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Go behind the scenes of THE CRUCIBLE

Go behind the scenes of The Crucible with members of the cast!

Go behind the scenes of THE CRUCIBLE

THE CRUCIBLE
By Arthur Miller
Onstage February 22 – March 4, 2018
Tickets at 860-486-2113 or crt.uconn.edu

When the daughter of the local reverend falls into a mysterious coma, the town of Salem, Massachusetts finds itself plunged into a state of suspicion and fear. The young women accuse citizens in the town of witchcraft. The lies spread like wildfire until it is too late to admit the truth. Written in 1952 in the wake of Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, Arthur Miller’s classic tale of persecution and fear remains poignant and relevant today. Whose voices are heard in society now and whose are silenced? How does fear used as a political tool? When do lies have more power than the truth?

Video Editing and Photography by Matt Pugliese
Music Credit: “Milking the Spider Queen” and work by Mitchell Prescott

Go behind the scenes of OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD!

Go behind the scenes of OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD with members of the cast!

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Onstage November 30-December 10, 2017
Tickets at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113
Nafe Katter Theatre

New South Wales, 1780s: The Sirius arrives on the shores of Australia bringing Royal Marines and convicts together in a penal colony. Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark stages the first play in Australia casting the convicts in an experiment to discover the rehabilitative power of art. Theft, escapes, and only two copies of the script provide most of the drama in rehearsals, but the play ultimately turns the prison into an escape from punishment. Soon the lines blur between captors and captives and the players begin to discover the characters that lie within both on and off the stage. “Our Country’s Good” is an acclaimed and award-winning historical drama that provides both passion and humor and a look at the humanizing power of play.

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. terry-triple-arts

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

CT Repertory Theater Names New Artistic Director

STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) has named Michael Bradford the new Artistic Director beginning in August. Bradford will succeed Vincent J. Cardinal, who is departing at the conclusion of the Nutmeg Summer Series to become the The Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Chair of the Department of Musical Theatre and Professor of Music, School of Music Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. Bradford will also serve as the Department Head of Dramatic Arts at UConn.

Anne D’Alleva, Dean of the School of Fine Arts said, “I’m delighted to welcome Michael Bradford in a new role at UConn, as Department Head and CRT Artistic Director. Michael has been an outstanding interdisciplinary collaborator and has developed wonderful new initiatives, like the Open Doors play reading series. His focus on new play development will open up exciting opportunities for Connecticut Repertory Theatre.”

Michael Bradford is a playwright and has served on the faculty at UConn since 2001. His play Living in the Wind premiered in 2000 at The American Place Theatre with Chad L. Coleman (TV’s The Wire, The Walking Dead), and received 10 AUDELCO Theatre nominations. Bradford’s play Olives and Blood was produced at Connecticut Repertory Theatre in October 2014. The play premiered in New York City in 2012 and was produced at Brixton East in London in 2013.

Michael Bradford has developed several plays through the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. His play Father and Sons received its world premiere at ACT in Seattle in 2008. His latest play, Migration, received its world premiere in April at eta Creative Arts Theatre in Chicago, IL. He has received the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwright fellowship, the LARK Theatre Writers Residency and the New York Stage and Film Residency. His plays received readings and workshops at the Manhattan Theatre Club, LARK Theatre, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Chad L. Coleman offered, “Michael Bradford is one of the most gifted writers of our times. With two tour de force plays in which I starred, Living in the Wind and Willie’s Cut and Shine. Ensemble storytelling at it’s best as he comprehensively tells the universal story of African American life in two distinct eras. His talent is rivaled only by his parental skills and his humanity. You’ve got a gem!”

Martín Solá, who currently in On Your Feet! The Musical on Broadway, and played the lead in Bradford’s Olives and Blood in 2014 added, “I had the good fortune of working on Michael Bradford’s play Olives and Blood at CRT. We quickly developed a friendship and a mutual admiration for each other. He is passionate about his work and he provides an important and diverse voice to the American Theater. As both an accomplished professor and playwright with his finger on the pulse of contemporary theater, I cannot think of a better person to become the Department Head and Artistic Director of CRT.”

Connecticut Repertory Theatre is a resident professional company that serves as the professional producing arm of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts. Bradford’s duties will include administrative leadership of the department as well as artistic leadership of the theatre company. He will work alongside the theatre’s managing director, Matthew J. Pugliese.
“I am honored to have worked under the leadership and experience of Vincent Cardinal through his tenure. I can’t thank him enough for the open and creative environment he provided and certainly fair winds follow him to his next position. Looking forward, I am extremely excited to be working closely with the talented and passionate faculty and staff at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Department of Dramatic Arts as we continue to focus on educating and training the next generation of artists to make their mark on stage and film,” said Bradford.

