BCAP opens fifth season with Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”

in CFA, Theatre
October 19th, 2012

“I don’t know of a better (play) of its genre since The Glass Menagerie…” —New York Post

The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) opens its fifth season with Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, directed by BCAP Artistic Director Jim Petosa, a Pulitzer Prize-winning portrait of family dysfunction. The production runs October 31 through November 18 at the Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210. BCAP is the professional extension of the School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.

(BOSTON)- The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) opens its fifth season with Paul Zindel’s The Effect of
Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, directed by BCAP Artistic Director Jim Petosa, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
portrait of family dysfunction. The production runs October 31 through November 18 at Boston University Theatre,
Lane-Comley Studio 210. BCAP is the professional extension of the School of Theatre at the College of
Fine Arts at Boston University .

Zindel’s portrait of family dysfunction features slovenly single mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer, portrayed by veteran BCAP actor Paula Langton, and her two teenage daughters, beautiful but troubled Ruth and gifted but shy Matilda. When “Tillie” embarks on a science project focused on radioactive seedlings, the family members are driven to extremes. The story’s shocking climax and poignant conclusion earned Zindel the Pulitzer Prize in 1971. The script also drew praise from The New York Times, who wrote: “The play itself is one of the lucky blooms; it survives, and is beautiful.”

By choosing to revive Zindel’s haunting play, Petosa has created a unique opportunity for collaboration among the artists that make their home in the School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.

Petosa explains: “I re-read the play for the first time since 1977, thinking that it might be a strong play to feature teaching artist Paula Langton in a role in which she is particularly suited. Playing opposite her will be three extraordinary young actors from our community. In a time when women are examining their options for determining their own destinies apart from the dictates of government and church, Gamma Rays evokes the painful experience of a family of women, who are each in their own way grappling with their attempts to free themselves from the claustrophobia of their lives.”

BCAP’s production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its second year. The 2012–2013 initiative, focusing on the KEYWORD: Resilience, will explore the buoyancy of the human spirit in times of war, tragedy, hardship, suffering, and oppression. A full roster of KEYWORD: Resilience events can be accessed at bu.edu/cfa/keyword.

BCAP’s 2012–2013 season continues in February with a production of Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot and concludes in June with a celebration of new work, in collaboration with New Repertory Theatre.

Gamma Rays runs October 31–November 18 at the Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Avenue. Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students, senior citizens, and groups of ten or more. Members of the Boston University community are eligible for one free ticket with BU ID, at the door, subject to availability. Tickets and further information are available at bu.edu/cfa/bcap or by contacting the Box Office at 617-933-8600.

ABOUT BCAP

The BCAP initiative aims to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts community and the faculty and students of the School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. The goal is for these collaborations to have a significant impact on the College’s overall educational mission, become a consistent source of inspiration for the creation of both new work and new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.

BCAP launched in October 2008 with productions of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie and Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife. Subsequent seasons featured critically-acclaimed productions of David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, C.P. Taylor’s Good, Neal Bell’s Monster, Daniel MacIvor’s House, the new play Our Lady by James Fluhr, and Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca (IRNE award for Best Set Design, small theater category.)
CAST & PRODUCTION ARTISTS

Beatrice: Paula Langton (BCAP’s The Glass Menagerie, A Question of Mercy)
Tillie: Celia Pain
Ruth: Casey Tucker
Nanny/Janice: Lorne Batman

Playwright: Paul Zindel
Director: Jim Petosa
Scene Designers: Alexander Grover and Andrea Nice
Costume Designer: Kelly Rother
Lighting Designer: Tyler Lambert-Perkins
Production Manager: Caryn M. Boehm
Stage Manager: Rachel Lucas

Paul Zindel (playwright) grew up on Staten Island with his mother and sister. He attended Wagner College where he majored in chemistry and dabbled in creative writing, mentored by playwright Edward Albee. After college, while also continuing to write plays, Zindel taught high school chemistry and physics. Gamma Rays, Zindel’s first staged play, drew inspiration from both his childhood and his dual career as playwright and teacher. The work earned Zindel the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle award. In later life, Zindel forged a successful career as a novelist and a writer of young adult fiction.

Jim Petosa (director) recently directed BCAP’s Monster, the School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and the acclaimed New Repertory Theatre production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings. Petosa has been the artistic and educational leader of the CFA’sSchool of Theatre since 2002, and was recently named Artistic Director of New Rep. He is also one of three artistic directors for PTP/NYC, a company devoted to the presentation of political works. Petosa has directed many plays and operas including Good, Trumpery, A Question of Mercy (IRNE nominee for Best Director and Best Production, Small Theatre Category,) Merrily We Roll Along, The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, and Jacques Brel… (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director,) and The Glass Menagerie.

PRODUCTION CALENDAR AND EVENTS

Wed, Oct 31, 7:30pm Preview
Thurs, Nov 1, 7:30pm Opening Night / Press Night
Fri, Nov 2, 8pm Press Night
Sat, Nov 3, 8pm Press Night
Sun, Nov 4, 2pm Post-Show Discussion
Wed, Nov 7, 7:30pm
Thurs, Nov 8, 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 9, 8pm
Sat, Nov 10, 8pm
Sun, Nov 11, 2pm
Wed, Nov 14, 7:30pm
Thurs, Nov 15, 7:30pm American Sign Language Interpreted
Fri, Nov 16, 8pm
Sat, Nov 17, 8pm
Sun, Nov 18, 2pm

BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE (BCAP)
Jim Petosa, Artistic Director
Liz Mazar Phillips, Managing Director

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brooke MacKinnon
617.353.3349
brookelm@bu.edu

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