DORSET, VT.: Dorset Theatre Festival has announced its 2017-18 season, including a world premiere by Theresa Rebeck, featuring siblings Tim and Tyne Daly for the first time together onstage.
“We are thrilled to introduce Dorset’s audiences to work from four of the top playwrights currently produced on American stages,” said managing director Molly Hennighausen in a statement. “The upcoming season is funny, moving, breathtaking, and more! There is something for everyone.”
The season will open with the world premiere of resident playwright Rebeck’s Downstairs (June 22-July 8), featuring brother and sister Tim and Tyne Daly. John Procaccino will also star in this family drama about two siblings who live together and a husband who is not thrilled with the arrangement.
Next up will be Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (July 13-29), providing a fresh look at Doyle’s famous detective duo.
Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (August 3-19) will be next. The comedy follows a broke Elvis impersonator who becomes a drag queen
Then Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis will make a rare foray into acting when he stars alongside Treat Williams in David Mamet’s American Buffalo (Aug. 24-Sept. 2). The play is set in a Chicago junk shop where three men plan to rob a man of his coin collection.
The summer will also include the New Play Reading Series, featuring the work of three female playwrights. Mona Mansour, Lauren Yee, and Paola Lázaro will each be in residence at the theatre for five days, and each residency will culminate in a public reading of a new work.
In addition to the season programming, Oliver Wadsworth will perform his show The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, as part of a regional tour. The one-man-show looks at the unsolved 1812 murder of Russell Colvin, a true story and a case that remains unsolved today.
Founded in 1976, the Dorset Theatre Festival creates theatre for a diverse, multi-generational community.