The Miniature Theatre of Chester

2001 Summer Season


July 5 - 22
Founding Director's Production
Valley Song
by Athol Fugard
Directed by Byam Stevens


This poignant drama by acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard is a coming-of-age story about a young girl seeking the courage to embrace the future while her grandfather searches for the wisdom to let go of the past. Set in a bleak part of Fugard's homeland known as "the Karoo", this gentle and graceful play deals with the precarious relationships between generations, the power of dreams and songs, and their ability to heal. Founding Director Vincent Dowling will play the dual role of The Author (white) and grandfather Buks ("coloured"); this creative device is at the very heart of Fugard's hopeful and magical story.

"Fugard's miniature masterpiece...drama aplenty, but also warmth and humor...An instant classic."
The New York Times

July 26 - August 5
Last Train to Nibroc
by Arlene Hutton
Directed by Seth Barrish and Michael Connors


Christmas 1940, a soldier and a schoolteacher meet on a train somewhere west of Chicago. Over the course of three scenes, this award winning comedy tracks the romance of May and Raleigh through years of missed connections. This funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness was nominated by the New York Drama League as Best Play of 1999, a triumph at the Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals, and a long running hit Off Broadway. Produced in association with New York's acclaimed The Barrow Group, and co-directed by TBG Artistic Director Seth Barrish and Michael Connors, star of last season's The Double Bass.

"You could easily enjoy another few hours of this...A storm of applause." –
The New York Times
"A perfect train ride" – The Guardian

August 9-26
The World Premiere of
Home Fires Burning
by Christopher Ceraso
Directed by Byam Stevens

The Harnish family is in disarray. Mark and Martha are getting divorced, their errant son Clifford has unexpectedly returned from parts unknown, and after a life in the mines, Mark is looking for a new life with Glory. But, Clifford's bent on keeping the family together, even if he has to resort to the terror tactics of extremist organizations to get what he wants. This impassioned drama, set in a sleepy West Virginia coal town, maps the crossroads of love and hate, blame and regret, and finally, hope and despair. A play about the price of neglect, and the redemption of second chances.



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