Fooling with Human Nature: The Sherman Playhouse Opens Comedy Drama 'The Chalk Garden' Sept. 16

Fooling with Human Nature: The Sherman Playhouse Opens Comedy Drama 'The Chalk Garden' Sept. 16

SHERMAN, CONN. (September 2, 2016) – On  Friday, September 16, The Sherman Playhouse will debut Enid Bagnold's mysterious comedy-drama, The Chalk Garden. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. for a four-week run. 

The Chalk Garden is a psychological chamber piece that explores the secret world of childhood through the prism of a dyed-in-the-wool British dowager, Mrs. St. Maugham, and her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter, Laurel. When enigmatic Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion and manager, the two finally meet their match.       

"The Chalk Garden is one of the theatre's great sophisticated comedy-dramas," said director Chesley Plemmons of Sherman. "A mystery wrapped in layers of laughter and suspicion, it brings together four women whose lives are, or will be, linked forever. Considered by critics in England and the U.S. as one of the most polished theatre pieces of the last century, The Chalk Garden will intrigue, amuse and move audiences while dazzling with a unique playwright's skillful use of language."

"The Chalk Garden is a unique contribution to the repertoire," said producer David Bailey of Salisbury. "It's an understated thriller, guaranteed to keep one always wondering in what dark direction the plot will wander next."

The production features a talented cast of area actors: Jody Bayer and Priscilla Squiers (both Danbury), Noel Desiato and John Taylor (both Sherman), Erin Shaughnessy, Charles Roth, Sheila Echevarria, and Lynn Nissenbaum (all New Milford).           

Besides Plemmons and Bailey, the show's crew includes technical director Al Chiappetta, costumer and scenic designer Joseph Russo, and sound designer David White.

The Chalk Garden made its premiere on Broadway at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre on October 26, 1955. The play spawned a 1964 film of the same title, starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley and John Mills. A Broadway revival starring Angela Lansbury is slated to debut in 2017. The New York Daily News called the play "a tantalizing, fascinating and stimulating piece of theatre."

The Chalk Garden runs September 16,17  23,24,25  30  October 1  7,8,9  Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, with 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees on  September 25 and October 9. Tickets for all shows are $22 for adults and $11 for children 12 and under.

On Thursday, September 15, all patrons are invited to attend a "Half-Price Preview Night" at 8:00 p.m. where all tickets are only $11. Students may see any performance for $11 if they pay in cash only at the door and carry a valid student ID. Students may not make reservations in advance for a performance.

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