Reminder: This is the last weekend for The Pavilion, one of the most positively reviewed productions ever at Mile Square Theatre!
Hoboken’s Mile Square Theater presents: The Pavilion
Opening up this week at the Mile Square Theater at the Monroe Center (720 Monroe St.) is a Pulitzer Prize winning play called The Pavilion. Starts this Thursday, April 12th – and runs through April 29th.
“Peter returns to Pine City, Minnesota for his 20-year high school reunion, yearning to win back Kari, his teenage love. The two-act drama is cleverly presented with just three actors: the long ago lovers, Peter and Kari, and a narrator who populates the stage with an assortment of friends and classmates whose appearances explore the event that drove the couple apart and enrich the story with humor and perspective on the universal passage of time. The play takes its name from the reunion’s setting, an events venue that is slated for demolition at midnight.”
Directed by Chris O’Connor, The Pavilion stars Greg Jackson, Dena Tyler, and Matthew Lawler. See video teaser and more info below!
When Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken mounts the Pulitzer-nominated play The Pavilion in April, audience members will be in on a little theatrical history. When the play had its world debut in 2000, Chris O’Connor, the theatre company’s founder and artistic director, originated the lead role. But it is not sentimentality that brings it to the local stage, but the play’s universal acclaim as “an Our Town for our time,” and one of the most popular modern plays coast to coast. The Pavilion runs Thursday through Sunday, starting April 12th through April 29th at Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe in Hoboken. Tickets are available online or before each performance. Adults, $30; seniors. The April 19 performance is a special “Pay What You Will” admission.
“Wright’s perceptive, gently witty writing… makes this familiar situation fresh and thoroughly involving.”
The Pavilion by Craig Wright has a simple premise: a man returns to his 20-year high school reunion yearning to win back his teenage love. The two act drama is cleverly presented with just three actors: the long ago lovers, Peter and Kari, and a narrator who populates the stage with an assortment of friends and classmates whose appearances explore the event that drove the couple apart and enrich the story with humor and perspective on the universal passage of time. The production takes its name from the reunion’s setting, an events venue that is slated for demolition.
“The Pavilion is certainly very dear to my heart,” says O’Connor, who now directs his own version of the play. “It has a universal theme about the choices we make, the inevitable highs and lows of life and the questions that linger about what could have been. Who amongst us doesn’t wonder about the road not taken?”
MST Associate Artistic Director Matt Lawler leads the cast as the Narrator. The versatile actor is familiar to the company’s followers for his turns in many MST productions, most notably as Alan in last season’s hit God of Carnage. Playing Kari is Dena Tyler, most recently seen on NBC’s 30 Rock as Rob Riggle’s acerbic ex-wife, Stephanie. She has performed in a succession of plays at 59E59th, The Actors Studio, EST, The Women’s Project, The 42nd Street WorkShop, and regionally at GEVA Theatre. In the role of Peter is Greg Jackson, fresh from his title role in Timon of Athens at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He was also the sole male understudy in the Broadway transfer of The 39 Steps. Jackson is known to New York City theater fans for winning Most Outstanding Overall Production in the 2005 NYC International Fringe Festival with the biker-babe-boobfest Go-Go Kitty, Go!, co-written with his creative partner Erin Quinn Purcell.
Showtimes for The Pavilion
- 8pm Show: April 12th, 13th, 14th – 19th, 20th, 21st – 26th, 27th and 28th
- 3pm Matinee: April 14th, 15th – 21st, 22nd – 28th and 29th