2020 History

 

Our 63rd Season

Photos by Stephen Cihanek except where noted.

2020

Our 63rd season began on a hopeful note with a benefit concert from "Beyond The Wall," the tri-state area's finest Pink Floyd tribute band. The first show of the season was "Moon Over Buffalo" which opened in March on Friday the 13th and closed the same weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brookfield Theatre had to come up with creative solutions to continue its mission of providing live theatre experiences. The result was a robust season of live and virtual performances.

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Child's Christmas in Wales

Child's Christmas in Wales

December 2020

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A dramatic reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas, directed by Jane Farnol, read by John Taylor with Jackson Turner & Jack Hoyt, musical director Adam Snyder, vocal director Stacey Snyder, audio recording by Stephen Cihanek, video & sketches by Lou Okell, produced by Brookfield Theatre

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

December 4-5, 2020

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A livestreamed, full licensed show offered 2 nights only
"Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley"
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
directed by Terry Sagedy

Starring: Brianna Bowman, Patrick Kelly, Diana DeMarco, Victoria Calamito, Todd Santa Maria, Morgana Kate Watson, Monica Castillo, Sean Latasa, Tony Benedetti with stage manager John Bottelsen and technical director Lou Okell

Contemporary Musical Theatre Cabaret

Contemporary Musical Theatre Cabaret

November 2, 2020

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Created & Directed by David Anctil

featuring songs by Andrew Byrne, Pasek & Paul, Smollin & DuPuis, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Scott Alan, Scott Evan Davis, Michael Mitnick, Joe Iconis, Kooman & Dimond
Performed by Noah Leibowitz, Carly Phypers, Ruby White, Catherine McCollian, Anna Hicks, Alexis Willoughby, Kate Patton, Jamie Culbreth, David Anctil, Beth Bonnabeau, Jami Valzania, Eli Brito, Mason Sacco, Josephine Harding
Videography by Stephen Cihanek, Produced by Lou Okell
Band Directed by Sarah Fay
Band: Sarah Fay, Christian Peragine, Andrew O'Farrell, Aidan Smith, Mason Sacco

Screams of Autumn

Screams of Autumn

October 31, 2020

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Live outdoor performance of original and classic scary stories with author Kristi Petersen Schoonoever

Are You My Sister

Are You My Sister

October 17, 2020

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"Are You My Sister" by Morgana Kate Watson, directed by Lou Okell, starring Aaron Kaplan, Erin Shaughnessy, Sarah Denn, Morgana Kate Watson, Stacey Snyder, Dandy Barrett, Sean Latasa, Jared Reynolds, & Meg Jones
At a gathering to grieve the loss of the family matriarch, tensions rise as the characters discover there is more to family than meets the eye.

Improv Comedy Night

Improv Comedy Night

October 10, 2020

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featuring Perpetual Notion and Rollin' In Riches
East meets West in this one night comedy special whenConnecticut's own Perpetual Notion teams up with LA's Rollin' In Riches for a live evening of improvisational comedy - live in your living room via Zoom!
Audience members will be live on Zoom beginning at 8:00 pm on Oct. 10 to interact with, laugh at, and applaud the performers. Bring your favorite beverage and get ready to laugh!
Your $10 ticket benefits Brookfield Theatre's mission to provide quality live performances and arts education to the greater Brookfield region.

Skin of our Teeth

The Skin of our Teeth

September 24-26, 2020

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Livestreamed two nights only
by Thornton Wilder
directed by Terry Sagedy

STARRING (alphabetically): Dean Alexander, Tony Benedetti, Tony Bosco-Schmidt, Emma Burke-Covitz, Victoria Calamito, Sarah Denn, Sean Latasa, Laurel Lettieri, Jared Reynolds, Todd Santa Maria, Morgana Kate Watson, Elizabeth Young

Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter-town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve: the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (I dont understand a word of this play!). Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive by the skin of their teeth.

