The first performance of the Chester Theatre Company 2017 season, the preview of I and You, is set for June 28, with the last performance of our final show of the season, Folk, at the end of August.
With the flip of the calendar also came the news that we have cast those shows. (More details on the middle two shows, Skeleton Crew and Every Brilliant Thing, to follow soon.)
I and You is Lauren Gunderson’s ode to youth, fate, and the strange beauty of shared humanity. The journey begins when Anthony arrives at Caroline’s door bearing a battered copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an assignment from their English teacher.
Actors Lilli Hokama and Paul Pontrelli have been cast as the teens who let their guards down when their seemingly straightforward poetry project unlocks a deeper mystery that has brought them together.
Directed by WAM Theatre’s Kristen van Ginhoven in her CTC debut, performances run June 28-July 9.
Skipping ahead to August, performances of Folk begin August 17, with the final curtain falling on August 27. CTC veterans Michelle Tauber and Michael Sean McGuinness have been tapped to play Winnie, the jovial beer-hoisting nun, and Stephen, her long-time friend and fellow Friday night reveler.
Fifteen-year-old Kayleigh, a troubled teen who enters the scene when she tosses a brick through Winnie’s window, will be played by Emery Henderson, a 2017 Northampton High School graduate (who has an already impressive resume for a young actor) in her CTC debut. Berkshire favorite James Warwick, returning for his eighth CTC production, will direct the American Premiere of Folk, a play with music, written by one of England’s most promising playwrights, Tom Wells.