Pass Over

July 28-August 7

Moses and Kitch want out of their Chicago neighborhood and off the corner to which they are tethered. They dream of the things that await them in the Promised Land—clean socks and the return of a dead brother—if only if they can pass over. This “surreal and morbidly funny existential drama” (Variety) was the first play performed when Broadway reopened in 2021.

Christina Franklin, whose work on 2021’s The Niceties received a Berkshire Theatre Critics nomination, returns for her second season at CTC. Kayodè Soyemi will play Moses, Austin Sasser will play Kitch, and the production will also feature Berkshire Theatre Critics award winner James Barry playing two roles.

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Season Sponsors: Richard and Carol Seltzer

Artistic Director Sponsors: Karen and Chuck Schader

Education Sponsors: Ed and Carla Slomin

Production Sponsors: Emily Wojcik and Michael Thurston

Director Sponsor: Wil Hastings

Birds of North America

Birds of North America

Written by Anna Ouyang Moench

July 7-17

Binoculars. Birds. A Baltimore backyard. Over the course of a decade, a father and daughter navigate the changes in the climate and in their relationship. As the world around them shifts in ways both towering and minute, the one constant is the life list they keep in their birding notebook. Birds of North America is “a gentle reminder to seize the day for yourself and those you love.” (DC Metro)

Christopher Patrick Mullen, last seen in the 2004 production of The Pavilion, returns to Chester to play John. Caitlyn will be played by Micheline Wu in her CTC debut.

Director Alex Keegan also makes her CTC debut.

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Season Sponsors: Richard and Carol Seltzer

Artistic Director Sponsors: Karen and Chuck Schader

Education Sponsors: Ed and Carla Slomin

Production Sponsor: The Sunny Reid Fund

Director Sponsors: Cipora Brown and Steven Feiner

Pride@Prejudice

Pride@Prejudice

Written and Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer

June 23-July 3

Originally premiered at CTC in 2011, Pride@Prejudice is a reimagining of the beloved Jane Austen classic filled with bloggers, chat rooms, Austen enthusiasts, and even Jane herself. A hilarious and moving homage to Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, with 30 characters portrayed by five versatile actors, including Candace Barrett Birk who appeared in last season’s Tiny Beautiful Things, Marielle Young, who starred in Mary’s Wedding (2018) and The Night Alive (2019), and Luke Hofmaiernominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Now Circa Then (2019). Brian Patterson and Claire Fort make their CTC debuts. Daniel Elihu Kramer will direct the production himself, giving this Chester favorite a fresh twist as the company welcomes its audiences back home for the season opener.

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Season Sponsors: Richard and Carol Seltzer

Artistic Director Sponsors: Karen and Chuck Schader

Education Sponsors: Ed and Carla Slomin

Production Sponsors: Charlie and Jane Johnson

Director Sponsors: Rhonda and Carl Steeg

Design Sponsors: Jeanne and Frank Speizer

To The Moon And Back

August 11-21

World Premiere

CTC’s season will close with this World Premiere Commission by Darcy Parker Bruce, sponsored by Frances Henry and Walter Korzec. Starring Tara Franklin (Tiny Beautiful Things, On the Exhale) and Raye Birk (Curve of Departure) as a daughter and father with history as murky as the dark side of the moon. Ace alternately maps craters searching for…something, and flips burgers at her day job as she tries to outrun the shadows of the past she shares with her dad, who spends his days watching gameshows from his lawn chair—on the moon. Pauli Pontrelli (I and You, The Aliens, Curve of Departure) returns for their fourth appearance at Town Hall as Ace’s co-worker, RJ.

Keira Naughton, nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Critics’ Award for 2019’s Curve of Departure, returns to direct her third show for CTC. She also staged last season’s Title and Deed.

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Season Sponsors: Richard and Carol Seltzer

Artistic Director Sponsors: Karen and Chuck Schader

Education Sponsors: Ed and Carla Slomin

Commission and Production Sponsors: Fran Henry and Walter Korzec

Director Sponsor: Dr. R. Allison Ryan

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