Preview: Theatre Ink prepares current season

The Newtonite

[media-credit id=25 align=”alignleft” width=”173″] Sophomore Celia Gittleman speaks about stage management at the Theatre Ink Open House, an event Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the auditorium.
by Leah Budson and Peter DiamondTheatre Ink is currently preparing for its upcoming season, which features full-length plays, variety shows and a musical.
This year, Theatre Ink is beginning its season with “Rumors,” a farce by Neil Simon that is directed by Spanish teacher Daniel Fabrizio to be performed Thursday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
“‘Rumors’ is a hilarious show,” said junior Alex Shames, who plays a police officer in the play. “It revolves around four couples who are wrapped up in a violent crime. None of them know the full story, and they are forced to get their facts straight when a cop arrives and demands the truth.”
‘Coastal Disturbances’
Directed by seniors Jack Reibstein and Nick Rodriguez, “Coastal Disturbances” by Tina Howe goes up Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the little theatre.
“The show revolves around conquering the uphill battle of loving someone, whether it be a mother and a son, a couple married for years and years or a budding relationship,” said Reibstein. “With familiar settings and relationships that everyone can relate to, the audience will be able to find a connection with this show.”
‘Freshman Cabaret’
An annual, all-inclusive freshman show, “Freshman Cabaret,” directed by sophomores Liv Berlin, Ashley Campbell, Leah Moskowitz and Elena Rodriguez will go up Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14. at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
‘Cabaret Troupe’
This year, Theatre Ink will produce its fourth annual cabaret of contemporary musical theatre songs, directed by junior Juliet Roll and sophomore Peter Diamond and music directed by Shames, Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
“‘Cabaret Troupe’ is a conglomeration of contemporary musical theatre songs written by up and coming artists,” said Shames. “These songs range from the story of a crazy prom night to a clumsy girlfriend to a man whose best friend moves to Alaska.”
‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’
Directed by New York-based actor Steve Borowka, Theatre Ink will present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a libretto by Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert and Jack Weinstock. The show will be performed Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.
‘Spontaneous Generation’
“Spontaneous Generation,” the annual improvisational comedy show directed by Nick Rodriguez and senior Sam Raby, along with assistant director Elena Rodriguez, goes up Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the little theatre
“Our ultimate goal in SponGen is to build on our improv skills and our team-building skills,” said Raby.
‘Blood Relations’
Raby and senior Anna Nemetz will direct “Blood Relations” by Sharon Pollock, which goes up Wednesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the little theatre.
“‘Blood Relations’ is a case study of the character Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her parents with an axe in Fall River in 1892,” said Nemetz. “The play toys with women’s roles in society as well as the amount of faith one can have in the judicial system.”
 Nitrous Oxide, Playwrights’ Festival
“Nitrous Oxide,” Theatre Ink’s annual sketch comedy show directed by Reibstein and junior Ezra Dulit-Greenberg, will perform in repertory with the Sixth Annual Playwrights’ Festival, directed by Diamond and junior Kelsey Fox, Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8 in the little theatre at a time to be determined.
“Every year, the chemistry of the show changes with new people and opinions, and every year, we see different, diverse work,” said Reibstein. “It’s sort of like Theatre Ink in general. We could just slide by on past success and do things the way we did them the year before, but we’re always growing and getting better.”
The season will also feature an unannounced play in February directed by English teacher Timothy Finnegan and the annual Shakespeare collaboration with South in May.