The Garfield Center for the Arts (GCA) in Chestertown is pleased to announce its 2017 season of theatrical productions. Presented by the GCA and directed by a group of talented local directors, this season offers a variety of shows – comedy, drama, a holiday favorite, some locally written productions and children’s programs – MUSICAMP in July and Playmakers in July/August.
The season opens February 3 with Mister Roberts, written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan and directed by Tess Hogans. This rowdy, realistic saga about a group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific during WWII won the 1948 Tony Award for best play. The Chestertown Spy will be partnering with the GCA during Mister Roberts to showcase a collection of interviews from Kent County’s own military veterans. Performances run February 3-19.
In April, the GCA will presentThe Women, written by Clara Boothe Luce, and directed by Diane Landskroener. This acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers, and the gossip that propels and damages their relationships, runs April 14-30.
The Garfield’s own ten-minute play festival, produced by Mark Sullivan, is known affectionately as Short Attention Span Theatre. Now in its thirteenth season, “SAST”runs from June 23rd to July 9th. An audience favorite, SAST features the local talents of dozens of directors, writers and actors.
Director Bonnie Hill returns to the GCA in October with A. R. Gurney’s Sylvia. This story revolves around a dog named Sylvia, the couple that adopts her, and the comedy that results. It premiered in 1995 Off-Broadway.
Closing the 2016 season, director Jim Landskroener will bring the holiday classic,Miracle on 34th Street to the Garfield stage from December 1 to 17.
Written by Valentine Davies, this is a heart-warming story about the real magic of Christmas which earned him an Academy Award for Best Story when it opened on the silver screen in 1947.
The Garfield Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education.” For more information, please visit www.GarfieldCenter.org, or call the box office at 410 810 2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.