BostonPlaywrights.org

About the Festival

The One­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is a grass-roots community-engaged theatre festival, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer practice, which investigates local zeitgeist and narratives through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of minute-long moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with traditional theatres, cultural institutions, and social justice institutions sharing educational, community-focused, or public service missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced community events, withthe goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF includes participants of different points of age, race, culture, gender, socio-economic background, and stage of career. The work attempts to reflect the values, topics, trends, styles, ideas, and big conversations that bubble up to the surface in each community.

Partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis, Providence, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Rep, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth, and others.   

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW REP ANNOUNCES MAN OF LA MANCHA EXTENSION!
NOW PLAYING THROUGH DECEMBER 31!
[WATERTOWN] New Repertory Theatre presents Man of La Mancha, December 1-31, 2017 in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $22-$72 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 Man of La Mancha are also available.
 “It has become a New Rep tradition during the holiday season to present a play that invites audiences of all ages to revel in this celebratory time of year,” says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “This year we dream the impossible dream as we present the Tony-award winning musical Man of La Mancha. This classic musical adventure recounts the boundlessly idealistic tale of Don Quixote, epitomizing our season’s theme of resilience. We’re thrilled to bring this spirited revival to New Rep this winter.”
“New Rep is pleased to welcome so many new faces to our stage for our holiday production of Man of La Mancha,“says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. “Besides those joining us for the first time, we welcome back director Antonio Ocampo-Guzman and long-time collaborator Maurice Emmanuel Parent in the role of Don Quixote. Maurice’s presence on our stage over the years has been a highlight of many seasons, so we’re excited that he’s able to join us once again in this starring role.”

About MAN OF LA MANCHA
An energetic revival of the Tony-award winning musical, Man of La Mancha features Boston-area favorite Maurice Emmanuel Parent as the eponymous knight errant, Don Quixote, on his quest to dream the impossible dream. Journey along with us and experience this classic musical adventure this holiday season.


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
UTE GFRERER (Aldonza) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Having given her American theater debut with Virginia Opera in a production of the “Seven Deadly Sins” last season, Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer is considered to be one of the best interpreters of Kurt Weill’s music.  She has sung and recorded many of his works, including The Threepenny Opera, One Touch of Venus, Lady in the Dark, Marie Galante, and The Seven Deadly Sins. After studying voice and acting in Los Angeles, she has been a successful international soloist for the past three decades. Her career has brought her to major musical centers around the world including the Zurich Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, the Barbican Hall in London, the NHK Hall in Tokio, the Teatro National in Guatemala City, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Herkulessaal in Munich, working under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Moest, HK Gruber, and Thomas Hengelbrock. Ute’s extensive repertory ranges from opera (Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni) to operetta (Adele in Die Fledermaus and Valencienne in The Merry Widow), musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady) as well as chansons and lieder. She is also known for her solo shows and cabaret programs where she channels stars like Marlene Dietrich or Edith Piaf. ute-gfrerer.com

MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* (Cervantes/Don Quixote) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Gift Horse, The Snow QueenCamelotRent, Passing Strange, Cabaret, The Wild Party, and Ragtime. Most recently he played the title character in Edward II with Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he is a resident acting company member and Co-Acting Artistic Director. Other credits include work with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Off the Grid Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Theatre Works, Huntington Theatre Company, Cape Playhouse, and Barrington Stage. He received a 2016 IRNE Award for The Snow Queen (New Repertory Theatre), the 2015 IRNE Award for The Color Purple (SpeakEasy Stage Company), and a 2008 Elliot Norton Award for Some Men (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works), and The Wild Party (New Repertory Theatre). Maurice is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and resides in Roxbury. mauriceparent.com

JUDITH CHAFFEE (Movement Director) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good and having previously choreographed Assassins. She appeared in Good at Boston Center for American Performance and again for the Potomac Theatre Project in NYC. Other credits include An American Dream (Colorado Arts Festival); Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House of Bernarda Alba, and Agnes of God (Boston University), and had a recent film role in The Inhabitants. She has two CDs on Period Styles through Insight Media, and co-edited, with Olly Crick, The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte. She is Associate Professor Emerita at Boston University, where she was awarded the 2011 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Teaching, and was head of movement for theatre and opera before retiring in 2015.

