New Rep Unveils 2004-2005 Season

The New Repertory Theatre’s 2004-2005 season, which also marks the company's 20th anniversary, will be celebrated with an unprecedented array of local and national talent.

The fall season gets underway with the world premiere of Michael Weller’s new play, “Approaching Moomtaj,” which tells the story of Walker Dance, a man struggling to save his marriage and career in the wake of September 11. 

Michael Weller is the author of Broadway’s “Moonchildren”, Loose Ends” and “Spoils of War” as well as the film adaptations of “Hair” and “Ragtime” (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay).  According to sources at the theater, Mr. Weller has chosen to premiere his latest play at New Rep based on the theatre’s growing reputation in Boston and New York.

In November, Sam Weisman will direct New Rep’s production of “Permanent Collection” Weisman has directed extensively in film, television and theatre.  Among his Hollywood directing credits are “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Bye Bye Love” with Mathew Modine and Paul Reiser, and “The Out Of Towners” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

New Rep will continue its successful artistic collaboration with Austin Pendleton in January, when he returns to play the Marquis de Sade in Doug Wright’s “Quills.” Pendleton’s career in American theatre and film spans forty years and ranges from a role in the original Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” to appearances in such films as “My Cousin Vinny” and “A Beautiful Mind.” Pendleton has appeared twice on New Rep’s stage: playing the title role in “King Lear” and as Vladimir in “Waiting For Godot.”

In the spring, New Rep will collaborate with the Alliance Theatre Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and Trinity Repertory Company of Providence, for a co--production of Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Top Dog / Underdog,” winner of the 2002
Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The co-production will be directed by Kent Gash, whose “Pacific Overtures” recently received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production: Large Company.  “Top Dog / Underdog, will be designed by Eugene Lee, recipient of the 2004 Tony Award for his scenic design of the Broadway musical “Wicked”

The season will close with the reunion of an award-winning team of artists as Rick
directs an innovative production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” starring Broadway’s Todd Alan Johnson, with Evan Harrington, Nancy E. Carroll, and Leigh Barrett. 

The artists previously collaborated on New Rep’s successful production of “Sweeney Todd,” which received three Elliot Norton Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production: Small Company and Outstanding Director.  The cast will be joined by another Boston favorite, Miguel Cervantes, who recently appeared on New Rep’s stage as Leandro in “Scapin,” played the title role in SpeakEasy’s hit production of “Bat Boy: The Musical” and is currently seen this summer in “Forever Plaid” at the Stuart Street Playhouse.

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