2011 Season

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The Book of Liz

June 29 - July 23

Peter Pan

  July 7 - July 30

  

The Director

August 4 - August 27

  The Fantasticks

August 2 - August 27

In the Next Room

September 7 - October 1

Oliver!

November 18 - December 11

Jane Condon:

Raw & Unchained

July 19 & Aug 9

Kevin Flynn Comedy Night

Mondays July & August

July 5

Sept 13

Sunday Nights

June - October

Brad Zimmerman

August 16 & Sept 12


 

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June 29 -July 23~ Centre Stage

Judy Seinfeld presents

Amy & David Sedaris'

The Book of Liz

Writers David and Amy Sedaris, a.k.a. The Talent Family, have written 75 brilliant minutes of hysterical theater.   Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain her religious community.  When Brother Nathaniel Brightbee suggests replacing her in the kitchen with men, Liz is forced to set off into the real world alone.

…[a] delightfully off-key, off-color hymn to clichés we all live by, whether we know it or not."

--New York Times

"…may well be the world's first Amish picaresque…hilarious…" --Village Voice

"…acidic laughs…linguistic delight…" --Variety.

"Good-natured, goofy and frequently hilarious…”--New York Newsday

Directed by Lynne Bolton

Starring Ellie Cornell, Frank Morral, Bobby Pavia, Eric Schultz and Amy Stiller

Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Lynne Bolton is a professional actor and director and an entrepreneur.  She is the president of Journeys…with Purpose, a company she co-founded, and regularly acts, directs, produces and teaches acting and directing.  She is also on the board for the Yale Rep Theatre and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

Ms. Bolton also is the founder and president of the White Heron Theater Company, a classical company based in New York City that produces plays, readings and workshops, including The Seagull at Second Stage in New York. Earle Gister, Yale Graduate Acting Dean from 1980 to1995, has served as artistic director.  

Directing credits include Dinner With Friends and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Seaside Shakespeare; Copenhagen, Arcadia, Enchanted April, Agnes of God, The Powerhouse; and Driving Miss Daisy, Westport Theater.

 

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July 7 -July 30~ Bennett Hall

Max N. Berry & Suzanne and Bob Wright present

J.M. Barrie’s

Peter Pan

Musical Based on the Play by James M. Barrie

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh                                     Music by Mark Charlap

Additional Music by Jule Styne

Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green

When 120 local children auditioned for Peter Pan this past fall, we knew something special had come to our stage. Performed all over the world, including three revivals on Broadway, this is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals.  So we have chosen to bring back the magic, allowing the year-round community to see the show again and summer residents to enjoy it as well. We are thrilled to have the musical playing in Bennett Hall all of July!

"Bountiful, good-natured. ... A vastly amusing show."--New York Times

***Autism and the theatre:  TWN will host one performance of Peter Pan, The Fantastics, and Oliver! specifically for children on the Autism Spectrum or with needs that may make attending live theatre difficult.  These will be on the 3rd Wednesday of each production. All children with special needs will be guests of TWN for the evening. ***

Director: Laura Gallagher Byrne

Musical  Director:Robert Berhman

Choreography: Linda Meredith

Flying by Foy Brothers, Las Vegas, NV

Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French

Laura Gallagher Byrne is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA in Musical Theater.  She studied Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox MA.  She has appeared in leading roles with the Theaterworks USA, Mill Mountain Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, The Downtown Musical Theater and The Harlequin, among others.  She has performed with Nantucket’s Comedy Improv and The New York Hysterical Society.   TWN on-stage credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Agnes in I Do! I Do!   Her Nantucket directorial credits include TWN’s I Hate Hamlet, Oliver, Don’t Count You’re Chickens Until They Cry Wolf, Really Rosie, Cinderella, Rounding Third, It’s a Wonderful Life, Captain Louie, and Madeline’s Christmas.  She directed Seaside Shakespeare’s production of The Vagina Monologues and The Hot Flash Club.  In addition to teaching musical theater and improvisational classes, she maintains a private voice studio on Nantucket.  She is a member of Alpha Si Omega, the dramatic fraternity, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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August 2- August 27~ Centre Stage

The Hale Family Foundation

with The Livingston Family Fund present

Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

The Fantasticks

Even as it enjoys great success in its current Broadway revival, TWN is thrilled to revive The Fantasticks on its own stage!  This, the world’s longest-running musical, tells the story of two neighboring fathers who attempt to trick their children into falling in love.  After the children discover the deception, they each depart to experience love in the wider world. When they return to each other, they are bruised but enlightened and ready to truly love.  

