TONGUE OF A BIRD

Written by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Emily Ranii
Black Box Theater
MAR 8 - 30/2014

A story of lost mothers and daughters, TONGUE OF A BIRD follows Maxine, an emotionally wounded young search-and-rescue pilot, who returns to her childhood home in the Adirondacks to search for Charlotte, a missing 12-year-old girl. During the search, Maxine reconnects with her Polish refugee grandmother, and through her dreams, is forced to confront her memories of her mother, who committed suicide, abandoning her.

“Wonderful free-flowing skeins of imagery.”
The Village Voice

 

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Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Olivia D'Ambrosio*

Evie

Olivia D'Ambrosio*

Evie

Olivia D’Ambrosio* (Evie) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Other area credits include The Libertine (Bridge Rep of Boston/Playhouse Creatures, NYC); and All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Regionally, she has appeared in The Crucible (Trinity Rep); Pride & Prejudice (Asolo Rep); and Summer & Smoke (Paper Mill Playhouse/Hartford Stage). She holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep and a BA in Theatre & Dance from Amherst College (summa cum laude). Originally from Connecticut, she now resides in Jamaica Plain. This June, she will appear in Bridge Rep of Boston’s production of Gidion’s Knot, directed by Karen MacDonald.

Claudia Q. Nolan

Charlotte

Claudia Q. Nolan

Charlotte

Claudia Q. Nolan (Charlotte) returns to New Repertory Theatre following her roles as Helen in A Christmas Story and Emma in DollHouse. Other Boston area credits include The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland (Watertown Children’s Theatre); and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Junior Player).  Ms. Nolan is a sixth grade student at Newton Country Day School and is a skilled archery markswoman who enjoys singing & dancing, reading, skiing, soccer, hockey and hanging out with her three older sisters.

Elizabeth Anne Rimar*

Maxine

Elizabeth Anne Rimar*

Maxine

Elizabeth Anne Rimar* (Maxine) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Holiday Memories, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Macbeth. Other area credits include Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Lyric Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Summer Festival Theatre at Roxbury Latin); The Superheroine Monologues (Phoenix Theatre Artists & Company One); and Assassins (Company One). Ms. Rimar received her BFA from Boston University.

Ilyse Robbins*

Dessa

Ilyse Robbins*

Dessa

Ilyse Robbins* (Dessa) returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing/choreographing Marry Me a Little and World Goes ‘Round; choreographing A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, and Das Barbecue; and performing in A Christmas Carol and The Wild Party (IRNE Award/Best Ensemble). Other recent area performance credits include On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company); Love, Faith and Other Dirty Words (Modern Theatre); The Fully Monty (Stoneham Theatre); and The Phantom Tollbooth (Wheelock Family Theatre).  Recent directing credits include Working (The Lyric Stage Company) and Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre). Recent choreography credits include Brundibar (Underground Railway Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theater); The Full Monty (Stoneham Theatre); and On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company). Her work has earned four IRNE Awards, the most recent for her choreography in 42nd Street (Stoneham Theatre). Ms. Robbins earned her BS in Theater from Northwestern University, certification from the British American Drama Academy, and EdM from Harvard University. Originally from Worcester, she now resides in Belmont. Ms. Robbins serves as Clerk on the board of the Theater Community Benevolent Fund, a fund that serves the Boston area theater community when they are in need. After Tongue of a Bird, she will appear in a benefit production of MOMologues for the Home Base Program and will direct and choreograph for Stoneham Theatre’s 15th anniversary season.

Bobbie Steinbach*

Zofia

Bobbie Steinbach*

Zofia

Bobbie Steinbach* (Zofia) returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Collected Stories (IRNE Award Best Actress/Elliot Norton Nomination Outstanding Actress),The Clean House (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Production), Romeo & Juliet, A Girl’s War (IRNE Award Best Supporting Actress),The Waverly Gallery, Stonewall Jackson’s House (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Actress). As a founding member, Ms. Steinbach has appeared in 13 plays with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, most recently in Henry VIII and Pericles. In January, she played the role of Madame Armfeld, for the 6th time, in A Little Night Music with Emmanuel Music (also at Boston Pops, Tanglewood, Michigan Opera Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company, and The Publick Theatre). She has performed at many area theatres, including Huntington Theatre Company, The Lyric Stage Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Stoneham Theatre, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Ms. Steinbach was recognized for her body of work in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2012.

