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Monday, November 12th at 2:00pm
Monday, November 12th at 7:30pm

It is with great honor that the Ivoryton Playhouse presents Arlington Sons to be performed by David Pittsinger and his son, Richard Pittsinger.  Lyrics by Scott Eyerly.  This moving piece was personally commissioned by David to honor his late father – a US Army veteran and distinguished guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Lyrical and expressive, Arlington Sons tells the story of a father bringing his young son to Arlington National Cemetery for the first time, to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arlington Sons illuminates a universal experience—the changing of the guard between generations—in a uniquely American context.

 

Performance will include other patriotic songs and memorial readings as a tribute within the concert.

Tickets are $50 all ages.  Buy one, and buy one for a Veteran.  In addition to tickets purchased for Veterans, the Playhouse is donating 50 free tickets for Veterans.  Help us match this donation and say “thank you” by purchasing a ticket for a Vet.

For more information, please call Krista May at 860.767.9520 x 205

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Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic/Executive Director of the Ivoryton Playhouse speaks about The Queens of the Golden Mask. This world premiere opens at the theatre on October 31, 2018 and runs through November 18, 2018.

It is summer, 1961, and in Celestial, Alabama, it’s hotter’n a blister bug in a pepper patch. It is especially steamy in the kitchen of the Sage household where the matriarch, Ida, has gathered her friends around her to meet the new girl in town. How will Rose from Ohio fit in with the ladies of Celestial who bake pies, sell Avon and belong to the Ku Klux Klan? This brand new play by Carole Lockwood tells a story of the complications of family and friendship and the normalizing of hate. A world premiere. Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard.

Carole Lockwood’s brand new play pulls aside the Cotton Curtain to reveal a hidden piece of history that tells a little known story and also raises a warning. The normalizing of hate is dangerous and toxic – not only to the objects of the hatred but eventually destroying those who are unwittingly caught up in its comfortable complacency.

The play is based on the experiences of Elizabeth H. Cobbs/Petric Smith who wrote the autobiographical Long Time Coming: An Insiders Story of the Birmingham Church Bombing that Rocked the World. Smith’s work provides more than an insider’s account of one of the most atrocious events of the civil rights era; it is also the personal journey of a woman inside the world of the most extreme opponents of racial justice. In the violent world of the Klan, women were subservient; men beat their wives with impunity in order to sustain white male supremacy. Most women were partners in the goal of maintaining white supremacy but there were many who, quietly and with great moral courage, put their lives on the line. This is their story.

Carole Lockwood is an actor and writer who has performed all over the country, on and off Broadway, but it was a challenge from David Mamet that prompted her to sit down and write a play. She has been writing ever since. Carole has written five plays; Basic Cable; The Lone Star Princess; and three scripts based in the civil rights movement, “the girls” of Red Tears (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church), The Mary Band Road Show (the Selma-to-Montgomery March) and The Queens of the Golden Mask. Up on the Roof (rooftops after Hurricane Katrina) is currently in the works.

To purchase tickets, please phone 860.767.7318, drop by the theatre box office or purchase online via this website.  Group rates for 10 or more are available.

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Back by popular demand!

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas with Holiday Standards & Sacred Songs!

Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 6th at 2:00pm
Thursday, December 6th at 7:30pm
Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm

An Ivoryton Playhouse Christmas Hour with David Pittsinger and Friends

The Playhouse is proud to present an old fashioned Christmas celebration of holiday standards and sacred songs featuring David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman, Carly Callahan and more special guests to be announced.

Baby, it’s gonna be cold outside – come to the Ivoryton Playhouse to warm your heart with the wonderful voices of David, Pat and friends.

Tickets are priced at $50 adults; $45 seniors; $22 student (over age 12); $17 children (12 and under) and are on sale now. Groups of 10 or more ticket price is $35.

Please call our box office at 860.767.7318 or visit us on the web at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org to order your tickets and secure your seats!

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Critics LOVE the Ivoryton Playhouse production of ONCE:

From the Desk of Jim R, Take 2
By Jim Ruocco

http://jimruoccodesktake2.blogspot.com/2018/09/from-desk-of-jim-r-take-2-column-97.html?spref=tw

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“What Ivoryton has boarded makes me, a critic who got a free ticket to see the show, want to spend my hard-earned money to see the show again, if only to bask in the show’s exuberance and to once again watch Barton work her magic. There was a packed house at the matinee I attended and I only hope that the seats will continue to be filled throughout the show’s run, for it’s one of the best shows – and that’s saying a lot – that this venerable theater has ever produced.”

