WESTON >> 2016 marks the start of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's two-year 80th-anniversary celebration. Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler has announced a summer line-up of Broadway blockbusters, Vermont premieres, and ground-breaking partnerships, with the appearance of major stars on Weston's stages.
"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," comments Stettler.
The MainStage opens with the epic musical adventure, "Man of La Mancha." Weston's fresh new production will star award-winning actor Treat Williams as Cervantes/Don Quixote under the direction of Broadway's legendary Wayne Cilento (The Who's Tommy, Wicked). "Dream the Impossible Dream" with mega-stars to kick off the summer theatre season. the show will run from June 28 – 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 – 30.
In August, Weston brings one of Broadway's longest running shows to Vermont for the first time ever. Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good musical, and one you'll have to see over and again. Director Tim Fort (42nd Street, Les Miserables) reunites with choreographer Michael Raine (Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line) to deliver this blockbuster from August 4 – Aug. 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 (Weston's Copenhagen) will be at the helm of this Tony-winning play, produced in partnership with the Flynn Center in Burlington. Aug. 25 – Sept. 4.
"Schoolhouse Rock Live!" launches Weston's OtherStages in 2016. Starring 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. A blast for the entire family, and set to run from June 24 – July 10.
Pulitzer-prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith returns to Weston with another one-woman tour de force. In 2014, audiences saw her in "Stoop Stories." This summer, she brings "Forever," a celebrated and provocative new work that has critics from coast to coast singing her praises as a sublime storyteller for the modern stage; July 14 – July 31.
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 thirteen roles and two pianos in a madcap whodunit that will have you in stitches from start to finish; Aug. 11 – Sept. 4.
As a companion to the summer schedule, the Company is launching Weston 101 next month. Producing Artistic Director 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.