music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
book by Peter Stone
co-director Austin Pendleton
co-director Kelli Edwards
Mainstage Theater
NOV 30-DEC 23/2018

America’s Prize Winning Musical
music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
book by Peter Stone
based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
original production directed by Peter Hunt
originally produced on the Broadway Stage by Stuart Ostrow


In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! Experience the story of the founding of the United States with this exciting, inclusive reimagining of this classic musical.


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Creative Team
Austin Pendleton, co-director
Austin Pendleton


AUSTIN PENDELTON  returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing Fiddler on the Roof and performing in Quills, Waiting for Godot, and King Lear. He is also the recipient of New Rep’s 2015 Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Mr. Pendelton is an actor, director, playwright, and a teacher of acting at HB Studio in New York. As an actor he made his Broadway debut in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof, which was directed by Jerome Robbins. Subsequent Broadway productions in which he has appeared include Hail Scrawdyke (Clarence Derwent Award winner), Mike Nichols’ production of The Little Foxes, Doubles, and The Diary of Anne Frank (with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman). He has also acted extensively off-Broadway and in other regional theatres, notably Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is a member of the Ensemble. He has acted in about 200 movies, and on such TV shows as Oz and Homicide, in each of which he has appeared in recurring roles. He has directed on, off, and off-off Broadway, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he apprenticed under the guidance of Nikos Psacharopoulos), as well as at the National Theatre of Great Britain. His plays, published and produced in New York, around the country, and internationally, are Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth.

Kelli Edwards, co-director
Kelli Edwards


KELLI EDWARDS  returns to New Repertory Theatre after co-choreographing The Snow Queen with director Rick Lombardo and choreographing Fiddler on the Roof, RENT, The Hot Mikado (IRNE Award for Best Choreography), Passing Strange, Cabaret, The Wild Party, Ragtime, Romeo and Juliet, Into the Woods, Scapin, and The Threepenny Opera. Other Boston theatre credits include A Confederacy of Dunces, How Shakespeare Won the West, The Cherry Orchard, The Second Girl, Becoming Cuba, and Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); A Marvelous Party, Red, Hot, and Cole, In the Jungle of Cities, The King Stag, and The Taming of the Shrew (American Repertory Theater); The Secret Garden and Gypsy (Stoneham Theatre); and Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado about Nothing (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Ms. Edwards co-directs Dances by Isadora-Boston and is currently on the performing arts faculty at Milton Academy.