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BCAP and BPT Present Robert Brustein's EXPOSED

Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) and Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) today announce their co-production of the comedy Exposed, a Boston University New Play Initiative play written by Robert Brustein.

"BCAP is happy to continue its association with Boston Playwrights' Theatre in a cooperative producing arrangement that allows for necessary expansion of resources to bring new plays to the stage," BCAP Artistic Director and Director of the BU School of Theatre Jim Petosa says. "Like Michael Hammond's Uncle Jack of last season, this year unites us in bringing first life to the invaluable Robert Brustein's Exposed, his contemporary reimagining of Molière's Tartuffe."

A ribald satire on financial corruption and religious extremism, Exposed is a penetrating glimpse into the broken American political system. Loosely based on Molière's Tartuffe and written partly in verse, the play follows evangelical hypocrite Dick Cockburn and rich power broker Seymour Sackeroff, who-with the help of his mother Hortense-tries to pave the televangelist's path to the White House. Opposing these strategies are Sackeroff's wife Candy (a former chorus-girl), his gay son Ronald, and his beautiful daughter, Caroline. When Sackeroff offers to throw Caroline into Cockburn's arms along with his money, he ignites a series of explosions that lead to Cockburn's exposure, both psychological and physical. The production runs December 10-18.

"Boston Playwrights' Theatre was privileged to work closely with Robert Brustein on the second in his Shakespeare trilogy, Mortal Terror, and it's a real pleasure to join BCAP in this inspired adaptation," Boston Playwrights' Theatre Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass says. "There's nothing we love more than bringing new work to life, and Robert Brustein is the consummate collaborator."

Playwright Robert Brustein is a true legend of the American theater. He is the founding director of Yale Repertory Theatre and American Repertory Theatre and at 88 years old, remains an active playwright, critic and educator. Recent seasons have seen his Shakespeare trilogy (The English Channel, Mortal Terror, The Last Will) play Boston and New York; The King of Second Avenue was produced by Watertown's New Repertory Theatre last winter. Brustein currently serves as a senior research fellow at Harvard University and a distinguished scholar in residence at Suffolk University. On Nov. 8 he will be part of an all-star cast (which also includes Loni Anderson, Marilu Henner, Senator Ed Markey and Diane Rehm, among others) in a reading of Trish Vradenburg's Surviving Grace at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Exposed is directed by Steven Bogart. Bogart helmed BPT's productions of Ginger Lazarus's Burning and Dan Hunter's Legally Dead (both in 2013). An acclaimed visual artist as well as an award-winning playwright himself, Bogart recently directed the Company One Theatre production of Dry Land.

BCAP's and BPT's most recent collaboration was on Michael Hammond's Uncle Jack last season.

Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts

Wimberly Theatre

527 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02116

$30 adults | $25 seniors and groups of 10+, WGBH and WBUR members, and Huntington subscribers | $15 with CFA Membership | $10 students, free with BU ID at the door day of performance, subject to availability

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