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Sunday, June 22, 2008
The Great Fenway Park Writers Series & The New Repertory Theatre Proudly Present:
The World Premier of Dick Flavin’s “According to Tip” Play at the Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts

7:30 pm
Cost of Preview: Pay-What-You-Can
Reservations: 617-923-8487 or buy online at www.newrep.org.

New Repertory Theatre in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts announces the World Premiere of According to Tip, written by Dick Flavin and starring Ken Howard.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Ken Howard and Dick Flavin on According to Tip,” said Rick Lombardo, New Rep’s Producing Artistic Director. “New Rep’s dedication to new work comes from a mission to expose Boston audiences to emerging playwrights, and to nurture the future of American theater.”

"Ken Howard and Rick Lombardo are the perfect team to bring Tip O`Neill to life on the stage of the New Rep. I can hardly wait,” said playwright Dick Flavin.

Re-elect Tip! Just in time for election season, New Rep brings you the World Premiere of According to Tip. Featuring Broadway and TV star Ken Howard, this play traces the colorful and historically memorable career of Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former Speaker of the House. Tip will escort you back in time from Barry’s Corner in Cambridge to the White House. Get the inside scoop on politics during the Red Scare, Watergate, and Vietnam in this touching played filled with humor, music, and beguiling Irish wit.

New Repertory Theatre presents provocative and intelligent works of both established and emerging playwrights in an intimate setting that involves and engages the audience. New Rep has earned a reputation for dynamic productions that honor the writers and feature talented professional actors from the New England theatre community as well as guest artists from around the U.S. New Rep has received Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for outstanding acting, scenic design, direction, and production. Programming at New Repertory Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Lead Sponsor for According to Tip, Bank of America.

The Artists:

Rick Lombardo (Director) is now in his twelfth season as New Rep’s Producing Artistic Director. Earlier this year: A Streetcar Named Desire, A Pinter Duet: The Lover & Ashes to Ashes, The Clean House, and Dessa Rose. Last season: The Pillowman, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), Silence, and The Wild Party, as well as Hamlet for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Other New Rep Credits: Ragtime (IRNE Awards-Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical); Bill W. and Dr. Bob (which he also directed Off-Broadway in the spring of 2007 at New World Stages in NY); Romeo and Juliet; Into the Woods (multiple IRNE Awards); Quills; Approaching Moomtaj; The Threepenny Opera; A Girl’s War; his new musical adaptation of Moliere’s Scapin; Waiting for Godot (IRNE Award, Best Drama); Sweeney Todd (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, IRNE Award for Best Director, and Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production); The Weir (IRNE Award, Best Drama); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Director); The Scarlet Letter; American Buffalo; A Moon for the Misbegotten; Twelfth Night; Beast on the Moon; Das Barbecü; Tartuffe; and The Real Thing; among others. Additional credits include the world premiere of Moby Dick: An American Opera, for which he received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre by Northern Ohio Live. He is honored to be a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theatre Critics Association for Outstanding Director.

Dick Flavin is a nationally known writer and speaker. He has made thousands of speaking appearances all across America, chiefly addressing groups on the subject of how to use humor as a strategy in business and in life. His television commentaries have appeared on NBC-TV, CNN and WBZ-TV in Boston. He is the winner of seven New England regional Emmy Awards for writing and commentary. He was the narrator of The Teammates, an ESPN documentary that was nominated for three national Emmy Awards. Known as the “Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox,” he has written countless poems and song parodies about the team and its history, some of which are being compiled into a compact disc and DVD. The most well-known of them, Teddy at the Bat, a salute to Red Sox legend Ted Williams that is based on Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s immortal Casey at the Bat, has been performed by Mr. Flavin at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, at Fenway Park and in cities and towns across the country. The San Francisco Examiner called it a “showstopper” and a “stunning, bravura bit.” He was the co-host of and contributing writer to Red Sox Stories, a weekly television series that ran during the 2007 baseball season. He has also written and performed special material for the Boston Pops and Symphony orchestras. In addition to According the Tip, his play on the life and times of the late Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, Mr. Flavin has also written I Feel a Song Comin’ On, a soon to be produced musical about the lyricist Dorothy Fields.

Theatre: New Repertory Theatre

Where: In residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Production: According to Tip

Author: Dick Flavin

Director: Rick Lombardo

Cast: Ken Howard as Tip

Designers: Scenic Design, Janie E. Howland
Costume Design, Frances Nelson McSherry
Lighting Design, Franklin Meissner, Jr.

Performing: First performance: Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 7:30PM
Press Opening: Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Runs through: Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

Performances: Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 7:30PM Preview (Pay-What-You-Can)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 @ 8:00pm Preview
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 8:00pm Preview
Thursday, June 26, 2008 @ 8:00pm Preview
Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 8:00pm Press Opening
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 3:30pm
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 2:00pm

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, July 3, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Friday, July 4, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, July 5, 2008 @ 3:30pm
Saturday, July 5, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, July 6, 2008 @ 2:00pm
Sunday July 6, 2008 @ 7:30pm

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Friday, July 11, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 3:30pm
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets: Full Price: $35-$55.
Students: $13
Call: 617-923-8487 or buy online at www.newrep.org.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Assisted Listening System
Box office with TTY
For TTY only, dial 617.923.2067
Large-Print and Braille Programs available

Public Transportation: #70 or #70A bus to the School Street stop

Parking: Free, six-level parking garage across from the Arsenal Center for the Arts

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