The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its doors for a 5-play season on July 8, 2021.

It’s time to get out and share some music and laughter and we’ll be providing it with a liberal dash of blood with MURDER FOR TWO!

MURDER FOR TWO, by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

The New York Times calls it “INGENIOUS! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.” You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

 

Photographs by Joan Marcus.
Joe Kinosian as The Suspects and Ian Lowe at piano and as Detective Marcus.

MURDER FOR TWO was developed at The Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented the World Premiere Production in May, 2011, which was extended 4 times and ran for more than 6 months. Kinosian and Blair were recognized with a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical

Everyone is a suspect in MURDER FOR TWO – Ian Lowe*, who was last seen in Ivoryton in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, plays the detective, and Joe Kinosian* plays all 13 suspects and they both play the piano! Joe also co-wrote this smart, funny musical and we are thrilled to have him perform his tour de force in Ivoryton.

A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Don’t miss this opportunity to step back into life and laughter at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

 

Photographs by Joan Marcus.
Joe Kinosian as The Suspects and Ian Lowe at piano and as Detective Marcus.

The show is directed and choreographed by Wendy Seyb, the set is designed by Martin Marchitto, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Saylor.

MURDER FOR TWO opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 8 and runs through August 1, 2021. 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 one Thursday matinee on July 8.

The safety of our audience is our primary concern. Face masks are required at all times in the theatre. There is no intermission and no concessions will be sold. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the theatre. We have socially distanced our seats so that there are only 96 seats in the theatre for your comfort and protection.  To view our socially distanced seating plan, please follow this link.

The second show in our 2021 Summer Season will be:

HAVING OUR SAY:  THE DELANY SISTERS FIRST 100 YEARS
by Emily Mann, adapted from the book “Having Our Say”
August 12th – September 5th, 2021
A beautiful, funny and heartfelt family drama based on the bestselling memoir of Bessie and Sadie Delany – trailblazers, activists and best friends.

MORE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $25 for students and are available on June 14 by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318. Tickets are not available online. Visit our website at 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

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
Ivoryton –EPA video submissions
Ivoryton Playhouse    Ivoryton, CT

Submissions Deadline
May 17th, 2021

Casting Personnel
Director: Todd Underwood
Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard

Other Dates:
The show runs from August 12th – September 5th, 2021. First rehearsal – July 27th, 2021.

Performance schedule:
Wed and Sun 2pm/ Wed and Thurs 7:30pm/ Fri and Sat 8pm

Contract SPT
$1,000 per week

Submissions  should be sent to casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org and should be accompanied by a headshot and resume.

Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
by Emily Mann, adapted from the book “Having Our Say” by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, based on the lives of Sadie and Bessie Delany

“Life is short. It’s up to you to make it sweet.” — Sadie Delany

Trailblazers, activist, and best friends, the Delany sisters — 103-year-old Sadie and Bessie, age 101 — take us on a “provocative and entertaining” (The New York Times) journey of triumphs over prejudice in times of social unrest. Celebrate the story of a century as lived by “two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom” (Chicago Tribune) in this funny and heartfelt family drama based   on the bestselling memoir.

THE STORY: HAVING OUR SAY opens as 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their Mount Vernon, New York, home. As they prepare a celebratory dinner in remembrance of their father’s birthday, they take us on a remarkable journey through the last hundred years of our nation’s history, recounting a fascinating series of events and anecdotes drawn from their rich family history and careers as pioneering African-American professionals. Their story is not simply African-American history or women’s history. It is our history, told through the eyes of two unforgettable women as they look not only into the past, but also ahead into the twenty-first century.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Miss Sadie Delany: Female, 103+
103 year old African-American woman, a retired high school teacher. She has a sweet disposition but gets her point across clearly.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Dr. Bessie Delany: Female, 101+
101 year old African-American woman, a retired dentist. She has a bite to her personality and is more outspoken.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Sides are available here by clicking on the character names below:

Bessie Monologues

Sadie Monologues

Submissions  should be sent to casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org and should be accompanied by a headshot and resume.

