The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents Trumpery

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts will close its season with the Boston area premiere of Peter Parnell’s Trumpery running April 29 – May 3 on the mainstage of the Boston University Theatre. Directed by Jim Petosa, Trumpery is part of the Greater Boston Darwin Bicentennial Celebration hosted by Boston University. The production features both undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Theatre’s performance and design and production programs.

In a true survival of the fittest test, Charles Darwin endeavors to complete The Origin of Species before an unknown explorer, Alfred Russel Wallace, lays claim to his theory. In the midst of his daughter’s illness and a reexamination of his faith, Darwin and his colleagues must race to secure his legacy as the father of natural selection. “The spirit of competition and the birth of ‘social Darwinism’ are ironically and compellingly portrayed in Parnell’s contemporary play of ideas. In this bicentennial year, where our focus is on the revolution in thought and culture triggered by The Origin of Species, this play is a timely, provocative, and novel approach to exploring Darwin’s impact,” says director Petosa. Trumpery premiered in November 2007 at the Atlantic Theatre Company.

Darwin proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved from common ancestors through a process he called natural selection. This theory of natural selection came to be widely accepted as the primary explanation for the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. BU’s Greater Boston Darwin Bicentennial Celebration is a year-long celebration of Darwin’s accomplishments and legacy through performances, lectures, and other related events both in and around Boston.

Jim Petosa is the Director of the BU School of Theatre and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center and the National Players educational touring company. He is an artistic director for Potomac Theatre Project, a company devoted to the presentation of political works. CFA theatre and opera credits include: Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, Stuff Happens, Red Noses, Scenes from an Execution, Amadeus, Postcard from Morocco, The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. 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.

A theatre conservatory within the embrace of a metropolitan university, the Boston University School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts offers programs in acting, directing, design, production, management, theatre education, and theatre arts. Its programs foster the synthesis of imagination, intellectual inquiry, and technical skill by combining rigorous training with study in a traditional liberal arts curriculum. A diverse and accomplished full-time faculty and staff, augmented by guest artists and part-time trainers, serve approximately 240 undergraduate and 30 graduate students each academic year. The School produces six fully mounted productions each season, offers an additional 35 to 40 workshop projects, and enjoys professional affiliations with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Huntington Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at Boston University.


Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents


By Peter Parnell
Directed by Jim Petosa

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted)
Friday, May 1, 8:00pm
Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 3, 2:00pm

Tickets: $12 general public; $10 BU students, senior citizens, Huntington subscribers, WGBH members, and groups; BU Community receives one free ticket with BU ID at the door on the day of the performance.

Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston


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Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or