Crossed Swords

Crossed Swords

September 19, 2020

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"Crossed Swords" was written by several members of the Actors and Playwrights Group at Garner C.I. in Newtown, CT. The writers collaborated to create a cohesive and compelling history of the Civil Rights movement in the United States of America. Each wrote one or more roles. The playwrights include: Kevin, James, Chauncey, Lawrence, Jamar, Abdullah
It is directed by Elizabeth Young and produced by Brookfield Theatre in collaboration with Theatre Arts & Opportunities. Please visit the web site https://www.theatreartsopportunities.org? for more information.
STARRING: Randell Moody, Diamond Jackson, Kevin Harris,James Griffin, Loretta Fedrick, Rob Frangione, Kevin Knight, Dania Fedrick

American Son

American Son

September 12, 2020

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A live, outdoors, staged reading of:
"American Son"
by Christopher Demos-Brown
directed by Todd Santa Maria
STARRING: Jamie Guite, Aaron Kaplan, Tom Ovitt, Brian Edward
Special thanks to voiceover artist Steffon Sampson and Technical Director Stephen Cihanek

An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident.
Event details: The show run-time is approximately 90 minutes. Chairs will be set up for patrons outdoors using social distancing guidelines. Masks are required. Water bottles will be available - no bar service and no snacks. Bathrooms will be available with cleaning staff on hand. Tickets will be strictly limited - we hope you will join us for this special event!

The Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine

August 2020

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Virtual performance of this award-winning play by Mark Scharf

What does success mean in America? What does it mean when you don't make it? It is Memorial Day weekend at Real Monroe's trailer home on Hog Island on Maryland's eastern shore. He attempts to gather his family to meet the wishes of his father, a Korean War veteran and assisted living facility refugee. Expectations and reality collide leaving Real scrambling for solid ground in a shifting landscape of obligations and power. The play can be thought of as an elegy to the lost place of the artist in the world and to twentieth-century versions of masculinity, the ideal now which is ever-changing like a shapeshifter with amnesia.
directed by Lou Okell, STARRING: Kevin Sosbe, Dominick Ventrella, Sean Gorman, Mike Lozier, Jasmin Love Salas, Molly Farrell-Savage, Monica O'Brien

Mostly Monologues

Mostly Monologues

August 2020

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Part of a series of virtual monologue nights held in 2020. Hosted by Terry Sagedy, stage manager Wava Chan, tech by Lou. The performers include: Kate Patton, Rebecca Pokorski, Vicki Sosbe, Morgana Watson, Alicia Dempster, Amanda Bevacqua, Amanda Higley, Vanessa Spina

 

Connections

Connections

July 30, 2020

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by Jared Reynolds

directed by Lou Okell, performed by David Anctil, Al Bhatt, Eli Brito, Mailyn Brito, Emily Burke-Covitz, Sarah Denn, Sean Latasa, Noah Leibowitz
A group of short plays centered around the theme of emotional connection. The plays are sweet, funny, suspenseful, and thought provoking. Performed in series, they provide a relevant insight into human relationships.

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 23, 2020

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by William Shakespeare, adapted & directed by Jane Farnol
starring Brianna Bowman, Tommy Ovitt, Phair Haldin, Sean Gorman, Sean Latasa, Dandy Barrett, Jody Cohen Bayer, Ron Malyszka, Tom Heydenburg, Andrew Okell, Keira Sosbe, Thomas Samuels, Vicki Sosbe, Jamie Culbreth, Maggie Culbreth, Mackenzie Lynch, Dylan Sosbe, Tim Breslin, Lou Okell, Emma Okell, Peter Lerman

Poetry Night

Poetry Night

July 16, 2020

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featuring Brookfield's Poet Laureate Atom Rush

 

 

Hester - A for Alcoholic

Hester - A for Alcoholic

June 25, 2020

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by Morgana Kate Watson

directed by Lou Okell, starring Janina Rosa, Vita Mellaci, Sarah Denn, Mailyn Brito, Stacey Snyder, Erin Shaughnessy, Evan Lucas, Aaron Kaplan, Terry Sagedy
The first staged reading of an original script by Morgana Kate Watson. Addison and her best friend Jessie are bullied by a teacher. By defending her best friend, Addison learns how to stand up for herself. The experience leads her to the decision to become a teacher herself. She wants to help kids, especially ones that are misunderstood. When she is a teacher, the son of the teacher who bullied her becomes her student. She has to face the problems of her past and stand up to the teacher again, but this time to help her student learn to cope with an abusive parent.

Be A Light

The Ghostlight Project: Be A Light

June 19, 2020

An open house event - covid protocols include face masks and social distancing.

