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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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Artistic / Executive Director
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.
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!
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.
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”
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.
Executive / Artistic Director
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.