Friday, January 17 2014

Format: 2015/02/28

Friday, January 17 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


Fairfield Back & Forth: Imagery by artist Miggs Burroughs

Visitors will be mesmerized by images that transform from 19th century photos to present-day scenes in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show.

The exhibition will be on view through February 18, 2014.



Festival of New Musicals

Friday, Jan 17, 7:30pm
Adam is an unsuccessful songwriter who doesn’t know how to settle into his long-term relationship with Claudia. When he has an opportunity to write for an emerging pop superstar, Adam is forced to decide which he values more: an enduring partnership or a love that is worthy of song. Adam Lives is about finding and keeping the important things in life, but at what cost? Staged reading as part of the 9th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals.

Saturday, Jan 18, 7:30pm
It is 1902. Mayfair, England. When an upper class British family is shipwrecked on an island with only their butler to help them survive, traditional class systems are questioned and unexpected love blossoms. Based on J. M. Barrie’s play The Admirable Crichton, this musical fantasy with a sumptuous score, dubbed a “cross between Downton Abbey and Gilligan’s Island,” is a classic tale of equality, survival and forbidden love. Staged reading as part of the 9th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals.

Sunday, Jan 19, 1:00 pm
This unconventional new musical from the writers of The Story of My Life is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. Staged reading as part of the 9th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals.


4-Show Mini Subscriptions at Playhouse on Park: A Great Holiday Gift Idea!

WEST HARTFORD, CT- Don’t forget to subscribe to the exciting 2014 Main Stage season at Playhouse on Park!

Subscribe now for the remaining four shows, and you save 10% off individual ticket prices. With prices ranging from $54-$126, you get four Broadway quality shows for the price of one! You also receive subscriber benefits, which include the option of switching the date for the shows you attend, little surprises from the theatre, and the knowledge that they are supporting the educational, cultural, and outreach programs that Playhouse on Park incorporates into their Main Stage productions.

The upcoming shows for the Main Stage season include Lend Me a Tenor (a hilarious romp behind the scenes at an opera house), the world premiere of Higgins in Harlem (a 1930s adaptation of Pygmalion), I’d Rather Be Dancing (the annual singing and dancing extravaganza from stop/time theater), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (a quirky musical where six misfit adolescents compete in the “spelling bee of a lifetime”).

For more information on the Main Stage season and how to subscribe, visit the company website (, or call the box office (860-523-5900 x10).


Avery Ensemble Concert - Continuum

The Avery Ensemble will perform the closing concert of their two-part series Continuum which will continue to explore the rich legacy of western tonal music from its emergence in the 1600’s to the cusp of its breaking point at the beginning of the 20th century.  It opens with two of Mozart’s most exquisite chamber works, his Quartet in g minor for Harpsichord and Strings, K. 478 and his Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major, K. 454. This is a rare opportunity to hear the Mozart quartet performed using harpsichord instead of modern piano - those who are familiar with this great work will be amazed at the different colors and characters this instrumentation inspires, not just from the keyboard instrument but from the whole ensemble.  Avery Ensemble will then be joined by Cuatro Puntos members violinist Aaron Packard, violist Kevin Bishop, and cellist Pablo Issa for one of the richest and most expressive pieces in the entire history of western music. Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht masterpiece takes the listener on an epic emotional journey from desolation and resignation to joy inspired by transformative love. Reservations for this remarkable program are advised and can be made by calling (860)379-3190 or emailing [email protected]. Include an email address or phone number to receive a reservation confirmation. Anyone willing to volunteer to help out can also get in touch using the same contact info. A reception with food, wine and beverages will follow the performance.