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Every family has its secrets. When the Lafayette children gather to catalogue their recently deceased father's Arkansas estate, a gruesome relic of his haunted past is unearthed. As a family feud erupts, they struggle to come to terms with their shameful and uncomfortable legacy. In the great American tradition of family dramas, from Long Day's Journey Into Night to August: Osage County, this bitingly funny and subversive award-winning play unleashes a series of jaw-dropping surprises.
A wild hellhound prowls the moors of Devonshire, dispatching the male heirs of the Baskerville line one by one. Fortunately, Sherlock Holmes is on the case. To solve it, he and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.
Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as the intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Baskerville is a fast-paced and joyful comedy teeming with theatrical inventiveness. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be!
Brilliant young men from rival yeshivas, Reuven and Danny first meet on a baseball diamond. When Danny fells Reuven with a line drive in the heat of competition, the two boys start a tentative and unique friendship. Growing up in the shadows of imposing and impressive fathers, the young men question their places in the world. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the specter of war, Aaron Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok's award-winning novel is a story of fathers and sons, tradition, modernity, and the difficult choices one must make to achieve understanding.
Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won't forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens' holiday classic in the 1920s. Local heroes Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and P.T. Barnum make spirited appearances opposite Gillette's Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. Custom-made for Goodspeed with all original music, here's a tuneful, heartfelt confection spiced with enough Nutmeg State flavor to sweeten your season.
Yolonda is a tough girl from Brooklyn who's proud of her status as a true New Yorker. However, a family tragedy sends her to live in South Carolina with her grandmother, Mother Shaw. Surrounded by a circle of powerful women, Yolonda learns the "hat queen rules," awakening in her a deep sense of who she is and where she comes from. Crowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place.
Meet fun-loving jingle composer Harry. In modern Manhattan, his charmed life with girlfriend Louise, brother Paul and beloved Labrador retriever (also Paul!) sparkles with the fizz of romantic comedies and the whimsy of MGM musicals. But will it all go flat when reality interrupts Harry's tenderly orchestrated fantasia? A rich contemporary score explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, high and low. Raise a glass to a musical serving something magical, moving and boldly new.
A small Norwegian town is banking on its medicinal baths to bring prosperity. But its economic growth and moral health are threatened when Dr. Thomas Stockmann uncovers a toxic secret that pits him against his brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann. In Henrik Ibsen's thrilling political masterpiece, a family in power struggles over its obligations to one another and to society: Who is the enemy of the people, and who is their benefactor?
In the astonishing first installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' American Odyssey, set during the Civil War, Hero is offered his freedom from slavery in exchange for joining his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. Father Comes Home From the Wars is an epic new work filled with music, wit, and lyricism.
With breakneck speed and endless invention, Field Guide skates through one of the greatest — and longest! — novels ever written: The Brothers Karamazov. Rude Mechs takes a page (or several hundred) from Fyodor Dostoevsky's powerful meditation on faith, meaning, and morality and mischievously adds standup comedy, pop music dance numbers, a cardboard bear, and a talking bird to it.
Eleanor Bannister, a retired schoolteacher, lives a sleepy life in tiny Groverdell, Texas. She's taught almost everyone in town. She even has her own shelf at the town library — "Miss Bannister Recommends." She is, in a word, orderly. That is, until one night, when walking alone barefoot through the brambles, she encounters Abel Brown, a mysterious drifter. He's been wandering around town, looking for houses to fix and, rumor has it, widows to talk to. He may just be a drifter, but despite their obvious differences, Abel and Eleanor find themselves drawn to each other. This beautiful new romance by Matthew Barber, the Tony Award-nominated author of Enchanted April, shows that connection can be found in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of ways.
She hunts terrorists by day and is haunted by terrors at night. An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, and her world flips from top gun to top mom. No longer able to fly, she's reassigned as a drone pilot, working at a facility near Las Vegas. When the desert through her viewfinder starts to look eerily similar to the desert in which she lives, the realities of war and suburban comfort collide. Current and contemporary, this thrilling tale offers a glimpse into one soldier's struggle to define herself in the modern world.
A standing double date in Damascus quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But as civil war rages outside, nothing is really what it seems to be. Kiss is a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll taken on a nation in chaos.
Chicago's South Side, the 1930s. Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seals his fate. Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice.
A college student hides behind dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled low, and writings that disturb and provoke. Is he just venting, or is he really troubled? Gina, his writing professor, is the only one willing to get close, to try to understand what he's going through. But at what peril to herself? The newest play from Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Cho is a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people learning to empathize with one another.
Cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey are taking their sweet time falling in love. Can these stubborn romantics admit their feelings before it's too late? Passion, laughter, and high-kicking choreography blossom in a land where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. The legendary score — including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and the rousing title tune — is by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics). Speaking of legendary, the original dances are by Agnes de Mille.
Welcome to the new world! Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for lost family and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie colors a sweeping saga of America's immigrant past. Celebrate our rich roots in Goodspeed's new adaptation of a neglected masterpiece of the musical theatre.
Can love survive all? Shakespeare's most famous play transcends time and generations to tell the story of two star-crossed teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world. Their families are at war, but their love cannot be torn apart. In the sure hands of Mark Lamos, you will experience this classic story anew, and find fresh truths no matter your age.
Fannie Lou Hamer grew up poor. She was uneducated. As an African-American living in the rural South during the early part of the 20th century, her life choices were decidedly limited. But she was determined to make a better life for herself and for others like her. She realized that a major way to forge a path of self-determination was the power of the vote. In the latter part of her adult life, she tirelessly fought to secure voting rights for those who otherwise would be without a voice. This event celebrates the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer during this, the centennial of her birth, with a number of featured presentations: a riveting panel discussion with a group of experts; a dynamic performance by actors, singers, and musicians from the acclaimed original musical Fannie Lou; introductory remarks by New Haven mayor Toni Harp; and more.
When Ethan, a young sex blogger-turned-New York Times bestselling author, meets Olivia, an obscure thirty-something novelist, lust turns to sex, and dating turns to something more complicated. This important and exhilarating new play follows the unexpected twists and turns of modern relationships as ambitions turn dark and self-reinvention is just a click away.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
Tony, Emmy, and multi-Golden Globe Award nominee Matthew Morrison headlines Westport Country Playhouse's 2017 fundraising gala. Morrison is a versatile actor recognized for his work onstage and on-screen. He most recently starred as J.M. Barrie in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland. For this role, Morrison received two Drama Desk Award nominations and won the category of Favorite Actor in a Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards. Morrison was also nominated for a Tony for his role in The Light in the Piazza and received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. Additionally, he starred in the Tony-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater.
As for the gala's program? A cocktail party will begin at 5:45pm, followed by a 7pm presentation of the 2017 Playhouse Leadership Award to longtime supporter Ann Sheffer of Westport, Connecticut, and Palm Springs, California. Scheduled for 7:15pm is a performance by Morrison; dinner will be at 8:30pm. A silent auction will be ongoing throughout the evening. The gala theme, "moonlight over venice," is a nod to the playhouse's autumn production of Romeo and Juliet. The theme is meant to evoke mystery, elegance, and enchantment. Accordingly, the gala décor will feature Venetian masks, hanging lanterns, strands of twinkle lights, jewel tones, and an Italian ambience. Attire is festive (black tie optional).