Peterborough Players announces their 2019 summer lineup

86 years of outstanding live theater in the heart of the Monadnock Region!

Every February is an exciting time when Peterborough Players announces their lineup of fantastic shows for the upcoming summer season. This year’s lineup has an extra bonus for us as the first show of the season, Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven is written by Russell Davis who has stayed with us twice over the past couple of years.

Remember to check our Special Packages page as we offer this year’s Dinner, Theater and Stay package. Its a great deal!

Mahida’s Extra Key to HeavenJune 19 – 30

Cultures collide in a chance encounter between an Iranian college student and a lonely American artist. Playwright Russell Davis sends Mahida and Thomas on a beautifully awkward search for common ground in this fascinating blend of tense drama, and inspired comedy. Rated PG-13

“Sensitive and surprising drama.” –The New York Times
“Funny, thoughtful, and with just the right amount of menace… “ –The New Yorker

Gertrude Stein and a CompanionJuly 3 – 14

This evocative and witty play explores the 40-year relationship between avant-garde novelist, poet, playwright and art collector, Gertrude Stein and her partner, editor and muse Alice B. Toklas. In the early 1900s these women left behind their privileged American lives and found refuge and each other, in bohemian Paris… and in their friendships and encouragement of Picasso, Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, SInclair Lewis, Thornton Wilder, and Matisse. The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colorful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which won first prize at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Theatre Festival in Sydney, Australia. Rated PG-13

Morning’s at SevenJuly 17 – 28

The four highly strung Gibbs sisters have lived next door to each other most of their long lives. Three are married, and one, Esther, managed to escape with her husband to a few blocks away. But only Ida has produced a child. Homer is now 40, and after eleven years of courtship, may or may not be getting married himself. In his play Morning’s at Seven, playwright and screenwriter, Paul Osborne (East of Eden, South Pacific), captures the Midwestern eccentricity of a simpler time to hilarious effect. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, Morning’s at Seven is a funny and deeply poignant look at the foibles of a close-knit family in the 1930s. Critic Harold Clurman called it “One of the best American comedies.” 

“Absolutely entrancing…See this lovely play!” –New York Post

She Loves Me (Musical) – July 31 – August 11

One of the most charming musicals ever written, She Loves Me is a heart-stopping comedy about finding love in a very old-fashioned way. Georg and Amalia, two sparring co-workers in a 1930s Budapest perfume shop, simply can’t see eye to eye. But using the “lonely hearts advertisements” in the newspaper, each of them has found and fallen for the perfect secret admirer. MGM twice used the same source material, the Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László, to make classic movies: The Shop Around the Corner starring James Stewart and In the Good Old Summertime starring Judy Garland. But it took Harold Prince and the writers of Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret to bring She Loves Me to Broadway. The musical’s various Broadway productions have garnered 13 Tony nominations and 3 Tony Awards, as well as the Olivier, Drama Desk and Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical. PG

Dumas’ CamilleAugust 14 – 25

In 1895 Paris an elderly man, confused and unwell, disrupts a rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. As he is being escorted from the theatre, he is recognized as Alexandre Dumas fils, the world famous author of the novel and the play La Dame aux Camélias upon which La Traviata is based. As the rehearsal continues, Dumas remembers his love affair of a half century prior that inspired his novel and play as well as Verdi’s opera. Prompted by the soaring arias and duets, Dumas is forced to confront his memories, regrets and guilt as he tries to reconcile the conflict between the reality of actual events and the varying levels of fiction and artifice he created from those events. Dumas’ Camille is a play with music filled with Verdi’s rich and powerful melodies from La Traviata.

A Doll’s House, Part 2August 28 – September 8

Fifteen years after slamming the door on her marriage, leaving her husband and children behind, Nora opens the door again. Now a successful and somewhat scandalous writer, she needs her not-quite-ex-husband’s help. But her husband, daughter and nurse have a few grievances they want to air! A sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking 1879 classic A Doll House, Lucas Hnath’s Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit is a smart new comedy that raises fascinating questions about marriage and the ways men and women have – and haven’t – changed. Don’t miss your chance to see the most produced, most talked about play in America.

Rose – September 11 – 15

“I’m eighty years old. I find that unforgivable, and suddenly it’s a millennium and I stink of the past century, but what can I do?”

Rose is a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami Beach. The play is both a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and a moving reminder of some of the events that shaped the 20th century. Written by Martin Sherman, the celebrated American author of ​Bent, Rose premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. It was produced on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater.