2017 History

 

Our 60th Season

Photos by Stephen Cihanek except where noted.

2017

Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Pokorski
Presidents Award: Andrew Okell, Bob Lane, Don Lombardo & Larry Coleman

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12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

November 6-7, 2017

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Reginald Rose
directed by Mike Boland
STARRING:
John Wesley Shipp
(actor known for The Flash, Dawson's Creek and NYPD Blue)
The cast: Juror 1 Mat Young, Juror 2 Sam Williamson, Juror 3 Mike Boland, Juror 4 Will Jeffries, Juror 5 Paulo Araujo, Juror 6 Mike Massimino, Juror 7 Guy Rocco, Juror 8 John Wesley Shipp, Juror 9 Jim Gordon, Juror 10 Robert Watts, Juror 11 A.m. Bhatt, Juror 12 Rob Kennedy.

A special staged reading of this classic play about society, politics, and justice.
A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut caseuntil one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this placeand decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach itin tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seatsadd up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you'll be proud to present.

Noises Off

Noises Off

Nov. 3-19, 2017

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"Noises Off"
by Michael Frayn
directed by Scott R. Brill
set design by Andrew Okell
produced by Lou Okell
STARRING:
Priscilla Squiers, Matt Austin, Duane Lanham,Anya Caravella, Jody Cohen Bayer, Kate Valiska, Tony Bosco-Schmidt, Ron Malyszka, and Eli Patton

Winner! The 1982 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
Winner! The 1982 London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
Nominee - 1984 Tony Award for Best Play
Nominee - 1984 Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Slamming doors, missing sardines and straying affections create mayhem backstage in the elaborate farce "Noises Off" by Michael Frayn. It follows a group of actors as they work to perform the fictional play "Nothing On" from dress rehearsal to closing night. The audience witnesses both backstage intrigues and on-stage mishaps as director Lloyd Dallas (Matt Austin) guides the actors, coaxing them through performances as their show tours the English countryside.
The show is financed by lead actor Dotty Otley (Priscilla Squiers) who is also dating male lead Garry LeJeune (Duane Lanham) whose on-stage girlfriend played by Brooke Ashton (Anya Caravella) is having trouble keeping her clothes and contact lenses in place. Meanwhile, another actor, Frederick Fellowes (Tony Bosco-Schmidt) plays the unwitting part in a love triangle with on-stage wife Belinda Blair (Jody Bayer) while stage manager Poppy Norton-Taylor (Kate Valiska) and set builder Tim Allgood (Eli Patton) try desperately to keep track of actor Selsdon Mowbray (Ron Malyszka).
This hilarious show is dexterously brought to the Brookfield stage by director Scott R. Brill who holds a Masters degree in theater directing from Emerson College. Along with many shows at Brookfield Theatre, Scott has directed numerous shows in the region including for the Westport Community Theater, New Canaan Town Players, Darien Players, and several others.
Keeping track of all the details is Stage Manager Andrew Olson who starred in Brookfield's summer musical "Damn Yankees". The intricate set has been designed by Andrew Okell and constructed with set builders Bob Lane, Larry Coleman, and Don Lombardo. The show costumer is Adelle Deakin and prop master is Sarah Rokitowski, with lighting by David Jurman.

The Crucible

Staged:
The Crucible

Staged Reading–Oct. 2017

A free Halloween staged reading of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play:
"The Crucible"
by Arthur Miller
directed by Rebecca Pokorski
STARRING:
Caitlin Mandracchia - Abigail Williams
Erik E Tonner - John Proctor
John Schwanke - Rev Samuel Parris
Melissa Jones - Tituba
Aaron Kaplan - Rev John Hale
Dianna Waller - Elizabeth Proctor
Jim Wood - Judge Hathorne
Will Jeffries - Deputy-Gov Danforth
Kate Valiska - Mary Warren
Morgana Kate Watson - Betty Parris
Danielle Calabrese - Susanna Walcott
Eden Schwanke - Mercy Lewis
Rachel Lotstein - Ann Putnam
Peter Lerman - Thomas Putnam
Lou Okell - Rebecca Nurse
Jeffrey Rossman - Giles Corey
Ron Malyszka - Francis Nurse
Shawn Brown - Ezekiel Cheever
Eli Patton - John WIllard/Hopkins
Amanda Bevacqua - Sarah Good/Martha Corey

