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A riotous comedy of good intentions and bad manners!

NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias

at Ivoryton Playhouse

Theatre is alive and well in Ivoryton, as you’ll see when the hilarious comedy, NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias, opens May 19.

This new comedy of “good intentions and bad manners,” has played coast-to-coast with unparalleled success. NATIVE GARDENS was originally planned, scheduled, and even cast, for Ivoryton’s 2020 season, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The Playhouse is thrilled to finally bring this uproarious play to life in Ivoryton.

NATIVE GARDENS draws its comedy from two sets of feuding neighbors, Virginia and Frank vs. Pablo and Tania. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute. The couples find themselves literarily building fences while breaking down barriers at the same time. NATIVE GARDENS is an entertaining look at what it takes to be good neighbors in America. Spoiler alert: no one comes out smelling like a rose!

The NATIVE GARDENS cast has been waiting in the wings for two years and includes Joseph Dellger* as Frank, Stacia Fernandez* as Virginia, Blanca Grande* as Tania, and Jose-Maria Aguila* as Pablo. The play is directed by Brian J. Feehan and has sets designed by Daniel Nischan, lights and sound by Alan Piotrowicz, and costumes by Elizabeth Saylor.

NATIVE GARDENS runs through Sunday, June 12, 2022. 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.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are not required, though recommended, and provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result is necessary for admittance. Knowing all audience members are covid-free will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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This season, Ivoryton Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Before admittance into the Playhouse, vaccinated patrons are asked to provide proof of vaccination (with photo ID). If you are not vaccinated, you must provide a negative covid test result within 72 hours (with photo ID). Entry will be denied to patrons who do not provide the documentation as required. For the safety of all of our patrons, wearing of masks in the theatre is recommended.

If you are not feeling well or are experiencing any symptoms of covid, please do not travel to the Playhouse. We will gladly switch your tickets to another date within the same show (subject to availability).

These guidelines are subject to change at any time during the season. Knowing all audience members are covid-free will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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More praise for STAR OF FREEDOM…

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We had to close STAR OF FREEDOM due to illness in the cast.  There will be no performances this week.

Ticket holders will receive a call from our box office. We’re sorry that you won’t be able to see this wonderful show.

Thanks to everyone who supported us on this journey to launch a new musical.

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A brand-new musical written by Connecticut writers is on stage at Ivoryton Playhouse. STAR OF FREEDOM, with music and lyrics by Jeff Blaney and book by Lawrence Thelen, opens the Playhouse 2022 Season and runs until May 1, 2022.

Based on Blaney’s concept album Exodus, STAR OF FREEDOM takes us on a journey with Sean and Chloe as they search for the meaning of home in 1860s America. The two come from completely different worlds – one an Irish immigrant, the other an African-American slave – but when the Civil War forces their lives to intersect, they show us what it means to be American during the 19th century. At a time when America is struggling with its identity, it’s worth looking back to another difficult time in history that ultimately led to a stronger and more unified nation. Though today we still see the flaws and scars that this history left behind, STAR OF FREEDOM brings us a ray of hope through the lives of these two very different characters.

STAR OF FREEDOM is at times funny and whimsical, while at other times tragically sad. Blaney’s intimate and refreshing score (played by the actors on stage) is steeped in Irish and Southern traditions, making it both contemporary and nostalgic at the same time; while Thelen’s book is timely and theatrical.

Conceived and directed by the Playhouse’s own Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, this world premiere musical features a terrific line-up of actor/musicians, including Danny Adams as Sean, and Ayla Stackhouse as Chloe. The nearly 30 other characters in the story are handled by Brian Russell Carey*, Luke Darnell*, Richard E. Waits * and Ben Hope* who also musical directs. Karilyn Ashley Surratt joins the creative team as choreographer.

The show has sets and lights designed by Marcus Abbott; costumes by Elizabeth Saylor; and sound by Adam Jackson.

