a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
by Gabriel Jason Dean
When Afghan refugee Nazrullah shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep of Dr. Harold Banks claiming to have known his adopted daughter Getee, the two men become unlikely roommates. Through flashbacks, Getee and Nazrullah’s relationship unfolds, and a clearer picture of Harold’s estrangement from his daughter is revealed. A poignant new work inspired by true events, Heartland is a stirring emotional journey about love, loss, and understanding.
Heartland | Still Standing
BRIDGET KATHLEEN O’LEARY joined New Rep in 2008 where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has directed New Rep’s productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an Adultery, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories, DollHouse, boom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include The Heidi Chronicles (Northeastern University), Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Flick (Gloucester Stage Company), Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Other Place (The Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater); Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark). In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, DC with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. She is the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and a member of the New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.
Afsoon Pajoufar makes her Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston area credits include Cabaret, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Boston University). Film credits include Ruined, Zoya, Remembering the Pentagons, and Nar. She received a BA in Painting from the Azad Art and Architecture University of Tehran and is currently pursuing an MFA in Scenic Design at Boston University. Originally from Tehran, Iran, she currently resides in Allston.
Annalynn Luu returns to Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre after assisting costume design for Baltimore and Brecht on Brecht. Recent credits include designing The Cherry Orchard and co-designing Cloud Nine and God’s Ear (Boston University). Past credits include costume design for Hot Mikado (San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts), Disguise Costumes, and various avant garde fashion collections for Exhibit Ambush. She has also worked with The Old Globe and Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego. Annalynn is a third year costume design graduate student at Boston University.
Renee E. Yancey makes her New Repertory Theatre debut and returns to Boston Center for American Performance after stage managing Exposed. New England-area credits include The Fantasticks (Opera House Arts); The Honey Trap and Faithless (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre/Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre); and Production Manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Boys from Syracuse (Landmarks Orchestra/Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). She was the Production Stage Manager for 30 productions at Olney Theatre Center. Favorite Olney credits include The King and I, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, and The 39 Steps. This summer, Renee will be the Production Manager for Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Renee is a Lecturer and Program Head of Stage Management for the School of Theatre at Boston University. She received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas State University-San Marcos. Originally from Texas, Renee was based in the DC/MD area before moving to Boston.