Dorset Theatre Festival announces summer schedule

DORSET - Dorset Theatre Festival has announced an ambitious line-up for the Summer 2013 Season which will include two regional premieres: Theresa Rebeck's "The Scene" starring Hollywood star Tim Daly, and the Pulitzer and Tony award- winning play "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris.

In addition to these 2 premieres, the festival will present acclaimed Civil War drama "The Whipping Man" by Matthew Lopez as part of the Sesquicentennial/150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which will include two special DTF programs at Northshire Bookstore and the Bennington Museum in late spring.

Rounding out the season will be the Neil Simon classic comedy "Barefoot in the Park."

"We are thrilled to have Tim Daly with us this summer. He is such an amazing talent, and to start off our season with him and Theresa Rebeck is about as good as it gets," said Dina Janis, the artistic director of the theatre festival.

In addition to the four Main Stage productions, DTF will continue its contributions to new play development with its presentation of three original works by nationally recognized playwrights Adam Rapp, Samuel Hunter and the musical writing team of Tajlei Levis and John Mercurio. The season will finish with a special presentation in September of the acclaimed one man show This Verse Business/Robert Frost, featuring TV star Gordon Clapp. "We are excited to continue to bring hit plays starring the most talented actors, designers and directors working today to this beautiful region. Nothing thrills me more than presenting good plays, whether they are from the classic canon or cutting edge - plays that make you think and feel something - theatre that matters," Janis said.

For more information or to purchase season passes or individual tickets, call 802-867-2223 or go to The following is a schedule of plays and events:


June 19 - July 7

THE SCENE By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt Starring Tim Daly (rest of cast TBA)

Rebeck's biting comedy tracks the story of the New York City show business world through the eyes of the unemployed actor Charlie, played by Tim Daly. The play takes a scathingly funny look at the sort of self-obsessed New Yorkers who pursue their own interests at the cost of their morality and their loyalty.

July 11 - July 20 THE WHIPPING MAN By Matthew Lopez Directed by Dina Janis

This haunting Civil War drama tells the story of two former slaves and the Jewish Confederate soldier who is their master. These three reunite days after the war has ended and find themselves celebrating Passover, each at a crossroads where race, religion and newfound freedom intersect.

July 25 - August 10 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK By Neil Simon Directed by Jenn Thompson

The inspiration for many modern romantic comedies, the play tells the story of newlyweds Corrie and Paul as they move into their first apartment, a 5 story walk- up brownstone in Greenwich Village during the 60's. Comedy ensues as they navigate the ups and downs of love and romance for the first time.

Aug. 15 - Aug. 31 CLYBOURNE PARK By Pulitzer Prize Winner Bruce Norris Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

This wickedly funny and provocative award winner explodes in two outrageous acts, set 50 years apart in the same house that the play "A Raisin in the Sun" was written about. The story of race and real estate and our values as a nation are the subject of this pivotal contemporary play which is a DTF Regional Premiere.

Sept. 26 - Sept. 28

THIS VERSE BUSINESS/ROBERT FROST By Andy Dolan Starring Gordon Clapp Gordon Clapp portrays the great American poet Robert Frost, who 'barded" around the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit and "promises to keep."

SPECIAL FESTIVAL EVENTS New Play Reading Series June 25 ADAM RAPP, The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois

Aug. 5 TAJLEI LEVIS & JOHN MERCURIO, The Bootlegger and the Rabbi's Daughter - A Musical


July 15- July 27 BUNNICULA AND FRIENDS SUMMER CAMP (ages 6-12) AND PERFORMANCES Featuring children's book author JAMES HOWE as Artist in Residence


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