ANTONIO OCAMPO-GUZMAN (Stage Director) returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing Masterclass, ‘Art’ and Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune. Most recently, he staged L’Elisir d’amore for Boston Midsummer Opera, where he has also directed Il Campanello, L’amico Fritz, The Bartered Bride and The Merry Wives of Windsor. As an actor, he trained with Teatro Libre in his native Bogotá, Colombia, and with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. He received an MFA in Directing, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Voice, from York University, Toronto and has directed over 50 productions in several countries. In the Boston area, he has worked with New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre, among others. He is a Designated Linklater Master Voice Teacher and is the author of La Liberación de la Voz Natural: El Método Linklater (UNAM, 2010). Next summer, Antonio will direct Il Barbiere di Siviglia for BMO. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Northeastern University, where he teaches all levels of acting, improv and voice, and resides in Jamaica Plain.

DAVID REIFFEL (Music Director) returns to New Repertory Theatre after creating music and sound for Blackberry Winter, The Elephant Man, Master Class, Marry Me a Little, Chesapeake (IRNE Nominee), and Collected Stories, among others. Local credits include A Beautiful Day In November… and Stupid F***ing Bird (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Production ) (Apollinaire Theater Company); A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theatre, IRNE Nominee); Othello, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and Middletown (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Big Fish, Carrie, and The Color Purple (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Luna Gale and Doubt (Greater Boston Stage Company); Gloucester Blue (Gloucester Stage Company, Brandeis Theater Company, The Boston Conservatory); and The Rag Doll (Blue Spruce, IRNE Nominee). National credits include Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He wrote scores and designed sound for five years on the road as a founding member and resident composer with the nationally-acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company. davidreiffel.com

Man of La Mancha also features STEFAN BARNER, SHONNA CIRONE, CHRISTINA ENGLISH, BRANDON GRIMES, NILE HAWVER, RICARDO D. HOLGUÍN, PAUL JAMES LANG, MICHAEL LEVESQUE, CRISTHIAN MANCINAS GARCÍA, DAVRON S. MONROE, IVY RYAN, NICOLE VANDER LAAN, and TODD YARD.

MAN OF LA MANCHA at a glance

Company:                                                          New Repertory Theatre

Artistic Director:                                              Jim Petosa              

Managing Director:                                        Harriet Sheets

Production:                                                       Man of La Mancha

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

Book:                                                                  Dale Wasserman  

Music:                                                                 Mitch Leigh   

Lyrics:                                                                 Joe Darion

Director:                                                            Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Music Director:                                David Reiffel

Movement Director:                                      Judith Chaffee

Cast:                                                                    Stefan Barner*                                Prisoner (Father Pérez)
Shonna Cirone*                Prisoner (María)
Christina English                 Prisoner (Luisa)
Ute Gfrerer                                             Prisoner (Aldonza)
Brandon Grimes*                             Monk/Prisoner (Paco)
Nile Hawver*                                             Prisoner (Pedro)
Ricardo Holguín                Prisoner (José)
Paul James Lang*              Captain/Prisoner (Barber)
Michael Levesque                            Servant (Sancho Panza)
Cristhian Macinas-García               Prisoner (Juan)
Davron Monroe*                            “Duke” (Carrasco)
Maurice Emmanuel Parent*               Cervantes (Don Quixote)
Ivy Ryan                                             Prisoner (Antonia)
Nicole Vander Laan                    Monk/Prisoner (Tenorio)
Todd Yard                                             “Governor” (Manuel)
Production Team:                                           Eric Levensonº                                                 Scenic Designer
Frances Nelson McSherryº               Costume Designer             
Jeff Adelbergº                                          Lighting Designer
Jaclyn Fulton*                               Production Stage Manager
               Becca Freifeld*                             Assistant Stage Manager

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

Performance Schedule:                 Friday, December 1, 8pm                                     Preview
Saturday, December 2, 8pm                          Preview
 Sunday, December 3, 4pm                          Preview
Monday, December 4, 7:30pm                               Press Opening

Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm               
Friday, December 8, 8pm                
 Saturday, December 9, 3pm 
 Saturday, December 9, 8pm                
Sunday, December 10, 2pm                                     Talkback
 Sunday, December 10, 7:30pm                                                                          

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

Wednesday, December 20, 7:30pm               
Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
Friday, December 22, 8pm
Saturday, December 23, 3pm                             
 Saturday, December 23, 8pm
Sunday, December 24, 2pm              

Friday, December 29, 2pm                               Just added!
Friday, December 29, 7:30pm Just added!
Saturday, December 30, 3pm                Just added!
Saturday, December 30, 8pm                Just added!
Sunday, December 31, 2pm                               Just added!

Tickets:                                               $22-$72. 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
POWERFUL PERSONAL DRAMA MALA WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MELINDA LOPEZ, DIRECTED BY DAVID DOWER BEGINS SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
(BOSTON) – The Huntington Theatre Company is pleased to present the ArtsEmerson production of Mala. This moving drama is written and performed by Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba) and directed by David Dower (Mala and Mr. JoyBreath & Imagination at ArtsEmerson). Performances run from January 6 through January 28, 2018 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion.

Set during the epic winter of 2015, Mala is inspired by text messages frantically typed on an iPhone by Lopez, while she cared for her increasingly frail and consistently fierce mother. These short missives ultimately create a moving and generous portrait of the way taking care of family tests, deepens, and changes our bonds to the ones we love. Lopez, a regular on Boston stages, also performs the play.

Mala won the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Script, and it was named one of the best plays of 2016 by The Boston Globe, WBUR’s ARTery, and DigBoston. This return engagement of Mala, back by popular demand, is funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic. Mala puts a sharp focus on what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed.

“When I saw the sold-out performances of Mala at ArtsEmerson last year, I knew we had to bring this homegrown hit to the Huntington,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Melinda Lopez has a frank and funny approach to writing about life and family that is a gift to audiences. In Mala, she’s captured something so honest about what it is to be a daughter. This is a show to share with someone you love.”

“I am thrilled to bring Mala back to Boston,” says Melinda Lopez. “The Huntington has provided me the time and space to continue to create new work as their playwright-in-residence, and I am grateful to them for remounting the original production, as this play is extremely close to my heart.”
“It was a true joy collaborating with Melinda on the premiere of her play Mala,” director David Dower says. “The humor, intelligence, and courage that Melinda brought to her writing immediately resonated and provided a great foundation to tell her important story, universal to so many.”

“Piercingly honest and exquisitely moving,” says The Boston Globe and WBUR’s The ARTery says Mala is “Candid, raw, and exhilarating!”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Melinda Lopez (Playwright, Performer) is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company.Mala won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play. The show premiered at ArtsEmerson and recently ran at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Upcoming projects include a translation of Yerma (Lorca) for the American Conservatory Theater. Her award-winning play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award) has been produced all over the country including at the Huntington Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. Other plays include Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company), Back the Night (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theater, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health for the Darwin bicentennial), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Coconut Grove Playhouse), and multiple short plays. Ms. Lopez is among the first cohort of playwrights to receive a three-year residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and she was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by The Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the City of Boston, the National Education Association, and the Cambridge Arts Panel and she has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared in regional theatre (Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Portland Stage), film, and radio. She teaches theatre studies at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. Ms. Lopez was mentioned by President Obama in his joint address to the Cuban and American people, and Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the City of Boston. She is active in the local Cuban American community and works to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba. For more information, visit friendsofcaritascubana.com and melindalopez.com.

David Dower (Director) is artistic director at ArtsEmerson, where he staged the world premiere of Mala, as well as Guillermo Calderon’s Kiss, Marc Kudisch’s Baritones Unbound, Daniel Beaty’s Breath and ImaginationMr. Joy, and Emergency. He has directed new works at Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and dozens of world premieres in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent six seasons as associate artistic director at Arena Stage, leading the artistic development team on over 50 productions, including the Tony Award-winning productions of 33 Variations, Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He is a co-founder of HowlRound and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Mala features dramaturgy by P. Carl (Mala, Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, How to Be a Rock Critic, andThe Wholehearted at ArtsEmerson); set design by Kristine Holmes (Prop Master at the Huntington; Kiss at ArtsEmerson and set decorator for “Antiques Roadshow”); lighting design by Scott Pinkney (Torch Song Trilogy on Broadway and The Comedy of Errors with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); projection design by Ari Herzig (Ryan Landry’s M at the Huntington and Sugar with ArtsEmerson); and sound design byArshan Gailus (Becoming Cuba at the Huntington, Tribes with SpeakEasy Stage Company). Production stage manager is Deborah A. Acquavella; and stage manager is Lizzy Gordon.

