Winner of the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, this site-specific premiere brings us to Tavistown, New York, where a recent tragedy has rocked the community to its core. Narrator and town historian, Zoe, recounts the days leading up to the incident, as the high school prepares for the semi-annual production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Jennifer Barclay’s Ripe Frenzy is a stunning new play about community in the wake of unspeakable devastation.
Ripe Frenzy was commissioned by a grant from the National New Play Network, with funding from The Smith Prize for New Plays.
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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 Adultery, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories, DollHouse, boom, 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.
* 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
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
Ripe Frenzy received the 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre from the National New Play Network (NNPN).
New Rep is Boston’s core member of NNPN, which is an alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays.
In past seasons, we’ve produced what NNPN calls Rolling World Premieres, such as Steve Yockey’s Blackberry Winter and Stephen Sach’s Bakersfield Mist. These premieres involve productions of the same play in at least three cities over the course of one season, which allows the playwright to continue working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production.
Adrianne Krstansky in Blackberry Winter
Ken Cheeseman and Paula Langton in Bakersfield Mist
Photos by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures