Feature Performance

PINOCCHIO

January 30 – February 22, 2015

Directed by Steven Bogart

Based on the book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Colladi.

Musical director/Composer: Mary Bichner. Scenic design: Cristina Todesco. Lighting Design: David Wilson. Costume design: Miranda Hoffman. Choreographer: Patricia Manalo Bochnak.

The world premiere of an original adaptation by Steven Bogart and Wendy Lement, Pinocchio’s tale illustrates the challenges and struggles that accompany growing up. While being lured away from his loving home with promises of instant fame, fast money, and a life of fun and leisure, the impetuous Pinocchio must learn what is truly important in life.

Influenced by Japanese theatrical traditions, Pinocchio’s adventures are told through mystical creatures, live musicians, and gymnastic choreography, making the transformation of an animated puppet into a real live boy, a magical, dynamic, and deeply moving experience. WFT’s Pinocchio will surprise and delight audiences of all ages.

With Sirena Abalian, Steven Barkhimer*, Aunnesha Bhowmick, Shelley Bolman*, Jordan Clark, Kai Clifton, Charlie Clinton, Christopher Sherwood Davis, Jeremy Hornstein, Michelle Finston, Gary Ng*, Sophorl Ngin, Veronica Seguin, Carrie Shao, Cassie Chao, Eddie Shields*, Jeff Song, Sarah Toubes-Marquis, Kaitee Treadway, Karina Wen, Geoff Van Wyck, Ciera Sade Wade, Chris Webb*, Adam Wintzer, and Caroline Workman*.

*Members of AEA

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 8+.

Steven Bogart: Director and Co-Writer of Pinocchio

Steven Bogart is a playwright, stage director, teacher, and visual artist. His directing credits include Shockheaded Peter with Company One in Boston; Cabaret and The Boston Abolitionist Project at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge; Ginger Lazarus’s Burning and Dan Hunter’s Legally at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and Lunar Labyrinth and Interference with Liars and Believers at Oberon in Cambridge. He has collaborated on projects with Neil Gaiman, James Carroll, Kate Snodgrass, and Amanda Palmer. Steven’s plays have been performed in Boston (Boston Theatre Works, Boston Theater Marathon); New York City (The Summer Play Festival, 2007); and Chicago (Stage Left Theatre). He was a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant recipient in playwriting, and a participant in the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive and the Freedom Art Theatre Retreat. He is an Artist-in-Residence at Southern New Hampshire University, and an adjunct professor for the graduate theatre program at Emerson College. He also has been a guest director for Brandeis University and Bard College. As a visual artist, Steven has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, in venues including The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Ueno, Japan. Previously, he taught drama and directed productions at Lexington High School for twenty-two years.

Wendy Lement: Wheelock Family Theatre Producer and Co-Writer of Pinocchio

Wendy Lement is Producer of Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT), where she directs and writes plays, teaches, and oversees all aspects of production. She is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Espresso (now in residence at WFT), which has toured to schools, museums, and courthouses for over 20 years with interactive, historical plays that explore issues of social justice and the law. In 2012, Theatre Espresso won both a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Award and a New England Theatre Conference [NETC] Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre. Prior to WFT, Wendy was a long-time Professor of Theatre at Regis College. Her production of The House of Bernarda Alba won the 2000 New England Region’s American College Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Kennedy Center. She co-authored And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre (Heinemann 2005), and wrote a chapter entitled, "Theatre-in-Education as a Catalyst for Civic Dialogue," for the 3rd edition of Learning Through Theatre (Routledge 2013). Her article "Susanna Rowson (1762-1824): Dramatist, Actress and Educator" was published in the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Youth Theatre Journal vol. 15 (2001), and she received the 2000 AATE Distinguished Dissertation Award. Her many plays include Woman with the Red Kerchief (published in Plays of the New England Russian Theatre Festival, 2010) and Keri Tarr: Cat Detective (adapted from her children’s book, published by Breakaway Books, 2000), which won a 2002 AATE Unpublished Playreading Project Award. Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Pinocchio

January 30 – February 22, 2015
Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3:00
School vacation week matinees at 1:00: Tuesday, February 17 – Friday, February 20; there is no evening performance on February 20.
School day performances at 10:30am: February 4, 10 and 12.
ASL/Audio-description dates: Thursday, February 12, Friday, February 20 and Sunday, February 22.
All performances offer Open Captioning

  • Tickets: $20-$35; Pajama Party Fridays: $15
  • Box Office: 617-879-2300; tickets@wheelock.edu
  • Website: www.WheelockFamilyTheatre.org
  • Location: 180 The Riverway on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston’s Fenway district
  • Parking: Discounted parking at MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue
  • MBTA: Fenway or Longwood on Green Riverside Line (D train); CT busses to Beth Israel
  • Access: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. Scheduled performances are interpreted in American Sign Language and Audio-described. Select performances are relaxed for patrons with sensory sensitivities. Braille programs and audio-enhancement receivers are available upon request.

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