The Great Barrington Pubic Theater will present THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE in August
GB Public Theater’s 2022 main season continues August 4-14 with an evocative and penetrating drama about the vicissitudes and complexities of family dynamics, self-identity and the nature and meaning of love today. . Written by multi-award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell and re-written for American audiences, it premiered in Milwaukee in 2019 to wide critical acclaim. It was planned for New York until Covid hijacked the plans. Earlier this year, GBPT was able to secure the rights for a brief East Coast premiere.
A year of troubling changes and discoveries for the Price family is starred by a superb ensemble, including Corrina May; John Wojda; Liz Hayes; David Keohane; Raya Malcolm and Jo Michael Rezes. Directed by Judy Braha, who helmed last year’s hit Mr. Fullerton, Things I Know to Be True brings the family’s joy, ferocity, fears and realistic dreams to the McConnell Theater stage for ten performances only.
“I want a garden full of chaos and disorder and places where you can hide and escape when you need to.”
As the audience witnesses the resilience of an enduring marriage and the changing nature of strained family love to break, they are drawn into individual dilemmas and decisions as siblings and parents struggle. away, while reaching out for identity, familiarity, love and rescue.
“I don’t have the answers. Not now. Not yet. And if you keep asking me, I’m going to cry.”
“When I first read Things I Know to Be True in 2019, I knew I wanted to find a niche for it. It’s a serious, multifaceted drama that will move audiences,” said the artistic director of GB Public, Jim Frangione. “It’s intimate and personal, and challenges convention and constructs while giving us a deep, poetic, and entertaining look into the heart of an ordinary family today.”
As director Judy Braha describes, “Things I Know to Be True is a beautiful new work. As four adult siblings struggle to seize their lives independently of their families, their parents grapple with the past, unexpected choices of their children and their very empty nest. The piece captures family resilience, the changing seasons of life and the enigma we all face growing up as we flee to be brought back to our roots. Bovell depicts a fascinating world and complex that is poetic, funny, daring and brutally honest.”
“I know people aren’t perfect. Even the people you love. Especially the people you love. And I know love isn’t enough to save them.”
Things I Know to Be True will be presented ten times only, August 4-14, Thursday-Sunday, 3-7:30 p.m. at the McConnell Mainstage Theatre, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Tickets can be booked on the Great Barrington Public Theater website.
Liz Hayes* (Pip) Recent acting roles include George Brandt’s Grounded at the Gamm Theater and Into the Woods with the Fiasco Theater at the McCarter, Old Globe and Roundabout Theaters and the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. She has appeared on stage with many regional and Boston-based companies and has been nominated for IRNE and Elliot Norton awards. Liz is currently the resident voice and dialect coach on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and teaches in Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program. She is married to actor Paul L. Coffey and mother of Sean Frank Coffey. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA and The Actors Center.
David Keohane* (Ben) is an independent actor, director and arts educator currently based in the Mid-Hudson Valley. David is a graduate of Boston University, where he studied acting, directing, playwriting and theater management. He also holds a Shakespearean Acting certificate from the London Academy of Music + Dramatic Art. He worked extensively in Boston and Chicago. Locally, David is a teaching artist at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and has independently taught myth-making, dream-enactment, improvisation and ensemble building. Favorite performance credits include Vanity Fair, The Crucible, Frankenstein, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors and Two Gentlemen of Verona. www.davidmkeohane.com.
Raya Malcolm (Rosie) is an actress, musician and creative artist living in upstate New York and is excited to return to GBPT, having starred in Breakwater in 2019. She has worked with various regional theaters including Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Stages On the Sound and Troy Foundry Theatre, of which she is Associate Artistic Director. Raya also represents 1/3 of the indie-folk singing trio, Hold On Honeys. You can catch her this fall helping craft an original, immersive musical with her family from the Troy Foundry Theater. When she’s not playing or making music, you can find her zen on her yoga mat. www.rayamalcolm.com. Eng: @rayamalcolm, @holdonhoneys.
