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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!
-- Million Dollar Quartet at the Ivoryton Playhouse
What would happen if rock-n’-roll legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash all got together for one night only to give one of the most epic jam sessions the world has ever known? That’s what happens in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the Tony-winning musical that brings to life this legendary session that occurred on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.
The jam session consisted largely of snippets of gospel songs that the four artists had all grown up singing. The recordings show Elvis, the most nationally and internationally famous of the four at the time, to be the focal point of what was a casual, spur-of-the-moment gathering of four artists who would each go on to contribute greatly to the seismic shift in popular music in the late 1950s.
During the session, Phillips called a local newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar and the following day, an article about the session appeared in the Press-Scimitar under the headline "Million Dollar Quartet".
The jukebox MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.
The Broadway production premiered at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11, 2010, with a cast featuring Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins and Hunter Foster as Sam Phillips. The musical transferred to New World Stages in July 2011 and closed on June 24, 2012. A US national tour and International productions followed.
The musical was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. Levi Kreis won the award for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.
This production is directed by Sherry Lutken, who was last here in 2015 with STAND BY YOUR MAN: THE TAMMY WYNNETTE STORY; Eric Anthony is Musical Director; Set Design is by Martin Scott Marchitto and Lighting by Marcus Abbott. Costume Design is by Rebecca Welles
Our production stars: Luke Darnel as Carl Perkins, Joe Callahan as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeremy Sevelovitz as Johnny Cash, John Rochette as Elvis Presley, Ben Hope as Sam Phillips, Jamie Pittle as Fluke, Emily Mattheson as Dyanne and Kroy Presley as Jay Perkins.
Don’t miss the experience of this show live on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 31st and runs through June 25th, 2017. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org
(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
One Man Show Portraying Oscar Wilde at Town Players
Town Players is excited to announce the special one-time fundraising event of WORK IS THE CURSE OF THE DRINKING CLASSES, a one-man show portraying Oscar Wilde, on June 11, 2017.
Featuring the talents of actor Johnson Flucker, WORK IS THE CURSE OF THE DRINKING CLASSES is a fully-staged, costumed, one-act play that finds the famous author/playwright Oscar Wilde – alone and near destitute – in a Parisian café in August 1898, where he reflects on his past, present, and prospects for a not-too-promising future.
WORK IS THE CURSE OF THE DRINKING CLASSES was written in 1978 by playwright, actor and scholar Neil Titley. Gathering many of Wilde’s disparate themes, subjects and styles into a form rarely found together in his individual works, this unique play weaves a fascinatingly dramatic and personal and intellectual portraits of one of the most remarkable and well-known figures of the 19th century. Quoting Wilde’s writings extensively, this hilarious and heartbreaking play shows the aesthete and author at his most sarcastic and tender, resilient and vulnerable, as well as relentlessly critical of his world while being continually self-effacing.
WORK IS THE CURSE OF THE WORKING CLASSES will be performed on June 11 at 2 PM. All tickets for this special fundraiser are $20. Proceeds will go toward upgrading Town Players’ lighting and sound system.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online at www.newtownplayers.org. Reservations may also be made by calling the box office at 203-270-9144. Walk-ins are always welcome, but pre-purchase online or phone reservations are recommended. For further information, visit www.newtownplayers.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Players’ Little Theatre is a community theater, currently in its 82nd season, located on 18 Orchard Hill Road, just off Route 25 (a mile north of the Sand Hill Plaza) in Newtown, Conn.
THE VOICE’S JAVIER COLON TO STAR IN UNQUOWA REPERTORY THEATRE’S INAUGURAL PRODUCTION, BIG RIVER
American singer-songwriter and the winner of NBC TV’s first season of The Voice, Javier Colon, will star in Unquowa Repertory Theatre’s inaugural production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Big River in concert, led by theatre veterans Kirby and Beverly Ward, will hit Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne for a limited run of four performances, June 15-17, 2017.
