RIPE FRENZY Comes to New Repertory Theatre

By: Feb. 09, 2018
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New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) present Ripe Frenzy, performed February 24-March 11, 2018 at the Boston University College of Fine Arts Studio ONE, 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Tickets may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting

"In New Rep's 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 and BCAP Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "It is sobering to present a work like Ripe Frenzy at a time when tragedies, such as the one depicted in the play, have become so normalized in our society. The power behind this new work, however, comes from its ability to examine a shocking event from multiple angles, weaving the story through the lives of three women and their children, and allowing us a unique glimpse at how a community functions in the wake of tradgedy. New Rep and Boston Center for American Performance are pleased to partner once again to present this remarkable National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere from playwright Jennifer Barclay."

Winner of the National New Play Network's 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere brings us to Tavistown, New York, where a recent tragedy has rocked the community to its core. Narrator and town historian, Zoe, recounts the days leading up to the incident, as the high school prepares for the semi-annual production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Jennifer Barclay's Ripe Frenzy is a stunning new play about community in the wake of unspeakable devastation.

Ripe Frenzy was commissioned by a grant from the National New Play Network, with funding from The Smith Prize for New Plays.

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. Annually, New Rep serves over 40,000 patrons, including 2,000 season subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, New Rep produces Next Voices, a program dedicated to developing new plays with playwrights through staged readings and world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) serves as the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Expanding the definition of the College as an "artistic home," BCAP is designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience. It is the College's conviction that such collaborations will have a profound impact on the College's educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of new work and/or new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.

REILLY ANSPAUGH (Hadley/Bethany) makes her Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent area credits include Talley & Son, Our Town, and Mad Forest (Boston University School of Theatre). An improviser and comedy writer, she can be seen performing improv with Spontaneous Combustion, as well as writing for and performing with HeadGum's Jake and Amir in their YouTube sketch series. She is a BFA Acting candidate in her final semester at Boston University School of Theatre. She holds a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, having studied Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy. In March, Reilly will complete her Senior Acting Thesis. @reillyanspaugh.

VERONIKA DUERR* (Zoe) makes her Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include Men On Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Going to See the Kid, 45 Plays for 45 Presidents, and Home of the Brave (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Regional credits includes BOB and A Life in Five Acts (Geva Theatre); The Tall Girls and Spoonlake Blues (ALLIANCE THEATRE); Twelfth Night and Cymbeline (Atlanta Shakespeare Company); and Venus in Fur (Actor's Express). Veronika received an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Originally from Atlanta, she currently resides in Lowell. Upcoming projects include her one woman show Glockenspeilbavariasexpartygoodbye in May (Central Square Theater) and the birth of her daughter in June.

Stacy Fischer* (Miriam) makes her Boston Center for American Performance debut and returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in A Christmas Carol, Fool For Love, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and My Name is Rachel Corrie. Recent Boston area credits include Franklin (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Miss Julie, The Kritik, and The River (Harbor Stage Company); Luna Gale (Greater Boston Stage Company); and Necessary Monsters (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Stacy has performed in numerous theatres in the Boston area including Central Square Theater, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. She is the recipient of an Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress for her role in Hysteria (Nora Theatre). Stacy is a graduate of Emerson College, and is a founding member of Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, MA.

HENRY B. GARDNER (Matt/Bryan James McNamara) makes his Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston credits include Las Meninas (Boston University). Off-Broadway credits include The Last Days of Vincent Van Gogh (Chernuchin Theatre). Regional credits include Twelfth Night (Colonial Theatre, RI); and Into the Woods (Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center, NJ). Henry was born and raised in West Orange, NJ and has trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. He currently lives in Boston while he is pursuing a BFA in Acting from Boston University.

Samantha Richert* (Felicia) makes her Boston Center for American Performance debut and returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing fight choreography for Scenes from an Adultery. Boston credits include Hold These Truths, City of Angels, and Becky's New Car (Lyric Stage Company); Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); The Tempest (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Lucky Stiff (Greater Boston Stage Company); Ryan Landry's 'M' (Huntington Theatre Company); Jesus Christ It's Christmas!, and Snow White and the Seven Bottoms (Gold Dust Orphans); and The How and the Why (Nora Theatre). Samantha is an adjunct faculty member in the Northeastern University Theatre Department, and has taught acting and stage combat workshops for Greater Boston Stage's Young Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Newton North and South High Schools, and Canton High School. She has also choreographed fights for Greater Boston Stage Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and The Hub Theatre Company. Samantha received her MFA from Brandeis University.

BRIDGET KATHLEEN O'LEARY (Director/New Rep Associate Artistic Director) joined New Rep in 2008. Most recently, she has directed New Rep's productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an Adultery, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories, DollHouse, boom, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Othello (Actors' Shakespeare Project); The Flick (Gloucester Stage); Mud Blue Sky (Bridge Rep); Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil's Teacup (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); The Other Place (Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater); and Recent Tragic Events and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark). In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights' Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, DC with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. She is the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and a member of the New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in Directing at Boston University.

JENNIFER BARCLAY (Playwright) is a Chicago-bred actor and playwright. Recently, she relocated to Washington, DC to join the faculty at the University of Maryland. Jennifer is currently a member of Center Stage's inaugural Playwrights Collective, and was previously the 2009-2010 Shank Playwright in Residence at South Coast Repertory. She has been awarded the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Mary Margaret Linn Theatre Award, the Pinter Review Gold Medal Prize for Drama, Best Female Dramatic Solo at the San Francisco Fringe, and the second Prize for the Kennedy Center's 2008 National Science Playwriting Award. Jennifer has been granted playwriting residencies at The Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Jennifer's plays have been produced by La Jolla Playhouse, Teatro Vista, Remy Bumppo, The International Theatre of Vienna, Collaboraction); Red Tape, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Downstairs Cabaret, The Source Festival, Looking Glass, Son of Semele, Redcat, Moving Arts, the University of Maryland, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and UC San Diego's Baldwin Festival of New Plays. Jennifer has written the screenplay adaptations for The Human Capacity and Freedom, NY, the original screenplays The Fontaines, Prank, and