Past Shows

Waiting for Lefty & Severance

February 23 - March 5, 2017

By Clifford Odets & Levi Alpert
Nafe Katter Theatre

WAITING FOR LEFTY Clifford Odets’ passionate and politically-charged play Waiting for Lefty is a timeless piece of classic American theatre that you won’t readily forget. In 1930’s New York City the Great Depression takes full force and working families are put out on the streets to starve. As people fight for their lives, a union of cab drivers decide ‘no more’ and wait for their leader, Lefty Castello, to choose if they will strike or not. The demand for social change drives this classic Group Theatre production into modern times leaving us to answer: “what are we waiting for?”

SEVERANCE by Levi Alpert is a new short play that provides an additional modern context to the themes of workers rights.

Artistic Director Michael Bradford says, “In the original 1935 production of Waiting For Lefty, Odets was asked to write a “curtain raiser” to create a full night of theatre.  “Severance” is a new short play by a recent UCONN grad, Levi Alpert.  I asked Levi to consider writing a “curtain closer” that brought us a little closer to our present lives as a way to look at how wonderfully far and sadly how little we have “traveled.”  Levi’s writing is beautifully severe and insightful and yet it again offers us a different vision of the same choice Odet’s offered, a choice at the core of our existence, humanity or fear.”




 

 

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Thursday February 23, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday February 24, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday February 25, 12:00 am

Wednesday March 1, 12:00 am

Thursday March 2, 12:00 am

Friday March 3, 12:00 am

Saturday March 4, 12:00 am

Saturday March 4, 12:00 am

Sunday March 5, 12:00 am

An Absolute Turkey 

December 1 - December 10, 2016

By Georges Feydeau
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

We bring you this hilariously overstuffed turkey to celebrate the holidays! The supreme master of farce, Georges Feydeau, displays all his comic genius as a man lusts after his friend’s wife, which triggers a riotous revenge plot and a dizzying spell of side-splitting complications. When this translation opened at the Globe Theatre in 1993, The Daily Express observed, “The witty, highly risqué translation sets the tone for an evening of frenzied Bacchanalian exuberance… [that is] enough to make you weep with laughter.”


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Thursday December 1, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday December 2, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Sunday December 4, 12:00 am

Wednesday December 7, 12:00 am

Thursday December 8, 12:00 am

Friday December 9, 12:00 am

Saturday December 10, 12:00 am

Saturday December 10, 12:00 am

Nuevo California

October 27 - November 6, 2016

Bernardo Solano and Allan Havis
Studio Theatre

Donald Trump’s wall between Mexico and the United States may seem like it is ripped from today’s headlines, but clear  back in 1998, playwrights Solano and Havis interviewed over 200 residents of San Diego, Tijuana, and Mexicali asking a simple question, “Would we be better off with or without a wall between the two countries?” The result is this prescient futuristic fantasy. It’s 2028, an earthquake has wiped out L.A. and Orange County. A Mexican-American pope comes to the region to bless the demolition of the border wall inspiring murder; mystery and a budding bicultural romance. Is it possible that this community born fantasy is becoming tomorrow’s reality?

With additional support from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, El Instituto, and PRLACC

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Thursday October 27, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday October 28, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday October 29, 12:00 am

Wednesday November 2, 12:00 am

Thursday November 3, 12:00 am

Friday November 4, 12:00 am

Saturday November 5, 12:00 am

Saturday November 5, 12:00 am

Sunday November 6, 12:00 am

King Lear

October 6 - October 16, 2016

By William Shakespeare
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Celebrating the First Folio’s visit to UConn, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre presents a play that has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years and stands as Shakespeare’s most towering achievement, King Lear. The aging monarch resolves to retire and divide his kingdom. In the process his family and country are torn apart and so begins Lear’s descent into madness. A once proud monarch is forced to wrestle with morality as he confronts his own mortality.  As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear.”


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CASTING
Graeme Malcolm* (KING LEAR)
Raphael Nash Thompson* (Earl of Gloucester)
*denotes member of Actors Equity Association

 

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Thursday October 6, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday October 7, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday October 8, 12:00 am

Wednesday October 12, 12:00 am

Thursday October 13, 12:00 am

Friday October 14, 12:00 am

Saturday October 15, 12:00 am

Sunday October 16, 12:00 am

West Side Story

July 7 - July 17, 2016

Book By ARTHUR LAURENTS Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM Based on a Concept of JEROME ROBBINS

Ticket Prices:
Preview – Adult/Senior $40, Student $12
Opening Night – Adult $55,  Senior $50, Student $12
Regular – Adult $50,  Senior $45, Student $12

One of the greatest shows of the American musical theatre canon closes out 2016 Nutmeg Summer Series. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City, as two young lovers find themselves caught between their love and allegiance to rival street gangs. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.   The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written, featuring “Tonight”, “America” and “Somewhere”.  From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and the greatest love stories of all time.
The show is 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.



Starring Luke Hamilton (left) as Tony, Julia Estrada as Maria (center) and Yurel Echezarreta as Bernardo (right).

WSS Actors

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Thursday July 7, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday July 8, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday July 9, 12:00 am

Saturday July 9, 12:00 am

Sunday July 10, 12:00 am

Tuesday July 12, 12:00 am

Wednesday July 13, 12:00 am

Thursday July 14, 12:00 am

Friday July 15, 12:00 am

Saturday July 16, 12:00 am

Saturday July 16, 12:00 am

Sunday July 17 2016, 12:00 am

Peter and the Starcatcher

June 23 - July 2, 2016

A Play by RICK ELICE Based on the Novel by DAVE BARRY and RIDLEY PEARSON Music by WAYNE BARKER

Ticket Prices:
Preview – Adult/Senior $40, Student $12
Opening Night – Adult $55,  Senior $50, Student $12
Regular – Adult $50,  Senior $45, Student $12

Run Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes including intermission

Still flying high from last season’s crowing hit, Peter Pan, we bring you this tuneful tale of the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy and the lost boys as imagined by Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry in his family friendly novel.  Set sail and return to a land where dreams are born and time is never planned.  This wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s novel flips the classic story of how an orphan boy became known as Peter Pan. Join the adventures as a mustachioed pirate chases a young girl and three orphan boys and a mysterious trunk.  A dozen actors portray over 100 unforgettable characters, as Peter and the Starcatcher, imaginatively explores the depths of greed, despair, friendship and love and the magic of “star stuff”!




Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Musical Direction by NDavid Williams
Featuring Forrest McClendon, Michael Doherty, Raegan Roberts and Nate Whipple
STARCATCHER CAST

 

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Thursday June 23, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday June 24, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday June 25, 12:00 am

Saturday June 25, 12:00 am

Sunday June 26, 12:00 am

Tuesday June 28, 12:00 am

Wednesday June 29, 12:00 am

Thursday June 30, 12:00 am

Friday July 1, 12:00 am

Saturday July 2, 12:00 am

Saturday July 2, 12:00 am

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

June 2 - June 12, 2016

Book by ABE BURROWS, JACK WEINSTOCK and WILLIE GILBERT Music and Lyrics by FRANK LOESSER Based upon the book by SHEPHERD MEAD

Starring Fred Grandy (The Love Boat & The Mindy Project) and Riley Costello (CRT’s Peter Pan, Broadway’s 13, Bye Bye Birdie, Everyday Rapture)how to casting rf

The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical comedy, the hilarious satire of big business, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! guarantees big laughs. Follow the rise of window-washer J. Pierpont Finch, as he climbs the corporate ladder to high-powered executive at the World Wide Wicket Company.  The Tony Award winning comedy for Best Musical and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is filled with a melodious score by Frank Loesser including “The Brotherhood of Man”, “I Believe In You” and “The Company Way”.  Power, sex, greed, ambition – it’s just another day at the office.

Running Time is 2 hours, 25 minutes

Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Choreography by Cassie Abate
Musical Direction by John Pike




2016 Nutmeg Summer Series Construction Alert

Please note that there is construction taking place on the front side of the Jorgensen Auditorium as part of a university steam pipe upgrade.  There are sidewalk closures, we recommend any patrons with mobility issues be dropped off in front of the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.

The most direct route to the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre from the North Parking Garage and lots off of North Eagleville Rd can be found by walking to the left of the Jorgensen Auditorium Building, along Auditorium Rd.  Then turn right onto Jorgensen Rd, and proceed to the entrance of the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.

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Thursday June 2, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday June 3, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday June 4, 12:00 am

Saturday June 4, 12:00 am

Sunday June 5, 12:00 am

Tuesday June 7, 12:00 am

Wednesday June 8, 12:00 am

Thursday June 9, 12:00 am

Friday June 10, 12:00 am

Saturday June 11, 12:00 am

Saturday June 11 2016, 12:00 am

Monty Python’s Spamalot

April 21 - May 1, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

STARRING RICHARD KLINE (TV’s Three’s Company, Broadway’s City of Angels, National Tour of Wicked) as King Arthur and MARIAND TORRES (Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked, World Premiere Prince of Broadway) as the Lady of the Lake! kline headshot Torres, Mariand (primary)

Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, arrives this spring to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, the beloved British comedy troupe that inspired it, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.  You’ll enjoy some mostly handsome Knights, a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season’s goofiest if satirically dead-on comic delights. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian wrote, ““You could put a happy-meter in the theatre and watch it go off the charts. You’ll laugh a lot!” Running Time: Two hours and 15 minutes including intermission.


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Thursday April 21, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday April 22, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday April 23, 12:00 am

Tuesday April 26, 12:00 am

Wednesday April 27, 12:00 am

Thursday April 28, 12:00 am

Friday April 29, 12:00 am

Saturday April 30, 12:00 am

Saturday April 30, 12:00 am

Sunday May 1, 12:00 am

The MFA Puppet Arts Festival

March 24 - April 3, 2016

Created by Ana Craciun, Gavin Cummins and Kalob Martinez
Studio Theatre

Connecticut Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of three puppetry works onstage in one innovative evening under the banner of The MFA Puppet Arts Festival.  For 50 years, UConn’s Puppet Arts program defined the cutting edge of new theatre, and this dynamic evening will be no exception. The three one-act plays range in topic and style.  Ana Craciun-Lambru presents Dust, a piece inspired by the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Dust incorporates shadow and object puppetry.  Gavin Cummins has created a one-person play entitled Ok, I Love You, Bye, incorporating different styles of shadow and object puppetry.  Kalob Martinez molds Macbeth into, El Beto, a story of lust and blood set in the midst the Mexican Drug cartel.  For 50 years, UConn’s Puppet Arts program has defined the cutting edge of new theatre; this dynamic evening will be no exception. You’ll see the future of groundbreaking theatre right now! Running Time: Two hours and 20 minutes with two 10 minute intermissions.




ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCESPlease note that ECHO requires a separate ticket.

ECHO created by Christopher D. Mullens

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is pleased to host the world première of ECHO, a multi-media immersive spectacle combining puppets, digital projection, and original music in a re-invention of the classic Greek tale of a mountain nymph who finds the true meaning of voice. Performances will take place in the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center according to the following schedule:

Click here for a complete list of performance times and more information.

Partially Compensated by Krista Weltner

Partially Compensated is a non-verbal stop-motion animated short film inspired by the artist’s own experiences with dyslexia.

Performances are free and will be held at 5pm on March 26, April 1, 2, 3.

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Thursday March 24, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday March 25, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday March 26, 12:00 am

Wednesday March 30, 12:00 am

Thursday March 31, 12:00 am

Friday April 1, 12:00 am

Saturday April 2, 12:00 am

Saturday April 2, 12:00 am

Sunday April 3, 12:00 am

Sense and Sensibility

February 25 - March 6, 2016

Adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Full of passion, wit, and soaring emotions, this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel is co-written by the same authors as our extraordinarily popular Pride & Prejudice. Following their father’s untimely death, the penniless Dashwood sisters pursue life and love in their own distinctive ways. Elinor is smart and down-to-earth. Marianne is wildly romantic. They each attract suitors whose startling secrets obstruct the path to happily ever after. Beautifully produced with the costumes and settings of the period, this promises to be a special treat for all of the Austen lovers and Austen fans in the making. Running Time – approximately two hours and fifty-five minutes including a fifteen minute intermission.