The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Special Event:
Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Film - Oct. 8, 2017

"Pray The Devil Back To Hell" is a film that tells the astonishing true story of Liberian women who took on the warlords of their country...and won an unimaginable peace for their shattered country.
After the film, Women Wage Peace activist Inbal Shlosberg will talk about the growing Israeli-Palestinian womens peace movement.
Please join us for this FREE event. Donations are welcome and refreshments will be available.
*This film contains depictions of war that may not be appropriate for young audiences.

Frost-Nixon

Frost/Nixon

September 8-23, 2017

"Frost/Nixon"
by Peter Morgan
directed by Dana O'Neal
produced by Jean Massey Jackson & Becky Venable
set design by Kevin Pelkey
costume design by Helen Adams
lighting design by Jonathan Curns

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
STARRING:
Kevin Sosbe - David Frost
Will Jeffries - Richard Nixon
Nick Kaye - John Birt
Al Bhatt - Bob Zelnick
Rick Haylon - James Reston Jr
Ron Malyszka - Irving "Swifty" Lazar
Fred Rueck - James Brennan
Leigh Carusone Katz - Caroline Cushing
Roberto Perez - Manolo Sanchez
Michelle Leigh - Evonne Goolagong
with Amy Soderquist, Jose Roman, Rachel Ames, Paul Landman, and Ian Arbues

Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

July 14-Aug. 6, 2017

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"DAMN YANKEES"
Words and Music by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS
Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP

Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant"
directed by Don Bovingloh
musical director Nathaniel Baker
choreographer Doreen Rafferty
set design Bill Cone
sound design/voice coach David Jurman
lighting/effects Stephen Cihanek
costume design Molly Farrell-Savage
costuming team Marian Miller, Beverly Regan, Bill Possidento
stage manager Ginger Cutter
assistant stage manager Purvi Dudhedia
produced by Lou Okell

Based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he's left behind.
STARRING:
Lola - Janina Rosa
Applegate - Bob Filipowich
Joe Hardy - Nic Calabro
Meg Boyd/Dance Swing - Rebecca Pokorski
Joe Boyd/Van Buren - Ted Schwartz
Gloria Thorpe - Rachel Lotstein
The TEAM:
Ian Arbues, Joe Bagala, Tony Benedetti, Paul Landman, Andrew Olson, Jeff Owens, Eli Patton, Tim Vlangas, Brandon Zenevitch
Sister - Barbara Kessler
Doris - Joan Wyner
The FANS:
Danielle Calabrese, Daisy Lowe, Emma Okell, Eden Schwanke, Morgana Kate Watson

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Don Bovingloh's multifaceted 40 year professional career in show business includes: writer, theatre director, acting coach, television producer, as well as an experienced performer in more than 300 appearances in film, television, and theatre in Los Angeles, New York.
For 12 years, Bovingloh was one of the original performing members at the influential GROUNDLING IMPROV THEATRE in Hollywood. Don has appeared on shows as disparate as The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, The Jeffersons, Law and Order, General Hospital, Newhart, Benson, and Alice. A few of his stage acting roles were in Our Town, The Visit, How to Succeed, Phantom of the Opera, Music Man, 42nd Street, Jekyll and Hyde, Love Letters, A Funny Thing...Forum, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Diary of Anne Frank, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fantasticks, and Company.

