Molly Smith Metzler is a self-identified addict. She began writing plays at 22, and her latest piece, the Chautauqua Theater Company- and Writers’ Center-commissioned The May Queen, runs through Sunday in Bratton Theater. She said writing for the theater is a high that lasts from story and character development through a play’s production.
Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2014 Special Studies offerings, this week featuring “Going West with CTC,” provide background on the scheduling and artistry involved in putting together the company’s season of productions.
After seeing Apparition: An Uneasy Play of the Underknown workshopped more than 10 years ago, Handelsman said she became obsessed with the piece. CTC’s one-time showing of the Late Night Special Apparition is at 11:30 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater.
More than 500 years after his initial journey to the New World, Christopher Columbus will once again Go West! on the stage of the Amphitheater.
When it came to actualizing The May Queen, playwright Molly Smith Metzler said she wrote about her hometown for her theater home: Chautauqua.
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.
After last year’s The Romeo & Juliet Project, Go West! is the second inter-arts collaboration produced by Chautauqua Institution. This year, it is an original show created by the artistic leadership of Chautauqua, spearheaded by Chautauqua Theater Company associate artistic director Andrew Borba. In this video, Borba talks about what Go West! is all about.
In the United States, women make up less than a quarter of both produced playwrights and those directing productions.