|ABOUT THE PUBLICK THEATRE||
In the early 1960s, Boston embarked on an ambitious project- to construct an arts center on the banks of the Charles River to rival the likes of the South Bank in London. Though launched with much fanfare, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center soon encountered a host of unforseen challenges. Sadly, the "tent" theater on the banks of the Charles was abandoned after only a few short years.
In 1971 The Publick Theatre’s founder and first Artistic Director, Donato Colucci approached the MDC (now the Department of Conservation and Recreation) to support the creation of a classical outdoor theatre in Brighton's Christian Herter Park, emulating New York’s Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. The small company that grew from their grassroots effort became The Publick Theatre.
More than three decades later, The Publick remains one of Boston's oldest resident companies, committed to our classical roots and to exploring contemporary works- in both indoor and outdoor theater settings.
In September of 2000, after the close of its 30th season, an electrical fire tore through the offices and dressing rooms of the outdoor performance space. The Board of Directors and The Publick Theatre’s second Artistic Director, Spiro Veloudos, resigned, handing custody to an actor/director employed there at the time. Diego Arciniegas - also a Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Wellesley College and director of that season’s Macbeth, became the third Artistic Director of The Publick Theatre.
Working with the current Producing Director Susanne Nitter, the administrators saved the theatre from closing its doors. Under the leadership of Arciniegas, Publick Theatre Boston has continued to focus on staging language-driven works- encouraging its audiences to "experience the power of the spoken word." In the ensuing seven years, the Publick has experienced a renaissance, with critical acclaim for many of its productions, including the prestigious Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard in 2005.
The theatre has expanded its repertory, including contemporary plays. Last year the theatre performed Michael Frayn's Tony Award winning, Copenhagen, Amy Freed's "The Beard of Avon" and George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance". The theatre also ventured indoors for the first time in more than three decades, performing Noel Coward's "Design for Living" at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Our 2008 season marked the first-ever four-show season, inaugurating the Main Stage Series at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), and our first performance as one of its newest Resident Theatre Companies in Fall 2008, receiving nominations for both the Independent Reviewers of New England and Elliot Norton Awards.