Delaware Theatre Company Names New Artistic Director and Premieres Partners in 2004-05

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There's big news at Delaware Theatre Company: a new leader and an upcoming world premiere production.

Delaware Theatre Company (DTC), the state's only professional resident theatre, announced the appointment of Anne Marie Cammarato as the theatre's new producing director.

Cammarato will be responsible for providing artistic direction for the Wilmington Equity theatre as well as overseeing the organization's business affairs. She will report directly to DTC's board of directors.

Cammarato is already preparing for DTC's 2004-2005 season, which debuts in September with the world premiere comedy, Partners.

The upcoming slate, chosen before Cammarato was announced as producing director, will also include The Drawer Boy, Looking Over the President's Shoulder, Forever Plaid and The Glass Menagerie, plus the final play of the 2004-05 season, to be chosen by Cammarato.

Joining Delaware Theatre Company marks a return home for Cammarato who grew up in Milford, Delaware. "The fact that this new phase of my career allows me to come home makes this a particularly exciting opportunity for me," she said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to helping DTC earn the recognition it deserves as one of the finest cultural institutions in the Delaware Valley." Cammarato most recently served as acting artistic director for the Madison Repertory Theatre in Madison, WI, where her most recent season garnered the company's highest ticket sales in a decade. She graduated cum laude from the educational theatre program at New York University. Subsequent to that, she assisted directors at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton and the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. During her tenure at Madison Repertory Theatre, Wisconsin publications named Cammarato "One of the Most Influential Women in Wisconsin" and "One of the Fifteen Artists to Watch in the New Millennium."

Delaware Theatre Company conducted an extensive search for its new leader, assisted by Management Consultants for the Arts. The theatre's search committee received dozens of applications from around the country and conducted initial interviews of six candidates.

Three candidates were invited back to Wilmington for an intensive two-day interview, which included meetings with members of the Riverfront and local arts communities.

The DTC season includes:

  • Partners by Allan Katz. "Long-time business partners, Norm and Jack, enter a whole new phase of their relationship when Jack returns from a long European vacation a very changed man." Allan Katz is a past winner of a Drama Desk award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and one of the lead writers for "M*A*S*H," "All in the Family," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and other TV classics. Sept. 15-Oct. 10.
  • The Glass Menagerie, "Tennessee Williams' classic exploration of loss, hope and pain," within the Wingfield family of St. Louis. Oct. 27-Nov. 21.
  • Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross. The musical revue about a 1950s harmony group and the concert they never gave. Dec. 8-Jan. 2, 2005.
  • Looking Over the President's Shoulder by James Still. "Here's a peek into the other end of the White House, the President's residence. White House butler, Alonzo Fields, introduces you to Presidents Hoover through Ike, as only he saw them. Mr. Fields tells all in this warm, fact-based, one-man tour de force." Jan. 19-Feb. 6, 2005.
  • The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey. The Canadian smash that is sweeping regional theatre. "When a young actor moves onto the Canadian farm of lifelong friends Morgan and Angus to learn about farming for an acting project, he steps into a drama like one he's never experienced on stage. The uncertain events of the past conspire to shape the present." Feb. 23-March 13, 2005.
  • Production to be announced. Delaware Theatre Company, at 200 Water Street, presents performances Wednesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. For information, call (302) 594-1100 or visit Single tickets go on sale Aug. 2.

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