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2010 Arts Management Excellence Award

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Our auditorium is now equipped with an ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICE

System, provided to our patrons at no additional cost.



A VISIT FROM SCARFACE—An almost true story. From the comedic duo who brought us Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell.  It’s 1930, and successful screenwriter Ben Hecht is in a pickle. He's just written a script for the movie Scarface, inspired by real-life gangster Al Capone. It's guaranteed to be a hit, if Capone's hit-men don't get him first! The jokes fly fast and thick in this hilarious new comedy as Hecht tries to duck gangsters on one hand and the Hollywood censors on the other.



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Sep. 28

Auditions!  Auditions! Auditions!


Sept. 2 at 7 pm

Chautauqua director Diane Bartlett will be holding one night of auditions for William Inge’s BUS STOP, on the evening of September 2 at 7 pm.  Please come prepared for cold reading from the script and bring your resume and headshot.

Parts available are:
  *  Grace – Owner of the diner, she is fortyish, and pretty in a fading, hard-bitten way. She has a passionate side to her nature, loving a good fight and the attentions of a good man.
  *  Elma Duckworth – An intelligent, but naive and impressionable high school girl. She is Grace's waitress.
  *  Will Masters – The local sheriff. Tough as nails and brusque in manner, but goodhearted and a staunch Christian, described as a "deacon of his church". A highly "moral" man in the general sense of the word.
  *  Dr. Gerald Lyman – This role has been precast

  *  Cherie – A pretty young woman who comes from a difficult "hill folk" background, and has left her innocence far behind. She is an aspiring nightclub singer, but has never worked in any establishment above the level of "cheap dive".
  *  Bo Decker – A brash young cowboy with boorish manners that hide a naiveté almost as profound as Elma's. He has convinced himself that Cherie will be his bride, though Cherie wants nothing to do with him.
  *  Virgil Blessing – An older, wiser cowboy who has become a father figure to Bo (who was orphaned at the age of ten) as well as Bo's head ranch hand.
  *  Carl – The bus driver, who has an ongoing "just passing through" relationship with Grace. As referenced repeatedly, this is purely sexual in nature.


Auditions will be held at Chautauqua Playhouse.



Chautauqua Playhouse is in the process of replacing seats in the auditorium.  As this is a costly endeavor, we ask that you consider adopting a seat.


For any donation of $25 or more, your name will be placed on a plaque in the auditorium as a donor.


For $100, you may “adopt” a specific seat and have an engraved plaque put on that seat, as a donor or in memory of a loved one.


Donations may be sent to  Chautauqua Playhouse.  Please designate that your contribution is for the Chautauqua Seat Fund.


Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Celebration of Life—Bob Nannini


Chautauqua Playhouse offers its condolences on the passing of Bob Nannini .  All who worked with Bob knew him to be an energetic, funny, talented man.  His theatrical triumphs were many including several Children’s Shows at Chautauqua (most notably playing Christoper Crum in the reindeer series plays) as well a notable roles in Drinking Habits, Plaza Suite, Bad Seed, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell.



There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Bob on Sept. 7 (Sunday) at 6 pm—at Chautauqua Playhouse.  All are welcome.