Productions At ArtsEmerson
Following its first two critically acclaimed seasons of programming from all over the world, ArtsEmerson has just announceds two additional productions for its 2012-2013 Season, with a possibility of still more to come.
Explaining that the new season would mark a departure in programming philosophy, Executive Director Rob Orchard commented, “As a theatre producer, the constraints of the calendar are one of my greatest challenges. By leaving open time in the season, we allow for work that can be presented with shorter planning horizons. This enables us to bring to Boston the freshest, most exciting productions, and to react quickly to what’s happening in the theatre world, both near and far.”
Tickets to the new productions will go on sale November 26 to the general public. In addition, ArtsEmerson’s annual one-day sale takes place on November 26, with tickets for the first two performances of every production priced at only $25. (Restrictions apply, see ArtsEmerson.org for details.) For ticket and membership information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.
The new productions are as follows:
April 27 – May 4, 2013
Visionary theatre artists Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have crafted a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem in their OBIE-winning collaboration that begs the question: Has anything really changed since the Trojan War? "An Iliad" spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through the eyes of a single narrator, whose enigmatic experience of the war reverberates with today’s headlines. Peterson's acclaimed, cutting edge work as a theatre director combines with O'Hare's inimitable range as an actor to create a tour de force performance of this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos.
Denis O’Hare won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in "Sweet Charity." His Broadway credits include "Assassins" (Tony nomination), "Take Me Out" (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), "Major Barbara" and "Cabaret." He has also appeared in numerous productions off-Broadway and in London, on film and television (including "True Blood" and "American Horror Story"). Lisa Peterson has won OBIE and Dramalogue Awards for her directing work, including productions on and off-Broadway, and at regional theaters. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Drama Department, and currently Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
May 14 –19, 2013
Life-long performer and Tony nominee Maurice Hines taps through his 40 years in show business in a celebratory revue. Through song and dance, Hines pays tribute to both his brother, Gregory, and the singers who have been an inspiration throughout his life, including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams and Lena Horne. Bringing the history of tap dance to life, he incorporates memories of the past and performers of the future, featuring the virtuosic talents of the Manzari Brothers -- stars of the next generation of tappers. "Tappin’ Thru Life" will be accompanied by the Berklee College of Music Jazz Ensemble with arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
Dancer, actor, choreographer, director and singer Maurice
Hines has showcased his talents in a variety of settings, including
Broadway, television and film. From the age of five, Maurice and his younger
brother Gregory performed as a dance duo. In 1986, he created, choreographed
and starred in the musical "Uptown...It's Hot!," which
earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Since that time, Hines has choreographed and directed numerous productions
as well as music videos.
• December 5 - 9
• January 26 - 27, 2013
• January 29 - February 10, 2013
• February 27 - March 3, 2013
• March 22 - 24, 2013
• April 3 - 7, 2013
ArtsEmerson was established by Emerson College to program the beautifully restored 590-seat Paramount Mainstage; the versatile, intimate Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre (“The Jackie”), which can seat up to 150 people; the state-of-the-art 170-seat Bright Family Screening Room (all located within the new Paramount Center, a cornerstone in the revitalization of downtown Boston); and the historic 1,186-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District, fully restored by Emerson in 2003.
Under the leadership of Rob Orchard, ArtsEmerson gives Boston audiences a new level of cultural choice, bringing professional American and international work to its four distinct venues. In addition to its acclaimed theatre works, ArtsEmerson presents adventurous, independent and repertory films on weekends, and offers a diverse music program including cutting edge indie rock and world music.
For ticket information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.
-- O'Hare Photo: Joan Marcus
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