LONELY PLANET Comes to New Repertory Theatre

New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance present Lonely Planet, performed February 3-March 4, 2018 in the BlackBox Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Tickets may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Lonely Planet will be performed in repertory with Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard as part of New Rep's Statements of Survival Series.

The press opening will be on Monday, February 5 at 7:30pm.

"In our Statements of Survival Series, we chose plays that would resonate firmly with the social and political times in which we are now living," says New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "At the time Lonely Planet was written, America was struggling on many fronts with the AIDS epidemic; personally, politically, societally. And while we're producing this play in a revival to commemorate its 25th anniversary, America continues to grapple with similar issues in the same arena."

"New Rep's mission to present plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time could not be more relevant than during our Statements of Survival Series," says New Rep Managing Director Harriet Sheets. "Starting with the one-woman show Unveiled by Rohina Malik in January, continuing with Athol Fugard's Statements... and Stephen Dietz's Lonely Planet, and concluding with Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay this February, these plays are thought-provoking, important, and quintessential New Rep. A touching, honest, and hopeful play, Lonely Plant reverberates with Dietz's wit and humor in ways that few other playwrights have mastered."

About LONELY PLANET
In a revival to commemorate its 25th anniversary, Lonely Planet tells the story of two friends during the height of the AIDS epidemic in America. While Carl is able to see beyond the confines of Jody's map store, Jody refuses to acknowledge what's happening outside. In Lonely Planet, playwright Steven Dietz crafts a humorous and touching play about friendship, loss, and hope.

Spotlight Symposium | Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30pm
BlackBox Theater at Mosesian Center for the Arts | Free and Open to the Public
Reflections of those who served during the height of the AIDS epidemic
A Spotlight Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30pm and will feature panelists Rev. Dr. Michael Paul Melendez, Professor of Social Work at Salem State University; Virginia Anderson, Assistant Professor of Theater at Connecticut College; Chris Richards, National Director of Immunology Nurse Educators; Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute; and will be moderated by Rebecca Haag, former CEO of the AIDS Action Committee of MA. This event is free and open to the public. Contact symposium@newrep.org to reserve a space.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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