AND WE'RE BACK
(REALLY, WE ARE)
FINALLY we can tell you that we’ve been cleared by Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers, to resume production. Given the limited time left before we have to close down for the winter, only two shows will be mounted.
Since it’s my final season as Artistic Director, I’m directing both productions, with both featuring actors who have proven to be audience favorites over the years. The first is a play I’ve been after for three years before finally winning the rights to produce it.
Ben Butler (by Richard Strand, Aug. 27 – Sept. 19) is based on a true story. The sharply comic play takes place in the middle of the Civil War, 1861 at Virginia’s Union-held Fort Monroe under the command of General Benjamin Butler. When three escaped slaves show up seeking sanctuary, General Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma. Does he follow the letter of the law and return the escapees back to the Confederacy, or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history? The bold and bright slave Shepard Mallory demands an audience with General Butler and what ensues is a battle of wits between two equally formidable men at the edge of a country ripped in half.
Ben Butler is a smart, funny discourse on race, protocol and our sense of humanity, and garnered high critical acclaim during its Off Broadway run in 2016. Co-Produced by Raymond Corporation, Edward Jones Investments (Greene), and Pete & Karen Raymond.
The second play will be Bruce Graham’s The Craftsman (Oct. 8 – 24). Bruce is a playwright out of the Philadelphia area – we’ve previously produced several of his plays, including The Outgoing Tide, Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown, and Stella & Lou.
Our production will be only the second staging for this new play that was held over in its initial Philadelphia run. An intriguing tale of ambition, genius, and deception based on the true story of Dutch painter Han Van Meegeren, whose arrest as a Nazi collaborator was a cause célèbre after World War II. A rich, reputable art dealer, Van Meegeren had sold rare Vermeer paintings, which the Dutch consider national treasures, to the Nazis. Charged with treason and on trial for his life, the petty, passionate, manipulative and charming Van Meegeren gleefully embraces his trial to seek a revenge the prosecutors know nothing about.
The Craftsman is a riveting, often humorous play that raises sweeping questions about art and artifice, lying and forgery, and hatred and revenge. Co-Produced by IBM and an Anonymous Donor.
PREFERRED SEATING: From July 20-31, tickets will be available ONLY to our Donor Level Subscribers from 2019, OR to anyone who has purchased a raffle ticket to our Big Cash Raffle on July 31. Ticket prices will remain the same as they were in 2019, with Thursdays at $25 and $27 for Fri/Sat/Sun.
For the general public, tickets go on sale Aug. 1 here on the website, using any credit card or PayPal. Tickets can also be purchased by leaving a message with the box office starting Aug. 1: 607-656-8499.
FOR MOST PERFORMANCES, PROOF OF VACCINE WILL BE REQUIRED. However, we will offer at least one performance of each show which will be open to anyone. Specific details on Covid related policies will be posted by July 21 on the Box Office/Tickets page on this site.
Darkness on the Edge of Joshua Tree
Tue, Aug 31, 7:30
ONE NIGHT OF MUSIC!
Singer/Musician/Actor (and audience favorite) Chris “Red” Blisset, who has starred in and directed a number of the musical hits we’ve produced over the years (Almost Heaven-Songs of John Denver, Ring of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash, Pump Boys & Dinettes) will perform for one evening featuring his take on two all-time classic albums: Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and
U2’s The Joshua Tree. Chris always weaves fascinating stories and tidbits into these special musical presentations which he performs around the country. Tickets are just $14 (proof of vaccination will be in effect for this single night show).
Distinctive Theatre in the Southern Tier
The greater Binghamton area’s only theatre company under annual contract with
Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.
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Mailing address: PO Box 584 Greene, NY 13778 Physical address: 991 State Highway 12, Greene, NY 13778
Chenango River Theatre’s season is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.