by Kate Cayley
directed by Jim Petosa
mainstage theater
MAR 17-APR 8/2018

At the end of World War II, artist Han van Meegeren sits in a prison cell accused of selling a long-lost Vermeer to the Nazis, a crime tantamount to treason. Van Meegeren contends that the painting was a forgery, which he skillfully produced and aged with a special treatment of the plastic known as Bakelite. Now he must create another masterpiece in front of his jailer, art historian Geert Piller, to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a dynamic and compelling Boston-area premiere from playwright Kate Cayley.


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Benjamin Evett*

Han van Meegeren

Benjamin Evett*

Han van Meegeren

BENJAMIN EVETT returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, Broken 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.

Laura Latreille*

Geert Piller

Laura Latreille*

Geert Piller

Laura Latreille returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Regular Singing. Recent regional credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage), Ripcord (Huntington Theatre), and The Nest (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). She has also worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Greater Boston Stage Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, among others. Off-Broadway credits include Love Song (59E59); and The Elephant Play (Playwrights Collective). She has participated in the development of new plays with The Lark, New Dramatists, Theatre Masters, Women’s Project & Productions, Playwrights Collective, Huntington Theatre, and the Denver Center’s New Play Summit. She is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress for her work in The Shape of Things with SpeakEasy Stage and Improper Bostonian’s Best Female Performance for Time Stands Still with Lyric Stage Company.  Laura is an assistant professor in Suffolk University’s theatre department and holds an MFA from Brandeis University.

Creative Team
Kate Cayley, Playwright
Kate Cayley


Kate Cayley is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet. She has written a short story collection, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press), which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award, a collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End (Brick Books), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror (Annick Press), which won the Goeffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has co-created, directed and written eight plays with the company; her work with Stranger Theatre has been seen in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Istanbul. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, and has written two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their three children.

Jim Petosa◊, Director
Jim Petosa◊


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.

Cristina Todescoº, Scenic Designer
Cristina Todescoº

Scenic Designer

Cristina Todesco returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Freud’s Last SessionA NumberOn the VergeAmadeusThree ViewingsThe Last Five YearsOpusafterlife: a ghost storyPicasso at Lapin AgileThe Clean HouseHouse with No WallsSilence, and The Santaland Diaries. Theater companies include Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Company One, ART Institute, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poets’ Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Harbor Stage, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival among many more. She has designed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Tanglewood. For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards and an IRNE Award. She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University’s School of Visual Arts and an MFA in scenic design from BU’s School of Theatre, where she currently teaches. Originally from Milton, she currently resides in Dorchester

Molly Trainerº, Costume Designer
Molly Trainerº

Costume Designer

MOLLY TRAINER (Costume Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing Freud’s Last Session, Broken Glass, Scenes from an Adultery, The Whipping Man, The Elephant Man, Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, Indulgences, The Santaland Diaries, Mister Roberts, A House With No Walls, Orson’s Shadow, The Ice Breaker, Ragtime, True West, and No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. Other area credits include Master Harold…and the Boys, Trying