TICKETS FOR THE 2010-11 SEASON GO ON SALE AUGUST 9 – Long Wharf Theatre

NEW HAVEN – Tickets will go on sale for Long Wharf Theatre’s 2010-11 season on Monday, Aug. 9. at 10 a.m. 

Tickets range from $40-$70 on the Mainstage and $45-$65 on Stage II, with special discounts available. In addition, Long Wharf Theatre is offering a special Anytime Pass, a flexible, spontaneous way to see theatre. Purchase as many admissions as you need ($50 each, minimum purchase of four.) Use them in any combination for any performance and get access to the best available seats by calling the box office. 

For more information about purchasing tickets or subscriptions, call 203-787-4282, go online www.longwharf.org or visit the Long Wharf Theatre box office at 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. 

The 2010-11 season will begin with the hit musical Ella, a celebration of the life and music of famed singer Ella Fitzgerald, playing on the Mainstage. A stylish and sophisticated theatrical event, Tina Fabrique plays the title role, tackling some of the most famous songs in the singer’s canon. “Musically, the evening sings with the joy, deep feeling and eloquence of a truly American idiom at the peak of its powers,” said the Hartford Courant review of the show. The show runs from Sept. 22-Oct. 17 on the Mainstage. 

Athol Fugard continues his trenchant exploration of human relationships with the U.S. premiere of The Train Driver. Based on a real life incident, the play explores guilt in post-apartheid South Africa, continuing the theatre’s long and fruitful association with the master playwright. “The Train Driver the culmination of Athol’s career to this point and he describes it as such. The play is an example of the central challenge, from Athol’s point of view, of race in South Africa,” said Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. The show takes place from Oct. 27-Nov. 21 on the Mainstage. 

Judith Ivey will perform on Stage II in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, a delightful comedy about a woman’s quest for joy in her own life. “Judy is a brilliant comic actress. She’ll bring warmth, depth, humanity and charm to this role. It will be a joyous, inspirational evening,” Edelstein said. Ivey returns to Long Wharf Theatre after her Lucille Lortel Award winning performance in The Glass Menagerie from Dec. 2- Jan.2 on Stage II. 

Long Wharf Theatre will present The Old Masters, starring Sam Waterston and Brian Murray before the show’s anticipated Broadway run. The Old Masters is one of the final works of British playwright Simon Gray, whose play Quartermaine’s Terms, was a hit at Long Wharf Theatre in the 1980s, and went on to success in New York City. “Simon Gray has a long history with Long Wharf. This play is an exciting verbal duel between two old friends over the value of art versus money,” Edelstein said. The show will play on the Mainstage from Jan. 19-Feb. 13. 

Agnes Under The Big Top, running from March 2-April 3 on Stage II, was selected as a ‘2009 NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project’ by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage. Exploring the intersecting lives of immigrants making their way in an American city, Agnes Under The Big Top is a magical tale of hope and disappointment, identity and reinvention, isolation and migration. 

The 2010-11 season will conclude with Italian American Reconciliation, a romantic folktale written by John Patrick Shanley, the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. “Italian American Reconciliation is an intimate play of enormous reach, a chamber work of grand operatic passion. It is an old-style romance steeped in psychotherapy or, perhaps, a psychotherapeutic love story rooted in poetry and music,” according to the New York Times. 

For more information, visit www.longwharf.org.  

LONG WHARF THEATRE: 2010-11 SEASON 

ELLA: THE MUSICAL

SEPT. 22 – OCT. 17, 2010, MAINSTAGE 
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Conceived By Rob Ruggiero & Dyke Garrison
Directed By Rob Ruggiero

Featuring more than two-dozen hit songs, Ella The Musical weaves myth, memory, and music into a stylish and sophisticated journey through the life of Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th-century.

THE TRAIN DRIVER

OCT. 27 – NOV. 21, 2010, MAINSTAGE
By Athol Fugard
Directed By Gordon Edelstein

Based on a true story, Athol Fugard’s newest play is the culmination of a career spent mining the depths and complications of the human heart.   

SHIRLEY VALENTINE

DEC. 2, 2010 – JAN. 2, 2011, STAGE II
By Willy Russell
Directed By Gordon Edelstein

When her best friend wins a trip to Greece for two, Shirley has an opportunity to see herself in an entirely different light. Starring Judith Ivey this inspirational comedy will charm and amuse.

THE OLD MASTERS

JAN. 19 – FEB. 13, 2011, MAINSTAGE
By Simon Gray
Directed By Michael Rudman

Under the menacing shadow of Mussolini, two aging lions (Sam Waterston and Brian Murray) joust over the value of art and money edging toward an explosive final encounter as their turbulent relationship erupts on stage.

AGNES UNDER THE BIG TOP

MARCH 2 – APRIL 3, 2011, STAGE II
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed By Eric Ting

A magical tale of hope, identity, and reinvention, this exciting new play explores the journey of immigrants in New York City as they search for beauty amidst the chaos of migration

ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION

APRIL 27 – MAY 22, 2011, MAINSTAGE
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed By Eric Ting

Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem. He’s still stuck on his ex-wife. Even though she offed his dog with a zip gun and left him cold over three years ago, he feels that he can’t be a man again until he gets her back. Enlisting the help of his best friend Aldo, Huey tries to woo her one final time in this fanciful, light-hearted, and zestfully comic play.