Season Six at Boston Theatre Works 

Season number Six at Boston Theatre Works will bring growth in several areas, thanks to a $15,000 grant from The Boston Foundation and several major individual gifts. 

Artistic Director Jason Southerland has announced several changes in operations at BTW, including the expansion of the mainstage season from three to four plays, the development of two world premieres in one season (an organizational first) and the addition of Nancy Curran Willis as Managing Director of the Company. 

The $15,000 grant by the Boston Foundation will be used to further BTW’s marketing and audience development efforts in conjunction with the expanded season.

“We are pleased the Boston Foundation has recognized BTW as a company that, despite its relative size and age, is vital to the sector,” Board President Gregory Lincoln commented. “This grant will help us build on the massive success of our Elliot Norton Award-winning productions of “Not About Nightingales” and “The Laramie Project” and will give us the ability to attract new audiences to the company.” 

The BTW season kicks off in September with a newly conceived production of “Antony & Cleopatra,” starring Elliot Norton Award-winner Robert Pemberton and BTW Associate Artist Anne Gottlieb (“The Laramie Project” and “Macbeth”). In December, the Company will present the world premiere of a decidedly left-of-center holiday comedy penned by Boston’s own comedy treasure, John Kuntz. In February BTW will present its second world premiere with “Conspiracy of Memory,” the professional debut of local playwright Steven Bogart. “Conspiracy” was developed at “BTW Unbound 2003.” The mainstage season concludes with the New England premiere of David Lindsay Abaire’s most recent hit comedy, “Kimberly Akimbo.”

Boston Theatre Works will also welcome Nancy Curran Willis, formerly Managing Director at Gloucester Stage Company, as the first Managing Director at Boston Theatre Works. Nancy spent two years at Gloucester, where she produced back-to-back profitable seasons and reduced the debt by more than 50%. She is a multi-award-winning director who has more than 50 shows in nearly 20 Boston-area theatres to her credit.

The full season line up is as follows:

“Antony & Cleopatra”
September 19 - October 12, 2003
Presented at The Tremont Theatre
Worlds collide and The Roman Empire is born in the passionate embrace of the greatest lovers in history.

The World Premiere of a New Holiday Comedy
by John Kuntz

November 28 - December 13, 2003
Presented at Boston Center for the Arts
“Fatal Attraction” meets Santa’s Workshop. Not your average “ho ho ho” as award-winning actor/playwright John Kuntz does Christmas. Kuntz and his solo show “StarFuckers” won Best Solo Award at the NY International Fringe Festival 2002 aas well as the Elliot Norton Best Solo Performance Award 2000. 

“Conspiracy of Memory”
By Steven Bogart
A World Premiere
February 6 - February 22, 2004
Presented at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
An elderly holocaust survivor is facing the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s. He and his family are forced to confront and reconcile the haunting clouds of his tragic past in this beautiful and tender play, which explores the complex issues of aging, forgiveness and redemptionwith grace and humor. This play was introduced as part of the “BTW Unbound Festival 2003.”

“Kimberly Akimbo”
By David Lindsay Abaire

New England Premiere
April 30 - May 16, 2004
Presented at Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Theatre Works is thrilled to present the latest play from rising star David Lindsay Abaire (“Fuddy Meers”), fresh from its sold-out run in New York City. “Kimberly Akimbo” is a comic play about a teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age four and a half times faster than it should. When she and her family flee New Jersey under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

 “BTW Unbound 2004: A Festival of New Plays”
May 17, 2004 – May 23, 2004
Presented at Boston Playwrights' Theatre 
“BTW Unbound” provides both a great showcase of new works by emerging playwrights and a terrific opportunity to see several intriguing works in progress.

-- OnStage Boston




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