"Our 2015 MainStage line-up is all about imagination," said artistic director Vivienne Benesch in a statement. "Can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France? Indeed! And much more. Whether the curtain rises on the battlefields of Agincourt, the boudoirs and rooming houses of turn of the 20th century New York City or the moonlit hush over Grover's Corners, the Bratton Theater will be home to entertaining, thought provoking and above all, theatrical worlds that ignite the imagination and spotlight the struggles we share no matter what our place in society may be."
Our Town, directed by Paul Mullins, will run July 3-12 with Intimate Apparel, directed by Vivienne Benesch, running July 24-Aug. 2 and William Shakespeare's Henry V, directed by Evan Cabnet, running Aug. 14-21.
Additionally, playwright Zayd Dohrn is the recipient of the 2015-16 Chautauqua Play Commission. The commission is awarded by CTC in conjunction with the Chautauqua Writers' Center and will see Dohrn in residence for a period this coming season and next. CTC has previously presented two of Dohrn's plays, Sick and Muckrakers, as part of The New Play Workshop.
"I believe Zayd Dohrn is one of the truly important writers of our time," said Benesch. "He has his eye and ear on the pulse of our times and is unafraid to reflect it back to us with a strong point of view. His profound curiosity about social, political and cultural trends is matched by an acute attention to interpersonal psychology and great storytelling. We can’t wait to see what Zayd will write next, and are proud to offer him a home at Chautauqua to steward its development."
Chautauqua Theater Company is under the leadership of artistic director Benesch and managing director Sarah Clare Corporandy. For more and tickets, visit CTCompany.org.