In the modern-day world of overpopulation and global warming, this new comedy looks at the intimate, laughable, moments of decision making in a present-day reality. Through many intimate conversations, a young, educated couple agonizes over parenthood, adult responsibility, and whether having children in today’s world is justified. Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (who directed New Rep’s Collected Stories and DollHouse) directs Lungs, which asks the “big questions” of how to be a good person, have a good influence on the planet, and still live a good life.
“Smart and stimulating.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
Photo: Nael Nacer and Liz Hayes. Photo by Andrew Brilliant/ Brilliant Pictures
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.
ARSHAN GAILUS˚ returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Lungs. He has designed sound and created original music for theater companies including ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, A.R.T Institute, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Brandeis University, The Nora Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and Company One. Arshan was awarded the 2016 IRNE Award for Best Sound Design (Small Theater) for his design of appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage Company) and was a member of the Elliot Norton Award winning design teams for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One, 2012) and Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2011). Arshan teaches Sound Design at Emerson College where he serves as Resident Sound Designer for Emerson Stage, and he has designed sound and composed original music for independent video games in the Boston area and internationally. Arshan holds a B.S. in Music from MIT. arshangailus.com
*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States