Huntington Presents The Wartime Classic “streamers”
David Rabe’s powerful Vietnam-era masterpiece to be helmed by Broadway veteran Scott Ellis
Huntington Theatre Company presents a major revival of David Rabe’s powerful Vietnam-era play “Streamers,” directed by Scott Ellis.
November 9-December 9, 2007
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The Huntington’s main stage, the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Mass.
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Three decades after it debuted to immense critical and public acclaim at New York’s Lincoln Center, and following a small handful of productions by regional theatres, David Rabe’s Vietnam-era masterpiece “Streamers” gets a major new revival by the Huntington Theatre Company from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9, helmed by Broadway director Scott Ellis.
In this powerful American masterpiece, four young soldiers fresh from Army boot camp watch the Vietnam conflict escalate, anxiously awaiting deployment into the middle of a hellish war. As they struggle to make sense of their new regimented life in the army, tensions rise over race, sexuality, and class, culminating in an explosive act of violence. The third in Rabe’s series of Vietnam War-themed plays that also includes “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel” from 1970 and 1972’s “Sticks and Bones,” “Streamers” is an unflinching look of the turmoil and confusion facing young men threatened by forces beyond their control.
Recognized as one of Rabe’s best and most-enduring plays, “Streamers” contains frank language and brutal violence as it realistically portrays the anger, alienation, and fear soldiers face in wartime. It was named Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle in 1976 and received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play that same year. The New York Times called the original production “absolutely a knockout!”
Playwright David Rabe is the Tony Award-winning author of “In the Boom Boom Room” and “Hurlyburly,” and the screenplays for “The Firm,” “Casualties of War,” and “I’m Dancing As Fast as I Can.”After graduating from college, Rabe began work on a graduate degree in theatre at Villanova University, but dropped out and was drafted into the Army. He spent the next year on a tour of duty in Vietnam, which profoundly affected his subsequent career as a writer. Although assigned to a hospital group and not directly engaged in combat, Rabe was disturbed by the sacrifice of young Americans in what seemed to many to be a pointless war. After returning to the U.S. he reentered Villanova and finished his degree in 1968. He began writing about his Vietnam experiences—first as a journalist for the New Haven Register, then as a playwright.
Director Scott Ellis has received nine Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and is the winner of a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Director of a Musical for 1991’s “And the World Goes ’Round” and “A Little Night Music.” He helmed the recent Broadway production “Curtains” with David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, the Broadway and national touring productions of “Twelve Angry Men,” and the acclaimed New York productions of “1776,” “Steel Pier,” the Tony Award-winning “The Little Dog Laughed,” and many more. He also has helmed episodes of the television series "30 Rock" (Emmy Nomination), “The Closer,” and "Frasier." Ellis is Associate Artistic Director of New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company.
THE CAST in alphabetical order:
Hale Appleman (Richie) is a student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is pursuing a degree in acting. Featured in two independent films (2007’s “Teeth” and 2006’s “Beautiful Ohio” with William Hurt, directed by Chad Lowe), Appleman appeared in two Chautauqua Theater Company productions, “The Art of Coarse Acting” and “100 Saints You Should Know.”
M. Zach Bubolo is a 2006 Boston College graduate with numerous local theatre credits including “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Beauty and the Beast” with The Reagle Players, “Richard III” at the Vokes Theatre and “Urinetown” with the Newton Country Players.
Larry Clarke (Cokes) – Clarke’s professional debut was in "A Map of the World" at Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE theatre, where he also appeared in “Hamlet” with Boyd Gaines, and other productions. He starred on Broadway in “The Full Monty” and has numerous TV credits. Clarke had the lead role in the premiere of David Rabe's "The Dog Problem” at Long Wharf Theatre.
John Diket (PFC) is a Boston University theatre student making his debut with the Huntington.
Ato Essandoh (Carlyle) was last seen in “Measure for Measure” at Manhattan Theatre Source and in George C. Wolfe’s production of “Mother Courage and Her Children” at the Public Theater with Meryl Streep. He appeared in New York productions of “The Three Sisters,” Ronan Noone’s “The Blowin of Baile Gall,” and had major roles in the films “Garden State,” and “Blood Diamond” with Leo DiCaprio.
Brad Fleischer (Billy) made his Broadway debut in “Coram Boy” this year. Previously, he appeared in “Pig Farm” at South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Roundabout Theatre Company. He has appeared in the film “The Good Shepherd,” and the television shows “Prison Break,” “The Unit,” and “Law & Order.” He holds an M.F.A. in acting from UC-San Diego.
Charlie Hewson (Martin), a Princeton University graduate who won the coveted Faculty Prize, will be seen in the upcoming films “Camp Hope,” “The Understudy” and “Made for Each Other” in 2008. He appeared in the 2007 film “The Nanny Diaries.”For New York’s Old Kent Road Theatre collective, he starred in “Children of Truffaut” and had the title role in “The Bad Bruise of Billy MacBean.”
Augustus Kelley (PFC Hinson) lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, and has appeared in the films “Late Summer” (2001) and “Night Deposit” (1999). His local theatre credits include SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Porcelain,” “Bug” and “Matter Familias” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and more.
Cobey Mandarino (M.P. Lieutenant) has several regional theatre credits, and his Off Broadway credits include “The Red Box” (Square Peg Theatre), “Singin' Inside the Hurricane” (American Theatre of Actors), and “Dotted Line” (Trilogy Theatre). His films include “Pennyweight,” a winner at the Nashville and Atlanta Film Festivals, and “Michael and Me.”
John Sharian (Rooney) graduated from the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. He will be seen in the 2008 film “Staten Island” with Ethan Hawke and has appeared in numerous films and television shows including “Waz,” “Romasanta,” “Love, Actually,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Lost in Space.”
J.D. Williams (Roger) has had lead roles in four feature films, including “Thugz 4 Life,” “Nite Tales,” “Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler,” and “Popcorn Shrimp.” He was featured with Chris Rock in the film “Pootie Tang,” and as a regular on the television series “Kill Point” (Spike TV), “The Wire” and “Oz” (both HBO), and more.
ARTISTIC and PRODUCTION TEAM
The “Streamers” set designer is Neil Patel. Costume design is by Tom Broecker. Jeff Croiter is lighting designer. Sound is designed by John Gromada. Fight director is Rick Sordelet. Stephen M. Kaus is Production Stage Manager; Katie Ailinger is Assistant Stage Manager.
Scott Ellis and cast members of “Streamers” are available for media interviews. Photos and video available. Contact jmkennedy[.]huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.