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RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
 
Congratulations to Jacqueline K-D from Newington who won first prize in our Glory Days raffle! She won two tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Mohegan Sun (rescheduled date to be announced).
Also congratulations to Theresa D from Essex who won second prize – two 3-play subscriptions for our 2024 season.
That was fun! Watch this space for info on a raffle next year!
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RAFFLE IS NOW CLOSED
 
GLORY DAYS!
 
First Prize is two (2) tickets – floor seats – for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for Saturday, September 16th – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena).
E Street Lounge passes have been included so you’ll have a place to go relax and have a drink before the show. The Lounge has a cash bar and opens when the doors open to the venue and will close at showtime.
Second Prize is two x 3-play subscriptions for Playhouse 2024 Season
Ivoryton Playhouse is having an amazing 2023 Season. Our 2024 line-up has not been released yet but – you can be sure – it will be another block buster season. This prize is for two people to come and see three of your favorite main stage productions.
 
Scan this QR code to purchase raffle tickets to have a chance to win!
 

OR CLICK THROUGH HERE to purchase raffle tickets to have a chance to win!

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. When “Jersey Boys” at Ivoryton Playhouse closes so does this raffle. Entries close September 10, 2023 at 5:00pm. VIP tickets are only valid for performance at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, September 16th.
 
This is an exceptional opportunity to see one of the final concerts of this tour. Good luck and thank you for supporting Ivoryton Playhouse!!
 

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Ivoryton Playhouse’s 6th Annual Women Playwrights Festival: Unleashing the Power of Women’s Stories!

Join us for an extraordinary celebration of creativity, inspiration, and the power of Women’s voices in the world of theatre. For six years, Ivoryton Playhouse has proudly hosted the Women Playwright’s Festival, showcasing the immense talent and ingenuity of female identifying playwrights from across the country in a series of staged readings, talkbacks and round table discussions. We are thrilled to invite you to our most exciting and empowering festival yet, as we continue to support gender equity and diversity onstage.

In a historically male-dominated industry, the Women Playwrights Festival aims to highlight the importance of supporting and uplifting women in theater. We believe that by providing a platform exclusively dedicated to showcasing their work, we can help create an inclusive and equitable artistic landscape that reflects a more diverse human experience.

This year’s festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. From over 200 submissions, we have carefully curated a lineup of four trailblazing playwrights whose stories will challenge your perspectives and ignite your imagination. Every year, we are astounded by the depth and breadth of talent displayed by the brave playwrights we feature. Their stories explore the complexities of human emotions, tackle social issues, challenge stereotypes, and illuminate perspectives often overlooked.

Join us at Ivoryton Playhouse on October 28th for an unforgettable day celebrating creativity, empowerment, and the boundless possibilities that arise when women are given the spotlight.

Event Details:

2:00 pm – Staged Readings (To Be Announced), followed by a talkback with the cast, writers and directors

4:00 pm – Round Table Discussion lead by The Dramatist Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women

5:00 pm – Break

7:00 pm – Staged Readings (To Be Announced), followed by a talkback

Ticket Prices: $30 adult / $25 senior / $20 LPTW / $10 student

Call the box office to secure your seats: 860.767.7318

Tickets are on sale now – click here to purchase online

Our festival is made possible by the generous support of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatist Guild, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls, as well as individual donations from: Anonymous, Jacqueline Hubbard, Al and Kathleen Jaffe, David and Linda May. Thank you for your support!

We’d also like to extend a special thanks to our team of discerning play readers. This special group of volunteer community members and theatre professionals helped us curate our festival’s selections and we are truly grateful!

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Get Ready to groove as “Jersey Boys” Hits the Ivoryton Playhouse Stage!

Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the electrifying arrival of the Tony-winning musical sensation, JERSEY BOYS gracing our stage for a limited engagement! Prepare to be transported back in time to the swinging ’60s and be captivated by the timeless story of four blue-collar boys from New Jersey who skyrocketed to fame as one of the greatest pop bands ever!

Featuring unforgettable hits from the legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, JERSEY BOYS is a journey filled with heart, soul, and the unmistakable sound of an era that defined a generation.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the magic of JERSEY BOYS to the Ivoryton Playhouse,” said Jacqui Hubbard, Executive Director of the Playhouse. “This musical has it all – incredible music, an inspiring rags-to-riches story, and a whole lot of fun. It’s the perfect evening out for theatre lovers and music lovers alike.”

Ivoryton Playhouse promises an experience like no other. Nestled in the charming town of Ivoryton, our historic theater is renowned for its intimate setting, providing an up-close and personal connection between the audience and the performers.

Tickets for JERSEY BOYS are on sale now and are expected to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of this iconic production at Ivoryton Playhouse. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates and surprises along the way!

JERSEY BOYS is open now until September 10th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.  

Tickets are $60 for adults, $55 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.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton. 

JERSEY BOYS at Ivoryton Playhouse is directed by Todd L. Underwood, with music directed by Mike Morris. The scenic designer is Cully Long, and the costume design is by Elizabeth Saylor. Jessica Drayton is the lighting designer, Glenn Bassett is the props designer, and the sound designer is Jacob Fisch.  

