IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE TICKET PRICES
INCREASE AS OF JUNE 1ST –
GET TICKETS FOR OUR SUMMER MUSICALS NOW!

 

Current prices (until June 1st): 
$44 for adults; $39 for seniors;
$22 for students and $17 for children.

 

Prices after June 1st: 
$50 for adults; $45 for seniors;
$22 for students and $17 for children.

 

Call the box office at 860.767.7318
or book on line now and save! 

 

Leave a comment

A zany spoof of Hitchcock movies

The 39 Steps
by Patrick Barlow

One part thriller and two parts slapstick!

rsz_img_5678Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

The 39 Steps is set in England, just before the war. A young man bored with life meets a woman with a mysterious accent who says she’s a spy and needs to take refuge in his apartment. Murder and mayhem soon follow as our hero is chased across the wild and wooly British countryside, meeting a host of ridiculous characters and climaxing in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

FullSizeRenderThe first version of the play was written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon for a cast of four actors and funded by a £1,000 Yorkshire Arts Grant. It premiered in 1995 at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before embarking on a tour of village halls across the north of England. In 2005, Patrick Barlow rewrote the script, keeping the scenes, staging and small-scale feel, and in June 2005 this re-adaption premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2006, it opened in the West End and in 2008 it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews. The New York Times proclaimed, “Theatre at its finest!… Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands”

This production introduces Ivoryton audiences to the husband and wife team of Dan Fenaughty* and Larissa Klinger*, who have both performed these roles before in the national tour. The clowns are played by Ivoryton favorite, David Edwards* and Jonathan Brody*, making his Ivoryton debut. The play is directed by Erik Bloomquist, a two-time Emmy nominated writer/director/producer and former Top 200 Director on Project Greenlight. Erik is currently in post-production on the television adaptation of The Cobblestone Corridor​, a seriocomic mystery series based on his internationally acclaimed short film of the same name. The set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Cully Long.

The 39 Steps opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 1st and runs through June 19th 2016. 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 $44 for adults; $39 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

Ticket prices go up on June 1st to $50 for adults; $45 for seniors so purchase tickets now for all our summer shows for the best prices.

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.  The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Photo by: Ivoryton Playhouse

Pictured: Dan Fenaughty* and Larissa Klinger*

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance.  Please call ahead for tickets.

Generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and The Safety Zone

Leave a comment

Introduce your children to live theatre!  Bring them to the Playhouse to enjoy our Summer Children’s Theatre series – Fridays at 11:00am – details here:

IPH-201_aframe

 

Leave a comment

porky-pete's-bbq-ivoryton-ct-01Porky Pete’s BBQ & Craft Brew at The Ivoryton Inn

Porky Pete’s BBQ & Craft Brew offers authentic Southern Barbecue and upscale comfort food. Additionally we have a great selection of New England craft beers both on tap and in bottles! Our laid back atmosphere and Southern hospitality makes Porky Pete’s a great choice for lunch or dinner before you see yet another outstanding performance at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

 

115 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT  06442
Tel:  860.767.1031

Special Promotion:  Attendees for all Playhouse shows will receive a 10% discount with either tickets or order confirmation.

porky-pete'sbbq-essex-ct

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Wit a la Carte is show of laughter, scenes and music. In their Spring Workshop, the Ivoryton Players will present scenes from the great wits of theatre both past and present – produced as a fully staged reading.  Musical numbers will be led by the piano of Tom Briggs from the Community Music School.

In Wit a la Carte, The Players get to stretch their abilities by playing a number of roles and singing and dancing. Their director, Joyce Beauvais, commented, “This program has been the most hilarious challenge of the group’s three-year history. The Players are a uniquely talented and dedicated troupe and it has been an honor leading them.”

Wit a la Carte – Scenes of Laughter and Music will be presented Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Centerbrook Meeting House – 51 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT  06409.

