Boston University News Release

2nd December, 2004

Boston University School of Theatre Arts Presents Michael Frayn's 'Noises Off!'

(Boston) — The Boston University School of Theatre Arts presents Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off!” the uproarious comedy that follows the on-and off-stage antics of an inept acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Performances begin at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Theatre Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts on December 10 and run through December 19.

In this play within a play, everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture. Add a slippery plate of sardines and a slew of slamming doors, and you have what New York critics call “the funniest farce ever written.”

“We are delighted to present ‘Noises Off!’ as part of the yearlong College of Fine Arts 50th anniversary celebration and offer this wonderful opportunity for our students to work with seasoned alumni and faculty in a fantastic new theatre space,” said Jim Petosa, director of the B.U. School of Theatre Arts. “Michael Frayn is the playwright of this remarkably crafted farce. His more recent successes include ‘Copenhagen’ and the current Broadway hit ‘Democracy.’ The breadth of this writer's work is a testament to the size of his talent -- young actors need to inhabit plays of such excellence.”

The Artistic Team
Nina Pleasants, who will play Dotty Otley, is assistant professor of voice and speech at Boston University School of Theatre Arts. She worked for fifteen years as a professional actress in New York City in such roles as Timothea in “Sea Marks” at the Greenwich Street Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (voted Best Pix of the Festival). She has worked at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre for the New City, St. Mark’s Church, Brooklyn Shakespeare Company, The Cubiculo, The South Street Theatre and was founding member of the New Cycle Theatre, and The Threshold Theatre Company. Pleasants has also appeared in feature and independent films, including “Goodfellas” and “Falling in Love.”

William K. Young, who will play Selsdon, recently retired as associate professor of acting from Boston University School of Theatre Arts. He has acted off Broadway in “Next, You’re Killing Me,” “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” “The Balcony,” and “Under the Milkwood,” as well as in several television specials. He has worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Theatre Company of Boston, American Conservatory Theatre, Association of Producing Artists, American Repertory Theatre, and Woodstock Playhouse. Young has conducted professional actors’ workshops for St. Clement’s Church and Theatre Company of Boston and was associate director of American Conservatory Theatre.

The cast also includes Boston University students Greg Hildreth, Eric Gould, Ruibo Qian, Elizabeth Pellini, Chris Oulette, Sarah Abrams and Tasso Feldman.

“Noises Off!” director Sidney J. Friedman is professor of theatre studies at Boston University School of Theatre Arts. He has acted at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Nickerson Theatre, and New Theatre and served as director at Edison Theatre, White River Theatre Festival, and Pendragon Theatre. Friedman’s most recent directing projects include “Six Degrees of Separation,” “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” “The Baltimore Waltz,” “The Heiress Tartuffe,” and “Cabaret.”

Ticket Information
Evening and matinee performances of “Noises Off!” will be held at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Theatre Pavilion at the BCA. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday, December 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission. On sale now at or at the Calderwood Theatre Pavilion Box Office at 527 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-933-8600.

Boston University School of Theatre Arts
The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1954, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. . Notable School of Theatre Arts alumni include actors such as Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore; Emmy-winners Michael Chiklis and Alfre Woodard; and Brad Oscar, now appearing on Broadway as Max Bialystock in “The Producers.” Other notable alumni are theatrical producer Stewart Lane, whose recent hits include “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Gypsy,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie;” Andrew Lack, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music; public television producer and creator of “This Old House,” Russell Morash; playwrights Martin Sherman and Craig Lucas; and theatre and film production designer, Wynn P. Thomas, whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind, Analyze This,” and “Malcolm X.”

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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