Boston, MA (September 7, 2016) – In association with Boston Theater Company, Citi Performing Arts Center will present the world premiere of Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon March 14 – 26, 2017 at the Citi Shubert Theatre. Press night is set for Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:00AM.
Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon is directed by Boston Theater Company Artistic Director Joey Frangieh. It is a story of recovery, resilience, and determination that focuses on how a community came together to heal and grow stronger, rather than on the act of violence itself. The script is created verbatim from dozens of interviews. Among those interviewed are survivors, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others. Notable interviewees who contributed their stories include Police Commissioner William Evans, news anchor Maria Stephanos, Life is Good founder John Jacobs, Boston Strong co-author Dave Wedge, 1976 Marathon winner Jack Fultz, and Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki. The play is co-created by Joey Frangieh and Lisa Rafferty.
Finish Line hosted 16 sold-out workshop performances in April 2016 and will now launch a refreshed and reconfigured production at the Shubert Theatre in March 2017 through a partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center.
“For anyone who saw the workshop presentation of Finish Line last April, you know how truly special and unique this project is,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “We are proud to have supported Boston Theater Company in its presentation of those workshops, and we are now thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of Finish Line at the Shubert Theatre. This new production will give more people the opportunity to experience these first-hand accounts of perseverance and hope on one of Boston’s most iconic stages.”
Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, necn will air both a 30-minute special on the making of Finish Line and a 60-minute preview of the production itself. Both will air early next year in advance on the March performance dates.
“With the support of Citi Performing Arts Center, we are conducting more interviews, re-shaping the structure of the script, and envisioning a whole new design,” said Director Joey Frangieh. “We learned so much through the workshop process and are now focused on making changes to strengthen our core message. In March, Finish Line will debut at the Shubert Theatre, telling one story on behalf of the millions of people all over the world who fight every day to prove that love is more powerful than hate.”
Information on casting and the creative team for Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon will be released later this fall. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday, September 11 at 10:00AM and are available at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office, Citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.
WHAT: Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon
WHEN: March 14 - 26, 2017
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE: Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ 10:00AM
TICKETS: $25.00 - $57.50 (Ticket prices inclusive of $3.00 facility fee)
About Citi Performing Arts Center – Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For more information, please visit www.citicenter.org.
About Boston Theater Company – Boston Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to celebrating and exploring language in theater, creating modern innovative productions and educational outreach. BTC preserves the historical language of classical scripts, develops documentary theater and creates educational programing that serves artists of all ages. BTC consists of a team of young Boston-cased artists who are passionate about collaboration, exploring the conversation between classical and new works, and creating art in fresh ways. For more information, visit www.BostonTheater.org
PRESS RELEASE Release Date: September 7, 2016
Contacts: Michelle Chapman | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532.1210 | Mchapman@citicenter.org