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 Breean Canzano. 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-Kendrick 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 two of the cameo Newton “anniversary couples”. Scott & Nancy Wilson will be celebrating their anniversary with us on opening night, Fri Sept 25. Scott and Nancy are old friends and Scott was the original curator of the Museum of Bad Art. On Sat Oct 24 Harry Lohr & Judy Karp will be celebrating their anniversary at Historic Newton’s Durant-Kendrick House. That’s particularly appropriate because Harry has been very involved with Historic Newton for years and serves on their Board of Directors. Stay tuned in the coming week for announcements of the wedding couples for all the other 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.