DORSET, VT.: The Dorset Theatre Festival (DTF) has announced in 2015 summer season, featuring three regional premieres and a new Family Fun Series.
“When I went about looking for the right plays for us to present this summer, my one criterion was to find plays that were moving, that make people care,” said Dina Janis, DTF artistic director, in a statement. “These plays all have that quality.”
The festival starts with the first Family Fun Series production, and the regional premiere, of The Stinky Cheese Man (June 13–20), adapted from the classic children’s book by Jon Scieszka. The show will be the first of a series of planned collaborations between DTF and the Theatre Institute at Sage.
Next will be Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel (June 25–July 4), about a seamstress in early 20th-century New York, which won both the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. That will be followed by the regional premiere of Katie Forgette’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (July 9–25), a retelling of the adventures of the infamous detective featuring an appearance by Oscar Wilde.
Next is John Patrick Stanley’s unlikely Irish romance Outside Mullinger (July 30–Aug. 15), in its regional premiere. Then comes Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet (Aug. 20–Sept. 5), about a young television actor who grudgingly accepts the role of Hamlet, only to be haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore in full costume.
Closing out the season will be Laura Eason‘s buoyant adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Sept. 9–12).