Originally premiering on Broadway in 1984, Big River is the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With a stirring score by Roger Miller, Big River’s roots are in bluegrass, classic country, and soaring gospel; the book by William Hauptmann is pure perfection in its faithfulness to Twain’s original text.
A boon to the production, Colon has achieved international acclaim as a recording artist and will play the pivotal role of the strong-willed Jim, a runaway slave in pre-Civil War Missouri who’s determined to gain his freedom. Colon played the same role back in high school but says this time it is very different for him. “There are parts where I’m reading the script and I have tears streaming down my face – which didn’t happen for me in high school. I hadn’t lived enough. I hadn’t experienced enough. But now I look at it in a whole new way.”
Rehearsals are soon to get underway, something Colon is very excited about as he is relearning his lines. “I can’t wait to get started, to get going, get into rehearsals and meet everybody. I know we are going to have an amazing cast of some seriously talented individuals that I look forward to meeting and working with. I look forward to working with Bev and Kirby. It’s going to be awesome.”
This unique coming of age tale also features Juilliard School of Drama student Nicholas Podany as the mischievous Huck. The two set out on a journey bound for the free states of the North. For Huck, it’s a grand adventure, but for Jim the dangers are deadly real. His grace ultimately leads Huck to question society’s notions about right and wrong, good and evil, and whether all men truly are created equal.
Colon and Podany are joined by a talented cast: Luke Steinhauer as Tom Sawyer; Cullen Titmas as Pap; Rick Hilsabeck as King; Dirk Lumbard as The Duke; Sally Eidman as Widow Douglas; Becca Schneider as Miss Watson; Elisabeth Evans as Mary Jane; Theresa Rowley as Jo/Susan; Amma Osei as Alice; Nya Muchai-Kinya as Alice’s daughter; DJ Plunkett as Simon/Young Fool; Mike Nappi as Dick/Doctor; and Jerrial T. Young and Rajane Katurah as Ensemble.
Big River is led by the multi-talented husband-and-wife team, Kirby and Beverly Ward, who met nearly four decades ago doing what they love – theatre -- and they’ve continued to work together ever since. Actors, singers, writers, directors, and choreographers who have been involved with countless Broadway shows, national tours, and regional productions, Kirby is directing Big River and Bev serves as associate director; the duo also are co-choreographing.
Broadway veteran Jason DeBord is attached as musical director. DeBord formerly supervised the Broadway and national tour of the musical Once. His additional Broadway credits include Shrek, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, and Rent, among others.
Unquowa Repertory Theatre is a new and exciting, non-profit, professional theatre company in Connecticut’s Gold Coast town of Fairfield, whose mission is to bring together the highest quality writers, actors, designers, composers, and lyricists – both established and emerging – and give them a welcoming destination for collaboration and creation. Audiences may make an investment in their local theatre through ticket purchases, which will be generously repaid with vibrant productions that provoke, surprise, and inspire. Those who wish to support the theatre in other ways may visit the website at https://www.unquowarep.org/support_us/ to find out how.
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will hit the boards at Fairfield Theatre Company’s intimate 225-seat StageOne venue for four performances only. June 15 and 16 at 8 pm, and June 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. For tickets, please visit: https://www.unquowarep.org/project/big-river/.
LONG WHARF THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON
Long Wharf Theatre (Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director; Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director) announces its 53rd season: a riotous farce, an uplifting musical, a quest for enlightenment, and stories of love, empathy, and friendship.
Subscriptions are currently available. For more information, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
The season will begin with the Obie Award-winning hit Small Mouth Sounds, August 30 to September 24, 2017 on Stage II. Bess Wohl’s play takes place in a particularly unique milieu, following the lives of six runaways who embark on a silent retreat. “Small Mouth Sounds is a wonderful new play about seekers,” Edelstein said.
Long Wharf Theatre continues its commitment to new work with the world premiere romance Fireflies, written by Tony Award nominee Matthew Barber. The production will take place from October 11 through November 5, 2017 on the Mainstage. “Fireflies is a story about overcoming judgment and fear in order to create a real human connection. It’s a universal story,” Edelstein said.
