The Heart of Southern Vermont’s Arts Scene
At the heart of Southern Vermont’s arts scene is the venerable Weston Playhouse. In 1935, while the Great Depression was raging, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse as testament to the community’s belief in the arts. Home to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, the Playhouse welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy world-class musicals and dramas throughout the summer theatre season; opera, juried arts and crafts shows, and special events and concerts throughout the balance of the year.
Theatre & Entertainment in Weston, Vermont
World-Class Theatre at The Weston Playhouse
Vermont’s oldest professional theatre company presents a summer season of thrilling musicals, breath-taking dramas and compelling new works on two distinct stages. The Playhouse is home to its major MainStage productions. The Rod and Gun Club is home to its OtherStages program.
While the talent and artistry on Weston’s stages comes straight from New York, Chicago and other renowned theatre hubs, the work is distinctly “home grown.” Weston’s Producing Directors craft each season for a discerning and enthusiastic regional audience. Each show is rehearsed and produced right in the tiny village of Weston. The actors, creative team and technical crew that gather in Weston each summer create a special community of artists. The theatre company has garnered the attention and acclaim of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playbill, The BBC, Variety and countless others. In recent years Weston has expanded its reach by playing an important role in the development of new plays and musicals for the American theatre. With deep roots in its Vermont community, Weston continues to extend its branches into the theatrical firmament. More about the Theatre Company can be found at westonplayhouse.org Tickets go on sale May 1st.
2016 80th Anniversary Season Special Events
Weston Birthday Bash
Saturday, June 18
Join The Vermont Country Store, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, and the town of Weston on June 18 for a fantabulous BIRTHDAY BASH! Parade, birthday cake, and scavenger hunt. Plus, live music, local food and drink, and an evening Playhouse Party performance! One and all are welcome to join in the festivities.
Benjamin Scheuer in Concert
Monday, July 25
Best known for his work Off-Broadway and Off-West End, Scheuer is hailed by the New York Times for his “reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst.” He returns to Weston for a third time, in the midst of a national tour, to perform songs from “The Lion” and other works. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
Monday, August 8
Join us for an inaugural annual event that recognizes an artist of national importance! The first ever Weston Honors will celebrate the life and career of actor and long-time Weston company member Christopher Lloyd, who will be present for the festivities. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
An Evening with David E. Sanger
Sunday, August 14
New York Times’ National Security Correspondent David E. Sanger returns to Weston Playhouse for a special lecture, “A Raucous Election. A World Afire.” Tickets for the event include Sanger’s talk and a moderated audience question and answer session, followed by a dessert reception with an opportunity to meet, mingle, and discuss. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
2016 80th Anniversary Season MainStage Productions
June 28-July 16
Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, this epic musical adventure is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Directed by Weston’s Malcolm Ewen, this blockbuster will have you dreaming “The Impossible Dream” as a hero battles to restore chivalry to the world. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
Round and Round the Garden
July 21–July 30
Go for a fun-filled romp around the garden in the third play of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests. See one or all three plays as Weston collaborates with Dorset Theatre Festival and Northern Stage to produce the entire trilogy, right here in Vermont! Hilarious yet deeply human, this comedy will have you aching with laughter as you uncover the secrets swirling around an English country house on a summer weekend. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
August 4-August 20
The Vermont Premiere of one of Broadway’s long-running sensations. Propelled by the irresistible songs of ABBA, it’s a jukebox musical journey filled with love and laughter that will have you dancing in the aisles! Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
August 25-September 4
Arthur Miller’s breakthrough production and his first Tony-Award winner, this fiery family drama tackles poignant themes of loyalty, love, and moral responsibility. The second of our American Masters offerings, produced in partnership with the Flynn Center. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
2016 80th Anniversary Season Other Stages Productions (at Weston Rod&Gun Club)
June 23 – July 10
The Emmy Award-winning cartoon series that taught children history, grammar, math, science, and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to “Do The Circulations” on Weston’s OtherStages this summer! With its infectious energy and classic sing-along numbers, Schoolhouse Rock Live! is fun for the whole family. Don’t miss our talented Young Company in this delightful one-hour musical. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
July 14 – July 31
Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith, seen in her one-woman tour de force, Stoop Stories, on Weston’s OtherStages in 2014, returns with a celebrated and provocative new work. In this uplifting exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose, Orlandersmith travels to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where, by the graves of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, she finds unexpected grace in a gripping tale of the legacy a daughter inherits from her mother. Mature language and subject matter. Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.
August 11 – September 4
Classic musical comedy meets madcap murder mystery in this theatrical whodunit featuring two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos! Small town cop Marcus Moskowitz tries desperately to prove his sleuthing skills and solve the murder of the Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney before the real detective shows up. Join us for this hilarious mixture of music and mayhem, fresh from its extended Off Broadway run! Tickets available at westonplayhouse.org.