New Repertory Theatre Announces WE WILL NOT BE SILENT By David Meyers
New Repertory Theatre presents the New England Premiere of We Will Not Be Silent, the docudrama by playwright David Meyers. Directed by New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa, the production runs October 13 through November 4, 2018 in the main stage theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $25-$67 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. Subscription packages that include We Will Not Be Silent are also available.
"In this season of AWAKENING at New Rep," shares director Jim Petosa, "We Will Not Be Silent came to mind because of its conviction that in their darkest of hours, a group of young people could organize a movement that said 'no' to fascism. I was reminded of the surprising eloquence and effectiveness of the Parkland High School students who managed to do more for their cause than almost any other group before them. We have lessons to learn from the passions of those who are awake."
"We're proud to continue the new season with the thought-provoking New England premiere of We Will Not Be Silent," says New Rep Managing Director, Harriet Sheets. "We're glad to welcome back Sarah Oakes Muirhead as Sophie Scholl (who last played Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof), Tim Spears as Kurt Grunwald (who last appeared in Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act), and we are excited for Conor Proft who will play Hans Scholl to make his New Rep acting debut."
About WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
Risking everything to stand up for social justice, German college student Sophie Scholl courageously led the only major act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime. Scholl's moral strength is tested while being interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade. Based on true events, We Will Not Be Silent is a provocative and timely new work that examines the role of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
About New Repertory Theatre
New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For over 30 years, New Rep has been a leader of self-produced theatre in greater Boston, producing contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat MainStage Theater and the 90-seat BlackBox Theater. New Rep is also dedicated to the development of new plays by producing regional and world premieres each season. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers.
Sarah Oakes Muirhead* (Sophie Scholl) was last seen at New Repertory Theatre as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (IRNE Nomination / dir. Austin Pendleton). Boston area credits include Tartuffe, Sunday In the Park With George, A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company); The Women Who Mapped The Stars, Arcadia (Central Square Theatre); Show Boat (IRNE Nomination / Reagle Music Theatre); A Little Night Music (The Barnstormers Theatre); 4,000 Miles, Spring Awakening (Gloucester Stage Company). NYC: Moving Bodies (Theatre for the New City). Ms. Muirhead studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and received her BFA in Acting from Boston University. She is also a coach for Boston based My College Audition, helping the next generation of theatre artists to pursue their passions. Originally from New Jersey, she now resides in Brooklyn.
Conor Proft* (Hans Scholl) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. His recent theater credits include Get Hit (The Medicine Show Theatre); The Nina Variations (Boston University); The Hothouse (Boston University); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Boston University); and The Human Comedy (Boston University). TV: "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC) "Shades of Blue" (NBC) & "Daredevil" (Marvel/Netflix) Film: No Alternative (dir. William Dickerson) Conor graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. Hailing from Connecticut, he now resides in Brooklyn.
Tim Spears* (Kurt Grunwald) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Lonely Planet, Good, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, and Mister Roberts. He also appeared in Good this past summer Off-Broadway (PTP/NYC). Other New York City credits include A Question of Mercy and Assistant Director on Monster (PTP/NYC); and JUMP! and Realism (The Exchange). Other Boston credits include Clybourne Park (Speakeasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, House (IRNE Nomination), Good, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance); and The Devil's Teacup (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). Mr. Spears received a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. Born in Texas, he now resides in Somerville.
David Meyers (Playwright)
David's plays have been read, performed, and developed off-Broadway by The Platform Group, The Barrow Group, and the Abingdon Theatre Company, at the Lark Play Development Center, Naked Angels, Nylon Fusion Collective, The Drawing Board, and at professional theatres across the country. His work has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and Indie Theater Now, and he has been a resident playwright at the Abingdon Theatre Company and Project Y. His plays include We Will Not Be Silent, Rosenberg, Broken, The Girl Who Lived, and more. He attended both Boston University and Rutgers University and worked for three years in the West Wing of the White House, and later as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate.
Jim Petosa (Director)
Petosa joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland's Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). He has also served as one of three co-artistic directors of the Potomac Theatre Project since 1987. While at BU, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional extension of the BU School of Theatre, in 2008. He has also served as a stage director for BU's Opera Institute, for which he has directed more than 20 productions since 2002. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including productions of Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud's Last Session, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well... His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, as well as his production of Collected Stories. He earned the Montgomery County Executive's Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors' Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy