The MILE SQUARE THEATER (MST) is pleased to announce its first production since the pandemic shutdown of THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess in 2020, directed by John Eric Scutchins. THE NICETIES will play a limited four-week engagement at the Mile Square Theater (1400 Clinton St. Hoboken, NJ 07030). Performances begin Wednesday, March 23 and continue through Sunday, April 17. Opening night is Saturday, March 26 (8 p.m.). Tickets cost between $30 and $45 and are available at milesquaretheatre.org. Press performances are: Thursday March 24, Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26 (and any subsequent performances).
In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), Janine, an accomplished Ivy League professor holds routine office hours with Zoe, an ambitious young student, to discuss her dissertation: If History Is Written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed? When the two disagree, polite disagreements explode into a debate over race and history that threatens to derail their careers, lives, and the status quo.
Kevin R Free, MST’s new artistic director, says, “The play feels relevant because of the courageous conversations middle-aged liberals like me are having these days with young progressives about race and privilege.
The production stars Annie McAdams* (Lydie Breeze, u/s New York Theater Workshop; Cruel and Barbarous Treatment, Culture Project) as Janine and DeAnna Supplee* (The Winter’s Tale, New York Shakespeare Exchange) as of Zoe. *Performance courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
The production includes set design by Emmett Grosland, costume design by Mika Eubanks and lighting design by Nancy Valladares. Nathanael Brown is the sound designer, Maya Ramdayal is the props supervisor and Marisa Kilgallen is the stage manager. Advertisement by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR
THE NICETIES is playing the following regular schedule until Sunday 17th April:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets cost between $30 and $45 and are now available online at www.MileSquareTheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the theater half an hour before the performance.
Operating time: 90 minutes
Mile Square Theater
1400 Clinton St.
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Media kit with photos
The work of ELEANOR BURGESS (Playwright) has been produced in the United States and around the world, at the Manhattan Theater Club, the McCarter Theater Center, the Geffen Playhouse, the Huntington Theater Company, the Alliance Theater, the Writers Theater , Finborough Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Geva Theater Center, InterAct Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Festival of Contemporary American Theatre, Portland Stage Company and Centenary Stage. She has also worked with The New Group, New York Theater Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Lark Play Development Center and Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, the Interstate 73 Writers Group of Page 73, the Civilian R&D Group, and the 2050 New York Theater Workshop Fellowship. Eleanor also works in film and television, including on Perry Mason for HBO, Caviar for Apple TV and Interview with a Vampire for AMC. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and playwriting at NYU/Tisch.
ANNIE MCADAMS* (Janine) has worked regionally at the Intiman Theater in Seattle (world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Smash) and at the Franklin Stage Company as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. New York: Lydie Breeze (u/s New York Theater Workshop), Cruel and Barbarous Treatment (Culture Project). At the Mile Square Theater she appeared in Love of the Game, Fantasy League, God of Carnage, Core Values, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike and Pipeline. Annie is Director of Education at Mile Square Theater and teaches in Drew University’s theater program. MFA, University of Washington, Seattle.
JOHN ERIC SCUTCHINS (Director) Directing credits include: Emergency (Crossroad Theater Company); A Time To Love (National Black Theater by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer); False Fraternity (New Federal Theater); CHI-BOY (Page to Stage Festival/Kennedy Center); Dues that must be paid (Heal Me Too Festival); Ascension (National Black Theatre); 48 Hours in Harlem (National Black Theatre); By chance or by choice (Newark Public Library); Hercules did not wade in the water (National Black Theatre); Gay for the stay (Faison Firehouse Theatre). Stage management credits include: Breath and Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes (Hartford Stage); Mr. Joy (The Riverside Theater, Lincoln Center Theater); Tearing Down the Walls (The Riverside Theatre); Resurrection (Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Theater Company, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company); L’urgence by Daniel Beaty (Freedom Theatre, Aaron Davis Hall, The Public Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Arena Stage); Passing Strange (The Public Theater); The Trial of a Myopic Black Woman, Melba Moore: Sweet Songs of the Soul, Paul Robeson, Waiting to End Hell, Great Men of Gospel (Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theater); Hands Up (National Black Theatre)
DEANNA SUPPLEE* (Zoe) is a Philadelphia-born, New York-trained actress. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she also studied at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and at the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA, Acting). NYC Theater credits: The Winter’s Tale (New York Shakespeare Exchange), On Strivers Row (Metropolitan Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (New York Shakespeare Exchange), The Trojan Women (The Flea Theatre), Fires in the Mirror, Laundry & Bourbon, Platanos Y Collard Greens and Romeo & Juliet (Occupy Verona). Regional Theatre: Skeleton Crew (TheatreSquared). International theatre: Look/Alive (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). DeAnna is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
MILE SQUARE THEATER was founded in 2003 as a non-profit professional theater. MST’s mission is to enrich and engage the region through the production of professional theater and innovative arts education. MST produces professional theater year-round, including shows for young audiences and our annual baseball play festival, 7th Inning Stretch.
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“Burgess generates a verbal whirlwind with a speed of words per minute that rivals Aaron Sorkin.” – The Boston Globe
“An articulate expression of #blacklivesmatter anger as well as a millennial rebel cry.” – The fuse of the arts
“One of the best plays I’ve seen about who tells America’s story and how.” – The Washington Post
THE GOOD DEALS
If history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed?
Written by ELEANOR BURGESS
Directed by JOHN ERIC SCUTCHINS
FOUR WEEK LIMITED COMMITMENT
FROM MARCH 23 TO APRIL 17, 2022 AT THE MILE SQUARE THEATER
OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY MARCH 26 AT 8 PM
SPECIAL “REOPENING” CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY MARCH 31 AT 8 PM
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT MILESQUARETHEATRE.ORG
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