1776

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

1776
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.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus 15-minute intermission

 

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Rachel Belleman

Stephen Hopkins

Rachel Belleman

Stephen Hopkins

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Nick Chieffo

Andrew McNair

Nick Chieffo

Andrew McNair

Nick Chieffo makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018 – 2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Nick is a recent graduate of Emerson College. He is most excited to share the transformative, unifying power of theatre with fellow humans and the like. Recent credits include: Cat’s Neck, West Side Story and Who Donut?

Aimee Doherty*

John Dickinson

Aimee Doherty*

John Dickinson

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Benjamin Evett*

John Adams

Benjamin Evett*

John Adams

BENJAMIN EVETT returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, Broken GlassAssassinsOn the VergeCamelot (2014 IRNE Award, Best Actor in a Musical), AmadeusCherry DocsOpusIndulgencesA Christmas CarolQuillsA Girl’s War, and Jerusalem, and directing RENT. He recently won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance 2015 for Albatross with The Poets’ Theatre, where he is also Executive Director. He has appeared in Freud’s Last Session and God of Carnage (co-produced with Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Rep). He was a member of the ART Resident Acting Company from 1993 to 2003, performing in over 50 productions including Waiting for GodotThe BacchaePhedre, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has performed at Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Alley Theatre, Taiwan National Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre. He is Founding Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he played Coriolanus, Hamlet, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban.

Alex Hatcher

Lyman Hall

Alex Hatcher

Lyman Hall

Alexander Hatcher (Lyman Hall) is making his New Rep debut in 1776. Originally from Wisconsin, he is currently a senior BFA Acting major at Boston University, with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Dance. Recent credits at BU include Angels in America: Perestroika, 26 Pebbles, Tragedy: A Tragedy, and Of Blood and Dirt. AlexanderHatcher.com

Riley Fox Hillyer

Andrew McNair

Riley Fox Hillyer

Andrew McNair

Riley Fox Hillyer makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He is a recent graduate of Emerson College, originally hailing from Saint Augustine, Florida. Recent credits include NAVIGATING DEATH ANXIETY: a how-to guide! (Actor), Tiny Houses (Olek/Lars), Cabaret DAS (fox),and staging NOMI at the Cabinet of Curiosities Festival. He is also a proud member of the band pUbeRty kiDs. He is most excited about working with this company to bring theater to communities who don’t have much access to it.

Ricardo D. Holguín

James Wilson, Leather Apron

Ricardo D. Holguín

James Wilson, Leather Apron

RICARDO D. HOLGUIN returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Fiddler on the Roof. Credits include AssassinsThe Light in the Piazza, and HAIR (The Boston Conservatory); Altar Boyz (Greater Boston Stage Company); Shrek the Musical, The Who’s Tommy, and Cinderella (Laredo Theater Guild International); The Wild Party (IRNE nominee, Moonbox Productions); Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Mssng Lnks); and RENT and Cabaret (LITE Productions). He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Upcoming projects include West Side Story (Laredo Theatre Guild International).

Shannon Lee Jones*

Edward Rutledge

Shannon Lee Jones*

Edward Rutledge

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Liliane Klein*

Thomas McKean

Liliane Klein*

Thomas McKean

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Steven Martin

Courier

Steven Martin

Courier

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Todd McNeel Jr.

Joseph Hewes

Todd McNeel Jr.

Joseph Hewes

TODD MCNEEL, JR. (Joseph Hewes/Ensemble, AGMA) will make his New Rep debut with this production of 1776. Recent credits include Prince Populescu (Countess Maritza), Frank (Coal Creek), George/Cephus/Will (Brother Nat: Concert Opera), Booker T. Washington (Ragtime), Krogstad (A Doll’s House: A New Opera), Gideon March/Dashwood (Little Women), and General Boom (Bremen Town Musicians), Mikado (The Mikado). McNeel won the Emerging Talent Award at the Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Competition and is a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble. He holds a BA in Mass and Speech Communication from Ouachita Baptist University, a Graduate Studies Diploma in Communication Management from Emerson College, and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera from the Longy School of Music. Originally from Grand Prairie, Texas, he now resides in Somerville, MA.

