Pipeline Series to feature Williams, Oscar-winner Parsons

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DORSET — Academy Award-winning actor Estelle Parsons and local favorite Treat Williams are among the cast members for the Dorset Theatre Festival's "Pipeline Series," each one-night only productions to be staged at the Dorset Playhouse this summer.

The plays include Is Edward Snowden Single? by Kate Cortesi (Thursday, June 26); A New Play by Melissa Ross (July 10); Invictus Mingus by Frank Harts (July 31); and A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet (August 12).

In Is Edward Snowden Single?, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and featuring Keilly McQuail (Her Requiem), Amelia Workman (The Lucky Ones), and Max Rosenak (Help Me to Make It), a hot mess of a millennial becomes taken with the idea that Snowden is madly in love with her, not just because she's gorgeous but because she is unspeakably brave. Two actresses play all 20-plus roles in what's described as "[a] whirlwind tour through one shallow person's reluctantly deepening soul."

A New Play, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, features Parsons, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde" and has been a steady presence on television for decades, including a recurring role on "Roseanne." The production also features Sarah Nina Hayon (Bright New Boise), Aaron Weiner (Fool for Love), Ismenia Mendes ("High Maintenance"), and Neil Tyrone Pritchard (The Stowaway).

In "A New Play," Diana is the new president of a prestigious liberal arts college, but she can barely get her pictures hung on the walls of her office before the school's hallowed history sits squarely in the way of her big plans. About where we've come from and figuring out where we even have to go, this never-before-seen new play confronts life and politics and feminism in academia under the hard-fluorescent light of today.

Invictus Mingus, directed by by Jackson Gay, features Frank Harts (A Raisin in the Sun), Tom Nieboer (The Cloak and Dagger), and Molly Hershberg (The 12 Days of Christmas) and musicians Ulysses Owens, Jr., Philip Norris, and Liston Gregory, III, in a co-production with New Neighborhood. The scene is 1966, the day before legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus is to be evicted from his cluttered New York City apartment. Tonight though, he drinks wine, cuts up with his crew on the bass, talks love, Hitler, racism, and politics with a twenty-something Jewish documentary filmmaker, while his five-year old biracial daughter plays in piles of treasure and junk, absorbing it all.

In A Life in the Theatre, directed by Dorset Theatre Festival artistic director Dina Janis and featuring Treat Williams (Hair) and Yuri Sardarov ("Chicago Fire")

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.

Tickets, subscriptions, and flex passes for the Pipeline Series are available online, by contacting the box office at (802) 867-2223 ext. 101 from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, or by email. All ticket purchases are non-refundable.

The 2018 Pipeline Series is sponsored by Union Underground in Manchester, where the casts, creative teams, and audiences will gather after each presentation.


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