Under Cardinal’s leadership for the past six years, Connecticut Repertory Theatre grew in prominence on the regional and national stage. He directed three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann in My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha and Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams as Rose in Gypsy. Under Cardinal’s leadership, UConn added an MFA Arts Administration program, as well as online certificate programs for Puppet Arts and Arts Administration.

Departing Artistic Director Vincent Cardinal says, “I am so appreciative of the supportive CRT community and the talented students, faculty, administration and staff with whom I’ve been honored to work. Michael Bradford is one of our most exciting teachers and an active playwright who will, no doubt, carry forward the Department’s mission to produce exciting theatre while developing the next generation of theatre artists and scholars.”

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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Vincent J. Cardinal Celebrates Final Summer at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) has announced that Vincent J. Cardinal, Connecticut Repertory Theatre Artistic Director and Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut will step down from his position at the end of July. Cardinal, who is departing at the conclusion of the popular 2016 Nutmeg Summer Series, will become the Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Chair of the Department of Musical Theatre and Professor of Music, School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.

Cardinal is currently directing the first two shows of the 2016 Nutmeg Summer Series. First up is a “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” starring “The Love Boat’s” Fred Grandy and Broadway’s Riley Costello. This production marks the sixth season, in which Cardinal has partnered with music director John Pike and choreographer Cassie Abate.
“Working with Abate and our sumer musical directors, John Pike and NDavid Williams, for the past six years has allowed us to develop a process that results in complex professional productions that area audiences have embraced. It is our enthusiastic summer audience that keeps the theatre alive,” said Cardinal.

The final show that Cardinal will direct as the Artistic Director will be “Peter and the Starcatcher” by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Cardinal will join long-time collaborator and music director NDavid Williams.

Cardinal adds, “I’m very excited about the team that we have put together for Starcatcher. I have enjoyed working with NDavid since our time together at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. Our design team is incredibly talented with Obie Award winning Lighting Designer and UConn professor Michael Chybowski and Live Design Award winning Scenic Designer and UConn professor Tim Brown, both summer veterans. New this summer is UConn Professor of Costume Design, Christina Bullard.”

Anne D’Alleva, Dean of UConn’s School of Fine Arts said, “Of course we’re sorry to see Vince leave UConn but thrilled that he has a wonderful opportunity at Michigan. We’re very grateful to Vince for all of his many contributions here, and will always regard him as part of the School of Fine Arts creative community. We’ll enjoy all the more this special opportunity to appreciate his work in two shows this summer, ‘How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ and ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’”

The cast features UConn alum and Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon, Barrymore Award-winner Michael Doherty, and Split Knuckle Theatre ensemble members Gregory Webster and Jason Bohon.
“Starcatcher developed out of a devised rehearsal process – so it is great to have experts in devised theatre from Split Knuckle as a part of the ensemble. Forrest and I have wanted to work together for a long time, and I saw Michael perform last summer at Utah Shakespeare Festival – where he distinguished himself as a world class comic actor,” said Cardinal.

Under Cardinal’s leadership for the past six years, Connecticut Repertory Theatre grew in prominence on the regional and national stage. He directed three-time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann in My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha and Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams as Rose in Gypsy. Under Cardinal’s leadership, UConn added an MFA Arts Administration program, as well as online certificate programs for Puppet Arts and Arts Administration. He also lead the initiative that will result in the Department of Dramatic Art’s new state of the art Production Facility, which will break ground this summer. Cardinal will take over the leadership position as the Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Chair of the Department of Musical Theatre and Professor of Music, School of Music Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan is a top musical-theatre program that has a long tradition of producing Broadway stars such as Celia and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Gavin Creel, Hunter Foster, Andrew Lippa as well as Barret Foa and Courtney Balan, who led CRT’s The Music Man in 2013.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre is a resident professional company that serves as the professional producing arm of UConn’s Department of Dramatic Arts. The theatre is close to announcing a successor as the Artistic Director and Department Head to work alongside CRT Managing Director Matthew J. Pugliese.

CRT Sneak Peek – Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

Go behind the scenes of Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT”

starring RICHARD KLINE (TV’s Three’s Company, Broadway’s City of Angels, National Tour of Wicked) as King Arthur and MARIAND TORRES (Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked, World Premiere Prince of Broadway) as the Lady of the Lake!

