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Our graphic designer, Christine Atturio, just sent over the Hideous Progeny poster design, and y’all – it’s fantastic. I have a feeling you’ll be stopping in your tracks once they start appearing in windows. Get ready.

And speaking of design, we are also stoked about our design team for the show: Sean A. Cote (sets), Jackie Dalley (costumes), Ian King (lighting), and Amanda Sheehan (properties). They’ve got a big task, but did you know you can help? Head over to our Kickstarter page for more details – you could even get one of those posters I raved about, signed by everyone. Win-win!

We are so stoked to report that our next Inch Worm Play Reading will be Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists, directed by Allegra Libonati. The reading will take place Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute for Technology.

Holland has been a fan of Adam’s for some time, and we are very glad to have to opportunity to present his work. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania.  His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, The Lark, Kitchen Dog, Theatre of Note, Naked Stage, Azuka Theater and Studio Dante among others.  Plays include Deflowering Waldo, Open Minds, Anne, The Art Machine, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, My Base and Scurvy Heart, Herbie, Incendiary, Old Fashioned Cold Fusion, Bee Eater, Temporary Everything, Susan Gets Some Play, Clown Bar, Fat Cat Killers, The Why Overhead, Elsewhere, Where You Can’t Follow and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French. Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and was a founding member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He served as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center and was commissioned by South Coast Rep. He is the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. For more about Adam, please visit www.adamszymkowicz.com.

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You know, The Mistakes Madeline Made isn’t the only thing we’ve been working on. Our Inch Worm Play Reading series will continue next week with Runner: The Novel The Play. Be sure to mark your calendars for this FREE event!

Runner: The Novel The Play
by Cassie M. Seinuk
Directed by Vicki Schairer

Boy discovers a book outside his foster home, and he begins reading. “RUNNER: The Novel The Play” follows the story of hot-headed Sean Stealings and the runaways who are recruited off the on the condition that they take his drug and complete a series of premeditated murders. RUNNER forces us to see the beauty in our own scars and stories, and the power in sharing them is just the beginning.

Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30 pm.
This is a FREE staged reading.
At The Factory Theatre
791 Tremont St.
Boston, MA

Casting:
Man, Kallow……………….Derek Fraser
Boy………………………..Lydia Barnett-Mulligan
Sean……………………….Mike Underhill
Tristan, Voice, Man 2………Ed Hoopman*
Axe, Nurse………………..Jen Reddish
Travis………………………De’Lon Grant*
Sacha………………………Tony Rios
Kryp, Police………………..Omar Robinson
Mac…………………………Andrew Kluger
Reader…………………….Rachel Kurnos

*Indicates a member of Actors Equity Association

For more information visit: http://www.wix.com/cmseinuk/runnertntp

Ah yes, it’s that time again. Late nights, New York Pizza, way too much coffee, and light cues.

MMM is looking great, though, and there’s been a fantastic collaboration between the cast, design team, artistic team, and crew. So don’t stop us now…because we’re having a good time (having a good time).

Wow, what a great way to kick off our Inch Worm Play Reading Series! Meron Langsner’s play, The Devil’s Own Game, was read on Sunday at the Burren in Somerville to a rapt crowd. It was fantastic to finally hear the script out loud. Many thanks to everyone who helped out and our wonderful audience. We hope to see you all at the next reading in November!

Come to the Burren in Somerville’s Davis Square tomorrow (Sunday, September 5) at 3:00 to see the first in our Inchworm Play Rreading Series, The Devil’s Own Game, by Meron Langsner! Keep reading for more information on the playwright, director, and cast.

Meron Langsner, Playwright

Meron was one of three writers in the country to have been selected for the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies. His work has been performed around the country and overseas, and his publishers include Smith & Kraus, Applause, JAC, and NorthNorthwest. As a fight director, Meron hascomposed violence at venues that include Merrimack Rep, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Zeitgeist Stage, Whistler in the Dark, and several area universities. He holds an MFA from Brandeis and an MA in Performance Theory from NYU/Tisch, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Drama at Tufts University.

Louisa Richards, Director

Louisa is the Artistic Director for Exquisite Corps, a Boston-based, non-profit arts company. She most recently directed Limonade Tour Les Jours by Chuck Mee. She is currently directing  a cutting of Trout Stanley for the [something] project: director’s cut. She is thrilled to be working with Holland Productions on their new reading series.

Curt Klump, Faustus

Credits include: Roxbury Latin Summer Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; New Rep: Macbeth, Mr. Roberts, and Lieutenant of Inishmore; Actors Shakespeare Project: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus; Whistler in the Dark Theatre: The Europeans, One Flea Spare and The Bacchae; Huntington Theatre Company: How Shakespeare Won The West;  Zeitgeist Stage: The Kentucky Cycle and Sacred Hearts;  Shakespeare Now!: Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream; Shakespeare & Company: Hamlet, Julius Caesar , Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest. Curt trained at Shakespeare & Company in Western Massachusetts and spent several years there acting, teaching, and directing in their award winning education programs and has also taught for the New York Film Academy’s summer program at Harvard University.

