The Miniature Theatre of Chester
2004 Summer Season
Over the years, MTC has come to be known as the theatre company that "presents finely crafted gems with small casts and expansive themes" (WFCR). We've presented plays that addressed the lasting questions - plays about myth, war, and history; plays about faith, hope, and, of course love.
This year we will explore on a more intimate scale, with a season of plays about relationships. We'll turn the telescope around - and focus on that stage of infinite variety, a stage informed not only by "the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks the flesh is heir to" but by humor, passion and ecstasy. A stage fitting our 15th Anniversary celebration.
July 7 - 18
by David Hare
directed by James Warwick
On a wintry night in London, a wealthy, charismatic entrepreneur knocks on the door of a shabby flat in search of his former lover. Tom, a recent widower, hopes to reignite an intense relationship with a one-time business protege, after three years of silence - but Kyra won't just be swept away from a rewarding new vocation teaching inner city children. David Hare's devastatingly clear-sighted and compassionate drama, winner of the Guardian's coveted Best New Play Award, seamlessly integrates passion and politics in a fierce, funny love story.
"Splendid! ...theatre-going doesn't get much better than this." - The New York Times
"A magnificent chamber play by one of the major playwrights in our language." - New York Post
July 21 - 25
Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty
by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka
directed by Byam Stevens
Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Bromka, star of MTC's innovative and much loved production of Shirley Valentine, returns with a gallery of intimate portraits of three former First Ladies. As each of these remarkable women prepares a tea for her successor, Drama Desk Award nominated playwright Eric Weinberger uncovers lives filled with courage, perseverance, and sacrifice. A deeply touching, often funny play that reveals the personal cost of the great adventure Pat Nixon called "the hardest unpaid job in the world."
"[A] thought-provoking perspective on the politics of love, devotion and duty - a subtle feat of brilliant acting." - The Record-Review
July 28 - August 15
by Craig Wright
directed by Michael Dowling
The old dance pavilion in Pine City is being torn down, a relic of a bygone way of life. Its last "act" is the 20th Reunion of the Class of 1980. Peter and Kari, the "Cutest Couple" meet again amid the host of antic former classmates. Still reeling over a life-changing decision made decades ago, they a future that will break the gravitational pull of the past. Hailed by critics as an "Our Town for our time," Craig Wright's Pulitzer Prize nominated play is a poignant blend of humor, romance and pathos.
"The Pavilion sparkles with universal appeal...a jewel of a play" - Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18 - 29
The Founding Director's Production
The American Premiere of
So Long, Sleeping Beauty
by Isobel Mahon
directed by Vincent Dowling
A boy meets girl story. Well, a middle aged, accidentally widowed, woman meets a young middle aged man who has lost his lover in the same accident. The two meet shortly after the tragedy for the first time. Author Isobel Mahon, takes us through this meeting in a quiet public park in Dublin Ireland, playing the old romantic triangle to a different, sweet, moving, sometimes humorous, yet disturbing tune.
"A bittersweet story of love." - The Irish Times
"A keen humanity to the fore." - Irish Examiner
Evening Performances Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm
Matinees on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00pm
Note: Programs subject to change.