Dorset Theatre Festival opens its season with the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs, running from June 22 – July 8 and starring siblings Tim Daly (Madam Secretary, Wings) and Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey, Tony Award-winner for Gypsy), who will work together for the first time onstage. John Procaccino (Little Men, Assassins) rounds out this all-star cast. Downstairs, a thought-provoking family drama written by Resident Playwright Theresa Rebeck, follows the story of Eileen, whose brother Teddy has decided to move home and live in her basement. Eileen’s husband is less than thrilled about this. And Teddy is more than a little off his game. As the brother and sister struggle to understand their present and their past, questions of betrayal, disappointment, and madness rise and fall. Who is saving whom?
“Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis in the regional revival of David Mamet’s powerful classic American Buffalo is a great way to ring in the Festival’s 40th!” says Artistic Director Dina Janis. Treat Williams (Golden Globe Award-nominee for Hair) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy, The Motherf**ker With the Hat) star in Dorset Theatre Festival’s fresh look at this American classic, running August 24 – September 2,crackles with explosive humor, frenetic energy, and surprising tenderness.
The Regional Premiere of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery brings this national hit to Dorset. In Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, comic master Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor) breathes new life into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dynamic detective duo. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its latest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators untangle a dizzying web of clues and deceit. Does a wild hellhound really prowl the moors? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Silly accents and disguises abound as 5 actors portray over 40 characters in this family-friendly adventure. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs from July 13 – 29.
He’s young, he’s broke, his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. In Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another when his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills. A critic’s pick wherever it plays, The Legend of Georgia McBride, runningAugust 3 – 19, is a music-filled celebration of the American Dream and the power of transformation.
Throughout the summer, Dorset Theatre Festival’s New Play Reading Series is proud to introduce regional audiences to three of America’s top emerging female playwrights. Each playwright will spend five days in residency at the Festival, and each artist’s time will culminate with a public New Play Reading. Mona Mansour (Unseen, The Vagrant trilogy), Lauren Yee (King of the Yees, Ching Chong Chinaman) and Paola Lázaro (Tell Hector I Miss Him, Contigo) are the 2017 featured playwrights. For more information about these playwrights and their public readings, visit www.dorsettheatrefestival.org/new-play-reading-series.
From June 8—10, The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, written and performed by Oliver Wadsworthand directed by Kirk Jackson—both Dorset Theatre Festival favorites—will be presented at the Dorset Playhouse as part of a regional tour. Based on Manchester’s very own unsolved murder case of 1812, local history comes alive in this one-man virtuosic tour-de-force. Oliver Wadsworth portrays a motley medley of characters, as they grapple with the slippery truth of the real life murder of Russell Colvin, an eccentric Vermonter whose ghost haunted the town of Manchester till the malefactors were brought to justice and sentenced to hang. This small-town murder mystery remains unsolved today. The Tarnation of Russell Colvin is underwritten by Vermont Community Foundation and The Samara Fund with support from Bennington College.
Dorset Theatre Festival, sponsored for its 40th anniversary season by Manchester Designer Outlets, creates bold and innovative theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring its audience through the celebration of great plays produced with the highest degree of artistry.
Subscriptions for the 2017 Summer Season are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale April 1.The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ex. 2 Monday through Thursday from 12—4 pm. For more information, or to purchase subscriptions and tickets online, visit Dorset Theatre Festival’s website atwww.dorsettheatrefestival.org.