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A.R.T./MXAT Institute's 2014-15 Season to Feature A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING & More


The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training, in partnership with Playwrights of New York (PoNY), presents Samuel D. Hunter's (2014 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient) comedy, A Bright New Boise, directed by Marcus Stern. Performances will take place at the Zero Church Performance Space, Harvard Square on October 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30PM.

In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobbyconfront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.

A.R.T. is a partner of Playwrights of New York, providing an artistic home for PoNY Fellows.

Additional dates for A.R.T. Institute productions this season are as follows:

[Project TBA]
Directed by Shira Milikowsky
Loeb Experimental Theater
January 22, 23, 24 at 7:30PM, January 24 at 2:00PM

[Project TBA]
Directed by Scott Zigler
Zero Church Performance Space
March 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30PM

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Anya Saffir
Featuring an original score by composer Cormac Bluestone.
Loeb Experimental Theater
May 21, 22, 23, 30 at 7:30PM, May 28, 29 at 6:30PM

Ivan Bunin: Love Stories
Directed and choreographed by Alla Sigalova
Inspired by the short stories of Novel Prize-winner Ivan Bunin.
May 27 at 7:30 PM, 28, 29 at 10PM, May 30 at 2PM

The Annual Institute Holiday offering: The Light Princess

In addition to its regular season, the Institute will also present a holiday production for the whole family, The Light Princess; with book by Lila Rose Kaplan, music by Mike Pettry, direction by Allegra Libonati, and choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman. Presented to great acclaim last season, this adaptation of George MacDonald's classic fairy tale follows a young princesscursed to live without gravity. Floating through life unburdened by cares or sorrow, the Princess is always just out of reach of everyone around her. If her parents, the King and Queen, don't help her get back to earth by her 16th birthday, the curse will become permanent. Featuring actors from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2015, this playful production combines wit and humor, music and movement, to delight both children and their families.

Loeb Drama Center
December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30, 31, January 3, 4 at 10AM; December 19, 22, 26, January 2 at 11:00AM; December 19, 26, 30, January 2 at 2:00PM

For tickets and more information call 617-547-8300 or visit

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