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Thursday February 25, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday February 26, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday February 27, 12:00 am

Wednesday March 2, 12:00 am

Thursday March 3, 12:00 am

Friday March 4, 12:00 am

Saturday March 5, 12:00 am

Saturday March 5, 12:00 am

Sunday March 6, 12:00 am

Twelfth Night

December 3 - December 13, 2015

By William Shakespeare
Nafe Katter Theatre

We bring you a Twelfth Night infused with the music and jollity of the Christmas season. Wrapped in carols and holly, Shakespeare’s finest comedy is a paean to the restorative power of love and the uproarious joy of the holidays. Viola, the shipwrecked heroine, lands on the shore of Illyria, and disguised as a page, Cesario, searches for her lost brother. Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own brother. When the lovely Countess meets the handsome young page (Viola in disguise), desire banishes grief in this intoxicating comedy of mistaken identity and contagious laughter. Our Twelfth Night is a delightfully unique way to celebrate the holidays. Running Time Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.



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Thursday December 3, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday December 4, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday December 5, 12:00 am

Saturday December 5, 12:00 am

Wednesday December 9, 12:00 am

Thursday December 10, 12:00 am

Friday December 11, 12:00 am

Saturday December 12, 12:00 am

Saturday December 12, 12:00 am

Sunday December 13, 12:00 am

Anon(ymous)

October 29 - November 8, 2015

By Naomi Iizuka
Studio Theatre

While immigration is one of the most polarizing political issues of the day, Playwright Iizuka’s epic story of a young immigrant is as enduring as America itself. Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. Whether colonial religious refugees, the Irish of 150 years ago or the migrant workers of today, we are all Anon — or his recent descendants. Running Time Approximately 90 minutes


Co-Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut

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Thursday October 29, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday October 30, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday October 31, 12:00 am

Wednesday November 4, 12:00 am

Thursday November 5, 12:00 am

Friday November 6, 12:00 am

Saturday November 7, 12:00 am

Saturday November 7, 12:00 am

Sunday November 8, 12:00 am

The Laramie Project

October 8 - October 18, 2015

By Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project
Nafe Katter Theatre

The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. In October 1998 Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming.  Five weeks later, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town.  From these interviews they wrote The Laramie Project, a riveting chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Running Time: 2.5 hours with 2 intermissions


WATCH: Behind the Scenes of The Laramie Project

Co-Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut

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Thursday October 8, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday October 9, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday October 10, 12:00 am

Wednesday October 14, 12:00 am

Thursday October 15, 12:00 am

Friday October 16, 12:00 am

Saturday October 17, 12:00 am

Saturday October 17, 12:00 am

Sunday October 18, 12:00 am

Xanadu

July 9 - July 19, 2015

Book by Douglas Carter Beane Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Go back to the 1980’s in this glorious and glittery take on the cult movie-musical Xanadu. Xanadu PR 2 croppedIt’s hilarity on roller skates as the beautiful Greek muse Kira descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, CA on a quest to inspire the creation of the first roller disco! “Can a musical be simultaneously indefensible and irresistible? Why, yes it can,” said the New York Times when Xanadu opened on Broadway in 2007. Filled with chart topping pop songs such as Evil Woman, Strange Magic, and Have You Ever Been Mellow, Xanadu will take you and your family on a hilarious roller skate ride through mirror-balls, disco dancing and to the heights of Mount Olympus.

‘Xanadu’ A Fun Summer Stage Party At Connecticut Rep
-Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant CTnow

The runtime for the performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. 

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CRT Behind the Scenes - XANADU, the music
CRT Behind the Scenes - XANADU, roller skating!
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Thursday July 9, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday July 10, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday July 11, 12:00 am

Saturday July 11, 12:00 am

Sunday July 12, 12:00 am

Tuesday July 14, 12:00 am

Wednesday July 15, 12:00 am

Thursday July 16, 12:00 am

Friday July 17, 12:00 am

Saturday July 18, 12:00 am

Saturday July 18, 12:00 am

Sunday July 19 2015, 12:00 am

Peter Pan

June 18 - July 3, 2015

A Musical Based on the Play by Sir J.M. Barrie Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh Music by Morris (Moose) Charlap Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Additional Music by Jule Styne Originally directed, choreographed and adapted by Jerome Robbins Directed and Choreographed by Cassie Abate
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

peterpanfirstlook“I know a place where dreams are born and time is never planned…” Peter Pan flies in to make this CRT’s most magical summer ever! Follow the boy who won’t grow up on a musical adventure to Neverland. In this fully produced enchanting spectacle, join the lost boys as they battle the greatest villain of all time Captain Hook played by Terrence Mann. This classic musical for all ages features the songs I’m Flying, I Won’t Grow Up, and the timeless Never Never Land. Let CRT sprinkle some fairy dust on you, and bring your family along as we soar off to Neverland!

 Children Under 12 years Old — Only $10!

 

PERFORMANCES AT THE HARRIET S. JORGENSEN THEATRE
Located at 2132 Hillside Road (Lower Level)

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  PREVIEW OPENING REGULAR
CHILD (4 – 12) $10 $10 $10
STUDENT (13+) $12 $12 $12
SENIOR $40 $50 $45
ADULT $40 $55 $50

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Thursday June 18, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday June 19, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday June 20, 12:00 am

Saturday June 20, 12:00 am

Sunday June 21, 12:00 am

Tuesday June 23, 12:00 am

Wednesday June 24, 12:00 am

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Sunday June 28 2015, 12:00 am

Les Misérables

May 28 - June 7, 2015

A Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg Based on a novel by Victor Hugo Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Musical theatre icon Terrence Mann returns to our stage singing the role that placed him in the Broadway pantheon – Inspector Javert.11222557_909884175717719_4934612288350338362_o This evening of thrilling music, in staged concert style, tells an enthralling story of broken dreams, passion and redemption. Including the songs, I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More, and On My Own, Les Misérables is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical. Major Broadway voices in our intimate theatre, this is Les Misèrables as you’ve never felt it before! CRT invites you to “join us at the barricade” for this phenomenal musical experience.