STAR OF FREEDOM runs through Sunday, May 1, 2022. 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 Saturday matinee on April 9 at 2:00 pm.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are no longer required, though recommended, and patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result for admittance. Knowing all audience members are covid-free will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse 2022

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*Denotes a member of Actors Equity

Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse 2022

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Job Title: Technical Director

Start Date: As soon as available

Summary of Position: 

As a vital member of the production team of Ivoryton Playhouse, the TECHNICAL  DIRECTOR (TD) is responsible for many aspects of every show produced in Ivoryton. The TD is responsible for transforming the set designs into technical drawings and a completed set, while ensuring a safe acting/working space for actors and staff  onstage, in the shop and any storage locations”

Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000 full time/ part time schedule is also available

Essential functions of the position: 

• Supervise and coordinate scene shop operations, tools, equipment and maintenance.  Manage Shop/Production staff, primary build and load-in crew. 

• Oversee engineering, construction, installation, strike and storage of scenic elements for all productions, special events and other projects. 

• Work within scenic budget estimates for each production based on designers’ drawings. • Analyze, review and discuss scenic design drawings with Designer, Director of Production, Production Team, Artistic Leadership. Coordinate with management and scenic designer to accommodate changes to set designs as required to maintain budget and safety considerations. Identify technical or budgetary challenges in preliminary designs, advise designers of theater capabilities and limitations, suggest alternatives as needed. 

• Create construction/technical drawings based on design drawing package; assign and supervise projects. Actively participate in the construction and installation of scenery, rigging, painting, and props (as needed). 

• Identify and provide/build rehearsal furniture or scenic prop elements as needed. • Determine materials and equipment needed for set construction

• Coordinate delivery (lumber, steel, etc.) and necessary labor to receive materials. • Coordinate and manage staff and outside labor. 

• Coordinate and collaborate with Production Team to determine the means by which technical elements of a production are executed. Integrate lighting, sound and set designs to identify and resolve any instances of potential equipment  

placement/operation conflicts. 

• Work with Production Staff to develop a build and load-in schedule to ensure that the completed set, lighting and sound systems are in place by the first technical rehearsal. • In partnership with the Director of Production, track expenses and labor/overhire hours weekly. 

• Maintain the set and technical elements during the run of the show.

• Communicate regularly with Production Stage Manager, respond to rehearsal notes and performance reports. Ensure notes are completed. 

• Maintain and repair all scene shop and theatre areas, as well as tools, equipment, materials and theatre stock. 

• Maintain and update house technical drawings and designer information packet. • Maintain show archive to include most current paperwork, audio, Q-lab, and other show related files provided by other departments. • Coordinate and supervise pickup and delivery of elements in scenic/prop storage as needed

• Work with the Facilities Manager in delegating and executing general preventative maintenance. 

• A strong commitment to artistic excellence, good and effective communication skills, dependability, flexibility, proficiency, and excellent team building skills. 

• Other duties may be assigned upon review with the employee and their supervisor in response to unforeseen or unknown developments. 

Direct Reports: 

Required Education and Experience: 

1. Minimum 3-5 years technical theatre experience  

2. Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater or related field; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. 

3. Supervisory experience leading team members of varying skill levels and aptitudes.

5. Knowledge of industry safety standards and protocols. 

6. Confident knowledge of theatrical production and processes, including new trends and innovation. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

• Must have advanced knowledge of the following: standard theatrical scenery construction principles and practices; the use and maintenance of power tools; and awareness of OSHA safety practices in the operation of construction tools and materials, rigging, theatrical lighting, audio, scenic painting. 

• Be able to read and interpret design drafting and working drawings 

• Must possess computer proficiency skills. Google applications.

      must be able to create shop construction drawings from design documents. 

• Prior managerial experience, supervising professional and intern/volunteer crews. • Possess excellent written, oral, verbal communication skills, and be agile in managing time, people and projects in complex situations. 

