DFT Communications continues sponsorship of Family Entertainment Series, by funding today’s Young Playwrights


The Chautauqua Theater Company will be performing 10 winning plays from Chautauqua Theater Company: Young Playwrights Project at 5 and 7 p.m Tuesday June 26, in Smith Wilkes Hall, thanks to a sponsorship by DFT Communications, Partners in Technology.

For the third year in a row, the Young Playwrights Project will open the Family Entertainment Series with plays written by third-and fourth-graders from Chautauqua Lake Central School, Milton J. Fletcher Elementary School, Panama Central School, Ripley Central School and Westfield Elementary School. This season, some of the plays that will be featured are It’s Snowing Cats and Dogs by Surainati Rivera and The Boy who Wanted a Hoop by Giovannie Jackson.

This is the seventh year DFT Communications has sponsored events in the Family Entertainment Series, which provides Chautauquans with free and family-friendly performances like Cirque Montage on July 3 in the Ampitheater and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet performance on Aug. 14 in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

“DFT is proud to partner with Chautauqua Institution to bring quality family programs to Chautauqua County and the surrounding region,” said Mark Maytum, president and chief operating of DFT Communications, Partners in Technology.

“We value our partnership with Chautauqua Institution and I hope people of all ages will take advantage of these unique performances in such a beautiful setting.”

DFT Communications is a telecommunications company founded in 1898 by Arthur R. Maytum, celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2018. The company continues to provide phone and internet service to the Dunkirk,  Fredonia,  Cassadaga and Jamestown Area.

Community members can request a complimentary pass from the Main Gate Welcome Center will call window to attend these free performances. For information on sponsorship opportunities at Chautauqua contact Megan Sorenson, associate director of the Chautauqua Fund, at 716-357-6243 or

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