During her recent appearance on “Spotlight”, Susanna Gellert, artistic director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre, discussed how the playhouse will reopen this season following a year’s absence due to the Covid-19 crisis.
In response to a question as to how the new season will deal with Covid-19 and the regulations associated with it, she indicated the following basic changes would be made for the current season:
- All productions will be held outside under a large tent enclosure in the Walker Farm area
- Social distancing will be observed in both seating and staging
- Audience seating will not be reserved
Gellert indicated that the four major productions will include:
- “Iliad,” July 14 through Aug. 7: A revised version of Homer’s “The Iliad” which will be a one-man show addressing the same topics as the original but in a modern setting. “It will be as if Homer was a next door neighbor describing the war and the people in it,” she noted.
- “Seussical”, July 22 through Aug. 7: Follow Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and more of your favorite characters into the colorful, zany world of Dr. Seuss! An afternoon of storybook fun and “all the thinks you can think” for your whole family. The production will also tour through the state.
- “Ring of Fire”, Aug. 11 through Sept. 5: It’s a ride on the rails, a trip on the wide-open highway, and a journey into the backwoods of Tennessee. “Ring of Fire” brings the music of Johnny Cash to life with an exhilarating story of struggle and success, recklessness and redemption, love and family. With more than two dozen classic Cash hits, including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “A Thing Called Love,” a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians creates a unique portrait about an American legend in this rollicking and heartfelt stage production.
- “The Mountaintop”, Sept. 29 through Oct. 24: A playful and moving exploration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., set during the final night of his life.
There will also be a Celebration Series throughout the Summer. For more information, visit westonplayhouse.org.
Ticket information is available at 802-824-5288 or firstname.lastname@example.org beginning June 1st.
The entire program may be seen on okemovalley.tv or on Comcast channel 1076.