An experienced pharmaceutical executive, Dr. Loretta Itri brings more than three decades of experience to her current position as executive vice president of global health sciences and regulatory affairs for The Medicines Company in Parsippany, New Jersey. Also an avid theater-goer, Dr. Loretta Itri attends as many on and off-Broadway shows as she can during her free time.
Twenty-five years ago, the Tony Kushner-penned play Angels in America opened to critical acclaim, sold-out audiences, and numerous awards. Set in Reagan-era America during the AIDS crisis, the play, which focuses on the gay community, is now considered to be one of the most important plays in American history.
In March of 2018, a revival of the play opened at the Neil Simon Theatre to mark the 25th anniversary of the original production. The production received good reviews, was embraced by the public, and received a record-breaking 11 Tony nominations, including nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Original Score, and Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
At the Tony Awards in June, Angels in America took home two of the biggest prizes of the night, with Andrew Garfield winning the best actor category and Tony Kushner accepting the award for best revival on behalf of the cast and crew. Building on the momentum of the Tony nominations and awards, the revival extended its initial run from its original July 1 closing date to July 15.
An accomplish pharmaceutical executive, Loretta Itri, MD, serves as executive vice president of global health sciences and regulatory affairs at The Medicines Company in Parsippany, New Jersey. Outside of her professional pursuits, Dr. Loretta Itri is an avid New York City theatergoer who has supported a number of organizations over the years, including Roundabout Theatre Company.
Roundabout Theatre Company has released the schedule of its 2018-2019 season, which will run from late September 2018 through early June 2019. The season opens with Bernhardt/Hamlet, a new Theresa Rebeck play that tells the true story of a late 19th-century production of Hamlet starring Sarah Bernhardt in the lead role. Bernhardt/Hamlet will run through November 11 at American Airlines Theatre in New York City.
Other highlights of Roundabout’s 2018-19 season will include the New York debut of Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated True West costarring Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke, and a reimagining of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along presented by Roundabout’s company in residence, Fiasco Theater. The other three plays rounding out the season are Usual Girls, Kiss Me, Kate!, and Toni Stone. A complete list of show dates and locations can be found at www.roundabouttheatre.org.
A former oncology fellow and current executive in the healthcare field, Loretta Itri supports multiple charitable groups, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With the help from people like Loretta Itri, Doctors Without Borders is able to treat patients who have been wounded around the world.
Starting in 2014, MSF has worked in Ukraine to help those in areas controlled by the Ukrainian government in the face of decaying medical infrastructure and conflict-related displacement. MSF’s work in Ukraine has included both medical and psychological support, provided from 40 locations in and around Bakhmut and helping more than 50,000 individuals. MSF operated these locations until 2016, but has continued to support prisoners with drug-resistant tuberculosis in the area.
In conflict zones like these, MSF not only provides a safety net for those who have been injured and distressed, but also to those with chronic conditions who lose access to care due to city captures, shelling of medical infrastructure, and displacement from their homes. Individuals with conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure lose access to the medications they need to survive, and MSF does its best to fill in the coverage gaps.
Dr. Loretta Itri serves as the executive vice president of global health sciences and regulatory affairs at a major biopharmaceutical company in New Jersey. A theater aficionado, Dr. Loretta Itri enjoys seeing a diverse range of Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
Although some matters of theater etiquette are obvious, such as not talking during a show, audience members of shows on Broadway or elsewhere should observe a few lesser-known courtesies:
1. Avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne. The strong smell may be offensive to your neighbors. Others may even be allergic to your cologne.
2. Don’t snuggle with your significant other. This may place you in a position that obstructs the view of people behind you.
3. Give a standing ovation only if you think the show deserves it. Always applaud to show your appreciation of the hard work the actors and crew put into the show, but you don’t have to stand. Save a standing ovation for the shows that go above and beyond.
An experienced senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Loretta Itri serves as executive vice president of global health sciences and regulatory affairs for The Medicines Company. In her free time, Dr. Loretta Itri enjoys attending Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
The following are a few Broadway shows opening in fall 2018:
The Lifespan of a Fact. On September 20, Studio 54 will begin previews of The Lifespan of a Fact, a story about Jim Fingal, a magazine fact checker who receives an assignment to check the work of a renowned author who, it turns out, invented most of the article. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the play will officially open on October 18.
The Waverly Gallery. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, The Waverly Gallery will officially open at the John Golden Theatre on October 25. The work tells the story of an elderly Greenwich Village art dealer who is forced to give up her art gallery. As she deals with the trials of aging, she learns to trust her family and rely on their love and faithfulness. The first preview will take place on September 25.
The Ferryman. On October 2, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre will present its first preview of The Ferryman, which gives the audience a picture of life in Northern Ireland in 1981. The play takes place on the farmhouse of the Carneys, who receive an unexpected visitor during their annual harvest celebration. Directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman will open on October 21.
An executive vice president with The Medicines Company in Parsippany, New Jersey, Loretta Itri oversees global health science operations and regulatory affairs. When she isn’t working, Loretta Itri enjoys attending Broadway and Off-Broadway theater.
Although Broadway was home to many theaters when New York City officials originally christened the street, today only four theaters (the Winter Garden, the Marquis, the Roundabout, and the eponymous Broadway) are physically located on Broadway. The term “Broadway theater,” by contrast, can apply to any large theater in midtown Manhattan.
The distinction between Broadway and Off-Broadway is nuanced. Among other criteria, the terms can be defined partly based on the contracts of theater workers. Individuals employed by larger (Broadway) theaters generally get paid more than those who work for smaller (Off-Broadway) theaters.
Generally speaking, a theater must have at least 500 seats to earn the “Broadway” distinction, while theaters with 99 to 499 seats typically have an “Off-Broadway” distinction. The theater industry denotes venues with less than 99 seats as “Off-Off-Broadway.”
Loretta Itri is the Executive Vice President of The Medicines Company, a pharmaceutical company based in Parsippany, New Jersey. Loretta Itri is also an avid traveler who has frequented the Caribbean. On her future travel plans, she plans to visit Mallorca, Spain this coming May.
Mallorca is an island known for its beautiful coast and has been a haven for resorts for many years. However, there is more to Mallorca than its beautiful beaches; much of its architecture has remained unperturbed for over 600 years. In recent years, locals have been renovating old historical houses, structures which are significant to their culture. One of the most popular historical houses is the Palau de l’Almudaina.
The Palau de l’Almudaina used to be an Islamic fort but was converted into a residence hall for monarchs in the late 13th century. The architecture shows vestiges of the Arab occupation, yet is mainly Gothic in style. It served as the permanent residence of kings until Jaume III who lived up to 1349. Today, it remains the symbolic residence of Spain’s royal family, although they only come for official visits.