About Ivoryton Playhouse: Ivoryton Playhouse is a renowned small professional theatre located in South Central Connecticut. For many years, it has been a beacon of creativity, culture, and intimate theatrical engagement. The theatre is committed to presenting exceptional productions and creating unforgettable experiences for audiences of all ages.

For more information, interviews, and press inquiries, please contact:
Ben Hope, Executive Producer: ben@ivorytonplayhouse.org. 321.303.0110

Photography by Jonathan Steele.

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Here’s To Health And The Company! 

Join us for a night of Irish Music and Stories! 

From Ireland’s Greatest Hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill to The Every Day Shenanigans of An Irish Family! Come and hear great favorites,  “The Rocky Road To Dublin”, “That’s An Irish Lullaby”, “Star Of The County Down”, “Kerry Dance”, “Danny Boy” and many more!  Let the mischievous Pookas and Stories Of Fairies carry us into what’s left of the last long days of summer! 

FEATURING MUSICIANS: 

Susan Mazer – Guitarist 
Celeste Cumming – Cellist
Melanie Guerin – Pianist 
Michael McDermott – Vocalist & Bodhran 
Kathleen Mulready – Vocalist 
Victoria Wepler – Violinist/Fiddler 
Mary Gardner – Bodhran 

To purchase tickets, please call the box office 860.767.7318 or click through here to purchase online

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IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE and PRIVE SWISS WELLNESS present:

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard

Starring David Pittsinger, Adrianne Hick, and Patricia Schuman
Presented in partnership with Prive Swiss Wellness.

The hills of the Shoreline are alive with the sound of music once again as the beloved musical, “The Sound of Music,” makes its triumphant return to the Ivoryton stage. Opening on June 30th, this timeless production promises to captivate audiences with its heartwarming story and unforgettable melodies. The Playhouse is proud to announce the casting of renowned actor and singer David Pittsinger in the iconic role of Captain Von Trapp.

Pittsinger, hailed as one of his generation’s finest performers, will bring his extraordinary talent and stage presence to this highly anticipated production. With his powerful voice and charisma, Pittsinger is set to deliver a remarkable portrayal of the authoritative yet vulnerable Captain Von Trapp. Adrianne Hick, starring as Maria, was last seen at the Playhouse as Nellie in South Pacific. In previous productions, she’s been called ‘stunning,’ ‘riveting,’ and ‘absolutely flawless’ by the press.

“The Sound of Music” tells the enchanting story of Maria Rainer (Hick), a young and spirited governess who transforms the lives of the Von Trapp family through the power of music and love. Set against the backdrop of pre-World War II Austria, this timeless tale is filled with iconic songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” and the unforgettable title song, “The Sound of Music.”

The production boasts a stellar creative team, including award-winning director Jacqueline Hubbard, Francesca Webster as choreographer, and musical director Mark Cappetelli. Kate Bunce designed the costumes, Cully Long the set, and Marcus Abbott the lights. With their expertise and vision, they have crafted a production that honors the spirit of the original Broadway show while offering a fresh and engaging experience for audiences of all ages.

In addition to David Pittsinger, the cast features a talented ensemble of performers who bring the beloved characters to life, including the highly acclaimed soprano Patricia Schuman in the role of The Mother Abbess and a host of talented local kids to play the adorable von Trapp children. Joining them are audience favorites Bruce Connelly as Max and Beverley [Taylor] Ricci as the Baroness. The entire cast is dedicated to delivering a truly memorable theatrical experience.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘The Sound of Music’ back to Ivoryton,” said Executive Producer Ben Hope. “This professional production captures the essence of the timeless story, and the combination of David Pittsinger and Adrianne Hick will set a new standard for our audiences. We can’t wait for audiences to experience the magic of this beloved musical once again.”

“The Sound of Music” will open on June 30th and runs through July 30th. Tickets are available at the box office and online at Ivorytonplayhouse.org. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to relive the magic and rediscover the joy of “The Sound of Music” at Ivoryton Playhouse.

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Respect and Honor

IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE WELCOMES EVERYONE:

ALL Abilities and Disabilities
ALL Gender Identities
ALL Immigrants and Refugees
ALL Nations of Origin
ALL Races and Ethnicities
ALL Religions and Creeds
ALL Sexual Orientations


LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
Ivoryton Playhouse acknowledges that indigenous peoples and nations, including Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, and the Quinnipiac and other Algonquian speaking peoples, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now the state of Connecticut. We honor and respect the enduring and continuing relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land.


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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Ivoryton Playhouse actors and productions are nominated for 5 (count ’em 5 time!) Critics Circle Awards! Award ceremony is June 26th.

Best Actor in the Play – James Naughton ON GOLDEN POND;

Best Actor in a Musical – David M. Lutken RING OF FIRE;

Featured Actor in a Play – Sabatino Cruz ON GOLDEN POND;

Featured Actor in a Play – Sam Given LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE;

Best Ensemble – SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE.

We are so damn proud of the casts we assemble and the shows we produce. Thank you CT Critics Circle members for recognizing our efforts. Ivoryton Playhouse is the place to be in 2023!

