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Summer Season:
    The Foreigner
    The Importance of Being
           Earnest
    The Adventures of Tom
           Sawyer
    Any Other Name
    Talley's Folly

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TALLEY'S FOLLY OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY!
Summer Ends with Classic American Romance

The setting is a beautiful, if run-down, boathouse on the Talley farm in rural Missouri. The date is the Fourth of July, 1944, as Americans endure World War II.  And the people are a pair of unlikely sweethearts, each hiding a secret and both wondering if tonight will be the night she finally agrees that “they” are meant to be.

Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly will cap off our summer season from August 20th – 30th.  Written in 1979, the touchingly romantic, gently comedic play has become a staple of the American Theatre.  Charles Isherwood, in The New York Times, says, “The play is a valentine to a classic romantic ideal: two lost souls finding in each other a respite from loneliness.”

The production is directed by New York-based actress and director Marta Rainer and features Toby Miller as Jewish immigrant, Matt Friedman, who arrives at the Talley household to woo the reclusive Sally Talley (played by newcomer Molly Parker-Myers).  Matt is eager to rekindle an old relationship, but Sally's past disappointments make her uncomfortable with love and afraid of commitment. 

Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with additional matinees Thursday, August 21st and Monday, August 25th at 2pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
 
Thank you to our Talley's Folly Sponsors:

Please join us for our FREE Educational Programs in conjunction with each of the five productions.  


For Talley's Folly, events include:


"How'd They Do That?" Backstage tour 6-6:30pm, Thursday, August 21st
Have you ever wondered "how'd they do that?" or think you know our secrets and want to prove yourself right?  Interested in the way things happen backstage and the inner workings on the production?

Symposium: 6-6:45pm, Tuesday, August 26th
Join us for a series of talks and discussions, given by guest experts in their fields, offering insight into some aspect of the play or a related topic.  These talks are intellectually stimulating, but are also informal and given in the relaxed setting of the theatre's upstairs lounge.  To accompany Talley's Folly, Sharon Rae Paquette, of Plymouth State University Department of Theatre, Dance, & Music presents:

"Living On the Edge: A Look at Social Marginalization"
Lanford Wilson was one of the United States pre-eminent playwrights who won a Pulitzer Prize in l980.  His NY Times obituary dated 3/24/11, states "thematically, his work concerned dissolutions large and small: the rupture of societies, families and individual marriages; the loss of life, love, companionship and sanity."  It goes on to say "his characters, drawn true to life if sometimes larger, tended toward the socially marginalized...".  Won't you join me for the symposium at 6:00pm August 26th for a look at the years 1944 (when Talley's Folly takes place) and 2014 and how dissolution, rupture, and marginalization worked and continue to work within the fabric of our lives.

Talk-Back Wednesday: Post performance Q&A with cast and company members, Wednesday, August 27th
Here's your chance to participate in (or just observe) a discussion with the cast and company members.  Ask any burning questions you have, comment on the choices made by actors and designers, or just gain a little bit of unique perspective on the play and production.

Information about all educational programs offered in conjunction with main stage productions is available here.

WINNI PLAYERS

COMMUNITY THEATRE AUDITIONS


With the summer season winding down, it's time to start thinking about Fall!  The Winni Players, our community theatre group, will soon be holding auditions for not one, but two Fall productions.

Auditions for Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water and a radio play, Donovan's Brain 
by Curt Siodmak, will take place on Sunday, September 7th and Monday, September 8th.  For more information about both of these productions, and what is required at their auditions, click here!

Auditions for both of these productions are open to local adults.  Stayed tuned for information about auditions for our Winter Youth/Teen production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Broadway Idol is Back!

We are looking for participants for our second annual Broadway Idol musical theatre singing competition for teens (ages 14+) and adults! This competition is open to any non-professional singer who loves to sing Broadway tunes and will be taking place on Saturday, September 27th.

The judges are Nancy Barry, Timothy L'Ecuyer and Keith Weirich.  Nancy is the Producing Artistic Director at Interlakes Summer Theatre, Timothy is The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Education Director and Keith is the Artistic Director for the Peacock Players. 

Sign up now! The entry fee is $30.00 and entitles you to a half hour vocal session with Musical Director Christine Chiasson!  Sign up HERE!

Along with all of our seasonal staff, this summer we're saying a fond farewell to year-round staff member, Josh Jansen.  Josh joined us as our Technical Director in May 2013 and has been a great asset to the Playhouse.  We wish him much luck as he moves to Chicago.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Catching up with some Winnipesaukee Playhouse Summer Company Alumni
ANNA EMILY ALTMAN (Summer 2010: Educating Rita)

Last year, Anna declined entrance to a top MFA program to pursue her fitness career. She designs programs (like 775 for women), she trains clients for the New York Health and Racquet Club and she shoots instructional videos for various websites (Livestrong most recently) http://www.livestrong.com/video/1010592-pushups-rotations/ 
 
And she now gives fitness "expert" advice for Buzzfeed. 
 
She lives in New York City. 
DONNA GOLDFARB (Summer 2010 and 2011: Crossing Delancey, GIgi and Steel Magnolias)
 
In October, Donna did a dinner theatre gig (which was a fundraiser for non-profits) at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth with Get-A-Clue Productions.  They also did a show for Castle in the Clouds in December.  In January, she performed SEX PLEASE WE'RE SIXTY for George Piehl's Stage One Productions at the Chateau Restaurant in Manchester.

In March, she performed in A FLEA IN HER EAR for Garrison Players
and in April, THE WIZARD OF OZ (as Auntie Em) for the Rochester Opera House. Then in June, she did a musical cabaret at Garrison Players in Dover and OKLAHOMA! with the Rochester Opera House (as Aunt Eller).  
She took a short break and is now in rehearsal for two, two-women one-acts with Generic Theatre, to be done at the West Studio in Portsmouth in September.  Also starting soon will be rehearsals for another two-woman show to be done in Concord at Pleasant View.  This is an original play, written by NH playwright Tom Dunne.  She believes It's an amazing play and extremely well-written.
 
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