The Second Girl Post-Show Conversation with Rebecca Eaton

1/30/2015 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre

Hear about the enduring appeal of upstairs, downstairs stories, such as "Downton Abbey" at this special post-show conversation with Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of PBS' MASTERPIECE following the Friday, January 30 performance of The Second Girl.




Rebecca Eaton
is the Executive Producer of PBS' MASTERPIECE and MYSTERY! Ms. Eaton took over the helm of the PBS series MASTERPIECE THEATRE and MYSTERY! in 1985, and oversaw a highly successfully relaunch of MASTERPIECE in 2008 that has attracted a new generation of viewers to the series.

Ms. Eaton has brought American audiences the recent hits "Sherlock" and "Downton Abbey," which drew more than 26 million viewers during its fourth season, as well as such high-profile titles as "Mr Selfridge," "Endeavour," "Wallander," "Prime Suspect," "Cranford," "Little Dorrit," "Inspector Lewis," and "The Complete Jane Austen."

Under her leadership, MASTERPIECE has won 45 Primetime Emmy Awards®, 15 Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes®, and two Academy Award® nominations. In 2011, Eaton was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people. Her distinguished career has earned her the official recognition of Queen Elizabeth II—with an honorary OBE (Officer, Order of the British Empire).

A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Eaton began her career at the BBC World Service, then moved on to PBS station WGBH Boston where she produced programs ranging from business to sports to dance to drama before becoming Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE.

Ms. Eaton's memoir, MAKING MASTERPIECE: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, was published by Viking in 2013.

About The Second Girl

With Eugene O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging in their new world in this lyrical and poignant world premiere by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone (Brendan, The Atheist) and directed by Campbell Scott (The Atheist).

The Second Girl is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission

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"Ronan Noone has been a central part of the Huntington's family since 2003 when he was named to the very first cohort of Playwriting Fellows. Our audiences responded so warmly to Brendan, his play about an Irish immigrant finding his way in his adopted home of Boston, and I know they'll feel the same about his latest work that intimately explores the longings of the secondary characters from one of the 20th century's greatest dramas."— Peter DuBois
"The Second Girl is the reason I began writing plays. It tells an immigrant American story about what it means to come to America and what American means to so many. It is a thrill to have this play go up in my hometown and at the Huntington Theatre Company, and it is tremendous to be working with Campbell Scott again."— Ronan Noone
"I am thrilled to be working at the Huntington for a third time, especially in the new capacity as director of Ronan Noone's compelling new drama The Second Girl. This is mature and subtle playwriting, and I can't imagine a better theatrical environment in which to premiere it or a more perceptive audience with whom to experience it for the first time."— Campbell Scott

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