Library Chat: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB!

The Manchester Public Library and The Little Theatre of Manchester will present a lecture about THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at the Whiton Branch Library on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm, moderated by local author and theatre historian David Garnes.

Free and open to the public, this lecture offers an opportunity to learn about LTM’s August production, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, providing background information about the play, its production history and the playwright and other artists. The discussion is an informal lecture-style with an opportunity to ask questions following the chat.

Playing August 2 through 18, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB tells the story of five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. These women set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives, while relying on each other to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings their way.

More information about the lecture or THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is available at www.cheneyhall.org or by calling the LTM box office at (860) 647-9824.

  • When: Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm
  • Location: The Auditorium at Whiton Branch Library 100 N. Main Street Manchester, CT
  • Cost: This lecture is free of charge and needs no reservations or tickets.

`For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

 

The Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) was founded in 1960 with the purpose of producing community theater. Since 1991, Cheney Hall, the state’s oldest operating theater, has been the theatrical residence of LTM. Today, programming is comprised of five main-stage theatre productions, numerous concerts, special events, and a range of other cultural, business, civic, and private functions serving a growing, annual audience of approximately 12,000.

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Evenings@7 Presents INALIENABLE WRIGHTS

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS by Bill Emerson

Director: Bill Emerson

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS is a dramatic comedy about a political family that is more about family than it is about politics.  The play chronicles a period in the life of the Wright family as they deal with the stresses of tradition, money and scandal.  It is a story about elitism, power and infidelity with a dose of narcissism thrown in for good measure.

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 Season continues in October we present THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Tina Huey. The final show of the Evenings @ 7 Season is in November with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB!

On July 24, 2019, at noon, LTM will host a Lunchtime Lecture for THE DIXE SWIM CLUB, moderated by local author and theatre historian David Garnes.

Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives, while relying on each other to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings their way.

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.
If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

 

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Lunchtime Lecture THE NORMAL HEART

  • Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
  • Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.
  • If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

THE NORMAL HEART tells one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the AIDS crisis. The story of a world in denial, the play, press note state, “unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching and totally unforgettable look at the politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theater’s most powerful evenings ever.”

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

 

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Evenings@7 Presents THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY

THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz

October 8th, 2019

Director: Tina Huey

THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a “jobber,” one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian man from Brooklyn, who he wants to team up with. The wrestling execs go for it but pitch them as “terrorists” in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the personas to the limits and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.

 

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The final show of the 2019 Evenings @ 7 Season is in November with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents INALIENABLE WRIGHTS

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS by Bill Emerson

September 10th, 2019

Director: Bill Emerson

INALIENABLE WRIGHTS is a dramatic comedy about a political family that is more about family than it is about politics.  The play chronicles a period in the life of the Wright family as they deal with the stresses of tradition, money and scandal.  It is a story about elitism, power and infidelity with a dose of narcissism thrown in for good measure.

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 Season continues in October we present THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Tina Huey. The final show of the Evenings @ 7 Season is in November with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES

OTHER DESERT CITIES by John Robin Baitz

May 14th, 2019

Director: Angela Dias

It’s Christmas Eve 2004, when Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke, a novelist, declares to her well-bred and respected republican family that her next book, set to publish in a few short months, is actually a tell-all memoir recounting up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

 

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 Season continues in September with INALIENABLE WRIGHTS by Bill Emerson, and directed by Bill Emerson. In October we present THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Tina Huey. The final show of the Evenings @ 7 Season is in November with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents THE PAPERMAKER

THE PAPERMAKER by Monica Wood

April 16th, 2019

Director:  Mark O’Donnell

Based on a true story. In 1987, 1250 union workers of the International Paper Company plant in Jay, Maine, walked out on strike. Dragging on for a year and a half, the conflict between the small-town papermakers and the multibillion-dollar corporation brought the community closer together; in other ways, it ripped the town apart. Monica Wood’s PAPERMAKER, tells the moving and thoughtful story of two families in the midst of this bitter dispute.

 

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 season continues with OTHER DESERT CITIES written by John Robin Baitz and produced by Angela Dias on May 14th.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Evenings@7 Presents ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard

November 12th, 2019

Director: Ron Cohen

In Tom Stoppard’s best-known absurdist work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern ramble obliviously through life as the events of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET unfold around them. While visiting their old friend Hamlet, the pair engage in an ongoing philosophical debate about free will versus predestination, each trying to prove absurd positions through misbegotten experiments. Meanwhile, the clueless friends attempt to make sense of the peculiar goings-on in the castle, where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 season continues with Monica Wood’s THE PAPERMAKER produced by Mark O’Donnell on April 16th and OTHER DESERT CITIES written by John Robin Baitz and produced by Angela Dias on May 14th.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues with DREAMGIRLS!

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of the Motown Classic DREAMGIRLS.

Winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards. A sweeping and inspirational journey through 20th-century American popular music, DREAMGIRLS chronicles one Motown group’s rise from obscurity to super stardom. Through gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco and more, this audience favorite features unforgettable hits by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger – including “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.”

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.
If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.

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