Coney Island Christmas
by Donald Margulies
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

The Ivoryton Playhouse Holiday show opens on December 13th and runs until December 23rd. Coney Island Christmas by Donald Margulies is a heartwarming story with a lot to say about how life could be better through understanding and tolerance for one another. An instant holiday classic and a new family tradition.

Shirley Abramowitz, now a grandmother visiting her family in California, tells her granddaughter the story of when she was a little girl in Coney Island and was cast as Jesus in the school pageant. Suddenly we are transported back to Coney Island in 1935 with all the nostalgia of post war America. The story is a familiar tale of immigrant parents worried that they will lose their identity if they give up their traditions and immigrant children embracing the idea of being American and part of the new world.

Coney Island Christmas captures the message of Christmas in a different way yet it feels so familiar and nostalgic at the same time. Coney Island Christmas is about community and about what makes Christmas in this country so special. It is about accepting and embracing our differences and coming together to find joy in our shared human experience.

Commissioned by the late Gilbert Cates, Coney Island Christmas premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012. This community production in Ivoryton is directed by Sasha Bratt, who also directed Biloxi Blues last season. Musical direction is by Frank Natter. Set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, costume design by Lisa Bebey and sound design by Tate Burmeister.

Bursting with feel good holiday spirit, Coney Island Christmas is traditional, family friendly entertainment for all ages: an antidote to cynicism and a love letter to good old fashioned holiday fun. The cast includes actors young and old – many Playhouse favorites and some new faces – Amy Buckley, Cory Candelet, Mark Gilchrist, Jordan Godburn, Avital Goldberg Curran, Lenore Grunko, Nia Marchese, Gaby Onorati, M.E.Rich, Norm Rutty, Moira O’Sullivan, Ben Stone Zelman.

Make the Playhouse part of your family holiday tradition this year. Come and visit the village of Ivoryton, decorated with over 500,000 Christmas lights – have dinner and take in a great show at the Playhouse.

Coney Island Christmas opens on Thursday, December 13th and runs thru December 23rd for 2 weeks. Performance times are Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. There is also a Wednesday matinee on December 19th.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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 Visit the Brightest Village in Connecticut
Ninth Annual Ivoryton Illuminations

Ivoryton:  Looking for a different way to celebrate Christmas? Then head down to Ivoryton for the Ninth Annual Ivoryton Illuminations to see one of the states’ largest living Christmas Trees and the village green lit up with over 450,000 lights!

The Illuminations will shine brightly through January 5th and visitors can tune their car radios to 101.5FM and watch as the lights dance to the music!

This Ivoryton Illuminations are organized entirely by volunteers.  Major sponsors are Christmas Décor, Essex Lions Club, Essex Rotary, Essex Saving Bank, Essex Steam Train, Hocon Gas, LC Doane, Riggio & Sons, Inc., Saybrook Ford and Wilcox Tree Experts.  Other supporters: Essex Police Union, Gowrie Group, Robinson and Wright and Westbrook Elks.

If you want to experience some real Christmas cheer, then come and join the party in Ivoryton, the brightest village in Connecticut!

For more information, visit us online at www.ivorytonalliance.org

Photo by Jonathan Steele

 

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AUTHENTIC TAVERN CUISINE IN YOUR FAVORITE OLD STOMPING GROUNDS

Enter into Scotch Plains Tavern through the iconic barrel doors and our hostess will happily seat you in our downstairs dining room, outside patio or upstairs in our industrial-themed bar. For private parties and celebrations we invite you into our private dining room, bathed in sunlight from four sets of french doors.

Our menu has a vast variety of items, sure to please your entire circle of friends and family, including our Thursday Night Lobster & Clam Bake and our new Lighter Fare Lunch Menu with $10 entrees. We also offer a carefully curated wine list and selection of craft beers from around the state. Enjoy Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:00pm and half-price wine bottles on Mondays. Catch every game on one of our 14 TVs throughout the bar.

If you’re in search of fun and entertainment, look no further! With trivia on Tuesday nights, our game room featuring both pool and shuffleboard as well as live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, Scotch Plains Tavern is where you’ll want to be!

