Shows & Tickets


16th Annual Eugene O’Neill Celebration
The Power Of Place: New London, Waterford, Provincetown, & O’neill’s Work

October 16 – 17

The places of Eugene O’Neill’s life were enormously impactful upon his writing – New London & Waterford in particular. But what exactly about these Coastal New England locales served as such profound sources of inspiration? Was it the culture of the time? The people?

Join us for a weekend of discussions and readings, and explore the role of these communities in shaping the work of America’s greatest dramatist.

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Broken Glass

October 6 – 24

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Mark Lamos
At the time of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) in Nazi Germany, a Brooklyn Jewish couple’s marriage begins to shatter. In celebration of longtime Connecticut resident Arthur Miller’s one-hundredth birthday, the Playhouse is proud to present one of his most arresting and psychologically penetrating works, Broken Glass, a powerful account of what happens when the lines between what we believe and what is true begin to fade away.

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October 14 – 31

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Amir and his beautiful wife Emily enjoy their charmed life in New York—he’s poised to make partner at a white-shoe law firm while her painting is being considered for a prestigious gallery exhibit. When he’s asked to help defend an imam accused of funding terrorists, a series of shattering events upends their perfect world, forcing them to confront the compromises they made to stake out a piece of the American dream. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced is a compelling and provocative tale about the consequences of denying one’s identity.

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October 2 – 24

Written By Paula Vogel
Created By Paula Vogel And Rebecca Taichman
Directed By Rebecca Taichman

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s deeply moving new play with music is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.

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Indian Joe

October 22 – November 15

Music by Elizabeth A. Davis, Luke Holloway & Jason Michael Webb
Lyrics by Elizabeth A. Davis
Book by Elizabeth A. Davis and Chris Henry
Directed by Kim Weild

This brand new musical tells the unlikely story of a homeless Native American man and a Texas beauty queen who never should have been friends. He’s looking for a fight. She’s looking for a cause. As they stumble toward friendship, both ultimately discover that there’s more to family than what you see. Inspired by true events, it’s a uniquely American story with an Americana beat. You’ll never forget Indian Joe.

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An Opening in Time

September 17 – October 11

By Christopher Shinn
Directed by Oliver Butler

A World Premiere by the author of Dying City. Anne, a retired schoolteacher, moves back to the suburban town in central Connecticut which she left years before. She finds a number of things have changed. Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are everywhere; the local high school is putting on a production of Rent; and a long-lost friendship suddenly reappears in a new guise. A subtle and moving play about finding connections in a shifting world.

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Rear Window

October 22 – November 15

Adapted for the Stage by Keith Reddin
Based upon the Story “Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Murder is in the eye of the beholder.
A sweltering New York summer. A man confined to his wheelchair spends hour after hour watching his neighbors. Is he imagining things, or has he witnessed a murder? A thrilling adaptation of the classic crime story—’Rear Window’ by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. Keith Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb and Rum and Coke.

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A Wonderful Life

September 18 – November 29

Adapted from the Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Music by Joe Raposo
Book and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Directed by Michael Perlman

Bedford Falls comes alive as never before with the Goodspeed premiere of the magical tale of finding hope in your own hometown. In a tuneful re-imagining of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning co-creator of Fiddler on the Roof, it’s a heartwarming family musical that celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us. Remember: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!”

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