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    September 13 - October 3, 2009



    a timeless classic by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan

    directed by Kate Warner

    featuring Paul D. Farwell*, Thomas Piper*, and Jonathan Popp

    *member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

    Bravery, honor, grace...and rowdy rebellion.

    In this 1948 Tony Award-winning classic, a restless crew aboard a cargo vessel idling in the South Pacific is desperately craving some onshore action. When the comedic ensemble clashes with their tyrannical captain, it is Mister Roberts who must bail them out. Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's moving, yet humorous story of an officer, who sacrifices his personal quest for the morale of his crew, has us reflecting on one man's search for purpose during a time of war.

    Winner of the first Tony Award for Best Play.

    "A superlative comedy." – The New York Daily News

    Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission.

    Admission Info:
    Off Peak: All seats-Sun Eve, WED, Thu Mat, Thu Eve, Fri, (Monday Opening Tr-B only). Orch $48.00 Tr-B $42.00 Peak: All Seats--Sun Mat, Sat Mat, Sat Eve, (Monday Opening Orch seats only). Orch $54.00 Tr-B $49.00 All Shows: Tr-C $35.00 Discounts available for Seniors (60 and older), Full Time Students, WGBH members, WBUR members, MTA members, Harvard University Employees, Concierge members of USO, Arsenal Center for the Arts members, and TCG members.

    General Day and Time Info:
    Sun 9/13 2pm (Panel Discussion)
    Sun 9/13 7:30 pm
    Mon 9/14 7:30 pm (Opening)
    Thu 9/17 2 pm
    Thu 9/17 7:30 pm
    Fri 9/18 8 pm
    Sat 9/19 8 pm
    Sun 9/20 2 pm (Talkback)
    Thu 9/24 7:30 pm
    Fri 9/25 8 pm
    Sat 9/26 3:30 pm
    Sat 9/26 8 pm
    Sun 9/27 2 pm (Talkback)
    Sun 9/27 7:30 pm
    Wed 9/30 7:30 pm
    Thu 10/1 7:30 pm
    Fri 10/2 8 pm
    Sat 10/3 3:30 pm
    Sat 10/3 8 pm (Closing)

    Phone: 617-923-8487

    Accessibility Information:

    TTY: 617-923-2067 or email tickets@newrep.org

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    • Event Name: MISTER ROBERTS
      Article: It's smooth sailing for New Rep's 'Mister Roberts'
      Boston Herald - Sep 16, 2009
      By Jenna Scherer

      It’s in with the new and the old at New Repertory Theatre, as new artistic director Kate Warner takes the helm with an old battleship of a play....

      It’s in with the new and the old at New Repertory Theatre, as new artistic director Kate Warner takes the helm with an old battleship of a play.

      While Diane Paulus is busting down walls at American Repertory Theater, Warner is taking a more traditional approach to her local creative debut with the 1948 classic “Mister Roberts.” Nothing wrong with tradition, especially when it’s done this well.

      Penned by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (and based on Heggen’s 1946 novel of the same name), “Mister Roberts” was the first play to win a Tony award, and was made into a 1955 film starring Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

      The comedy follows the crew of a U.S. Navy cargo ship in the South Pacific in the waning days of World War II. It’s an ensemble piece through and through, and Warner’s group of actors work together with the comfort and chemistry of a real ship’s crew.

      Lt. Roberts (Thomas Piper) is a smart and ambitious man desperate to get in on the fight in the Pacific Theater. Unfortunately, he’s stuck as a cargo officer aboard a ship that’s about as far from the action as you can get. Though the men hardly have a thing to do, they haven’t had a shore leave for 14 months, thanks to their tyrannical captain (Paul D. Farwell).

      Roberts is the only thing standing between the crew and total, self-annihilating boredom. He keeps spirits high, even while he works to get himself out of the doldrums and into the real war.

      Warner’s production plays out on an ingenious three-tiered set designed by Patrick Lynch. Men run up and down clanging metal scaffolding that mimics the feel of an actual ship. Warner infuses “Mister Roberts” with an easy realism and natural flow, moving seamlessly through characters and settings.

      Piper is a pitch-perfect Mister Roberts, transmitting a Fonda-like charisma, wit and passion. His scenes with Farwell’s Captain are riveting, as both actors throw themselves into the tense standoffs.

