Directed by Jim Petosa
Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Play, Amadeus explodes with musical masterpieces and richness of language, harkening back to times of excess and indulgence. Called “triumphant” by The New York Times, this Renaissance drama takes us back to 18th-Century Europe and the tumultuous rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Falsely befriending Mozart, the jealous and power-hungry Salieri hopes to socially and politically ruin his opponent and inhibit Mozart’s legacy. Jim Petosa (who directed New Rep’s Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus) directs this engaging drama, in which Salieri questions God for unfairly favoring Mozart.
Photo: The Cast of “Amadeus”. Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures
Esme Allen* has performed at New Repertory Theatre in Muckrakers, The Elephant Man and Amadeus. Other area credits include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stoneham Theatre, IRNE Nomination); North Shore Fish (Gloucester Stage Company); The Cherry Orchard, Middletown, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Other credits include Youth Ink! (McCarter Theatre, NJ); Jack, or the Submission, and The Whole Arrangement (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Television credits include The Good Wife (CBS); and Ask the Bartender (FOXNEWS). Ms. Allen earned her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. She is a Founding Artistic Associate of The Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston and teaches at Salem State University and Wheelock College. She also creates collage-based visual art, which has been exhibited in the North Shore area. She resides in Jamaica Plain and will be set designing Bridge Repertory Theater’s production of Julius Caesar this spring.
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.
BENJAMIN EVETT returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, Camelot (2014 IRNE Award, Best Actor in a Musical), Amadeus, Cherry Docs, Opus, Indulgences, A Christmas Carol, Quills, A 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 Godot, The Bacchae, Phedre, 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.
MICHAEL KAYE* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, Broken Glass, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Opus, House With No Walls, and Silence. He also appeared in Good this past summer Off-Broadway (PTP/NYC). Other area credits include Mothers and Sons and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, The Glass Menagerie, and Good (Boston Center for American Performance); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Book of Days (Lyric Stage Company); and various productions at Huntington Theatre Company and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Mr. Kaye serves as Assistant Professor of Acting at Boston University School of Theatre, where he earned both his BFA and MFA in Acting and Theatre Education respectively. Born in Chicago, he now lives in Sandwich, NH.
TIM SPEARS* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Lonely Planet, Good, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, and Mister Roberts. He also appeared in Good this past summer Off-Broadway (PTP/NYC). Other New York City credits include A Question of Mercy and Assistant Director on Monster (PTP/NYC); and JUMP! and Realism (The Exchange). Other Boston credits include Clybourne Park (Speakeasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, House (IRNE Nomination), Good, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance); and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). Mr. Spears received a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. Born in Texas, he now resides in Somerville.