Chaim Potok’s classic novel The Chosen will be seen in a stunning adaptation by Aaron Posner. The Chosen, a story of fathers and sons in 1940s Brooklyn, will take place on the Mainstage from November 22 through December 17, 2017. “This is a beautiful story about the complicated relationship between parents and their children and how a friendship grows,” Edelstein said.
Noted playwright Julia Cho received some of her earliest accolades for her work at Long Wharf Theatre. She returns with her newest play, a thrilling exercise in empathy called Office Hour, performed January 17 through February 11, 2018 on Stage II. “This will be the provocation of the year. Julia’s play is about the world we live in now. There will be a lot to talk about,” Edelstein said.
Sherlock Holmes is on the case in Baskerville, a farce that has “slain” audiences all over the country. Tony Award-nominee Ken Ludwig’s comic masterpiece will run from February 28 through March 25, 2018 on the Mainstage. “Baskerville is both a homage to Sherlock Holmes and a send up at the same time. It is a really funny, crazy comedy. I think people will love it,” Edelstein said.
The season will conclude with a glorious gospel musical Crowns, written by Regina Taylor, and presented in a co-production the McCarter Theatre. “Crowns tells the story of African-American women in and around their church, with joyous music at the heart of the piece,” Edelstein said.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
Connecticut Rep Announces Cast and Creative Team for 1776
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for their production of the Tony Award-winning musical “1776,” from the book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Directed by Artistic Director and three time Tony Award-nominee Terrence Mann, “1776” is the first show of the 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series and will star Broadway’s verterans Jamie LaVerdiere and Gaelen Gilliland as John and Abigail Adams, Richard Henry as Benjamin Franklin and Adam Harrington as John Dickinson. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.
“1776” dramatizes John Adams efforts to convince his colleagues in the continental Congress to vote to declare America’s independence from the Britain. “1776” brings a human element to the founding fathers through an incredible score and award-winning script. As poignant today as it was almost 50 years ago, the storytelling keeps you on the edge of your seat. “1776” wraps you in a world of politics and humor while delivering a stunning message of hope and freedom!
The cast stars Broadway veteran Jamie LaVerdiere, as John Adams. LaVerdiere’s Broadway credits include “Motown the Musical,” “The Pirate Queen” and “The Producers.” LaVerdiere recently played John Adams at the John W. Engeman Theatre to rave reviews.
Gaelan Gilliland stars as Abigail Adams. Gilliland joins CRT from Broadway after her work in “Kinky Boots,” “9 to 5,” “The Addams Family,” “Legally Blonde” and “Wicked.” Her regional credits include “The Fully Monty,” “Spongebob the Musical,” “Finding Neverland” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”
Richard Henry returns to CRT after his recent nomination in 2016 for a Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “Man of La Mancha.” He will star as Benjamin Franklin in “1776.” Henry’s other recent appearances at CRT include “Twelfth Night”, “The Sunshine Boys” and alongside Mann in “Man of La Mancha”. Henry also directed the politically charged drama “Nuevo California” during CRT’s past season.
Adam Harrington will play John Dickinson. Harrington has co-starred on TV’s “Billions”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Parenthood”. His stage resume includes work at many regional theatres including Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, New Georges, and ColtCoeur Theatre/HERE Arts Center.
The cast also includes Will Bryant as Thomas Jefferson, Paige Smith as Martha Jefferson, Charlie Patterson as John Hancock, Cullen Reis as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Frank Mack as Stephen Hopkins, Alessandro Viviano as Roger Sherman, Derek Holmes as Lewis Morris, Kent Coleman as Robert Livingston, Jayke Workman as Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon, Darren Brown as James Wilson, Dale AJ Rose as Caesar Rodney, James Colburn as Col. Thomas McKean, Tom Sweeney as George Read, Max Helfand as Samuel Chase, Simon Longnight as Richard Henry Lee, Matt Kemp as Joseph Hewes, Noah Kiserman as Edward Rutledge, Nate Healy as Dr. Lyman Hall/A Painter, Elliot Styles as Charles Thomson, Dharon Jones as A Leather Apron and Jamal Fields-Green as A Courier.
