Written & Directed by Theresa Rebeck
A new play from the author of DOWNSTAIRS
A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past: Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with this situation, but Meghan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved? A play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis.
Dorset Theatre Festival Resident Playwright Theresa Rebeck (Broadway’s 2018 Bernhardt/Hamlet), has developed more than six productions at the Festival that have gone on to other stages around the country, including 2017’s Downstairs starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, which ran Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in fall 2018. The Most Broadway-Produced Female Playwright of Our Time, Rebeck returns to Dorset on the heels of the new spy thriller, 355 (with Jessica Chastain’s production company Freckle Films), for which she penned the script, having sold at the Cannes Film Festival market last spring.
DIG has received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to support the world premiere production at Dorset Theatre Festival. Piloted in 2006 with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards give plays in development extended rehearsal periods for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The program launched nationally in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 393 new plays to date. The Edgerton Foundation was awarded the 2011 TCG National Funder Award.
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DATES & TIMES
Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:30 PM
Friday, July 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 14, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:30 PM
6:30 PM Community Partner Night
Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:30 PM
Friday, July 19, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:30 PM
Post-Show Talk Back
Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:30 PM
Friday, July 26, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 27, 2019 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 27, 2019 7:30 PM
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Theresa Rebeck (Playwright/Director) is a prolific and widely produced playwright, whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and abroad. Her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet premiered as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, making Rebeck the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Her new comedy Seared premiered last summer at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival and her play Downstairs, starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, had its New York Premiere in November at Primary Stages.
Other New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts (starring Katie Holmes); Seminar (starring Alan Rickman); Mauritius (starring F. Murray Abraham), all on Broadway; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at Roundabout Theatre Company; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Other notable plays include Poor Behavior, Omnium Gatherum (co-written), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013, and What We’re Up Against, which was written in 1992 and revived last year against the backdrop of the #timesup movement.
All of Rebeck’s plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes I, II III, and IV and in acting editions available from Samuel French or Playscripts. As an author, Rebeck has written three novels: Three Girls and Their Brother (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2008), Twelve Rooms with A View (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2010) and I’m Glad About You (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016), along with Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business.
In television, Rebeck created the NBC showbiz drama “Smash,” and has written for “Canterbury’s Law,” “LA Law,” NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Dream On,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” and many more. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Upcoming film projects include 355 (for Jessica Chastain’s production company, Freckle Films) and Trouble, starring Angelica Huston and Bill Pullman.
For her work on “NYPD Blue,” Rebeck won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Writers’ Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody Award. Other Awards include a GLAAD Award (for “Smash”), the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award (for The Bells), the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and more. In 2011, Rebeck was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek.
Originally from Cincinnati, Rebeck holds an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild, a Contributing Editor to the Harvard Review, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company, a Playwright Adviser and Board Member of the LARK and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Jeffrey Bean (Roger) Broadway: Bells Are Ringing (Francis), Amadeus (Kapellmeister Bono); Off-Broadway: The Thanksgiving Play (Caden), Playwrights Horizons; About Alice (Calvin), Theatre For A New Audience; Regional: Alley Theatre (Resident Company, 28 seasons) highlights include originating the role of Babel in the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe The Night and the role of King William in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Fool, Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano), Amadeus (Salieri), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), One Man, Two Guvnors (Francis), Robert Wilson’s Danton’s Death (La Croix), The Old Friends (Albert Price) Billy Bishop Goes To War ( Billy) and many others, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Ahmanson Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Wilma Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, White Heron Theatre. Film: Clinger. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order:SVU, The Blacklist, The Good Cop, The Good Fight. Awards: Princess Grace Award, Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. jeffreybean.com Instagram: jwbean
Gordon Clapp (Lou) Broadway: Glengarry, Glenn Ross (Tony Nomination, Theatre World Award) Off Broadway: Blood From a Stone, Early History of Fire (New Group), Trick or Treat (59E59) Regional: Robert Frost: This Verse Business (Merrimack Rep and other venues), Man in the Ring (Huntington Theatre-IRNE Award), Midvale High School 50th Reunion (Nora Theatre), Doll’s House, Trick or Treat (Northern Stage (VT)), Auld Lang Syne, Measure for Measure (Peterborough Players), Art, Our Town, On Golden Pond (New London Barn), Five seasons with Canada’s National Arts Centre Theatre Company. Film: Return of the Secaucus Seven, Eight Men Out, Matewan, Flags of our Fathers, Peter and John, Game Plan. Television: NYPD Blue (12 seasons, Emmy, SAG Award) Damages, Chicago Fire, Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Taking Chance, Deadwood. He and his wife Elisabeth Gordon live in Norwich, Vermont and Boston. Website for his one-man Robert Frost: thisversebusiness.com
Andrea Syglowski (Megan) Recent Credits: queens (Lincoln Center, LCT3); Cry It Out (Humana); Dolls House (Huntington Theatre Company, IRNE Award nomination for Best Actress); The May Queen (Playmakers Reparatory); Dear Elizabeth (Dorset Theatre Festival); The Nest (The Denver Center); Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep); Venus in Fur (Huntington Theatre Company, winner of the 2014 Elliot Norton Award and 2015 IRNE Award for Best Actress); A Flea in her Ear, Bully to You, Schmoozy Togetherness, White Trash Anthem (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Three Sisters, Loves Labors Lost, Elijah, Carve (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Manor); Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Walk Through (Slant Theatre Company). TV: How to Get Away with Murder, Elementary, and The Good Wife. New Play Development at: The Roundabout, NYTW, EST, The O’Neill, and many, many more. Training: USC and The Juilliard School, class of 2013, where she was the recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship.
