Big Play Festival!

August 22 - 31

Big Play Festival!

PRESS RELEASE

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Big Play Festival!?
The Big Play Festival! features lightly staged readings of three BIG plays, all exploring the American Family. One BPF! ticket gets you in to all 3 plays.

What is a lightly staged reading?
A lightly staged reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The emphasis is on the text, acting, and imagination of the audience.

What is the schedule of the festival?
The 3 plays alternate during our regular performance times. With a Festival Ticket purchase or your subscription, you may see as many performances as you would like, at no additional cost! See the full schedule above. For subscribers, you are automatically placed in the play that corresponds to your subscription, but you can exchange or add any performance between 8/22 and 8/31.

How do I attend?
Simply purchase a ticket to one of the performances(included with subscriptions). You can then reserve your complimentary seats to additional performances, fill out this form.

I purchased a ticket for one show (or am a subscriber). How do I reserve seats for additional performances?
You can reserve seats to additional performances by filling out this form.

If you have any additional questions, please call (607)273-ARTS or e-mail info@hangartheatre.org

TICKETS: Buy a festival pass for $40 and see all 3! Click Buy Tickets, or call (607) 273-ARTS(2787).

STUDENT RUSH TICKETS: Student rush tickets are available at the door for $10 (day-of only), while tickets remain. You must present your student I.D.

OPENING NIGHT WITH RECEPTION: Friday, August 23

(PAY) WHAT YOU WILL: tickets are available (while supplies last) for the following performances:

You Can’t Take It with You: Saturday, 8/24 at 3 p.m.

August: Osage County: Friday, 8/30 at 8 p.m.

A Raisin in the Sun: Saturday, 8/31 at 3 p.m.
About (Pay) What You Will: Some tickets are set aside for patrons to purchase at the price of their choice! These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting one hour before curtain. 2019 (Pay) What You Will Sponsors: Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP

PROLOGUES: Join us in the lobby 45 minutes before each Mainstage
production for a pre-show discussion led by an artist!

TALK-BACKS: stay after the show to hear the cast and
creative team share insights and answer questions.

GROUPS: Save on groups of 10+! To learn more, click here.  

August: Osage County

Directed by Beth F. Milles

Violet Weston …………………………………………………… Jane Blass*

Mattie Fay Aiken ………………………………………………. Carolyn Cadigan

Steve Heidebrecht ……………………………………………. Stephen Cross*

Bill Fordham …………………………………………………….. Marc Gomes

Johnna Monevata …………………………………………….. Lauren Grajewski

Charlie Aiken …………………………………………………….. Jeffrey Guyton*

Karen Weston …………………………………………………… Jennifer Herzog*

Ivy Weston ……………………………………………………….. Effie Johnson*

Beverly Weston ………………………………………………… Craig MacDonald*

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau ………………………………………… Anthony Vaughn Merchant*

Barbara Fordham ……………………………………………… Kathleen Mulligan*

Jean Fordham …………………………………………………… Olivia Stockwin

Little Charles Aiken …………………………………………… Jacob White*

 

A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by Godfrey Simmons, Jr.

Ruth Younger ……………………………………………….. Ashley Bufkin*

Karl Lindner ………………………………………………….. Laurence Drozd

Joseph Asagai ……………………………………………….. Robert Edwards

Travis Younger………………………………………………….Nicholas Haynes

Lena Younger…………………………………………………. Cynthia Henderson*

Bobo ……………………………………………………………… Kenny McLaurin

Walter Lee Younger ………………………………………. Anthony Vaughn Merchant*

George Murchison ………………………………………… Jahmar Ortiz

Beneatha Younger ………………………………………… Carley Robinson

 

You Can’t Take It With You

Directed by Bob Moss

Gay Wellington ……………………………………………………….. Holly Adams

Mr. De Pinna …………………………………………………………… Michael Antico

Rheba ……………………………………………………………………… Emma Bowers*

Essie ……………………………………………………………………….. Helen T. Clark*

Paul Sycamore ………………………………………………………… Dane Cruz

Alice ……………………………………………………………………….. Sandrinne Edström

FBI Agent ………………………………………………………………… Robert Edwards

Boris Kolenkhov…………………………………………………………..Karl Gregory*

Ed ……………………………………………………………………………. Will Hope

Martin Vanderhof ……………………………………………………. Rodney Hudson*

Mrs. Kirby ……………………………………………………………….. Marie Kemp*

FBI Agent ………………………………………………………………… RJ Lavine

Mr. Kirby ………………………………………………………………… Craig MacDonald*

Penelope Sycamore ……………………………………………….. Celia Madeoy*

Wilbur Henderson/FBI Agent ………………………………….. Jahmar Ortiz

Grand Duchess ……………………………………………………….. Sally G. Ramirez*

Tony Kirby ………………………………………………………………. Joshua Sedelmeyer

Donald ……………………………………………………………………. Jacob White*

 

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association

 

 

1. A Raisin in The Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry. Program Insert (PDF)

Directed by Godfrey Simmons, Jr.

When a family living on Chicago’s south side receives a $10,000 insurance check after their father dies, each family member has a different dream about how it might lead to a better life.  A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman playwright to be produced on Broadway, and the first with a black director. The NY Drama Critics’ Circle named Hansberry’s landmark work “best play of the year” when in debuted in 1959.

Thursday, 8/22 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 8/24 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, 8/28, at 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, 8/31 at 3:00 p.m. Talkback 8/31 at 3 p.m.

An American Masterpiece.

2. August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts. Program Insert (PDF)

Directed by Beth F. Milles

A dysfunctional family reunites at their family home in Oklahoma after the patriarch, an alcoholic once-famous poet, disappears.  As they confront each other with their grudges and memories, a dark past unfolds in this telling comedy-drama that won the 2008 Pulitzer for Best Drama.

Friday, 8/23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, 8/25 at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8/28 at 2:00 p.m., & Friday, 8/30 at 8 p.m. Talkback 8/28 at 2 p.m.

A riveting, no-holds-barred family drama.

3. You Can’t Take It with You

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Program Insert (PDF)

Directed by Bob Moss

2019 Subscriber’s Choice Winner! Banker’s son Tony Kirby and his fiancé Alice Sycamore come from decidedly different families.  When the snobby Kirbys come to dine with Alice’s peculiar extended kin–a collection of batty but good-hearted souls—lifestyles and values collide, resulting in mayhem and comedy.  The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the screen adaptation directed by Frank Capra won the Academy Award in 1938.

Saturday, 8/24 at 3 p.m., Tuesday, 8/27 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, 8/29 at 7:30 p.m., & Saturday, 8/31 at 8:00 p.m. Talkback 8/27 at 7:30 p.m.

A classic American comedy.