The production team includes Terrence Mann (Director), Christopher d’Amboise (Choreographer), Tim Brown (Scenic Design), Fan Zheng (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Michael Vincent Skinner (Sound Design), John Parmalee (Technical Director) and Thomas Kosis (Production Stage Manager).
Performance and Ticket Information: Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $99. Single tickets prices range from $12 to $55. There will be post-show discussions led by Artistic Director Terrence Mann following the performance on Thursday June 8. The matinee performance on Saturday June 10 will be ASL interpreted.
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. To purchase tickets online, visit www.crt.uconn.edu. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets are now on sale.
The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut.
Camp for Kids
Mark your calendars for 2017 Kate’s Camp for Kids summer sessions: July 10-August 11, 2017 at The Kate in Old Saybrook, CT. Launched in 2013, the state-licensed camp is a collaboration between the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Community Music School that offers a diverse range of activities focused on four art disciplines: music, theater, visual art, and dance.
A unique summer arts day program for children ages 5 -- 10 years old, Kate’s Camp for Kids focuses on families seeking to nurture their children’s creative potential through the arts. Each camp session culminates in a performance for family and friends.
Abigail Nickell, Executive Director of Community Music School shared “as we enter our fifth season of this incredible program and collaborative partnership with The Kate, we’re excited to expand the program to include an additional week of musical theatre offerings.” Brett Elliott, Executive Director of the Kate, agreed “it is amazing to see our children’s programming grow and expand over the years. The collaboration with Community Music School has been a great experience to both of our organizations and for the children who participate in the camp programs. This quality arts education program is a great asset to the shoreline community.”
The week-long sessions offer a diverse range of activities on a rotating basis, ensuring a fresh experience for even the most frequent camper: Session 1: July10-14, 2017 – SWAMPED!; Session 2: July 17-21, 2017 – It’s A Jungle Out There!; Session 3: July 24-28, 2017 – Write Me A Song, Dr. Suess; Session 4: July 31-August 4, 2017 – Circus, Circus; Session 5: August 7-11, 2017 – GOAL!.
You may register online at http://community-music-school.org/kates-camp-for-kids, by phone at 860-767-0026, or in person at Community Music School, 90 Main Street (Spencer’s Corner), Centerbrook, CT 06409
Connecticut Premiere of Stephen Karam’s “Sons of the Prophet”
Little Theatre of Manchester Presents Pulitzer Prize Finalist in June
Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) continues its 2017 season in June with the finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam (The Humans and Speech & Debate)—an honest and comical take on how we cope with tragic loss and pain.
If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. In Karam’s tragically comic Prophet, Joseph, a local marathon champ, struggles to manage a dead-end job, debilitating knee pain and a family tragedy. After his father is incapacitated when a prank by a local football star goes wrong, Joseph finds himself responsible for his hearing-impaired, high school-age brother and his aging and outspoken uncle. The only thing more dysfunctional than his family life is Joseph’s nonexistent love life as a gay Lebanese-American in small-town Pennsylvania. When Joseph’s boss, Gloria, discovers his family’s distant relation to Kahlil Gibran (whose 1923 book The Prophet made him the third best-selling poet of all time) she tries to convince Joseph to collaborate on a family biography. Sitcom-like mix-ups coupled with inexplicable tragic pain make Sons of the Prophet the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.
Winner of multiple awards, Sons of the Prophet was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 2012 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. It is a contemporary comedy-drama that is heartfelt and “explosively funny” (The New York Times).
"Ravishing is the best word to describe [it],” declares The New Yorker. “Karam's nuanced, comic storytelling—a delicate weave of the spoken and the unspoken, the outrageous and the unconscionable—holds pain and pleasure together in startling equipoise, never trivializing either."
Stephen Karam‘s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting and Pulitzer Prize finalist), Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Speech & Debate. Karam’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan will premiere in 2017. His recent honors include two Drama Critics’ Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards; a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award and Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.
