Monday, March 11, 2013

Connecticut Arts Connections for the Week of March 11

Check Out These Happenings:

The Legacy Theatre
Emerson Theatre Collaborative
Playhouse on the Park
The Bijou
and more. . .

Rendering of the Restoration of the theater by Vladimir Shpitalnik
The Legacy Theatre in Guilford has raised funds to purchase of Stony Creek Puppet House, one of the first silent movie houses in the region. A Legacy for Tomorrow, a gala to benefit the restoration of the110-year-old landmark will be held 6:30 pm Saturday, April 6 at the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club. Dinner, auction, and entertainment from former Miss Connecticut Stephanie Stiefel Williams will be featured at the red-carpet event. Tickets are $125, and all proceeds from the evening will be matched, up to $50,000. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or visit

Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC) launches its “I Am Worthy” Suicide Prevention Project with the production of The Gospel According to Josh accompanied by suicide prevention advocacy, education and discussion from Friday - Sunday, April 5 - 7 at Union Baptist Church, 119 High Street, Mystic. General Admission: $10, Seniors and Students $8. Refreshments will be served at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. More information and tickets:, 860- 705-9711.

Courtesy of Playhouse on the Park. Photo: Richard Wagner
Drama Desk Award Winner Russell Treyz directs Woody Allen's Play it Again Sam through March 24 at West Hartford's Playhouse on the Park. The cast including Marnye Young as Linda and Dan Matisa as Dick Christie, both making their Playhouse on Park debuts. Zane Johnston is Allan along with Bethany Fitzgerald as a number of Allan’s love interests and Ted D’Agostino as Humphrey Bogart. Tickets range from $22.50 - $32.50: 860-523-5900 ext. 10, Tuesday to Friday (10 am - 6 pm); Saturday (10am - 2pm) and two hours before curtain;

The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local auditions (Equity and non-Equity) for I'm Connecticut, the opening show of the summer season on Thursday, March 21 from noon – 8 pm at the Playhouse Rehearsal Studio, 24 Main Street in Centerbrook. Looking for male and female actors with a good sense of comedy – ages 21 and over. Prepare a comic monologue or scenes will be available on the Playhouse website by March 15 – For audition appointments, call 860-767-9520.

At the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfied Ave., Bridgeport: Steve D’Agostino will be singing from The Great American Songbook—hits from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and more. He has performed in Las Vegas, at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino. Joe DeVito is a regular at NY’s Gotham Comedy Club and a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 5”. In addition to being smart, silly and likeable, Joe has written fro MTV, FUSE, Stuff Magazine and Oscar-Nominated film “Super Size Me”. April 6 at 7 pm. Tickets.

The 2013 Connecticut Visitors Guides from the state Office of Tourism are in. Click here to sign up for a fee guide.

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