ASSASSINS, THE LITTLE PRINCE, and More Round Out New Rep Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season
New Repertory Theatre has announced 2014-2015: the 30th Anniversary Season, PARADOX: HEROES & ANTIHEROES, VIRTUES & VICES.
Featuring ten productions in three theatre spaces (the Charles Mosesian Theater and Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown and the Boston University Lane-Comely Studio 210 Black Box on Huntington Avenue in Boston), the 2014-2015 30th Season includes CLOSER THAN EVER (September 6-28, 2014), a musical revue directed by and featuring Leigh Barrett about mid-life challenges; ASSASSINS (October 4-November 26, 2014), Stephen Sondheim'smusical exploring criminal minds of historic assassins; THE LITTLE PRINCE (November 22-December 21, 2014), based on the beloved novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; the World Premiere of renowned theatre artist Robert Brustein's KING OF THE SCHNORRERS (February 7-March 1, 2015); and Tennessee Williams'sophisticated fairy tale THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE (April 25-May 17, 2015).
The 30th Anniversary Season also includes the second annual NEXT REP BLACK BOX FESTIVAL, now five plays in two Black Box Theaters, including MUCKRAKERS (January 10-February 1, 2015), three plays celebrating women theatre-makers including THE AMISH PROJECT (March 6-April 19, 2015), STRONGER THAN THE WIND (March 6-April 19, 2015), and THE GOD BOX (March 6-April 19, 2015), and the NEXT REP WORLD PREMIERE (June 2015) (chosen from this season's Next Voices Playwriting Fellows), co-presented with Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP).
"For our 30th Anniversary Season," shares artistic director Jim Petosa, "we believe both in the quality of the plays themselves as well as in what they reflect at this particular time. We purposefully chose plays that speak to our closest collaborators, utilizing the talentsof theatre artists that consider New Rep their artistic home."
"The theme of PARADOX," he continues, "explores tales of moral ambiguity and issues of character. Our new season's plays feature paradoxical characters that are both heroic and antiheroic. They possess certain virtues and as well as vices. Our perception of them changes as they live through the stories they play out, in comedy, drama, and musical form. "
"This Anniversary Season is a remarkable milestone for New Rep," says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. "It's a time for celebration, and also a time to secure the future for the theatre."
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Now in its 30th season as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season Subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep's Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.