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NUTMEG SUMMER SERIES SUBSCRIPTION PRICES (ALL 3 Shows)

PREVIEW SERIES REGULAR SERIES
Adult $81.00 $99.00
Senior $81.00 $90.00
Student $30.00 $30.00
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Thursday May 28, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday May 29, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday May 30, 12:00 am

Saturday May 30, 12:00 am

Sunday May 31, 12:00 am

Tuesday June 2, 12:00 am

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Saturday June 6, 12:00 am

Sunday June 7 2015, 12:00 am

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 23 - May 3, 2015

By William Shakespeare
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

The season ends with William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, an imaginative and fantastic romp about love and its many complications.  As the Duke of Athens prepares to wed his Amazonian queen, four lovers flee from their overbearing parents into an enchanted forest, where they become unknowingly embroiled in the battle between high-spirited sprites Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the faeries.  The delightfully, madcap antics of Shakespeare’s cast of characters provides a magical exploration of love, lust and marriage and illustrates just how other worldly love can be.

CRT Behind the Scenes: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - The Lovers
CRT Behind the Scenes: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - The Mechanicals
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Thursday April 23, 12:00 am - Preview

Friday April 24, 12:00 am - Opening Night

Saturday April 25, 12:00 am

Wednesday April 29, 12:00 am

Thursday April 30, 12:00 am

Friday May 1, 12:00 am

Saturday May 2, 12:00 am

Sunday May 3, 12:00 am

Band of the Black Hand

March 26 - April 4, 2015

Written by Nick Ryan in conjunction with Split Knuckle Theatre Coordinated by Greg Webster and Bart. P. Roccoberton
Studio Theatre

Private Dick Jack Stone is hired to solve the savage murder of a young dock worker Charlie De Wit. There’s a brutal gang war on in Capital City and the Band of the Black Hand is taking over from the Streets to the Mayor’s office.  As Stone journeys into the depths of Capital City, he begins to feel the clutch of the Black Hand.  Join Split Knuckle Theatre and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre for this joint production exploring the sensual, dark, and mysterious world of Film Noir, in a show that incorporates modern Indonesian shadow puppetry and jazz music. Running Time: Approximately 80 minutes

Warning – There is a strobe lighting effect used during the performance. 

CRT Sneak Peek - BAND OF THE BLACK HAND
CRT Behind the Scenes: BAND OF THE BLACK HAND - Film Noir & Shadow Puppetry
CRT Behind the Scenes: BAND OF THE BLACK HAND: Devised Theatre
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Thursday March 26, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday March 27, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 28, 2:00 pm

Saturday March 28, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 29, 2:00 pm

Wednesday April 1, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 2, 7:30 pm

Friday April 3, 8:00 pm

Saturday April 4, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 4, 8:00 pm

Lysistrata

February 26 - March 8, 2015

By Aristophanes In a New Translation/Adaptation by Jen Wineman Directed by Jen Wineman
Nafe Katter Theatre

Set in the 1940s in a small northeastern town, this titillating new adaptation by Jen Wineman places the heroines in Rosie the Riverter’s overalls and Donna Reed’s pearls. Lysistrata’s campaign to end war, leads the women of Athensville to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers to force a peace accord. The demure housewives shed their inhibitions and firmly grasp control of their situation as they tease a peace for the country. The comedic tension builds to a hysterical climax in this raucous, bawdy happy idea of a play by the “father of comedy” that calls us to seriously consider the idea of war through no-holds-barred laughter. Running Time: One Hour and forty minutes without intermission.

This production contains sexual humor and is not recommended for children.

CRT Behind the Scenes with LYSISTRATA stars Lisa Birnbaum and Blake Segal
CRT Behind the Scenes - LYSISTRATA Scenic Design
CRT Behind the Scenes - LYSISTRATA Costume Design
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Thursday February 26, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday February 27, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday February 28, 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 4, 7:30 pm

Thursday March 5, 7:30 pm

Friday March 6, 8:00 pm

Saturday March 7, 2:00 pm

Saturday March 7, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 8, 2:00 pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 20 - December 7, 2014

Music and Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin Conceived by Rebecca Feldman Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre


PutnamIt is the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – and six quirky adolescents are competing for the title of champion.  A witty, clever and sophisticated story provides an incredibly nuanced and sensitive look at the oddity of competition that is a spelling bee.  The Tony Award winner for Best Book, Spelling Bee is a heartwarming, yet eccentric look at the emotional impact of competition.  We’re sure that this hilarious musical will cast its spell on Y-O-U.


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GUEST SPELLERS
Thursday Nov 20 – Jen McIntyre, UConn Women’s Softball Coach, Mike Young, Sweet Emotions Candy Shop
Friday Nov 21 – Denise Merill, CT Secretary of State / Salome Raheim, Dean, School of Social Work
Saturday Nov 22 – Mark Zinni, Anchor, WFSB Ch. 3 Evening News / Renee DiNino, Director of Public Affairs, I HEART MEDIA
Wednesday Dec 3 – Dr. David Mills, Director of Bands and Marvin McNeill, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Susan Ouelette, Director of Marketing for Savings Institute Bank and Trust, Michael Buckley, YouTube Star of the WhatTheBuckShow
Thursday Dec 4 – Sally M. Reis, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Friday Dec 5 – CT State Rep. Gregg Haddad, CT State Rep Mae Flexer, Richard Schwab, Dean, Neag School of Education
Saturday Dec 6 – Stay tuned – it could be you!
Sunday Dec 7 – Dr. Lucy Gilson, Professor and Director of Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference

MEET THE SPELLERS:

 

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Thursday November 20, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday November 21, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday November 22, 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 3, 7:30 pm

Thursday December 4, 7:30 pm

Friday December 5, 8:00 pm

Saturday December 6, 2:00 pm

Saturday December 6, 8:00 pm

Sunday December 7, 2:00 pm

Cloud 9

October 23 - November 2, 2014

By Caryl Churchill
Studio Theatre

In the wilds of 19th century Africa, the colonizers are restless in more ways than one.  Friends and family flirt and fumble with power, gender, and sexuality, hilariously pushing against the boundaries of Victorian imperialism.  Fast forward 100 years to the concrete jungle of London, where the Victorian legacy finally explodes in a blast of sexual awakfull_2854ening, self-acceptance and delectable humor.  Caryl Churchill’s hilarious play, now a modern classic, fractures the conventional comedy in this wickedly funny, take-no-prisoners, carnal romp.

This production contains explicit language and content. It is not recommended for children.

