The financially embattled Paper Mill Playhouse is taking the “acting” out of Mark S. Hoebee’s title of acting artistic director. Hoebee, who has been at the Paper Mill since 2000, had served in the transitional role since March 2007 and is now the theater’s official a.d.
On the brink of financial ruin less than a year ago, the 70-year-old Paper Mill has begun to reverse its fortunes with more aggressive leadership, funding drives and popular support bolstering its programming. Hoebee will continue to work with exec director Mark W. Jones.
“I know Mark Jones and I can revitalize this flagship theater,” said Hoebee. The Paper Mill’s 2006 production of “Godspell,” directed by Daniel Goldstein, is slated to transfer to a Shubert org Broadway theater this summer.
Goldstein has a directing project set for another New York theater, as well: “Lower Ninth” at the Flea Theater, where the new play will star Gaius Charles of “Friday Night Lights,” Drama Desk winner James McDaniel, and “The Wire’s” Gbenga Akkinagbe.
Written by Beau Willimon and inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the play follows two men trapped on a roof, and takes its name from the ward of New Orleans hardest hit by the storm.