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
April 21 – May 1, 2016
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre
Tickets at 860-486-2113 or http://www.crt.uconn.edu/

Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, arrives this spring to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, the beloved British comedy troupe that inspired it, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. You’ll enjoy some mostly handsome Knights, a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season’s goofiest if satirically dead-on comic delights. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian wrote, ““You could put a happy-meter in the theatre and watch it go off the charts. You’ll laugh a lot!”

Running Time: Two hours and 15 minutes including intermission.
Photography and Editing by Matt Pugliese.

CRT Sneak Peek – THE MFA PUPPET ARTS FESTIVAL

Take a look at CT Rep’s THE MFA PUPPET ARTS FESTIVAL

Take a sneak peek at the MFA Puppet Arts Festival.

THE MFA PUPPET ARTS FESTIVAL
Onstage through April 3, 2016 in the Studio Theatre
Created and performed by Gavin Cummins, Ana Craciun-Lambru and Kalob Martinez
Tickets at http://www.crt.uconn.edu/ or 860-486-2113

Go behind the scenes of DUST, part of THE MFA PUPPET ARTS FESTIVAL with creator Ana Crăciun-Lambru

Connecticut Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of three puppetry works onstage in one innovative evening under the banner of “The MFA Puppet Arts Festival”. For 50 years, UConn’s Puppet Arts program defined the cutting edge of new theatre, and this dynamic evening will be no exception. ” TheMFA Puppet Arts Festival” will be held in the Studio Theatre from March 24 – April 3, 2016. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486 2113.

Photography and Editing by Matt Pugliese.

CRT Sneak Peek – SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Take a sneak peek at CRT’s production of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.

Take a sneak peek at CRT’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY!

February 25 – March 6, 2016
Adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre
Tickets at http://www.crt.uconn.edu/ or 860-486-2113

Full of passion, wit, and soaring emotions, this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel is co-written by the same authors as our extraordinarily popular “Pride & Prejudice”. Following their father’s untimely death, the penniless Dashwood sisters pursue life and love in their own distinctive ways. Elinor is smart and down-to-earth. Marianne is wildly romantic. They each attract suitors whose startling secrets obstruct the path to happily ever after. Beautifully produced with the costumes and settings of the period, this promises to be a special treat for all of the Austen lovers and Austen fans in the making.

Photography and Editing by Matt Pugliese

CRT Behind the Scenes Video: Twelfth Night

Go behind the scenes of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Victor Maog.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
December 3-13, 2015
Tickets and Info at http://www.crt.uconn.edu/ or 860-486-2113
Nafe Katter Theatre

We bring you a”Twelfth Night” infused with the music and jollity of the Christmas season. Wrapped in carols and holly, Shakespeare’s finest comedy is a paean to the restorative power of love and the uproarious joy of the holidays. Viola, the shipwrecked heroine, lands on the shore of Illyria, and disguised as a page, Cesario, searches for her lost brother. Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own brother. When the lovely Countess meets the handsome young page (Viola in disguise), desire banishes grief in this intoxicating comedy of mistaken identity and contagious laughter. Our “Twelfth Night” is a delightfully unique way to celebrate the holidays.

Photography and Editing by Matt Pugliese
Artwork and Graphic Design by Cully Long and Dan Chen
Music – “I Saw Three Ships” by Sarah and Michael Bowman

 

Day in the Life: Puppet Arts Major John Cody and the Art of Trickery

The Daily Campus

The Puppet Arts Program is one of the University of Connecticut’s rare treasures. The women’s basketball team consistently makes headlines, but the distance UConn conquers basketball is peanuts to how far it dominates puppetry. Fifth-semester puppet arts major John Cody, whose previous work has included an eight-foot-tall Captain Condom mascot, explains his passion for the art form:

Cody has previously done work “wrangling mascots” for DreamWorks’ “Penguins of Madagascar” at Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo. The job’s duties, Cody said, included “helping the actors put on the costumes, making sure they don’t break, repairing them if they do break, and making sure kids don’t punch them.”

“What’s fun about mascots is they have this element of fantasy to reality,” Cody added. “It’s this totally bizarre thing: a giant penguin who can’t move his face or talk just in the middle of the Bronx Zoo.”

UConn’s Student Health Services approached Cody and puppet arts graduate student Anatar Marmol-Gagne to assemble their “Stall Street News” character Captain Condom. Cody designed a maquette (a miniature model) and then built the full-size mascot while learning along the way.

To read the entire article, visit The Daily Campus.