Chautauqua Theater Company Begins Summer Season with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Starring Harris Yulin and Candy Buckley
By Carey Purcell
The Chautauqua Theater Company's summer season opens with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which begins performances June 28 and runs through July 7.
The season also includes productions of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning Clybourne Park (July 19-28) and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors (Aug. 9-16) on the Bratton Theater Mainstage. Additionally, The Romeo & Juliet Project will be staged July 27 in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
Along with Harris Yulin and Candy Buckley, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features Conservatory actors Carly Zien (Yale School of Drama) and Peter Mark Kendall (recent graduate of Trinity Rep/Brown MFA program) as Maggie and Brick, along with Matt Raich (Gooper), Mallory Portnoy (Mae), Anthony Goes (Dr. Baugh) and David Vegh (Rev. Tooker). The production is directed by Lisa Rothe (Hold These Truths).
Directed by Davis McCallum (Water by the Spoonful, The Whale), Clybourne Park will feature Marin Hinkle (“Two and A Half Men," Electra) as Bev/Kathy, Andy Weems (Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind) as Russ/Dan, and, in his CTC debut, Sean Dugan (“Smash,” Next Fall) as Karl/Steve. Conservatory members Tangela Large (Francine/ena), Stephen Spencer (Jim, Tom, Kenneth), Mary Wiseman (Betsy/Lindsay) and Landon Woodson (Albert/Kevin) are also featured in the cast.
Chautauqua CTC’s New Play Workshop will present two staged readings: Dark Radio by Colin McKenna (July 11-13) and Transit by Kait Kerrigan (Aug. 1-3).
CTC associate artistic director Andrew Borba will direct The Comedy of Errors, which will feature the talents of the CTC Conservatory. Returning guest artist John Seidman will play Egeon.
The Romeo & Juliet Project will re-interpret this classic tale of star-crossed lovers in a ground-breaking multi-disciplinary reimagining July 27 on the celebrated 5,000-seat Ampitheater stage. Conceived and directed by CTC artistic director Vivienne Benesch, Chautauqua Institution’s production of The Romeo & Juliet Project is an original retelling of Shakespeare’s love story. It is also the first in a three-year series of projects featuring the collaborative efforts both off and onstage of Chautauqua’s signature arts programs, including Chautauqua Opera Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Chautauqua Dance, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
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