Directed by Evan Yionoulis
A revival of the beloved 1930 comedy of manners
Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed.
DATES & TIMES
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:30 PM - Preview
Friday, June 21, 2019 7:30 PM - Opening Night
Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:30 PM - (6:30 PM) Community Partner Night
Friday, June 28, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 29, 2019 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2019 2:00 PM - Post-Show Talk Back
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 4, 2019 2:00 PM
Friday, July 5, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 6, 2019 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 6, 2019 7:30 PM
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Noël Pierce Coward (1899-1973, Playwright) was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as Prince Mussel in The Goldfish at the age of 12, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924) which featured themes of drugs and adultery and made his name as both actor and playwright in the West End and on Broadway. During the frenzied 1920s and the more sedate 1930s, Coward wrote a string of successful plays, musicals and intimate revues including Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Easy Virtue (1926), This Year of Grace (1928), and Bitter Sweet (1929). His professional partnership with childhood friend Gertrude Lawrence, started with Private Lives (1931), and continued with Tonight at 8.30 (1936).
During World War II, he remained a successful playwright, screenwriter and director, as well as entertaining the troops and even acting as an unofficial spy for the Foreign Office. His plays during these years included Blithe Spirit which ran for 1997 performances, outlasting the War (a West End record until The Mousetrap overtook it), This Happy Breed and Present Laughter (both 1943). His two wartime screenplays, In Which We Serve, which he co-directed with the young David Lean, and Brief Encounter quickly became classics of British cinema.
However, the post-war years were more difficult. Austerity Britain – the London critics determined – was out of tune with the brittle Coward wit. In response, Coward re-invented himself as a cabaret and TV star, particularly in America, and in 1955 he played a sell-out season in Las Vegas featuring many of his most famous songs, including Mad About the Boy, I’ll See You Again and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. In the mid-1950s he settled in Jamaica and Switzerland, and enjoyed a renaissance in the early 1960s becoming the first living playwright to be performed by the National Theatre, when he directed Hay Fever there. Late in his career he was lauded for his roles in a number of films including Our Man In Havana (1959) and his role as the iconic Mr. Bridger alongside Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1968).
Writer, actor, director, film producer, painter, songwriter, cabaret artist as well as an author of a novel, verse, essays and autobiographies, he was called by close friends ‘The Master’. His final West End appearance was Song at Twilight in 1966, which he wrote and starred in. He was knighted in 1970 and died peacefully in 1973 in his beloved Jamaica.
Visit www.noelcoward.com for more information on the playwright.
Evan Yionoulis (Director) returns to Dorset, where she directed Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners. She has directed new plays and classics in New York, across the country, and internationally, including, last season, Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box for Theatre for a New Audience, where she previously directed Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award, Best Revival), and Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss at Yale Repertory Theatre, where she was a resident director for 20 years, directing such plays as Richard II, Cymbeline, The Master Builder, and Brecht’s Galileo. Other credits include Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (Obie Award for direction, Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater). She’s directed at the Mark Taper Forum, the Huntington, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, 2econd Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, PlayMakers Rep, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among many others. She is a Princess Grace Awards recipient and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as Secretary. She is the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at Juilliard.
The rest of the creative team and casting for Private Lives will be announced at a later date.
Community Partner Night
Thursday, June 27
6:30 PM Reception in the Dorset Playhouse Cafe | 7:30 PM Performance
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, June 30
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.
Food Truck Wednesdays!
Come for lunch, stay for a show! Stay in touch on social media and our weekly newsletters to stay up-to-date on when you can spot your favorite local food truck outside the Playhouse, ready to take your order.
Check back soon for news and Private Lives press clippings.