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World Premiere—History (and Tennis) with a Twist

The Hairy Dutchman is a new play about tennis and the history of 17th-century New York City As University International Theatre Program Artistic Director Nigel Maister puts it: “It’s a play about love and singles, and doubles, and faults, and double faults, and courts, and courting, and, indeed, hairy Dutchmen! ”The world premiere of the play, a newly commissioned work by Andy Bragen, the Leslie Braun ’71 Visiting Playwright for 2008-09, will open in Todd Theatre Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m.

“It’s a play that celebrates the diversity and free-wheeling mercantile foundation that we associate both with the spirit of New York City and, indeed, which we like to think underpins the best parts of American individualism and democracy,” says Maister, who also directs the production. Bragen developed The Hairy Dutchman with Rochester students as part of the theater program’s New Voice Initiative—an effort that develops new work for the theater by funding a contemporary playwright’s residency and commissioning a new script for full production.

Performances of The Hairy Dutchman are April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit

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