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

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The New England Premiere of a
Psychological Thriller

Lakes Region audiences will have the privilege of being the first in New England to see the premiere of a play the New York Times calls, “intelligent, cynical, disturbing and easy for 21st-century theatergoers to relate to” when George Brant’s Any Other Name takes to the stage from August 6th through 16th.

Set in Victorian England, the exciting melodrama introduces a brilliant poet who languishes in a dank asylum while a ruthless husband-and-wife team plots to steal his identity and, with it, the fortune and glory they believe await him.  As the couple gets pulled further and further into their own deceit, the audience may be left wondering just who is sane and who is mad.

The production, directed by Bryan Halperin, will be Playhouse audience’s only chance to see actor Richard Brundage onstage this summer.  Brundage, returning for his sixth summer, became a fan favorite with performances including Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked, Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, and many others.  In Any Other Name, Brundage plays John Clark, a poet whose fame has receded since entering an asylum.  Struggling poet Edward (played by Nicholas Wilder) and his wife, Margaret, (played by Rebecca Tucker) discover Clark’s whereabouts and set out to steal his latest poems in order to receive a hefty advance from Clark’s former publisher (played by Toby Miller). 

Any Other Name draws in its audience by asking universal questions about how far someone will go to satisfy his or her insatiable hunger for fame and fortune. With first rate performances from a brilliant cast and top quality production values, Any Other Name is a must-see for audiences eager to experience something new and exciting this summer.   

Any Other Name is recommended for ages 13 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with additional matinees Thursday, August 7th and Monday, August 11th 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.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at

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

For Any Other Name, events include:

"How'd They Do That?" Backstage tour 6-6:30pm, Thursday, August 7th
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 12th
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 Any Other Name, Dr. Sasha Kuftinec, a board certified psychiatrist with NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, offers an expert perspective on some of the mental health issues related to the play.

Talk-Back Wednesday: Post performance Q&A with cast and director, Wednesday, August 13th
Here's your chance to participate in (or just observe) a discussion with the cast and director.  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.

George Brant was inspired to write Any Other Name after reading an article about John Clare (1793-1864), a poet who enjoyed a brief vogue in the 1820s, but was committed to an asylum by his wife.
Special Event - This Weekend Only!

Our Teen Apprentice Company Presents:

The Bremen Town Musicians

An exciting new story-theatre adaptation!

A donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster become friends after they all find 
themselves out of jobs on their farms.  The group sets out to become musicians, but ends up having a few unexpected adventures.  The Apprentice Company production of this well known classic is the world premier of a new delightful storytime theatre adaptation.  It is sure to please  children of all ages!

Saturday, August 9th at 11am, Tickets $5
On The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Main Stage

A wonderful fan of the Playhouse, Betty Miller, has generous donated this beautiful hand-made quilt which will be on display during the final two productions of the summer season, along with a silent auction bid sheet. The quilt is valued at $1200 and we are starting the bidding at $800.

The waterwheel pattern quilt is a California King size.  It has striking colors on a black background with beautiful stitching throughout.  Truly a masterpiece!  

Thank you, Betty!
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!

We are so fortunate to work in a community which embraces the arts.  In fact, there is art all over downtown Meredith these days since the Greater Meredith Program launched the Meredith Sculpture Walk.

The Meredith Sculpture Walk is committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art in Meredith, for residents and visitors. It is a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works by eighteen New England artists. A total of 24 sculptures have been installed and are positioned throughout town in high visibility areas along Main Street, on the grounds of the Mill Falls complex and in the Hesky and Scenic lakeside parks.

The sculptures will remain on display for up to two years, a percentage of which
will be refreshed periodically. Each work will have a plaque which includes the 
name of the sculpture and the artist’s name and contact information.

The "Black Sailboat" is a collaboration between local artisans David Little and Steven Hayden whose work can also be seen in our Playhouse lobby! 

Catching up with some Winnipesaukee Playhouse Summer Company Alumni
ANNIE DUCKETT (Summer 2006: The RecyclaBulls)

Annie graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre in 2010. After spending some time in California and NYC, she has just returned back to her hometown of Philadelphia where she will be attending LaSalle University in the fall, earning a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in studying the therapeutic benefits of theatre and music with speech and language disorders.  She is looking forward to exciting new adventures in Philadelphia with her new puppy, Charlie! 
JULIE EK (Summer 2013: Barefoot in the Park)
Julie is currently living in Philadelphia, PA, doing a little commercial and film work under an agent/manager she recently signed with- Viola Staravoj with VS Talent Group. She recently got her first big commercial for Gulf Coast Tourism and was flown out to Mississippi and got to try some new food and activities while being filmed!  She says, "It was neat. Lots of crawfish, swimming in the middle of the Gulf and biking. Very humid!" She recently played a supporting role in her first feature film- a horror film called Knightmare (yes the K at the beginning is on purpose, you'll get it if you see it). She has plans to return to NYC, where she started her career, in a couple of years, but for now, she's enjoying a smaller city closer to her family and some old friends! She says, "The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will always be dear to my heart, and I do hope to return soon!!".
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