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VISIT TOYS AHOY IN ESSEX or RJ JULIA IN MADISON TO BUY “ELLA CAPELLA AND THE PINK UMBRELLA”.
SHOP LOCAL!

The Ivoryton Playhouse is not able to sell or ship Ella Capella books until after January 1st.  Please allow 4 weeks for delivery until we return to the office in March 2021 and can offer pick up at our Centerbrook office as well as more timely shipping.  To order directly from Lulu please see details below.

Meet Ella Capella, a special elephant who sings and dances and entertains the whole village of Ivoryton until one day a terrible storm threatens to sweep her away.

Who will save Ella and and will she ever find a forever home?

by Jacqueline Hubbard with pictures by
Cully Long

Ideal gift! Price:  $21.99 + tax

To purchase this book via the Ivoryton Playhouse website, please follow this link.

To purchase this book via Lulu, please follow this link.

This book is dedicated to our family of supporters who came together in 2020 and built the boat, made the sandwiches and held the umbrella to keep us safe.

You are truly the stars of our stage.

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Become a Member of the Ivoryton Playhouse!

“Let me entertain you
Let me make you smile…”

So sang Baby June in the immortal “Gypsy”. And so say all of us at the Ivoryton Playhouse. It is what we do best. We have been entertaining and making folks smile since Katharine Hepburn first set foot on stage here in 1931 and ignited a spark that has burned brightly for the past 89 years. Through the tough years of wars and civil rights riots and financial crashes, the Playhouse has carried on working – lifting the spirits of our community and our visitors.

And now, in what is possibly the most desperate and confusing time that we have ever lived through, we intend to keep lifting spirits – as long as we have help from you, our friends and family. We have been unable to produce even one play this year so our only source of income is you. We are so grateful for all of the members of our Playhouse family.

Without your help, 2021 will be a dark year for the Ivoryton Playhouse. Please consider a membership donation to help us turn the lights on again. In return, we will start entertaining you right away. We will email you a thank you message recorded by one of our actors with a little something to make you smile.

If these economic times have hit you hard and you just can’t help out this year, don’t worry. Send us your email address anyway and we’ll send you a message just to cheer you up. It’s what we do best.

“Let me entertain you, and we’ll have a real good time,
Yes sir! We’ll have a real good time!”

Yours, always singing,

 

 

 

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director

To download a membership form, please follow this link: 2021-membership-form

To mail in your membership, please make checks payable to Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation and send to: PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442.

To make a donation online, please follow this link.

For more information about membership or if you would like to pay for your donation on a credit card, please do not hesitate to call 860.767.9520.

Thank you!

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The generosity and kindness of our patrons and members has kept us going through the dark days of 2020. Though we have lost a whole year of performances we wanted to acknowledge the holiday season and the love that has kept our community together and so we are announcing a special Ivoryton Playhouse Community Story Project.

Since the world has turned upside down this year and people cannot come to the Playhouse to see a Holiday show – we want to hear from you. There is so much that divides us right now, we want to share what connects us – family, community, music, theatre. Do you have a holiday story that you would like to share with us? A snowstorm/burned turkey/surprise visit or just a personal tradition that is special to your family? We would love to hear it.

You can send your story to us at info@ivorytonplayhouse.org or call us at 860 767 9520 ext 202 and tell us your tale. Every week, from Thanksgiving to New Year, we will choose two stories to feature on our website and social media pages. The stories that are chosen will be turned into songs or scenes and performed by actors on video.

Every story chosen will be represented by a square in a patchwork quilt that we are going to create. A quilt is made up of memories – it keeps us warm and is a treasured heirloom. Our quilt of stories will help us get through this winter and be a memory for us of this unforgettable year and all the people that came together to support us.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Playhouse very soon.

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Show your support for the Ivoryton Playhouse by purchasing a limited edition 2020 t-shirt. Crew neck and v-neck styles.

It’s the tee to be seen in this summer!

T-shirts are $50 each plus $5 postage. Or order two for $80 plus postage. Save postage and ask for your t-shirt to be picked up curbside at our admin office in Centerbrook!

