Square One Theatre Presents Delightful Irish Romance CHAPATTI

One would think that cat people and dog people are two very distinct and irreconcilable types who tend to reciprocally look down on each other. But in the hands of Irish playwright Christian O'Reilly he has created characters that are complex yet tremendously appealing.

The play is Chapatti and with just the right mix of charm, intensity, humor, poignancy and surprising twists,O'Reilly's mutts and felines seem to pave the way for an unlikely common ground between two pet owners.

The Connecticut Premiere performances of Chapatti are Thursdays through Sundays beginning March 2and continuing through March 19 (2017).

Chapatti follows the unexpected intersection between two middle-age singletons - Betty, a lonely widow with 19 cats, and Dan, a bereaved gentleman who lives only for his beloved dog, Chapatti (named for Dan's favorite Indian dish). Watching Betty and Dan hurt, heal and ultimately come to terms with their lives and each other is truly a rich, wonderful experience. From their first encounter, one might expect romance to follow Dan and Betty, with the prickly, sardonic dog lover eventually being won over by the warm-hearted cat fancier. And eventually it does, but in a manner most unexpected. According to one critic, "I've seen a hundred love stories; still, I insist that Chapatti is often fresh and even innovative. And I admit that I can't think of another recent work that's so touched my heart."

The cast of Chapatti features two Square One Theatre audience favorites and subscriber award-winners,Lucy Babbitt (Stratford) and Al Kulcsar (Fairfield) directed by Tom Holehan (Stratford).

Babbitt's Square One Theatre credits include Motherhood Out Loud, The Winslow Boy, Irena's Vow, The Clearing, Not Waving, Cahoots and Two Rooms. Other stage credits include The Crucible and Dancing at Lughnasa (Westport Community Theatre), The Seagull, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and Twelfth Night (The Players at Putney Gardens), The Rivals, The Comedy of Errors, Bartholomew Fair, The Revenge Tragedy (Town Players of Newtown Players). She is the recipient of Square One Subscriber Awards for Outstanding Actress (The Clearing and Motherhood Out Loud) and Outstanding Cameo Performance (Distracted and The Winslow Boy).

Kulcsar's Square One Theatre credits include The Outgoing Tide, Freud's Last Session, Olive and the Bitter Herbs, Deadly Murder, Southern Comforts, ART, The Right Kind of People, Moonlight & Magnolias, Match, Talking Heads, Inherit the Wind, Later Life, The Countess, The Shop at Sly Corner, Twelve Angry Men, Three Viewings, The Heiress, Camping with Henry & Tom, Two Rooms and The Business of Murder. Additional credits include The Weir, Juno and the Paycock (Town Players of Newtown) The Seafarer, Copenhagen, The Turn of the Screw, A Picasso (Westport Community Theatre). He is the recipient of Square One Subscriber Awards for Outstanding Actor (The Outgoing Tide, Freud's Last Session, Southern Comforts, Moonlight & Magnolias, The Business of Murder, The Shop at Sly Corner, Camping with Henry & Tom), Outstanding Featured Actor (Later Life) as well as Square One Theatre's "Outstanding Contribution" Award (2015).

Performances of CHAPATTI are:

Thursday, March 2 (2017) at 7pm (time is correct)

Friday, March 3 at 8pm

Saturday, March 4 at 4pm (twilight matinee) and

Saturday, March 4 at 8pm

Sunday, March 5 at 2pm (matinee)

Thursday, March 9 at 7pm (time is correct)

Friday, March 10 at 8pm

Saturday, March 11 at 4pm (twilight matinee) and

Saturday, March 11 at 8pm

Sunday, March 12 at 2pm (matinee)

Thursday, March 16 at 7pm (time is correct)

Friday, March 17 at 8pm

Saturday, March 18 at 4pm (twilight matinee) and

Saturday, March 18 at 8pm

Sunday, March 19 at 2pm (matinee - final performance)

Single Tickets are $20 for adults and $19 for senior citizens & students.

Tickets may be purchased:

By phone: Box Office at 203.375.8778 (24/7)

Online at: squareonetheatre.com

In person: at box office 60 minutes prior to each performance.

All performances are at the NEW LOCATION literally on the stage of Stratford Academy located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Ct...off I-95 Exit 32 (northbound and southbound) in Stratford Center.

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