Sarah Ellen Stephens (Molly) Dorset Theatre Festival debut. Some of her favorite theatre credits include the world premieres of Adam Rapp’s Classic Kitchen Timer, and Jonathan Reynolds’ Girls in Trouble at the Flea Theater, the regional productions of Doubt, A Parable (Human Race Theater Company), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), Jupiter (a play about power) at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, and the NY premiere of Take Her to See the Maco Lights by Bekah Brunstetter. TV: Law & Order: SVU, She’s Gotta Have It, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Iron Fist, It’s a Man’s World (pilot). Film: 21 Bridges, Faraway Eyes, Lee Daniels’ Pimp, Lil’ Benny (Uptown Short Film Festival Best Actress), Fill Your Heart with French Fries, Hallway, You Mean Everything to Me. For my family, Theresa, and all else who share themselves so graciously and generously, thank you.
Greg Keller (Everett) was most recently seen in Do You Feel Anger? at The Vineyard Theatre, The Thanksgiving Play at Playwrights Horizons, and last summer’s production of Cry It Out at Dorset Theatre Festival. He has originated roles in new plays by Jordan Harrison, Sarah Ruhl, Richard Greenberg, Ayad Akhtar, Amy Herzog, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Jenny Schwartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Sheila Callaghan, Moises Kauffman, Melissa Ross, Zayd Dohrn, Rachel Bonds, and Robert O’Hara, to name a few. He has acted on and off Broadway, opposite Jane Fonda, Dianne Wiest, Cynthia Nixon, Rebecca Hall, Linda Lavin, Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Silverstone, Ally Sheedy, Alan Cumming, Katherine Waterston, and Maria Dizzia. Greg was a Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in Acting from NYU. As a writer, his play Dutch Masters was nominated for Best New Play of 2018 by the Off Broadway Theater Alliance.
David Mason (Adam) is delighted to be back at Dorset, where he was seen previously as Tom in the second installment of the Norman Conquests trilogy, Table Manners. Off-Broadway: Trick or Treat at 59E59. Other NYC: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Civilian Studios, Primary Stages, Present Company, NativeAliens, Red Fern Theatre, Circle East. Other regional credits include: Chapter Two directed by Marsha Mason at Arizona Theatre Co.; the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest at Denver Center Theatre Company, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt; multiple seasons at Northern Stage and numerous productions at Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, TheatreSquared, Portland Stage, Syracuse Stage, New Century Theatre, Public Theater, Shadowland Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Opera House Arts, Judson Theatre Co. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Law & Order: SVU,” “All My Children.” www.davidmason.info
Christopher and Justin Swader (Scenic Designers) are NYC-based scenic designers. Selected credits include: Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson (Working Theatre), Art (Penguin Rep), A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theatre), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (The New Victory Theatre, Tour), Midnight at the Never Get (York Theatre), The Bacchae, Antigone, The Three Musketeers, Macbeth, The Tempest, Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem); One Night in Miami, Fake, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy (Miami New Drama); A$AP Rocky’s “Lab Rat” Installation (Sotheby’s), Campfire (Lincoln Center Education), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Significant Other (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Heather Henson's Crane: On Earth, In Sky (National Tour - Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial 2019), collaborations with Big Apple Circus, National Geographic. Henry Hewes nomination, AUDELCO Award, IRNE Award, Carbonell Award. www.cjswaderdesign.com
Tilly Grimes (Costume Designer) is an English set/costume designer based in New York. Recent Recognition - Lortel Nomination: Underground Railroad Game & The Government Inspector, Balsamo Grant for Immigrant Artists, Outer Critics Circle award, Irish Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Award & Onstage Critics Award. New York includes - Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic, Ars Nova, WP Theatre, Red Bull, La MaMa, Clubbed Thumb. Regionally - ART, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Goodspeed Opera, The Alley Theatre, Two Rivers, Trinity Repertory, Pittsburgh Public, The Boston Lyric Opera, and The Philadelphia Opera. Guest teacher - NYU Abu Dhabi, Duke, University of Rochester, NYU, Brown-Trinity Graduate Directing, & Trinity College Dublin. M.F.A NYU | instagram-missTgrimes | tillygrimes.com
Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Designer) Broadway credits include Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off Broadway credits include The Cake, The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.
