Chautauqua Theater Company Announces 2012 Summer Season
The Philadelphia Story, by Philip Barry
World Premiere, Fifty Ways, by Kate Fodor
As You Like It, by William Shakespeare
2 New Play Workshops
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) is thrilled to announce its 29th season as the
resident theater on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution — western New York’s
premier summer arts festival. The 2012 season includes the world premiere of CTC’s
inaugural commission (Kate Fodor’s Fifty Ways) two great classics (The Philadelphia
Story and As You Like It), the ever popular New Play Workshop series and a host of
other special events and performances.
“It’s a season packed with over 50 events in 56 days,” says Artistic Director, Vivienne
Benesch, “but more important, it’s a notable demonstration of the breadth and depth of
our company. Our 2012 programming embraces the power of theater– old, new and reimagined–
to provoke and move our hearts, minds and conscience.”
The Philadelphia Story (June 30-July 8).
Kicking off the season will be Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story. Best known as the
1940 Hollywood blockbuster that made Katherine Hepburn a star, this bubbly and witty
American comedy has all the ingredients for a great party: heart, humor and unparallelled
style. The cast will include up and coming stars of tomorrow from CTC’s exceptional
conservatory and guest artists including Carol Halstead (XXXXX), Peter Francis
James (XXXXX) and John Seidman (The Thomas Crown Affair, CTC’s Picasso at the
Lapin Agile) as Uncle Willie. CTC Associate Artisctic Director Andrew Borba directs.
Fifty Ways (July 20-29)
Last winter, Chautauqua Theater Company was proud to award its first play commission
to CHQ favorite Kate Fodor. One year later, CTC is pleased to announce the
debut of Fifty Ways, its first world premiere production. Full of Fodor’s signature
intellect, humanity and biting humor, this insightful piece takes a scalpel to the damages
we inflict on those to whom we are closest. Resident Director, Ethan McSweeny takes
the helm with Michael Gaston (TV’s “Unforgettable”, “Jericho”) and OBIE awardwinning,
CTC Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch (Going to St. Ives, Broadway’s After
The Fall) set to star. Two of Fodor’s earlier plays, 100 Saints You Should Know and
Rx, received workshops in CTC’s New Play Workshop series and have recently gone
on to highly successful Off-Broadway runs at Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages
As You Like It (August 11-17)
Continuing a great tradition, the 2012 season will conclude with a rousing Shakespeare
production. This year we take on the Bard’s funniest and most frolicsome play, As
You Like It, where love comes in all shapes, sizes, and disguises. A treat for the whole
family, director Jackson Gay (Off-Broadway’s Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow,
David Adjmi’s 3C) makes her CTC debut with a cast that features CTC’s nationally
acclaimed conservatory of emerging actors.
New Play Workshops (July 12-14 and August 2-4)
Over the last eight years, CHQ’s NPW series has gained incredible
momentum and provided some exceptional voices in American Theater with an
invaluable experience in the development of their work. Past seasons have hosted
new plays by Zayd Dohrn, Kate Fodor, Rinne Groff, Molly Smith Metzler,
Alex Lewin, Michael Mitnick, David Schulner, David Zellnik, and Anna
Ziegler, among others. Our two 2012 selections will be announced by May 1.
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ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY
Now in it’s 29th season, the Chautauqua Theater Company is the resident
professional theater and Conservatory of the Chautauqua Institution.
Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join 18 emerging
artists drawn from the nation’s top training programs to form a unique company
that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater. Dedicated
to the next generation of theater artists, the development of new work, first
rate productions of modern and contemporary classics and fresh insight into
Shakespeare’s cannon, our “full service” company provides the best a year-round
regional theater has to offer in the period of an eight week summer season. CTC
welcomes Sarah Clare Corporandy as its new Managing Director for the 2012
season alongside Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch.
CTC 2012 Performance Schedule
The Philadelphia Story By Philip Barry (June 29 – July 8)
Friday 6/29: 8:00 p.m. (Preview)
Saturday 6/30: 6:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday 7/1: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7/3: 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7/4: 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 7/5: 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7/6: 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 7/7: 2:15 p.m.
Sunday 7/8: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
New Play Workshop 1 (TBA) (July 12 – July 14)
Thursday 7/12: 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7/13: 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 7/14: 2:15 p.m.
Fifty Ways by Kate Fodor (July 20 – July 29)
Friday 7/20: 8:00 p.m. (Preview)
Saturday 7/21: 6:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday 7/22: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7/24: 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7/25: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 7/26: 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7/27: 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 7/28: 2:15 p.m.
Sunday 7/29: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
New Play Workshop 2 (TBA) (August 2 – August 4)
Thursday 8/2: 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8/3: 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8/4: 2:15 p.m.
As You Like It by William Shakespeare (August 10 – August 17)
Friday 8/10: 8:00 p.m. (Preview)
Saturday 8/11: 6:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday 8/12: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8/14: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8/15: 2:15 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 8/16: 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8/17: 4:00 p.m.
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