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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As the Ivoryton Playhouse plans for the future, we need your help. We are committed to bringing you the terrific shows that you have come to expect from us, but as you might imagine, we want to make it as safe and comfortable for you as we can. We would be grateful if you could take just 2-5 minutes to answer a few key questions to help us understand how we can help and what we might expect from our audiences during this unprecedented time.

Thank you!



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The Fall Down Funny Roast Of Broadway!

Forbidden Broadway Comes to Ivoryton
by Gerard Alessandrini
May 27th – June 14th

Ivoryton Playhouse opens the 2020 season with a brand new version of one of off-Broadways most popular shows – FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON. In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. The fall-down funny musical roast of Broadway that has picked up 9 Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony®, an Obie, a Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast!

Conceived, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the original version of the revue opened on January 15, 1982, at Palsson’s Supper Club in New York City and ran for 2,332 performances. Alessandrini has rewritten the show more than a dozen times over the years to include parodies of newer shows. The show, in its various editions, has been seen in more than 200 U.S. cities as well as playing in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.

Forbidden Broadway “STICKS IT TO THE GREAT WOKE WAY!” raves the New York Times.

This fast and furious musical comedy, lovingly recreated for the Ivoryton Playhouse by writer and creator, Gerard Alessandrini, eviscerates the oldies but goodies – Annie, Oklahoma, Fiddler and many more – and then skewers some of Broadway’s newest arrivals –  Tootsie, Oklahoma!, and Frozen, as well as Tony®-winning favorites Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman, Liza Minelli, and Lin Manuel, plus showbiz seen onscreen — “Fosse/Verdon” and Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland!

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to Broadway, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs!

The cast includes Playhouse alum Josh Powell* (MY WAY: THE FRANK SINATRA STORY and LOVE QUEST). Making their Playhouse debuts are Sandra Marante* Christopher Behmke* and Katheryne Penny. The show is directed by Gerard Alessandrini and choreographed by Gerry MacIntyre; musical directed by Josh Walker; set design by Glenn Bassett, lighting and sound design by Tate Burmeister and costumes by Elizabeth Saylor.

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 27th and runs through June 14th 2020. 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 May 28th.

Tickets are $55 adult / $50 senior / $25 student / $20 children 12 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates and subscriptions are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity


Updated Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Playhouse Family,

It is with great sadness that we are now forced to cancel the second production in our season – THE GREAT GATSBY. It was the only reasonable decision in the current circumstances. The roaring twenties will only be a whisper in Ivoryton this year. We hope to include the show in our 2021 season.

An early casualty of COVID -19 is the postponed production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON. The cast hung up their costumes on Sunday but, fingers crossed, they will be back on May 27th for 3 weeks of madness and mayhem.

For those of you who have tickets to any of the cancelled or postponed shows, you will be receiving a phone call from us very soon. Thank you for your patience; we are dealing with over 50 performances – that’s a lot of patrons we need to talk to. Please check our website for updates and information on upcoming shows.

FUTURE SHOWS ARE ON SALE!!! Guess what? You can still buy tickets on our website for shows that are in the summer and fall. Thank you so much for helping us to maintain some income over the next few months.

The generosity and kindness of our patrons and members warms my heart – so many people refusing refunds and sending donations – how lucky we are!

These are unprecedented times and our main concern, of course, is for the health of our patrons, volunteers, actors, staff, crew and board members.

I hope you are all well and staying healthy and I want you to know that our thoughts and best wishes are with you. Looking forward to seeing you at the Playhouse very soon.

“…And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand”

Jacqui Hubbard
Executive / Artistic Director

If you would like to make a donation to help the Playhouse survive this challenging time, please follow this link to make a contribution online.


Updated Thursday, March 19, 2020

From Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director:

As you are all so painfully aware right now, COVID-19 has spread from an isolated outbreak to a distressing global pandemic. Our immediate concern is always the health and safety of our patrons, staff and actors and therefore we have elected to postpone the opening show of our season – FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON and cancel THE GREAT GATSBY.

This decision brings with it great challenges to all of us that work at the Playhouse. Hours have been cut and some staff members will be laid off.

We will be offering free ticket exchanges into any other show of our 2020 season, including the cabaret nights, or you may donate the value of your tickets back to Ivoryton Playhouse as a tax-deductible donation. We would be so grateful if you would consider making this a charitable contribution to help us continue operating through this unprecedented crisis. The box office will be reaching out to all affected patrons. We ask patrons to await contact from the box office so that they can contact people for the opening performances first.

Our thoughts are also with you and your families at this time.

Stay safe, stay calm and look after each other.

We hope to see you at the Playhouse very soon.

