The Newton Nomadic Theater is ramping up for it’s next production – the New England premier of “The Compass Rose” by renown playwright Ronan Noone.  It opens on Sept 25 and runs to Oct 25 at locations all around Newton.   Tickets here

Regular theater goers will know Ronan Noone’s writing.  The Huntington Theatre did a premier of “The Second Girl” last January to much acclaim.  In the spring the New Repertory Theatre presented the premier of Noone’s “Scenes from an Adultery” which also was a big deal. and now our little traveling theater will present a premier of Noone’s “The Compass Rose”.

It all started last winter when Ronan came to see our production of The Turn of the Screw at Gregorian Rugs and loved what we were doing.  He came back to our next show, “Beauty Queen of Leenane” and offered us the premier of a play that he thought would fit our nomadic style perfectly – “The Compass Rose”.  Our good fortune didn’t end there.  Ronan put us in touch with a great director – Thomas Kee and then the director recruited two wonderful actors – Steven O’Broin and Bree Louise.  We’re beginning to think this whole show fell from the sky and into our laps.

This show is going to be totally different than anything we’ve done so far.  The director has a wild and wonderful vision for how to present the play.  Each performance will take place within a fictional anniversary party for a real world Newton couple who will make a cameo appearance – a different couple each night.

We just finalized the schedule tonight.  We’re very excited to have added two new performance venues that we’ve never been in before – We’ll open the show at Chris Steele and Emily Prenners home in Waban and the closing weekend we’ll be at Historic Newtons Durant-Kenrick House in Newton Corner before doing our now traditional closing night at Dunn Gaherins Pub here in Upper Falls.  In between we’ll be making return engagements to Gregorian Rugs, the Auburndale Library, and Steve Siegel and Theresa Siegel-St John’s home in Waban.

So far we’ve only finalized the schedule for some of the cameo Newton “anniversary couples”, others will be announced soon.

  • Fri Sept 25 Scott & Nancy Wilson will be celebrating their anniversary with us on opening night at the Steele/Prenner home.  Scott and Nancy are old friends and Scott was the original curator of the Museum of Bad Art.
  • Sat Sept 26Dean Whitney & Julie Irish‘s party is at the Steele/Preener home.  They are Upper Falls favorite chicken farmers and Julie is the former president of the Countryside PTO.
  • Fri Oct 2 – Jeff & Alicia Bowman celebrate their nuptials  at Gregorian Rugs.  Alicia is the powerhouse behind the Tour de Newton
  • Sat Oct 3 – Joe & Ruth Ann Fuller will be celebrating at Gregorian Rugs.  Ruth Ann is one of our esteemed alderwomen
  • Sat Oct 10 – Chris Pitts & Terri Noyes will be taking a night off from Chris’s election campaign to celebrate their anniversary and maybe pick up a book or two at the Auburndale Library.
  • Sun Oct 11 – Friends of local author Gail Spector & Dan Richards invites the entire Village14 crew to their anniversary party at the Auburndale Library.  Shhhh, its a surprise,
  • Fri Oct 16Greg Reibman & Cindy Bailen will be whooping it up at Steve Siegel & Theresa St-John’s house.  Greg Reibman needs no introduction here on Village 14 and Cindy is a familiar face to TV-WGBH viewers
  • Sat Oct 17 – Jay and Martha Harney will be blindsided when they walk into the anniversary party that their friends organized at the Siegel-St John home.   All of Alderman Harney’s constituents are invited too!
  • Fri Oct 23 – Melissa and Bernie Bernstein will be leaving their Newton Theater Company for the night and coming to our theater to celebrate their anniversary at the Historic Newton’s Durant-Kenrick House
  • Sat Oct 24 Harry Lohr & Judy Karp will be celebrating their anniversary at Historic Newton’s Durant-Kenrick House.  That’s particularly appropriate because Harry has been very involved with Historic Newton for years and serves on their Board of Directors.
  • Sun Oct 25 – Chris Steele & Emily Prenner are hosting two anniversary parties next weekend at their house but meanwhile their friends are planning Chris and Emily’s own surprise anniversary party at Dunn Gaherins Pub.

Stay tuned in the coming week for announcements of the wedding couples for the remaining performances.

We’ll be limiting the audience at most performances to a bit smaller than previous shows and we expect its going to be a very popular show so get your tickets soon.  Click here for tickets.