Growing up, the sign that summer was over was not the buying of new notebooks and backpacks anticipating going back to school but the end of the theatre season at the Peterborough Players. In either late August or, sometimes even early September, my family would go to the last production of the season.
These days, I’ll make the drive to New Hampshire to see the season of Players’ productions. My connection is greater because of a working relationship from 1995 through early 2009. Last Saturday, I drove up to see Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen featuring Lisa Bostnar, Players’ Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen, and Jack Koenig directed by Managing Director Keith Stevens. If you missed the American Repertory Theater’s production in 2008 or the Publick Theatre of Boston’s production before that, you should drive the two hours up to Peterborough to see the production on the Players’ intimate theatre. To learn more about the play you can read:
And from the A.R.T.:
“Notes on Heisenberg and the Bomb”, exploring Heisenberg’s reason behind never creating a bomb during WWII
“Who’s Who in Copenhagen”, brief biographies of the characters
“Michael Frayn: Renaissance Man of the World”, about the playwright
This continues a strong season by the Peterborough Players which included George Morfogen and Dee Nelson in Shaw’s Heartbreak House (with rave reviews by Bill Marx on ArtsFuse and by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal) as well as American Premiere of David Hare’s Breath of Life.
The season isn’t over after Copenhagen, either. In 2000, the Players added a sixth show to their season, pushing it well past Labor Day. This year, Kraig Swartz, who delighted audiences at New Repertory Theatre last December as Crumpet in David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries, reprises his role for Peterborough audiences. Christopher Webb, who helmed the Watertown production, directs. The headline for Sooz’s write-up of the production says it best: “Kraig Swartz is an Awesome Crumpet.” The Santaland Diaries runs from September 16 to 27.
If you’re planning on heading up to Peterborough from the Boston area, I would suggest taking Route 2 all the way to Exit 24B and then taking 202 through Rindge and Jaffrey, NH, making your way to Peterborough. Given traffic, it is the best way to go. Total travel time will be about 2 hours. Just enough time to get get there if you leave after work at 5:30PM to make the 8PM curtain.
Around Boston, here’s what’s going on:
Cravings at Central Square Theater
Lady at Zeitgeist Stage Company
Mister Roberts at New Repertory Theatre
The Savannah Disputation at SpeakEasy Stage Company
STOMP at Cutler Majestic Theatre
Valet of the Dolls by the Gold Dust Orphans at Machine
Huntington Theatre Company’s Panel Celebrating August Wilson
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