WESTPORT, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY, is pleased to announce its 45th season lineup, which includes two hilarious and thought-provoking plays and a nod to the Depot’s anniversary with a classic musical from its very first season.
Lights go up on the main stage on June 29th with WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME. Upbeat and quick-witted, a middle-aged woman recounts traveling the country as a fifteen-year-old speech and debate champion. She takes the audience on a fascinating and gut-wrenching journey, ending each performance with a unique, live debate against a student on the subject of the U.S. Constitution. The show will run from June 29 through July 16.
The season continues with CHESAPEAKE by Lee Blessing, in which ONE wildly versatile actor brings alive a string of disparate characters who argue completely polar perspectives on the value of art, politics, and the mysterious connections between dogs and their humans. Hilarious and delightfully otherworldly, this one-man show draws its title from the Chesapeake retriever that plays an integral role in a heist gone wrong. Performances run from July 20 – August 6.
The season ends with the world’s longest-running Off-Broadway musical and one from the Depot Theatre’s very first season, THE FANTASTICKS! This show is a quintessential celebration of love, its enduring mysteries, its sweet simplicities, and all the foolish ways we tend to mess it up. Boasting a cherished score of classic tunes, including “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain,” the season’s finale runs from August 10-27.
“This season conveys a message collectively about meeting one another on a shared level and moving forward together,” said Michael Glavan, Depot Theatre Artistic Production Manager. “And as a bonus, each production tells a story with a solid dose of comedy!”
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, NY, and it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.
2023 Season Passes will go on sale on April 15, 2023, and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 518.962.4449. Individual tickets will be available beginning June 1. More details, information about the Depot Theatre Academy summer youth program, additional events, and news updates can be found online at DepotTheatre.org.
ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers, and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2023 programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Adirondack Foundation – Generous Acts Fund and the Essex County Arts Council. The Depot Theatre 2023 Season is sponsored by the Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation.
The Depot Theatre Academy is a robust educational experience for area youth and a pathway for those interested in pursuing a profession in theatre—whether that’s backstage or on stage.
What the Constitution Means to Me
June 30 – July 16, with a $25 Preview on June 29
By Heidi Schreck
RATED: PG-13 (discussion of domestic abuse and sexual assault)
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: Mountain Lake PBS
“What the Constitution Means to Me” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
August 11 – August 27, with a $25 Preview on August 10
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: Chazy Westport Communications
The Fantasticks is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.