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Our 2022 Summer Season Is Here!

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After two years without a summer season, West Virginia Public Theatre is finally making a comeback with the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from June 10-12 followed by the musical I Do! I Do! from June 24-26. Both shows explore the challenges and rewards of family life and will be performed at the Gladys Davis Theatre at the Canady Creative Arts Center. All are welcome to experience the magic of live theatre WVPT has to offer after its long hiatus.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been critically praised for its moving portrayal of 15-year-old Christopher as he rises to meet new challenges when his world is upended. At 7 minutes after midnight, he stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, and determines to solve the mystery of who murdered the dog after being accused of it himself. Christopher is a young protagonist on the autism spectrum. Social interactions and physical touch can overwhelm him, but he is a gifted mathematician and writer. We learn about his story through written journal entries which are read to the audience by his teacher. The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time centers on family. “Be prepared to have all your emotional and sensory buttons pushed, including a few you may have not known existed,” said New York Times writer Ben Brantley of the play in 2014. In 2016, it won five out of the six Tony Awards for which it was nominated, among numerous other awards from associations such as Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle.

I Do! I Do! is a classic musical, with lyrics and book by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, that follows one couple from their wedding day through fifty years of love, quarrels, and marriage. Its lyrical, charming score contains many lovely and entertaining numbers, including “My Cup Runneth Over with Love.” The original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations in 1967, with actor Robert Preston winning the award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. The musical focuses on romance, commitment, traditional gender roles, and raising a family.

WVPT Artistic Director Jerry McGonigle says, “We overcame an incredible number of obstacles to get to our summer season but are thrilled to be presenting two shows that use the full arsenal of theatrical artistic elements to tell important, entertaining, and thought-provoking stories. Both shows are riveting, fun entertainment. They are definitely worth carving out time to see, even if your schedule is busy.”

Both shows are challenging from a performance and technical standpoint. Still, WVPT is determined to give audiences the immersive return to theatre they deserve. These efforts have culminated in two full-length shows that feature actors, designers, and choreographers from all over the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Pittsburgh, whose hard work will move audiences deeply.

Leading these exciting productions as the directors this season are Jerry McGonigle (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Lee Blair (I Do! I Do!).

Radio Theatre For Our Time: Speaking to My Black Daughter About the Black Lives Matter Protests, I Realize How Much She Already Understood.

West Virginia Public Theatre’s Radio For Our Time is back with another impactful piece – Speaking to My Black Daughter About the Black Lives Matter Protests, I Realize How Much She Already Understood by Sharisse Tracey.
Leading this year’s Radio Theatre For Our Time project is Mya Brown. Click here to read more and listened to the podcast: Radio Theatre For Our Time: Speaking to My Black Daughter About the Black Lives Matter Protests, I Realize How Much She Already Understood.

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