Classic Repertory Company’s ANIMAL FARM

by George Orwell
directed by Clay Hopper
touring New England
Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Classic Repertory Company explores themes of power, politics, and propaganda, in this frightening fairytale that feel ripped from the headlines. This stylized yet accessible adaptation, keeps the audience on their toes and leaves you wondering, is a utopia really possible? 

“The animals of Mr. Jones’ farm believe they could build themselves a utopia, if only they could get rid of the humans in charge.When their dreams become reality, life isn’t as easy as they thought, as old problems take new form. Originally written as a critique of Stalinism, George Orwell’s acclaimed 1945 novel finds new life in this contemporary stage adaptation.” 

75 minutes, suitable for grades 5 and up

“It’s wonderful you make yourselves available to answering questions and offering insights about your performance. It’s important for kids to realize Art is interactive!” -Educator

“Students had many questions. They didn’t want to leave.” -Educator

“Students reported having understood the story better because of the show.” -Educator

“ I liked the blend of content about the show and then the focus on acting and theater too. Something for everyone.” -Educator

“I especially liked how the performance, study guide, and post-show discussion prompted us to think about the story as not simply an elaborate allegory for the rise of Stalinism, but also as a story with broader social significance.” -Educator

Learn more about Classic Repertory Company!

Nick Chieffo

Boxer

Nick Chieffo

Boxer

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?

Tim Colee

Snowball

Tim Colee

Snowball

Tim Colee makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the Spring 2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He is a recent graduate of The University of West Florida where he received a Bachelors degree in Theatre and a minor in General Communications. Recent roles include Othello (Cassio), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn) and A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge). Tim is very excited to be joining the ensemble and bringing theatre and storytelling to the communities of New England.

Willa Eigo

Mollie

Willa Eigo

Mollie

Willa Eigo makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Willa is a recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Acting. Recent credits include: Lindy in The Pledge (Brelby Theatre Co.), Kattrin in Mother Courage, and Caroline in I And You (Boston University).  She is excited to get the chance to be a part of a touring company and bring theatre to a diverse range of audiences!

Riley Fox Hillyer

Moses

Riley Fox Hillyer

Moses

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.

Willow Lautenberg

Clover

Willow Lautenberg

Clover

Willow Lautenberg makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Willow is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Theatre & Performance and a minor in writing. She is also a singer. Recent credits include: Shoemaker’s Elf in Shrek, The Musical (FPAC at BSU), La Donna in La Favola Del Figlio Cambiato (Festa di Teatro Eco Logico), Anna in Click (Emerson Stage), Elmire in Tartuffe (Emshakes), and Sveta in The Road of Life (World premier, MTS). Willow has created and performed two solo performances: Leave My Heart It’s Song, and What It Means To Be Free. Willow is most excited to give students an actively imaginative connection to classical texts through theatrical storytelling.

David Picariello

Old Major/Benjamin

David Picariello

Old Major/Benjamin

David Picariello makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He graduated in 2017 from Salem State University 2017 with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and minors in both Film Studies and Dramatic Literature. He spent the summer after graduation with Speak About It, a performance-based education consent program that travels to high schools and colleges across the country. SSU credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), The Seagull (Konstantin), and The Grapes of Wrath (Noah Joad). Other recent credits include Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire Theatre Company) and William Morris Barfee in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Theatre Company of Saugus). David is most excited to work with such a small and talented ensemble, bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to life. He currently lives in Wakefield, MA.

Jane Reagan

Squealer

Jane Reagan

Squealer

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.

Elena Toppo

Napoleon

Elena Toppo

Napoleon

Elena Toppo makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. Elena is a recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. She grew up watching theatre in Ashland, Oregon and has a soft spot for Shakespeare. Elena is excited to share her love of storytelling on this tour.

Creative Team
Clay Hopper◊, Director
Clay Hopper◊

Director

CLAY HOPPER has directed A Number on New Rep’s mainstage, as well as Classic Repertory Company’s Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and Great Expectations. In Washington D.C., he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival. He now serves as lecturer in Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild (Olney Theatre). Other recent credits include On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning (Contemporary American Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab). Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without and Different Zen (Third Eye Rep); Earthworms (The Working Group); and Triage and The Interrogation (The Miranda Theatre).