Dorset Theatre Festival Announces Lineup and Casting For Pipeline Series, Featuring Estelle Parsons & Treat Williams

Dorset Theatre Festival Announces Lineup and Casting For Pipeline Series, Featuring Estelle Parsons & Treat WilliamsDorset Theatre Festival, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dina Janis, Producing Director Will Rucker, and Executive Director Marissa Hutton, is proud to announce the full lineup and casting for their inaugural Pipeline Series-four one-night-only presentations. All presentations will take place at the Dorset Playhouse (104 Cheney Rd, Dorset, VT 05251).

Dorset Theatre Festival builds upon its growing reputation as an incubator of new work with the Pipeline Series-a cutting edge series of four presentations of works destined to become tomorrow's classics. The schedule for the presentations is as follows:

Tuesday, June 26
Is Edward Snowden Single?
By Kate Cortesi
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Featuring: Keilly McQuail (Her Requiem), Amelia Workman (The Lucky Ones), and Max Rosenak (Help Me to Make It)

A hot mess of a millennial becomes taken with the idea that Edward Snowden is madly in love with her, not just because she's gorgeous but because she is unspeakably brave. Two actresses play all twenty plus roles in this whirlwind tour through one shallow person's reluctantly deepening soul.

Tuesday, July 10
A New Play by Melissa Ross,
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Featuring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (August: Osage County), Sarah Nina Hayon (Bright New Boise), Aaron Weiner (Fool for Love), Ismenia Mendes ("High Maintenance"), and Neil Tyrone Pritchard (The Stowaway)

Diana is the new president of a prestigious liberal arts college, but she can barely get her pictures hung on the walls of her office before the school's hallowed history sits squarely in the way of her big plans. About where we've come from and figuring out where we even have to go, this never-before-seen new play by Melissa Ross confronts life and politics and feminism in academia under the hard-fluorescent light of today.

Tuesday, July 31
Invictus Mingus
By Frank Harts
Directed by Jackson Gay
Featuring Frank Harts (A Raisin in the Sun), Tom Nieboer (The Cloak and Dagger), and Molly Hershberg (The 12 Days of Christmas)
and Musicians Ulysses Owens, Jr., Philip Norris, and Liston Gregory, III
A Co-Production with New Neighborhood

It's 1966. Tomorrow legendary Jazz Maestro Charles Mingus is to be evicted from his cluttered New York City apartment. Tonight though, he drinks wine, cuts up with his crew on the bass, talks love, Hitler, racism, and politics with a twenty-something Jewish documentary filmmaker. This while his five-year old bi-racial daughter plays in piles of treasure and junk absorbing it all.

Sunday, August 12
A Life in the Theatre
By David Mamet
Directed by Dina Janis
Featuring Emmy nominee Treat Williams (Hair) and Yuri Sardarov ("Chicago Fire")

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.

Tickets, subscriptions, and flex passes for the Pipeline Series are available online, by contacting the Box Office at (802) 867-2223 ext. 101 from 12pm-4pm Tuesday-Friday, or by email. Please note that all ticket purchases are non-refundable.

The 2018 Pipeline Series is sponsored by Union Underground, where the casts, creative teams, and audiences will gather after each presentation.

The 41st Season will begin with CRY IT OUT, written by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Marc Masterson, and running June 21-July 14; followed by SKELETON CREW written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Jade King Carroll, running from Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, August 4. The season will continue with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Christopher V. Edwards, from Thursday, August 9-Saturday August 25. The season will conclude with ANN by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, performed by two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards," "Madam Secretary"). Directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven, performances of ANN begin Wednesday August 29 for a run through Saturday September 1. ANN is a co-production with WAM Theatre.

Subscriptions for the 2018 Summer Season and single tickets are on sale now. The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ext. 101, Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm-6pm. For more information, or to purchase subscriptions and tickets online, visit

Dorset Theatre Festival is sponsored for its 41st season by Manchester Designer Outlets.

Dorset Theatre Festival's mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters.

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