TheatreWorks New Milford Sets 2015 Season: THE LYONS, LEADING LADIES & More!
TheatreWorks recently announced its 2015 line-up of theatrical productions to a sold out house of donors, patrons, and friends of the Theatre, located at 5 Brookside Avenue, in New Milford.
The event, hosted in part by NeJaime's Wine & Spirits of New Milford, gave all attendees the chance to partake in hors d'ouvres and cocktails. After which, the audience was treated to a short scene from TheatreWorks' current production, THE GAME'S AFOOT by Ken Ludwig, which runs through January 3.
President Glenn R. Couture then announced that TheatreWorks' performance space was to be christened The Hope Meinhardt auditorium. Ms. Meinhardt was a long-time New Milford resident and founding member of The Creative Arts Center of New Milford (the present day TheatreWorks) and passed away on May 24 of this year.
"It's only fitting that we dedicate this space in Hope's honor," Couture said. "She was so committed to establishing outstanding local theatre here in New Milford, and the least we can do to is to commemorate her legacy through her name, and by continuing to provide Broadway-caliber theatre here in New Milford at ticket prices that are much more affordable than Broadway."
The evening culminated with a presentation of TheatreWorks' 2015 season, which includes five mainstage shows, four free staged readings, and the ongoing TheatreWorks Kids program.
Couture announced that the company's 48th season will kick off in February with THE LYONS by Nicky Silver. The play takes a darkly comedic look at a dysfunctional New York family set against the backdrop of their dying patriarch. The play is under the direction of Matt Austin of Danbury.
In May comes SOUVENIR by Stephen Temperley, a two-person comedy with music. The play focuses on Florence Foster Jenkins, a real life wealthy society eccentric of the early 20th Century, who became legendary to due her remarkably awful singing voice. The play features Priscilla Squires and Greg Chrzszon.
In July comes the Tony Award-nominated drama TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies. The play focuses on Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a foreign correspondent. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the uncertain prospect of a more conventional life.
September brings the outrageous farce LEADING LADIES by Ken Ludwig. The story centers on two English Shakespearean actors who have to pass themselves off as young women so they can claim an inheritance from a little old lady in York, Pennsylvania. Absolute hilarity then ensues as one would expect from the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.
Wrapping up the season in December is the classic chestnut, BELL, BOOK & CANDLE by John Van Druten. This romantic comedy, which was adapted into a film starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Jack Lemmon, focuses on a modern-day witch who plans to use her spells to win over a handsome man. The only trouble is, if she falls in love, she'll lose her powers. It's a comedic conundrum in this delectable and delightful romantic romp.
For more information on the 2015 Mainstage Season, the Page2Stage Staged Reading Series, the TheatreWorks Kids' program, and to purchase tickets and subscriptions, visit theatreworks.us or call the box office at (860) 350-6863.
TheatreWorks is an award-winning, non-Equity theatre company, named Best Community Theater in Connecticut for 2014 by Connecticut Magazine. TheatreWorks is located on 5 Brookside Avenue , just off Route 202 (next to the CVS), in New Milford, CT.