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"I and You" by Lauren Gunderson, presented by Chester Theatre Company in 2017. Pictured: Lilli Hokama and Paul Pontrelli. (Photo by Elizabeth Solaka)

Chester Theatre Company Announces 2019 Season

The lineup will include four plays, each a New England premiere.

CHESTER, MASS.: The Chester Theatre Company has announced their 30th season, including four plays and a mid-season special event all taking place at Chester’s historic town hall.  

The season will kick off with The Night Alive (June 20-30), by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play winner tells the story of a man attempting to leave his broken past behind him. While earning money through a series of schemes, he meets a young prostitute destined to change his life forever. Producing artistic director, Daniel Elihu Kramer, will direct.

Next up will be Now Circa Then (July 4-14), written by Carly Mensch, about two immigrants coming to America in the 1890s and the developing relationship of actors paid to portray them in the present day. Sean Christopher Lewis will direct.

Following will be On the Exhale (July 25-Aug. 4), written by Martin Zimmerman, a harrowing tale of a college professor’s loss of her son in a school shooting as she navigates gun control in the current American climate. Tara Franklin will direct.

The season will close with Curve of Departure (Aug. 8-18), written by Rachel Bonds, about a family preparing for the funeral of a person with whom they have little bond as they struggle with their own internal dynamics.

The company will also present an immersive theatre piece (July 18-20), created by John Bechtold, which will honor the history of Chester’s resident company.

The Chester Theatre Company, located between the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to producing high-quality productions with actors, designers, and directors from across the country.

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