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*

Benjamin Evett*

Benjamin Evett* (Arthur) returns to New Repertory Theatre after appearing in Amadeus, Cherry Docs, Opus, Indulgences, A Christmas Carol, Quills, A Girl’s War, and Jerusalem, and directingRENT.  He was recently seen in Freud’s Last Session (Arizona Theatre Company) and God of Carnage (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 Godot, The Bacchae, Phedre, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has performed at the Missouri Rep, the Virginia Stage Company, the Alley Theatre, the Taiwan National Theatre, and the Moscow Art Theatre. He is Founding Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he played Coriolanus, Hamlet, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban.

Christine Hamel*

Christine Hamel*

CHRISTINE HAMEL* (Alex) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Ragtime and Sweeney Todd and dialect/voice coaching many productions, including most recently Tongue of a Bird, CamelotThe Elephant Man, Amadeus, Holiday Memories, and The Kite Runner. Other area credits include The Penelopiad (Boston University School of Theatre); Season’s Greetings and Our Town (Wellesley Summer 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 holds an MFA from Boston University School of Theatre where she now serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting. She is a designated Linklater Voice teacher, a member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the Michael Chekhov Association. Originally from Bedford, she now lives in Arlington. This fall she will be directing for the all-female Shakespeare initiative Femina Shakes at Boston University.

Adrianne Krstansky*

Adrianne Krstansky*

ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY* (Fanny) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Imagining Madoff, Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, afterlife: a ghost story, 2.5 Minute Ride and Frozen. Other area credits include Tribes and Body Awareness (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Legally Dead (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Round and Round the Garden (Gloucester Stage Company); Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Paradise Lost and Britannicus (American Repertory Theater); among others. New York credits include 365 plays/365 days (Public Theater); and Luck, Pluck and Virtue (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional work includes performances at Steppenwolf Theater Company and La Jolla Playhouse. Film credits include Olive Kitteridge (HBO) and The Company Men. Ms. Krstansky earned her MFA at the University of California, San Diego, is originally from Chicago, and resides in Newtonville. She is an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at Brandeis University.

Paula Langton*

Paula Langton*

PAULA LANGTON* (Sara Jane Moore) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in On the Verge, Amadeus, and Bakersfield Mist. Recent credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost and
Mother Courage (Shakespeare & Company); The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the- Moon Marigolds, Good, and Monster (Boston Center for American Performance); A Question of Mercy(Potomac Theatre Project); The Glass Menagerie (Olney Theatre Center); Trojan Barbie and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater), Walking the Volcano and Daughter of Venus (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet, Middletown, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Richard III (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). She has also performed with Boston Theatre Works, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Charles Playhouse, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Coyote Theatre, Hasty Pudding, New York Theatre Workshop, and others. Ms. Langton serves as Head of Acting at Boston University’s School of Theatre. She will next appear at New Rep in The Milk Train Doesn’t
Stop Here Anymore in April

Creative Team
Jim Petosa**, Director
Jim Petosa**


JIM PETOSA◊ (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award winning theater 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 BU, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the BU School of Theatre in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including 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.

Cristina Todesco***, Scenic Designer
Cristina Todesco***

Scenic Designer

CRISTINA TODESCO*** (Scenic Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, Opus, afterlife: a ghost story, Picasso at Lapin Agile, The Clean House, House with No Walls, Silence, and The Santaland Diaries. Recent credits include The Whale and Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage Company); The Flick and Splendor (Company One); The Cherry Orchard (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Tryst (Chester Theater). Her work has earned Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design for Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Aliens (Company One), and The Clean House (New Repertory Theatre). Ms. Todesco earned her MFA at Boston University’s School of Theatre, where she also teaches. Originally from Milton, she resides in Dorchester.

Nancy Leary, Costume Designer
Nancy Leary

Costume Designer

NANCY LEARY (Costume Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Permanent Collection (Elliot Norton Award) and Into the Woods (IRNE Award). She has designed costumes for Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Chautauqua Opera, Mobile Opera, Juilliard Opera, and Boston Musica Viva. She has also designed for Weston Playhouse, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, North Shore Music Theatre, ART Institute, Chamber Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Ms. Leary teaches in the Production and Design Department at Boston University School of Theatre.

Mary Ellen Stebbins, Lighting Designer
Mary Ellen Stebbins

Lighting Designer

MARY ELLEN STEBBINS (Lighting Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Amadeus and The Kite Runner. Recent Boston credits include Words and Music and Tracing a Line (Peabody Essex Museum). New York credits include Lost Tribe (Target Margin Lab); The Seven (Columbia Stages); A Spare Me (Waterwell); My Purple Wig (Heiress); Hold Music and One Arm and a Leg (Sightline Theatre); and Be Careful of Words (Helikon Rep). Other regional credits include Lear on the Second Floor (University of California, San Diego); and Colombine’s Paradise Theater (eighth blackbird). Ms. Stebbins is a founding member of HOWL ensemble, co-founder of Helikon Repertory Company, and lighting designer for The Music Tapes Traveling Imaginary National Tour. She earned her MFA from Boston University and her BA from Harvard College. She is the recipient of the USITT Barbizon Lighting Design Award and was a Hangar Theatre Lab Company Design Fellow. Originally from Georgia, she resides in New York and will next design with the Encounters Ensemble (Peabody Essex Museum).

David Remedios***, Sound Designer
David Remedios***

Sound Designer

DAVID REMEDIOS*** (Sound Designer) returns to New Rep after designing Amadeus, ‘Art’afterlife: a ghost story (IRNE Award), Hot Mikado, and Indulgences. Recent area credits include The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre); The Whale (Elliot Norton Award nomination) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind (SpeakEasy Stage Company); A View from the Bridge (Brandeis); Welcome to Arroyo’s (Tufts); The Other Place and Distracted (Central Square Theater); and Ryan Landry’s M (Huntington Theatre Company/IRNE Award). Recent regional credits include Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre Company and The Studio Theatre/Helen Hayes Award nomination); and Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah and Modern Terrorism… (Contemporary American Theater Festival). Mr. Remedios has also designed sound for Portland Stage, Merrimack Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, American Repertory Theatre (50 productions), among many other theatres. He is a recipient of both the Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award and the Elliot Norton Award. He will next design sound for North of the Boulevard and One Night (Contemporary American Theater Festival); and Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). remediossound.com

Marsha Smith*, Stage Manager
Marsha Smith*

Stage Manager

MARSHA SMITH* (Stage Manager) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include Burning, The Company We Keep, and The Farm (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); This is Our YouthSpring Awakening, Round and Round the Garden, and Fighting Over Beverly (Gloucester Stage Company); On The Town (Lyric Stage Company); 9 Circles (Publick Theatre); Hasty Pudding 161-163 (Hasty Pudding Theatricals). Ms. Smith has a BFA in Stage Management from Emerson College. Still based on her family’s farm in Southern New Hampshire, she heads back to Gloucester Stage Company this summer for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and August Wilson’s Fences

*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


Read the ON THE VERGE review in The Boston Globe

South Shore Critic on ON THE VERGE



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.