The lobby will be open from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to view the gallery and to access "I AM" statement posters - view our scrapbook or make your own to add your voice to the conversation. In the upper parking lot, at 7:30pm, we will read the list of names of those recently lost due to racism in America and we will observe a moment of silence. This will be followed by an open poetry reading - all are welcome.

The ghostlight reminds us of the role of theatre and the arts as a beacon of light in the community. Brookfield Theatre is committed to being a brave space where voices are heard and stories are told, where difficult discussions are encouraged and where all are welcome. Representation matters - Brookfield Theatre is committed to continuing the process of self-examination to be sure we remain open and inclusive and to continue the hard work of doing better every day.

Straight Men Can't Dance

Straight Men Can't Dance

May 2020

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written & directed by Craig David Rosen

and starring Tony Bosco-Schmidt (Rick), Zach Theis (Steven), Sam Bass (Dexter), Cooper Smithers (Brian), Jeramie Gladman (Paul/a), Kristin Aug (Bitsy), Bob Lussier (Winston) with stage manager Robert Kruzykowski
Being a teenage is never easy. When your best friend's parents meet your parents, things can get a little crazy! SMCD is a celebration of gay culture and the freedom to be yourself, even in the most unlikely situation. (Please note: "Straight Men Can't Dance" is not intended for young audiences.)
SMCD was originally livestreamed via Zoom on June 25, 2020

Henry V

Henry V

May 2020

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by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Jane Farnol
starring Rob Sniffin, Vicki Sosbe, Thomas Samuels, Sean Latasa, John Taylor, Keira Sosbe, Joy Tagliavento, Ron Malyszka & Lou Okell
"Once more unto the breach dear friends..."
With original music by Emma Okell

 

 

Virtual Open House

Virtual Open House

May 2020

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A video tour by gallery curator Jeanne Steers, part of Connecticut Open House Day 2020.

Macbeth Command Performance

Macbeth Command Performance

April 2020

A special filmed version of Brookfield Theatre's production of "Macbeth", by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Jane Farnol, was offered to donors and subscribers in thanks for their support.

Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo

March 13-15, 2020

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by Ken Ludwig
directed by Jane Farnol
produced by Andrew Okell
STARRING: Bob Lussier, Vicki Sosbe, Dandy Barrett, Brianna Bowman, Sean Latasa, Thomas Samuels, Christopher Bird & Julie-Anne Brand

Families are complicated -- especially for Rosalind Hay whose parents, George & Charlotte, run a failing repertory theatre. But George & Charlotte still dream of stardom and past glory while Rosalind just wants to live a normal life. Now engaged to be married, she visits her parents in Buffalo, NY, to introduce her fiance to them - only to end up in the middle of a maelstrom complete with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and on stage mishaps! This hilarious farce, by Ken Ludwig, leaps onto the stage beginning Friday, March 13 at Brookfield Theatre.

The Paddys

The Paddys

February 22, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the past year and look forward to the coming season with comedy, musical tributes, awards, games, prizes & fun!
Directed by Rebecca Pokorski Cebollero, the evening is hosted by Brookfield Theatre's Board of Directors. It will feature performances from some of Brookfield Theatre's recent and future stars!
Doors open at 7PM for light refreshments & mingling, show begins at 8PM. RSVP with the number of guests to help us plan.

Beyond The Wall

Beyond The Wall

February 1, 2020

Playing the best of Pink Floyd's greatest known music. Our show is a multimedia spectacle that accompanies the most authentic reproduction of this classic band.

Personality Conflicts

Personality Conflicts

January 24-25, 2020

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by Dean Alexander
directed by Lou Okell
starring Tony Bosco-Schmidt, Brianna Bowman, Brian DeToma, Sarah Denn, Dean Alexander, Peter Lerman, Jared Reynolds, Phil DeHuff, Barbara Katz Disraeli, Morgana Watson, Jeffrey Rossman
Recorded live at Brookfield Theatre on Jan. 26, 2020
Livestreamed on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm

Studio B

Special Events

2020

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The year included some additional special events including Studio B open mic nights (held virtually), Monster Monologues with the Spotlight program, and this Photo Quiz Contest. The winner, Matt Austin, received a pizza gift certificate!