Join Playhouse on Park in designating the Greater Hartford area as a premiere destination for the cultivation of innovative theatrical work! The Playwrights on Park Reading Series was created for this very purpose, and our next evening in this exciting series is Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm with Michael Kimmel’s Dog Whistle.
Dog Whistle is a humorous and incisive look at modern politics. In a tight race for Senator of Ohio, two candidates are racing to see who can abandon their principles first: the incumbent Democrat, fearful of losing his seat, or the Republican “change candidate”, who’s excelling at the game of politics too well for her own liking. Stuck in the middle of this race is a woman looking to the government for help. As both candidates try to outsmart each other, a tragedy occurs. How will the candidates respond? Dog Whistle is a direct examination of the current state of politics, and how callow our elected representatives on both sides have become.
Michael is the creator of Songbird, based on Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in Nashville, TN with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard (LOLO). Songbird had its Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 in October 2015 as a NYT Critics Pick, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kleban award. He is also the creator and adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. TLG performed a series of sold out concerts at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater before its world premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival where it went on to break box office records for WTF’s Nikos Stage. TLG also had an acclaimed production at The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA (Nominated for two Craig Noel awards), helmed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers. Michael’s work has been featured at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., LPR, The Westside Theater, and many other venues. Michael is one of the creators/producers of The Score, a new podcast featuring live performances of new musicals debuting in 2017.
The mission of Playwrights on Park is to produce original plays and musicals, therefore fostering emerging and established playwrights. Each reading features a new work, where audience members participate in a talk back session with the playwright, director and cast members. Audience members are also provided with response cards at the end of each reading. Additionally, there is a talkback segment featuring the Playwright and cast after each reading.
All tickets are $10 each, general admission. For tickets, please call our box office at 860-523-5900 x10, or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119.