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Thursday October 23, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 24, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 25, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 29, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 30, 7:30 pm

Friday October 31, 8:00 pm

Saturday November 1, 2:00 pm

Saturday November 1, 8:00 pm

Sunday November 2, 2:00 pm

Olives and Blood

October 2 - October 12, 2014

By Michael Bradford
Nafe Katter Theatre

It is said in Spain that the dead are more alive than the day they were born.  So it is for the presumed murderer of Federico Garcia Lorca, Juan Luis Trescante Medina.  60 years after Lorca’s unsolved death, the aging fascist, Trescante, fights to hold onto the myth of an execution that has defined his life but failed to silence the great poet.  In Spain, sixty years is little more than a breath, and a reckoning is all but inevitable.  Directed by Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Gary M. English, this new play by UConn Associate Professor Michael Bradford investigates the repression of the artist in times of political upheaval, and the power of a poetic voice that resonates beyond the confines of the flesh.





CRT Behind The Scenes: Discovering Federico Garcia Lorca with Playwright Michael Bradford
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Thursday October 2, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 3, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 4, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 8, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 9, 7:30 pm

Friday October 10, 8:00 pm

Saturday October 11, 2:00 pm

Saturday October 11, 8:00 pm

Sunday October 12, 2:00 pm

Gypsy

July 10 - July 20, 2014

Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

GypsyGypsy tells the story of the “ultimate stage mother” Rose and her dream to raise her daughters to perform on the vaudeville stage. Mama Rose has become arguably the greatest female role in musical theatre due to its emotion, complexity and powerful songs. Leslie UggamsStarring Tony and Emmy Award winning actress, Leslie Uggams, and filled with an incredible score by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, musical theatre lovers will be enthralled by the songs “Some People,” “Rose’s Turn,” “Let Me Entertain You” and, of course, “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” It is no wonder that Gypsy has been called “one of the top contenders for the title of Best Musical Ever” by Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal. 

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CRT Behind the Scenes Leslie Uggams Bringing Rose to Life
CRT Behind the Scenes with Michael James Leslie
CRT Behind the Scenes The World of Vaudeville and Burlesque
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Thursday July 10, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday July 11, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday July 12, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 12, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 13, 2:00 pm

Tuesday July 15, 7:30 pm

Wednesday July 16, 7:30 pm

Thursday July 17, 7:30 pm

Friday July 18, 8:00 pm

Saturday July 19, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 19, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 20 2014, 2:00 pm

The Sunshine Boys

June 19 - June 29, 2014

by Neil Simon
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

40 years ago Lewis and Clark were the biggest names lighting up the vaudeville stages. Now they will return to take center stage on television in a CBS special on the history of comedy. The only problem is they haven’t spoken in years. 

Jerry Adler, last seen on CRT’s stage in the smash hit comedy I’m Connecticut, returns as Willie Clark. Richard Kline, of television’s Three’s Company makes his CRT debut as Al Lewis.  Neil Simon’s writing and sharp one-liners provide non-stop laughs and a nostalgic glimpse of life on and off the stage. The Sunshine Boys captures the fading days of vaudeville, and provides a hysterical road map to the comedy of today.

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Thursday June 19, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday June 20, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday June 21, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 21, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 22, 2:00 pm

Tuesday June 24, 7:30 pm

Wednesday June 25, 7:30 pm

Thursday June 26, 7:30 pm

Friday June 27, 8:00 pm

Saturday June 28, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 28, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 29 2014, 2:00 pm

A Chorus Line

June 5 - June 14, 2014

Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante Conceived by Michael Bennett
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

A Chorus LineA Chorus Line, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the story of the unsung heroes of the Broadway musical—the dedicated, talented and overworked chorus dancers. The drama of their competition for a part in the chorus of a new musical will grab you from the first number. This nine-time Tony-Award winning musical and dance spectacular brings to life the dream, the thrill and the hope of the Broadway audition. We’ve all waited fingers crossed, butterflies in our stomach thinking “I hope I get it…” and with one captivating song and dazzling dance after another, it is a brilliant metaphor for all human aspiration.

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CRT Behind The Scenes: A CHORUS LINE Director & Choreographer Cassie Abate
CRT Behind the Scenes: A CHORUS LINE - Lori Ann Ferreri
CRT Behind the Scenes: A CHORUS LINE - Nick Lawson
CRT Behind the Scenes: A CHORUS LINE - Angela Millin
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Thursday June 5, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday June 6, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday June 7, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 7, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 8, 2:00 pm

Tuesday June 10, 7:30 pm

Wednesday June 11, 7:30 pm

Thursday June 12, 7:30 pm

Friday June 13, 8:00 pm

Saturday June 14, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 14, 8:00 pm

Legally Blonde The Musical

April 24 - May 4, 2014

Book by  Heather Hach Music and Lyrics by  Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Based on the Novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture Main Stage Series
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

OMIGOD, You Guys!  The international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Connecticut Repertory Theatre. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone “serious” she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. Case closed.  With some help from newfound friends and her Chihuahua Bruiser, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and celebrating what you’ve got! Legally Blonde The Musical, based on the hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, will be directed and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, winner of the 2013 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography for CRT’s production of Hairspray. Legally Blonde The Musical is the most fabulous musical around. The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!


CRT Behind The Scenes: Meet Our Elle Woods, Courtney Hammond
CRT Behind The Scenes: Meet LEGALLY BLONDE Director & Choreographer Gerry McIntyre
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Thursday April 24, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday April 25, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday April 26, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 26, 8:00 pm

Wednesday April 30, 7:30 pm

Thursday May 1, 7:30 pm

Friday May 2, 8:00 pm

Saturday May 3, 8:00 pm

Sunday May 4, 2:00 pm

Goblin Market

March 27 - April 6, 2014

By Penny Benson, adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti Studio Works Series A Puppet Arts Production
Studio Theatre

The full, exhilarating, creative power of the University of Connecticut’s Puppetry Program will bring an adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s entrancingly atmospheric narrative poem Goblin Market to our studio stage.

Two sisters, in the service of a troubled household, must resist the hypnotic call of seductive goblins who tempt them with luscious fruits and promises of unimagined ecstasies. When one of the sisters is sacrificed to the goblins, her sibling must risk her own life to bargain with the supernatural creatures in order to save her sister from certain demise. With actors, imaginative puppetry and surprising theatrics, Goblin Market promises to weave an enchanting spell.