Marie Polizzano, Mephistophilis

Marie Polizzano recently played Ophelia in an all-female production of Hamlet with the GAN-e-meed Theatre Project. Before that, she worked with Exquisite Corps Theatre Company playing Ya-Ya in Limonade Tous Les Jours. Other Boston credits: Stoneham Theatre (A Christmas Carol), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare On Love), New Repertory Theatre (The Crucible, Othello, and Of Mice and Men, all part of their educational “On Tour” program), and the Huntington Theatre Company (She Loves Me, How Shakespeare Won the West, and Pirates!).  Marie can be seen in various commercials and also in the upcoming independent feature Slip and Fall, which was filmed last Spring in Boston. You can also catch her in the upcoming Western short-film Gem of the West, which was filmed this summer in the California desert.  Marie earned her BFA in Acting from the Boston University School of Theatre, and has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Becky Webber, Johanna

Becky is a Boston based actor. Previous credits include Opus with New Rep, Trying with Gloucester Stage, and Hamlet with GAN-e-meed. Becky is a graduate of Brandeis University.

Bob Mussett, Stage Directions

Bob Mussett is a Boston-area actor/producer, most recently appearing with Holland Productions in Rosie’s Things for the Boston Theater Marathon, and Sidewalk Art for the Harvard Square May Fair. He is co-founder of Exquisite Corps  Theatre Company, and works with new play development through WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Laboratory, Boston’s Playwrights’ Platform, and the O’Neill Young Playwright’s Festival. Upcoming: the [something] project (Exquisite Corps) September 9-12, and The Mistakes Madeline Made (Holland Productions) in November.

About the Play:

THE DEVIL’S OWN GAME has been developed at New Repertory Theatre through the National New Play Network Emerging Writer Residencies, as well as at the Lark Play Development Center in NYC.  Earlier versions have had staged readings at New Rep, Yellow Taxi Productions, and Tufts University.

Last, but never least, it’s Kiki Samko!

Eat your heart out, Tufts.

Hollanders may recognize KIKI “THE VOICE” SAMKO from her work as the Narrator in last fall’s smash success, Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh; more recently, you may have read with her at your audition for The Mistakes Madeline Made. Either way, if you recognize her, consider yourself extremely lucky. She is a company member with Imaginary Beasts and has performed in all their season shows since the Spring of 2009, and recently performed with Heart & Dagger productions in their gay dance parody “Into the Fens” at Club Oberon. Once, on the basis of her headshot, she was told that Holland Productions should auction off a date with her. She likes: the Olympics, odd numbers, and mirrors. She hates: MILK (the dairy product, not the film), even numbers, and chin hairs. A few more reasons Kiki is awesome: her fashion sense is coveted far and wide, she will drink you under the table, and she is
not afraid to tear it up on a dance floor (though she may get distracted by her own reflection in shiny surfaces). A graduate of Tufts University, she was ROBBED of the title of Homecoming Queen her senior year there (2008), despite the fact that she was the only contestant who could sing the whole fight song. She will remain incomplete until the title of Homecoming Queen is bestowed upon her. She will also work diligently to fulfill all duties required of a homecoming queen and will stand at all times for good character, good citizenship, and good looks when representing Holland Productions in the capacity of Homecoming Queen. Ms. Samko thanks you all for your support.

Your second nominee for Queen is Mary-Liz Murray. Take it away, M-L!

Get swept away with Mary-Liz!

Mary-Liz Murray has never attended a homecoming anything and is super excited that Holland Homecoming is her first. She was last seen on the Holland stage as Joy in 2009’s Aloha Say the Pretty Girls and has been a proud audience member and supporter since then. Mary-Liz is a founding member of The CoLab Theatre Company, and an active member of the Boston theatre community as an actor, audience-member, blogger, director, and administrator. Besides Holland, Mary-Liz  has worked in varying capacities for many local companies including Fort Point Theatre Channel, Company One, Wheelock Family Theatre, Tufts University, Playwright’s Platform, Exquisite Corps, and Shakespeare Now!. Mary-Liz’s love for theatre is only matched by a love of shopping, bacon, and macaroni and cheese. The color pink and wine in general run a close race for runners up.

And finally, Joey Pelletier.

How YOU doin?

Joey C. Pelletier is the Artistic Director of Heart & Dagger Productions, the Marketing Man and Core Cast Member of Boston Actors Theater, and an all around Fabulous boy!  He is a writer, director, and actor around town and has worked with many awesome companies in the Boston area.  His drama Where Moments Hung Before was produced in 2009 to rave reviews. Joey was featured as the Mercenary in Holland Productions’ KID SIMPLE: A Radio Play in the Flesh by Jordan Harrison.  He is currently directing Interview by Jean-Claude van Itallie.  Joey should probably be in the Court cause he rules the school, etc.

Is the third nom the charmed? It’s Terrence Haddad!

There is no catchphrase with Terrence in it. Sooo, we'll just put that he's nice.

Terrence has worked with Boston Actors Theater, Zero Point Productions, Contemporary Theatre of Boston, 11:11 Theatre Company, Another Country Productions, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Phoenix Theatre Artists, Way Theatre Artists, Bad Habit Productions, Gurnet Theatre Project, Holland Productions, Acme Theater Productions, and Theatre on Fire. He was a cast member of The Kentucky Cycle produced by Zeitgeist Stage Company, which won the 2008 Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Fringe Theater Production. Terrence also portrayed various heroes and villains in both runs of the hugely successful The Superheroine Monologues produced by Phoenix Theatre artists in conjunction with Company One. One of his favorite roles, which was his first appearance on stage, was Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Assumption College. He was last seen portraying Timothy Page in Acmes production of Blackpool and Parrish. Terrence had the pleasure of working with Holland Productions playing Carl in their production of The Baltimore Waltz. He developed a unique relationship with a kindred spirit in the form of a stuffed rabbit. For this, he thanks Holland Productions greatly. He thinks he should be on the court because Krista said he should be on the court…oh and that he won’t have to hand stuff out.