We look forward to welcoming you again and again to your favorite neighborhood tavern!

www.scotchplainstavern.com

124 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 662.4032

Special promotion for Ivoryton Playhouse ticket holders:
10% off dinner bill with tickets presented

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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

World renowned artist David Pittsinger will be performing his heart warming holiday show, “The Ivoryton Playhouse Christmas Hour” from December 5th through 8th at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

An old fashioned Christmas celebration of holiday standards and sacred songs, the evening will feature David with his wife, Patricia Schuman, son Richard, Carly Callahan, Ryan Bloomquist and Anna Fagan.

 

Set in a 1940s radio station, the show will take you back to the days when the radio had pride of place in the living room and the family gathered round in the evening to listen to their favorite shows. Baby, it’s gonna be cold outside so come on down to the Ivoryton Playhouse to warm your heart with music we all know and love.

These concerts are to benefit the 106 year old Playhouse to further its mission to provide entertainment, education and cultural experiences to the residents and visitors to our community.

Tickets are $50 adult/ $45 senior/ $22 student and $17 child. Performance times are 7:30pm with a 2pm matinee on Thursday, December 6th.  Groups of 10 or more ticket price is $35.

 

Seating is limited; please call the theatre box office at 860.767.7318 or visit our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org to reserve your seat for these very special events

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Comments from the audience:

“Kudos to the entire Ivoryton Playhouse team! Outstanding acting, directing, set design, music and portrayal of such a dark subject matter. I was moved to tears.”

“Strongly recommend seeing this premier production. I suggest you put your “mental seat belt” on during intermission because the second half is the turbulent ride that the first act has been gently foreshadowing. The subject matter is thought provoking and forces us to be introspective about our present outlooks on social issues. You are not likely to leave the theater feeling blasé”.

“This play will move you, it will take you on a ride into a dark chapter of this country’s history by visiting a kitchen in Celestial, Alabama during the summer of 1961. You will visit the world of woman in the KKK, both the good and the bad. At the end of the play Disturbed’s version of the Sounds of Silence will deposit you back into 2018. You will ask yourself, my gosh, are we heading back to this now? It is thought provoking, It is eye opening, It is a daring play. It is a must see.”

“Haven’t stopped thinking about this powerful play since I saw it! Timely and brilliantly acted!”

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Reviews from the Critics:

Catharsis at the Ivoryton Playhouse: The Queens of the Golden Mask
By Brooks Appelbaum
Special to the Times

ESSEX:  Carole Lockwood’s “Queens of the Golden Mask,” a world premiere running from October 31 through November 18, brings to the Ivoryton Playhouse audience a rare opportunity to experience catharsis at a time when theater can help us process the disturbing events of our time. We have Artistic Director Jacqueline Hubbard to thank, both for including this remarkable play in Ivoryton’s season, and for directing it with insight, sensitivity, and brilliance.

Hubbard has said that she chose the script in part because of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last August. “This is not a political play,” she states. “The main reason for doing this play is that it can be a catalyst for conversation. If we don’t learn from history, then we’re just doomed to repeat it.”

The first act is set in 1961, in Celestial, Alabama, a small town just south of Birmingham. As women friends bring various cakes, cookies, and pies into Ida’s kitchen, preparing for a social gathering, it becomes clear that Ida—nicknamed “Moma”— is very much the matriarch of the group. Expertly played by Ellen Barry, Ida’s motherly warmth shows flashes of flinty despotism. She describes her daughter-in-law, Martha Nell Sage (a heartbreaking Sarah Jo Provost) as having “sawdust between her ears,” and gives Martha Nell orders as she might a servant—or a slave.

Martha Nell is white, of course, but the question of “color” comes up early. Rose (a sincere Anna Fagan), newly married and having just moved to Celestial from Ohio, has been invited so the friends can decide whether she will be an appropriate seventh member of the “Women’s Auxiliary” group, which needs seven women to be official. As Faith (the stunning and chilling Gerrianne Genga) sweetly interrogates Rose about her feelings regarding “darkies,” Rose learns two things: the “Auxiliary” is a women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan; and if you don’t belong, you don’t belong in Celestial, Alabama.