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Don’t Be Such An Old Poop! Come and See
On Golden Pond
By Ernest Thompson
on stage at Ivoryton Playhouse May 18-June 11, 2023

Nominated for two CT Critics Circle Awards:

Best Actor in the Play – James Naughton – ON GOLDEN POND;

Featured Actor in a Play – Sabatino Cruz – ON GOLDEN POND;

Ivoryton – It is the year of the coronation of King Charles III, but here in Ivoryton we have been celebrating with our own Royal Families. The Queens of Georgia McBride have waved their majestic goodbyes and close on their heels come two crowned heads of the Broadway stage – Tony award nominated Mia Dillon* and Tony award winner James Naughton* in ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson.  What a treat and a magnificent honor!

Mia Dillon will be taking on the role of Ethel Thayer, a role made famous by Katharine Hepburn in the Oscar winning movie. Mia, who was nominated for a Tony for her critically acclaimed role in Beth Henley’s CRIMES OF THE HEART, can be caught on the silver screen right now in the beautiful new adaptation of Judy Blume’s novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.

James Naughton is the winner of two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway hit CHICAGO (1997) and for his role as a film-noir era detective in CITY OF ANGELS (1990), which earned him a Drama Desk Award. James has appeared in many movies including The Devil Wears PradaFirst Wives Club, and The Glass Menagerie with Joanne WoodwardTV appearances include Planet of the Apes, Who’s The Boss?, Gossip Girl  and most recently, Just Like That, with Sara Jessica Parker.

The first Broadway production of ON GOLDEN POND opened at the New Apollo Theatre in February 1979 and starred Tom Aldredge as Norman Thayer and Frances Sternhagen as Ethel Thayer. Ernest Thompson adapted his script into the screenplay play for the movie that opened in 1982 and garnered three Oscars – one for Thompson for the screenplay and best actor Oscars for its stars, Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

The story of ON GOLDEN POND begins with the arrival of an old, long-married couple at the lakeside cottage where they have summered for many years. Before long, three more people turn up at the pond: their daughter, her fiancé and his son. As the story unfolds, old conflicts are unearthed, new relationships are formed but, more than anything, we get a rare glimpse inside a long and enduring marriage – a rare gift.  

Brian Feehan directs this tender and heart warming treasure that also features Stacie Morgain Lewis* as Chelsea, Josh Powell* as Bill Ray, Will Clark* as Charlie and Sabatino Cruz as Billy Ray Jr.

Set and lighting is designed by Marcus Abbott, costumes by Kat Duffner, and sound design by Alan Piotrowicz.

Ernest Thompson, the writer of ON GOLDEN POND, will be joining us at the performance on Sunday, May 21st for a talk-back. He will also be appearing at The Kate on Monday, May 22 at 7:00pm for a Museum Talk about his experiences making the film with Hepburn and Fonda. The Kate will feature ON GOLDEN POND costumes from the movie displayed from May throughout the summer, a painting by Henry Fonda created as a gift for Katharine Hepburn and props loaned by Ernest Thompson.

And so our Royal season continues…Let the trumpets sound and the flags wave – it is a Royal Spring in Ivoryton!

ON GOLDEN POND runs from May 18 through June11, 2023.. 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.

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 2023 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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The reviews are in! THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE is a hit! Read these and then get your tickets!

https://jimruoccodesktake2.blogspot.com/2023/04/from-desk-of-jim-r-take-2-column-388.html?spref=tw

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/ct/ct1004.html

Our thanks to Option A for producing great videos for us!

The Legend of Georgia McBride
By Matthew Lopez

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE by Matthew Lopez is now open in Ivoryton through April 30th, 2023.

The play tells the story of Casey, an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a sexy smile and a flashy sequined jumpsuit. But, one morning, he wakes up to find that he has lost his gig, his rent is overdue, and his wife announces a baby is on the way. So, when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” dumps his blue suede shoes for six-inch heels and transforms into an all-out queen with the help of new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.

The play swings back and forward between zany comedy and show-stopping dance numbers, with Charles Isherwood of The New York Times commenting that the play was “full of sass and good spirits – along with a spritz or two of sentimentality.” In February 2018, New Regency announced it was developing the play’s film adaptation in association with Jim Parsons’ production company.

You won’t want to miss this heartwarming comedy that, behind the laughter, shares a message of acceptance and family.

Playhouse Associate Artistic Director, Todd Underwood, directs this big-hearted, fun-filled evening. In describing the process, Mr. Underwood says, ‘It’s a special piece, and we are excited for everyone to see it.’

The cast includes familiar faces and brand-new talent on the Ivoryton Stage. Mike Boland*, Sam Given* and Rae Janeil are Ivoryton favorites, and we are thrilled to have them back with us. Welcome to Clint Hromsco and Timiki Salinas* as they make their Ivoryton debut.

The scenic design is by Martin Marchitto, lighting and sound design by Alan Piotrowicz, costume design by Angela Carstensen and wig design by Elizabeth Saylor.

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE runs through Sunday, April 30th, 2023. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $55 adults, $50 seniors, $25 students. Tickets available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or the box office at 860.767.7318. 2023 season info visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Ivoryton Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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