What’s Happening at The New Rep Theatre

If you’re new to the Watertown arts scene and think quality theater lives only in Boston or Cambridge, we’ve got great news for you. One of America’s premiere theater companies lives right here in Watertown, at the Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts. For over 30 years, the New Repertory Theatre has been responsible for some of the most highly regarded productions in New England, premiering the work of writers like Robert Brustein, Theresa Rebeck, and Sarah Ruhl. There’s much more to the New Rep, though – let us take you on a quick tour!

The 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater are the New Rep’s two primary performance spaces, where their regular season productions are housed. Now through February 5 2017, the Black Box will host an intimate showing of Thurgood, a provocative look at the monumental career of Justice Thurgood Marshall, perhaps most famous for his arguments in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. And at the Charles Mosesian from March 25th through April 16 2017, actress Bobbie Steinbach stars in Golda’s Balcony, a portrait that follows Golda Meir from her humble beginnings as a Wisconsin school teacher to her meteoric rise through Israel’s early political system, where she became one of the world’s first elected female heads of state. You can find the New Rep’s full production schedule here.

For those unable to attend live performances at these spaces, the New Rep operates the Classic Repertory Company, an educational outreach program bringing live theater and theater education year-round to area schools, senior centers, summer camps, and other presenting venues. CRC visits typically involve a 90-minute performance, pre-show introduction and post-show discussion with the actors, along with comprehensive study guides for school kids. Check out this video of one of their performances – very cool!

For people who want to deeper exposure to the dramatic process, the New Rep hosts a program they call Insider Experiences. Depending on the production, this might mean a Meet and Greet with the cast and director; witnessing a run-through of the show; or attending 30 minutes of a working rehearsal. Click here to request a spot for yourself!

There’s so much more to this wonderful organization, and so many great ways to get involved!  Head over to their website to learn about ways to donate, audition, apply for a position, or volunteer your time.