Boston University School of Theatre Introduces A New Play Development ProgramRonan Noone’s “Brendan” to launch new initiative

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
November 22nd, 2006

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 | emcarr@bu.edu
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Theatre is pleased to introduce a new initiative designed to create opportunities for playwrights to develop their work through the rehearsal and performance process in a supportive academic environment. Creating an artistic laboratory for new theatre works, Jim Petosa, Director of the School of Theatre, will collaborate with emerging playwrights to present full productions of works in progress. The first featured workshop production will be Brendan, the latest play by BU alumnus Ronan Noone, which will run December 7-17 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

The developmental process of these workshop productions will allow students to work closely with some of the most promising theatrical voices of the day, while giving these playwrights the opportunity to work with a full cast and production team in the workshop setting that is essential to the nurturing of new work. Petosa explains, “Through this program, the School of Theatre provides playwrights with workshop productions of new works in progress that help the writer fulfill their vision, whether through small scale studio presentations or fully realized mainstage productions.”

In Brendan, the play launching the program, the title character is an Irish immigrant who moved to Boston five years ago. While trying to cope with the loss of his mother, Brendan is also pursuing his dream of earning his citizenship. In a struggle to determine what it means to him to be an American citizen, Brendan must overcome several obstacles on the path to his goal. Brendan will be directed by Justin Waldman, Artistic Associate of the Huntington Theatre Company.

Boston playwright Ronan Noone was born and raised in Ireland, although is quickly becoming known as one of America’s top young playwrights. While most of Noone’s earlier works deal with Irish themes, he considers Brendan to be a transitional piece, in which his focus shifts to American themes and ideals. Noone graduated from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2001, was named Best Young Playwright from Boston Magazine in 2003, and served as a Playwriting Fellow for the Huntington Theatre Company in 2005.

One of Noone’s earlier works, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, won the 2002 National Student Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and shared the Independent Reviewers of New England award for best new play with one of his other works, The Blowin of Baile Gall, which was also awarded the Elliot Norton Award in 2003 for Outstanding New Script. Noone’s most recent play, The Atheist, is currently being performed at Center Stage in New York City.

Justin Waldman is the Artistic Associate of the Huntington Theatre Company and the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Next Stages. Most recently, he directed Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez for the Summer Play Festival in New York, and Huntington credits include assistant director of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Sonia Flew, The Rose Tattoo, Springtime for Henry, Breath, Boom, and the upcoming The Cherry Orchard with Kate Burton.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, founded in 1954, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. Notable School of Theatre alumni include Jason Alexander, Michael Chiklis, Geena Davis, Faye Dunaway, Stewart Lane, Julianne Moore, Brad Oscar, Wynn Thomas, and Alfre Woodard.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Brendan

Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm
Friday, December 8, 8:00pm
Saturday December 9, 8:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2:00pm
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Friday, December 15, 8:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2:00pm

By Brendan Noone
Directed by Justin Waldman

An Irish immigrant moves to Boston and stumbles along his way to becoming an American.

A new work by BU alumnus Ronan Noone, Irish-born playwright and former Huntington Theatre Company playwriting fellow. Directed by HTC Artistic Associate Justin Waldman.

Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts

TICKET AND VENUE INFORMATION

Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street, Boston

Tickets:

$10 general public; $8 BU alumni, students, and senior citizens; members of the BU community receive one free ticket per BU ID at the door on the day of the performance, subject to availability.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bostontheatrescene.com, by phone at 617-933-8600, or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion box office at 527 Tremont Street.

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