January 23, 2017

Travesties Opening Friday



“Travesties,” Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy about revolution, love, and the importance of being an artist, opens Friday, January 27, at Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain.
“Travesties” is inspired by events that occurred when three innovators—the writer James Joyce, the politician Vladimir Lenin, and the avant-garde artist Tristan Tzara—all happened to be in Zurich, Switzerland, at the same time. Stoppard’s comic treatment weaves these events into a carnival of parodies, vaudeville acts, impassioned debates, and other theatrical surprises.
The original 1974 production ran in London and New York to critical and popular success, and is still frequently revived professionally. Hole in the Wall’s production stars eight local actors: Scott Hoffman (Newington), Luis Marrero (New Britain), Matthew Horowitz (New Britain), Shawna Pelletier (New Britain), George Dagon (Glastonbury), Avery Ferro (New Britain), Steven Siemiatkoski (New Britain), and Lauren Hyne (Bloomfield).
The play is stage managed by Devin Orde and directed by Alex Kirstukas. Describing why he chose the show, Kirstukas explained: “‘Travesties’ takes place in early 1917, exactly a hundred years ago, and over its 43-year lifetime it’s become a theatrical classic. But what it says about the power of the creative arts couldn’t be more timely.”
The show runs for four weekends, January 27 to February 18, at Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain. Tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with a pay-what-you-can night Friday, February 3. Shows are Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, with one Sunday matinee on February 5 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or bought at the door. Reservations may also be made by calling (860) 229-3049.
Established in 1972, Hole In The Wall Theater has been providing quality theater to the community for over forty years. Throughout this time their location has changed but their philosophy has always remained the same, “theater should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay”.

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