Luis Negrón*

Charles Thomson

Luis Negrón*

Charles Thomson

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Gary Thomas Ng*

Caesar Rodney

Gary Thomas Ng*

Caesar Rodney

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Pier Lamia Porter

Richard Henry Lee

Pier Lamia Porter

Richard Henry Lee

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KP Powell

Thomas Jefferson

KP Powell

Thomas Jefferson

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Dan Prior

Martha Jefferson, Robert Livingston

Dan Prior

Martha Jefferson, Robert Livingston

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Jane Reagan

Samuel Chase

Jane Reagan

Samuel Chase

Jane Reagan makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Jane is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Acting. Recent credits include: Brazen (Cameron), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Vivie), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Natella Abashvili), Richard III (Lord Rivers). She can’t wait to pack in the van at early hours of the morn and explore what theatre can be with students across New England.

Simon Rogers

Josiah Bartlett

Simon Rogers

Josiah Bartlett

SIMON ROGERS (Josiah Bartlett) will make his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of 1776. Other recent credits include Damn Yankees (Priscilla Beach Theatre) and Heathers: The Musical (The Footlight Club). Rogers holds a BA in Theatre from Boston College, and is from and resides in Malden, MA

Carolyn Saxon*

Abigail Adams, Roger Sherman

Carolyn Saxon*

Abigail Adams, Roger Sherman

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Cheryl D. Singleton*

John Hancock

Cheryl D. Singleton*

John Hancock

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Felton Sparks

John Witherspoon

Felton Sparks

John Witherspoon

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Bobbie Steinbach*

Benjamin Franklin

Bobbie Steinbach*

Benjamin Franklin

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Alexandra Teman

George Read

Alexandra Teman

George Read

ALEXANDRA TEMAN (George Reed) will make her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of 1776. Her Boston University credits include Pool (No Water) and Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical. Other production credits include Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Choreographer) and Cabaret (Dance Captain/Swing). Her regional credits include Speech and Debate (u/s Diwata) (Barrington Stage Company), The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company) and Show’s We’ll Never Do (Feinstein’s/54 Below). Teman is a current junior BFA Theatre Arts major at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Originally from New York City, she now resides in Brookline.

Creative Team
Austin Pendleton, co-director
Austin Pendleton

co-director

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

co-director

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.

Todd C Gordon, Music Director
Todd C Gordon

Music Director

bio coming soon

Cristina Todescoº, Scenic Designer
Cristina Todescoº

Scenic Designer

Cristina Todesco returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Freud’s Last SessionA NumberOn the VergeAmadeusThree ViewingsThe Last Five YearsOpusafterlife: a ghost storyPicasso at Lapin AgileThe Clean HouseHouse with No WallsSilence, and The Santaland Diaries. Theater companies include Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Company One, ART Institute, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poets’ Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Harbor Stage, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival among many more. She has designed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Tanglewood. For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards and an IRNE Award. She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University’s School of Visual Arts and an MFA in scenic design from BU’s School of Theatre, where she currently teaches. Originally from Milton, she currently resides in Dorchester

Rachel Padula-Shufelt, Costume Designer
Rachel Padula-Shufelt

Costume Designer

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Alberto Segarraº, Lighting Designer
Alberto Segarraº

Lighting Designer

ALBERTO SEGARRA has designed The Gift Horse at New Rep. Recent Washington, DC credits include Macbeth and Lucia di Lammermoor (Catholic University); Yo También Hablo de la Rosa (GALA Theatre); Twist Your Dickens (Kennedy Center); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Howard University); and Satchmo at the Waldorf (Mosaic Theatre). Other credits include The Taming of the Shrew, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Hair, Cabaret, Boeing Boeing, Evita, Dangerous Liaisons, The Glass Menagerie, and Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Segarra received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Maryland-College Park. Originally from Puerto Rico, he currently resides in Maryland. Upcoming projects include Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Blue Barn Theatre, NE); and Independence Eve (Urban Arias, Washington DC). albertosegarra.com

Kevin Schlagle*, Stage Manager
Kevin Schlagle*

Stage Manager

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Brian M. Robillard*, Assistant Stage Manager
Brian M. Robillard*

Assistant Stage Manager

BRIAN M. ROBILLARD*  returns to New Repertory Theatre after previously working on Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Lonely Planet, Ideation, The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Fiddler on the Roof, Baltimore, Scenes from an AdulteryAlbatross, On the Verge, and Pattern of Life. Recent area credits include A Christmas Carol (Central Square Theater); A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company); Romeo & Juliet and King Lear (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Don Giovanni and Siren Song (BU Opera Institute); Song Cycle (Peabody Essex Museum); and Hairspray and The Fantasticks (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Brian received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. A native of Massachusetts, Brian currently resides in Chelmsford. Upcoming projects include Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Stage Company).

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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