When: June 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm.
Where: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre -- The Cemetery Club
May 19th thru June 24th, 2017
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida played by Barbara Horn, is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille, played by Karen Gagliardi, is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris, played by Tracy Costa, is straitlaced and judgmental, particularly when Sam, (Russell Fish) the butcher and an eligible widower, enters the picture with Mildred (Bonnie Sprague). Doris is appalled when she discovers that Ida is dating again and loudly protests that she's being disrespectful to her late husband, while Lucille is more than a bit jealous that Ida snagged a good man before she could. Doris and Lucille are determined to squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. Thus the conflict begins, and the years of friendship and sisterly love are put to the test.
Directed by Kris McMurray, The Cemetery Club is a story filled with lighthearted banter, laughs, and moments where you won't be able to hold back the tears.
The Cemetery Club runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from May 19th thru June 24th, 2017. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets are now on sale. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are recommended. Ticket price $30.00 (plus tax). For more information, visit our website: www.ctcabaret.com The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located at 31 Webster Square Road, just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions. The theatre’s motto is “BRING YOUR OWN”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. They also can enjoy a dessert bar that has a variety of treats to purchase.
“Fade” at TheaterWorks
TheaterWorks (Rob Ruggiero, Producing Artistic Director) announced today that FADE the 4th show of TheaterWorks 31st Season will run June 1 through June 30, 2017 (please note date correction).
Directed by Jerry Luiz, FADE is a sharply written Hollywood satire by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho (Mala Hierba, writer, co-producer of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, HBO’s Girls).
In this biting, funny Hollywood satire, Mexican-American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina TV character in a cutthroat male dominated TV studio. She quickly discovers that the Latino studio custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences.
Lucia is a young novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series. She struggles to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio’s janitors. He’s kind to Lucia, empathetic and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes. During one late night exchange, Abel opens up about his life, his struggles and a life-changing incident. Lucia’s response puts into question their friendship, her sincerity and how the authenticity of culture and self can fade in the bright lights of show business.
TheaterWorks Producing Associate and FADE’s Associate Director Taneisha Duggan said “I found this play on the 2015 Kilroy’s list, my go to place when I’m looking for new plays written by women. I dug the script because it took on a latinx story, which I thought was important considering the make-up of Hartford. What made it personal for me was the story of a woman of color building her career and the choices -- good and bad -- one makes in service of their ambitions.”
Elizabeth Ramos makes her TheaterWorks debut in the role of Lucia, a talented and ambitious young screenwriter. Liz has been seen previously Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in The Surgeon and her Daughters and The Idea of Me. Eddie Martinez makes his TheaterWorks debut as Abel the office janitor who befriends Lucia in the workplace. Eddie originated the role in Denver and was featured in the New York premiere at Primary Stages.
The creative team includes Mariana Sanchez (Set Design), Harry Nadal (Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), and M.L. Dogg (Sound Design).
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm
Weekend Matinees 2:30 pm
Sunday evening performances have been added on June 11, 18 and 25 at 7:30pm
WHERE: TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl -- 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103
All seating is assigned $50-$65
Student Rush w/ID $15 (subject to availability)
Seniors 60+ Saturday Matinee $35
Group Rates Call
At The Chestnut Street Playhouse
The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. The play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. Audience find the story and it’s unforgettable cast of characters truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. May 25 - Jun 4; Thurs - Sat: 7:30p, Sun: 2:00p
BECOMING DR. RUTH is Final Production of SQUARE ONE THEATRE’s 27th Season Anniversary Season
A play about the life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who would later become Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Square One Theatre concludes its current season with the stage production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, which is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who would later become Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Most everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as America’s foremost pioneering sex therapist. However, very few know her backstory from fleeing Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport, to joining the Haganah, the Jewish underground freedom fighters in Jerusalem first as a scout and then a sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother after coming to America. According to The New York Times "[Dr. Ruth's] story is certainly a stirring one…[and this is] an illuminating portrait." The New Yorker said "It's a simple premise, which is fascinating (and heartbreaking) all on its own. The playwright convincingly and humorously conveys Westheimer’s surprising dignity, courage, and resilience."
