Erica Spyres (Woman 1) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. She most recently appeared in Of Mice And Men (Moonbox Productions); The Mikado, Avenue Q, Time Stands Still (Elliot Norton Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress), Big River, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Lyric Stage Company); The Light in the Piazza and Sweeney Todd (Springfield Contemporary Theatre, IRNE Award); Sense and Sensibility: The Musical (Wellesley Summer Theater); Pirates! and Unknown Soldier (The Huntington Theatre Company). Erica will appear in the upcoming film Labor Day and is an active jingle singer, corporate spokesman, and radio/TV announcer. Originally from Mansfield, Missouri, she resides in Allston. She will next perform in New Rep's Master Class.
Phil Tayler (Man 1) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include Of Mice And Men (Moonbox Productions); Hair (New London Barn Playhouse); Ragtime (Marblehead Little Theatre/Salem Theatre Company); and Avenue Q (The Lyric Stage Company). In the Boston area, he's also worked with Whistler In the Dark, Stoneham Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Nora Theatre Company, Fiddlehead Theatre, Turtle Lane Playhouse, The Orfeo Group, and The Boston Conservatory. His directing credits include Killer Joe and Dirty Story (The Boston Conservatory). Television credits include MTV 2's High School Stories: Sticky Situation and a TV commercial for Hooker Beer. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Originally from Overland Park, KS he resides in Dorchester, MA.
Stephen Sondheim (composer) wrote the music and lyrics for Bounce, Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, The Frogs, A Little Night Music, Follies, Company, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear A Waltz?, and additional lyrics for Candide. Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim, Marry Me A Little, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, and Putting It Together. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky and Reds and songs for Dick Tracy, for which he won an Academy Award. He also wrote songs for the television production Evening Primrose, co- authored the film The Last of Sheila and the play Getting Away With Murder, and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer, Invitation to a March, and Twigs. He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies, and Company. All of these also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Ilyse Robbins (Director/Choreographer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing/choreographing World Goes 'Round; choreographing A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, and Das Barbecue; and performing in A Christmas Carol and The Wild Party. Other recent area directing/choreography credits include 42nd Street (Stoneham Theatre); Unforgettable (UpStage Lung Cancer); and Dear Edwina, Jr. (Wheelock Family Theatre Summer Intensive). Choreography credits include A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theater); Dear Miss Garland and Full Monty (Stoneham Theatre); and Avenue Q (The Lyric Stage Company). Performance credits include Love, Faith and Other Dirty Words (Modern Theatre); Full Monty (Stoneham Theatre); and Phantom Tollbooth (Wheelock Family Theatre). Ms. Robbins earned her BS in Theater from Northwestern University; certification from the British American Drama Academy; and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She holds four I.R.N.E. awards, the most recent for her choreography for 42nd Street (Stoneham Theatre). Originally from Worcester, she resides in Belmont.
Charles Mosesian Theater Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Mass. Tickets are $28-58; Discounts for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more Call the Box Office at 617-923-8487. Wheelchair Accessible, Assisted Listening System Box office with TTY. For TTY only, dial 617.923.2067. Large-Print and Braille Programs Available.
Public Transportation: #70 or #70A bus to the School Street stop from Central Square Station, Red Line. Parking: Free, six-level parking garage next to the Arsenal Center for the Arts.