WESTPORT, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, is pleased to announce the cast of CHESAPEAKE, the second production in the theatre’s 45th season main stage lineup.
CHESAPEAKE features ONE wildly versatile actor, who 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 show draws its title from the Chesapeake retriever targeted in a heist gone wrong.
In his Depot Theatre debut, Luke Wehner will be playing all of the characters. Luke recently returned from a West Coast run of HAND TO GOD at CVRep. Previously, for his performance in HAND TO GOD at Dobama Theatre, Luke received a Cleveland Critics Circle nomination and was included in Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Theatre 2017. Together with Allison Wick, Luke co-founded Hunger Theatre Company. His theatre credits include THE CRUCIBLE and EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT at Hunger Theatre; JOHN, PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER at Dobama; A CLOCKWORK ORANGE at Hubris Theatre Company; and DOG SEES GOD at Inner Circle Creative.
“This is a role that demands a lot from an actor: someone who can create different characters (at one point four of them are in conversation at the same time), someone capable of dynamic storytelling, someone who can deliver the wild hilarity of the comedy in this piece, and someone who wins over our hearts with gentility and sincerity and heart,” said Michael Glavan, Depot Theatre’s Artistic Production Manager. “We are so lucky to have found Luke Wehner, who delivers all of that and more. His bold and imaginative creativity in collaboration with CHESAPEAKE veteran and our production’s director Craig Joseph make this piece a wild, exciting, fun, and touching piece of theatre!”
CHESAPEAKE will run from July 20 through August 6. Tickets can be purchased online at DepotTheatre.org or by calling 518.962.4449.
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.
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July 21 – August 6, with a $25 Preview on July 20
By Lee Blessing
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: Mountain Dog Restaurant & Pub
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.