Getting Out of Town: Summer Theatre Outside the City

By Carey Purcell
01 Jul 2013



Mac-Haydn Theatre

This theatre began in a barn on the Columbia County fairgrounds. Now, it is "at home" on a hill overlooking the quaint Victorian village of Chatham, NY. The summer season will feature Singin' in the Rain (July 4-7, 10-14, 17-21), Les Miserables (July 25-28, July 31-Aug. 4), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aug. 8-11, 14-18), Gypsy (Aug. 22-25, Aug. 28-Sept. 1) and All Shook Up (Sept. 6-8, 12-15). Visit machaydntheatre.org.

Saratoga Shakespeare Company

Located in the heart of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga's only professional theatre will feature an al fresco production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (July 16-28). More than 1,000 guests can attend each show. Visit saratogashakespeare.com.

Park Playhouse

The 25th anniversary season of the company that produces free musicals and plays outdoors in Albany's Washington Park will feature Spamalot (July 5-28) and Shrek (Aug. 6-18). More than 1,500 people can enjoy the shows in the stepped amphitheatre on the hillside opposite the Lakehouse stage. Visit parkplayhouse.com.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

The 49th summer season of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, located in Waterford, CT, features the National Puppetry Conference, NTI TheaterMakers, Cabaret Conference, Music Theater Conference and the Playwrights Conference. Some Broadway hits that began at the O'Neill include Nine, In the Heights and Avenue Q. Visit theoneill.org.