Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz's RANCHO MIRAGE Comes to New Rep Theatre, 10/12-11/3

Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz's RANCHO MIRAGE Comes to New Rep Theatre, 10/12-11/3

New Repertory Theatre announces the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz' dark comedy RANCHO MIRAGE, October 12 through November 3, 2013. Directed by Robert Walsh, RANCHO MIRAGE performs in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, in Watertown, MA. Tickets are $28-$60 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 617-923-8487 or online at Student, senior, and group discounts are available. The press performance is Monday, October 14 at 7:30pm.

"Steven Dietz is one of our most prolific, published, and produced playwrights in the U.S. today," says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "It's a unique position for New Rep, as a core member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), to join forces with sister theatres around the nation and, as a group, commit to develop and produce new works like RANCHO MIRAGE, and celebrate together throughout the season."

"We're thrilled to produce another NNPN Rolling World Premiere," says Managing Director Harriet Sheets. "BAKERSFIELD MIST, also an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that New Rep produced in 2012, was an audience favorite and earned the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script."

RANCHO MIRAGE features Cate Damon (Pam), Tamara Hickey (Diane), Abbie Killeen (Louise), John Kooi (Charlie), Robert Pemberton (Trevor), Lewis D. Wheeler (Nick), and Marion Mason (Julie).

About RANCHO MIRAGE: Acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz' black comedy looks at affluent suburban couples whose truths finally catch up with them. At an ill-fated dinner party, these long-time friends are awakened to the secrets of their past with hilarious and farcical results. Written by one of America's most widely-produced playwrights, this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere comedy asks what remains between us when youth, dreams, and the last bottle of wine is gone?

New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Entering 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.

New Rep's Mission: New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

About the National New Play Network: The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays. We strive to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has commissioned eighteen playwrights, provided more than twenty MFA graduates with paid residencies, and supported over 100 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which creates "Rolling World Premieres" of new plays. Through these activities and others, NNPN has granted over a half million dollars to theaters and artists in the past ten years. All told, hundreds of artists have gained employment through these efforts in the 24 regions of the country where NNPN member theaters are located.

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