Becoming Dr. Ruth features the Square One Subscribers’ award-winning favorite Alice McMahon as Dr. Ruth and is directed by Tom Holehan.
Becoming Dr. Ruth opens on Thursday, May 4 (2017) and continues Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 21. Performances are literally on the stage of Stratford Academy located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Connecticut…off I-95 Exit 32 (northbound and southbound).
Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain is a great deal more than shortness jokes (Dr. Westheimer is 4 feet 7) and sexual humor. The script is sprinkled with both, but a tragic childhood lies behind her omnipresent broad smile and constant chirpiness. She was Karola Ruth Siegel, who was born in 1928 in Germany to Orthodox Jewish parents, less than five years before Hitler became chancellor. She was one of the lucky ones, because she was sent at age 10 to live in Switzerland as part of Kindertransport, a program that saved thousands of Jewish children.
When she moved to the United States, all it took was a radio show (“Sexually Speaking,” which began in 1980) to make her a star. Audiences fell in love with the idea of a petite matronly lady with a high-pitched, German-accented voice speaking frankly about personal sexual matters on the radio.
Alice McMahon’s Square One Theatre credits include: Good People, Olive and the Bitter Herbs, Southern Comforts, Rabbit Hole, Talking Heads, As It Is In Heaven, Wonderful World, Later Life, Not Waving, Hay Fever, Three Viewings. Other stage credits include: Love, Loss & What I Wore, Come Back, Little Sheba (Pound Ridge Theatre) And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Katonah Community Theatre) Deathtrap, Light Up the Sky, Barefoot in the Park, Invitation to a March (Country Players of Brookfield) and Blithe Spirit (Wilton Play Shop). She is the recipient of Square One Subscriber Awards for Outstanding Actress (Southern Comforts, Not Waving), Outstanding Featured Actress (Later Life). She is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Masters of Theatre History from UConn and Masters of Library Science from Long Island University and is employed as librarian at Greenwich Library.
Playwright Mark St. Germain’s other plays include Freud’s Last Session, Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, Best of Enemies, Camping with Henry and Tom and Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap. He is the recipient of Awards from Lucille Lortel, Off Broadway Alliance and Outer Critics Circle. In addition, he is an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company, a member of the Dramatist Guild, the Writers Guild East, alumnus of New Dramatists and a member of the HB Playwrights Unit.
Performances of BECOMING DR. RUTH are: Thursday, May 4 (2017) at 7pm (time is correct), Friday, May 5 at 8pm, Saturday, May 6 (two performances) at 4pm (twilight matinee) and at 8pm, Sunday, May 7 at 2pm (matinee), Thursday, May 11 at 7pm (time is correct), Friday, May 12 at 8pm, Saturday, May 13 (two performances) at 4pm (twilight matinee) and at 8pm, Sunday, May 14 at 2pm (matinee). Thursday, May 18 at 7pm (time is correct), Friday, May 19 at 8pm, Saturday, May 20 (two performances) at 4pm (twilight matinee) and at 8pm, Sunday, May 21 at 2pm (matinee - final performance)
Single tickets are $20 for adults and $19 for senior citizens and students. Tickets may be purchased: By phone: Box Office at 203.375.8778 (24/7). Online at: squareonetheatre.com. In person: at box office 60 minutes prior to each performance.
All performances are literally on the stage of Stratford Academy located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Ct….off I-95 Exit 32 (northbound and southbound) in Stratford Center.
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
Directed by James Bundy
By Nambi E. Kelley
Adapted from the Novel by Richard Wright
Directed by Seret Scott
Created by Rude Mechs
Commissioned by Yale Rep
FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond
By Guillermo Calderón
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director), the multiple Tony Award-winning theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classic works, has announced its 2017–18 Season.
