Monthly Archives: April 2018

NOW OPEN: Love Quest

SOME RADIO INTERVIEWS ON AIR THIS WEEK:

State of the Arts – WPKN

http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/221204

 

iCRV Radio – The Stream Feeding the River Valley

http://icrvradio.com/programs/program/104

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Press Release
April 4, 2018
It’s a match!

LOVE QUEST – a world premiere
By Mary Maguire & Steven McGraw

Ivoryton – A renowned scientist once theorized that finding “intelligent life” on other planets in the universe would be like shooting a particular blackbird in a room full of blackbirds, with the lights out. Ironically, the same probability applies for finding a “normal man (or woman)” on an online dating service.

Love Quest – a new comedy opening at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 25 – explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.

Kate Crawford, 60, was married for 30-years and divorced for 3. Her husband left her for a younger woman and she is dealing with issues of abandonment, old age and the new world order of internet dating. It is a position in which she never thought she would find herself. Her concerned daughter, Megan, posts Kate’s profile on the Love Quest dating site and Kate is thrust into unknown territory. The “gentleman caller” is a thing of the past. Now a relationship is decided in a millisecond with the “swipe” of a finger across your smart phone. And speed dating gives Kate sixty seconds to present herself, thirty seconds too long for many of the younger men who sit across from here.

Brook Davis, 35, single, has climbed the corporate ladder in the fashion industry with a driven, single minded focus. Her ambition left her little time for socializing which is just fine with her. Raised in foster homes she has learned to only trust herself. A relationship would only get in her way. However, executives in her firm want her to raise her celebrity profile by being seen and photographed at the right places with eye candy dates. Her assistant, Bové, reluctantly signs her up on Love Quest. Brook is far more cynical than Kate and is more amused than shocked by what she encounters in the world of high speed dating.

Kate and Brook meet after a bad date goes awry and become friends and allies in this strange new dating world. This is their story.

Jacqui Hubbard – Playhouse Artistic Director – is taking the helm of this new production. “It has been part of the mission of the Ivoryton Playhouse for the last 5 years to try to include one new play in our season. I saw a reading of Love Quest in the city last year and was immediately impressed by the humor and the heart and most especially, audience response. This is a funny, poignant and very timely story that I know many in my audience will relate to.”

Love Quest stars Linda Purl* as Katherine Crawford. Many will remember Linda for her roles at Charlene Matlock in Matlock and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s girlfriend in Happy Days but her career has included many movie and TV appearances. She can currently be seen in The Oath (recurring), and in recent episodes of Homeland, True Blood, The Office, and  Designated Survivor.

Sharing the stage with Linda are Playhouse favorites Josh Powell* (My Way) and Mike Mihm* (Biloxi Blues). Jes Bedwinek, Joe Candelora* and Susan Slotoroff will be making their Playhouse debut.

Love Quest opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 25th and runs through May 13th, 2018.  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.

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THE ESSEX RESTAURANT & BAR

The Essex is an American Restaurant and Bar with a strong focus on seasonal ingredients, marrying classic French technique to progressive interpretations of timeless dishes.

Chef and Co-Owner Colt Taylor, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, tells us about The Essex:  “passion, love and innovation fuel our vision to bring a full spectrum experience to our guests. We value the foundation of fine dining: from classic French technique to reverence for ingredients.

Farm-to-table restaurant in Centerbrook, CT

 

The Essex marks the transition between old New England charm and upscale elegance; a time that calls for refreshment and rejuvenation.

Steeped in the rich heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, the land infuses our culinary vision with the freshest locally-sourced products available from farm and sea.

At the same time, we call on traditions from around the world, as well as the avant-garde to represent both the nostalgic and the modern through progressive interpretations of timeless dishes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colt removed the walls from the dining room to showcase the art of cooking in an open kitchen to pay homage to the food, wine, spirits and hospitality that is at the essence of everything!

The Essex offers a variety of restoratives and invite all to imbibe in an atmosphere of satisfying food, spirits and good cheer.

Check out their Retro Happy Hour, Tuesday Burger and Beer, Experimental Wednesday, Thursday Tacos and Tequila or their Sunday Boozy Brunch!

Cited by Town & Country as one of the “27 reasons this part of the East Coast
is being dubbed the new Hamptons”

“There’s nothing like The Essex on the shoreline….” – E list

Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30-10pm.
Sunday Boozey Brunch 12-3pm
Sunday Supper 4-8pm

30 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409
860.237.4189
info@theessex.com

Special promotion: show your Ivoryton Playhouse tickets for their prix fixe theatre special.

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