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We are expanding our reputation for “some of the most adventurous programming in the area” (The New Yorker) with our first-ever World Premiere commission and a New England Premiere that will kick off the summer.
From the season opener, a literary thriller set in the Alps, to the closer, a work that brings to life the letters sent to the writer of “Dear Sugar,” the season will excite, entertain, and move you.
“I love the journey our audiences will take this summer,” says Producing Artistic Director Daniel Kramer. “It’s a thrill ride of the very best kind: provocative, chilling, funny, and moving. Each of the four plays, all written by women playwrights, offers a gripping story, remarkable characters, and plenty of fodder for the deeper conversations you, our audiences, cherish.”
Switzerland (New England Premiere)
Written by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by James Barry
June 18 – 28
Patricia Highsmith, misanthropic master of psychological thrillers and author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, lives and writes and in the shadow of the Swiss Alps. When a charming visitor arrives, he may not be who he first appears in this twisting two-hander. James Barry, seen in many roles on the Town Hall stage (The Aliens, The Night Alive, Sister Play) and award-winning director of last season’s Working at Berkshire Theatre Group, makes his CTC directorial debut.
“[Switzerland] grows with intrigue as it moves forward, pulling back the layers of its two characters to reveal their true selves-neither being who they initially appeared to…and the result is gripping.” (Entertainment Weekly)
The Life of the World to Come (World Premiere)
Written by Darcy Parker Bruce
Directed by Keira Naughton
July 2 – 12
June is lost, adrift. What went on in her house when she was a child prevents it from being her home now. Living with her chosen family in the house next door, June is moving between a life defined her past and a life that might just include a future. Keira Naughton, nominated for a Best Director Award by the Berkshire
Theatre Critics Association for her work on last season’s hit Curve of Departure, directs. A World Premiere commissioned by Chester Theatre Company through a gift from Frances Henry and Walter Korzec.
“Darcy Bruce has written a remarkable play, inspired by Fran Henry’s work to stop abuse,” says Daniel. “Through Fran and Walter’s gift, we have the opportunity to share this story of love and hope from one of America’s most promising young playwrights.”
Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Claire Fort
July 23 – August 2
During office hours, in a discussion about slavery and the American Revolution, the gloves come off between an ambitious student and her professor. When the niceties are abandoned, neither comes out unscathed.
The Washington Post calls The Niceties “a barnburner of a play,” and “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how.”
Tiny Beautiful Things
Written by Nia Vardalos
Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
August 6 – 16
Based on the “Dear Sugar” column written by Cheryl Strayed (author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Wild), Tiny Beautiful Things offers affirmation of love and loss, of pain and pleasure, of intense loneliness and shared humanity. Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Tiny Beautiful Things is the story of what we can feel and learn when we open up to hearing the answers to questions we can’t figure out on our own. Starring CTC Associate Artistic Director Tara Franklin as Sugar.
“Tiny Beautiful Things turns out be about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to – other people.” The New York Times
In addition to the four mainstage productions, the company will be introducing two cabaret evenings featuring current and past CTC artists, hosted by beloved Berkshire performers James Barry and Tara Franklin. Audiences can expect music and theatrical performances. More details to come.
All tickets go on sale at noon on Monday, March 23, 2020.