See How to Help New Rep Weather Financial Difficulties Caused by COVID-19

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New Repertory Theatre sent out the following information:

Like other arts organizations, New Rep is facing financial challenges due to the necessary and important steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The difficult decision we made to postpone and cancel our spring performances and events (including our annual gala) puts us at risk of losing 20 percent of our annual revenue.

How Can I Help?

  1. Purchase a 20/21 Subscription! The best option of all – your purchase today provides revenue that will help to relieve our cash flow challenges, and you guarantee your seats for a phenomenal upcoming season. It’s a win-win! Subscriptions can be purchased online here:
  2. Make a Donation to New Rep’s COVID-19 Relief Fun(d)
  3. Donate Your Unused 19/20 Tickets Back to New Rep. Like a financial donation, this option counts as a tax-deductible donation to our company (

New Rep’s 2020-21 Season

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner

The turning point in the history of gay and American drama, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches is set in New York during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. The story follows Prior and Louis, whose relationship is tested when one is diagnosed with the disease; Joe, a Mormon who struggles with his sexual identity; and Roy Cohn, the inimitable Jewish lawyer’s involvement in the McCarthy Trials. This Tony Award-winning masterpiece beautifully addresses questions of identity, trust, justice, and judgement.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Weiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

How much pressure do we put on our children to succeed?  What is the price?  Does this ever happen in Boston?  Follow six quirky competitors of the Putnam Valley Middle School Spelling Bee as they explore the pressures and expectations set by their parents and themselves.  The Tony Award-winning Spelling Bee is uproarious fun for the whole family, complete with audience participation. Dust off your dictionary, it’s time to spell!

Stupid F##king Bird
by Aaron Posner

How can the pursuit of love and happiness drive one to madness? Emotions run high in this comedic, contemporary adaption of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. An aspiring young director invites his close family and friends to a showing of his performance art, which fights against traditional theatre. Things quickly become complicated as his mother, a traditional actress, takes great offense to his work, and his girlfriend begins to flirt with his mother’s lover. As the refreshingly honest characters struggle with the disappointments of love, art, and aging, playwright Aaron Posner explores the true meaning of love and life.

Jelly’s Last Jam
book by George C. Wolfe
lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson

This toe- tapping show will send you home swinging. The life of Jelly Roll Morton comes to the New Rep stage in this winner of multiple Tony Awards. Considered a primary driving force in bringing jazz to the American public, Jelly struggled to accept his racial identity in the spotlight of the white American gaze. This journey to the 1920s blends history and social commentary with fantastic and revolutionary music of the time. Featuring explosive dance numbers, and such famous songs as “Lonely Boy Blues” and “Chicago Stomp”.  Oo Oo Oo, that’s how you jazz!

Doubt, A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley

Misconduct.  Catholic Church. Doubts.  In 1964, 12-year-old Donald Muller is the first boy of color to enter a Catholic school in the Bronx. Under the guise of protecting the boy from potential bullying, Father Flynn offers him friendship and protection. When Donald returns from a private visit with the Father with alcohol on his breath, principal Sister Aloysius becomes suspicious that these visits are not as innocent as they seem. John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 play-turned-movie examines the difficulty of bringing to judgement those in power, and the doubt in which we often find within our faith and ourselves.

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