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New Repertory Theatre Announces 2010-2011 Season


New Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 27th Season. The seven plays in New Rep’s 2010-2011 Season—Boston Marriage; Cherry Docs; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; afterlife: a ghost story; DollHouse; The Last Five Years; and Passing Strange—address the theme of transformation through comedy, love, loss, music, personal and artistic growth, and forgiveness.

“As we emerge from trying times, the ideas behind transformation feel particularly relevant. As we move ahead, we will not be looking to restore or return to previous ways, but rather to evolve in reflective, positive ways. Through theatre, we have the power to transform our lives and community.” states Kate Warner, New Rep’s Artistic Director.

Ms. Warner continues, “In planning my second season at New Rep, I was drawn to strong writers who explored ideas of transformation and scripts wherein the characters have an experience that changes them in some significant way,”
New Repertory Theatre’s 27th Season:

Show 1 in the Charles Mosesian Theater
Boston Marriage
a comedy by David Mamet
directed by Kate Warner
September 12, 2010 through October 3, 2010

In this biting comedy by David Mamet, Anna and Claire, two “women of fashion” who have long resided together, scheme to obtain the objects of their desire. Anna maintains their upper-middle class Victorian lifestyle as the mistress of a wealthy man who provides her with a healthy income and a distinctive Emerald necklace for her companionship. When Claire’s attentions stray from Anna, Anna devises the “perfect plan” that grows in outlandishness, even as it backfires and the innocent parlor maid gets caught in the crossfire.

Show 2 in the Charles Mosesian Theater
Cherry Docs
a New England Premiere by David Gow
October 17, 2010 through November 7, 2010

When a Jewish lawyer is assigned to defend a young skinhead accused of killing an immigrant man with his cherry red Doc Martens, he is forced to confront his own ability to forgive. In this New England Premiere, David Gow dares audiences to examine their capacity for compassion and asks, is there atonement for all crimes?

Show 3 in the Black Box Theater
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
a romantic comedy by Terrence McNally
November 28, 2010 through December 19, 2010

In the City that Never Sleeps, is it possible to find real love after one night together? Join Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s fated duo, Frankie and Johnny, a guarded waitress and a passionate short-order cook, as they discover that the world is smaller than they expected, there is no such thing as a mere coincidence, and love can be as simple as deciding to embrace it.

Show 4 in the Charles Mosesian Theater
afterlife: a ghost story
a World Premiere by Steve Yockey
directed by Kate Warner
featuring Marianna Bassham
January 16, 2011 through February 6, 2011

An approaching storm forces a young married couple to come home to their empty beach house and batten down the hatches. When a giant wave comes crashing over them, they tumble into an alternate reality where both must confront the ghosts that haunt them and decide what their afterlife will be. This poetic and beautiful World Premiere by Steve Yockey is sure to captivate you.

Show 5 in the Charles Mosesian Theater
DollHouse
a drama by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary
February 27, 2011 through March 20, 2011

Set in suburban Connecticut, this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s classic follows the iconic Nora as she struggles to preserve her seemingly perfect life. Nora’s “happy home” is compromised when a man from her past unexpectedly resurfaces and threatens to reveal her secret. In this play by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck, Nora must decide between her idyllic world and a life she can truly claim as her own.

Show 6 in the Black Box Theater
The Last Five Years
book, music, and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
March 27, 2011 through April 17, 2011

In this award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown, audiences are taken on an intimate journey witnessing both the birth and unraveling of a young couple’s five year relationship. Brown’s alluring music interweaves the past and the present of a romantic and tumultuous love affair. Join Cathy and Jamie as they share their emotional stories through celebrated songs, such as “Still Hurting,” “The Next Ten Minutes,” and “Shiksa Goddess.”

Show 7 in the Charles Mosesian Theater
Passing Strange
book and lyrics by Stew
music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
directed by Kate Warner
May 1, 2011 through May 22, 2011

This 2008 Tony Award-winning modern Broadway musical, takes audiences on a pilgrimage led by a Narrator who shares his life through song. This soulful journey follows a young man from a comfortable, suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles, to the coffeehouses of an Amsterdam paradise, and finally to the riotous art houses of West Berlin, as he searches for his artistic and personal voice—what he calls “the real.” Experience one man’s personal story through this uniquely passionate musical.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of New Repertory Theatre (website | profile | tag archive).

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