The Miniature Theatre of Chester

Program Notes


THE PLAINS OF ILION
World Premiere
by Steven Sater
Directed by Byam Stevens
July 8-26

The marriage of a professor of Ancient Greek Literature and his increasingly distanced wife is reawakened by exposure to a beautiful, young graduate student. A story of mature love and sacrifice from the winner of the Rosenthal and Steppenwoif New Play Awards.




THE LOWER CORTEX
World Premiere
by Robert Clyman
Directed by John Hickok
July 29-Aug. 16

A suburban software marketer celebrates his 4Oth by stopping by the local university and participating in what he thinks is a psychology experiment. What Torn finds is a truly life-awakening experience administered by the mysterious Dr. Summerlin. A witty, provocative dark comedy.




SHIRLEY VALENTINE
by Willy Russell
Directed by Byam Stevens
Aug. 19-Sept. 6

A working-class Liverpool housewife rediscovers her dreams in this hugely popular, one woman play from the author of EDUCATING RITA. Actress Elaine Brornka garnered sensational reviews for her portrayal at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse.




JOHN AND TEDDY
by Phyllis Smith Webster
Directed by Byam Stevens
Oct. 7-11

Vincent Dowling and Michael 0. Smith return in the acclaimed production from the 1997 season, as part of a special one-week forestry event. This encounter between Sierra Club founder John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt changed and is still changing the American relationship to our natural environment.


Vincent Dowling
Boston Globe Review of John and Teddy

Kris Stone

Set Designer, just graduated from the Yale School of Drama where her designs have included The Pope and the Witch, King Lear, Eleemosynary, and Gum. Prior to Yale, Kris Graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 with a BFA in Anatomy and Figure Drawing and from Millikin University in 1994 with a BFA in Theatre Design. Kris has also studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London, Queen Mary and Westfield College and The University of London in Bloomsbury. While abroad in 1993-94, Kris worked professionally on television sets for the BBC and LWT, theme museums such as the refurbishment of the original London Dungeon on Fleet Street, and Euro-Disney in Paris. During this time her London Theatre experience included Carousel with the Royal National Theatre, Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre, Sleeping Beauty at the English National Ballet, and the ever necessary multiple tours of Cats. Kris also did an internship at the RSC Barbican working on her own design of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Over the last 2 years, Kris has been Ming Cho Lee's Design Assistant and has worked on over 10 of Ming's productions. She is currently assisting Scott Pask on Spirit Dance, a new dance piece inspired by the music of Peter Buffet which will be aired in December on PBS.
In the fall, Kris will begin teaching set design at Vassar College.


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