Jacqui Hubbard
Executive / Artistic Director

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From the First Family of Country to the First Lady of Mystery; from battles among the rose beds to love that lasts forever, our 2020 Season has a little bit of everything and something extra!  A great melting pot of a season in a theatre that feels like home!

Subscriptions are available now.  As a 7 or 5 play subscriber, your benefits include: substantial savings; same seats year after year; early notification of next season’s shows; no charge for switching dates and, for 7-Play Subscribers, the bonus of a free ticket to our annual holiday show, which will run from December 11-20, 2020.  Only want the summer musicials?  Why not buy a 3-play subscription and save.

If you have any questions at all, just call Sue McCann, our Box Office Manager at 860.767.9520 x 203.

To view the subscription series options available, please click here:  2020 Season Series Options

To download a 7-play or 5-play application form, please click here:  7 and 5 play 2020 season subscription form

To download a 3-play subscription application form, please click here: 3-play 2020 season subscription form

Forbidden Broadway Comes to Ivoryton
Book by Gerard Alessandrini
Wednesday, May 27 – Sunday, June 14, 2020

In this special production of Off Broadway’s hit musical revue created for the Ivoryton Playhouse, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. Featuring outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast!

Flashdance: The Musical
Music by Robbie Roth; Lyrics by Robert Cary & Robbie Roth
Book by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary
Wednesday, June 24- Sunday, July 26, 2020

Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance: The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dreams. Based on the Paramount Pictures film, Flashdance boasts an iconic score and pop hits including “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”, and the sensational title track “Flashdance…What a Feeling.


  Ring of Fire
The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.   Conceived by William Meade
Wednesday, August 5 – 30, 2020

The Man in Black is Back! From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!


Ghost the Musical
Book & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin  Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard
Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, October 11, 2020

A romantic stage adaptation of a modern classic film, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. A moving heartfelt love story with a beautiful score, including “Unchained Melody”, that makes you want to hold on to your loved ones a little more tightly.

The Mousetrap
By Agatha Christie
Wednesday, October 28 – Sunday, November 15, 2020

Agatha Christie, the Mistress of Mystery, brings you her most popular creation, The Mousetrap. When a group of strangers are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm, they soon discover one of them is a murderer! Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it’s the spinster with the curious background. It could be the architect, the retired Army Major or maybe the odd man who claims his car overturned in a snow drift! We’ll never tell… You would think audiences would know whodunnit by now, but after more than half a century they are still guessing! Currently celebrating its 60th year in London, The Mousetrap will have you gripping the edge of your seat!


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The Ivoryton Playhouse is an historic, not for profit, 280-seat, professional theatre located on the Connecticut Shoreline. The Playhouse operates a year-round season, which includes eight main stage productions, educational programs, special events and a Summer Children’s Theater Series.

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.

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 or performing arts. 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 Production Internship, please follow this link:
Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Production Internship Application

The application deadline is Friday, February 28th, 2020. All applications postmarked by that date will be accepted.

The internship positions will be filled by March 13th, 2020.

Contact dnischan@ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information.

The Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce details of its Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020. Over 170 plays from all over the country were submitted to the initiative and the four finalists will be traveling to Ivoryton from Washington State, California, Indiana and Maryland to have their work presented in a series of staged reading on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

The Initiative includes the Ellie Award and a stipend for each of the four women playwrights chosen and provides a safe, nurturing environment for the development of new, one-act plays with a director and actors. The plays are by and about women and the issues that shape their lives, and the workshop culminates in a festival of staged readings.

To purchase tickets for the Women Playwrights Festival please call 860.767.7318 or go to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Tickets:  $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student for one performance.  Buy tickets for both performances for $30.00 adult; $25 senior; $10 student – call box office 860.767.7318 to book 2-performance package.


PANEL DISCUSSION:  Join us between performance times when the League of Professional Theater Women and Dramatists Guild co-partner on a talk called “Inside Playwriting” at the Ivoryton Library.  Moderated by Lauren Yarger (LPTW) and Emma Palzere-Rae (Dramatists Guild).  Panelists include Susan Cinoman (playwright and screenwriter); Tracey Knight Narang (producer of the groundbreaking Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!); Shellen Lubin (director, playwright and songwriter/singer); Dorothy Lyman (Emmy award -winning actress); Kato McNickle (Connecticut-based playwright, director, and artist); Emma Palzere-Rae (actress, playwright, director and producer).


FOOD SPECIALS:  Spend all day in Ivoryton and take advantage of these great restaurant deals:

Ivoryton Tavern
Just reopened with new owners!  Good Food, Good Friends, Good Spirits (and great burgers!) – casual pub food directly next door to the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Great daily specials posted on their facebook page.

