by Matthew Lombardo
Brilliant … a captivating performance!” —SB Independent
A new touching and delectable comedy about the saucy and inimitable Tallulah Bankhead, who once said of herself: "I'm as pure as the driven slush." Based on a real event, Looped takes place in the summer of 1965, when a boozed-up Ms. Bankhead needed eight hours to redub—or loop—one line of dialogue for what turned out to be her last film, the 1965 horror flick, "Die! Die! My Darling!" things are not easy for poor Danny Miller, who's had the good fortune to be chosen to direct that particular sound editing session. Looped will be directed by six-time Emmy Award winner Glenn Jordan. Production Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger. With Additional Support by Luci and Rich Janssen.
Pictured: Brian Harwell, Jon Levenson and Diane Louise Salinger. Photo credit: David Bazemore.
by John Logan
One of the most exciting things on stage this year" –News-Press
It is a remarkable 90-minute tribute to the process of artistic creation." – CASA Magazine.
It's 1958, and the renowned painter Mark Rothko is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. But is it art, or is he merely selling out for commercial gain? Red, pits Rothko against an idealistic young protégé in a thrilling look into the artistic temperament and the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the primal relationships between father and son, teacher and student. Intense, funny, philosophical, and sensual in its examination of the creative mind, the play—like Rothko's vibrantly colored rectangle paintings—brims with energy and ecstasy. Directed by Brian Shnipper. With additional Support by Herb and Elaine Kendall
Pictured: Matt Gottlieb as Rothko and Shaun Anthony and his assistant Ken. Photos: David Bazemore.
Based on the Myths of Ovid written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
MARCH 27 – APRIL 13, 2014
Jonathan Fox has the cast, the imagination, and the resources of the New Vic to create magic." –SB Independent
Ancient stories and characters—King Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, and others—are brought to stunning life in a unique theatrical experience. Winner of several Tony Awards and nominated for Best Play, Metamorphoses dramatizes several of the mythological tales of Ovid through dreamlike imagery, haunting beauty, lyricism, music and ritual dance. Set in and around a pool of water, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in its depiction of the transformative power of love. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
METAMORPHOSES. Pictured: Brian Patrick Monahan, Daniel David Stewart, Brian Abraham, Cynthia Beckert, Maya Lynne Robinson, Michael Cusimano, Chase O'Donnell and William C. Mitchell. Photos: David Bazemore.
by David Lindsay-Abaire
FEBRUARY 6 – 23, 2014
Does where we grow up inexorably imprint itself on our destiny? Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, this comic drama about social class takes place in two Boston neighborhoods: working-class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps her high school boyfriend, Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out. With surprising plot twists and filled with humor, pathos, and suspense, Good People is one of the most popular plays today on American stages. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
Magnetic and sassy...” -News-Press
An excellent production!” -SB Independent
Good People is a powerful, complex, multilayered , and riveting drama! Don't miss it!" -CASA Magazine
Pictured: Catherine E. Coulson, Alicia Sedwick, DeeDee Rescher, Matthew Grondin, Tracey A. Leigh and Geoffrey Lower.
December 5 to 22, 2013
The hit Broadway musical A Little Night Music, inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night", will open the Ensemble's 2013-14 Season. Directed by Ensemble Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, A Little Night Music features one of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.” A star-studded cast featuring Piper Laurie, Stephanie Zimbalist and Patrick Cassidy will christen the stage at the New Vic.
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s beloved musical is a warmly humorous and, at times, farcical story of romantic attachments, detachments, and mis-matchings. The New York Times calls A Little Night Music “sophisticated and enchanting.” A Little Night Music will commence performances on December 5 and run through December 22.
Infused throughout with the flavor of a waltz, the musical takes place in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the acclaimed actress Desirée Armfeldt lights up the stage and dazzles men’s hearts. When both her former lover and her current paramour — and their wives — show up for a weekend at her mother’s country estate, romance and passion are in the air.
“A Little Night Music is Stephen Sondheim at his best, a perfect combination of gorgeous music and astoundingly clever lyrics,” said Fox, who directs the production. “I’ve been wanting to produce the show for a very long time. I’m thrilled that we will open our new space with this musical brought to life by a wonderfully talented cast and design team.”
Pictured: Max Miller, Patrick Cassidy, Misty Cotton, Stephanie Zimbalist, Erika Cummings and Jordan Miller (L to R)