CRT Behind The Scenes: GOBLIN MARKET Meet The Actors
CRT Behind the Scenes: GOBLIN MARKET Creator Penny Benson
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Thursday March 27, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday March 28, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 29, 8:00 pm

Wednesday April 2, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 3, 7:30 pm

Friday April 4, 8:00 pm

Saturday April 5, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 5, 8:00 pm

Sunday April 6, 2:00 pm

Much Ado About Nothing

February 27 - March 9, 2014

By William Shakespeare
Nafe Katter Theatre

This remarkably modern Shakespearean comedy revolves around two intertwined love stories: one caustically funny, between Beatrice and Benedick, and, the other, between Claudio and Hero, poignantly sweet.  These loves play out with an explosion of witty banter as victorious soldiers returning from war set their sights on the peacetime pleasures of merrymaking and romance in a jaunty world of aristocratic artifice. However, when false information leads one proud nobleman to cruelly denounce his beloved on their wedding day, the verbal sparring sours into private warfare. In this powerful comedy, Shakespeare makes you laugh, but also breaks your heart – and then magically puts it back together again as if it were all “much ado about nothing.”

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Much Ado about Love and Laughter
March 1, after the 2pm matinee

Much Ado about Nothing is famous for the “merry war” of wits between its reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Join English department scholars Elizabeth Hart and Mary Gallucci and members of the cast to discuss Shakespeare’s classic battle of the sexes comedy, and to consider why love’s war provokes so much laughter.

Cast and Creative Team Talkback
March 6, after the 7:30 performance

Join us for a discussion with the cast and other members of the creative team.

 

Behind the Scenes with Beatrice and Benedick
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Thursday February 27, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday February 28, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 1, 2:00 pm

Saturday March 1, 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 5, 7:30 pm

Thursday March 6, 7:30 pm

Friday March 7, 8:00 pm

Saturday March 8, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 9, 2:00 pm

The Three Musketeers

November 21 - December 8, 2013

Adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos From the Novel by Alexandre Dumas Main Stage Series
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel gets an adventurous staging as this tale of friendship and romance follows young d’Artagnan upon his arrival in Paris in search of fame, fortune, and a place among the King’s Musketeers. Befriended by the three legendary swordsmen: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, he is immediately put to the test. His acts of bravery catch the eye of the French King Louis XIII, but ensnare d’Artagnan in the deadly schemes of Cardinal Richelieu and the villainous Milady Clarik. The young d’Artagnan must weigh his loyalties and question the meaning of honor in a gilded age of moral ambiguity. Loaded with dazzling swordplay, intrigue and swash-buckling comedy, this adaptation of Dumas’ brilliant novel will be directed by Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tony Simotes.

CRT Behind the Scenes: POV Inside The Sword Fight!
CRT Behind the Scenes: Meet THE THREE MUSKETEERS Composer & Actor Alex Sovronsky
CRT Behind the Scenes: Meet THE THREE MUSKETEERS Actors Thomas Brazzle & Olivia Saccomanno
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Thursday November 21, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday November 22, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday November 23, 2:00 pm

Saturday November 23, 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 4, 7:30 pm

Thursday December 5, 7:30 pm

Friday December 6, 8:00 pm

Sunday December 8, 2:00 pm

Dead Heavy Fantastic

October 24 - November 3, 2013

Studio Works Series By Robert Farquhar
Studio Theatre

It’s always been mad in Liverpool, England on a Friday night – you leave the house feeling like a million dollars and return your own poor relation. And that’s how it is for the motley crew in Robert Farquhar’s contemporary comedy Dead Heavy Fantastic as they lurch their way from tentative first drinks to an apocalyptic sunrise, sure in the knowledge that they’re pretty likely to do it all again next week. Critic Laura Davis observed, “A thoroughly entertaining piece of theatre populated by memorable characters, Dead Heavy Fantastic encapsulates the energy and eager anticipation of a Friday night out without the disappointment of the morning after.”

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Thursday October 24, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 25, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 26, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 30, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 31, 7:30 pm

Friday November 1, 8:00 pm

Saturday November 2, 2:00 pm

Saturday November 2, 8:00 pm

Sunday November 3, 2:00 pm

Big Love

October 3 - October 13, 2013

By Charles Mee Main Stage Series
Nafe Katter Theatre

I was captivated pretty much from start to finish. The Connecticut Repertory Theatre does an exceptional job. … Bring an open mind and allow CRT’s devoted company to set you free. This production of “Big Love” by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre has certainly met Mee’s wonderful, theatrical challenge by taking leaps.Ed Wierzbicki, WNPR

Classical drama collides with modern-day excess in Charles Mee’s Big Love, a fiercely extravagant adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Maidens that The New York Times described as “an MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus and, believe it, a Greek tragedy.” Big Love is a luxurious, riotous, wild romp in which 50 brides – all sisters – vow to escape their 50 fiancés on their wedding night. Seeking to get away from the old country, where marriage is contracted and love is CRT_BIGLOVE_PRESS006unheard of, the sisters leave their betrothed standing at the altar as they hop a boat for better times and a little equality. As the brides seek asylum at the villa of a family man who is unwilling to take sides, the grooms catch up – by helicopter. With no one to stand up for them, the women decide to stand up for themselves by any means necessary. Big Love gives the term “battle of the sexes” a whole new meaning!

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CRT Sneak Peek: BIG LOVE
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Thursday October 3, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 4, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 5, 2:00 pm

Saturday October 5, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 9, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 10, 7:30 pm

Friday October 11, 8:00 pm

Saturday October 12, 8:00 pm

Sunday October 13, 2:00 pm

The Music Man

July 11 - July 21, 2013

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

music-foaWe end our summer season with Meredith Willson’s timeless Broadway musical classic The Music Man. Starring Barrett Foa, who stars as Eric Beale in the hit TV series NCIS: Los Angeles, as Harold Hill. Full of heart, wit, and oceans of beautiful music, the story opens on the 4th of July, 1912, in River City, Iowa. Oh, there is trouble my friends, right here in River City, and Professor Harold Hill has the antidote—an all-boys marching band. But Marian the Librarian sees through his schemes, at least until she falls in love with the irrepressible con artist and he becomes the one thing he fears the most: a respectable citizen! Overflowing with a parade of tunes including “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Till There Was You” and, of course, “Seventy-Six Trombones,” The Music Man is thrillingly and tunefully nostalgic.

