Nora Theatre Kicks Off 2014 with INSIGNIFICANCE, Now thru 2/9

The Nora Theatre Company will present Terry Johnson's Insignificance from today, January 9 - February 9, 2014. Insignificance is directed by Daniel Gidron. The press performance for Insignificance is Monday, January 13 at 7:30PM.

It's 1953. An actress who might be Marilyn Monroe knocks on the door of a New York City hotel room where a Professor - Albert Einstein? - is calculating the shape of the universe. Her husband, a baseball player, is jealous. And a zealous, sweaty Senator is looking for "Reds." Terry Johnson (of The Nora's Hysteria) conjures up a comedic fantasy questioning the moral and political dangers of fame and celebrity worship.

In January 2011, The Nora Theatre Company produced Terry Johnson's Hysteria to critical acclaim. Insignificance reunites Stacy Fischer and director b. For her performance in Hysteria, Ms. Fischer received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress. Ms. Fischer reunites with Mr. Gidron to perform the role of The Actress. She is joined by Richard McElvain (The Professor), Alexander Platt (The Ballplayer), and Barry M. Press (The Senator).

About INSIGNIFICANCE: Premiering in 1982 at The Royal Court Theatre, Insignificance, was a breakout hit for Terry Johnson. For Insignificance, Johnson received the Plays and Players Award for Best Play and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. The In1985, the film adaptation directed by Nicholas Roeg starred Michael Emil, Theresa Russell, Tony Curtis, and Gary Busey. It was the official British entry in the Cannes Film Festival.

About Terry Johnson: Terry Johnson (Playwright) has written plays that have been performed all over Great Britain and worldwide. He is the recipient of a dozen major theatre awards, including the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical 2010, Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and Critics Circle Best Musical 2009 for La Cage Aux Folles. He also won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of 1994 and of 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995, Critics Circle Best New Play 1995, The League of American Theatres and Producers Best Touring Play 2001, two Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Time Out Best Play Award 1995, Writers Guild Best Play 1995, Writers Guild Best play 1996, the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993, and the John Whiting Award 1991. In addition, he has received over a dozen further nominations for various awards. West End credits include: The Duck House, End of The Rainbow, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Rise And Fall of Little Voice, La Cage Aux Folles, Rainman, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John's Glasses, and The Memory Of Water. For The Hampstead Theatre, he has recently directed the acclaimed revival of his own play Hysteria, Race by David Mamet and Old Money. He has twice worked with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directing John Malkovitch in The LIbertine, which was nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and Lost Land, both plays by Stephen Jeffries. For the Royal National Theatre, he has written and directed three productions: Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds, and Sparkleshark (by Philip Ridley). His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British Entry at Cannes in 1985.

About Director Daniel Gidron: Daniel Gidron (Director) recently directed Master Class at Shakespeare & Company and Absurd Person Singular, The How and the Why, and Photograph 51 for The Nora Theatre Company, as well as the immensely popular collaboration between The Nora and Underground Railway Theater, Arabian Nights (2011 IRNE Award, Best Director of a Drama). At Central Square Theater, he has also directed the world premiere of Silver Spoon by Amy Merrill and Si Kahn, Hysteria, The Caretaker, The Lady With All The Answers, The Cherry Orchard in a world premiere translation by George Malko, and We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! for The Nora. An IRNE Award nominee for Best Director of a Drama for the company's 2007 production of Buried Child, Mr. Gidron has directed 17 other productions for The Nora, including The Unexpected Man, How I Got That Story, Richard McElvain's world premiere adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone, Smelling a Rat, The Countess, Full Gallop, and Mere Mortals, among others. He has also directed for many other companies such as The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Tremont Theatre, Opera Boston, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, and La Mama ETC. In Israel, where he was born, he has directed at Habimah National Theater, Haifa Municipal Theatre, Arab Theatre, Beit Lessin, Dror Theatre, and Beersheva Municipal Theatre. He has taught at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Brandeis University. He currently teaches at UMass Boston. Other productions include The Chosen, Or, Groundswell, and November (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (New Repertory Theatre); The Consul at Opera Boston; and Golda's Balcony (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards, Best Solo Performance, Shakespeare & Company).

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