ON THE VERGE

by Eric Overmyer
Directed by Jim Petosa
Charles Mosesian Theater
MAY 3-25/2014

In this hilarious time-travel fantasy, three Victorian-era women set off to explore “Terra Incognita,” not realizing that they have warped into 1955 American pop culture. As they tromp through time and the outback of mid-century America, they recount past travels and face their challenges in language rich with wordplay, humor, and the vernacular of anthropologists. Playwright Eric Overmyer’s unique style, thick with lavish wit, made way for his television writing for acclaimed dramas The WireLaw and Order, and Treme.

“For the linguistically inclined, this ardently alliterative and omnivorously onomatopoetic safari should be difficult to resist.”
The New York Times

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Benjamin Evett*

Arthur

Benjamin Evett*

Arthur

BENJAMIN EVETT* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in GoodBroken GlassAssassinsOn the VergeCamelot (2014 IRNE Award, Best Actor in a Musical), AmadeusCherry DocsOpusIndulgencesA Christmas CarolQuillsA Girl’s War, and Jerusalem, and directing RENT. He recently won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance 2015 for Albatross with The Poets’ Theatre, where he is also Executive Director. He has appeared in Freud’s Last Session and God of Carnage (co-produced with Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Rep). He was a member of the ART Resident Acting Company from 1993 to 2003, performing in over 50 productions including Waiting for GodotThe BacchaePhedre, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has performed at Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Alley Theatre, Taiwan National Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre. He is Founding Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he played Coriolanus, Hamlet, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban.

Christine Hamel*

Alex

Christine Hamel*

Alex

CHRISTINE HAMEL* has appeared at New Rep in Ideation, Brecht on Brecht, Broken GlassOn the Verge, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd, directing God Box, and dialect/voice coaching many productions, including Golda’s Balcony, Tongue of a Bird, Camelot, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Holiday Memories, and The Kite Runner. Recent area credits include The Women Who Mapped the Stars (workshop, Poets’ Theatre); Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered (workshop, Huntington Theatre Company); A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater); The Penelopiad (Boston University School of Theatre); Season’s Greetings and Our Town (Wellesley Repertory Theatre); and The Glass Menagerie (Boston Center for American Performance). Regionally, she performed the role of Emma Darwin in Trumpery (Olney Theatre Center). Ms. Hamel is an Assistant Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting at Boston University. She is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher, and holds a Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov acting technique. She currently resides in Arlington.

Creative Team
Jim Petosa◊, Director
Jim Petosa◊

Director

JIM PETOSA (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.

*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
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

News

Read the ON THE VERGE review in The Boston Globe

South Shore Critic on ON THE VERGE

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

First Rehearsal

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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.

Sneak Peek

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30pm
Attend part of a working rehearsal with the director and cast. Learn about rehearsal process at the mini-talkback.

Meet the Designers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:30pm
Meet the director and scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers. Learn about the design concepts and collaborative process.