M&D Playhouse celebrates the female voice in theatre in 2022

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Classic favorites, three musicals, and two original pieces by local New England playwrights are highlighted in M&D Playhouse’s 2022 season. M&D is located at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse on Main Street in North Conway Village, NH.

“We are excited to announce our 22nd season which will celebrate the female voice in theater, featuring some of the best female playwrights, strong female protagonists, local female directors, and stories that examine the struggles, triumphs, and power of the female experience”, said Mark Sickler, Artistic Director.

Tickets will be available soon!

girl. by Megan Mostyn-Brown
January 13 – 23
Directed by Siobhan Stevens

Revealing their vulnerabilities in language that is honest and extremely compelling. Split into three sections, the characters speak entirely in monologue (with some overlap).  The following are the different sections and their synopses:

“Things You Can’t Tell Just By Looking At Her”
Hannah, a teenager (15), talks about her drug-addicted sister’s recent suicide, and ponders how her relationship with their mother was always clouded by her sister’s problems.

“We Did What We Could With What We Had”
Lucy, a teenage girl (17), her mother (30s), and her friend Isaac (17) all speak directly to the audience about their relationships with each other. Lucy thinks Isaac loves her. Isaac really cares for Lucy, but is too restless to commit. Lucy’s mother is frightened that Lucy will end up making the same mistakes she did as a teenager (and become a teenage mom). Lucy ends up not being able to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which in the end is probably for the best, even though she doesn’t feel so great about it.

“Lessons I’ve Learned” (1f)
Lydia, a recent college grad, tells the story of how she became pregnant at the end of college by a guy with whom she hoped to have a real future, but instead he rejected her, citing her slutty reputation. She decides to keep the baby and sees it as the first positive decision that she’s ever made.

“girl” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Barefoot In The Park by Neil Simon
February 10 – 27
Directed by Hannah-Jo Weisberg

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start.

“Barefoot in the Park” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Matilda, The Musical book by Dennis Kelly, Music & Lyrics
by Tim Minchin
March 24 – April 10
Directed by Mary Bastoni

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.  Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!  Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Matilda is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Sunday Visitors by Jerry Bisantz
May 5 – 15
Directed by Melissa O’Neil

Meet Rose.  An 86-year old-wheelchair bound woman wheelchair bound stroke victim.  Rose is firmly ensconced in the sterile, white world f a nursing home.  But, in the fertile world of her mind, things wonderful and wicked visit her.  Through flashback and flash sideways we get a glimpse into her complicated and troubled past, and how the choices she made, and what were made for her, shaped her into the powerful and resilient person she is now.  The day-to-day drudgery of her existence clashes with her exciting dream world, pitting one against the other as this haunting and vivid story unfolds. Sometimes surreal and sometimes too real, Sunday Visitors reminds us of the strength that lies within all of us.

Sex And Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith
June 2 – 12
Directed by Christopher Bellis

While a vicious storm pummels Manhattan with no end in sight, Sarah, Alan and Ruth find themselves on the treacherous shoals of midlife in this dark comedy of unintended consequences. When your husband is too busy buying cabins in Newfoundland for the apocalypse, what’s the harm in having a little affair? Sarah, a former actress and now stay-at-home Mom and woman on the verge, finds out the hard way in this fast-paced comedy about friendship, love, sex, and other disturbances.

Cabaret (1998 version) book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb.  Based on the play I Am A Camera by John Van Druten, which was adapted from the novel Goodbye To Berlin by Christohper Isherwood.
July 7 – 24
Directed by Mark Sickler

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

Fun Home music by Jeanine Tesori with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron based on the 2006 graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
August 18 – September 4
Directed by Clayton Phillips

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

FUN HOME is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi
September 29 – October 16
Directed by Mark Sickler

In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

Marie Antoinette is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Toys In The Attic by Lillian Hellman
November 3 – 13
Directed by Queenelle Minet

Two sisters living together in a small southern town dream of touring Europe one day – but their plans are continuously thwarted by the need to bail their ne’er do well brother out of a series of misfortunes.  They are surprised then, and even oddly distressed, when the brother suddenly turns up with a large sum of money, enough to pay off the mortgage on the family homestead and to send his sisters on their grand tour.  As it happens, however, the brother’s good fortune stems from a plot devised by the spiteful wife of a local millionaire, and when the brother’s wife discovers this, and jealously tells all, the scheme is shattered and the brother savagely beaten.  In the end the sisters regain the dependence of their brother – but at a price far greater than they would have willingly chosen to pay.

Toys in the Attic is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

A Christmas Carol
December 1 – 17
Directed by Christopher Bellis

The holiday story that has stood the test of time and continues to enchant audiences of all ages.  This classic story of Scrooge and how a visit from Scrooge’s former business partner, and 3 other spirits brings about a transformation from a wicked and selfish miser to a benevolent and kinder person, and not just at Christmas but the whole year through.

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