CRT Sneak Peek: Barrett Foa in THE MUSIC MAN
CRT Behind The Scenes - Interview with The Music Man's Barbershop Quartet
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Thursday July 11, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday July 12, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday July 13, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 13, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 14, 2:00 pm

Tuesday July 16, 7:30 pm

Wednesday July 17, 7:30 pm

Thursday July 18, 7:30 pm

Friday July 19, 8:00 pm

Saturday July 20, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 20, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 21 2013, 2:00 pm

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

June 20 - June 30, 2013

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

music-hayes

Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight! is the promise of Broadway’s most loved musical farce. Steve Hayes, last season’s hilarious Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, will lead the company as the Roman slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the pretty girl next door. But the road to romance is never smooth, as our crafty hero dodges a riotous succession of stunning surprises, mistaken identities, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters—all in the pursuit of love and freedom! This fast-paced, witty and irreverent romp features infectious tunes and laugh out loud lyrics by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum may be a 50 year-old musical based on 2000 year-old plays, but it remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening!

Sneak Peek
Interview with Steven Hayes and Bradford Scobie
Interview with Ariana Shore and Dirk Lumbard
Interview with Colby Lewis and Adam Maggio
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Thursday June 20, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday June 21, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday June 22, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 22, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 23, 2:00 pm

Tuesday June 25, 7:30 pm

Wednesday June 26, 7:30 pm

Thursday June 27, 7:30 pm

Friday June 28, 8:00 pm

Saturday June 29, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 29, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 30 2013, 2:00 pm

The Drowsy Chaperone

June 6 - June 15, 2013

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

drowsy-sajak-larsenIf you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in Heaven, please let it be good,” then The Drowsy Chaperone is for you! Pat Sajak, host of TV’s Wheel of Fortune, returns to Connecticut Repertory Theatre as the fervent musical theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album from the roaring twenties on his record player, which causes the frothy jazz age musical to burst to life around him in his living room. It tells the charming, bubbly, and slightly wacky tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical will also star, as “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen, who CRT audiences loved last year as a Pigeon sister in The Odd Couple. With one show stopping song and dazzling dance after another, it is no wonder New York Magazine called The Drowsy Chaperone “The Perfect Broadway Musical.”

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Thursday June 6, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday June 7, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday June 8, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 8, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 9, 2:00 pm

Tuesday June 11, 7:30 pm

Wednesday June 12, 7:30 pm

Thursday June 13, 7:30 pm

Friday June 14, 8:00 pm

Saturday June 15, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 15, 8:00 pm

Hairspray

April 25 - May 5, 2013

Music by Marc Shaiman Music & Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Whittman Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

Move over Baltimore! Storrs is the new home for Tracy Turnblad, the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger passion – to dance! It’s 1962 and Tracy wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight Tracy is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unconventional trendsetter in dance, music and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?  Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

Kevin Meaney

Kevin Meaney, one of the country’s most popular standup comedians and an Emmy Award winner will star as Edna Turnblad in CRT’s HAIRSPRAY!

Making people laugh has always been a top priority for Kevin Meaney. From his early years doing standup comedy in San Francisco and Boston he’s amassed an impressive list of credits along the way. His first HBO special in 1986 catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene. In 1987, Kevin made his debut appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Since his first appearance, Kevin has returned to the show a dozen times. He was a special guest on Saturday Night Live and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.  Kevin recently made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and had a guest role on NBC’s 30 Rock. Kevin also starred in the CBS sitcom Uncle Buck which ran for a full season. In addition, he has done numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas. He also had a featured role in the movie Big. Kevin appeared in Hairspray on Broadway.

CRT Sneak Peek: HAIRSPRAY: the musical
Kevin Meaney on the Tonight Show
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Thursday April 25, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday April 26, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday April 27, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 27, 8:00 pm

Wednesday May 1, 7:30 pm

Thursday May 2, 7:30 pm

Friday May 3, 8:00 pm

Saturday May 4, 8:00 pm

Sunday May 5, 2:00 pm

Punk Rock

March 28 - April 7, 2013

By Simon Stephens
Studio Theatre

Variety calls Simon Stephens “one of the most important and exciting British playwrights working today…” His play Punk Rock, set at a British boarding school, is inspired by the 1999 Columbine shooting, which Stephens says, “felt like the start of the 21st century.” Ferociously funny, complex, contemporary and unnerving, Punk Rock explores the underlying jittery tensions, hormonal headiness and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen-year-old students as they begin to plan for college and the rest of their lives.  What happens when kids have the world at their feet, and its weight on their shoulders?

CRT Sneak Peek: PUNK ROCK
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Thursday March 28, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday March 29, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 30, 8:00 pm

Wednesday April 3, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 4, 7:30 pm

Friday April 5, 8:00 pm

Saturday April 6, 2:00 pm

Saturday April 6, 8:00 pm

Sunday April 7, 2:00 pm

His Girl Friday

February 28 - March 10, 2013

Adapted by John Guare
From The Front Page
By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures Film

Nafe Katter Theatre

His Girl Friday is an all American rat-a-tat comedy adapted from the film to the stage by acclaimed playwright John Guare. It’s August 1939 in the Press Room of the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.  On the world stage Hitler is about to invade Poland, but tonight Hildy Johnson just wants to bid farewell to her old pals, get married and leave the newspaper racket behind, which should go well unless she runs into her hard-boiled editor and ex-husband Walter Burns who wants to keep her on the beat and in his life. With rapid-fire dialogue and a crackling conflict, His Girl Friday remains one of our wildest, wittiest whirlwinds of American romantic comedy.

