2006-2007 Season At New Rep

Following the success of its inaugural season in Watertown, New Repertory Theatre has announced its second season as the resident company in the Arsenal Center for the Arts. The upcoming season will be comprised entirely of Boston, New England, and world premieres.

“I believe the plays in our upcoming season will find a wonderful home at New Rep and with Boston audiences,” says Rick Lombardo, Producing Artistic Director. “What they all have in common – beyond extraordinary writing – is that each play, in its own way, makes us confront our secrets, our fears, and the fragile quality of our humanity.”

As part of its continuing commitment to bring new work to local and regional audiences, New Rep will present two New England premieres, two Boston premieres, and an NNPN world premiere. In association with the National New Play Network (NNPN), New Rep will engage in a unique collaboration with San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Tucson’s Borderlands Theatre, and Indianapolis’s Phoenix Theatre, presenting the “rolling world premiere” of David Rambo’s "The Ice-Breaker."

The season includes:

"The Pillowman" by Martin McDonagh
September 6 – October 1, 2006
New England Premiere

For its season opener, New Rep presents last season’s Tony-Award winning hit. In an unidentified totalitarian state, Katurian - a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local police force. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the police resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. With dark humor, Martin McDonagh celebrates the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the shadowy corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

"The Ice-Breaker" by David Rambo
Oct. 25 – Nov. 19, 2006

New Rep’s production of "The Ice-Breaker" will be part of a National New Play Network “rolling world premiere,” in conjunction with productions at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Tucson's Borderlands Theatre, and Indianapolis’s Phoenix Theatre. Written by David Rambo – known nationally for his writing on the hit television series "Crime Scene Investigation" – "The Ice-Breaker" depicts the developing relationship between two scientists. Sonia, a brilliant academic completing her thesis on climatology, arrives on the desert of the American Southwest in search of Lawrence, a once-legendary scientist (now living in self-imposed exile), whose research on polar ice inspired Sonia’s work. When the two meet, sexual and intellectual sparks fly, but in the course of one sleepless night, both learn that their romantic attraction is as volatile and mysterious as the potential climate change they fear.

Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol"
Adapted for the stage by Rick Lombardo
December 10 – 24, 2006

Following the success of last year’s production, New Rep revives its popular adaptation of Dickens’ classic holiday story with all the trimmings of a lavish Victorian Christmas. The production offers a feast for the senses, ranging from a pre-show caroling concert to luxurious period costumes, from singing and dancing to ghosts that fly through the air and evaporate into the London fog. The perfect holiday celebration.

"Silence" by Moira Buffini
January 17 – February 11, 2007.
New England Premiere

The time is the Dark Ages and the place is England as Ymma, a young noblewoman in exile from Normandy, arrives on the shores of Canterbury. Passionate, brilliant, fiery, and beautiful, Ymma quickly offends Ethelred, England's narrow-minded king. As punishment, he commands her to marry Silence, a fourteen-year-old lord who longs to become a warrior. Quickly, the newlyweds conspire to take advantage of their mismatched marriage, reaching an agreement that grants them both their freedom. Ymma and Silence set out on the open road, but as Viking warriors threaten the shores of England, the new millennium dawns. The faithful wonder if the apocalypse is at hand and the young couple's strength is tested.

"Orson’s Shadow" by Austin Pendleton
February 21 – March 18, 2007
Boston Premiere

Movie stars, legendary talent, declining fame and explosive egos all collide in this off-Broadway hit written by New Rep regular Austin Pendleton and selected by Time magazine as one of the top plays of 2005. In 1960, film director Orson Welles travels to London, persuaded by Kenneth Tynan - himself a powerful theatre critic - to direct a production of Ionesco's "Rhinoceros." The Royal Court Theatre production stars the brilliant Laurence Olivier and his latest flame, Joan Plowright, though their romance is complicated by a visit from Olivier's eccentric wife, Vivien Leigh. Filled with risqué, behind-the-scenes intrigue, "Orson's Shadow" depicts the fragility and humanity of these titan personalities.

"The Wild Party" by Andrew Lippa
April 25 – May 20, 2007.
Boston Area Premiere

Evoking the glamour, sensuality, and decadence of Manhattan in the roaring twenties, "The Wild Party" chronicles an evening in the life of Queenie and Burrs, lovers and fellow vaudeville performers. To test the limits of their fierce and hot-blooded relationship, Queenie throws the wildest, most hedonistic party New York has ever seen. However, as the reckless and alluring guests arrive - all with stories of their own - seduction gives way to unbridled passion. What begins as an evening of games and titillation ends in violence. "The Wild Party," with a driving score by Andrew Lippa, blends contemporary music with the sounds of the Jazz Age.

Subscriptions for New Rep’s 2006-2007 season are on sale now. Information
on different membership packages can be obtained by contacting New Rep’s box
office at 617-923-8487 or via e-mail at info@newrep.org. (Note that Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" is not included in any subscription package.)

-- OnStage Boston



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