Written by J.T. Rogers
Directed by James Warwick
A young man has disappeared. His sister, his mother and a family friend come at separate times to the same hotel room in Rome seeking answers. Why did he leave? What responsibility do they bear for his vanishing? As their stories weave back and forth in time, whose tale can we believe? A haunting mystery, from a remarkable voice in American theatre. Featuring Debra Jo Rupp (Body of Water) and Kim Stauffer (Crime and Punishment).
“MADAGASCAR lures you into its tale with captivating power…wondrous, elegiac, unforgettable drama.”
– Miami Herald
Performances are June 25 – July 6, 2014.
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 pm. Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm.
*No performance on July 4*
Post-performance TalkBacks follow our Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows.
Post-performance Panel Forum follows our Sunday, June 29 2pm show.
Kim Stauffer (Actor) is sponsored by Cipora Brown and Steven Feiner
Production Design is sponsored by Karen and Charles Schader
Costume Design is sponsored by Dr. Richard and Shelley Holzman
Media is sponsored by
Debra Jo Rupp*
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
in the United States
Playwright: J.T. Rogers
Directed by: James Warwick
Set Design: Travis A. George
Lighting Design: Lara Dubin
Costume Design: Arthur Oliver
Sound Design: Tom Shread
Stage Manager: Alexandra Hall*
Road to ‘Madagascar’ goes through Berkshires
from Boston Globe, June 27 2014, by Joel Brown
Chester Theatre Opens with ‘Madagascar’
from Berkshire Eagle/Berkshires Week, June 24, 2014, by Kate Abbott
“[Playwright J.T.] Rogers has constructed this play shrewdly. Revelations are meted out carefully…Warwick and his expert cast spin Madagascar with keen understanding and emotional detail. This is a clean smartly acted production that never oversteps its emotional boundaries.”
–Jeffrey Borak, Berkshire Eagle
“Thanks to James Warwick’s carefully modulated direction and outstanding performances by its cast of three, Madagascar proves to be an enthralling, tantalizing and stunningly rewarding evening.”
–Andrew Beck, Springfield Art Examiner
“This is an intriguing play about life, love and death, the need for decisions and the desire to act on them. Direction, acting, script and design make this an ideal opener… Chester has a winning mystery without a body or a villain to start off its season”
–Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus
“This playwright deserves to be seen and Chester is a great place to begin.”
–Gloria Miller, CurtainUp
“MADAGASCAR, the opening production of this, the Chester Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary Season, is an ideal choice for this adventurous group, always ready to tackle the unique demands of a challenging work. In J. T. Rogers MADAGASCAR they have met their challenge head on with an enormously talented cast of three under the astute direction of James Warwick.
–Walt Haggerty, In the Spotlight