SAALIK KHAN | Staff Photographer Chautauqua Theater Company produced Zayd Dohrn’s Muckrakers as part of its New Play Workshop in…
Molly Smith Metzler’s new comedy, The May Queen, currently running on the Bratton Theater stage, has echoes of “The Breakfast Club,” “Grease,” “Mean Girls,” “Carrie,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” and every other story of high school wherein the girls are mean and the guys are shallow and selfish.
When it came to actualizing The May Queen, playwright Molly Smith Metzler said she wrote about her hometown for her theater home: Chautauqua.
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center workshops for Week Five will center on heightening emotions, the basics of poetry and playwriting.
The May Queen is a child of the ’90s. While the contemporary play’s allusions to ’90s-era high school may be unclear for some Chautauquan audiences, ’fore-Plays aim to clarify the context of each play to enrich the audiences’ experience.
Playwright Molly Smith Metzler thinks that every person has a great idea deep down inside — one that might be a secret.
Chautauqua Theater Company’s next production, The May Queen, opens at 8 p.m. Friday in Bratton Theater. The play, by Molly Smith Metzler, was commissioned by CTC and the Chautauqua Writers’ Center. It tells the story of an unlikely high school reunion set in an office pod.
In the United States, women make up less than a quarter of both produced playwrights and those directing productions.
Early last Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted a breakfast discussion to explore and celebrate the role of women as writers and performers inside the Chautauqua Theater Company as well as in their other professional theater engagements.
This week marks the beginning of a substantial undertaking for Chautauqua Theater Company.