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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.

 

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

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 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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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights Initiative.

The Women Playwrights Initiative 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 workshop culminates in a weekend of staged readings, including interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

PASSION POWER PROSE 2018

Staged Reading: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7pm

HENRY, LOUISE, and HENRI
By Kathleen Cahill
Directed by Linda MacCluggage

The transformative and unfathomable effect of art is hilariously depicted when a long-married couple go for lunch in a Paris restaurant after a morning spent viewing Matisse paintings.

 

TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE, DO THIS
By Jennifer Lane
Directed by Hannah Simms

Scientists claim that there are 36 questions you can ask to fall in love with anyone. But can this seemingly simple exercise save even Wyatt and Merryn’s marriage?

 

Staged Reading: Saturday, March 3 at 7pm

BLOOD
By Yael Haskal
Directed by Kathryn Markey

When a young woman elects to donate blood to a sick pastor and pillar of the community, hellish truths are exposed forcing a devastating decision for both her and the nurse.

 

THE GENTLEMAN’S PACT
By Karen Howes
Directed by Addie Gorlin

A witty, acerbic look at marriage, fidelity, and self-determination when Bill, a college professor, tells his colleague, Arthur, that he wants to marry Arthur’s wife, Evelyn. Can their pact survive Evelyn’s unexpected response?

 

Call our box office to purchase tickets: 860.767.7318

Ticket prices: $20.00 adult; $15.00 senior and LPTHW members; $10.00 student
Both nights package price: $30 adult, $25 senior and LPTHW members; $10 student (buy ticket for Friday get ticket for Saturday free)

To purchase tickets on line please follow this link

Generously funded by:
Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut
Laura Copland • Kathleen and Al Jaffe • Rosalind Pressman • Anonymous

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:

Kathleen Cahill’s awards include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwriting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, three Edgerton Foundation Awards, and a Drama League Award. Her play Charm was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award. (Both published by Dramatic Publishing.) She writes for Alan Cumming when he introduces Mystery! on PBS. She is Playwright-in-Residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

 

Yael Haskal is a playwright and performer studying at Vassar College. She is currently working as the Literary Intern for the Manhattan Theatre Club, where she enjoys expanding her knowledge of and passion for dramatic literature. Yael’s next project is a full-length play about the effects of a capital punishment case on a small town in Utah.

 

 

 

Karen Howes is a recipient of several arts grants, is published in a Best-of Anthology by Smith and Kraus, and a winner of the Maxum Mazumdor New Play Prize and The New Science Driven Play Award. Her plays have won several festivals and productions, including at The Alley Theatre, The Academy Theatre, The Bickford, Playwright’s Theatre of NJ, Playwright’s Roundtable, and The Blank. She is a resident playwright at SkyLight Theater in Los Angeles.

 

 

Jennifer Lane received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and is represented by Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency in New York. For more information about Jennifer and her work, please visit jennifer-lane.net.

 

 

 

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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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Check out our video for Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT!

Actress Beverley J. Taylor returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a loving critique of a comic murder mystery with Connecticut ties. Our thanks to Overabove for producing video clips for all our productions.

After working for the Ivoryton Playhouse for 15 years, Taylor is delighted to return “simply as an actress” to play the much-maligned theatre critic Daria Chase. She looks back fondly on her time with the Playhouse, however, working in many roles and acting in several as well.

Asked to describe The Game’s Afoot, actress Beverley J. Taylor gives a sly grin. “There’s a quick murder, a little bit of body-hiding, a lot of slapstick comedy – thunder, lightning, screaming.” This comedy-thriller hits all the high notes of a murder mystery.

Set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning play transports audiences to 1936 for a cast party that quickly turns deadly – and delightfully funny. Writer Ken Ludwig sets up both quick-witted jokes and an engrossing mystery, all in one night on the Ivoryton Playhouse stage.

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Press Release

It’s Holmes for the Holidays!

Ken Ludwig’s THE GAMES AFOOT
at the Ivoryton Playhouse
November 1 – 19, 2017

Ivoryton – On November 1st, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

THE GAME’S AFOOT is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie. Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

THE GAME’S AFOOT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on November 1st and runs through November 19th, 2017.  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.

*denotes member of Actors Equity
Members of the press are welcome after

November 2nd, 2017.  Please call ahead for tickets.

 

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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The Joke’s On Us: Mike Reiss Really Likes Musicals

By Frank Rizzo writing for The Hartford Courant – Hartford Magazine

http://www.courant.com/hartford-magazine/people/hc-hm-mike-reiss-profile-20170826-story.html

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Click on link to read an interview with Mike Reiss.

I Hate Musicals:  The Musical opens on Wednesday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 15.

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Show Predicting Trump’s Presidency

 

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