Once – Review by Geary Danihy

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“….a glorious and deeply moving production….a simply astonishing and deeply felt production.”

Talkin’ Broadway
By Zander Opper

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/ct/ct568.html

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Actors Sam Sherwood and Katie Barton sing their praises of starring in the Irish musical drama, Once, now playing at Ivoryton Playhouse. Based on the critically-acclaimed 2007 film, Once is the story of a struggling Dublin musician, the girl who stumbles into his life and the music they make together. “There’s not a human on earth who hasn’t experienced struggle and we all know that one person in our life that held us up when we buckled at the knees and that’s what this story is about,” Barton said.

Packed with both lively and hauntingly beautiful folk music, Once dazzles audiences with its unique and irresistible charm. “Ivoryton is the perfect space for this show because it’s an intimate story,” Sherwood said. “And, of course, the sound is going to be great because you’re going to be really hearing these instruments live in the room.” “I think anyone who comes will leave moved and with a song in their heart,” Barton said.

Don’t miss Once at Ivoryton Playhouse, now playing through October 14.

Our thanks to Overabove for producing great video clips for us!

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From the streets of Dublin to the Ivoryton Playhouse
The magical musical – ONCE

On September

19th, the Broadway smash hit ONCE, opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician about to give up on his dreams and a beautiful young Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by the most beautiful, emotionally charged music.

The cast of ONCE

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original theatrical experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Based on the 2007 movie of the same name, written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the show features all of the haunting songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly”. This achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. As Irglova said in her remarkable Oscar acceptance speech, “Fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up.”

A show like this only comes around ONCE.

Katie Barton

Ivoryton is thrilled to welcome back Ben Hope*, who has performed here in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and STAND BY YOUR MAN. Ben is making his directorial debut with this show which is near and dear to his heart since he performed the role of Guy on Broadway many times. What makes this production special is that Ben is directing his wife, Katie Barton*, in the role of Girl. Katie has also performed in Ivoryton, playing the lead role of Tammy Wynette in STAND BY YOUR MAN.

Joining them in this production are Sam Sherwood*, last seen in Ivoryton in THE ROAD – MY LIFE WITH JOHN DENVER, as Guy; Steven G. Anthony* as Billy; Jonathan Brown as Svec; Margaret Dudasik* as Reza; Andreina Kasper as Bank Manager; Marcy McGuigan* as Baruska; John Mervini as Eamon; Morgan Morse as Andre; Rachel Mulcahy as Ex-Girlfriend; Don Noble* as Da; Victoria Wepler as Emcee and Cadyn Malary and Lizzie Pantano as Ivanka. Musical Direction by Eric Anthony, Set Design by Glen Bassett, Lighting Design by Marcus Abbott, Costume Design by Cully Long.

Sam Sherwood

 

ONCE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 19th and runs through October 14th 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 $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after September 20th, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

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Third annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative:
PASSION POWER PROSE 2019.

Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The workshopping week culminates in a staged reading festival, featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audiences.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Please read the submission policy carefully

PLAYWRIGHTS

  1. Starting May 15, women playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays written solely by women via email in standard Samuel French playwriting format: 12 point font, character name centered, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to Laura Copland laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.
  2. Ten minute plays are acceptable and no play may run longer than one hour—approximately 50 pages. Longer submissions will not be considered.
  3. No one-person plays or musicals will be accepted.
  4. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
  5. Submissions are limited to the first 150 scripts received. No play will be accepted before May 15.
  6. The title page must include the playwright’s name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number. Resumes must be sent as a separate file and NOT included in the PDF file of the play.
  7. Please do NOT include a synopsis.
  8. The call is open from May 15 to July 31, 2018 OR until we receive 150 plays. Playwrights will be notified if their play was received after receipt of 150 plays or the deadline and thus, not considered.
  9. Submissions will be acknowledged by email. Playwrights will be notified in the fall by email if their play is selected. Playwrights whose plays were not selected will also be notified.
  10. Playwrights will stay for the week of rehearsals beginning Saturday, February 23, 2019 through to the staged readings on Friday, March 1, and Saturday March 2, with a departure day on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
  11. The WPI is a workshop and playwrights are encouraged and should be prepared to work on their play, including rewrites, as needed.
  12. Stipend: $500, plus travel to and from Ivoryton, CT, and housing is provided.

DIRECTORS: The WPI also seeks resumes from directors. Stipend: $300 and housing is provided.

READERS: We seek resumes from readers to evaluate the plays and to email feedback on a form provided.

