For years, David Zinman attended parties where he was consistently mistaken for a celebrated conductor of the same name. After confessing his true profession as a journalist, conversation partners would often drift away to another corner of the room.
A decades-long Friend of Chautauqua Theater, Sally McClure had never missed a show in Bratton Theater.
Chautauqua Theater Company alums have been through a lot over the years — surviving the days spent in Bellinger Hall, making the arduous trek to the “Murder Bar” for libations and looking out for wild animals lurking on the grounds. Many have gone on to bigger things, quite literally — the Great White Way, for instance.
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.
Political scientist Geoffrey Kemp has hosted annual lecture updates on the Middle East at Chautauqua for the last 20 years. Kemp, who serves as director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, returned to the Amphitheater stage at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday to hold a conversation with Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet has performed at the Institution for the past 14 years, according to Artistic Director Monika Alch. While its ballerinas may have come and gone during that time, the company’s performances at Chautauqua have remained a constant.
According to actor David Quay, being a clown is an exercise in honesty. Quay created and will star in this year’s Chau-Talk-One, which has its one-time show at 7 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater.
Lisa Harrow has rarely found a role that scared her. Apart from when she was 16 and played King Lear in a high school production — Prospero is the first.
Ten years after their first show as artistic directors of Chautauqua Theater Company, Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeny welcome back two of their first stars.
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.