Christmas In July

Christmas In July

New Musical Staged Readings–July 1, 2017

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On Saturday, July 1, from 7 pm to 10:15 pm, Brookfield Theatre will present Christmas in July: Battle of the Christmas Musicals. This festive evening event will treat audiences to excerpts from 3 brand new holiday-themed musicals. Each show will be performed as a 45-minute preview. At the end of the evening, audiences will vote for their favorite show. The winning show will be performed at the theater as a full-length staged reading in December! Come meet the writers, enjoy the shows, and vote for your favorite musical.
THE MUSICALS:
1. "The Christmas Bride" book by MK Wolfe, music & lyrics by Noel Katz
Director & Musical Director Noel Katz

Starring: Megan Poulos, Cait Kelly, Georgia Fender, Connor Coughlin, David Arthur Bachrach, Joshua Spencer, Grant Tambellini, Matthew Griffin
"The Christmas Bride" is a joyous holiday tale of love lost and found, home and family, faith and forgiveness. From the bright English countryside to the dark underbelly of London town, this charming musical based on a Charles Dickens Christmas story follows young Marion Jeddler on her journey of discovery through a world filled with delightful Dickensian characters and featuring a lively musical theater score.
2. "Christmas Letters" book, lyrics, and additional music by Paul Cozby, music and arrangements by Laura Bergquist
Director Lou Okell, Musical Director Laura Berquist

Starring: Rebecca Pokorski, Steven Stott, Jessica Schwartz, Edmound Fitzpatrick
"Christmas Letters" is an original musical comedy unfolding in a series of comic and poignant vignettes with four actors bringing 46 characters to life celebrating everything that drives us crazy about Christmas...and why we love it anyway. From receiving that first obnoxious Christmas letter to taking the family picture, from dealing with in-laws, to facing unassembled gifts on Christmas Eve, "Christmas Letters" shows why sometimes we want to "wreck the halls" and why were wistful when Christmas is over.
3. "Come Find Me" book by Holly Reed and Eric Mears, lyrics by Holly Reed, music by Holly Reed & Kelvin Reed
Director Lou Okell, Musical Director Kelvin Reed

Starring: Holly Reed, Craig David Rosen, Colin Larson, David Jurman, Morgana Kate Watson, Brandon Zenevitch, Narrated by Will Jeffries
"Come Find Me" tells the story of Ben, an autistic child, and his widower father Harry. When Harry is deployed on a secret military mission in the weeks before Christmas, Ben is left in the care of a grad student caregiver. He struggles with the prospect of spending the holidays without family. With the help of some creative elves and the power of belief, Ben and Harry not only find each other, but a new sense of the meaning of the season.

bent

Bent

April 28-May 13, 2017

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"Bent" by Martin Sherman
directed by Will Jeffries
set design Donna E Glen
produced by Nicole Veach & Desirae Kelley
photos by Al Bhatt
Note: "Bent" contains brief nudity, violence, mature content - children not admitted
Nominee! 1980 Tony Award, Best Play
Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
STARRING:
Anthony Contento - Max
Joe Russo - Horst
Craig David Rosen - Rudy
Tony Bosco-Schmidt - Greta
Nick Byrne - Wolf
Dana O'Neal - Uncle Freddie
Nick Kaye - Guard
Dan Patterson - Guard
Al Bhatt - Guard

Due to its relevance to current events, we have added a special panel discussion after the SUNDAY MATINEE on MAY 7. The panel will include speakers from the Stonewall Speakers Foundation to discuss historic persecution of the LGBT community along with present day challenges for members of the lgbt community, family, friends, and allies. This event is part of our 60th anniversary season, reaffirming our historic and continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. Discounts for teachers and special interest groups are available by contacting BrookfieldTheatreCT@gmail.com.
SYNOPSIS: In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as avowed homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own "discreetly" homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the "pink triangle", hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be. Richard Gere created the role of Max on Broadway.

