For the last four weeks, our Newton Nomadic Theater has been presenting our newest production, The Compass Rose by Ronan Noone, at various locations around Newton.  This play is a not quite like anything we’ve done so far.  Each performance revolves around the fictional anniversary party of a real-world Newton couple who have a cameo role – 11 couples in all.

Two of the things I’ve most enjoyed about all of this is seeing the wedding photos of these cameo couples and hearing details about their weddings.

Last night, we celebrated the anniversary of Greg Reibman and Cindy Bailen.   Back in those days, both Cindy and Greg worked in the local rock music industry.  Greg was a music critic and Cindy was a Boston DJ.  Circumstances brought them to Dallas Texas.  They had been down there awhile when they decided they would get married.  They vowed that the first time someone visited from Boston they would get married.  Sometime later they heard that the Del Fuegos, a Boston band from that era, was going to be playing a gig in Dallas.   The Del Fuegos came to town, Greg and Cindy headed across Dealey Plaza and got married at City Hall.  That night, the Del Fuegos show in Dallas turned into the Greg and Cindy wedding party.

Tonight we celebrated the anniversary of Jay and Martha Harney.  Back in those days, alderman Jay was moonlighting as a DJ on a party boat.  The Georges Island was the daily commuter boat between Boston and Hull.  Each Friday night, it would ferry Boston commuters home to Hull and then head out to the harbor as a party boat in the evening with DJ Jay spinning the tunes.  When Jay and Martha decided to get married they had a quiet ceremony at City Hall and then headed to the (now defunct) Mills Falls Restaurant perched over the top of the Upper Falls.  A month or two later they decided to throw a bigger celebration for all their friends and family and they booked the Georges Island for an on-the-water, traveling party around Boston Harbor and ended up on the beach in Hull.


Only one week left for The Compass Rose.  Join us next weekend to celebrate the anniversary of Melissa and Bernie Bernstein on Friday or Harry Lohr and Judy Karp on Saturday at Historic Newton’s  Durant-Kenrick House .. or for Chris Steele and Emily Prenners party on Sunday at Dunn Gaherins Pub.  They’re all surprises … so don’t say a word.

Don’t miss two amazing actors – Steven O’Broin and Bree Louise in this wildly original staging of the premier production of Ronan Noone’s The Compass Rose.

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