Suffolk Theatre Department alumnus Nael Nacer, CAS ’07, is making news once again, this time for his outstanding performance in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Kite Runner.”
The Boston Globe – which calls the show “a compassionate, deeply moving, event-packed journey across eras, cultures, national boundaries, and the emotional terrain of tumultuous lives” – praises Nacer’s portrayal of Amir:
For Nael Nacer, a subtle young actor who has been steadily building a reputation since his eye-opening turn two seasons ago in Annie Baker’s “The Aliens’’ at Company One, “Kite Runner’’ represents the kind of showcase his talents deserve.
Nacer responds with a bravura performance, delivering a vividly etched characterization of a writer named Amir, who leaves Afghanistan in his teens but remains haunted by youthful acts of cowardice and callousness for which, three decades later, he gets a chance to partly atone.
Nacer said that his experiences in the University’s Theatre Department played a vital part in his decision to pursue a career on stage.
“I learned so much from being able to act in as many shows as I could possibly fit into a school year,” he said. “It was an invaluable experience and in some ways a working education. I was studying theatre and learning how to become an actor at the same time.”
Suffolk’s Theatre Department prepares students for the rigors of a professional career in performance, technical theater, stage management, dramaturgy, and other areas. Many classes are taught by working professionals, and auditions for faculty-directed productions are designed to groom students for professional auditions.