Theater readies to open ‘Seminar’
Published 7:11 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
TheatreWorks New Milford will kick off its 2016 main stage season with the contemporary comedy “Seminar” Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.
Following opening night, the play will be staged Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 12, as well as March 6 at 2 p.m.
The play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck explores adult themes and language, and it’s not recommended for children under 13.
In “Seminar,” four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure.
Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.
“Seminar provides an insight into the writing process with a razor-sharp wit that you don't typically see,” said director and set designer Alicia Dempster of Danbury.
“There are many different types of writing personalities and ‘Seminar’ really explores how a writer manages to cross over that bridge from being an aspiring writer to being an accomplished one,” Dempster said.
“Some have connections, some have fortitude, while some are just innately talented,” she explained. “The bottom line, however, is how willing an artist is to play the game.”
In addition to Dempster, the show’s crew includes producer and co-lighting designer Richard Pettibone, co-lighting designer Scott Wyshynski, sound designer Tom Libonate and state manager Kathy Bolster.
Ticket are $23 for reserved seating and $18 for students and military personnel with a valid ID. Senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. A pay-what-you-can-night will be held Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.
The theater is located at 5 Brookside Ave., but parking is located behind the Catherine E. Lillis Administration Building on East Street.
For more information and reservations, call 860-350-6863.