Merrily We Roll Along : A conversation with Theatre Professor Scott Edmiston

10/7/2017 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join Scott Edmiston, chair of theatre at Northeastern University and local director, and Director of New Work Charles Haugland for a discussion about the themes explored in Merrily We Roll Along after the 2pm performance on October 7.

Scott Edmiston has been teaching and directing throughout the Northeast for more than 30 years. Since relocating to Boston in 1997, he has directed more than 60 productions at theatre and opera companies across New England including SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, American Repertory Theater, Underground Railway Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Opera Boston, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage, and the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company where he was an artistic associate and production dramaturg for more than 30 productions. In 2011, he received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence for his theatrical body of work and contributions to the cultural life of Boston. Mr. Edmiston began his teaching career at the University of Michigan in 1983. For many years he served on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and led their MFA directing program. He has taught directing at Brown University/Trinity Rep and dramatic literature at Brandeis University where he was the inaugural Director of the Office of the Arts for 11 years. His areas of scholarship include American andEuropean modern drama, queer theatre, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. As a professional dramaturg, he has researched and written on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Stephen Sondheim; and worked with playwrights such as August Wilson and Jon Robin Baitz. He is the founding editor of State of the Arts magazine. Among his many articles and publications, he is the author of “Acting Misbegotten: The Creative Journey to Eugene O’Neill” in the anthology Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (Salem Press, 2012).


About Merrily We Roll Along

Director Maria Friedman’s stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along received universal rave reviews – the most five star reviews in West End history – and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Now she recreates it for Boston audiences! Travelling backwards in time over 20 years in the entertainment business, this legendary, cult favorite musical charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary, and features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” and “Not a Day Goes By."

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Please note: This production includes theatrical haze and smoke, strobe light effects, and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

Stephen Sondheim“This production of Merrily We Roll Along is not only the best I've seen, but one of those rare instances where casting, direction, and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than the parts.”— Stephen Sondheim on Maria Friedman’s London production


Peter DuBois“After seeing Maria Friedman’s stunning staging of Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, I knew I had to share this tremendous production with Boston. Maria has captured lightning in a bottle, turning a musical long beloved by Sondheim geeks into an international hit. I can’t wait for her to recreate the definitive and mesmerizing version of Merrily for Boston audiences with the best of Boston, New York, and international talent. Put this show on the calendar in pen!”— Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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