Now Playing At CRT
Eurydice

March 23 - April 2, 2017

By Sarah Ruhl
Studio Theatre

In Eurydice, a fresh look at one of the greatest love stories of all time, playwright Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Eurydice and her musician-lover, Orpheus, are a happy modern couple. On their wedding day, Eurydice is enticed by a letter from her deceased father, only to find herself reunited with him in the underworld. As Orpheus tries to rescue her, Eurydice must re-learn human language in order to remember all she left behind and, ultimately, choose between two worlds in this whimsical and breathtaking story of the power and fragility of love.



Connecticut Repertory Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice”

STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will stage Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice to open its Studio Works Series for the 2016-2017 season. Helene Kvale will direct. Performances will be held in the Studio Theatre from March 23rd through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113.

In Eurydice, a fresh look at one of the greatest love stories of all time, playwright Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Eurydice and her musician-lover, Orpheus, are a happy modern couple. On their wedding day, Eurydice is enticed by a letter from her deceased father, only to find herself reunited with him in the underworld. As Orpheus tries to rescue her, Eurydice must re-learn human language in order to remember all she left behind and, ultimately, choose between two worlds in this whimsical and breathtaking story of the power and fragility of love.

Director Helene Kvale says, “Our production is an elegy – a poetic symphony of love, loss and memory with a whimsical nod to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.  According to Chinese legend, a red thread of fate binds two people who are destined to be together. So it is in “Eurydice”. We explore the fragile connection of young love in this humorous and profound adaptation of the classic myth.”

Helene Kvale directed CRT’s recent productions of “Big Love” and “Pride and Prejudice.” She is the Founding Artistic Director of Bated Breath Theatre Company where she directed “A Doll’s House”, “The Parkville Project” and “Hunger.” She recently wrote the film Burning Blue, released by Lionsgate. Prior to becoming a director, she spent many years as an actor including at the National Theatre, performing in “King Lear” and “Richard III” among others.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
The cast includes BFA Actors: Coleman Churchill, Kent Coleman, Zack Dictakis, Vivienne James, Sarah Elizabeth Jensen, Jennifer Sapozhnikov, and Kristen Wolfe.

The design team includes: Helene Kvale (Director), Katherine Paik (Scenic Design), Danielle Verkennes (Lighting Design), Jelena Antanasijevic (Costume Design), Pornchanok Kanchanabanca (Original Music and Sound Design), and Jason Swift (Stage Manager).

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 $36. 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 Studio Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

CT Rep Announces 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series Lineup

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Connecticut Repertory Theatre Announces 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series Lineup
Storrs: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) Artistic Director Terrence Mann and Executive
Producer Matthew J. Pugliese are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series. The first season under the artistic leadership of Mann will include “1776”, “Noises Off” and “Disney’s Newsies”. The Nutmeg Summer Series will run June 1 through July 16. Subscriptions are now on sale for 2017. Single tickets will go on sale April 1, 2017, and are available at crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486 2113.

The summer series begins with Terrence Mann directing “1776” with a book by Peter Stone, and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. This Tony Award-winning musical dramatizes John Adams efforts to convince his colleagues in the continental Congress to vote to declare our independence from the crown. “1776” brings a human element to the founding fathers through an incredible score and award-winning script.

Artistic Director Terrence Mann offered, “’1776’ and its award winning script and score tells an intimate and gripping story of how our forefathers fought to create nation. A nation that almost didn’t happen! As poignant today as it was almost 50 years ago, the storytelling keeps you on the edge of your seat. ‘1776’ wraps you in a world of politics and humor while delivering a stunning message of hope and freedom!”

The second show will be one of the funniest plays written. “Noises Off” is a madcap hilarious farce written by Michael Frayn. CRT will welcome back Vincent Cardinal to direct this award-winning comedy. “Noises Off” watches the exploits of a troupe of traveling actors rehearsing and performing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” The antics and intrigue on and offstage make chaos for the cast on the eve of opening night. Doors will slam, love triangles will tangle and misplaced sardines create an uproarious, rollicking night of theatre in this play within a play.

The summer concludes with the theatrical adaptation of Disney’s musical film, “Disney’s Newsies” directed by Tony Award-nominee Christopher d’Amboise. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, “Disney’s Newsies” tells the story of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899”. This fictionalized story explores themes of social injustice and exploitive labor, as the newsboys learn to harness their voice in this high octane, dance spectacular. CRT will “seize the day” and bring this fresh, new musical hot from Broadway and the National Tour circuit to Storrs.

Mann added, “Youth! Survival! Love! Politics!—all combine to make “Newsies” a tour de force musical story about the indomitability of the human spirit. It’s powerful, it’s passionate and full of heart!”

In his first year as Artistic Director, Mann says, “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.”

All three musicals are performed in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the campus of the University of Connecticut.

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $81-108. Student subscriptions are only $33. Single ticket prices range from $45 to $55, with discounted tickets available for students and seniors.

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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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.