The Miniature Theatre of Chester

The Miniature Theatre of Chester

Presenting Our 2005 Season
A Summer of Uncommon Love Stories


July 6 - 17
The Retreat from Moscow
by William Nicholson
directed by James Warwick
Edward and Alice have been married for thirty-three years. Edward teaches at a boy’s school and takes refuge in his daily crossword. Alice collects poems for anthologies, her latest a collection about lost love. Jamie, their son, is visiting for the weekend when Edward announces he’s leaving Alice. This devastating surprise prompts the questions: How well do we know the people we marry? Is it wrong to be honest? Is love enough to save a marriage? William Nicholson, the acclaimed author of Shadowlands, shines a sensitive and breathtakingly natural light into lives that are taken too much for granted.

            “A finely perceptive, eloquently tender and exquisite new play" New York Magazine

July 20 - 31
Boston Marriage
by David Mamet
directed by Michael Dowling
Anna and Claire are two “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringe of upper-class society. Anna has become the mistress of a wealthy man who will keep the bills paid. Claire has become infatuated with a “respectable” young lady. When the young inamorata pays a visit, she sets off a crisis that puts everyones’ future at risk. Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and sharp plotting to this wickedly funny play that evokes the wit of Oscar Wilde and the dark undercurrents of Harold Pinter.

            “Devastatingly funny... exceptionally clever.” - The New York Times

August 3 - 14
The Nina Variations
by Steven Dietz
directed by Byam Stevens
Nina and Treplev, Checkov's star-crossed lovers, are brought together again in this funny, heartbreaking homage to The Seagull. Set in the present, the forty-two fast and nimble variations on their famous final scene create a delightful maze of romantic entanglement. Dietz, a two time winner of The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, weaves wit and passion into a haunting, stand-alone play rich with the ache of all things left unsaid.

            “A perfect little jewel of a play” – The Sheperdstown Chronicle


August 17 - 28
See Rock City
by Arlene Hutton
directed by Victor Maog
In this funny, touching sequel to MTC’s 2001 smash hit Last Train to Nibroc, Raleigh and May have just returned from their honeymoon, and now must navigate a tricky strait that includes in-laws, the hardships of World War II in rural Kentucky, their livelihoods, and even their life together. Hutton combines her remarkable ear for regional dialogue and closely observed period detail to spin out a captivating tale of two young people searching for happiness.

To receive a Season Brochure with ticket ordering information, please call 413-354-7771 or email with your name and address.

Evening Performances Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm

Matinees on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Note: Programs subject to change.


The Miniature Theatre of Chester
P.O. Box 722
Chester, MA 01011-0722

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