Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Salem Theatre Company's Upcoming Season

Salem, MA is blessed with so many options for entertainment. The Salem Theatre Company is one of those blessings. In a tiny, intimate theater, only a few blocks from the Hawthorne Hotel, you will find productions that are incredibly entertaining and professionally presented. The "bang-for-your-buck is unbeatable if you enjoy live theater productions.

I hope to see you here (or there!)


Salem, MA – July 19, 2010 – Salem Theatre Company marks its eighth season with a series of plays by and about women. The season celebrates the power of the female spirit, presenting the works of such contemporary playwrights as Paula Vogel, Margaret Edson, Judith Black, Sarah Ruhl, and Tina Howe. The plays explore such universal themes as friendship, mortality, morality, and redemption.
All performances are held at Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street, in historic downtown Salem. To purchase tickets or for more information, the public can call Salem Theatre Company at 978-790-8546, or go online
Here is Salem Theatre Company’s 2010-2011 season (dates, artists, and titles, subject to change):

Bittersweet Midnight
Written by Judith Black
Directed by John Fogle
September 30 - October16, 2010
Opening night fundraiser to benefit HAWC.
Nationally acclaimed storyteller Judith Black scorches a path from local history and hysteria to contemporary hilarity and hysterics as she explores the power of female hungers and relationships- both here and in the hereafter. From dances with ancient witches to the physic joys of window washing, this show will honor the howling season while it unpacks your funny-bone.

The Long Christmas Ride Home
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by John Fogle
December 1 - 19, 2010
Opening night fundraiser to benefit Lifebridge.
Past, present, and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve, for a troubled family of five, in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home. Incorporating both puppets and actors, this beautifully written drama by the author of How I Learned to Drive, tackles “good cheer anxiety” and family foibles with humor and heartbreaking honesty.

Written by Margaret Edson
Directed by Sarah Carlin
January 19 - February 13, 2011
Opening night fundraiser to benefit Hospice of the North Shore.

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., is a renowned and respected professor of seventh century poetry who has spent years studying the sonnets of John Donne. Diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, Vivian is forced to reassess her life, her relationships, and her priorities. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, W;t is a transformative journey celebrating the power of the human spirit.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by John Fogle
March 10 - April 3, 2011
Opening night fundraiser to benefit Salem Cyberspace.

A man dies at a cafĂ©. His cell phone begins to ring incessantly. Exasperated, the woman at the next table answers the phone, only to find herself thrust into the dead man’s drama. Written by Sarah Ruhl, this wildly imaginative comedy is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her assumptions about morality, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Painting Churches
Written by Tina Howe
Directed by TBD
May 5 – 29, 2011
Opening night fundraiser to benefit Salem Arts Association.
Gardner and Fanny Church are packing up their beloved Beacon Hill brownstone with the help of daughter Mags, to retire on the Cape. Written by Tina Howe, this semi-autobiographical play paints a portrait of three characters in transition. Gardner, a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, slowly loosing his mental abilities. Fanny, a Boston Brahmin, mourning the loss of her urban existence. And Mags, an absentee daughter, and budding New York artist who needs to reconcile the past to face the future. Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Time Magazine calls Painting Churches, “A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play.”

Ticket Information

Salem Theatre Company season passes go on sale Monday, July 19, 2010. Individual tickets go on sale on month prior to opening night. Call 978-790-8546, or go online at

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