A brilliant selection of plays for 2017. A musical sensation, a world-premier comedy. a Pulitzer-prize-winning classic, a powerful “Best New Play” about impossible choices, and a lovely and intimate Lanford Wilson work especially for Veteran’s Day.
Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre is delighted to announce its 2017 line-up of plays – five magnificent, warmly human stories for audiences to savor between March and November. Scheduled for BST’s second Mainstage Subscription Season are:
“Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” by Stephen Temperley. A wealthy socialite with a dubious sense of pitch teams up with an impoverished pianist and the two wind up the toast of Manhattan (though perhaps not for the reasons they might have wished). This hilarious and touching two-character musical features Alison Davy and Jay Kerr, directed by Flo Hayle. (March 16-26) “Souvenir” is a co-production with Fort Salem Theater, Salem, NY.
“The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade” by Kieron Barry. World Premiere! A dazzling Chinese puzzle of a play, totally contemporary but written in the rapid-fire dialogue style of a 1930s screwball comedy, from the author of the enormously successful “Tomorrow in the Battle”. Directed by John Sowle. (April 20-30)
“The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” by Paul Zindel. A mother’s bitterness colors the lives of her two high-school-aged daughters. Winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by Steven Patterson and starring BST favorite Roxanne Fay. (July 6-16)
“How to Pray” by Michelle Carter. Faith reluctantly agrees to act as a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife. Complications ensue. Winner of the 2010 Susan Glaspell Contest for “Best New Play” and the 2012 PEN USA Award for Drama. Directed by John Sowle. (September 14-24)
“Redwood Curtain” by Lanford Wilson. A young Vietnamese-American adoptee searches for the truth about her parentage among the homeless veterans living in the redwood forests of Northern California. Directed by John Sowle. (November 2-12)
All performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:00pm, on the theatre’s Mainstage, located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY. Ample Free Parking is usually available in the
Catskill High lot behind the Theatre
Advance tickets for individual shows are $22 ($10 for patrons 21 years of age and under) and tickets are also available for purchase at the door on a space available basis for $25 prior to each performance. But Bridge Street is offering a full five-show subscription package for adults for only $100 – like getting one show absolutely free.
“Metroland’s James Yeara called Bridge Street Theatre ‘Best Theatre Bang for the Buck’ in his Round-Up of the Best of 2015. We definitely lived up to that accolade during our first subscription season in 2016. Our 2017 promises to be even more amazing,” says John Sowle, Bridge Street Theatre’s Artistic and Managing Director. “You won’t want to miss any of these wonderful plays. Come on down and let us tell you a story you won’t soon forget.”
You can always find more information about everything coming up at Bridge Street Theatre, including the return of Tom Andersen’s Cabaret series and the usual eclectic mix of imported theater, music, magic and more that audiences have come to expect from what one reviewer called “the ballsiest theater in the region,” by visiting BridgeSt.org, by looking in on the Bridge Street Theatre page on Facebook, or by calling the theater at (518) 943-3818.
Events at Bridge Street Theatre are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.
If past evenings in our Speakeasy are any indication, our audience loves a great cabaret performance. This year Tom Andersen to curate (and perform in) an enticing bi-monthly series of great performances in our comfortable new Mainstage.
Individual tickets will cost $25 at the door, but if you subscribe now,
you can select your seats for all four evenings for only $80.
That’s a 20% discount.
And here is a list of some of the other shows coming to BST this year
April 2 Garfield Moore, Classical Cello – Rostropovitch, Piatigorsky, and the great Casals, himself. These are the artists invoked by critics when they attempt to describe cellist Garfield Moore. This consummate performer has been widely hailed as a “master artist.”
May 5-7 Fat Knight Theatre presents “ChipandGus” by John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen Two pals meet in the back room of a rundown neighborhood bar in Schenectady for their weekly game of ping pong. The stakes are high and friendship is at risk in this “comedy with balls”.
May 13 Lynn Kearney sings “What You Don’t Know about Women” – Broadway actress and chanteuse Lynn Kearney is joined onstage by former Fosse dancer Sonja Stuart in an evening of song dedicated to just how much the rest of us still need to learn about the female sex.
May 21 “Coney Island” (Concert Musical #1) – It’s the summer of 1946 and Frankie’s back from the Pacific with dreams of takin’ New York by storm. Grab the F Train for this big, old-fashioned, Broadway style musical penned by Catskill’s own Frank Cuthbert.
May 27-29 Perform-a-Thon – Help us break a Guinness World Record while supporting BST’s capital campaign and discovering all the brilliant local talent our region has to offer. You can even sign up to perform yourself!
June 9-11 Dead Shot Mary – Rachel McPhee’s one-woman show tells the phenomenal true story of Mary Shanley who joined the NYPD in 1931, became one of the first women ever to attain the rank of Detective 1st Grade in the NYPD, and then nearly lost it all.
June 23 “Upon This Rock: The Magdalene Speaks” – Roxanne Fay (“Home Fires Burning”, “Dream Child”) returns to BST with a new solo show, a fascinating and imaginative reconstruction of the life of Mary Magdalene, follower of Jesus of Nazareth.
July 20-23 Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents “Copenhagen” – Michael Frayn’s ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and explosive re-imagining of the 1941 meeting between Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, two Nobel Prize-winning physicists on opposite sides in the World War.
Aug 27 “South” (Concert Musical #2) – A nautical yarn for grown-ups set in the 1860s. Pirates, well-adjusted lesbian cannibals, an over-caffeinated monk, a curious dealer of religious artifacts and…well, we wouldn’t want to spoil it. A new musical by local boy Carmen Borgia.
Sept 30 Riot with Three – This dynamic musical trio (soprano Alison Davy, saxophonist Javier Oviedo, and pianist Gene Rohrer) perform a kickass concert of contemporary classics. You may even hear a world premiere!
Oct 14 The Hambones – With an accumulated 130 years in the music business, The Hambones return to BST! Anyone who heard their amazing tribute to Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” last season will tell you – you don’t want to miss this!