MUCKRAKERS

by Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary
Black Box Theater
JAN 10-FEB 1/2015

A young activist hosts a famous political journalist/hacker in her apartment. What follows is an evening full of rich debate over who has the right to information, how much the public needs to know, and the consequences of power. Dynamics shift when secrets are revealed and each discovers that there is always a price to pay for privacy. In the wake of controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, The Boston Globe calls MUCKRAKERS “an absorbing play that’s ripped from the headlines.”

For mature audiences. Contains nudity, sexual situations, and adult language.

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Running Time: Approximately 75 minutes without intermission.
Lewis D. Wheeler*

Stephen

Lewis D. Wheeler*

Stephen

LEWIS D. WHEELER* is currently in the cast of Ideation and has previously appeared at New Rep in The Gift Horse, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Rancho Mirage, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Silence, and a touring production of Cyrano. Recent credits include Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Regional credits include No Man’s Land (American Repertory Theater); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); A Number and The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); Doubt and An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Also American Stage (FL), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Nora Theatre Company, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Cape Rep, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film and television credits include Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night, Black Mass, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood. Lewis earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. He resides in Boston and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2004. He appears next in To Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus at Gloucester Stage and in Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage.

Esme Allen*

Mira

Esme Allen*

Mira

Esme Allen* has performed at New Repertory Theatre in Muckrakers, The Elephant Man and Amadeus. Other area credits include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stoneham Theatre, IRNE Nomination); North Shore Fish (Gloucester Stage Company); The Cherry Orchard, Middletown, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Other credits include Youth Ink! (McCarter Theatre, NJ); Jack, or the Submission, and The Whole Arrangement (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Television credits include The Good Wife (CBS); and Ask the Bartender (FOXNEWS). Ms. Allen earned her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. She is a Founding Artistic Associate of The Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston and teaches at Salem State University and Wheelock College. She also creates collage-based visual art, which has been exhibited in the North Shore area. She resides in Jamaica Plain and will be set designing Bridge Repertory Theater’s production of Julius Caesar this spring.

Creative Team
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, Director
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary

Director

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 AdulteryMuckrakersPattern of Life, LungsFully CommittedCollected StoriesDollHouseboom, 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.

News

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Press Release: MUCKRAKERS

Spotlight Symposium: Whistle-Blowers, Spies, and Traitors: National Security and the Need to Know
Following the 4pm Sunday Preview of each production, theatre artists, area academics, and experts explore and discuss ideas related to the play and how they impact our world. Free and open to the public; no ticket purchase necessary to attend symposium.

MODERATOR:
Louise Kennedy
Director of Community Engagement
WBUR

PANELISTS:
Dan Kennedy
Interim Director and Associate Professor
School of Journalism
Northeastern University

Tobe Berkovitz
Associate Professor of Advertising
College of Communications
Boston University

Evan Greer
Campaign Director
Fight for the Future

Sunday, January 11 at 5:30pm
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Tobe Berkovitz is an Associate Professor of Advertising at the Boston University College of Communications. He has worked since 1974 as a political media consultant on presidential, senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial election campaigns. He specializes in media strategy and time buying, and works as a producer of political commercials. Berkovitz has consulted on campaigns in over 25 states. His clients have included Senators John Glenn, Carl Levin, Patrick Leahy, and Tom Harkin. Berkovitz appears frequently on television and in the press as a political and media analyst.

Evan Greer is the Campaign Director of Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit best known for organizing massive online protests like the SOPA Blackout, Reset the Net, and the recent Internet Slowdown for net neutrality. She’s been a Boston-area activist since high school, working on issues ranging from LGBTQ empowerment to freedom for Arab and Muslim political prisoners. Before becoming Fight for the Future’s Campaign Director, Greer toured internationally as a singer/songwriter and workshop facilitator, sharing stages with greats like Pete Seeger, The Coup, and Billy Bragg. Late historian Howard Zinn called her “an eloquent and energetic writer,” and she has had articles published in The Guardian and Huffington Post. She identifies as genderqueer, is the proud parent of a four year old, and lives in Jamaica Plain.

Dan Kennedy is an Associate Professor and the Interim Director at the Northeastern University School of Journalism and a nationally known media commentator who writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab, WGBHNews.org, The Huffington Post, and other publications. He is a regular panelist on Beat the Press, a weekly media roundtable on WGBH-TV. His book The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age explores the burgeoning world of online local and regional journalism, focusing on the New Haven Independent, a nonprofit news organization founded in 2005. A former media columnist for The Guardian and The Boston Phoenix, he is the 2001 recipient of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. He is also the author of Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter’s Eyes, a memoir about raising a daughter with dwarfism. His blog, Media Nation, tracks issues related to journalism, politics and culture. Kennedy received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and his master’s degree in American history from Boston University. From 1979-’88, he was a reporter and editor for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn, MA.

Louise Kennedy is the Director of Community Engagement at WBUR and oversees WBUR’s live events and other direct, local forms of connecting with the audience of Boston’s NPR news station. Before joining WBUR, she was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as theater critic. She is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College. She lives in Newton with her family. To learn more about WBUR’s community engagement efforts, visit the Community and Events pages on wbur.org and follow Louise on Twitter,
@LouiseWBUR.

Weekday Matinee Performance
Thursday, January 29 at 2pm