This weekend, the Chautauqua Inter-arts Collaboration will cram the spilled blood, soaring melodies, brutal battles and undying hope of 500 years of history and American-inspired artistic expression into a neatly packaged show.
When Barbara Jacob was in high school in Detroit, she used to cut school to usher at the theater downtown so she could see plays for free.
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.
Chautauqua Dance Associate Artistic Director Mark Diamond created three choreographies for the Go West! production. Diamond explains how the three dance pieces fit into the story of Go West!
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.