The whole of the story covers the next two years, bringing us up to 1963 (the year of the Birmingham church bombing, which Lockwood cleverly keeps in the background, trusting her audiences to make the connections themselves). To reveal more of what happens, especially to Rose and Martha Nell, would do the production, and the audience, a disservice; but know that the ending is clear-eyed, hard-hitting, and honest.

Lockwood’s script is riveting, though it needs some revision of the plot. However, she is a master at creating sharply etched characters, all of whom (with two exceptions) remain, throughout the action, sympathetic in their self-deceit. And Hubbard’s casting is superb. In addition to Provost, Genga, Fagan, and Barry, the other women—Jes Bedwineck (the tough and playful Jean), Bonnie Black (the sweetly dithering Ophelia, older than all except Ida), and Bethany Fitzgerald (the simple-minded Kathy Two)—inhabit their characters, and their deep friendship, with a remarkable level of authenticity.

Using every inch of the Ivoryton stage up to its rafters, Dan Nischan has created a terrifically realistic set that focuses on Ida’s kitchen, but also includes the front porch and a back shed, both of which enclose crucial scenes. Marcus Abbot’s lighting enhances both the atmosphere and the plot, and Elizabeth A. Saylor’s costumes perfectly delineate each woman’s unique and vivid personality.

Hubbard has also collaborated with Sound Designer Tate R. Burmeister to create music and sound that bring out the nuanced power in Lockwood’s script. Weaving classic hymns throughout the scenes, Hubbard reminds us that these women adamantly believe they are doing Jesus’ work. And the final rallying cry and curtain song warn us that this story’s history is all too close at hand.

Ivoryton Playhouse has given us a sensationally fun, beautifully acted, and strongly directed season this year. Ending with a world premiere—a serious play that speaks with tough eloquence to the moment in which we live—is courageous, but the choice goes far beyond that. “Queens of the Golden Mask” does what the best of art does: while telling a compelling story, it challenges us to examine our pre-conceptions, no matter what they may be. This is not a production to be missed.

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THE QUEENS OF THE GOLDEN MASK
Reviewed by Tony Annicone

“The Queens of the Golden Mask”, a world premiere, is currently running at the historic Ivoryton Playhouse. Carole Lockwood’s new play pulls aside the Cotton Curtain to reveal a piece of history that tells a little known story and also raises a warning. It starts off in 1961 and moves two years later in Act 2. The normalizing of hate is dangerous and toxic, not only to the objects of the hatred but eventually destroying those who are caught up in its comfortable complacency. The play is based on the experiences of Elizabeth H. Cobbs written by Petric Smith who also 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 insiders 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 maintain white male supremacy But there were many who, quietly and with great moral courage, put their lives on the line. This is their story. They hide behind a religious facade while performing despicable actions, pretending they are only in a patriotic social club.

Director Jacqui Hubbard takes this story that could have been ripped out of today’s headlines and casts 7 incredible actresses in this dramatic yet sprinkled with humorous incidents along the way. She directs these women on a terrific unit set of kitchen, front stoop and outside the house area by Daniel Nischan with marvelous lighting by Marcus Abbott which figures greatly in this show with the overhead kitchen light and the authentic 1960’s costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina who also designed the scary Ku Klux Klan outfits worn at the end of Act 1 during an initiation ceremony which leaves the audience stunned but eager to find out what happens to these women two years later during the Birmingham Church Bombing.

Thunderous applause is given to this talented cast as the awful and tragic sounds of the Charlottesville riots end this show while the red lights display the tragic events of the church bombing mixed together with two other tragic deaths. The show ends with the Simon and Garfunkel song “The Sounds of Silence” which demonstrates we can’t stand by and let these atrocious things happen not back then and not now in this country so divided by unrest and dissatisfaction with the American government.

These seven women are all easily identifiable under Jacqui’s direction and gives each of them their moment to shine in this show. She uses religious music in between scenes including “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Shall We Gather at the River.” Each of these women are very talented and deliver the goods in their roles. The mother figure of this story is Ida who is the backbone of this group of staunch supporters of segregation.