General Seating. Call the Ivoryton Playhouse Box Office – 860.767.7318 to purchase tickets in advance or buy at the door an hour before showtime. Ticket price $10.00.

Parking is available at the Meeting House, in the Dentist office lot across the street and in the Visiting Nurses lot.  Please do not park on the street.

Wit-web

Leave a comment

Our thanks to Outthink for producing great videos for us!

Leave a comment

Press Release

Foxtrot and Friendship and Florida Sunsets
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
By Richard Alfieri
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

TangoIvoryton – The Ivoryton Playhouse is leaving the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and heading to the Gulf Coast beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an unusually difficult dance instructor with an acerbic personality, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons —one per week for six weeks— in her gulf-front condo.

What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion.

Michael with coat standA poignant comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

Written by Yale grad, Richard Alfieri, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks premiered in Los Angeles and opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater in 2003. The play has since been translated into 14 languages and has traversed the globe with productions in 24 countries. The play has established itself as an international hit and one of the most produced plays in the world.  A film was also made of the play starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson.

On the phoneFeaturing seasoned actors Michael Ianucci* and Valerie Stack Dodge*, the play is directed by Sasha Bratt, choreographed by Apollo Smile, set design by William Stark, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Lisa Bebey.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 4th and runs through May 22nd 2016. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Hug in front of windowTickets are $44 for adults; $39 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.

Photographs by Anne Hudson

Pictured: Valerie Stack Dodge* and Michael Ianucci*

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance.

Please call ahead for tickets.

 

Leave a comment

 

East coast Premiere of brand new musical
The Road: My Life with John Denver
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

BackHome#5This Connecticut premiere event is a captivating celebration of the life and music of folk musician John Denver, including hits like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Leaving On a Jet Plane.”

John Denver was about more than country music. He had enormous international appeal, and was equally popular with country and pop audiences. In addition to music, he was an activist and humanitarian whose biggest causes were land conservation and environmental awareness. He supported space exploration and was vocal about his stance in music censorship. He was quite an interesting guy!

Featuring versatile musicians David Lutken (Ring of Fire), and Katie Deal – who have been with the show since its original production as Back Home Again at Milwaukee Rep – they present an unvarnished rendition of Denver’s music with gorgeous harmonies, solid musicianship and honest to goodness talent.

BackHome #2Created and directed by collaborators Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, this production does not offer a standard biography of Denver. Instead, Wheetman presents his own story, as a musician who’d known Denver as an Aspen neighbor before touring with him for eight years. As embodied by Lutken, Wheetman’s story sheds light on Denver’s own, with parallels including a love for Colorado, the hardships of life on the road and the consequent toll on marriages. But as Denver once sang, in another song included in this show, it’s his guitar that gave him his life, his living, and “all the things you know I love to do.” Focused on that guitar, “Back Home Again” movingly captures what those things were and why Denver’s music still matters.

Directed by two time Tony award nominee, Randal Myler and Musical Directed by Dan Wheetman, the set is designed by Dan Nischan, lights by Tate Burmeister and costumes by Vickie Blake.

BackHome#4The Road:  My Life with John Denver opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 6th  and runs through April 24th, 2016. 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 $44 for adults; $39 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.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Generously sponsored by Essex Savings Bank.

Leave a comment

Want latest gossip, news and promotions?  Follow us on twitter:   @ivorytonplayhou

Check out our latest video clips on our own YouTube channel – find it by following this link

Be a friend, be a fan – click on this link to like us on facebook

Follow us on Pinterest for images from our latest productions including sets and costumes as well as historical pictures. Click on this link to go to Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/ivorytonplayhou/

Let’s get social!

Leave a comment

All tickets for all shows now on sale.  Call the box office at 860.767.7318 or book on line 24/7 by clicking here.

Ticket prices will be going up as of June 1st.  Book your seats now!

7-play, 5-play and 3-play passes also available.  Please call Sue McCann at 860.767.9520 x 203 to secure your subscription.

 

Leave a comment