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The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble Presents Curtains

(BOSTON—Oct. 20, 2011) The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble presents Curtains, Oct. 20-23, 2011, at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for all students with valid ID. Box Office: (617) 912-9222 or http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/. Book by Rupert Holmes. Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Additional Lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes. Directed by David Gram. Musical Direction by Bill Casey. Conducted by Reuben M. Reynolds, III. Choreographed by Michelle Chassé.

This set-in-Boston send-up of backstage murder mysteries unfolds when the egregiously untalented star of what could be a Broadway hit, dies during her curtain call on opening night. The entire company comes under suspicion as murder suspects, and Lt. Frank Cioffi of the Boston Police Department is called in to solve the homicide. Believing that the perpetrator is still in the building, he sequesters everyone.  Trapped, and with time on their hands, the company attempts to solve the show’s problems, and the Lieutenant, an amateur actor, becomes as involved in saving the show as he is in solving the crime. This delightful musical comedy is set in 1959 at Colonial Theatre.

About David Gram

Toronto native David Gram is currently a Boston-based director, actor, and teacher. Selected directing credits include The Theatre of the Grand Guignol, The Scarlet Letter, A Little Night Music (with Boston Opera Collaborative), The Good Person of Szechwan, Lord of the Flies, What the Butler Saw, Bug, Yank. A Man of No Importance, Waiting for Godot, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, The Maids, and the musical City of Angels. Gram directed A Hand of Bridge for the Boston University Opera Institute and was the Assistant Director on their production of Dominic Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. From 2000-2003, David was the Artistic Director of Shifting Point Theatre, a Vancouver-based theatre company that produced classical, contemporary, and original works for the stage. From 1998-1999, he served as the Assistant to the Artistic Director of Tapestry New Opera Works, one of the only opera companies in North America devoted solely to the creation and production of new opera. As an actor, he was most recently seen in the Boston Center for American Performance productions of David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy (Thomas) and playing 40 different characters in the one-man show I Am My Own Wife. David received his BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), and his MFA in Directing from Boston University, where he is currently on faculty. He is also an Associate Artist with the Boston Center for American Performance, the professional extension of BU’s School of Theatre. 

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. 

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