2019 Cape Playhouse Creatives Include Hunter Foster, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matt Lenz And More
Michael Rader, Producing Artistic Director of The Cape Playhouse, today announced the creative teams for the 2019 summer season. The six-play season features three plays and three musicals- and includes directors Hunter Foster, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matt Lenz, Joyce Chittick and more.
Kicking off the 2019 season will be Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, playing June 12-22. Matt Lenz returns to The Playhouse to direct (Cape Playhouse: Sylvia, Art; Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn, Beauty and the Beast; national tours: The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story). The creative team includes scenic design by Rob Odorisio (CBS This Morning, Guiding Light, Stomp!); costumes by Sky Switzer (Aladdin, Escape to Margaritaville, Tuck Everlasting); wigs and hair by Tommy Kurzman (My Fair Lady, True West); and lighting design by Jaron Kent Hermansen (10 productions with The Cape Playhouse).
Little Shop of Horrors, a Playhouse premier, is second on the roster, playing June 26 - July 6. Cape Playhouse, Producing Artistic Director, Michael Rader directs (A Christmas Story, Cirque du Soleil) with choreography by Shea Sullivan (Pageant!, Polkadots); music direction by Garrett Taylor (Wicked, Annie, Irving Berlin's White Christmas); scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III (Titanic, The Music Man, The Who's Tommy); costumes by Ryan Park (Warpaint, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County); lighting by Jaron Kent Hermansen and wig design by Tommy Kurzman.
Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County, Million Dollar Quartet, Little Shop of Horrors) returns The Playhouse to direct the recent Broadway smash hit, Once. He is joined by music director Zach Spound (The Other Josh Cohen), scenic designer David Arsenault (The Color Purple), costume designer Gail Baldoni (20 Productions at The Cape Playhouse) and lighting designer Kirk Bookman (The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). Once, the only Broadway show to have music that won an Academy, Grammy and Olivier Award, runs July 10-20th.
Joyce Chittick (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Anything Goes, Cabaret) returns to The Playhouse after choreographing South Pacific last season to direct A Chorus Line which runs July 24-August 3. Chittick is joined by choreographer Rick Faugno (Kiss Me Kate, On the Twentieth Century) and music director Garrett Taylor. Set design is by Adam Koch, costume design is by Molly Walz, and lighting design is by Kirk Bookman.
Proclaimed by the New York Post as "the funniest farce ever written!", Noises Off is the fifth show of the Playhouse season. Directed by Jeffry Denman (Yank!, Spongebob Square Pants) with scenic design by David Arsenault, costume design by Dustin Cross (Spamilton, Cheers Live, A Christmas Story), and lighting design by Isabella Byrd. This hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at putting on a show runs August 7 - 17th.
Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime, High Society, Seussical) directs the season finale, the thriller-comedy Deathtrap, running August 21-August 31. Michael Schweikardt (6 Shows with the Cape Playhouse) designs the set; costumes are by Gail Baldoni, fight direction is by Rick Sordelet (73 Broadway credits including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land and Wolf Hall), and lighting design is by Jaron Kent Hermansen.
Season subscriptions and individual tickets are now on sale at CapePlayhouse.com or by phone at 508-385-3911.
The Cape Playhouse was founded in 1927 by Raymond Moore. His vision was to have a theatre a smart, sophisticated summer theatre that would bring Broadway to Cape Cod. Now referred to as the "Place Where Broadway Goes to Summer" by The New York Times, The Cape Playhouse has attracted a long litany of famous actors since its inception in 1927 including Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Olympia Dukakis, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Betty White, Gertrude Lawrence and Ginger Rogers to name a few. Recent productions include Judy Kuhn and Mary Testa in Steel Magnolias, Julia Murney in Gypsy and being named one of the 50 best theatres in American. The Cape Playhouse also holds the distinction of being the longest continually operating professional theatre in the United States.