Monthly Archives: October 2021

“Say Goodnight Gracie”

At The Ivoryton Playhouse

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse by popular demand.  This Tony nominated comedy, written by Broadway veteran Rupert Holmes, opens October 28. 

Come experience the life, laughter and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen. This uproarious and enthralling play features longtime Playhouse favorite R. Bruce Connelly* in a tour deforce performance as the beloved comedian. 

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE, directed by the Playhouse’s own Jacqueline Hubbard, retraces the steps that formed one of the most successful and hilarious husband-and-wife comedy duos of the 20th century. This truly first-rate production will leave you laughing and sentimental as only the Ivoryton can.

The Playhouse had hoped to bring back the award-wining show two years ago but it was postponed due to the outbreak.  “Since then,” Connelly says, “I’ve been wandering through Central Park wearing my mask and running my lines to the squirrels and birds.” He is thrilled to be bringing George Burns back to life for a live audience on the Ivoryton stage.

The play has sets designed by Martin Marchitto; costumes by Elizabeth Saylor; lighting design by Marcus Abbott; and sound by Tate R. Burmeister.

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Thursday, October 28th and runs through Sunday, November 21st, 2021. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. There will be one Thursday matinee at 2:00 pm on October 28th and one Saturday matinee on October 30 at 2:00 pm.

The safety of our audience is our primary concern. We have socially distanced our capacity so that there are only 140 seats in the theatre for your comfort and protection.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318. Tickets are not available online. Visit our website at http://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information. (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

Because of socially distanced seating, we will only have 2 press seats available at each performance for the first two weeks. Please call Sue McCann at 860.767.7318 to reserve a seat.

Photographs courtesy of the Ivoryton Playhouse

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Fall 2021

“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow…”

It seems a lifetime ago when we opened THE FANTASTICKS in 2018.  It was certainly a very different world.  This September we are just grateful to be here.  COVID shut our doors and the floods of Ida destroyed our dressing rooms but we are still here – filling this old theatre with music and stories and memories.  How sweet it is to be back!

September traditionally sees the start of our annual membership campaign and so, this year, we come to you once again, filled with gratitude and humbled by your generosity, and ask you to join us with an annual gift for the 2022 season.

Now, more than ever, we know how much membership means to us.  It is truly the lifeblood of the theatre.  Without ticket sales or ad revenue, it was your membership, with support from the state and federal governments that kept us going through 2020 and into 2021.  Your membership helped us to turn the lights back on, re-hire staff and make our beautiful building safe for everyone to join us once again.

On behalf of the board of trustees, staff, volunteers and thousands of theatregoers who pass through our doors, thank you for lifting our spirits with your kindness and keeping us afloat in difficult times.

Thank you for being part of our Playhouse family.

“Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow….”

Yours, always singing,

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

Download our membership form here. All donations welcome!

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Wear your support for the Ivoryton Playhouse in our limited edition2021 Season t-shirt!

On sale at the theatre for $15 or 2 for $20. All sizes.

V-neck and crew neck styles.

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