Dorset Theatre Festival Stages World Premiere of Rebeck’s ‘Dig’
Dorset Theatre Festival, under the leadership of artistic director Dina Janis and producing director Will Rucker, will open ‘Dig,’ the first world premiere production of its 42nd Season, on Thursday, July 11. The play is written and directed by the Festival’s resident playwright Theresa Rebeck. “We are so thrilled for Theresa to be back ‘home’ for the summer,” said Rucker. “And the artists who have followed her here are incredibly talented. I’m so proud that our audiences will see ‘Dig’ in Dorset before anyone else.”
The production will feature Andrea Syglowskim as Megan, who previously starred in DTF’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’ in 2016 and ‘Cry It Out’ in 2018. Emmy Award-winner Gordon Clapp, best known for his role as Detective Greg Medavoy on all 12 seasons of the television series NYPD Blue, will play Megan’s father, Lou. The cast also includes Jeffrey Bean , Greg Keller, David Mason and Sarah Ellen Stephens. Scenery is designed by Christopher and Justin Swader, with costumes by Tilly Grimes, lighting by Philip Rosenberg and sound by Fitz Patton.
‘Dig’ is the newest work from the author of ‘Downstairs’ and Broadway’s 2018 hit ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet,’ is a play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis. A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past – Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with the situation, but Megan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved?
‘Dig’’ received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to support the world premiere production at Dorset Theatre Festival. The Edgerton Foundation has supported over 405 world premiere productions over the last 12 years; many of these plays have had numerous subsequent productions, with 30 making it to Broadway; 15 nominated for Tony Awards; and 10 nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Several went on to win Best Play or Musical Awards.
“Because of the Edgerton Foundation, we can extend the rehearsal process for this play, which is always so important when producing something for the first time,” said Janis. “It will be a deeper, more rigorous creative process. Bringing a play to life with designers directly involved in the process from the beginning is extremely important to us and one of the reasons that we are excited to support Theresa in the direction of her own play. Her vision for the world of the play is always influenced by the contributions of designers by whom she is inspired and challenged.” Rebeck has developed more than six productions at the Festival that have gone on to other stages around the country, including 2017’s ‘Downstairs’ starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. She is the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time.
‘Dig’ runs from July 11 to 27 at the Dorset Playhouse. Subscriptions for the 2019 Summer Season and single tickets are on sale now. The box office may be reached by calling 802-867-2223, Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m., or visit dorsettheatrefestival.org.