8 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.1449

Special promotion:  10% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.


Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom
The Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom brings southern inspired coastal cuisine to the shoreline area with a dedication to fresh, made from scratch, authentic dishes created from years of travel, living and cooking in the south.

107 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0260

Special promotion:  15% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.


The Copper Beech Inn
A country inn and renowned award-winning restaurant.   The restaurant features snug and distinctive dining rooms complemented by wine from the over 2,500-bottle award-winning wine cellar.

46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0330

Special promotion:  WPI patrons can order a 3 course pre-fixe menu at the special price of $35pp.



Holly Arsenault is a Montreal-born, Seattle-based playwright. Her debut full-length play, Undo, was the recipient of the 2013 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. Her work has been developed and produced at Seattle Rep, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, The National Winter Playwriting Retreat, Mirror Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Her play The Great Inconvenience will be read at Sacred Fools Theatre in Los Angeles in March, 2020.

To be performed at 7pm: Court
Marle and Rosanna are not best friends. Actually, they barely know each other. But, over the course of one evening in Rosanna’s attic bedroom, they’ll forge a bond in the flame of Rosanna’s very big problem: going to court to testify in her own custody hearing. This is a story about two very ordinary, weird girls just dealing with how incredibly ordinary and weird it is to be thirteen.  Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard.


Sharon Goldner is this chick who perpetuates the notion that crazy is just a frame of mind. Her writing goal is to make audiences laugh at things they feel guilty for laughing at because she thinks humor helps break down barriers, enabling honest discussion. Sharon’s award-winning plays have been performed in theaters across the USA from Off Broadway to Los Angeles and in-between, plus Toronto. Sharon is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Additionally, her award-winning short stories have been published in literary journals all over the U.S.A, and in England, and she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Sharon assures audiences that no letters of the alphabet have ever been harmed in the creation of her work.

To be performed at 2pm:  Savior
What do you do when your five year old tells you he is the messiah?  Marlene confides this in her best friend, LuLu, seeking advice, comfort, and answers. A best friend was never more put to the test. A five year old was never more … out of this world.  Directed by Kate Katcher.


Dagney Kerr is a Los Angeles-based actress and writer. She’s guest-starred and recurred on TV shows, appeared in national commercials, and performed on LA stages from the Hudson Theatre to the Geffen Playhouse.  Her plays have been featured in many national playwriting festivals and competitions, winning Best Original Script, Audience Favorite, and Excellence in Playwriting Awards.  Her short film, Dalton, recently premiered at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and her play, Swindled Heart, was recently published in a collection of noir inspired works.

To be performed at 7pm:  Deanna and Paul
Deanna’s a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy. Paul’s a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.  Directed by Missy Burmeister.


Crystal V Rhodes has served as Playwright-in-Residence for the Connor Prairie Interactive History Park. She is the recipient of The Black Theatre Alliance Award for her comedy, Stoops.  Her play The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin won the American Stage 21st Century Voices New Play Festival.  Rhodes was recently the recipient of the 2020 Creative Artist Renewal Fellowship awarded by the Indiana Arts Council.  www.crystalrhodes.com

To be performed at 2pm: 1200 miles from Jerome
During World War II, a mother, her two daughters, a young school teacher and a fourteen year old Japanese American fugitive from a “Relocation Camp” are forced to flee the town of Jerome, Arkansas headed to New York City.  The journey is over 1200 miles of roads where African Americans aren’t allowed to sleep in most hotels, eat in most restaurants, use restroom facilities or purchase gas at many stations.  It is a trip filled with danger, one that could prove to mean the difference between life and death.  Directed by Kathryn Markey.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse admin office will be closed as of 12noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 and will reopen again at 10am on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

The last show in our 2019 season – AN ACTOR’S CAROL – will close on Sunday, December 22, 2019 and the Playhouse will reopen again with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The Ivoryton Playhouse Box Office will be open until 5pm on Monday, December 23, 2019 for the sale of gift certificates.

To make an online end-of-year gift to the Playhouse, please follow this link:  DONATE NOW!

Thank you for supporting the Ivoryton Playhouse!





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Gift certificates for subscriptions, single tickets or memberships are available.

Call 860.767.7318 or visit our box office at 103 Main Street, Ivoryton.

The box office will be open:

Tuesday, December 17 – 10am-5pm
Wednesday, December 18 – 10-5pm
Thursday, December 19 – 10am-8pm
Friday, December 20 – 10am-8pm
Saturday, December 21 – 10am-8pm
Sunday, December 22 – noon-4pm
Monday, December 23 – 10am-5pm




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