With MacDermot’s groundbreaking music and the show’s progressive themes, Hair revolutionized musical theatre as Broadway’s first rock musical in 1968. Emerging from the hippie counter-culture of the 1960s, Rado and Ragni’s story shows a tribe’s journey toward finding their voices in a time of political upheaval, and their use of sex and drugs to evade reality. Featuring the smash hits ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Let the Sunshine In’, this award-winning show is certain to be a nostalgic and groovy experience.
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Marge Dunn* returns to New Repertory Theatre after most recently being seen as Chris in Cardboard Piano. Other recent credits include It’s a Wonderful Life and Miss Holmes at the Greater Boston Stage Company; Dog Act (IRNE nomination) at Theatre on Fire; Three Sisters (IRNE nomination), A Piece of My Heart and A Nightingale Sang (IRNE nomination) at Wellesley Repertory Theatre; Macbeth at Brown Box Theatre Project; The Draft at Hibernian Hall; Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing at Boston Theater Company. She holds a BA in English and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, and serves as the Technical Director at the Roxbury Latin School. Dunn is also a freelance educator with Watertown Children’s Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, and Boston Theater Company. Originally from Winchester, MA, she now resides in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Alex Hanscom makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2019 – 2020 Classic Repertory Company tour. Alex is a recent graduate of the Emerson College BFA Acting program. Some recent credits include Measure for Measure (Angelo), Brazen (Ike), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Monk) with Emerson Stage, as well as I Hate You (Bill) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache) with Emerson Mercutio Troupe. When not acting, Alex teaches with Boston Children’s Theatre and creates short-form video content on YouTube. Alex is super excited to join CRC and can’t wait to introduce students to the world of theatre!
Kris Ivy Haynes makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show at Moonbox, Fastrada in Pippin at the Summer Rep Theater Festival, Ulla in the Producers at Priscilla Beach Theater, Anita in West Side Story at Priscilla Beach Theater. Kris earned a BFA in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA and is originally from Brooklyn, NY.
Lovely Hoffman* returns to New Repertory Theatre after having appeared in Little Shop of Horrors. Lovely is an award-winning performer and educator. In 2017, Lovely released her single “My Black Is Beautiful,” a song about self-love, which went viral and reached #45 on the Adult Contemporary Radio Charts. Lovely has been featured on CNN, BET, and TeenVogue and recently performed backup for Mariah Carey at the Wang Theatre. She was also featured in Lysol’s national “Thank You Teachers” commercial. In 2015, Lovely won the IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple (SpeakEasy Stage). Favorite theatre credits include: Marie and Rosetta and Sunfish (Greater Boston Stage Company), Hairspray and Kiss Me, Kate (Reagle Music Theatre), Doubt: A Parable and Avenue Q (Ocean State Theatre), Ragtime (The Umbrella), Little Shop of Horrors and Ain’t Misbehavin (Lyric Stage Company), Caroline, or Change (Moonbox Productions). Lovely is a graduate of Boston College and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love to Brandon. LovelyHoffman.com
Zoë Maloney makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Chicago (Velma Kelly) at Belvoir Terrace, Heathers (New Wave Girl) at Priscilla Beach Theatre, A Chorus Line (Diana) at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, RENT (Mimi Marquez) with MoonAmie Productions. Zoë has earned a B.F.A ‘21 at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and currently resides in Boston, MA.
Peter Mill* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Moonbox Productions), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reagle Music Theatre), Bill in Musical of Musicals! The Musical (Moonbox Productions), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Reagle Music Theatre). Peter attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, MA and is from Medway, MA. www.PeterMill.com
Yewande Odetoyinbo* makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, The View Upstairs, Caroline or Change, Breath and Imagination (IRNE Winner), The Wiz, In The Heights, choreographer for Choir Boy. Yewande earned an MFA from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a BFA from Howard University. She is originally from Detroit, currently resides in Roxbury, MA and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Aaron Patterson makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Jim Conley (Parade w/ Moonbox Pro.) Junior (Choir Boy w/ SpeakEasy Stage Company) Emcee (Cabaret w/ Boston Conservatory). Aaron is a BFA for Musical Theatre student at Boston Conservatory, and is originally from Atlanta, GA.
Katrina Z. Pavao makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at Lyric Stage Company, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Lyric Stage Company), Cabaret (Moonbox Theatre) and In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre). Katrina earned a MFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a BA in Theatre Arts from Providence College. She currently choreographs for ArtBarn in Brookline and just finished working with Arlington Children’s Theatre. She is originally from North Providence, RI, and currently resides in Brighton, MA. Alongside performing and teaching, Katrina is also barre3 instructor in Brookline, MA.