Play submissions, and Director and Reader resumes should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

For more information, visit IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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Actresses Jennifer Roberts and Stephanie Genito talk about the experience of being in a show that hits close to home. Don’t miss A Chorus Line, now playing at Ivoryton Playhouse.

“These characters are based on real-life people. It’s an honor to be able to share their stories and explain to an audience what it’s like to go up in front of a casting director and put yourself out there.” A Chorus Line is the story of 17 dancers competing for spots in the chorus line of a Broadway show. As the audition progresses, the audience learns about each dancer’s past and what led them to the path they’ve chosen.

Winner of 10 Tony Awards® and one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, A Chorus Line is a timeless theater classic that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. Catch it live at Ivoryton Playhouse through September 2.

 

One Singular Sensation!

A CHORUS LINE
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Opening on August 8th at the Ivoryton Playhouse, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, A CHORUS LINE! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A CHORUS LINE brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.

The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A CHORUS LINE has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater.

Penned by legendary composer, Marvin Hamlisch, A CHORUS LINE opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the U.S., until surpassed in 2011 by Chicago.

Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest and even today remains one of the best loved Broadway shows ever.

This production showcases many performers who have made the Playhouse their home over the past few years: Schuyler Beeman*, Ronnie Bowman Jr., Andee Buccheri, Cory Candelet, Stephanie Genito*, Sam Given*, Joey Lucherini, Amanda Lupacchino, Natalie Madlon, Alexa Racioppi, Jared Starkey and Max Weinstein. Performers making their Playhouse debut are Kayla Starr Bryan, Matthew Carp, Dakota Hoar, Liv Kurtz, Lina Lee*, Jennifer Roberts, Edward Stanley*, Cassidy Terracciano, Lili Thomas* and Sarah Warrick.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Martin Scott Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Kate Bunce.

A CHORUS LINE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 8th and runs through September 2nd, 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, August 18th and Saturday, September 1st.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after August 9th, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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Tell me more! Tell me more!
GREASE
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Opening on July 5th and running through July 29th, GREASE, BY Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,  features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease Is The Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin’” and many more.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

GREASE opened Off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972 but was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, and received seven Tony Award nominations The 1994 revival also garnered Tony nominations and the show went on to a successful national tour, featuring our own Micky Dolenz as Vince Fontaine.

The movie that we all know and love opened 40 years ago and it is a testament to the music and the iconic characters that GREASE is still the word today. The best part of this quintessentially American high school story (aside from the music, of course) is what Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy and the rest of the Rydell High gang taught us – that the people who really care about you will stay by your side no matter how different you are from one another, and support you just the same whether you’re a pom-pom-wielding goody-two-shoes, a leather-touting T-Bird or a starry-eyed, pink-haired aspiring beautician who drops out of school months before graduation.

So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

This production stars Johnny Newcomb* as Danny Zuko and Kimberley Immanuel* as Sandy. Johnny made his Broadway debut in THE LAST SHIP and was part of the national tour of AMERICAN IDIOT. He was last seen in Ivoryton as Roger in RENT. This season’s audience may remember Kimberley for her luminous performance as Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS. Other cast members that may be familiar to Ivoryton audiences are Alyssa V. Gomez* (Rizzo), Amy Buckley (Miss Lynch), Cory Candelet (Eugene), Jonny Cortes (Johnny Casino), Taylor Lloyd (Marty), Alexa Racioppi (Patty Simcox) Max Weinstein (Sonny) and Amanda Lupacchino, Andee Buccheri, and Nathan Russo. Making their Ivoryton debut are Katelyn Bowman (Frenchy) Lawrence Cummings* (Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel), Luke Linsteadt* (Doody), Taylor Morrow (Roger), Natale Pirrotta* (Kenickie), Shalani Taylor (Cha-Cha), Audrey Wilson (Jan), Jamaal Fields-Green, Jared Starkey and Clementine Wurzbach

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor Cippolina.

GREASE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 5 and runs through July 29, 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, July 7, 14 and 28 at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 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.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after July 5, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos by Jonathan Steele

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Weekly Farmer’s Market with music every Saturday and the Park & Rec Summer Concert Series  – it’s all happening in Ivoryton!!  Come have fun with us!!

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Current Ticket Prices

Single ticket prices for Grease, A Chorus Line and ONCE are:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 student; $20 child

Single ticket prices for Queens of the Golden Mask are:  $50 adult / $45 senior / $22 student / $17 children 12 and under

Call the box office 860.767.7318 to secure your seats or book online 24/7 by following this link.

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