Jane Condon comedy night

Comedy Night

April 1 2017

April 1st Comedy Night - No Kidding!
featuring Jane Condon (as seen on NBCs "LAST COMIC STANDING) with stand-up comedian Jim Flaherty. The evening begins with 17 Debacles improv troupe

ABOUT JANE:
Comedian and mom JANE CONDON lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she's still a nice person. She has two boys. Otherwise everything's fine. The Associated Press has dubbed her "an uppercrust Roseanne" and The New York Times says, "Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics." She loves to tell stories about her adventures (mostly survival tales) with her husband and kids.
Condon was named one of 10 Comedy Best Bets in Back Stage's annual comedy issue. She has appeared on ABC-TV's "The View" and LIFETIME TV's "Girls' Night Out" and FOX-TV's series finale of "24." She won "Audience FavoriteNew York" on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." She also won the nationwide Ladies of Laughter Contest and appears in theatres around the country with the Ladies of Laughter: Funny & Fabulous Tour.
Jane was the 2011 commencement speaker at Wellesley College (her alma mater). In 2012, she delivered the commencement address at the University of New Haven. Most recently, she appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and Nickelodeon's "NickMom Night Out." http://www.JaneCondon.com
ABOUT JIM:
With a degree in chemical engineering, Flaherty left the corporate world and launched his comedy and acting career. He hit all the comedy bases with stand-up at clubs all over the country, and improv/sketch performing with ImprovBostons mainstage cast. Flahertys stand-up act has been featured at Catch-a-Rising-Star, Carolines, and the Comedy Studio. His TV and film credits include Law & Order, Chappelles Show, and The Sopranos, and he has done numerous commercials, industrials, and voice-overs. https://www.jimflahertycomedy.com/
ABOUT 17 DEBACLES:
Troupe members include Matt Austin, Desirae Kelley, Denise Howard, Phil Kennan, Kelly Luf, and Reesa Roccapriore with Improv Director/Host Abbey Lynch

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

March 3-18, 2017

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
by Tennessee Williams
directed by Jeanine A. DeFalco
produced by Andrew Okell & Bob Lane
set design by Alexander Kulcsar
lighting design by Jon Curns
costume design by Molly Farrell-Savage
STARRING
Anna Fagan - Maggie the Cat
James Wilding - Brick
Will Jeffries - Big Daddy
Monica O'Brien - Big Mama
Christopher Cooney - Gooper
Anya Caravella - Mae
Francis A Daley - Doctor Baugh
Jeffrey Rossman - Reverend Tooker
Kate Valiska - Babette
Nicole Veach - Sookey
Morgana Kate Watson - Martha

"In a plantation house, the members of the family are celebrating the sixty-fifth birthday of the Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The tone is gay. But the mood is somber. For a number of old evils poison the gaiety - sins of the past, greedy hopes for the future, a desperate eagerness not to believe in the truths that surround them - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is a delicately wrought exercise in human communication. His characters try to escape from the loneliness of their private lives into some form of understanding. The truth invariably terrifies them. That is one thing they cannot face or speak. As the expression of a brooding point of view about life, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is limpid and effortless. As theatre, it is superb." --New York Times

a memory, a monologue, a rant, and a prayer

Staged:
V-Day: MMRP

Feb. 10, 2017

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V-Day Brookfield Theatre 2017 joins One Billion Rising: Revolution Campaign in presenting a benefit staged reading of
"A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls"
directed by Lou Okell
STARRING
Matt Austin, Amanda Bevacqua, Danielle Calabrese, Purvi Dudhedia, Loretta Jones Fedrick, Zach Jackson, Will Jeffries, Desirae Kelley, Kimberly Marcus, Rebecca Pokorski, Victoria Rojas, Eden Schwanke, Nicole Veach

90% of proceeds will benefit the Women's Center of Danbury, the remaining 10% will benefit V-Day. Several ticket prices are available to encourage all to attend. Please be generous!
About "MMRP"
These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. The book includes information on how to organize V-Day events and readings of the book. "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer" is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women and reaffirms Brookfield Theatre's commitment to be a partner in the community and a safe place for all.
About V-Day
A V-Day Campaign is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S and around the world.

Paint Nite fundraiser

Paint Night fundraiser

January 2017