2015 SEASON AT A GLANCE
We hope to enrich your Playhouse experience with entertainment that ranges from the hilarity of brilliant farce to the striking power of insightful, moving drama. Theater that's not only worth talking about, but one which engages hearts through laughter, passion, and gripping storytelling."
- Mark Lamos, WCP Artistic Director
By David Ives
Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Penny Metropulos
May 5 - 23, 2015
David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) deftly updates a classic comedy of manners, Pierre Corneille’s The Liar, with his trademark intelligence, cheek, and wit. Dorante has a gift for stretching the truth. In fact, he rips it apart at the seams. But when our first-rate fabulist falls in love with Clarice—or is she Lucrece?— he begins to weave an increasingly intricate web of lies that even he can’t keep up with. Add to the mix a loyal servant, a meddling father, and a jealous friend, and the scene is set for a hilarious misadventure of romance that’s short on truth but long on laughter.
And a Nightingale Sang
By C.P. Taylor
Directed by David Kennedy
June 9-27, 2015
Northern England, 1939. As the world rushes toward the brink of war, the working-class Stott family spends its days worrying about popular songs and marriage proposals, priests and pets, getting on and making the best of it. At the center of this domestic chaos is Helen, the plain and long suffering daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly awakened to the possibilities of love by a soldier on leave. With its richly drawn characters, depth of humanity, and gentle humor, And a Nightingale Sang is a moving portrait of the perseverance and growth of the human spirit during times of personal and historic unrest.
Love and Money
By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Mark Lamos
A co-production with New York's Signature Theatre
July 21-August 8, 2015
Wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham has led a life of grace and privilege—and she’s making up for it as fast as she can. Determined to donate almost everything she owns before the end, Cornelia’s plans are questioned when an ambitious and ingratiating young man, who may be the grandson she never knew she had, arrives to claim his inheritance.
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by John Tillinger
August 25-September 13, 2015
The bedroom is the one room that sees the best, the worst, and the most of us. To the couples in Alan Ayckbourn’s rollicking comedy Bedroom Farce, it’s also a dining room, a workshop, a cloakroom, and a boxing ring. Over the course of one very long Saturday evening, in three separate bedrooms, the roles and relationships of four couples, and one almost love triangle, are laid bare, complete with squabbles, bothers, a few bruises, and a hilariously touching epiphany.
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Mark Lamos
October 6-24, 2015
Phillip Gellberg, a man driven by career and a desire to assimilate, has little time for his wife Sylvia, nor for the events of the world. But when Sylvia loses the use of her legs after reading newspaper reports of Jewish suffering in Nazi Germany, Dr. Harry Hyman must determine the cause of her mysterious affliction. His discoveries begin to reveal a marriage fractured by guilt, intolerance, and personal tragedy, and incites a dangerous game of concealment and suspicion. In celebration of longtime Connecticut resident Arthur Miller’s one-hundredth birthday, the Playhouse is proud to present one of his most arresting and psychologically penetrating works, Broken Glass, a powerful account of what happens when the lines between what we believe and what is true, between our private fears and public fixations, begin to fade away.
All titles, dates & artists subject to change.