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INTIMATE AMERICAN CLASSIC COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA BY WILLIAM INGE AND DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 27 AT THE CALDERWOOD PAVILION

(BOSTON) –  Huntington Theatre Company will produce the intimate American classic Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge this spring. David Cromer, the creative force behind the Huntington's acclaimed production of Our Town, explores youth and aging in this heartrending portrait of a marriage. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Come Back, Little Sheba, available at huntingtontheatre.org/sheba, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, March 27 and continue through April 26, 2015 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

“David Cromer's magnificent production of Our Town transported us into a familiar work with shockingly poignant intimacy,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “I know that is what he'll bring to this new production of Come Back, Little Sheba.” Hear more from DuBois about the production at huntingtontheatre.org/peter-sheba.

In Come Back, Little Sheba Doc and Lola Delaney have been married since they were 18 and are now facing forty. When they rent out a room to Marie, a sweet and vivacious college student, they reexamine their past and are confronted with how quickly two decades have passed them by. Lola is reminded of her lost youth and fading beauty, and Doc remains regretful for not fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor. Come Back, Little Sheba examines the challenges and coping mechanisms of growing older in America’s youth-obsessed culture.

David Cromer remounted his acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Huntington in 2012. This intimate production stripped down the theatrical experience, inviting the audience to become part of the town. In Come Back, Little Sheba, Cromer returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre, inviting audiences into Doc and Lola’s home and examining how our yearning for the past can get in the way of living in the present moment.

"I'm excited to share this play with my friends at the Huntington,” says director David Cromer. “Time only moves forward; which is an inevitable tragedy because it carries us away from our youth, our joys, and people we loved. But it's also a mercy because it promises some future redemption for our mistakes. Hope is a hard-won thing. Inge explores these huge ideas so delicately in Come Back, Little Sheba.” 

The Chicago Tribune says “David Cromer grabs Inge’s portrait of marriage by the scuff of its neck and leaves a riveting, must-see production.”

Come Back, Little Sheba is supported by Huntington Season Sponsors Carol G. Deane and J. David Wimberly.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Derek Hasenstab (The Lion King national tour and The Glass Menagerie at Kansas City Repertory Theatre) plays Doc, a med school dropout who becomes a chiropractor after marrying the once beautiful Lola played by Adrianne Krstansky (Paradise Lost at American Repertory Theater and Tribes and Body Awareness at SpeakEasy Stage Company). Marie Polizzano (Circle Mirror Transformation at the Huntington) plays carefree college student Marie who is involved with college track star Turk played by Max Carpenter (Wake Up! at Cherry Lane Theatre), while also maintaining a long distance relationship with Bruce played by Nael Nacer (Awake and Sing!, The Seagull, and Our Town at the Huntington). The cast is completed by Michael Knowlton (Our Town at the Huntington) as the skinny turned husky Milkman, Adam Zahler (Romeo and Juliet at New Repertory Theatre) as the Postman, Maureen Keiller (Into the Woods and 33 Variations at the Lyric Stage Company) as Lola and Doc’s neighbor Mrs. Coffman, Christopher Tarjan (Becoming Cuba and Our Town at the Huntington) as Ed Anderson, and Jeremy Browne (Coriolanus at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) as Elmo Huston.

William Inge (Playwright) (1913-1973) was born in Independence, Kansas. He got his first taste of the theatre an early age, watching touring shows from the balcony of the local civic center after Boy Scout meetings. Mr. Inge graduated from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and the George Peabody College for Teachers before moving to St. Louis where he served as the drama and music critic for the St. Louis Times. An encounter with Tennessee Williams inspired him to try his hand as a playwright. His plays include Farther Off from Heaven, Come Back, Little Sheba (which earned him the title of ”most promising playwright of the 1950 Broadway season”), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Picnic, Bus Stop (which he would later adapt into a popular film starring Marilyn Monroe), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, A Loss of Roses, Natural Affection, Where's Daddy, and The Last Pad. His screenplay for Splendor in the Grass earned him an Academy Award.

David Cromer (Director) most recently directed Our Town and Angels in America for the 50th anniversary season of Kansas City Repertory and Our Town at the Almeida Theatre in London. In 2012 this production of Our Town played at the Huntington in the Roberts Studio Theatre to great acclaim. His Broadway credits include productions of The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs. His other New York credits include Tribes, Our Town, and Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Really Really (MCC Theater), and When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater). Chicago credits include Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman Theatre), Rent (American Theater Company), A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic, and The Price (Writers Theatre), The Hot l Baltimore and Mojo (Mary-Arrchie Theatre), Come Back, Little Sheba (Shattered Globe), The Cider House Rules (Famous Door), and Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (The Journeymen).

The Huntington’s production of Come Back, Little Sheba features scenic design by Stephen Dobay (Our Town at the Huntington), costume design by Sarah Laux (If/Then and War Horse on Broadway); lighting design by Mike Durst (Extinction and Secrets of the Trade Off Broadway); sound design by Jonathan Mastro (Our Town at the Huntington and Hit the Wall Off Broadway). Production stage manager is Kevin Schlagle and deck supervisor is Jess Wolfe.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois

and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.  

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PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

WHEN
March 27 – April 26, 2015
Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.
Press Opening: Wednesday, April 8, 7pm. RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers and BU community (faculty/staff/alumni)
  • $25 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $15 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

Sheba calendar

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SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, April 16 after the 10am student matinee performance

Wednesday, April 22 after the 2pm performance
Thursday, April 23 after the 7:30pm performance
Meet participating members of the cast of Come Back, Little Sheba and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM / BOSTON GLOBE INSIDERS EVENT
Sunday, April 19 after the 2pm performance
Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams (aka “Miss Conduct”) will lead a post-show talkback about psychology and theatre with Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland following the 2pm performance. Humanities Forums are presented in conjunction with all Huntington productions. A Boston Globe Insiders event – tickets to the 4/19 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

Robin Abrahams writes the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for the Boston Globe Magazine, and is the author of the book Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. She works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. A Cambridge resident with a PhD in research psychology from Boston University, her previous jobs include theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and writing. Ms. Abrahams is married to Marc Abrahams, publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are awarded annually for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. robinabrahams.com.

STUDENT MATINEE
Thursday, April 16 at 10am

For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.

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