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Coolidge Corner Theatre & Huntington's STAGE & SCREEN to Continue with SECRETARY, 1/6

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Stage & Screen, a collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company that explores the depictions of shared themes in Huntington productions and acclaimed films continues its second season of collaboration on Monday, January 6 at 7pm with Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. The screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein with Venus in Fur director Daniel Goldstein and actors Andrea Syglowski and Chris Kipiniak.

Tickets to Secretary are $11 / $8 for Coolidge members (with member ID) and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers (with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.

Tickets to the Huntington's production of Venus in Fur (January 3 - February 2, 2014 at the Avenue of the Arts / Boston University Theatre) are available at huntingtontheatre.org/venusinfur.

In Secretary, after a bout of illness, Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) moves back in with her dysfunctional family, ready to start anew. Despite a few strikes against her she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Spader). At first the work seems quite boring - typing, filing, and coffee-making - but Lee tries hard to please her new boss. Slowly Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship behind closed doors, crossing lines of conduct into a deep realm of human sexuality, a unique love affair in which the roles of dominance and submission suit both of them perfectly.

Venus in Fur by David Ives explores similar relationship dynamics: Vanda has her eyes on the lead role in Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel. Her charged audition for the director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse as the lines blur between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This hilarious and sexy new comedy was a smash Broadway hit. The New York Times calls Venus in Fur, "90 minutes of good, kinky fun."

Meredith Goldstein (Moderator) is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe and the author of the novel The Singles (Penguin/Plume), which has been optioned for film. Her column "Love Letters" is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that gets about 1 million page views a month on Boston.com. Ms. Goldstein grew up in Maryland, attended Syracuse University, and lives in Roxbury with a carnival-size cotton candy machine. She's at work on her second book, a novel about relationships and chemistry.

Daniel Goldstein (Director) directed God of Carnage, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cry of the Reed for the Huntington and the recent revival of Godspell on Broadway. Regional credits include Snapshots and Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), Tamar of the River, (Prospect Theater Company), Gekido (New National Theater: Tokyo), Anna Christie (The Old Globe), and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was developed by The O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. Other projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (The Juilliard School), True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theatre, with Julie Halston), Lower Ninth (The Flea Theater and SPF), and the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia. He served as the associate director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed, and the resident director for the first national tour of Mamma Mia! He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Chris Kipiniak (Thomas) has appeared on Broadway in Metamorphoses (dir. Mary Zimmerman) and Macbeth (dir. John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg). Off Broadway credits include Kit Marlowe (The Public Theater/NYSF), Nora (Marvell Repertory Theatre), Charles Winn Speaks (Living Image Arts), How to Act Around Cops (New York and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals and the Soho Theatre in London). He's appeared regionally at the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and many others. His film and television credits include Deal Travis In, Trying (also writer/director), "Delocated," "The Good Wife" and the web series "Real Actors Read Yelp". He's written the plays Save the World, Stalled, Change the Be, and IIIINSAAAAAAAANE!!!!, as well as Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy, and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel Comics.

Andrea Syglowski (Vanda) has New York credits that include Benefit of the Doubt (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Cherry Orchard (Mint Theater Company), Stage Fright (The Lark, dir. Jerry Zaks), and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Sylvester Manor House). Her regional credits include A Flea in Her Ear, Troubled Tales for Boys and Girls, Shmoozy Togetherness, Nico, and Bully to You (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Three Sisters (dir. Brian Mertes), Loves Labors Lost (dir. Ethan McSweeny), Carve, and Elijah (Chautauqua Theater Company), and the west coast premiere of A.R. Gurney's Post Mortem, Marat Sade, (LA Weekly Award), and Light up the Sky (Los Angeles Theatre). Her film credit includes The Last Appeal. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Robin Williams scholarship.

This season's Stage & Screen series began with Sidney Lumet's award-winning film Network and a conversation with The Power of Duff playwright Stephen Belber. Last season's series included Gore Vidal's The Best Man and a conversation with Now or Later playwright Christopher Shinn, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and a conversation with Invisible Man adaptor Oren Jacoby and WGBH Senior Investigative Reporter Phillip Martin, and Fritz Lang's M and a conversation with artists from Ryan Landry's "M." Additional Stage & Screen events will be announced at a later date. More information at coolidge.org/programs/stage-screen.


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