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2007-2008 SEASON

Alfred Hitchcock's
THE 39 STEPS

Boston University Theatre
Sept. 14 - Oct. 14, 2007
Pre-Broadway U.S. Premiere

"Theatrical tomfoolery to die for!"
- The Guardian

Mix an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of vintage Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a hilarious whodunit, part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, adapted for the stage from the famous film and novel. Shots ring out across a crowded theatre and Richard Hannay is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police and a secret organization — called The 39 Steps — hot on his trail. A runaway hit in London and the winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this tongue-in-cheek thriller features four actors taking on more than 150 roles.

Hitchcock's 1935 classic film The 39 Steps is considered one of the most popular British films of all time and was based on the best-selling 1915 novel by John Buchan. Adaptor Patrick Barlow is an English actor, comedian, playwright, and founder of the comedic National Theatre of Brent. His collaborator, the highly regarded British actress Maria Aitken (who helmed the London production) will direct the show. After its American premiere at the Huntington, The 39 Steps will be produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett.



BRENDAN
by Ronan Noone
Directed by Justin Waldman
Wimberly Theatre
Oct. 12 - Nov. 18, 2007

"Noone's plays are now the highlight
of any given theatre season!"
- The Boston Globe

A recent Irish immigrant, Brendan now calls Boston home. He misses his family, but works hard to fit-in in his adopted country, earn his American citizenship, and find love and meaning in his new life in this funny and touching premiere by acclaimed Boston writer Ronan Noone.

Born and raised in Ireland, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone is quickly becoming one of America's top young playwrights. His recent play The Atheist was part of the Huntington's 2006 Breaking Ground Festival, and premiered in both New York and London. His other works include the acclaimed trilogy The Lepers of Baile Baiste (National Playwriting Award), The Blowin of Baile Gall (Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play), and The Gigolo Confessions of Baile Breag.



STREAMERS
by David Rabe
Directed by Scott Ellis
Boston University Theatre
Nov. 9 - Dec. 9, 2007


"Rabe's mastery of dialogue is the equal
of Pinter and Mamet put together."
- The Boston Globe

In this powerful American masterpiece, four young soldiers fresh from boot camp wait anxiously in 1965 Virginia, watching the Vietnam conflict escalate. As they struggle to make sense of their new life in the army, tensions rise over race, sexuality, and class, culminating in an explosive act that changes them forever. Streamers is an unflinching exploration of the turmoil and confusion facing young men threatened by forces beyond their control.

David Rabe is the Tony Award-winning author of In the Boom Boom Room and Hurlyburly, and the screenplays for The Firm, Casualties of War, and I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can. Director Scott Ellis is the recipient of numerous Tony Award nominations, including Best Director for his recent Broadway revival of Twelve Angry Men.



THIRD
by Wendy Wasserstein
Boston University Theatre
Jan. 4 - Feb. 3, 2008


"Third is as good a play as anything
written by an American playwright
in the last few years."
- Robert Brustein, The New Republic

Laurie Jameson is a revered, fifty-four year-old English professor at an elite New England college. A pioneer in her field, Laurie's seemingly well-ordered life and career slowly become unhinged when she meets Woodson Bull, III (whose friends call him "Third"), her conservative, wrestler-jock student. Laurie and Third face off in a series of confrontations over politics, ethics, and Shakespeare, forcing her to reevaluate many of her long-held beliefs.

Third is the final play from celebrated playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who received the Pulitzer Prize, and Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for The Heidi Chronicles. Her other credits include An American Daughter, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic?, and The Sisters Rosensweig, which the Huntington staged in 2005 to critical and popular acclaim.



SHINING CITY
by Conor McPherson
Boston University Theatre
March 7 - April 6, 2008


"I was blown away by Shining City.
McPherson's new play is haunting, inspired,
and absolutely glorious. As close to perfection
as contemporary playwriting gets."
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

A struggling Dublin therapist is treating a man haunted by the ghost of his recently deceased wife, while at the same time the therapist's own relationship teeters on the brink. This beautifully written psychological mystery was on every list of Broadway's Best this past season.

Irish playwright Conor McPherson took London and Broadway by storm with the critically acclaimed Shining City last season, nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Play. His other plays include The Weir, Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St. Nicholas, and Dublin Carol, and his many awards include the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Evening Standard Award, and the London Critics' Circle Award.



THE CRY OF THE REED
by Sinan Ünel
Wimberly Theatre
March 28 - May 4, 2008


"Ünel knows exactly where the
flash points are when cultures clash."
- London Times

A journalist and her colleague find themselves unexpectedly "detained" by a band of insurgents as bombs rain down on a wartorn landscape. Her captors offer her one telephone call — a chance to reconnect with the mother she hasn't spoken to in 10 years, now living in Turkey and preparing for a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi. History, religion, and the beauty of whirling dervishes collide in this powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines portrait of a world at war.

Sinan Ünel's plays have been produced in New York, Boston, New Haven, Los Angeles, London, Germany, and Austria. A Huntington Playwriting Fellow, he is the winner of the John Gassner Memorial Award, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, and the Lark Theater's New Play Award. His other plays include Pera Palas, Tolstoy's Den, Thalassa My Heart, and The Three of Cups.



SHE LOVES ME
Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Music by Jerry Bock
Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo
Directed by Nicholas Martin
Boston University Theatre
May 16 - June 15, 2008

"The perfect musical!"
- Time Magazine

She Loves Me is the perfect musical — warm and funny, with what's considered one of the most beautiful scores in the American theatre. Acclaimed since its 1963 premiere and rediscovered in a hit 1993 Broadway revival, She Loves Me has captivated audiences for decades.

This romantic comedy is the story of two lovesick, anonymous pen pals who work together during the day, blissfully unaware they are writing to each other at night. Centering on these unlikely sweethearts and the eccentric colleagues who aid and abet them, She Loves Me is based on Parfumerie, the play that also inspired the Jimmy Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner, and the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film You've Got Mail.

Perhaps best known as the songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's credits include the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Fiorello!, The Apple Tree, Tenderloin, The Rothchilds, and Cyrano — The Musical. Joe Masteroff also wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musicals Cabaret and 70, Girls, 70. She Loves Me is the first major musical produced by the Huntington in six years, and the final directing assignment for Nicholas Martin in his role as Artistic Director.



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