Cast and Creative Announced for Hub's THE PAVILION

Cast and Creative Announced for Hub's THE PAVILION

The Hub Theatre announced the return of their Inaugural production, featuring its artistic leadership onstage.

Said Hub Artistic Director, Helen Murray "It is so heartwarming to return to where we started with Craig Wright's play about community and healing. As Hub has grown we have continually honed our aesthetic and this season shows how proud we are of our complete Hub-ness. And the fact that I get to share the stage with my friend and collaborator one more time before I go? Even better."

THE HUB continues its 2017-2018 season in March with the return of Hub's inaugural play, THE PAVILION by Craig Wright. Hailed by critics as an "an Our Town for our time," this play is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter returns to his twenty-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind after an unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship. Standing in Peter's way is Kari's bitter-as-ever resentment, her husband and the fact that Peter still hasn't grown up. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari are led, through their interactions with a host of characters all played by a virtuosic Narrator, to face the consequences of choices made long ago and start back into life with newfound strength and bittersweet resolve.

Directed by Kelsey Mesa, THE PAVILION marks a return to the stage for both Hub's Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, Helen R. Murray and Matt Bassett, as Kari and Peter. Since last appearing together in 2011's The Clockmaker, both Murray and Bassett have been focused on freelance directing and writing in addition to their producer duties at The Hub and are stepping back onstage for the first time in almost six years as part of Murray's last season as Artistic Director before stepping down to assume her new position as Executive Producer of the Aurora Fox Theatre in Colorado.

Craig Wright's recent productions: Mistakes Were Made at A Red Orchid Theatre, Hartford Stage and the Barrow Street Theater; Blind at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; The Gray Sisters at Third Rail Rep; The Unseen at Actors Theater of Louisville and upcoming at Stages Rep with Lady, which was commissioned by and received its world premiere from the Northlight Theatre and was subsequently produced at Rattlestick and around the country; Grace premiered at Woolly Mammoth theatre (nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play); Recent Tragic Events debuted at Woolly, and was produced at Playwrights Horizons (finalist for the American Theatre Critics New Play Award and the Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play); and Melissa Arctic, a contemporary adaptation of The Winter's Tale, premiered at the Folger Theatre (2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play). Other productions: Main Street, commissioned and premiered by the Great American History Theatre; Orange Flower Water, produced at the Steppenwolf (Chicago Sun-Times named it one of the Best of the Year); Molly's Delicious, debuted at the Arden Theatre (Barrymore nomination for Best New Play) and at Arizona Theatre Company; The Pavilion, dozens of productions around the country including an extended run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play). Mr. Wright received an Emmy nomination for his Six Feet Under episode Twilight and served as writer and producer for Lost, Brothers & Sisters, United States of Tara, and his own series on ABC, Dirty Sexy Money. His alternative rock band The Tropicals' first release, Live At The Jungle, was named one of the Top 10 local releases by every leading Twin Cities newspaper and weekly. As a member of the band Kangaroo he has released two albums, Phantom and the brand new Skyscraper Spaceship. A graduate of United Theological Seminary, Mr. Wright lives in Los Angeles.

Kelsey Mesa's directing credits include The Magi and Wish List at the Hub Theatre, and She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange, Riot Grrrls The Trojan Women, Charm, and dREAMtRIPPIN' at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. She has also directed for The Inkwell, The Source Festival, Rorschach Theatre Company's Klecksography, Young Playwrights' Theatre, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and Theater Alliance's Hothouse New Play Development Series. Kelsey is a company member at the Hub Theatre Company and Taffety Punk Theatre Company, as well as the Manager of KCACTF and Theater Education at the Kennedy Center.

The Ensemble for THE PAVILION includes Hub alum Nora Achrati (carried away on the crest of a wave, Act A Lady, Ford's Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arena Stage, Edge of the Universe Players 2, Forum Theatre, The Keegan Theatre, Theatre J, Washington Stage Guild) as The Narrator in addition to Helen R. Murray (Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Didactic Theatre, The Inkwell, the Source Festival, and the Beckett Centenary Festival) as Kari and Matt Bassett (Ford's Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, The Bay Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Clarence Brown Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, People's Branch Theatre, Lexington Children's Theatre) as Peter

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