Richard Nelson is a playwright and librettist who wrote the books for the musicals James Joyce's The Dead – for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical - and the Broadway version of Chess. He received the Olivier Award for Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere and in 2008, Nelson was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award, naming him a Grand Master of American Theater.
Cool things have been happening all Summer at the Weston Playhouse and they continue with the World Premiere (opening later this month) of the new musical, Pregnancy Pact. Inspired by the real-life story of a group of teenage girls who decided to become single mothers together, it is an entertaining and hard-hitting pop-rock musical about the realities of love, responsibility, and growing up in America.
The Wharton Salon joins The Mount’s year-long celebration of Edith Wharton’s 150th birthday by putting Edith Wharton herself onstage this year in The Inner House, August 15-26. Adapted by Dennis Krausnick from Wharton’s 1934 autobiography, A Backward Glance, actress Tod Randolph plays Edith Wharton in a vivid account of Wharton’s public and private life directed by veteran Wharton director, Normi Noël. This is the fourth consecutive season that The Mount has welcomed The Wharton Salon.
For more than 48 years, Performing Arts of Woodstock has been mounting quality productions of both new and classic plays – their latest offering is Yankee Tavern – A Conspiracy Thriller by Steven Dietz. The play opens this Thursday (8/16) and is directed by Nicola Sheara and stars Michael Juzwak.
The Lake George Dinner Theatre is celebrating its 45th season the professional theater company presents Norm Foster’s The Love List through Oct. 20 at Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George.
The comedy tells the story of two friends who make a list of the traits they consider important in an ideal female companion and the trouble that ensues when they actually meet a woman who fits the bill.
Mary Fairchild, Director of Publicity for Maverick Concerts, and Mark Chmiel from the Actors & Writers theatre troupe join us to talk about their presentation of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays this Saturday, August 11th at 6:30pm.
From William Donnelly, the playwright of the acclaimed production of No Wake, the world premiere of Homestead Crossing begins its Berkshire Theatre Group run at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on August 7th. It officially opens on August 11 and will run through September 1st. We are joined by two actors from the production, David Adkins and Corinna May.
Judd Hirsch will star in the premiere of The Whore and Mr. Moore at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. The show opens tomorrow. Michael Cristofer, who won the Pulitzer and a Tony Award for his 1977 play, The Shadow Box, wrote the play. We talk with both Hirsch and Cristofer about their careers and The Whore and Mr. Moore.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987 and makes its home under a specially designed tent theater on the grounds of the historic Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison, New York. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style that focuses energy and resources on script, actors and audience. This season they present Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, and The 39 Steps.