MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is eagerly planning its second summer at their its location on Reservoir Road in Meredith. The 2014 Summer Season promises to continue to bring audience members the same high standards which recently won the Playhouse five New Hampshire Theatre Awards for last summer’s production of The Fantasticks.
Starting off the season will be Larry’s Shue’s The Foreigner. A farcical brew of misunderstandings, misconceptions, and mishaps, the play is about Charlie Baker, an Englishman who needs to get away from it all. His friend Froggy knows just the place - his favorite fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To give Charlie much needed peace and quiet, Froggy convinces the locals Charlie doesn’t understand English.
Charlie soon realizes, however, that people will say the most extraordinary things when they think one cannot understand them, and what seemed like a serene getaway suddenly turns into a hive of drama and intrigue. The Foreigner opens June 24 and runs until July 5th.
The second play of the season, running from July 9-19, is Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In the classic comedy, Jack is in love with Gwendolen, while Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who, in fact, does not exist. This tangled web of mistaken identity and delicious wordplay has proven to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays of all time.
The next play, Laura Eason’s adaption of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, runs from July 23-August 2. In the play, Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn, and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves knee-deep in many raucous adventures, including late-night trips to the graveyard, exploring dark, mysterious caves and hunting for buried treasure. This family-friendly adaptation, lets spectators join along with the trio as they encounter murder, mayhem and mischief on the banks of the Mississippi.
The fourth play is a New England premiere of a psychological thriller. George Brant’s Any Other Name runs from August 6-16. Set in 1840s England, this exciting new melodrama introduces a brilliant poet who languishes in a dank asylum while a ruthless husband-and-wife team plots to steal his identity and, with it, the fortune and glory they believe await him. As the couple gets pulled further and further into their own deceit, the audience may be left wondering just who is sane and who is mad. Audience favorite Richard Brundage will be making his only Winnipesaukee Playhouse appearance this summer as the mad poet.
The season finishes with Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, running from August 20-30. This Pulitzer Prize-winning romance is set in small-town Missouri where, under the backdrop of WWII, Jewish immigrant Matt Friedman comes to woo the reclusive and awkward Sally Talley, from a genteel Southern family. This charming and delightful staple of the American Theatre is about two people finding love when it is least expected.
This summer, the Playhouse is offering three different subscription packages, allowing audience members the ultimate flexibility in choosing when they want to visit the theatre. Subscriptions and individual tickets are now on sale at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 279-0333.