Fitz Patton (Sound Designer) Broadway: The Rose Tattoo, Choir Boy, Little Foxes, The Humans, Blackbird, It’s Only a Play, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I’ll Eat You Last, Outside Mullingar, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound. 2019 Drama Desk Award, Best Original Score, Choir Boy. 2019 Tony Award Winner, Best Sound Design, Choir Boy. 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Sound Design,The Humans. 2010 Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for When the Rain Stops Falling (LCT). Publisher, Chance Magazine.
Carolynn Richer (Stage Manager) Dorset Theatre Festival: Cry It Out. Off Broadway: Joan (Colt Coeur), Downstairs (Primary Stages), Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi Theater Company), These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company), Stuffed (Westside). Regional: The Way of the World (Folger Theatre); Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All…, Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Group); Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stones in His Pockets (Yale Repertory Theatre); Middletown, Cabaret, Street Scene (New School for Drama). BA: University of Notre Dame. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Caity Mulkearns (Associate Costume Designer) Costume Associate: The Thanksgiving Play, Noura (Playwrights Horizons), The Great Leap, (Atlantic), The Government Inspector (Red Bull Theater), Kingdom Come (Roundabout Underground), Underground Railroad Game, Small Mouth Sounds, The Wildness (Ars Nova), An Octoroon (Wilma) Costume Design: The Lion King Jr. at NewArts in Newtown, CT working to help heal the community. Twelfth Night (Miles Square Theatre); White Lilies, The Talk (Crossroads). Regional: Two River Theater Company, Amphibian Stage Productions and Barrington Stage Company. MFA in Design from Rutgers University
Community Partner Night
Thursday, July 18
6:30 PM Reception in the Dorset Playhouse Cafe
7:30 PM Performance
Featuring LIVE MUSIC by Carling & Will
Community Partner Nights are pre-show receptions to honor our local heroes. Featuring food donated by local eateries and live music, the community gathers at the Dorset Playhouse to thank our corporate sponsors and celebrate our Giving Back Program.
Our Giving Back Program underwrites free and low-cost tickets for local firefighters, farmers, police, EMS workers, Habitat for Humanity volunteers and families, and all military personnel and their families.
Click HERE to learn more!
Post-Show Talk Back
Sunday, July 21
Talk Back will immediately follow the 2 PM Performance.
Talk about the play! Learn more about the production and the actors by joining Artistic Director, Dina Janis, as she leads a talk-back discussion with select cast and creative team directly after the performance.
REVIEW: DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL THRILLS WITH THERESA REBECK’S WORLD PREMIERE “DIG” - Nippertown
REVIEW: Theater Review: Tragedy, hope and comedy thrive in a plant shop - Times Argus
REVIEW: Dig, by Theresa Rebek. Directed by the Author. Reviewed by J. Peter Bergman. - Berkshire Bright Focus
LISTEN: A Vermont Voices Q&A With Broadway Playwright Theresa Rebeck - Vermont Magazine
PREVIEW: Dorset Theatre Festival Presents World Premiere Of "Dig" By Theresa Rebeck - WAMC Roundtable
PREVIEW: 'Dig' opens at Dorset Theatre Festival: The world premiere of a play that's about courage, redemption and photosynthesis - The Bennington Banner
PREVIEW: Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Dig’: Dorset premiering taut tragedy-mystery-romance - The Rutland Herald
‘She Should Be Revered, and She Is Not’ - The New York Times