• Ability to drive and operate a truck. 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: 

  1. Primary working area is shop and theater; secondary is production office.
  2. Ability to lift a reasonable amount of weight. 

3. Sitting for extended periods of time. 

4. Standing for extended periods of time. 

5. Use of power tools and work in scene shop as needed. 

6. Ability to climb ladders, work overhead and in cramped spaces sometimes required.

7. Valid driver’s license required. 

To Apply: 

Please send resume, cover letter and references to info@ivorytonplayhouse.org and type Technical  Director in the subject line. Search will remain open until the position is filled. Ivoryton Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer.

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2022 Season Information

You and I are the lucky ones. We survived the last couple of years – some of us with scars and lingering nightmares but, nevertheless, we are still here. How grateful are we for that! On a global scale, we shared moments of sorrow and gratitude, banging pots and pans in our yards or watching on our TVs. And, in our little theatre, we share gratitude for all of our patrons who supported us through the last couple of years – kept our lights on, and our spirits lifted. We learned a valuable lesson on the importance of community and shared experiences.  Please know that the applause you hear at the end of every show is filled with our gratitude for you. 

Our 2021 Season has been a year of readjustment and acceptance of a new way of doing things. We have tried hard this year to keep the theatre safe for all of us – staff, volunteers and patrons – with socially-distanced seating and an upgraded HVAC system, but next year we will need to increase our safety protocols to stay in line with the rest of the industry. We will be returning to full capacity seating and, unless there is a radical change in the world, we will be asking for proof of vaccination from all of our patrons. Masks will also be required unless we receive word from safety officials that this will not be necessary.

Our 2022 season will be an opportunity for us all to step outside our homes and come together once again with deep gratitude to celebrate our community and the love and joy we find here. I hope you will delight in the shows that we have chosen. As always, we try to find shows that bring us music and laughter, sometimes a few tears but always leaving you a little lighter, with spirits lifted and hearts warmed.

Our season will look a little different next year.  We will be offering two types of subscriptions: a 3 play and a 6 play and we will open each production with a Thursday matinee. The cost of the 3-play subscription will remain the same as it was in 2019 at $145.  The cost of the new 6-play subscription will be $295 per person.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Playhouse in 2022.

Jacqueline Hubbard
Executive/Artistic Director    

To download a form for a 6-play subscription, please follow this link.

To download a form for a 3-play subscription, please follow this link.

To view the subscription series date and time information, please follow this link.

Questions? Please call the box office 860.767.7318 or email Sue McCann at susanmc@ivorytonplayhouse.org

STAR OF FREEDOM
World premiere of a new musical
Based on the concept album “Exodus” by Jeff Blaney – Music by Jeff Blaney; Book by Lawrence Thelen
Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, May 1, 2022
Combining the lilting melodies of Irish folk and the soulful music of the African American community in the 1800s, Jeff Blaney, a Connecticut native, has conjured up a new vision of America from two very different immigrant experiences. Travel with Sean and Chloe as they cross this great, new land in search of a home.

NATIVE GARDENS
By Karen Zacarias
Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, June 12, 2022
What divides us and what do we share? A love of gardening, maybe? It is said that fences make for good neighbors but in this case, it just makes things worse. Frank Butley’s symmetrical rows of pruned shrubs or Tania Del Valle’s unruly, organic native garden? Which will win when gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this hilarious new comedy of good intentions and bad manners.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 31, 2022
This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

RING OF FIRE
The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. — Conceived by William Meade
Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, September 11, 2022
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!

THE GREAT GATSBY
adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 23, 2022
Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. A beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel which defined the Jazz Age, Simon Levy’s play captures the breathtaking glamor and decadent excess of the 1920s.

WINTER WONDERETTES
Created by Roger Bean
Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, December 18, 2022
The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. 

Subscriptions are available now. Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442

Tickets go on sale March 1, 2022 – www.ivorytonplayhouse.org – 860.767.7318

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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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