New Repertory Theatre Presents 1776
New Repertory Theatre presents 1776, the Tony Award-winning musical by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Co-directed by Broadway veteran Austin Pendleton and Kelli Edwards, the production runs November 30 through December 23, 2018 in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. Tickets are $25-$72 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 1776 are also available.
"The most unique thing about [this production of 1776] is the non-traditional casting," says co-director and award-winning choreographer Kelli Edwards. "We have women playing men, men playing women, and many people of color in key roles. It was of great importance that this cast be fully representative of today's America."
"I am thrilled to again direct at New Rep," continues co-director Austin Pendleton, who most recently directed Fiddler on the Roof. "At New Rep, I've been impressed by the quality of the work - buoyant and wonderfully welcoming, demanding, and totally creative." "The Tony Award-winning musical 1776 was the perfect selection to keep with New Rep's holiday tradition of sharing a powerful, terrific musical that many generations can enjoy together," shares New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "1776 takes a pivotal moment in our nation's history and presents it in an imaginative and family-friendly manner."
"We're proud to enter the holiday season with the fan-favorite 1776," says New Rep Managing Director, Harriet Sheets. "New Rep audiences will be glad to welcome back favorites Ben Evett, Aimee Doherty, and Bobbie Steinbach, as well as discovering many new artists on the New Rep stage."
In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! New Rep's production will embrace this acclaimed work by telling the American "origin story" with a cast that represents the spectrum of 21st century America.
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.
New Rep's Mission New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time. What we do: Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues. Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays, and classic works in several intimate settings. Our productions are designed to be accessible to all. We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences. We embrace theater as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.