Oldcastle Announces 2016 Season
Oldcastle Theatre’s 2016 season has something for every theatrical taste; a farce, a big Tony-winning Broadway musical comedy, a beautifully written family drama chronicling heated debates both political and personal, a world premiere that has already won two playwriting awards, and a towering late work by one of America’s greatest writers. “Last year our attendance rose 25%, so we enter our 45th season optimistic, excited and ready to challenge our audience,”said producing artistic director Eric Peterson.
The long-running Broadway comedy ‘39 Steps’ mixes Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python to create a fast-paced whodunit. ‘Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ won seven Tony Awards. Music and lyrics are by Grammy-winning country crossover singer/songwriter Roger Miller. ‘The City of Conversation’ which premiered at Lincoln Center two years ago, is both timely and timeless. It opens in 1979 in Washington, DC when the Capital City was a place where people actually talked to each other; adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it over with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. This play by Anthony Giardina is about politics in family and family in politics, and spans 30 years and six presidential administrations. Oldcastle Theatre has twice presented premieres of plays by Baltimore playwright John Morogiello. ‘The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart’ concerns Charles Chaplin’s film ‘The Great Dictator’ and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made. Oldcastle Theatre celebrates Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday with one of his last plays, ‘The Ride Down Mt. Morgan,’ about a poet-turned-insurance tycoon in his 50s. Driving in the snow he crashes his car and is taken to the hospital. Summoned to his bedside are his daughter and his two wives, bringing him face to face with his past and his appetites. The play was first presented in London and then became a success, first at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre and then on Broadway starring Patrick Stewart.
Casting and dates for the productions will be announced soon. Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main Street, Bennington. Call 802-447-0564 or visit oldcastletheatre.org.