Season 9 Main Stage

AVENUE Q
September 13th - October 8th

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez and Book by Jeff Whitty

Directed by Kyle Brand

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this puppet-filled comedy tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content...because this ain't no kids' show.

"...savvy, sassy and eminently likable...breakthrough musical," - New York Times
"...an ingenious combination of 'The Real World' and Sesame Street." - The New Yorker

Warning: This show is not appropriate for young children. Puppets reference sex, drinking, surfing the web for porn, and other emotionally scarring content.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
October 25th - November 19th

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacke
Based upon "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl."
Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman.


Directed by Ezra Barnes

This gripping adaptation weaves together newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank with survivor accounts to create a contemporary, impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence - their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!"

"Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart. The evening never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine." - New York Times

"An extraordinary theatrical adventure! Go and remember." - New York Post

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
January 10th - 28th

By Robert Harling

Directed by Susan Haefner

The hilarious and heartwarming story explores the lives, loves and losses of six women. These women gossip and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The action centers on Truvy's Beauty Parlor, in Chiquapin Parish, Louisiana, where the women are as delicate as magnolias and as strong as steel.

"Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." - NY Daily News

"…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." - Drama-Logue

"…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." - New York Post

INTIMATE APPAREL
February 14th - March 4th

By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Dawn Loveland

In 1905, an African American seamstress supports herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love that she yearned for, but it is nothing like she expected. This historical romance by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage creates a portrait of a young woman's determination and the true meaning of intimacy.

"…thoughtful, affecting…The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress —and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public" - Variety

"Ms. Nottage has done so much good historical research…I want Ms. Nottage to keep working with this form; we see it so little, and we need it so much" - New York Times.

"…a near-perfect balance between content and execution…" - Associated Press.

"Lynn Nottage's work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexties of race, gender, culture and history—and the startling simplicity of desire—with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion." -
Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER CELEBRATES 15 YEARS!
March 14th - 25th

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Darlene Zoller

Gleaned from the imagination of co-artistic director Darlene Zoller, stop/time dance theater will present its 15th annual production. The stop/time cast is always ready to dance, sing and entertain you with a show guaranteed to have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Always a crowd favorite!

THE REVISIONIST
April 11th - 29th

New England Premier!

Directed by Sasha Brätt

The off-Broadway hit play by Jesse Eisenberg, star of The Social Network and frequent contributor to The New Yorker.

In this comedic drama, a young science fiction writer named David journeys to Poland to stay with his 75-year-old second cousin, Maria, a widowed Holocaust survivor. While David is searching for a quiet space to unblock his creative energy so he can revise his novel, the lonely Maria is thrilled for the chance to connect. As their bond grows, David learns a profound secret about Maria's past that challenges their relationship and teaches them both about the meaning of being a family.

"A quirky and…heartbreaking meditation on the meaning of family, both across the generations and across the globe" - Associated Press

"'The Revisionist' is about a Polish survivor of the Holocaust, who holds a guilty secret close to her chest and a naive young American writer who can't see the secret for the woman." - New York Times

WARNING: The Revisionist contains adult themes and language that might be inappropriate and/or uninteresting for children. The production may be a good choice for older, mature teens.

IN THE HEIGHTS
June 13th - July 29th

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

Directed by Sean Harris
Choreographed by Darlene Zoller


From Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

"An exuberant, animated shrine to the importance of family ties and being faithful to where you come from." - The New York Times

"IN THE HEIGHTS is the WEST SIDE STORY for a new generation!" - Chicago Sun-Times

"THE FUTURE OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL HAS BEEN RESTORED BY A SINGLE SHOW AND THE REMARKABLE YOUNG MAN WHO CREATED IT. It's a show for the ages -- all ages. At In the Heights, Broadway is transported north to a world full of energy and life. If you're inclined to see one show... make it this one. Make this one your first show if you haven't been. It's a great place to take a date and families will make memories together. There's MAGIC In the Heights." - ABC-TV

Your subscription will include a ticket to all seven of the productions listed above!

Individual tickets will go on sale August 1st for Main Stage and all other shows.

Theatre For Young Audiences

ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!"
December 9 - 17, 2017

Book & Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems


Get ready for a musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books, that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!", Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure that is perfect for young audiences. An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.


POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL
May 12 - 20, 2018


Book by Melvin Tunstall III
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Music by Greg Borowsky & Douglas Lyons


Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the "Squares Only" small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily's quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for the world, reminding us that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

Watch for details about these additional performances:

2017-18 Comedy Series

2017-18 Improv Series

2017-18 Playwrights on Park Series

and more!

SUBSCRIPTIONS 2017-2018

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS
Season 8 subscribers are able to renew their subscriptions for Season 9 beginning April 1st.

Existing subscriptions and seats will be held through April 30th. Please alert us if you need an extension. Subscribers may change their day and/or seats as well as add or subtract to their subscription.

NEW SUBSCRIBERS
Anyone interested in becoming a Playhouse on Park Season 9 subscriber who is not currently a subscriber may purchase subscriptions beginning May 1st. For optimal availability, it is encouraged that you purchase a subscription before individual tickets go on sale. However, subscriptions will be available ongoing.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS
Individual tickets will go on sale for all shows in the Main Stage Series June 1st.

GROUP SALE
Group Sales for individual shows may be reserved beginning June 1st.

PERKS & PRICING
Subscribers save 20% over individual ticket prices, have the same seats for each and every show, and are allowed to exchange tickets if their existing night doesn't work. Producer Circle subscribers have additional benefits. Groups of 10 or more can save between 10% - 20% plus earn free tickets pending size of group.

Plays range from $17.50 on preview nights to $30 - $40 on regular nights. Musicals range from $17.50 on preview nights to $40 - $50 on regular nights. Subscriptions range from $98 on Preview Nights to $184 - $240 on regular nights. Additional discounts are available for students, seniors & Let's Go Arts Members.

Producer Circle is $325.
Members receive: a tier one subscription to the 2017-18 Main Stage Series, listing in the program as a Producer's Circle Member, all regular subscriber benefits, invitations to Producer's Circle events including open rehearsals and meet and greets with the cast, and credit for a $88 - $102 tax deductible contribution per Producer's Circle subscription.