Dear Friend,

In an ordinary year, we would be in the early days of rehearsals for our first production of the season and eagerly anticipating opening night. But these are not ordinary times, and we’ve had to make the difficult decision to postpone for a year the 2020-21 season that we’d originally planned. Although we would have loved to be performing before all of you at the theatre during our twentieth anniversary season, we’re doing the next best thing: expanding our online presence with new and exciting, free virtual programs. Producing Artistic Director William Hayes and Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl have shared a video (below) in which they discuss their decision and how it affects subscribers, and whet your appetite with news of some of our upcoming initiatives.

To reiterate and/or underscore their message, here are a few things you should know. For those of you who have subscribed to the 2020-21 season, your money has been placed in an escrow account; in other words, we will not be accessing it in any way this season. If you keep your subscription, your seats and your series will remain the same in 2021-22.

Our newest online venture, Contemporary Voices, launches in October. We will have a detailed announcement about it in next week’s note, but you can learn a bit more about this and other upcoming projects in Bill and Sue Ellen’s video. Watch this space in the weeks and months ahead for the most up-to-date information on all the wonderful content we have in store. And, finally, if it proves safe to get back into the theatre earlier than we expect, we will begin to offer live performances ahead of our anticipated schedule. Thank you so much for your continued support.   
Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, who starred in PBD’s production of My Old Lady in 2015, is the guest for this week’s Dramalogue: Talking Theatre! on September 25 at 7:30pm. Marlene and Martin Silver are the sponsors of Dramalogue.

Our next Drama(in the)works, featuring Nicolas Billon’s The Neighbours, has been moved from its Monday slot to Thursday, October 1 at 7:30pm. Lucy and Simon Armstrong believe that good neighbours don’t pry. But when they learn that the man next door has been harboring a terrible secret for over a decade, they are forced to come to terms with what they may have overlooked - or worse, chosen not to see.

Mark and Diane Perlberg are the executive producers of Drama(in the)works. Penny Bank and Roe Green/The Roe Green Foundation are the associate producers.

Tickets to Dramalogue and Drama(in the)works are free, but reservations are required. Call the box office at 561.514.4042, x2. And donations to PBD are always welcome!

Estelle Parsons was last seen on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. Although she has spent most of her professional life in the theatre, she is most widely known for her Academy Award-winning performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde, and her decade-long, recurring role of Beverly, mother of the title character in the hit sitcom Roseanne. Estelle has appeared in plays by the great writers of our time, including Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, and Horton Foote. She was seen in Robert Athayde’s classic Miss Margarida’s Way on Broadway, all over the United States, and in London, Dublin, Turkey, and Australia. She starred in Tracy Letts’ August, Osage County on Broadway for a year and then on the road for a year. Additionally, she was seen on Broadway in Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, and the Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara. Last fall at the Public Theater, Estelle played Die Alte in Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis. Her most recent appearance in New York City was in Playwrights Horizons’ production of Michael Friedman’s musical Unknown Soldier, which was interrupted by the pandemic. She was also seen in the second and third seasons of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. As a director, Estelle created the New York Shakespeare Festival Players for Joseph Papp in the 1980s. For two seasons, they performed Shakespeare on Broadway for New York City school students and their families in an effort to develop a multicultural audience. She directed Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading on Broadway and on tour, and La MaMa’s 2017 production of Stephen Adly Guirguis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which was developed by The Actors Studio. Estelle is a member of The Actors Studio and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004. She has received four lifetime achievement awards: a Lilly, an Obie, a La Mama Award, and a Cherry Lane Award.

Nicolas Billon writes for theatre, television, and film. His work has been produced around the world. Nic adapted his first play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood, and Catherine Keener. His latest, Butcher, was mounted across Canada and is in development as a feature film. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV program, Nic wrote for CBC’s WWII spy series X Company and the reboot of Street Legal. Nic’s work has garnered over a dozen awards, including a Governor General’s Award for Drama, a Canadian Screen Award, and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT 7:30PM
SPECIAL GUEST:
ESTELLE PARSONS

Sponsored by:
Marlene and Martin Silvers

Tickets are available by calling (561) 514-4042 ext. 2
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 7:30PM

Lucy and Simon Armstrong believe that good neighbours don’t pry. But when they learn that the man next door has been harboring a terrible secret for over a decade, they are forced to come to terms with what they may have overlooked - or worse, chosen not to see.

Sponsored by:
Mark and Diane Perlberg, Executive Producers
Penny Bank, Associate Producer
Roe Green/The Roe Green Foundation, Associate Producers


Tickets are available by calling (561) 514-4042 ext. 2
To view the past Dramalogue: Talking Theatre! programs featuring
J. Barry Lewis Colin McPhillamy The Lubben Brothers
Margery Lowe Rob Donohoe Karen Stephens
Elizabeth Dimon