Artistic Director James Bundy said, “I am delighted that we can look forward to a season of such scope and complexity, bringing internationally acclaimed artists and field leaders to New Haven, and offering Yale Rep audiences opportunities to witness vital perspectives on the world, particularly its literature, history, and politics.”
The season opens with An Enemy of the People (October 6–October 28), the political masterpiece by Henrik Ibsen, newly translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh, directed by James Bundy.
Nambi E. Kelley will make her Yale Rep debut with her critically-acclaimed play, Native Son (November 24–December 16), adapted from Richard Wright's iconic novel, directed by Seret Scott.
Rude Mechs, the Austin-based theatre collective whose work has been presented previously as part of Yale Rep's annual No Boundaries performance series, will debut Field Guide (January 26–February 17), a subversively funny riff on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (March 16–April 7) reunites Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and Resident Director Liz Diamond, who collaborated on Yale Rep’s world premieres of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and The America Play.
Resident Director Evan Yionoulis, who most recently staged Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, returns with Kiss (April 27–May 19), a new play by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, hailed by The New Yorker as “a true genius of the theatre.”
The events for Yale Rep’s annual No Boundaries performance series will be announced at a later date
“TITANIC - THE MUSICAL” SETS SAIL AT BROAD BROOK OPERA HOUSE
Opera House Players, Inc. presents TITANIC - THE MUSICAL at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT 06016 from May 5 through May 21 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm). Tickets available by calling the box office at 860-292-6068 or visiting www.operahouseplayers.org. Tickets: $21 (adults) and $17 (under 12/over 60). Discount available for groups of 15 or more.
Peter Stone, who wrote the book for the show says, “The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship - of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure - but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our TITANIC is the Titanic herself.”
This production of TITANIC features a cast of over twenty actors directed by area performer/director Sharon FitzHenry with musical direction by Bill Martin.
Gift certificates and 2017-2018 season tickets available by calling the box office.
Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre Presents IN THE HEIGHTS
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division (Producing Artistic Director, Eli Newsom) concludes its 2016/17 season with the Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The production runs: April 28-May 21, Fridays @ 7:30pm, Saturdays @ 5pm & 8:15pm, Sundays @ 5:00pm
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood -- a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.
The all-local cast includes Jaden Bonfietti, Jessica Paige Braun, Marcelo Calderon, James Canal, Joe Cardozo, Josh Cardozo, Matthew Elliott, Ana Feliciano, Bonnie Gregson, Maytae Harge, Bobby Henry, Nick Kuell, Olivia Lincoln, Perry Liu, AJ Montgomery, Celia Ortiz, Julie Bell Petrak, Joyce Ramirez, Everton Ricketts, Olivia Rivera, Steffon Sampson, Mackenzie Sherrod, Madeleine Tommins, Leondra Smith-West, Renee Sutherland, Garth West, and Alexis Willoughby.
The production will feature Direction by Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Musical Direction by Eli Newsom, Choreography by Emily Frangipane, Scenic Design by William Russell Stark, Costume Design by Jessica Camarero, Lighting Design by Phill Hill, Projection Design by Ricky Mestre, and Sound Design by Chris Gensur.
For tickets and information visit MyCabaret.org or call the box office Mon - Fri, 10am – 5pm, (203) 576-1636 Option 0.
Ticket Prices: $21-28
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please inform the Box Office of any special needs when ordering tickets.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: By Phone: Box Office: 203-576-1636 Select Option “0” -- In Person: At DCT Box Office, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT. Hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, and 90 minutes prior to performances -- Online: www.MyCabaret.org -- By US Mail: Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604, Attn: Box Office -- Tickets, information, seating charts are available at MyCabaret.org
EXIT THE BODY Opens May 12 at Town Players
Spring is upon us, and we're thrilled to kick off our 2017 season with EXIT THE BODY, a farce by Fred Carmichael, on Friday May 12 at The Little Theatre.
