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Chester Theatre Company Announces 2013 Season; ARMS ON FIRE AND BODY AWARENESS

At last, the time our loyal CTC friends have been waiting for: the official announcement of our 2013 season!

We are very excited to be kicking off this summer with the World Premiere of ARMS ON FIRE by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik - the creators of the Tony Award-Winning Spring Awakening!

ARMS ON FIRE - World Premiere from the Creators of Spring Awakening (June 26 - July 7)

In this new play with music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, the Tony Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening. Ulysses, a factory worker in self-imposed exile, meets Smith, a young singer on the make. As Smith spins out dreams of his future, he also draws out Ulysses' past - memories of his lost love Josephina, a passionate nightclub singer. When Josephina appears, both men must face truths about the present. A deeply moving and funny play about an unlikely friendship.

TRYST - Downton Abbey meets Hitchcock (July 11 - 21)

Downton Abbey meets Hitchcock, in this riveting psychological thriller set in Edwardian London. A handsome con-man - going by the name George Love - courts women, marries them, then takes their life savings and disappears. His latest target is lonely Adelaide Pinchin, but Adelaide has a peculiar effect on George, and almost nothing seems to go as he plans. Romance and suspense combine to create a tantalizing drama. Featuring Allison Mclemore (The Turn of the Screw, The Nibroc Trilogy) and James Barry (Wittenberg).

BODY AWARENESS - A Smart Comedy from an Obie Award Winner (July 31 - August 11)

Phyllis has organized "Body Awareness Week" at the local college where she teaches. She and her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, are hosting Frank, a guest artist whose nude photos are being shown as part of the event. When Joyce's grown son Jared - who swears he doesn't have Asperger's Syndrome - turns to Frank for advice, and Joyce considers posing for Frank, tensions rise in this smart and generous comedy from Obie Award winner (and Amherst native) Annie Baker.

AN ILIAD - An Ancient Tale Retold with Wit and Wisdom (August 15 - 25)

With his battered suitcase by his side, the poet tells his story: of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, gnawing envy, epic battles, an endless war. An ancient tale comes roaring back to life in a striking new telling filled with wit and eternal wisdom. Steve Hendrickson (Crime and Punishment, Blackbird, Mercy of a Storm), as an old man who's seen too much, leads us on the sweeping journey.

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