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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Call, click or stop by:

Telephone:  860.767.7318

Purchase online by following this link

Stop by our office at 22 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT  06442 (opposite Pizza Pub)

Single ticket pricing:  $50 adult / $45 senior / $22 student / $17 children 12 and under

After June 1, 2018 single ticket prices for A Night with Janis Joplin, Grease, A Chorus Line and Once will be:  $55 adule / $50 senior / $25 student / $20 children 12 and under.

 

LOVE QUEST
Written by Mary Maguire & Steven McGraw
Wednesday, April 25 – May 13, 2018

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” on an online dating service. LOVE QUEST – a new comedy – explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.

 

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
Written and Created by Randy Johnson
Wednesday, May 30 – June 24, 2018

From Broadway to Ivoryton, come share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll. Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

 

GREASE
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 29, 2018,

It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin” and many more. 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.

 

A CHORUS LINE
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2, 2018

The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, A CHORUS LINE examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A CHORUS LINE is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. This singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.

 

ONCE
Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Wednesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

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 tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

 

THE QUEENS OF THE GOLDEN MASK
Written by Carole Lockwood
Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 18, 2018

Set in Alabama in 1962, this stunning new play about a group of mothers and daughters takes us from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface. A world premiere.

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David Pittsinger talks about his love for THE FANTASTICKS and his role as El Gallo.

Our thanks to Overabove for producing these great videos for us!

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David Pittsinger opens 2018 season in The Fantasticks

Ivoryton – The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its 2018 season with a romantic fable that has enchanted audiences around the world for over fifty years. THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt is a timeless tale of young love, shattered dreams and universal truths and it opens in Ivoryton on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

The show was first performed Off Broadway in May, 1960 and ran for 42 years, making it the world’s longest running musical. It has helped launch the careers of Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, F. Murray Abraham, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Ricardo Montalbán.

THE FANTASTICKS has been performed in 82 countries, and each year some 250 productions are mounted worldwide. Its themes — the blind passion of youth, the meddling of parents, the deepening of love through pain and struggle — are timeless and continue to captivate audiences everywhere. This intimate show with a bounty of catchy tunes and beautiful melodies, including the classic “Try to remember the kind of September…”, is a quintessential celebration of love in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities

David Pittsinger*, who has performed in Ivoryton to great critical acclaim as Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC,  and  Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, will be playing the storyteller – El Gallo.  He will be joined by his wife, Patricia Schuman*, Carly Callahan, R. Bruce Connelly*, William Clark, Kimberley Immanuel*, Ryan Bloomquist and Cory Candelet.

The show is directed and choreographed by Brian Feehan, the set is designed by Martin Marchitto, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina. Musical direction is by Jill Brunelle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to fall in love and catch the magic!

THE FANTASTICKS opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on March 21st and runs through April 8th 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1; Replacement show on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm

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.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after March 22nd.

Please call ahead for tickets.

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A summer internship at the Ivoryton Playhouse offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to expand and develop technical theatre skills, make professional contacts, and develop the insight and experience necessary to pursue a career in theatre.

The Production Internship is designed for students aspiring to careers in technical theatre, production or design, including but not limited to the following:  Carpentry, Costuming, Lighting, Painting, Run Crew, Scenic Design, Technical Direction, Properties, Production Management and Stage Management.

In order to gain a full, well-rounded experience, production interns will work side by side with the production staff in all areas of technical theatre. Opportunities can include assisting with set construction, electrics work, prop and costume acquisition, show changeovers, building maintenance and backstage crewing.

Internships run from mid-May to early-September.

Ideal candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled in college or be a recent graduate and should be working towards a career in theatre.  Please refer to FAQ document for other candidate information.

For FAQ please follow this link:  Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Interns FAQ

For an application form for a summer internship, please follow this link:  Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Internship Application

The application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.  All applications postmarked by that date will be accepted.

The internship positions will be filled by March 16, 2018.

Contact dnischan@ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information.

The Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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2018 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION AND PRICES ARE BELOW

Individual tickets go on sale February 20, 2018


THE FANTASTICKS

Music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
*starring David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman
Wednesday, March 21st – Sunday, April 8, 2018

(No show Easter Sunday, April 1; Replacement show on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm) A gem of the American theater, THE FANTASTICKS is the longest-running musical in the world: a funny and romantic tale about a boy, a girl, and their two parents who try to keep them apart. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. Try to remember and if you remember then follow….

 

LOVE QUEST
Written by Steven McGraw and Mary McGuire
Wednesday, April 25 – May 13, 2018

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” on an online dating service. LOVE QUEST – a new comedy – explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating.

 

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
Written and Created by Randy Johnson
Wednesday, May 30 – June 24, 2018

From Broadway to Ivoryton, come share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll. Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

 

GREASE
Music and Book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 29, 2018

(No shows Wed, 4th of July; Replacement shows on Wed, July 11 through Sunday, July 29, 2018) It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin” and many more. 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.

 

A CHORUS LINE
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2, 2018

The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, A CHORUS LINE examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A CHORUS LINE is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. This singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.

 

ONCE
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Wednesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

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 tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

 

THE QUEENS OF THE GOLDEN MASK
Written by Carole Lockwood
Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 18, 2018

Set in Alabama in 1962, this stunning new play about a group of mothers and daughters takes us from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface. A world premiere.

 

2018 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

Subscriptions can be purchased by downloading the forms below and sending by mail. We offer 18 possible series during our season. On the form below, please circle the Series that you’d like for Season 2018, complete all of the information and mail to us with payment. Remember that, for a Series, you must stay within the same row of dates. You will be able to switch any single dates that don’t work for you after February 20, 2018.

Full 7-play subscriptions are $260 (only $37 per ticket)

5-play series subscriptions are $200 (only $40 per ticket)

3-play series subscriptions are $125 (only $42 per ticket)

To view the 2018 subscription series dates please click here: 2018 series dates

To download the 7 and 5 play subscription form please click here: 7 and 5 play form

To download the 3-play series option please click here:  3 play form

Checks payable to Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442
To discuss seating options please telephone Susan McCann on 860.767.7318 x 203

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

Thursday, December 21st at 2:00pm

Friday, December 22nd at 7:00pm

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, with Carly Callahan, Katie Weiser and Charlie Widmer.

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 each (all ages) and are on sale now. 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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