Exploring the American Masters

Plays and Events |December 26, 2015

Building on a rich tradition of titles like A Raisin in the Sun, Death of A Salesman, and To Kill A Mockingbird, Weston’s American Masters Series is a five-year commitment to producing an American classic each season with artists of national importance. Last summer, the Series launched with Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Kristen Coury and produced in association with Gulfshore Playhouse.

Ben Jacoby and Andrea Lynn Green

Eric Gilde and Amy Van Nostrand

Amy Van Nostrand starred as the indomitable Amanda Wingfield, with Eric Gilde, Andrea Lynn Green, and Ben Jacoby as Tom, Laura, and the Gentleman Caller. It was brilliant!HSP2015_0637-2250px

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Weston fans will recall Van Nostrand’s memorable performance opposite Christopher Lloyd in Death of A Salesman, which is timely for us as we celebrate Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday. We’re looking forward to bringing his genius back to the MainStage this summer with All My Sons (August 25 – Sept 4).

Amy Van Nostrand opposite Christopher Lloyd, a flawed but endearing Loman

Christopher Lloyd and David Bonanno, Death of a Salesman

In 2009, Mal directed Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Remembered from the film starring Sidney Poitier, it’s a fiercely moving portrayal of an African-American family on Chicago’s south side struggling to realize the dream of a better life. The Washington Post called it “one of a handful of great American plays” and The New York Times said it “changed American theater forever.”

Chantal Jean-Pierre and Wendell Franklin at Ruth and Travis Younger

From Left to Right: Chantal Jean-Pierre, Tonye Patano, Coy Stewart

Chantal Jean-Pierre, Erica Peeples, Wendell Franklin

Erica Peeples and Stephen Tyrone Williams

Also directed by Mal, To Kill a Mockingbird…adapted by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by Harper Lee. In this American masterpiece, Atticus Finch dares to defend a black man in the 1930s Deep South. Seen through the eyes of Atticus’ tomboy daughter, Scout, the story is loved not only for its focus on social injustice but also for its genuine warmth and humor.

Andrew Foster, Kelsey McCullough, and Isaac Freitas-Eagan, as Gem, Scout, and Dill

Amy Van Nostrand and Susan Haefner as Miss Stephanie, Miss Maudie

James Lloyd Reynolds and Kelsey McCullough as Atticus and Scout Finch

Here in Weston, we’re committed to celebrating the classics, as we’re committed to nurturing the new. We love these stories that examine and explore our American experience and we’re grateful for the NEA’s support, enabling us to bring them to a truly broad audience. We hope you’ll join us this summer for All My Sons. See you at the theatre!

Tags: All My Sons, American Masters, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company


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