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The Excitement of Announcing a Season

It’s a particularly exciting moment exciting when we get to share the news of our coming season. Behind the scenes we’ve been reading plays, talking with playwrights and agents and actors and directors and designers. But we’ve also been keeping...
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2017 Season Announcement

Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer is proud to announce Chester Theatre Company’s 2017 Summer Season, which will feature an American Premiere, two New England Premieres, and the return of actor Joel Ripka in a one-man performance. And, in a first for CTC,...
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Chester Theatre Company receives a $5,000 challenge grant!

Tara Franklin and James Barry in Sister Play by John Kolvenbach Photo credit: Rick Teller As the year comes to a close, a generous, anonymous donor wants to make certain Chester Theatre is able to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome...
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Chicago Theatre Tour, Day Five (& Six)

We gathered Saturday morning for our discussion of Bobbie Clearly, which we saw Friday night at Steep Theatre. The play begins with what feel like documentary interviews with residents of Milton, Nebraska. It’s clear early on that something happened there...
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Chicago Theatre Tour, Day Four

Our day started a great deal sunnier than Thursday, when Chicago had done its best to earn the name “The Windy City.” We gathered again in our private room to discuss the previous afternoon’s performance of Life Sucks at Lookingglass...
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Chicago Theatre Tour, Day Three

Following another terrific breakfast here at the Hotel Monaco, we gathered in our room at South Water Kitchen for our first true Talkback of the tour. There was so much to discuss and share regarding the previous night’s performance of...
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Chicago Theatre Tour, Day Two

We began our first full day in Chicago with a talk from Steven Oxman. Steven is the Chicago theatre critic for Variety, and has worked and reviewed in Chicago for about the last ten years, after writing for Variety in...
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Chicago Theatre Tour, Day One

Welcome back to the Chicago Theatre Tour! Each day, we’ll be sharing some of our adventures as we see plays, explore the city, and have conversations. We’re exploring the city and its theatre scene together, and we couldn’t be more...
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Past is prologue in Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop”

Director Colette Robert sat down with John Seven of the Berkshire Eagle. They discussed her production of The Mountaintop, and it’s powerful resonance today. You can read the full article here. “It’s a pretty dark time in America now and it’s...

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