Weston Playhouse Theatre Announces Blockbuster Line-Up for Summer 2016 Season
This year marks the start of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s two-year 80th-anniversary celebration! Producing artistic director Steve Stettler, who announced the summer line-up, said, “We proudly celebrate our place as one of the country’s oldest theatres with a lively roster that demonstrates our dedication to celebrating the classics and nurturing the new with artists of national importance.”
The MainStage opens with the epic musical adventure, ‘Man of La Mancha,’ starring award-winning actor Treat Williams as Cervantes/Don Quixote under the direction of Broadway’s legendary Wayne Cilento, June 28 to July 16.
Next, in an historic collaboration with Vermont’s Dorset Theatre Festival and Northern Stage, Weston will produce ‘Round and Round the Garden,’ the third play in Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated comic trilogy, ‘The Norman Conquests.’ The three companies will share a cast and creative team, encouraging audiences to follow the exploits from theatre to theatre to uncover the secrets of a summer weekend in the English countryside. Michael Berresse (Broadway’s [title of show]) directs the Weston production, running July 21 to 30.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! launches Weston’s OtherStages in 2016 with Weston’s Young Company, a troupe of up-and-coming actors hand-picked from
the country’s top undergraduate musical theatre programs. The Emmy Award-winning cartoon series has inspired a stage production brimming with infectious energy and classic sing-a-long numbers, June 24 to July 10.
Pulitzer-prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith returns to Weston with another one-woman tour de force. In 2014, you saw her in ‘Stoop Stories.’ This summer, she brings you ‘Forever,’ a provocative new work that has critics singing her praises as a sublime storyteller, from July 14 to 31.
In August, Weston brings one of Broadway’s longest-running shows to Vermont for the first time. Based on the songs of ABBA, ‘Mamma Mia!’ is the ultimate feel-good musical with director Tim Fort and choreographer Michael Raine, August 4 to 20. Celebrate Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday with ‘All My Sons,’ the second production in the Company’s five-year American Masters series. Award-winning director Mary B. Robinson will be at the helm of this Tony-winning play, produced in partnership with the Flynn Center in Burlington, August 25 to September 4.
Fresh from an extended Off-Broadway run, ‘Murder for Two’ will close the season. The popular comedy was a Joseph Jefferson award-winner for best new musical in Chicago, and has two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, in a madcap whodunit that will have you in stitches from start to finish, August 11 to September 4.
As a companion to the summer schedule, the Company is launching Weston 101 next month. Stettler and guest artists including Williams, Orlandersmith and Berresse will explore each production with guests who may join the live audience or the streaming telecast. Visit westonplayhouse.org for more information.