Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sharon Playhouse Presents Quartet

Tony Award-Winner Elizabeth Franz stars in Sharon Playhouse's production of Ronald Harwood’s Quartet Aug. 18-28.

Franz (Broadway’s Death of A Salesman) stars as Jean, alongside real-life husband and wife actors Joseph Hindy as Reginald and Patricia McAneny as Cecily; and Greg Mullavey (TV’s iCarly and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as Wilfred.
Harwood’s play features four elderly opera-singers who have ended up in the same retirement home for artists.  A concert is about to take place to celebrate Verdi’s birthday.  Will these four singers be able to recreate their youth and perform their acclaimed quartet from Rigoletto?  Quartet was adapted as a 2013 film, directed by Dustin Hoffman and starred Maggie Smith.

“We deal with the issues of relationships, friendships and aging in Quartet,” Franz said  “I’ve played Jean Horton before, so she is an old friend of mine at this point. I feel particularly comfortable portraying her this time at The Sharon Playhouse in my own Litchfield County neighborhood. Though I’ve been living in Warren (CT) since the 1970s this is the first time that I’ve been on the stage here and I’m very much looking forward to it. I’m totally delighted and impressed with the quality of the playhouse productions under John Simpkins.”

The production is designed by Michael Schweikardt (scenery), Chris Dallos (lighting) and Michelle Humphrey (costumes).  Sara Sheets is production stage manager. Geoff Josselson is casting director.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $15-$47: 860- 364-7469The Sharon Playhouse is located at 49 Amenia Rd.

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