Brecht on Brecht celebrates one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists in a stunning revue of his life’s work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht’s most famous collaborations, and first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, Brecht on Brecht explores the political and social issues he faced as an artist fleeing Nazism and his eventual exile in America.
CHRISTINE HAMEL* (Mature Woman, Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Broken Glass, On the Verge, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd, directing God Box, and dialect/voice coaching many productions, including most recently Tongue of a Bird, Camelot, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Holiday Memories, and The Kite Runner. Other area credits include A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater); The Penelopiad (Boston University School of Theatre); Season’s Greetings and Our Town (Wellesley Repertory Theatre); and The Glass Menagerie (Boston Center for American Performance). Regionally, she performed the role of Emma Darwin in Trumpery (Olney Theatre Center). Ms. Hamel is an Assistant Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting at Boston University, where she is the director of the Femina Shakes, a laboratory of intentional experimentation with sex and gender in Shakespeare’s plays. She is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher, and holds a Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov acting technique. She currently resides in Arlington.
BRAD DANIEL PELOQUIN* (Mature Man, Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Assassins, Marry Me a Little, and Moby Dick: An American Opera. Other area credits include Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre, IRNE Nomination); Die Fledermaus (New England Light Opera); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre); Follies (Overture Productions); and The Mikado (Huntington Theatre Company/North Shore Music Theatre). Regional appearances include Closer than Ever (Bristol Valley Theatre); Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Pops); and Big River, Chess, and Lies & Legends (Blackfriars Theatre). International appearances include a recital tour in Nagasaki, Japan; featured soloist at the Britten-Pears Festival in Snape, England; and soloist with the Orchestra of St. Andrews and John in Montreal, Canada. He has recorded music with Telarc International (earning three Grammy Award nominations), Musica Omnia, and Harmonia. Mr. Peloquin earned his MM at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and his EdD at the School of Education at Boston University. Originally from Wisconsin, he currently resides in Watertown.
CARLA MARTINEZ* (Young Woman, Brecht on Brecht) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. New England credits include Company and My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage Company); The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions); Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage); Mary Poppins, Shrek, Hairspray, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Oliver (Wheelock Family Theatre); The Wiz, The Full Monty, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Dreamgirls (Interlakes Summer Theatre). Ms. Martinez is a performer, teacher, and choreographer currently residing in Boston and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Upcoming projects include Barnum (Moonbox Productions). carla-martinez.com
JAKE MURPHY* (Young Man, Brecht on Brecht) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Off-Broadway credits include a staged reading of The Crowded Hour (Manhattan Theater Club). Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Marin Shakespeare); Noises Off and Sherlock Holmes (Sacramento Theatre); and Boner Problem and Missed Connections (Brunch Theatre). Film credits include Can Hitler Happen Here?, Prom King 2010, We Can Do It, and Ghost Light. Television credits include A Crime to Remember. Jake received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and is originally from Northern California. jake-murphy.com
BERTOLT BRECHT (Playwright, Brecht on Brecht), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera, and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came to power in Germany, Mr. Brecht fled to Scandinavia before eventually settling in the USA where he remained until 1947. During the war years, he wrote many of his best known plays, including, The Life of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He returned to Europe in 1947 and shortly after his arrival formed the Berliner Ensemble. He died in Berlin on August 14th, 1956 but remains a hugely influential theatre practitioner.
JIM PETOSA (Director, Brecht on Brecht / Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.
MATTHEW STERN (Music Director, Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after music directing Assassins. Recent credits include Mame and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stoneham Theatre); The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, and Big Fish (SpeakEasy Stage); Shrek and Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre); Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre); Parade, The Human Comedy, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, and Merrily We Roll Along (Boston University); and many productions at French Woods Festival. Mr. Stern teaches musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University, and Emerson College, and holds an MFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University. Upcoming projects include Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre); and The Bridges of Madison County (SpeakEasy Stage). mattsternmusic.com
RYAN BATES (Scenic Designer, Thurgood and Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after managing props on Fiddler on the Roof and Good and designing The Testament of Mary, Via Dolorosa, and The Snow Queen. Recent scenic design credits include Blasted (Off the Grid Theatre Company); The Last Five Years (Arts After Hours); The Launch Prize (Bridge Repertory Theatre); That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink); Academy Fight Song (Centastage); A Visit with Marie Curie (Parity Productions); Angels in America (Boston University Opera Institute); 4000 Miles and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Gloucester Stage Company); Big Love and Pacific Overtures (Boston University School of Theatre). Mr. Bates received his MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University and a BA in Theatre and Art History from Middlebury College. Originally from Danvers, he currently resides in Brighton. Upcoming projects include Dear Elizabeth and Melancholy Play (The Umbrella).
ALYSSA KOROL (Costume Designer, Brecht on Brecht) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Previous design credits include The Cradle Will Rock (Boston University); Our Town (University of Vermont); A Hand of Bridge (University of Vermont); L’Amour à Trois (University of Vermont); and The Drowsy Chaperone, She Loves Me, Romeo and Juliet, and Treasure Island (Acting Manitou). Assistant design credits include Parade (Boston University); Exposed (Boston Center for American Performance); and Much Ado About Nothing (University of Vermont). She earned her BA from the University of Vermont and is now pursuing her MFA at Boston University. Ms. Korol is originally from northern Vermont, and currently resides in Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.
BRIDGET K. DOYLE (Lighting Designer, Thurgood and Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Good and Baltimore. Previous design credits include The Birds and the Bees (Sleeping Weazel); Don’t Ask Me (Concord Academy); Aurora Borealis, Rosmersholm, Rabbit Hole, and Vinkensport (Boston University); Twelfth Night and Metamorphoses (Gordon College); Cabaret and Dog Sees God (Salem State University); A Behanding in Spokane and Betrothed (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). Assistant design credits include The Merry Widow and Greek (Boston Lyric Opera); Can You Forgive Her? (Huntington Theatre Company); Saturday Night Fever, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, and Chicago (North Shore Music Theatre). She earned her Associate’s Degree from Cape Cod Community College, BFA from Salem State University, and is now pursuing her MFA at Boston University. Ms. Doyle will next design Labyrinth of Desire at Boston University. Originally from the Cape, she now resides in Somerville.
BRIAN M. ROBILLARD (Stage Manager, Brecht on Brecht) returns to New Repertory Theatre after previously working on Fiddler on the Roof, Baltimore, Scenes from an Adultery, Albatross, On the Verge, and Pattern of Life. Recent area credits include A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company); 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). Mr. Robillard received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. Upcoming projects include The Gift Horse (New Repertory Theatre). A native of Massachusetts, Brian currently resides in Chelmsford.
*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
“A seamless, emotionally rich performance artfully sculpted by director Jim Petosa and his actors.”
“For a primer on how to wage a more enduring artistic battle against authoritarianism, consider Brecht on Brecht.”
The following performances are followed by a talkback discussion with members of the cast and New Rep staff:
Wednesday 2/15, 7:30pm
Sunday 2/19, 2pm
Thursday 2/23, 2pm
Friday 2/24, 8pm
Sunday 2/26, 2pm
Sunday 3/5, 2pm