“The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein Opens 25th Season at Rep Stage
Columbia, MD – Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 25th season with Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” directed by Jenna Duncan. Wendy Wasserstein’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Funny, touching, and written with rare grace and sensitivity, the play is a moving examination of the progress of a generation, from the socially and politically activist sixties to the success-oriented eighties. As Heidi determines her place in society and how to juggle success and failure in work, friendship, and romance, “The Heidi Chronicles” asks the ever-present question: Can women have it all?
“(‘The Heidi Chronicles’) resonates today as strongly, and at times as painfully, as they did when Wendy Wasserstein’s most celebrated plays stormed Broadway in 1989… (Wasserstein’s) keen ear for comic absurdity grounded in truth is matched by a probing compassion for her characters, even when they are viewed through a sardonic lens.” – New York Times
Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play was originally developed in a workshop production at Seattle Repertory Theatre in April 1988, directed by Daniel J. Sullivan. The play premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons later that same year, before transferring to Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre, where it ran for 622 performances. Sullivan directed both productions, with set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, and lighting design by Pat Collins. The cast starred Joan Allen as Heidi, Boyd Gaines as Peter, and Peter Friedman as Scoop. The Off-Broadway production featured Sarah Jessica Parker in three small roles, which Cynthia Nixon played in the Broadway run. A 2015 revival opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. The cast featured Elisabeth Moss in the title role, Bryce Pinkham as Peter, and Jason Biggs as Scoop, directed by Pam MacKinnon. Born in Brooklyn in 1950, Wasserstein is also known for “Uncommon Women and Others,” “An American Daughter,” and “The Sisters Rosensweig.” Her daughter Lucy Jane Wasserstein survives Wasserstein, who died in 2006.
“The Heidi Chronicles” opens September 7, 2017, with a limited run through September 24 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. There will be post-show discussions on September 10 and 22. Rep Stage will also hold a pre-show lecture prior to the 2 p.m. performance on September 23.
Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for seniors and the military, and $15 for students with a current ID. Thursdays are $10 performances. For tickets and additional information, visit www.repstage.org or call the box office at 443-518-1500.
The press performance is Friday, September 8 at 8 p.m. For press reservations, contact Zheyan Damavandi in the Rep Stage office at 443-518-1510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beth Hylton*: Heidi Holland
- Joseph W. Ritsch: Peter Patrone
- Rex Daugherty*: Scoop Rosenbaum
- Melissa Flaim*: Susan Johnston
- Alina Collins Maldonado*: Fran/Molly/Betsy/April
- Hallie Cooper**: Jill/Debbie/Lisa
- Madeline Rose Burrows**: Becky/Clara/Denise
- Anderson Wells**: Chris/Mark/Waiter/Ray
- Written by: Wendy Wasserstein
- Directed by: Jenna Duncan
- Set Design: James Fouchard++
- Lighting Design: Adam Mendelson
- Sound Design: Sarah O’Halloran
- Costume Design: Eric Abele++
- Properties Design: Mollie Singer
- Stage Manager: Julie DeBakey Smith*
- Assistant Stage Manager: Brittany Federici**
* Members Actor’s Equity Association
** Equity Membership Candidate
++ Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE
ABOUT REP STAGE
Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 25th season. Led by Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage produces engaging and evocative contemporary American classics and new works. Rep Stage is dedicated to collaborating with regional artists to bring richly diverse work to audiences. Recognized as a professional Washington, DC metropolitan area theatre company by Theatre Washington, Rep Stage has a proud history of Helen Hayes Award-winning productions and nominations. The theatre is a member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Howard County and Maryland state governments, and generous individual donors.