      What makes this production live and breath is how the 11-member cast works together as a whole, whether the sailors are ogling nurses through binoculars or the officers are bantering in their quarters. And I haven’t even mentioned the live goat that makes a memorable cameo.

      “Mister Roberts” may not be the most groundbreaking choice for a debut, but who said ground always has to be broken? Heggen and Logan’s piece is one of the cornerstones of American theater, and you can’t top the greats. Warner has taken her first steps at New Rep on solid ground and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.

      “Mister Roberts” presented by New Repertory Theatre at Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, Monday night. Through Oct. 3.

    • Event Name: MISTER ROBERTS
      Article: http://www.tauntongazette.com/arts/x1080448891/Lenny-at-Large-Kate-Warner-takes-the-helm-at-New-Rep-with-Mister-Roberts
      Taunton Daily Gazette - Aug 30, 2009
      By Lenny Megliola

      Say this for Kate Warner: she's not exactly easing into her new job.

      Warner took over April 22 as the New Rep's artistic director and...

      Say this for Kate Warner: she's not exactly easing into her new job.

      Warner took over April 22 as the New Rep's artistic director and hit the ground running. "I've done a lot of social networking," she says. "It's like I've been speed-dating the Boston theater community."

      And as if she doesn't have enough on her plate trying to attract audiences, Warner is directing "Mister Roberts" which kicks off New Rep's 2009-10 season with a Sept. 13 through Oct. 3 run.

      Warner arrived from Atlanta where she was artistic director at the acclaimed Dad's Garage Theatre, where she also directed plays for 10 years. "Dad's Garage was founded by 10 gentlemen who all went to the University of Florida," says Warner. "I was the first chick to run it. I couldn't be prouder of my work there."

      Warner has big shoes to fill at New Rep, where longtime artistic director Rick Lombardo brought the company to prominence from a church space in Newton to the state-of-the-arts main stage and black box spaces in Watertown. When Lombardo left for a theater job in California, New Rep's search committee was set in motion.

      "I interviewed twice," says Warner. "Both times it was in the winter. There was snow both times. So I knew what I was getting into. It snows in Atlanta about once every other year."

      Once she settled in - she's now living in Cambridge - Warner was greeted by a dose of Northern hospitality. "I knew this was going to be an amazing professional (theater) community. People were extremely warm and generous. It kinda blew me away."

      An Atlanta native, Warner attended Kalamazoo (Mich.) College where she decided "I wanted to be a director and run a theater." Actually, the seeds were planted long before that. "When I was 4 or 5 my mother says I was directing when we were playing house or with dolls."

      The high school Warner went to didn't have a drama program, so she entered a summer arts camp. "I was training to be a musician in the orchestra and band. I played viola and percussion in the band. My sense was that's what my parents were hoping I'd do. But once I got to college, theater people became by tribe."

      During her sophomore year, Warner interned at an off-Broadway production. "I was 19 and in New York. It was fantastic." The next year she studied in Greece and Turkey.

      After graduating she needed some time to herself. "I was somewhat irresponsible, traveling across the country." It was a carefree time. She was also jobless. "I returned to Atlanta and got jobs in theater, including waiting tables."

      At Dad's Garage, Warner directed more than 20 plays, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" being one of her favorites. "I was really proud of that. We got 60 gallons of white paint and turned the black box white."

      At her final interview with New Rep, Warner presented her vision for the new season. "There have been some small changes but, by and large, it's what I'd chosen."

      Warner painstakingly searched for the "Mister Roberts" lead, made famous by Henry Fonda. "We did hours and hours of auditions, but I didn't see the right Mister Roberts." Then Thomas Piper showed up. "I'd known him through a mutual friend," says Warner. "He was in New York. I called to see if he'd be available."

      He was, and she had her Mister Roberts. "He's really a smart actor," says Warner.

      Somehow, the ever-busy Warner has made time to check out her new environs, and not only the city. "I'm letting myself explore. This is a big move for me. I've been to the beach, went out to Concord and to Maine. I've been whale-watching. I'm trying to give myself the full Boston experience."

      Kate Warner has come a long way from Dad's Garage. There's no turning back now.

      "Mister Roberts" runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 3 at the New Repertory Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. For tickets, go to newrep.org or call 617-923-8487.

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