2017-2018 Season Preview

This summer, we'll bring you an in-depth look at each of the plays in our 2017-2018 season. First up: Aaron Loeb's satirical dark comedy Ideation.

IDEATION
by Aaron Loeb 
directed by Jim Petosa
SEP 2-24/2017    mainstage theater  

In Aaron Loeb’s darkly comic psychological thriller, a group of top-tier consultants are tasked with a mysterious project for an unnamed client. The team must come up with a solution to a morally ambiguous hypothetical—one that threatens to tear them apart. Ideation is a captivating Boston-area premiere that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Single tickets go on sale August 1.
Meet the Cast
CHRISTINE HAMEL as Hannah

( Brecht on Brecht,  Broken Glass)
ED HOOPMAN as Ted

(Mr. Roberts, Indulgences)
JAKE MURPHY as Scooter

( Brecht on Brecht)
LEWIS D. WHEELER as Brock

(The Gift Horse, Muckrakers)
Plus one more cast member to be announced!
"First and foremost, due to the secrecy of our assignment, we won’t be using PowerPoint. We want no digital files associated with Senna. All ideation is to be done on the whiteboard and erased. Results will be recorded to memory. Any notes recorded to, gasp, paper..."
- Brock, Ideation
Meet the Playwright
Aaron Loeb -  Playwright and Gamemaker

Outside of his work in theatre, Loeb is a well-known professional in the video game industry. Just named the President of Studios at FoxNext Games, Loeb will be working on a multiplayer mobile strategy game based on James Cameron's Avatar.

How has his work in video games influenced his work as a playwright? According to Loeb, Ideation "uses language that's highly influenced by working management consultants and technical people working in video games," even though the play isn't about video games at all. 

How does writing for theatre and for video games differ? "In theater, most of the time your audience is going to experience things linearly and they're completely under your control. You are, as a playwright, essentially writing out a blueprint that tells the director and actors exactly how you want the audience to see something happen from the beginning to the end." Writing for video games, by contrast, is "extremely nonlinear" because the player, rather than the creator, decides when information is introduced.
Ideation is just the beginning: we hope you'll join us throughout our 2017-2018 season of plays chosen to showcase the remarkable RESILIENCE of the human spirit.

Theatre has the power to shed light in dark times, to illuminate and stimulate thought, and to provide a forum for us to come together as a community in conversation. It is our hope that these plays will inspire and engage you as New Repertory Theatre continues to be a place where the vital ideas of our time can be discussed freely and openly.
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