That's the Ticket: Small-Town Drama This Summer
Summer's here, which means lots of things, including the start of the summer theater festival season.
Recently I heard from Gary Cole, from the Theater of the American South, about his festival of new plays in Wilson, North Carolina, which ends this coming weekend, June 1. The festival, which takes place in a small town about an hour east of Raleigh and three hours inland from the Outer Banks, features productions of "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling and "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith.
Here in Washington, we've got our Shakespeare in the park and the Fringe Festival, and up the road, New York's got its fair share of theater goings-on in the summertime. But Cole's call got me thinking about theater festivals, and about all the festivals in small towns around the U.S. where visitors can catch performances by professional actors in bucolic, small-town settings.
Here's a quick round-up of some festivals I've come across in my research:
Northern Writes: May 27-Jun 8, in Bangor, Maine, at the Penobscot Theatre Company, since 2005.
Solvang Festival: June 6-Sept. 28, in Santa Maria, Calif., on California's Central Coast, since 1971.
American Players Theater: June 7-Oct. 5, in Spring Green, Wis., since 1980.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: June 10-Aug. 31, in Garrison, NY, since 1987.
Williamstown Theatre Festival: June 11-Aug. 24, in the town housing Williams College and nestled in the Berkshires, since 1955.
Adirondack Theatre Festival: June 18-July 19, in Glen Falls, NY, since 1995.
Contemporary American Theater Festival: July 9-Aug 3, at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Va., since 1991.
The Icicle Creek Theatre Festival: Aug. 2-8, in Leavenworth, Wash., in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, since 2007.
Deertrees Theatre Festival: Aug. 9-Sept. 2, in Harrison, Maine, in the Bridgton Lakes Region of Western Maine, since 2001.
What other small-town theater festivals are out there that I'm missing? Any gems that you recommend?
By Christina Talcott |
May 28, 2008; 12:01 PM ET
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