One particularly compelling throughline in Shakespeare’s history plays is the maturation of Henry V. When does he morph from the prank-loving, bawdy-house-frequenting Prince Hal into the sage, shrewd, continent-conquering King Henry? Judging from Evan Cabnet’s crisp but thematically questionable production of Henry V, featuring all 13 members of this year’s acting Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory, that crucial day has yet to arrive.
Playwright David West Read is the master of “foul papers.” His plays neither smell bad nor are about immorality; he…
It all began with a photograph. While cleaning through her grandmother’s things, Lynn Nottage found a picture of her great-grandmother with a Barbadian. Nottage was aware that her great-grandmother was a seamstress who specialized in making intimate apparel for ladies, and of her connection to the Caribbean island of Barbados, but that picture made her curious.
Kennedy started off as a stage management intern, moved her way up the ladder to the assistant stage management position, and finally to the production stage manager.
Thornton Wilder’s spirit would be pleased with the Chautauqua Theater Company today. His play, Our Town, has managed to make its way back to Chautauqua audiences, after its last performance in 1997 in the old Normal Hall.
A decades-long Friend of Chautauqua Theater, Sally McClure had never missed a show in Bratton Theater.
They sing, they dance, and Chautauquans already know they act. Tonight’s Bratton Late Night Cabaret will open the stage to Chautauqua Theater Company’s (CTC) band of triple threats.
This weekend, Bratton Theater’s rafters will become a shipwrecked boat, the stage will become a sand dune and Chautauquans will be swept away by a vicious storm.
When the production opens, that world will have been translated from a quixotic vision to a realized set, one ready to host a cast of actors. CTC’s The Tempest, which opens Saturday, incorporates spilling sand dunes, a floating rock and a shipwreck — all within the confines of Bratton Theater.
The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.