To order online please follow this link.

To order 2 for $80 please call Krista at 860.767.9520 x 205 to pay by credit card.

Checks also accepted. Make payable to Ivoryton Playhouse, include your requested style and size and mail to: Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442.

Thank you for helping the Ivoryton Playhouse raise critical funds this summer and show your support for the arts.

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Calling Women Playwrights!

Submissions for the 2021 Women Playwrights Festival is now CLOSED.
We have already received almost 200 submissions and would like to sincerely thank all those who have shown such passion for and interest in our festival.
Thank you, also, to all our readers who will be evaluating plays all summer.  Announcement of plays to be produced will be made in the Fall.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our Fifth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival. We are seeking submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The IWPF provides the 4 writers whose work is chosen paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while here, 3 days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival in February/March 2021 (actual date to be determined). There is also a $500 stipend.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

AS OF JULY 10, THE PLAYHOUSE IS NO LONGER TAKING SUBMISSIONS. 

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), with name and contact info.

The Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival also seeks resumes from directors (CT residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to
Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director  jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org

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On March 18th, 2020, the Ivoryton Playhouse planned to open its doors for the start of a whole new season but the universe had other plans.

We have been closed down by the state since March 16th and have been waiting to hear if we may be able to produce a limited season in the summer or fall. But we are heading into summer and the likelihood of producing grows slimmer every day and so we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 season.

If the world has changed enough for us to produce next year, then we will attempt 2020 Part 2 and hope to be able to produce everything we were prevented from producing this year – with bells on!

The Ivoryton Playhouse has been producing theatre for 90 years. The only years that it has been dark were during the Second World War and in 1977 when the future of the theatre hung in the balance and it was almost knocked down to make way for a drug store! But it has survived, through all of these challenges, and we are confident that we will be back – stronger and enriched by this unprecedented experience.

And so the curtain goes down on our 2020 season but we look forward with great hope and optimism to 2021 and a season filled with music and love and laughter and community!

Our creativity lies in our community; without our subscribers, members, single ticket buyers, volunteers and more we are simply small voices in an empty theatre. We value how you support and play your part in our organization so much.

While subscribers have already been contacted, if you currently hold single tickets for any of our 2020 season shows we will be contacting you soon or you can reply to this email. The Ivoryton Playhouse would like to offer you options to choose from for this year’s individual cancelled tickets:

1) You can use the price of the tickets as a generous donation to the Ivoryton Playhouse. This would be the most helpful to us as the theatre is suffering greatly during this pandemic. To acknowledge your gift, we will send you a postcard detailing the donation. We thank all of you that have already contacted us and donated tickets back to the theatre; it means more to us than you can know.

We understand that this is not possible for everyone – everyone’s situation is different and we will certainly take care of you and your concerns by offering these other alternatives:

2) A gift certificate for the amount of money you paid (less service charges) that can be used towards tickets to any show we produce in future – there is no expiration date on gift certificates;

3) We can process a refund by check for the amount of money you paid for the tickets (less service charges).

We have a very small staff working right now but be assured you will be contacted over the next couple of weeks or you can reply to this email. We pride ourselves on our customer service – we are here for you and we will respect your wishes.

Stay safe because we are looking forward to seeing you in person at the Playhouse as soon as we can.

With love,

 

 

 

 

Jacqui Hubbard
Artistic / Executive Director
Ivoryton Playhouse

We will call you about ticket issues but if you want to contact Sue McCann, Box Office Manager, please telephone 860.767.9520 x 203.

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Everyone is suffering during this unsettling time and the Playhouse is no exception.  We have had to cancel and postpone shows, we cancelled an important fundraiser and lost a storytelling event and one summer cabaret.  We are so sad because all we want to do is produce great shows for appreciative audiences.  That’s what we do best.

Before we can open and finally welcome people through our doors again, we are working every single day to try and make our 2020 season as good as possible.  In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate any and all donations to help the Ivoryton Playhouse survive this challenging time.  Please consider making a gift by clicking on the the DONATE NOW link below.  Thank you for supporting us! 

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