2019 Season

Our 30th Season is here!


From a disheveled Dublin bedsit to a New York tenement museum to New Mexico motel room…

From a mother’s attempt to understand the unthinkable to a family making peace with their complicated past and taking on the challenges of an uncertain future…

From a one-woman tour-de-force to a 20 person cast of charming characters…

Experience all that and more in Chester Theatre Company’s 30th Season.

And, we are bringing back many of your favorite actors, directors, and designers to make this summer one you will always remember.

The Night Alive

Written by Conor McPherson and Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer

June 20 – 30

Tommy rents a single room in his Uncle Maurice’s Dublin house. Doc, a friend with whom Tommy does odd jobs, bunks in, and the two scrape by in the disheveled, messy bedsit, untethered and without direction. The “routine” is disrupted when Tommy saves a young woman named Aimee from an assault and brings her back to the house to get herself together. She stays, shaking up the group dynamics, especially when her boyfriend shows up. With James Barry, Justin Campbell, Joel Ripka, and Marielle Young.

Now Circa Then

Written by Carly Mensch and Directed by Sean Christopher Lewis

July 4 – 14

Set in New York’s Tenement Museum, Now Circa Then dances between the tale of two young immigrants, Josephine and Julian, making their way in their new country in the 1890s, and the developing relationship of Margie and Gideon, a mismatched pair of re-enactors hired to portray them. Things take a turn when the young museum employees’ relationship spills into the story they are charged with acting out. With Lilli Hokama.

On the Exhale

Written by Martin Zimmerman and Directed by Colette Robert

July 25 – August 4

When a college professor suffers the unthinkable loss of her son in a school shooting, she fixates not on the shooter, but on the weapon itself. Her attempts to understand what happened unleash unexpected feelings about power, violence, and the role we all play in this American epidemic. Starring Tara Franklin.

Curve of Departure

Written by Rachel Bonds and Directed by Keira Naughton

August 8 – 18

A father, an ex-wife, a son, and the son’s partner gather in a New Mexico motel the night before the burial of the man to whom they are all connected, but to whom they feel little connection. As they prepare themselves for the funeral in the confines of the crowded room, they grapple with the family dynamics of the past, present and the future, all of which outsize the space they find themselves in. Curve of Departure  is a tender drama told with humor and grace. With Paul Pontrelli.

And, a special mid-summer event!

Gem of the Valley

Created and Directed by John Bechtold

July 18-20

And now for something completely different–in celebration of our 30th Season–a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience! Take a journey that celebrates the shared history of the town of Chester and the theatre. Guided with a pair of special headphones on a short walk through town, you will be immersed in an enchanting love letter to Chester, featuring a cast of over 20 performers along the way.

The event will take approximately one hour. In advance of your experience, we will contact you with all necessary production details.  Audience members with limited mobility will have access to a shuttle service for outdoor portions of the show. Please advise us of any assistance needed when purchasing tickets.

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