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Waiting for Lefty

February 23 - March 5, 2017

By Clifford Odets
Nafe Katter Theatre

Lefty

Clifford Odets’ passionate and politically-charged play Waiting for Lefty is a timeless piece of classic American theatre that you won’t readily forget. In 1930’s New York City the Great Depression takes full force and working families are put out on the streets to starve. As people fight for their lives, a union of cab drivers decide ‘no more’ and wait for their leader, Lefty Castello, to choose if they will strike or not. The demand for social change drives this classic Group Theatre production into modern times leaving us to answer: “what are we waiting for?”

Terrence Mann Named Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series

STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) is pleased to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann will return to CRT as the Artistic Director of the theatre’s popular Nutmeg Summer Series. He will begin his position in November 2016 taking over from Artistic Director Vincent J. terrence-mann-headshotCardinal.

Anne D’Alleva, Dean of the School of Fine Arts said, “ We’re thrilled to have Terrence Mann join us as Artistic Director of our beloved Nutmeg Summer Series. His creative energy and passion for musical theatre will transform the summer season.”

Terrence Mann previously appeared onstage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre over the course of the last several seasons starring in productions of “My Fair Lady”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Peter Pan”, and “Les Misérables”, in which he reprised his performance in the role of Javert. He previously directed CRT Nutmeg Summer Series productions of “Les Misérables” and “Pirates of Penzance”.

As an actor, Mann made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical “Barnum” at the St. James Theatre, but his breakout performance came in the role of Rum Tum Tugger in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats”. Mann received his first Tony Award nomination for his work as Javert in “Les Misérables”, his second for his performance as the Beast in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and his most recent nomination came in 2013 for his portrayal of King Charles in “Pippin”. Mann’s many Broadway credits include starring and featured roles in “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, “Rags”, “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”, “Getting Away with Murder”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Lennon”, “The Addams Family”, and most recently as Charles Frohman in “Finding Neverland”, and the Man in the Yellow Suit in “Tuck Everlasting”.

Mann is the founding artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and served as artistic director of the North Carolina Theatre for 10 years, directing more than 25 musical productions. He was also Artistic Director of North Carolina’s long running outdoor drama “The Lost Colony”.

“I’m am thrilled to be joining the Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Nutmeg Summer Series as Artistic Director. Six years ago Vince Cardinal brought me to Storrs for my first summer to do ‘My Fair Lady’ and ever since I’ve been trying to get back as often as I can. There is no greater joy than to be in a company of actors, young and old alike, whose sole purpose is to share the gift of great storytelling with folks who make it apart of their lives to support and nurture live theatre. The Storrs community has made a commitment to CRT. I hope to honor that commitment by continuing this great tradition of bringing exciting, accessible theatre to everyone! Thank you for your support and inspiration,” said Mann.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre is a resident professional company that serves as the professional producing arm of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts. The Nutmeg Summer Series has grown over the last six years bringing theatrical professionals and top university students together from around the country. Mann will work alongside CRT’s newly appointed Artistic Director and Department Head Michael Bradford and CRT Managing Director and Nutmeg Summer Series Executive Producer Matthew J. Pugliese to lead the theatre’s summer series.

CRT Artistic Director Michael Bradford said, “We were already fortunate to have Terrence work with us over the past several summers, and now of course to have him at the helm of our Nutmeg Summer Series. I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the creative energy Terrence will bring to CRT and to our community.”

CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment

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CRT Announces Cast and Creative Team for An Absolute Turkey

STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the cast of Georges Feydeau’s “An Absolute Turkey”, adapted from Le Dindon by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall. Paul Mullins will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from December 1st through December 10th, 2016. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113.absoluteturkeypr

Brooks Brantley, a UConn MFA Acting alum, returns to the CRT stage to star as Redillon. Brantley was last seen playing the role of W.W. in the Off-Broadway production of “Fly” at New Victory Theatre. He is the first recipient of the Kenny Leon directing fellowship and was a member of the Guthrie Experience Acting Program. Past credits include: National Theatre of London/Networks: “Warhorse” -1st National Tour (Sgt Fine), Roundabout Theatre-off Broadway: “Significant Other” (us. Will), Center Stage: “Gleam” (Tea Cake), Capital Rep: “Superior Donuts” (Franco Wicks)” and Connecticut Rep: “Othello” (Othello).
John Leonard Thompson plays Gerome. Thompson has done many plays on (most recently, “Butley”) and off-Broadway (“Love”, “Janis”, “Sin”, and shows with the Mint Theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company), internationally, on tour (“Angels in America” and “The Graduate”),and at many theatres across the United States including Hartford Stage, ATL, Seattle Rep, Old Globe, Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep. On film his work includes: “Guarding Tess”, “Killer” and “Empty Chairs”; on television, “Person of Interest”, “The Good Wife”, “Elementary”, “The Blacklist”, “Zero Hour”, “All My Children”, “Law & Order”, “Third Watch”, “Sesame Street”, “Summer Switch”, “The Shady Hill Kidnapping” and “A Woman Named Jackie.”

MFA Actors Bryce Wood (Pontagnac), Jeff DeSisto (Vatelin), Natalia Cuevas (Lucienne) lead the ensemble of performers from UConn’s Professional Actor Training Program.

The supreme master of farce, Georges Feydeau, displays all his comic genius as a man lusts after his friend’s wife, which triggers a riotous revenge plot and a dizzying spell of side-splitting complications. When this translation opened at the Globe Theatre in 1993, The Daily Express observed, “The witty, highly risqué translation sets the tone for an evening of frenzied Bacchanalian exuberance… [that is] enough to make you weep with laughter.”

Director Paul Mullins returns to CRT for his seventh production, having previously staged the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Much Ado About Nothing” and the world premiere comedy “I’m Connecticut”. Talking about comedy, Mullins said, “Any farce that I have ever done, and Feydeu farce is the gold standard of farce, makes for a lot of fun in the rehearsal room. To figure out how we can act this ridiculous, slam this many doors and fall over this much furniture is a wonderful way to spend several hours a day!”

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
The creative team includes: Paul Mullins (Director), Abigail Copeland (Scenic Design), Danielle Verkennes (Lighting Design), Heather Lesieur (Costume Design), Abigail Golec (Sound Design), Greg Webster (Fight Choreography), Colleen Conroy (Voice & Text Coach), Greg Maine (Technical Director) and Tom Kosis (Stage Manager).
The cast includes: MFA Actors: Michael Bobenhausen, Alrene Bozich, Darren Brown, Natalia Cuevas, Jeff DeSisto, Curtis Longfellow, Emile Saba, Meredith Saran, Bryce Wood. BFA Actors: Mikaila Baca-Dorion, Shavana Clarke, Kent Coleman, Sarah Jensen, Carly Polistina, Scott Redmond, Jenn Sapozhnikov, Ben Senkowski. and BA Theatre Studies: Max Helfand.

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Select matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Single tickets are available now. Single tickets range from $7 to $30. All student tickets are only $7.
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to charge tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change.

Please call the box office at 860.486.2113 for tickets and additional information or visit www.crt.uconn.edu for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.

The Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre

CRT, part of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT stages an array of the best in theatre, from classic plays and musicals to premieres of the latest contemporary work, featuring some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals on stage with the department’s most promising students. The synergy between professionals and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.