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The Great Gatsby Gala is just five weeks away!  We hope you will join us to revel in the exuberance and decadence of the Roaring Twenties, while providing critical support to Ivoryton Playhouse.

To help get you ready to shimmy the night away, the following are some questions and answers about the event. 

When is the Great Gatsby Gala?
Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm

Where is the Gala taking place?
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442

How much are tickets?
General tickets are $150 per person. Patron tickets are $500 per person. To book tickets, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at krista@ivorytonplayhouse.org

What does my ticket provide?
Your ticket to the gala provides you with a seat for the 3:00 performance of The Great Gatsby on Sunday the 23rd. The performance runs approximately 2 hours. Immediately following this special performance, guests will enjoy live music, Gatsby inspired food, and a full bar under the tent. The evening will be peppered with surprise entertainment, a silent auction, and a wine pull so that you can stock your own cellar with some exceptional bottles. A patron ticket provides priority seating (center aisles and front row balcony) along with an invitation to an exclusive patron party, featuring a sneak peek at the 2023 season.

I already have a ticket for another performance of The Great Gatsby. Whatever shall I do?
We are happy to move your ticket to the special Sunday performance, and discount the gala ticket accordingly. Please email krista@ivorytonplayhouse.org for assistance.

Whatever shall I wear?
Guests are encouraged to come in their Gatsby, mobster, and flapper-inspired finery!

Will food be served? 
Yes! Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres in 20’s style. Drinks will, of course, be flowing!

Who is benefiting from this event?
All proceeds will benefit the Ivoryton Playhouse. For over one hundred years, the Ivoryton Playhouse has been a cornerstone of our community and of the cultural life of Connecticut. From its heyday in the 1940’s, showcasing the greatest stars of the American stage until today, featuring the promising young talent of tomorrow, its mission has been not only to provide exceptional theater experiences of high professional quality but also serve as a leader in community activities. As one of the major economic drivers of the town, the Playhouse has been a major force in the growth and development of the village of Ivoryton and surrounding areas.

What is the Playhouse raising money for?
We sustained a huge financial loss over the past two years and full recovery will be slow. Our biggest imminent expense is a new air conditioning and ventilation system. Our current system was state-of-the-art in 2000 but with the new safety protocols, it no longer meets the requirements necessary for a professional theatre. We spent $25,000 last year and another $7,500 this year, remediating the old system but this is only a short-term fix.

We were very grateful to receive $70,000 from the State of Connecticut to help with the purchase of a new system. We need to raise another $75,000 to be able to make this happen. Funds raised by the Gatsby Gala will be used towards this capital expense and we will all be able to breathe easy and continue to enjoy professional theatre close to home.

We can’t come to the Great Gatsby Gala but want to make a donation. How do we do that?
To make a donation, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at krista@ivorytonplayhouse.org

We hope to see you on October 23rd to channel your inner Jay and Daisy and join us for an evening of elegance, merry-making and perhaps a little mischief!

Thank you for your support of Ivoryton Playhouse!

To book tickets, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at krista@ivorytonplayhouse.org

We would like to thank our sponsors and patrons for their support:

Highclere Castle Gin
The Chocolate Shell, Old Lyme

Elizabeth Baird
Richard and Barbara Booth
Carly and Matthew Callahan
Randy and Cynthia Clegg
Henri David
Theresa and Bob Dryfoos
Jacqueline Hubbard and Norman Needleman
Al and Kathleen Jaffe
Pam and Dave Keller
Bob and Alison Marcinek
Sally and George Mayer
Dr. James McAraw and Ms. Elaine Godowsky
Linda and Ernie Reamer
Jed and Linda Rhoades
Amanda and Mike Tevis
Kiono Thomas
Todd Underwood and Cameron Hernandez
Molly and David Watkins
Elaine and Martin White
William and Heidi Wrang

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Women Playwrights Festival 2022

DATE:         Saturday, October 29, 2022

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 
2:00pm      Two Play Performance and Talk Backs
4:00pm      League of Professional Theatre Women Discussion and Conversation “Rebuilding Theatre with Greater Relevance”
6:00pm      Social hour in the Playhouse tent – cash bar open
7:00pm      Two Play Performance and Talk Backs

VENUE:       Ivoryton Playhouse

TICKETS:     $30 adult / $25 senior / $20 LPTW / $10 student
Ticket price includes all day activities including both performances.
Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets or follow this link to purchase online

PLAY AND PLAYWRIGHT INFORMATION

AT THE HOTEL TEXAS by Laurie Graff

Laurie Graff is writer and actor from NYC. Best known for the chick-lit hit, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs, Laurie has also written the novels Looking for Mr. Goodfrog and The Shiksa Syndrome.   A produced and published OOB playwright, Laurie’s work is included in New Monologues for Women by Women and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 1999.  Having worked for years as an actress, Laurie’s favorite theatrical role was Frenchy in the Broadway hit Grease.