“...sweet and refreshing”--New York Times 1960 

“...The Fantasticks is the last word in theatrical sophistication”--New York Times 2010

***Autism and the theatre:  TWN will host one performance of Peter Pan, The Fantastics, and Oliver! specifically for children on the Autism Spectrum or with needs that may make attending live theatre difficult.  These will be on the 3rd Wednesday of each production. All children with special needs will be guests of TWN for the evening. ***

Directed by Michael Kopko

Musical Director: Robert Behrman

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August 4- August 27~ Centre Stage

Joyce and Seward Johnson

with Armyan and Christine Bernstein present

Nancy Hasty’s

The Director

An aspiring playwright asks a famous director to stage her new play.  Thus begins what Variety calls Nancy Hasty’s “absorbing experiment in terror.”  The Director asks the question, “when do the ends justify the means in art?”  TWN’s production of this psychological thriller reunites director Evan Bergman and actor John Shea from the original, long running Off Broadway hit. 

The New York Times raved: “The theatre is by its very nature a con game… conspiring to deceive the audience into buying into an illusion…but sometimes the stakes are higher both for the actors and the audience. In The Director, a funny, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining play, the ante keeps getting raised until the game becomes a matter of life and death…and builds to a white knuckle ending.”  The New Yorker called Shea’s portrayal “brilliant.”

Produced by Special Arrangement with Broadway Play Publicity

 

Directed by Even Bergman

Starring: John Shea

 

Evan Bergman: some of his work includes New York premiere of The Glass House with Harris Yulin (Clurman) nominated for three IIT awards including Best Actor and Best Ensemble and Best Visual Design. NY Playwrights Lab Ten Ex- Lovers. Goodnight Sisters, by James Lapine and And Some Counseling by Jonathan Marc Sherman, (Cherry Lane). Gryzk, Ensemble Studio Theater. The original Off Broadway production of Bobbi Boland, the world premiere of the musical A Girl Called Dusty, The world premiere production of The Director starring John Shea (New York and Los Angeles). Jack Canfora’s Place Setting (Best new play Star Ledger) for New Jersey Rep and Off Broadway's MACHIVELLI by Richard Vetere.  Future work includes Pastoral with Angela Basset Pasadena Playhouse winter 2011 and Steve Braunstein The Tangled Skirt fall 2010

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September 7- October 1~ Centre Stage

David and Ellen Ross present

Sarah Ruhl’s

In the Next Room or

The Vibrator Play

Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new “hysterical” patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone. 

 Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2010, and the winner of the 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play.

 

 “Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling…one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years…In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys--or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys--but for adults with open hearts and minds.”

--New York Times

“A play that's smart, delicate and very, very funny!”

--New York Post

Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French

 

Annie Breeding returned to Theatre Workshop after many years to direct Moon Over Buffalo in 2008 and Lend Me a Tenor in 2009.  Since moving to Nantucket in 1977 she has appeared in twenty plays with the Workshop, beginning with The Moon Shines Over Kylenamoe directed by TWN’s founding artistic director Mac Dixon. Favorite roles with TWN include Alma in Summer and Smoke, Linda in Death of a Salesman, and Celia in The Cocktail Party. Other acting credits include roles in The Belle of Amherst, The Glass Menagerie, Talley’s Folly and Old Times.  She has also directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, True West, Crimes of the Heart Les Liaison Dangereuse and A Cheever Evening for TWN.  In 1999, Ms. Breeding directed Polka at Theater for the New City in New York.

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November 18- December 11~Bennett Hall

Lionel Bart’s

Oliver!

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a boy who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a gang of street urchins who are trained to be pickpockets by an elderly, duplicitous mentor.  Set in the sinister underbelly of the London streets, this outstanding musical engages audiences of all ages, delighting them with such classics as “Food, Glorious Food,” “I'd Do Anything,” “Where is Love?,” “Consider yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,”  and “Who Will Buy?”

Carrying on TWN’s tradition of bringing a holiday musical to the island, this show will feature a cast of all ages for both the young and “never grownup” to enjoy!

Produced by Special Arrangement with Tams Whotmark

***Autism and the theatre:  TWN will host one performance of Peter Pan, The Fantastics, and Oliver! specifically for children on the Autism Spectrum or with needs that may make attending live theatre difficult.  These will be on the 3rd Wednesday of each production. All children with special needs will be guests of TWN for the evening. ***

Director: Laura Gallagher Byrne

Musical Director:  Robert Behrman

Laura Gallagher Byrne is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA in Musical Theater.  She studied Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox MA.  She has appeared in leading roles with the Theaterworks USA, Mill Mountain Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, The Downtown Musical Theater and The Harlequin, among others.  She has performed with Nantucket’s Comedy Improv and The New York Hysterical Society.   TWN on-stage credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Agnes in I Do! I Do!   Her Nantucket directorial credits include TWN’s I Hate Hamlet, Oliver, Don’t Count You’re Chickens Until They Cry Wolf, Really Rosie, Cinderella, Rounding Third, It’s a Wonderful Life, Captain Louie, and Madeline’s Christmas.  She directed Seaside Shakespeare’s production of The Vagina Monologues and The Hot Flash Club.  In addition to teaching musical theater and improvisational classes, she maintains a private voice studio on Nantucket.  She is a member of Alpha Si Omega, the dramatic fraternity, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  

