Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company present
The New England Premiere of
A New Play by Leah Miles
AT SALEM THEATRE COMPANY
September 21, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Salem, MA – Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company will produce the New England premiere of Leah Miles’ playENTANGLED. Following the success of last season’s Letters From War, Nate Bertone will return to direct the production.ENTANGLED starts performances on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and plays thru Sunday, October 1, 2016 at Salem Theatre Company, located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.
A former student of Leah’s at Collins Middle School in Salem, Nate is now living in New York City and working on Broadway. This marks their first collaboration on a play since their time at Collins Middle School. “Over the past two years, I have been itching to produce Entangled with Leah Miles,” said Producer/Director Nate Bertone. “I vividly remember reading Entangled for the first time one evening in London, England. This piece of writing was so haunting, so riveting, and so psychologically thrilling, that I couldn’t sleep that evening. I needed to begin work bringing this play to America. I will not stop until audiences experience the sheer power of Leah’s words.”
In ENTANGLED, as in life, our darkest secrets always find their way to the light. Sometimes this light disarms them, diffusing their potency. And sometimes the light catches the cracks and the dirty corners, breathing life back into those dormant memories. And no matter how much we try to rewrite history, the truth always finds a way to muscle through the lies. Two best friends, Ian and Scott along with Hillary, the woman Ian loves, find themselves trapped in an impossible predicament: un-knowing what they know. And so, on a stormy new year’s eve on the secluded Peaks Island in Maine, our characters find themselves trapped by the snow and the avalanche of horrible realities they’ve been trying to hide from one another over the years. Everyone’s secrets are revealed. No one is safe from blame. And someone will not make it off the island alive.
Leah Miles is a playwright, composer, and Teaching Artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in Psychology from Salem State University and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. She is a member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild Of America, The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, NOMTI (Boston, MA), and Three Act Theatre Company. Ms. Miles' produced works include Entangled (workshopped at Three Act Theatre, NY), Sunday Roaster Chicken (Ugly Rhino Productions, NY), Bronx Zoo (MuSE, NY), and Providence: A Musical Comedy (Write Act Eastside, NY). Her most recent work, Touching Loss (in collaboration with Clare Cook Dance Theater and composer Paul Castles), premiered in April of 2016 at the Acadiana Center For The Arts in Louisiana. As a Teaching Artist, Leah has worked for multiple years with ArtsConnection, The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She is the 2016 recipient of ArtsConnection Linda LeRoy Janklow Teaching Artist Award for her ongoing work with ArtsConnection's Spectrum Musical Theater Program at P94M Spectrum Schools for Autism in New York. www.leahamiles.com
Nate Bertone hails from Salem, Massachusetts and holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. Nate lives in New York City where he works as a director, playwright, and designer. In the last year, his work has been seen on the North Shore with his play Letters From War last season (BWW Best Drama), Shrek: The Musical, and Sister Act at North Shore Music Theatre. Following Entangled, Nate will be working with Tony Award-Winning Scenic Designer Beowulf Boritt on the new musical A Bronx Tale on Broadway, Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. www.natebertone.com
The production team will include Incidental Music by Paul Castles, Scenic Design/Direction by Nate Bertone, Costume Design by Jean Kim, Lighting Design by Kathleen Alexandrou, and Stage Management by Leslee Netto. The cast includes John Manning as Ian, Caroline Keeler as Hillary, and Lee Holmes as Scott.
Tickets for ENTANGLED are general admission and are $20 online. Performances are September 21, 2016- October 1, 2016. The show previews on Wednesday September 21st at 8pm with an official opening on Thursday, September 22nd at 8pm. Thursday – Saturday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Visit www.salemtheatre.org, for advanced tickets. Salem Theatre Company is located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.