First presented at the Dorset Playhouse in Dorset, Vermont on August 31, 1961 and directed by the playwright himself, EXIT THE BODY follows the tale of mystery novelist Crane Hammond who, looking for some peace and quiet away from the big city, rents a cottage in New England. Unfortunately, the cottage also happens to be the rendezvous point for a gang of jewel thieves. While husbands get mixed up and there is a seemingly endless parade of intruders, a body is found in the closet. Body number one disappears only to be replaced by body number two. Finally, events reach a climax at two in the morning when four couples who are strangers to each other turn up to search for the jewels.
Directed by Gene Golaszewski of Brookfield, EXIT THE BODY features the talents of Shawn Brown of Danbury, Jeffry Bukowski of Shelton, Deborah Burke of Stamford, Brooke Cassalia of Monroe, Barbara Disraeli of Brewster, NY, Timothy Huber of Danbury, Kathleen Kryspin of Brookfield, Ron Malyszka of Bridgewater, Kimberly Marcus of Danbury, and Mark Rubino of Bethel. The production crew includes co-producers Lynn Alexander of Southbury and Tracy Nashel of Newtown, stage manager Mark Rubino of Bethel, set designer Timothy Huebenthal of Southbury, and lighting designer Nick Kaye of Bethel.
EXIT THE BODY runs May 12 - June 3. Curtain times are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 PM matinees on May 21 & 28 and a performance on Thursday, June 1 at 8 PM. Tickets are $22; $18 for matinee performances.
Reservations may be made by visiting www.newtownplayers.org, or by calling the box office at 203-270-9144.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre Announces 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series Lineup
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) Artistic Director Terrence Mann and Executive Producer Matthew J. Pugliese are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series. The first season under the artistic leadership of Mann will include “1776”, “Noises Off” and “Disney’s Newsies”. The Nutmeg Summer Series will run June 1 through July 16. Subscriptions are now on sale for 2017. Single tickets will go on sale April 1, 2017, and are available at crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486 2113.
The summer series begins with Terrence Mann directing “1776” with a book by Peter Stone, and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. This Tony Award-winning musical dramatizes John Adams efforts to convince his colleagues in the continental Congress to vote to declare our independence from the crown. “1776” brings a human element to the founding fathers through an incredible score and award-winning script.
Artistic Director Terrence Mann offered, “’1776’ and its award winning script and score tells an intimate and gripping story of how our forefathers fought to create nation. A nation that almost didn’t happen! As poignant today as it was almost 50 years ago, the storytelling keeps you on the edge of your seat. ‘1776’ wraps you in a world of politics and humor while delivering a stunning message of hope and freedom!”
The second show will be one of the funniest plays written. “Noises Off” is a madcap hilarious farce written by Michael Frayn. CRT will welcome back Vincent Cardinal to direct this award-winning comedy. “Noises Off” watches the exploits of a troupe of traveling actors rehearsing and performing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” The antics and intrigue on and offstage make chaos for the cast on the eve of opening night. Doors will slam, love triangles will tangle and misplaced sardines create an uproarious, rollicking night of theatre in this play within a play.
The summer concludes with the theatrical adaptation of Disney’s musical film, “Disney’s Newsies”. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, “Disney’s Newsies” tells the story of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899”. This fictionalized story explores themes of social injustice and exploitive labor, as the newsboys learn to harness their voice in this high octane, dance spectacular. CRT will “seize the day” and bring this fresh, new musical hot from Broadway and the National Tour circuit to Storrs.
Mann added, “Youth! Survival! Love! Politics!—all combine to make “Newsies” a tour de force musical story about the indomitability of the human spirit. It’s powerful, it’s passionate and full of heart!”
In his first year as Artistic Director, Mann says, “Six years ago Vince Cardinal brought me to Storrs for my first summer to do ‘My Fair Lady’ and ever since I've been trying to get back as often as I can. There is no greater joy than to be in a company of actors, young and old alike, whose sole purpose is to share the gift of great storytelling with folks who make it apart of their lives to support and nurture live theatre.”
All three musicals are performed in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the campus of the University of Connecticut.
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $81-108. Student subscriptions are only $33. Single ticket prices range from $45 to $55, with discounted tickets available for students and seniors.