Written by Sharr White
Directed by Robert Egan
Twenty years ago in the middle of the night, Emma walked out on Ulysses, her cowboy-poet husband. Now, hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down to a trailer park in the wilds of Colorado, where she finds him hooked to an oxygen tank and cooking sausages in the buff. Their reunion, alternately comic and conflicted, is full of razor sharp wit and brutal honesty. To their surprise, the more they understand what drove them apart, the more they’re drawn together.
“A comic and gripping duet.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
Performances are July 10-20, 2014.
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 pm. Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm.
Post-performance TalkBacks follow our Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows.
Post-performance Panel Forum follows our Sunday, July 13 2pm show.
Michelle Joyner *
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
in the United States
Playwright: Sharr White
Directed by: Robert Egan
Set Design: Vicki Davis
Lighting Design: Lara Dubin
Costume Design: Charles Schoonmaker
Sound Design: Tom Shread
Stage Manager: Patrick Lanczki*
Actors pushed to their limits in ‘Annapurna’
from Berkshire Eagle, July 11 2014, by Jeffrey Borak
Love and Care: At Chester, theater that embraces complexity
from Valley Advocate, July 10 2014, by Chris Rohmann
Westfield High School Graduate Michelle Joyner to perform in ‘Annapurna’ with Chester Theatre Company
from Springfield Republican, July 4 2014, by Cori Urban
“Annapurna is a great rarity in theatre, an intelligent, brilliantly conceived concoction of intimate relationships that has a big mystery at its center…. All good playwrights ultimately find a way to touch us, and Sharr White succeeds with Annapurna. In fact, everyone at Chester has once again managed a memorable evening of theatre that is both down in the dirt gritty while also delivering some pretty beautiful artistic high notes that linger long after the drama itself dies down.
–Larry Murray, Berkshire On Stage
“What is clear is the enormous talents of the cast and director… [Director Robert Egan’s] master’s touch…has allowed him to help create two of the most riveting people on American stages today.
–Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus
“CTC productions often remind me of concerts in a chamber music series that feature musicians who have worked together for long periods of time. In the case of Annapurna, the director and actors are new to CTC (they are based in California), but they are intimately related to one another…Their ease with one another is palpable in this remarkably relaxed and coherent staging in which the actors and director make agile use of an extensive emotional palate and the opportunities for innovative stage business. Egan uses the intimacy of CTC’s small theater and his intimacy with the actors to pull the audience into the reality of the play: we feel as though we’re sitting in the trailer with them, witnessing their story.”
–Helen Epstein, The Arts Fuse