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.

ABOUT ARTSEMERSON
ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. It is dedicated to engaging allcommunities through stories that reveal and deepen connections to each other. By cultivating diversity in the artand in the audience, ArtsEmerson ignites public conversation around the most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. ArtsEmerson is committed to welcoming everyone into its 
landmark venues, located in Boston’s downtown Theatre District, for a diverse program of contemporary theatre, film, and music from around the city and around the world. In addition, ArtsEmerson engages in a range of community partnerships and produces a series of initiatives that make visible the rich diversity of cultural activity in the region. These programs are core to ArtsEmerson’s mission and expresses commitment to civic responsibility to create a more cohesive society. ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and is led by Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David Howse. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.

PHOTO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
To download high-resolution (or smaller) photos of Mala:
  1. Visit huntingtontheatre.org/news/photo-library/2017-2018/mala/ 
  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
January 6 – January 28, 2018
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. 
Press Opening: Wednesday, January 10, 6:30pm. RSVP online.

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)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MALA  

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season. This is an opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have seen in a conversation led by members of the Huntington staff.

POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH HARRISON BLUM FROM EMERSON COLLEGE
Sunday, January 7 after the 2pm performance 
Learn more about what it means to live mindfully of yourself and others with Emerson Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Harrison Blum following the 2pm performance on January 7.
Harrison Blum is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a board-certified chaplain and community dharma leader in the insight meditation tradition of Western Buddhism. He previously worked as Buddhist spiritual advisor and mindfulness program director at Northeastern University, and as a staff chaplain on Franciscan Children's acute adolescent psychiatric unit. His book Dancing with Dharmafeatures 27 contributors from six countries writing on the intersections of movement and dance with Western Buddhist practice.

HUNTINGTON COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE RECEPTION
Thursday, January 11 at 6pm
Huntington Community Members are invited to a free pre-show reception on Thursday, January 11. There will be complimentary food and drinks, and attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the Huntington season as well as meet other interested theatregoers. Tickets to the 7:30pm performance of Mala should be purchased separately.
The Huntington Community Membership Initiative is a program designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income. The program’s goal is to diversify audiences to better represent the city of Boston. Community Members can purchase tickets to any available seat at any performance without restriction for just $20.

STUDENT MATINEES
Thursday, January 18 at 10am
Thursday, January 25 at 10am
For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. 
Student matinees include a pre-show in-school visit, a curriculum guide, a post-show Actors Forum, and a Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES 
Thursday, January 18 at 10am (student matinee) 
Friday, January 19 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.

POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH REVEREND ROSEMARY LLOYD FROM THE INSTITUTE OF HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT
Saturday, January 20, after the 2pm performance 
Open the dialogue about end-of-life care with Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, advisor for The Conversation Project at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, following the 2pm performance on January 20.
Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv, is advisor to faith communities for The Conversation Project at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Lloyd organizes, educates, and supports clergy and congregations in having values-centered conversations with loved ones and healthcare providers about crucial end-of-life matters. Rev. Lloyd is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School. Her life-long interest in end-of-life care and ethics is fueled by her experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she served The First Church in Boston and has spoken in a variety of congregational and healthcare settings on end-of-life issues for more than a decade. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute for Compassionate End of Life Care and an advocate for deepening the spiritual practice of embracing the reality of our mortality for the sake of having more joy in life.


HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, January 21 after the 2pm performance

Explore the development and significance of Mala with a guest expert following the 2pm performance on January 21.









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!

欲观戏者,请快快点击文章底部的“阅读全文”,或复制以下链接,前来购票把~
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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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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




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
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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.

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