This play takes place late morning on Friday, November 22, 1963 and follows two sisters, Opal, a chambermaid, and Lottie, a waitress, working and scheming and sharing their plans as they work at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth.

HOW TO TIE A TIE by Brittney S. Harris

Brittney S. Harris, a native of Norfolk, VA, has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia and is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise and interests are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, and performative community-engaged programming.  Brittney’s work is included in Best Women’s Monologues 2021 Anthology.

The play is set in present day and takes place in the sanctuary of a church. Charles Walker, a black man in his 40s and his wife, Grace, are getting ready for their daughter’s wedding. The play addresses the themes of non-traditional marriage in the past and present.

RECONSTRUCTION by Barbara Kimmel

Barbara Kimmel is an Atlanta-based playwright and children’s author. Her plays are humorous takes on women’s struggles to find their voices and be heard. They have been produced in New York, London, Chicago, and Atlanta. She is a member of Working Title Playwrights and lives in Atlanta with her husband, playwright Hank Kimmel.

A woman faces breast cancer while her house is falling apart. Both require immediate attention. She struggles with anxiety and a dizzying amount of information as the decision-making processes become comedically intertwined.

 

SCRAMBLED EGGS by Karly Thomas

Karly Thomas is a New York based playwright, originally from San Juan Capistrano, CA. Her work has been produced by the University of Michigan, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the OC-Centric New Play Festival, as well as developed by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Awards include the Kasdan Scholarship for Creative Writing, the Kennedy Center’s National Undergraduate Playwriting Award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Richard Benvenuto Playwriting Award.  Member of the Playwrights’ Center and the Dramatists Guild

A brunch-time gathering in a chic, Manhattan hotspot; an eclectic mix of characters including maybe Sarah Jessica Parker; a celebration or a commiseration? This play deals with our complicated relationships with families and abortion

Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets or follow this link to purchase online

THANK YOU:  Funded in part by a grant from Community Foundation of Middlesex County / Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls and the League of Professional Theatre Women Connecticut Chapter.

Plus individual donations from:  Anonymous, Jacqueline Hubbard, Al and Kathleen Jaffe, David and Linda May

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COVID Protocol as of September 19, 2022:  It is no longer necessary to present evidence of vaccination prior to admittance into Ivoryton Playhouse. Masks are not required, but are encouraged. The Playhouse will consider any future guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut to determine if changes to our Covid protocol are necessary.

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AUGUST CABARETS!

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Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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.

“Wildly infectious!” – New York Daily News

“To the baby-boom generation, the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are as sacrosanct as George Gershwin is to their parents.” – The New York Times

Ticket prices:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 student of all ages

Our patio bar will be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a drink before the show.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

June 30th – July 31st, 2022

The music is hot and the jive is jumpin’ all summer long at the Ivoryton Playhouse! Our doors are now open to the glorious sounds of the 50s and 60s with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. This Grammy Award-winning and Tony 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 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.

In the 1950s, the rhythm and blues of the black entertainment world, up to then restricted to black clubs, was increasing its audience-share in areas previously reserved for traditional pop music, and the phenomenon now known as “crossover” became apparent. Leiber and Stoller were trailblazers in this genre when, in 1957, they wrote and produced the hit by The Coasters, “Young Blood”/”Searchin'”. In all, Leiber and Stoller wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart hits. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller  is directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director, Todd Underwood and  the creative team includes musical direction by Michael Morris; costume design by Elizabeth Saylor; set design by Cully Long and lighting design by Marcus Abbott.

This stellar cast comes to Ivoryton from as far away as Texas and as close as New York City and includes Joseph Castro, Elvie Ellis, Debra Thais Evans*, Tiffany Frances*, Cameron Loyal, Sandra Marante*,  Warren Nolan*, Gabriella Saramago, and Cartreze Tucker*            

Join the neighborhood gang as they recall love won, lost, and imagined. Whether it is your first time hearing these glorious songs, or whether it takes you on a trip down memory lane, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE will have you shimmying in the aisle.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller runs through Sunday, July 31st, 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 optional with proof of vaccination and required for those without a vaccination card.

Our patio bar will now be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a relaxing drink before the show.

SixTix on Thursdays returns this season – half price tickets at the door after 6pm. Call ahead to check availability.

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

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Visit Ivoryton Playhouse tomorrow from 10am – 1pm for Connecticut Open House Day. There will be tours, a display of memorabilia and a chance to win a 2022 season t-shirt. Stop by and see Jim or Steve and make yourself a part of our history.

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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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More praise for STAR OF FREEDOM…

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