Creative Team
Emily Ranii, Director
Emily Ranii

Director

Emily Ranii (Director) joins New Repertory Theatre after locally directing Anne Boleyn, Tongue of a Bird, Mary’s Wedding, The Imaginary Invalid, Arcadia, The Maids, and God’s Ear (Boston University). Regional directing credits include 9 Parts of Desire (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Burning Coal Theatre Company); The Body Project (Cornell University); Eurydice (ArtsCenter Stage); and Proof (Temple Theatre Company). Ms. Ranii earned her MFA from Boston University and BA from Cornell University.  She teaches for Boston University’s Opera Institute, serves as the Academic Program Head of the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, and is a member of Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, she resides in Cambridge.

Courtney Nelson, Scenic & Properties Designer
Courtney Nelson

Scenic & Properties Designer

Courtney Nelson (Scenic & Properties Designer) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut.  Recent Boston credits include Florencia en el Amazonas (Boston University Opera Institute) and The Skin of Our Teeth (Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Moonbox Productions).  She is currently pursuing an MFA at Boston University and holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin.  Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, she now resides in Roxbury. Following the festival, Courtney will be continuing with New Rep’s production of Pattern of Life this summer.

Chelsea Kerl, Costume Designer
Chelsea Kerl

Costume Designer

Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer, Tongue of a Bird/Costume Construction, Our Lady/ Wardrobe Coordinator, In Between) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent area credits include Pacific Overtures (Boston University); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brown Box Theatre Project); Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours); and The Skin of Our Teeth (Boston University). Ms. Kerl is currently in her final year as a graduate student at Boston University, pursuing an MFA in Costume Design and will present her graduate thesis this May. She previously attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a BA in Theatre and English. Originally from New Jersey, she now resides in Allston.

Dan Alaimo, Lighting Designer
Dan Alaimo

Lighting Designer

Dan Alaimo (Lighting Designer) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Other area credits include The Legal Follies and Our Lady (Boston Center for American Performance); and The Bowles Celebration (Boston University College of Fine Arts). Recent Off-Broadway credits include Giovanni the Fearless and Our Lady (FringeNYC). Mr. Alaimo received a BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. Originally from Vernon, CT, he now resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Edward Young, Sound Designer
Edward Young

Sound Designer

Edward Young (Sound Designer, Tongue of a Bird) is a Boston-area sound designer and composer. He returns to New Repertory Theatre after sound designing Holiday MemoriesThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Imagining Madoff. Other area credits include How We Got On and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Company One), The Lover, and Not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston). Recently he was a Sound Design Fellow at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. He earned his degree in Music Technology and Composition from Northeastern University. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now resides in Boston.

Matthew Haber, Projection Designer
Matthew Haber

Projection Designer

Matthew Haber (Projection Designer) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston area credits include Reflections of a Rock Lobster (Boston Children’s Theatre); Florencia en el Amazonas, and Owen Wingrave (Boston University Opera Institute); Our Girl in Trenton (Boston University New Play Initiative); Tony Trishka’s The Banjo Project (University of Southern Maine, Portland); and Associate Design for The Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre Company). New York credits include Witnessed by the World, and Associate Design for Buyer and Cellar and Bikeman (Off-Broadway). Television credits include Catapult for America’s Got Talent (NBC). Mr. Haber has worked with designer Peter Nigrini and the 3LD Art & Technology Center and has served as a video programmer and technical consultant for performance and installation projects throughout the United States and internationally. He is a designer and partner at Imaginary Media Artists, a New York-based design firm that creates multimedia work for live performance and installation. Originally from Roslindale, MA he now resides in both Boston and New York. Upcoming design projects include Music-Hall (Off-Broadway); and Ice Melt (Time Lapse Dance).

Tareena D. Wimbish*, Stage Manager
Tareena D. Wimbish*

Stage Manager

Tareena D. Wimbish* (Stage Manager) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston area credits include The Color Purple (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Proclamation Project and The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theater); Kiss Me Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and Next to Normal (Cape Rep Theatre). New York credits include Gazillion Bubble Show (Jon B. Platt & Martian Entertainment); and The 39 Steps (Windwood Productions). Ms. Wimbish received her MFA in Stage Management from UC, San Diego. A recent transplant from San Diego, CA, she now resides in Somerville. This summer she will tour with The Walking Dead Escape and return to Cape Rep Theatre as the 2014 Stage Management Instructor.

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First Rehearsal

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6pm
Attend first rehearsal to see where and how it all begins. Participate in a “Meet and Greet” with the cast, designers, crew, and New Rep staff, then stick around to hear a reading of the play.