2020 Summer Performances

Playhouse on Park joins "From the Porch - A Summer Series” at the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032


From the Playwrights on Park Play Reading Series:


by Todd Olson
Sunday, July 12th
(rain date Monday, July 13th)
6:30pm (gates open at 6pm)
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Join us for a Play Reading of this new work. Directed by Sean Harris. Includes a post show talk back with the director and the cast. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.


Althea................................................Kendall Driffin
Angela................................................Jane Bradley
The Man................................Thomas Royce Daniels

Directed by Sean Harris

Althea and Angela contains racial slurs and derogatory comments that although historically accurate, can be uncomfortable for audiences to hear, but we feel they are essential for the full understanding of the world of the play.

In 1955 Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton were world-ranked tennis players...yet no one wanted to partner with them in women’s doubles. In fact, few even wanted to talk with them. Post-War America was still very segregated and the tennis world was still very anti-Semitic. Eight years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in major league baseball, the tennis world lagged behind, clinging to its country club roots. So, Althea, a black woman from Harlem, and Angela, a Jewish woman from Liverpool, were outcasts in two nations. So they decided to join forces outside their own country - and what happened then made history.

ALTHEA & ANGELA tells the story of their meeting at an exhibition game in New Delhi, pairing up, and winning the French Open and Wimbledon--the first Grand Slam events that any African-American - male or female - had ever accomplished. It also tells the story of the unlikely events that occurred 40 years later, when one fell upon destitute times...and the other saved her life by a mass appeal to the tennis world.


TODD OLSON (Playwright) has had his works produced at The Actor's Theatre of Louisville (My Way), Milwaukee Rep (I Left My Heart), and American Stage Theatre Company (Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of frida kahlo). New adaptations include Lysistrata and War of the Worlds (premiered at American Stage), and Dracula (premiered at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival). His Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Plays which have enjoyed professional readings include Citizen Thorpe (American Stage), Hurricane Brothers (Treefort Productions, Sarasota), and Section 60 (Florida Musical Theatre Festival, music by Waldo Wittenmyer and Michael Huseman). Undeveloped works include The Wanderer Finds Liberty in America, Outside the Living Body, and his autobiographical Uber Chronicles: A True Story About a Harvard Grad's 600 Rides While Job Hunting. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina; he is a graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. Todd has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, and taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina.


From Playhouse Comedy Nights


Friday, August 21st
(rain date Saturday, August 22nd)

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6:30pm (gates open at 6pm)

LINDA BELT is a New Jersey native (a comedy routine in itself). She moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Linda became very tired holding up that pillar and instead holds her own as a professional stand up comic. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing! Linda has performed throughout the US and Canada and has been featured in a number of comedy festivals, including the Hogtown Comedy Festival (Toronto) the Detroit Comedy Festival, the Long Island Comedy Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival (Boston), Laugh Your Asheville Off, Asheville, NC and the Boston Comedy Festival. Her many venues have included: The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana (Atlantic City) Mohegan Sun with Tree House Comedy, Turning Stone Casino, Broadway Comedy Club (NYC) & The Laugh Factory (NYC) as part of the "Broads of Broadway" show, The Comedy Cove ( New Jersey), Yuk Yuks International: Toronto & Halifax, Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club at City Steam (Hartford), Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle (Detroit), Magooby's (Baltimore), Snickerz Comedy Club (Ft. Wayne, IN) Bonkerz Comedy Club (Various Locations), Comedy Zone (Various Locations), Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. As a full-time working comic, she can be found at various local & national venues, fundraisers, private and corporate events.

HOWIE MASON has brought his reasonably smart brand of humor to the biggest venues in the area including Comix Mohegan Sun, the Funny Bone and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Howie's distinctive views on topics such as family and every day aggravations have made him a crowd favorite all over the Northeast.


Featuring Playhouse On Park singers


Wednesday, August 26th
(rain date Thursday, August 27th)
6:30pm (gates open at 6pm)
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Join singers from past Playhouse on Park productions for a 90-minute cabaret filled with show tunes, jazz standards and more. Bring your own beverages, food, chairs/blankets & masks. Masks must be worn unless you are in your pod. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.

originally from West Hartford, lives in Northern Virginia where she's been working as an actor/choreographer since 2014. Playhouse on Park: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, CHICAGO, DREAMHOUSE (World Premiere), STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER. DC Area: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, CITY OF ANGELS, SHREK, THE WEDDING SINGER. Ivoryton Playhouse, CT: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Connecticut Repertory Theater: HAIR, THREEPENNY OPERA, CABARET. Philipstown Depot Theatre, NY: HEARTBREAK LIKE HEMINGWAY (World Premiere). Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. www.carolynburkeactor.com @CarolynBurke21

HILLARY EKWALL is a West Hartford native happy to be performing at the Hill-Stead. Select credits include: National Tours: ROUNDABOUT'S CABARET (Rosie/cello/violin), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Regional: GREASE (Patty Simcox), WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys), CABARET (Kost), and is a regular at Playhouse on Park having performed in over 20 productions there including favorites SPELLING BEE (Schwarzy) and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Sally). She also has worked on the production side as assistant choreographer for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and IN THE HEIGHTS and directed and choreographed CURIOUS GEORGE. She is ecstatic to reunite with the Falcetti Four for tonight's performance! www.hillaryekwall.com

AMANDA FORKER is a professional singer and actress from Wethersfield, CT. She majored in Vocal Performance and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University. Amanda has been performing at Playhouse on Park since they opened in 2009; some of her favorite credits include: NUNSENSE, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A LOVING TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETTE, [title of show], MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPS, SWINGING ON A STAR & MISS NELSON IS MISSING. She has also performed with POP's resident dance company, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, under the direction of Darlene Zoller. Instagram: @yoursfaithfullyamanda

RICK FOUNTAIN is a long-time resident of West Hartford. Playhouse On Park: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (Mouse), CHICAGO (Amos), MAMA D’s OUTRAGEOUS ROMP, STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER, SAY THINGS FUNNY: A TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETT. Other CT productions: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Panch), CITY OF ANGELS (Stine), DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS (Bert), SOMETHING ROTTEN (Lord Clapham), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Mrs. Bumbrake), A FUNNY THING...FORUM (Hysterium), SPAMALOT (Bedevere), 42nd STREET (Billy), A CHORUS LINE (Bobby). Rick is thrilled to be reunited with his Falcetti Four cabaret buddies for this evening’s performance in this beautiful setting.


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