CRT Sneak Peek: HIS GIRL FRIDAY
CRT Behind the Scenes: Director Q & A - HIS GIRL FRIDAY
CRT Behind the Scenes: Cast Q & A - HIS GIRL FRIDAY
CRT Behind the Scenes: Set Designer Q & A - HIS GIRL FRIDAY
CRT Behind the Scenes: Lighting Designer Q&A - HIS GIRL FRIDAY
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Thursday February 28, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday March 1, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday March 2, 2:00 pm

Saturday March 2, 8:00 pm

Wednesday March 6, 7:30 pm

Thursday March 7, 7:30 pm

Friday March 8, 8:00 pm

Saturday March 9, 8:00 pm

Sunday March 10, 2:00 pm

Romeo and Juliet

November 29 - December 9, 2012

By William Shakespeare
Nafe Katter Theatre

Hannah Kaplan in ROMEO AND JULIETThis timeless tale of “star-cross’d lovers” fills the stage with dizzying swordplay and delightful wordplay. From the first blush of forbidden teenage love, to the blooming of a passion that fuels death itself, Shakespeare’s classic love story thrills anew in every generation. In the heat of a raging feud between their two households, teenagers Romeo and Juliet lose their hearts to each other in a chance meeting. With a price on Romeo’s head, and Juliet suddenly betrothed to another man, the young lovers share a night of forbidden passion before Romeo flees the city. Juliet’s desperate pleas to call off the wedding are denied, and she hatches a secret plan for them to be reunited, with devastating consequences. Connecticut Repertory Theatre winds up 2012 with a play as passionate, comic and frightening as love itself.

CRT: Sword Fight POV - ROMEO AND JULIET
CRT Sneak Peek: ROMEO AND JULIET
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Thursday November 29, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday November 30, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday December 1, 2:00 pm

Saturday December 1, 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 5, 7:30 pm

Thursday December 6, 7:30 pm

Friday December 7, 8:00 pm

Saturday December 8, 8:00 pm

Sunday December 9, 2:00 pm

Intimate Apparel

October 25 - November 4, 2012

By Lynn Nottage
Studio Theatre

At 35, Esther is lonely. A skilled African-American seamstress in 1905 Manhattan, she makes exquisite undergarments for clients including a sincere socialite from tony Fifth Avenue and an earnest prostitute.  Strong, practical and confident Esther resists her landlady’s insistence on marriage for marriage’s sake while cautiously allowing an unexpected friendship, filled with longing, to grow between her and her fabric merchant, an immigrant Jew.  After exchanging letters with a West Indian laborer, Esther finally accepts his invitation and marries this man she has never met. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage stitches a tale of romance, greed and ambition – and also a tender story of seeking real friendship across the vast social gulf separating a seamstress and a socialite, the yearning of inter-racial as well as inter-faith love, and the persistence of spirit as Esther tries to craft a life as beautiful as one of her camisoles. 

“Ms. Nottage writes big-hearted plays” – New York Times

CRT Behind The Scenes: INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage
CRT Sneak Peek: INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage
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Thursday October 25, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 26, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 27, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 31, 7:30 pm

Thursday November 1, 7:30 pm

Friday November 2, 8:00 pm

Saturday November 3, 2:00 pm

Saturday November 3, 8:00 pm

Sunday November 4, 2:00 pm

O Beautiful

October 4 - October 14, 2012

By Theresa Rebeck Regional Premiere
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre

O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves . . . In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics – or else! Theresa Rebeck, Broadway playwright and creator of the TV series Smash, pens a theatrically inventive mash up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. Its fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers and your neighborhood high school.

Warning: This show includes political, social and religious content that some will find challenging, maybe even offensive. Don’t miss it!

Laurence Lau  (Simon West) and David McCann (Benjamin Franklin) in a scene from O BEAUTIFUL by Theresa Rebeck

Laurence Lau (Simon West) and David McCann (Benjamin Franklin) in a scene from O BEAUTIFUL by Theresa Rebeck

CRT Sneak Peek: O Beautiful
CRT Behind The Scenes: O Beautiful Design
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Thursday October 4, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday October 5, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday October 6, 2:00 pm

Saturday October 6, 8:00 pm

Wednesday October 10, 7:30 pm

Thursday October 11, 7:30 pm

Friday October 12, 8:00 pm

Saturday October 13, 8:00 pm

Sunday October 14, 2:00 pm

Man Of La Mancha

June 7 - June 16, 2012


The stars of last summer’s mega-hit My Fair Lady return to star in one of the all-time great musicals, Man of La Mancha. Broadway legend and last season’s Henry Higgins,Terrence Mann will return to play Miguel de Cervantes who, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, is imprisoned and uses the story of the knight-errant Don Quixote to defend himself The story features unforgettable characters such as Sancho Panza, played by UConn alum and last year’s Alfred Doolittle, Richard Ruiz and Aldonza played by last season’s dazzling Eliza, Alix Paige. With its beautiful Latin-tinged score, the original production of Man of La Mancha ran for six years on Broadway, won the Tony for Best Musical and gave us the indelible anthem of hope, “The Impossible Dream.”

Interview with James Barry
Interview with Sarah Wintermeyer
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Thursday June 7, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday June 8, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday June 9, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 9, 8:00 pm

Sunday June 10, 2:00 pm

Tuesday June 12, 7:30 pm

Wednesday June 13, 7:30 pm

Thursday June 14, 7:30 pm

Friday June 15, 8:00 pm

Saturday June 16, 2:00 pm

Saturday June 16, 8:00 pm

The Miser

October 27 - November 6, 2011

By Molière Adapted by Miles Malleson
Studio Theatre

Molière’s unique blend of neurosis and knockabout is never more hysterically evident than in his comic masterpiece, The Miser. Old Harpagon is a penny-pinching miser who loves his hidden fortune more than his own children. When he gets in his mind that there is a penny to be made by marrying off his son and his daughter, both son and daughter foil their father’s plan by falling head over heels for suitors of their own. A timely and horrifyingly funny look at the dark side of thrift at home.

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Our Town

October 6 - October 16, 2011

By Thornton Wilder
Nafe Katter Theatre

Set in New England at the beginning of the 20th century, it is the allegorical story of “our growing up and our marrying, our living and our dying.” Still riveting, relevant, and resonate, the enduring success of this play has been in the magic and beauty of its sheer simplicity and its urgent life-affirming message. Our Town will feature Obie Award-winning actor David Patrick Kelly in the role of the Stage Manager. CRT audiences may remember him from his performance as Luther in the 1970s film classic The Warriors, or for his numerous appearances on Broadway or at Hartford Stage, TV and film. CRT also welcomes back alumna Mary Cadorette in the role of Mrs. Gibbs. Many CRT subscribers may remember her from her TV show with John Ritter, Three’s a Crowd, her performance in 42nd Street on Broadway and her reign as Miss Connecticut 1975.

 

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