an engaging biographical drama with music
by Pam Gems
Beloved and iconic French singer Edith Piaf lived a mysterious and complex life. Piaf’s own incredible musical gift proved insufficient to sustain her as she struggled to strike a balance between her professional success and her personal happiness. In Pam Gems’s gritty biographical drama, we follow the singer from her impoverished start on the streets of Belleville, through World War II, her skyrocketing music career, and her untimely death. Featuring such famous songs as “La Vie en Rose” and “La Belle Histoire d’Amour”, Piaf takes audiences on a musical, historic, and emotional journey.
MCCAELA DONOVAN* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Assassins, Amadeus, and Hot Mikado. She has performed locally with ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Reagle Music Theatre. She has performed nationally with Primary Stages, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. She has worked or taught with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Ms. Donovan currently serves as Assistant Director of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.
CLAY HOPPER has directed A Number on New Rep’s mainstage, as well as Classic Repertory Company’s Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and Great Expectations. In Washington D.C., he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival. He now serves as lecturer in Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild (Olney Theatre). Other recent credits include On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning (Contemporary American Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab). Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without and Different Zen (Third Eye Rep); Earthworms (The Working Group); and Triage and The Interrogation (The Miranda Theatre).
* 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