Greater Boston Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Of THE SALONNIÈRES

Greater Boston Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Of THE SALONNIÈRES

Greater Boston Stage Company proudly announces the second Don Fulton New Play Project, The Salonnières. By acclaimed playwright, Liz Duffy Adams, The Salonnières, set in pre-Revolutionary Paris, is an evening filled with fairytales, facades, and the feminist revolution. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes, performances run October 25 - November 11, 2018. The Press Opening is Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00pm.

Says Symes, "The moment I read Liz's witty, anachronistic, fantastical riff on the lead-up to the French Revolution, I was hooked. The play is smart, funny and has something to say about our world today. Creating new theatre entails risks. After all, who really knows if a play is going to work well on-stage until you've tried? As a director, there's no blue-print - no-one to ask 'hey, how did you make this scene work?' If you're anything like me, that's the most exciting part of new work: the possibility of discovering something wonderful before anyone else."

The Don Fulton New Play Project is named after the donor whose major philanthropic commitment made it possible. Don Fulton passed in May 2018 and he was an irreplaceable friend and benefactor to GBSC. "Don's financial gifts were specifically geared toward supporting ongoing efforts to produce new work and, for a mid-sized professional theatre, there truly is no greater gift. We will honor his memory by continuing to create the very best theatre we can," shares Managing Director Amy Morin.

This project represents Greater Boston Stage Company's pledge to produce a World Premiere play each year as part of the Mainstage series. Playwright Liz Duffy Adams says, "I'm thrilled to be working with GBSC on the world premiere of my play, The Salonnières-their commitment to new work and collaborative process is exactly what I love to be involved in."

The Salonnières cast features Lisa Joyce, Laura Latreille, Elainy Mata, Bill Mootos, and Sarah Newhouse.

The design team is comprised of Scenic Designer Katy Monthei, Projection Designer Christine Banna, Lighting Designer Chris Fournier, Costume Designer Gail Astrid Buckley, Sound Designer and Young Company Alum Caroline Eng, and Props Master Emme Shaw.

Single Tickets for The Salonnières: $45-55 Adults; $40-50 Seniors; $20 Students (with valid ID). Thrifty Thursday tickets cost $15 at the door and are available for the Thursday, October 25, 2018 performance at 7:30pm. Student Rush Tickets start one hour prior to each performance, and two Student tickets may be purchased for the price of one (subject to availability). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at Greater Boston Stage Company at (781) 279-2200, or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org.

PRINCIPAL ARTISTS:

Lisa Joyce (Francoises) is thrilled to be making her Greater Boston Stage debut! She is a Boston local and graduate of Salem State University where she received her BFA in performance. Some recent credits include Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Off The Grid Theatre Company); The Producers, Spamalot (The Barnstormers Theatre); and The Broadway Jukebox (Brown Box Theatre Project). She has also been developing and performing a magical shadow puppet piece called Flying Lessons!

Laura Latreille* (Henriette, the Comtesse De Mare) returns to Greater Boston Stage Company having appeared in Sorry, That Hopey Changey Thing, The Unbleached American, and Of Mice and Men. She also appeared in Love Song Off-Broadway. Her recent regional credits include The Bakelite Masterpiece (New Repertory Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage-IRNE Best Play), and Ripcord (Huntington Theatre). She has originated two roles for playwright, Theresa Rebeck in her plays Mauritius (Huntington Theatre-Elliot Norton Outstanding Production, IRNE Best Play) and The Nest (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). She has also worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Playwrights' Collective, Gloucester Stage Company, The Market Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, among others. She has participated in the development of new plays with The Lark, New Dramatists, Theatre Masters, Women's Project & Productions, Playwrights' Collective, Huntington Theatre and the Denver Center's New Play Summit. She is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress and Improper Bostonian's Best Female Performance 2012. Laura is an assistant professor in Suffolk University's theatre department and holds an MFA from Brandeis University.

Elainy Mata (Madeleine) is excited to make her debut at Greater Boston Stage Company. Mata is a recent graduate of Suffolk University where she received her Bachelor's in Government and Broadcast Journalism and her Master's in Political Science. Recent credits include Letters from War at North Shore Music Theater, Marblehead Little Theater, and Salem Theater Company where she won the award for Best Actress in a Drama from Broadway World; Red in Red and the Wolf (The Players Theater in New York); Sarah Kane in Women Writer's Suicide Club (Boston Community Collaborative), Mimi in RENT (Suffolk University), Jocasta in Oedipus (Suffolk University), and Heather in American Idiot (Marblehead Little Theater). IG: @elainymata

Bill Mootos* (Claude, the Duc de la Beauchene) is delighted to return to GBSC, where he appeared in That Hopey Changey Thing and The Dazzle. Bill's recent credits include Mothers and Sons with Shakespeare & Company, Accomplice at Saco River Theatre, and Blood on the Snow with the Bostonian Society (for which he won an IRNE Award). He appeared in all four of the Apple Family Plays, co-produced by GBSC, Gloucester Stage Company, and New Repertory Theatre, all directed by Weylin Symes. Other regional credits include the Huntington Theatre Company, The Gamm Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse NYC, Manhattan Theatre Source, Sierra Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, The Vineyard Playhouse, The Nora Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Merrimack Rep, Ivoryton Playhouse, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and many others. Television appearances include The Devil You Know (HBO), American Odyssey (NBC) and THE HATFIELDS & Mccoys, and the films The Company Men, Locked In, Hard Luck, Siren, The Makeover, R.I.P.D., Chappaquiddick, and Daddy's Home 2. Onstage, he can next be seen in A Christmas Carol at Worcester's Hanover Theatre, followed by The Little Foxes with Boston's Lyric Stage Company. Bill is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Sarah Newhouse* (Gabrielle, the Marquise D'Aulney) is delighted to return to GBSC after performing in The Apple Family Plays, Miracle on 34th Street, Distant Music, Picnic, and The Sweepers. Last season's Boston-area credits include: Exit the King with Actors' Shakespeare Project; Footfalls/Come and Go at the MAC Theater in Belfast, Ireland; Good People with Lean Ensemble in HHI, South Carolina; and The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater. She has appeared in many other productions in the New England area over the years, at such venues as A.R.T., American Stage Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre and Gloucester Stage Company. Film & TV credits include: As the World Turns, MTV, Saturday Night Live, Bleed for This, The Legend of Lucy Keyes, Dischord, Beneath Contempt, and most recently, I Feel Pretty. Sarah is a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund and resides in Watertown with her husband & son.

Photo credit: Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

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