our 35th summer season at the Playhouse.
Time has sped by, and it's hard to believe that we've hit such a milestone. We're proud that, with your support, we've been able to bring you live theater year-round.
We're thrilled about this special season's offerings: a provocative comedy about the culture wars, a hilarious contemporary farce, a timely Shakespearean tragedy performed outdoors, and a beautiful drama about a long-ago community right here on Martha's Vineyard. Two of our plays are world premieres, which makes us particularly proud.
We hope you'll help celebrate our birthday by coming to see every show.
MJ Bruder Munafo
Artistic & Executive Director
ON THE PATRICIA NEAL STAGE
June 30 - July 29
(Opening night Thursday, July 6)
New England Premiere
DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Based on a 2005 scandal in the world of children's television known as "Bustergate", DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD is a darkly funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government censorship, gay marriage, and what it takes to ultimately step up and fight for what you believe in.
(Opening night Thursday, August 10)
WHO YOU SEE HERE
A New Comedy By Matt Hoverman
Directed by Jeanie Hackett
An uptight therapist and her recovering alcoholic husband find their lives upturned and their love tested when charismatic but disturbed movie star Tom Speck staggers into their small town's AA meeting. Add a beautiful psychiatric patient with a stalking problem, and you've got WHO YOU SEE HERE - a farcical comedy by Emmy Award winner Matt Hoverman about anonymity, celebrity, and making the perfect salad.
September 8 - October 7
(Opening night Thursday, September 14)
A New Play by Catherine Rush & Adrian Blue
Directed by Adrian Blue
The world is inching toward the 20th
century, but no one at the Chilmark General Store thinks much about mainland issues. Here, up-island on Martha's Vineyard, the people are a world unto themselves. Almost every family has kin who are deaf-mute and every person in town speaks with their hands as well as their voices. Until one day an off-islander arrives and incites discord and division between good neighbors and lifelong friends.
Performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English, CHILMARK is based on the 2007 Playhouse production of THIS ISLAND ALONE.
OUTDOORS AT THE TISBURY AMPHITHEATER
July 12 - August 12
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brooke Hardman Ditchfield
A cast of all women performs one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies exploring and illuminating this timely story of honor, patriotism and friendship in a fresh and exciting outdoor production.