Theatre Management and Producing alumnus Ryan Bogner ’15 is the lead producer on The Cottage, which will premiere on Broadway this summer. The production, written by Sandy Rustin (Clue) and directed by Tony-award winning actor Jason Alexander (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Seinfeld), will play a limited run at the Helen Hayes Theater. Previews begin July 7, 2023; opening is scheduled for July 24, and the show closes October 29, 2023.
The Cottage is a farce inspired by the work of the late English playwright, actor, and composer, Noël Coward. Set in the British countryside in 1923, the play follows the story of Sylvia Van Kipness as she decides to expose her extramarital affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. Marriage, identity, and the true meaning of fate are called into question while a hilarious, surprising web of secrets unravels after Sylvia’s confession. The Cottage is a ridiculous, (potentially) murderous, and refreshingly feminist tale of sex, betrayal, and love.
The Cottage originally premiered at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY in 2013 and has had several productions around the United States in the last decade. The Broadway cast of The Cottage includes front-runners Eric McCormick (Will & Grace), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), and Lilli Cooper (Tootsie, POTUS).
Ryan Bogner is a producer and entertainment entrepreneur who specializes in bringing unique experiences to audiences and informing innovative strategies for the development, distribution, and exploitation of intellectual property to the living stage. He is currently the Co-President of Content for Broadway & Beyond Theatricals (BBT), a full-service production company and theatrical booking agency he founded with partners Victoria Lang and Tracey McFarland. BBT produces for both Broadway and the road and represents such titles as The Kite Runner, Paradise Square, The Cher Show, An American in Paris, Legally Blonde, Memphis, Madagascar The Musical, Scooby Doo, Rudolph, and Million Dollar Quartet Christmas. Bogner’s notable producing credits include The Woodsman, Here Lies Love, The Orion Experience, Yeast Nation, Doctor Zhivago, Top Hat, Big Fish, The Cher Show, and Cheers: Live on Stage.