Ida’s played wonderfully by Ellen Barry. Ida is sweet and nice but also has a darker sinister side to her. The Queens are very near and dear to her. They are her pride and joy and when anyone crosses her, there is hell to pay with the Kiss of Death. Once somebody joins the Klan there is never any escape.

One of her friends is Faith Carlyle, an Avon Lady who shares her husband’s involvement with the Klan is excellently played by Gerianne Genga. Faith is part of Ida’s close circle of friends. She is used to entice Rose, the northerner who moves to town to join this religious and social group. Faith spews some hateful dialogue to convince Rose to join the group, explaining that she was a Southerner from Atlanta who moved to Alabama so Faith understood how Celestial women felt.

Ida’s daughter-in-law, Martha Nell Sage is vulnerable, lonely and gentle and fabulously played by Sarah Jo Provost. She’s quite a contrast to Ida when the older woman’s dander is aroused. This character is verbally abused by Ida and her plight tugs on your heartstrings when you learn about her five pregnancies and how her husband and his mother really treat her. This character is smarter than the audience is led to believe at first.

One of the most colorful ladies of this group is Fifi Barnett who is a lifetime member of the Queens, played perfectly by Bonnie Black. She is unloved and unnoticed by her husband and resorts to putting on airs as well as gossips up a storm, too. She has been a long time member who brings a coconut cake to the meeting and hopes they can gather seven women together to reinstate the charter of the Queens again. Fifi always argues with Jean but they reach a truce in Act 2 and buy ice cream together while laughing up a storm while a tragic death takes place across town which was initiated by the sheep in wolf’s clothing, Ida.

A complicated character is Jean Mooney who is tough on the outside with her wisecracks and gruff demeanor but hides an intelligent side which emerges in Act 2. Jes Bedwineck brings great depth to this character who at first comes off as a royal pain in the butt but turns the tide later on. The young bride of the Mayor’s son is Kathy (Two) Boggs who seems to always be pregnant. Kathy is very anxious to be a grown up while still is a youngster at heart. Bethany Fitzgerald as Kathy, fantastically plays the young gal who wants to be a Queen so desperately in Act 1 and then turns on a dime when she receives tragic news about Kathy One who moved away and whose death greatly changes her perception of things. She delivers a poignant and touching crying scene on her dramatic exit.

The only Yankee in the group is Rose Jackson who just moved South recently from Ohio. Rose is a teacher who is intelligent, kind and good hearted. Anna Fagan is dynamite as this woman brought to the South by her new husband and who is thrust into this insidious situation. She ponders what she should do. Rose becomes very close to Martha Nell and treats her like her little sister. Her acceptance into the Queens society in Act 1 is startling. Rose learns what is really happening in the town through Martha after she taught her how to read and write. Martha’s in the midst of a medical crisis when Rose learns the truth. Finally events lead up to a climatic revelation in Act 2 where she stands up to the oppressive society, calling them out on their evil and duplicitous behavior even when she is threatened with the Kiss of Death and how no one can ever escape from the Klan after taking a blood oath from them.

The exposition of this new script needs to be tightened up because Act 1 is a little on the longish side but after learning who is who, the second act grabs you and never lets go, hoping you learn from the past and try not to make the same mistakes now and in the future. Speak up and do something about things that are not just and right. Do not sit idly by while injustices take place, get out there and vote so things like this don’t happen.

So for a very timely play that will wake you up to face reality, be sure to catch “Queens of the Golden Mask” to see terrific direction and acting in a world premiere right here in Ivoryton, CT at the historic Ivoryton Playhouse.

THE QUEENS OF THE GOLDEN MASK (31 October to 18 November)
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT
(860)767-7318 or www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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“Jacqueline Hubbard embraces the risk of exposing the roots of this insidious evil as she directs this revealing and monumental work. Based on a true story, this drama tells what happens when women inside the fold stand morally upright in protest and for civil rights and humanity.”

Review by Bonnie Goldberg for the Middletown Press and member of the Connecticut Critics Circle

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Ellen Barry and Sarah Jo Provost talk about The Queens of the Golden Mask on stage now until November 18.

Haunting and powerful, this 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.

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 a talk back with the cast and director plus guests after every performance on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $25 for students and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Our thanks to Overabove for producing this video clip for the Playhouse.

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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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TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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