2020-2021 Season 12: Plays & Musicals

   


 

September 16 - October 4, 2020
Extended through October 11th!

KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADE

by David Arrow
Directed by Eric Nightengale

This production will be stream only.

This solo play portrays Kennedy during his short, electrifying campaign for President of the United States. Told from Kennedy’s perspective, the play follows Bobby from his announcement to enter the race on March 16, 1968, to his last speech on June 4 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. You will see Kennedy’s most famous and impactful speeches, his private apprehensions, and well as the more personal events during those four exhilarating months of his ill-fated campaign.

Click to go to the Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade page.


December 16, 2020 - January 3, 2021

ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte
and Timothy C. Takach
Directed by Sasha Brätt

This production will be stream only.

A remarkable true story from the Western Front. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives an astounding moment in history; in a silence amid the combat, a soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Silent Night.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie between the Allied troops and German soldiers. They lay down their arms to celebrate the holiday, share food and drink, play soccer, and sing carols. This dramatic retelling weaves together firsthand accounts of World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs, and Christmas carols.

Click to go to the All Is Calm page.


"... When [the voices] come together, the sensation is tremendous and the musical chill effect engulfing...The show is a lesson...n music as a vehicle for emotion."
The New York Times
"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders
had the courage to affirm their common humanity."
The New Yorker

*Subject to change

January 20 - February 21, 2021

CHICAGO

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Directed & Choreographed by Darlene Zoller
Music Direction by Colin Britt
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover. She convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap. That is, until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines. They ultimately join forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

"A pulse racing revival that flies us right into musical heaven."
BroadwayWorld
"Wildly entertaining...[with a] dazzling score."
New York Daily News

*Subject to change

March 17 - 28, 2021

STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER: DIVAS

Directed and Choreographed by Darlene Zoller
Ever wish you could see all of your favorite DIVAS on one stage? Well, thanks to award-winning choreographer/director, Darlene Zoller, West Hartford is getting the DIVA treatment! Our resident dance company, stop/time dance theater, now in its 17th year, is bringing the heat and paying homage to all of your favorites: Cher, Tina, Gloria, Shania, Dolly, Whitney...and more! DIVAS is an original show featuring 18 outstanding company members who will sing and dance their way into your heart with a mix of tap, jazz, swing and funk. This will be a non-stop, high-energy extravaganza with high kicks and even higher notes, so grab some friends and get your tickets today! And remember...what happens at Playhouse on Park stays at Playhouse on Park (but you’re going to want to tell everyone you know)!

*Subject to change

April 14 - May 2, 2021

KILL MOVE PARADISE

by James Ijames
Directed by Dexter Singleton

James Ijames’ New York Times Critics Pick play Kill Move Paradise tells the story of Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny, four black men who find themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife. This play, inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, is a portrait of those lost—not as statistics, but as heroes who deserve to be seen for the splendid beings they are, and as symbols of life and hope. Gone but never forgotten, Kill Move Paradise illustrates the possibilities of collective transformation and radical acts of joy.


"Bleak and beautiful… radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy."
The New York Times
"Theater is at its most effective when it brings people together, moves us, challenges us,
and makes us see the unseen. "Kill Move Paradise" [does] precisely that."
Chicago Tribune
"...KILL MOVE PARADISE is bold, conceptual, living theater, demanding to be heard. Ijames is a vital voice in our politically seditious and most perilous time. It is also profoundly
poetic in its dialogue and characters."
CultureVulture.net

*Subject to change

June 30 - August 8, 2021

INTO THE WOODS

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Sean Harris
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin

A dark and humorous twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical interweaves everyone’s favorite storybook characters into a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic.

Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this comically dark musical, as actions have consequences and sacrifices must be paid.

Featuring the much loved songs Children Will Listen, Stay With Me and No One Is Alone, this enchanting and touching masterpiece was recently made into a smash-hit Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp.


"The giddy joy of the first act gives way to some thrilling emotion in the second.
If you’re wishing for inventive, joyous theatre, run to INTO THE WOODS!�
Entertainment Weekly
*Subject to change