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~ Don't miss a thing in 2011 ~

2011 Season Gold Pass
8 VIP Opening Night Party & Show Passes
4 passes to additional TWN programming*
Cost $400  (actual value $500)


2011 Season Pass
8 Show Passes
2 passes to additional TWN programming*
Cost $200 (actual value $250)


2011 Summer Season Pass

6 Show Passes
1 pass to additional TWN programming *
Cost $150 (actual value $200)


*Kevin Flynn, One Woman/Man Shows, Comedy Improv or Short Plays

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July 5 and Sept 13 at 8:30 PM

Nantucket's Own Short Play Competition brought to the stage.

Playwrights from across the country submit 10 - 30 minute plays for consideration by a panel of readers.  Winners are chosen after a winter of reading plays.  The most noteworthy are then staged simply, using scripts, for your enjoyment.  A fun evening out!

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Sunday Nights at 8:30 PM

June - October

Come treat yourselves to an evening of laughter and fun and see Nantucket's Comedy Improv Troupe as they pull off spontaneous games and skits similar to what you may see on TV's "Whose Line Is it Anyway".  The show is interactive, but not meant to pull you up on stage against your will.  This show is appropriate for all ages and although it may start out as being that thing to entertain the kids, you will leave happy you came.

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July 19 at 8:30 PM Centre Stage

August 9 at 8:30 PM Bennett Hall

Janie Condon

Raw and Unchained

Jane will perform her hilarious one-person show that will bring you from laughter to tears and back to laughter as she explores how being the younger sister of a bipolar brother and the daughter of an FBI agent colored her life experiences. Jane was the winner of Audience Favorite (NY) on NBC's Last Comic Standing. JCRU! Is an affirming experience for anyone affected by the presence of mental illness in their lives.
The Associated Press calls her “an uppercrust Roseanne.”   The New York Times says, “Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics.”   "Fiercely funny and moving." Susan Sandler ("Crossing Delancey") playwright and screenwriter

 

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Brad Zimmerman

My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy

August 16 at 8:30 Bennett Hall

September 12 at 8:30 Centre Stage

In MY SON THE WAITER, A JEWISH TRAGEDY, Brad Zimmerman weaves a bittersweet tale of one man's lengthy, and we do mean lengthy struggle to make it as an actor in New York. Brad's send-ups on his childhood, family, career and misbegotten love life are as warm and poignant as they are hilarious.   To quote Joan Rivers "I've had 3 great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling and Brad Zimmerman. There is no one on the comedy scene quite like Brad Zimmerman. A complete original, Brad has worked with such well known performers as Susie Essman, Brad Garrett, Gabe Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Pat Cooper, Julio INglesias, and perhaps best of all, Brad had the distinction of being George Carlin's regular opening act for the last 3 years of George's life. In addition to headlining all over the country at casino's, theatres, festivals and comedy clubs, Brad has done television and film, including his role as Johnny Sacks lawyer on one of the most decorated television shows of all time: The Sopranos.


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Susan Burns Comedy Extravaganza

September 4 & 5 at 8:30 PM

Don't miss Susan and her special guests night of hilarity. 

An island tradition!

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Earlier this Season....

EXTENDED 1 NIGHT MORE!!!!

WEDNESDAY JULY 13th!!  @ 8PM

July 11 & 12 Only!

7PM  & July 13th at 8PM

Orson Welles'

Moby Dick Rehearsed

directed by Diana Denley

Featuring John Shea as Captain Ahab

Under the great whale

at the Nantucket Historical Association

13 Broad St.

It takes a fool or perhaps a genius to adapt one of the greatest American novels for the stage — and Orson Welles was a bit of both. He chased “Moby-Dick” through much of the 1950s.

'CALL ME ISHMAEL'

With these words, a young sailor begins the story of his voyage with Captain Ahab, a man possessed by the single-minded desire to kill the creature that took off his leg - the great white whale, Moby Dick.

Adapted by America's most celebrated stage and screen director, TWN's adaptation of Moby Dick Rehearsed sets one of America's greatest novels in the quintessential venue under the great whale in the Nantucket Whaling Museum, where Ahab leads his crew in their evocation of Nantucket Docks, the great whale ship, and the ocean itself.

A staged reading presented in collaboration with the

Nantucket Historical Association.