Join us for a Play Reading of this new work. Directed by Sean Harris. Includes a post show talk back with the director and the cast. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.
TODD OLSON (Playwright) has had his works produced at The Actor's Theatre of Louisville (My Way), Milwaukee Rep (I Left My Heart), and American Stage Theatre Company (Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of frida kahlo). New adaptations include Lysistrata and War of the Worlds (premiered at American Stage), and Dracula (premiered at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival). His Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Plays which have enjoyed professional readings include Citizen Thorpe (American Stage), Hurricane Brothers (Treefort Productions, Sarasota), and Section 60 (Florida Musical Theatre Festival, music by Waldo Wittenmyer and Michael Huseman). Undeveloped works include The Wanderer Finds Liberty in America, Outside the Living Body, and his autobiographical Uber Chronicles: A True Story About a Harvard Grad's 600 Rides While Job Hunting. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina; he is a graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. Todd has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, and taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina.
Wednesday, July 15th
(rain date Thursday, July 16th)
6:30pm (gates open at 6pm)
The Playhouse is known for its fun Comedy Nights! Join us for 90-minutes of laughs featuring co-headliners Brian Glowacki and John 'J2' Ivaronne. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Appropriate for ages 18 & up. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.
JOHN 'J2' IAVARONE (Co-Headliner) Did someone say ACTION!? Then it must be John Iavarone taking the stage...handstands and jokes. John is originally from The Bronx and always feels at home with a mic and and audience. John got noticed on TV winning 1st Place on MTV Improv Comedy Show. John worked his unique style in NYC at Comic Strip Live, Stand Up NY, Dangerfields. Wisecrackers. He has been performing throughout this beautiful country at The Borgata, Mohegan Sun, Turning Stone Casino, Empire City Casino. John has been a regular at theatres such as The Paramount, Westchester Broadway, The Smithtown. John has been honored to perform for fundraisers as YMCA, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, LGBTQ, VFW, Elks Lodge, Boys & Girls Club. Whether it's an 8 or 58 minute set John's audience describe his act in 1 word Funny, Original, and Animated! Ok, that's 3 words, but from 3 different audience members.
CAROLYN BURKE originally from West Hartford, lives in Northern Virginia where she's been working as an actor/choreographer since 2014. Playhouse on Park: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, CHICAGO, DREAMHOUSE (World Premiere), STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER. DC Area: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, CITY OF ANGELS, SHREK, THE WEDDING SINGER. Ivoryton Playhouse, CT: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Connecticut Repertory Theater: HAIR, THREEPENNY OPERA, CABARET. Philipstown Depot Theatre, NY: HEARTBREAK LIKE HEMINGWAY (World Premiere). Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. www.carolynburkeactor.com @CarolynBurke21
HILLARY EKWALL is a West Hartford native happy to be performing at the Hill-Stead. Select credits include: National Tours: ROUNDABOUT'S CABARET (Rosie/cello/violin), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Regional: GREASE (Patty Simcox), WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys), CABARET (Kost), and is a regular at Playhouse on Park having performed in over 20 productions there including favorites SPELLING BEE (Schwarzy) and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Sally). She also has worked on the production side as assistant choreographer for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and IN THE HEIGHTS and directed and choreographed CURIOUS GEORGE. She is ecstatic to reunite with the Falcetti Four for tonight's performance! www.hillaryekwall.com
AMANDA FORKER is a professional singer and actress from Wethersfield, CT. She majored in Vocal Performance and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University. Amanda has been performing at Playhouse on Park since they opened in 2009; some of her favorite credits include: NUNSENSE, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A LOVING TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETTE, [title of show], MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPS, SWINGING ON A STAR & MISS NELSON IS MISSING. She has also performed with POP's resident dance company, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, under the direction of Darlene Zoller. Instagram: @yoursfaithfullyamanda
RICK FOUNTAIN is a long-time resident of West Hartford. Playhouse On Park: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (Mouse), CHICAGO (Amos), MAMA D’s OUTRAGEOUS ROMP, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETT. Other CT productions: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Panch), CITY OF ANGELS (Stine), DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS (Bert), SOMETHING ROTTEN (Lord Clapham), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Mrs. Bumbrake), A FUNNY THING...FORUM (Hysterium), SPAMALOT (Bedevere), 42nd STREET (Billy), A CHORUS LINE (Bobby). Rick is thrilled to be reunited with his Falcetti Four cabaret buddies for this evening’s performance in this beautiful setting.