Corinna May* (Fran) Great Barrington Public Theater Debut! Berkshires: Berkshire Theater Group: Shirley Valentine, Importance of Being Serious, Holiday Memories, Benefactors, Same Time Next Year, Homestead Crossing, Two Heads. WAM/BTG: the bakelite masterpiece. Shakespeare & Co.: 30+ (selected) Morning After Grace, Roman Fever, The Memory of Water, A Winter’s Tale, Enchanted April, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, Fortune and Malfortune, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Wharton Lounge. Theater of Pythagoras. Broadway National Tour: The Graduate with the five Missus Rs. Regional (selected) Portland Stage Co., Merrimack Rep., Syracuse Stage, Rep. Theater of St. Louis, Capitol Rep. Movie: Split Ends (with); Speck’s last. Television: house of cards; Unforgettable; Law and order; PBS: Evening at the Pops. Playwright: Dance with the Tsar. Unions: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Guild of Playwrights.
Jo Michael Rezes (Mark/Mia) is a non-binary director from Greater Boston thrilled to join GBPT for Things I Know to Be True! Acting credits: Rocky Horror Show (Entropy Theater); Nosferatu, The Vampyr (Sparkhaven Theatre), The Inheritance (SpeakEasy Stage Co. – Regional Premiere). Directed by: Trans [Plays] of Remembrance (HowlRound.TV) and Cloud 9 (AD, The Nora – Elliot Norton Award). Jo teaches gender and performance classes across the country (Yale Drama, UMass Law, Tufts). Their TEDTalk, A Playful Exploration of Gender Performance, is available online! Rezes is a proud Vassar graduate, Ph.D. Candidate at Tufts University and Lecturer in Theater at Boston College. Learn more about Jo: www.JMRezes.com (they/them)
John Wojda (Bob) has appeared on Broadway in The Nap, Present Laughter, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth. Among his many off-Broadway credits is an Obie Award for Ecstasy at The New Group. John took part in Spring Awakening’s first national tour, performed in London and Paris in West Side Story, and played dozens of lead roles in resident repertoire, including four seasons at the Stratford Festival in Canada. His TV credits include Dr. Death, FBI Most Wanted, Manifest, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, Third Watch and all Law and Order shows. In Massachusetts; The Huntington Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, North Shore Music Theatre, Cape Cod Theater Project and Berkshire Playwrights’ Lab.
Andrew Bovell is an internationally acclaimed writer for stage and film. His stage works include The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling, Anthem (2020), Holy Day (2001), Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (1998), Speaking in Tongues (1996), Scenes from a Separation (1995), Ship of Fools (1999) and After Dinner (1988). Productions of Andrew’s plays are performed throughout Asia, the UK, America and Europe. Andrew adapted his play When the Rain Stops Falling into an opera with music by Quentin Grant. Her film credits include In the Shadow of Iris; A Most Wanted Man (2014) an adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel for director Anton Corbijn (starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Defoe and Robyn Wright) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Edge of Darkness (2010) with Mel Gibson; and much more.
Judy Braha has been a director, teacher, actor and arts advocate in New England for over three decades. Responsible for the MFA Directing program at the Boston University School of Theater for over 15 years and a faculty member of the BFA Acting program for over 25 years, she recently collaborated with the BU Prison Education Program and CFA Prison Initiative as a guest artist in André de Quadros. ‘ Revolutionary Class Empowering Song. Co-creator of the collaborative arts incubator BU CFA, with de Quadros and Jeannette Guillemin, she is particularly interested in nurturing increased collaborative experiences and animating the arts for social justice. Braha’s teaching and guest artist credits also include Brandeis University, Emerson College, Yale University International Conference in Choral Conducting, MIT, Northeastern University, Wheaton College, Suffolk University, and the Boston University Summer Theater Institute. Professionally, she has directed regionally at numerous theaters including the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Boston Center for American Performance, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, the Huntington Theater Company, the Boston Playwrights’ Theater and the Nora Theater Company at the Central Square Theatre.
As a founding member of the New Ehrlich Theater in the 1980s, Braha directed many award-winning productions, including Bent, The Fifth of July and House of Blue Leaves, leading the way in the incredible revival of theater in the South End of Boston. Braha continues to be a proud member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and of course StageSource where she was a board member for her first six years.
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The Great Barrington Public Theater was founded by Artistic Director Jim Frangione and Executive Director Deann Simmons Halper to create opportunities for theater artists in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. The Great Barrington Public Theater recognizes the many excellent playwrights, actors, directors, designers, administrators and technicians living in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. Our aim is to stage a mix of new and contemporary plays in a variety of formats; generate and foster creative and rigorous opportunities for local theater artists, while engaging our theater audiences with new and contemporary readings, workshops and fully staged productions, involving local talent whenever possible, and by now always affordable ticket prices.