WESTON, Vt. – Vermont’s award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces a blockbuster line-up for its 81st summer season, continuing its tradition of “celebrating the classics and nurturing the new.” Highlights include a 4-play MainStage season of Tony Award winners, 3 prestigious Vermont Premieres, and the long-awaited opening of its new second stage.
“We have pulled out all the stops to continue to celebrate our eight decades of professional theatre,” notes Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler. The season will be capped by the opening of Weston’s new second stage, an intimate and flexible space that will enable the company to expand its future seasons and offer year-round programs.
Opening the company’s MainStage season at the Weston Playhouse is the Tony Award-winning musical, ONCE. Set in Dublin and chronicling the chance meeting of an Irish street musician and a young Czech woman. Performances run June 27 to July 15.
Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Lost in Yonkers. After the death of his wife, ne’er-do-well Eddie deposits his two young sons on his mother’s doorstep to contend with their stern Grandma, flighty aunt Bella and her secret romance, and their uncle Louie, a small-time hooligan. Performances run July 20 to July 29.
For three packed weeks, The Music Man returns to the Weston MainStage. The beloved musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the townspeople of River City, Iowa into paying for a boys’ band that he has no idea or intention how to organize. Performances run August 3 to 19.
Long Day’s Journey into Night closes out the season. The story of the Tyrone family and their battle to uncover—and bury—a lifetime of secrets continues. Performances run August 24 to September 3, followed by a week of special school matinees.
OtherStages series included Really Rosie plays from June 22 to July 9. Tenderly performances run July 13 to August 5. Buyer and Cellar performances run August 10 to September 3.
The season will conclude with the opening of the company’s new second stage on the Walker Farm property in Weston, a project ten years in the making. “We’re planning a series of events in late September and October to celebrate this exciting achievement,” promises Stettler. “Watch our web site for details of a ribbon-cutting, tours of the facility, and a special inaugural performance.”
Gift certificates for the Weston 2017 season can be purchased online at www.westonplayhouse.org. Subscription sales will be available online starting spring 2017, and subscription and single ticket sales will be available by calling the Weston box office at 802-824-5288 beginning May 1.