Brian-Barry Pereira makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Georg in Into the Woods at Little Theater of Fall River, Big Davey in Billy Elliot at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, A-Rab in West Side Story at New Bedford Festival Theatre, Herman/Girl #2 in Cabaret at Moonbox Productions, Frank/ensemble in Mame at Greater Boston Stage Company, and Henry in Damn Yankees at Ocean State Theatre Company. Brian earned a BA in Theater Arts from Dean College, and teaches at Ipswich Middle School as a Theater Director, and is a resident choreographer (Co- founder) at Footlights Repertory Company in Swansea MA. He is originally from Swansea, MA, and currently resides in Ipswich, MA.
Anthony Pires, Jr.* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Angus in Tuck Everlasting at The Umbrella Stage, Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dreamgirls at Riverside Theatre Works, and Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime in Wheelock Family Theatre. Other credits include Jim in Big River the Musical at Theatre at the Mount, and Jim/Newt Lee in Parade in The Umbrella Stage Company. Anthony earned a Masters in Higher Education from Salem State University, and a B.A. in Speech Performance Communication from Framingham State University. He is originally from Dorchester, MA, and currently resides in Hyde Park, MA.
Eddie Shields* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride (Seven Angels Theatre), The View Upstairs, Shakespeare in Love, Significant Other, Casa Valentina (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Nora Theater Co.) Edward II, Comedy of Errors (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Henry VI.3, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (Drilling Theater Company), Miss Julie (Workshop Theatre NY), The Good Girl’s High (Manhattan Rep), A Class Act (Robert Moss Theater). Eddie earned an MFA in Acting from Brandies University. Originally from Philadelphia, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Edward L. Simon* (Claude) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Prince Topher in R&H’s Cinderella (Virginia Repertory Theatre), Narrator/Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Ensemble in The Bridges of Madison County (SpeakEasy Stage Company). Edward earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Originally from Bethesda, MD, he currently resides in Astoria, NY.
Rachel Bertone (Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to be making her directorial and choreographic debut at New Repertory Theatre. Direction/Choreography credits include Cabaret (IRNE Award Best Direction, Choreography, Best Musical), Carousel (IRNE Award Best Choreography), In the Heights (IRNE Award Best Musical), The Wild Party (IRNE Award Best Musical), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Gypsy, Billy Elliot, Show Boat, Little Shop of Horrors, Barnum, Musical of Musicals, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Brundibar, But the Giraffe, and Creative License. Recent choreography credits: West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Company, City of Angels, Big River, Animal Crackers, Camelot, A New Brain, Marvelous Wonderettes, Floyd Collins, and Lucky Stiff. Bertone has served on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, The American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and Long Island University. She privately coaches performers both in New York and Boston and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to Michael for welcoming her into the New Rep family!
Janie E. Howlandº (Scenic Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre. Favorite credits include Euyrdice, Streetcar named Desire, Ragtime, Race. Other credits include Eureka Day (Interact Theatre, PA), Thanksgiving Play (Lyric Stage Company), Tuck Everlasting (Concord Umbrella), CONSENSES – Art Makes Sense (Mass MOCA), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Co.). Janie earned an MFA from Brandeis University, and teaches at Emerson College and Wellesley College. She is originally from Newton, MA, currently resides in Natick, MA, is a member of the StageSource board and USA Local 829.
Marian Bertone (Costume Designer) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Hair. Recent credits include Little Shop Of Horrors, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Lyric Stage), Cabaret (IRNE Award), Barnum (IRNE Award), The Wild Party (IRNE Nomination), Musical of Musicals (Moonbox Productions), In The Heights (Norton Nomination) (Wheelock Family Theater). Marian has been designing costumes for theater and dance in the Boston area for over 30 years and is from Malden, MA.
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Production 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 Adultery, Albatross, 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).
Lee Nishri-Howitt is thrilled to work with New Rep on this exciting new season. Lee has coached at the
American Repertory Theater, Hunting Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, and others; and has taught at Harvard University, The Moscow Art Theatre School’s American Studio, and the Ludwig Solski School of Dramatic Arts in Poland. Lee is a graduate of the Masters program for voice and speech at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. Originally from Israel, he now resides in Boston. LNHvoice.com
* 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
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
“…the New Rep production features such topnotch singers as Yewande Odetoyinbo, who plays Dionne and opens the show by leading the ensemble in a stirring rendition of “Aquarius’’; Lovely Hoffman (Celie in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production…
“…Simon’s Claude is a wonder, and he nails the vibe and the spirit that is integral to the success of Hair.”
“…there’s no denying the array of talent on stage at New Rep, much of it groomed in the musical theater department at Boston Conservatory.”
“Hair at the Mosesian Center is excellent. The care taken by this cast to respect the work and intentions by Ragni, Rado, and MacDermot is obvious. It is frankly one of the best productions to have…
“On the whole this production is very well directed and performed…”
“Yewande Odetoyinbo (Dionne) provides the show’s highlight with the musical’s most famous number, “Aquarius.” “
“…[the] vocal talent and boundless energy light up this revival.”