A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Presents the First Production of the 2016/17 Season: MIDDLETOWN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016

CONTACT: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668




A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University

Presents the First Production of the 2016/17 Season:


By Will Eno

Directed by Marcus Stern

October 7-8, 2016

YMCA Theatre, Cambridge


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, presents the first production of its 2016/17 season, Will Eno’s MIDDLETOWN (Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, 2010), directed by Marcus Stern, featuring actors from the A.R.T. Institute class of 2017.


The production will be presented at the YMCA Theatre on Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square on October 7 at 7:30PM, and October 8 at 2PM and 7:30PM.  


A mechanic who wrestles with alcohol, pills and meteors.  A handyman who bounces from job to job.  A philosophical librarian.  Setting humor amidst heartbreak, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Will Eno (Thom Pain, The Flu Season, The Realistic Joneses) meditates on life in Middletown with his signature blend of absurdity and beauty.  


“…reminiscent of Thornton Wilder’s  , if it had been penned by Dr. Seuss and edited by Samuel Beckett.” (Chicago Tribune)


Will Eno made his Broadway debut with his critically acclaimed new play, The Realistic Joneses. His plays The Open House and Title and Deed premiered at the Pershing Square Signature Center in 2014 and 2012 respectively. The Realistic Joneses also premiered in the spring of 2012, at the Yale Repertory Theater. Both 2012 plays were named in a short list of Best Plays in the New York Times. His critically acclaimed play Middletown received its premiere in winter 2010 at the Vineyard Theatre, and was then produced at Steppenwolf Theatre. His collection of short plays entitled Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations premiered at The Flea Theater in 2007. Eno's internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) had a successful year long run at the DR2 in New York, after a sold out run at the 2004 International Edinburgh Festival, where it won all the major awards, and then transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. The play is now being produced across the United States, as well as Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Mexico and other countries. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Eno's play The Flu Season received the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for the best debut production in New York by an American playwright. His play Gnit, an adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, in the Humana Festival, in the spring of 2013.Eno's plays have also been produced by the Gate Theatre, the SOHO Theatre, BBC Radio, The Print Room and elsewhere. His plays are published by Oberon Books, TCG, and playscripts, and have appeared in Harper's, The Antioch Review, The Quarterly, and Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors. He has been commissioned by the Royal National Theatre in London and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Eno received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award. He is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the Cullman Center at the NY Public Library, and was awarded the first-ever Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship by the Theater Hall of Fame, as well as the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. Will Eno lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Marcus Stern is Associate Director of the American Repertory Theater and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and Head Of Directing for Theater, Dance and Media at Harvard University.  His directorial work with the A.R.T. has included The Onion Cellar with The Dresden Dolls, Donnie Darko (adaptor/director/sound designer), Beckett’s Endgame, Adam Rapp's Nocturne, Suzan Lori Parks' The America Play, Adrienne Kennedy's The Ohio State Murders, Büchner's Woyzeck, Sam Shepard's Buried Child, and Christopher Durang’s Marriage of Bette and Boo (also at NYU and Harvard University). A.R.T. Institute: The Shipment, A Bright New Boise, The Flu Season, The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide, Beckett Shorts: (Not I, Footfalls, Play, Rough For Radio II, Breath, Come and Go), Donnie Darko. Other: Hang Ong's The Chang Fragments and Martin Crimp's The Treatment at The Joseph Papp Public Theater; Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich; Jose Rivera's Marisol at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival; Mac Wellman's Hyacinth Macaw at Primary Stages in New York; Instant Girl's On the Run at Dance Theater Workshop; Mac Wellman's The Land of Fog and Whistles at the Whitney Museum Biennial; Neena Beber's The Living Goddess at The Magic Theater; Erin Cressida Wilson's Cross Dressing in the Depression at Soho Rep; and Quincy Long's Whole Hearted at the Mark Taper Forum's Taper Too in Los Angeles. His adaptations include Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits (Zurich), Phoebe's Got Three Sisters (Cucaracha Theater in New York) and O'Neill's The Great God Brown at NYU and Harvard University.  He's currently working with ArtsEmerson on his adaptation of Don Delillo's short story, Hammer & Sickle for the stage. Mr. Stern has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Columbia University. He currently teaches at Harvard University, Harvard's Extension School, and A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training.


Tickets are $20, $15 for A.R.T. Members and Subscribers. Seating is general admission.  

For more information call 617.547.8300 or visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org


The A.R.T. Institute was established in 1987 by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) as a training ground for the professional American theater. It is a two-year, graduate training program for theater professionals, operated in association with the Moscow Art Theater School (MXAT). The wide range of courses given by the international faculty offers students unique preparation for the multi-faceted demands of the professional theater.


Each year, approximately twenty-three carefully selected students are admitted for a full-time, two-year program of graduate study in acting, dramaturgy, or voice pedagogy. The Institute accepts inquisitive student artists, whose talent, enthusiasm, intelligence, and cultural curiosity can pioneer and lead the theater of the future. Upon successful completion of the academic requirements for the program, students will be awarded a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Extension Studies from the faculty of the Harvard Extension School and the faculty of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a Certificate of Achievement from the faculty of the Moscow Art Theater School.

Release Date:
September 29, 2016

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