Hole in The Wall Theater August Newsletter

Greetings to all HITW Friends and Family!

The Summer is moving forward, the sun is shining (sometimes), and Hole in The Wall Theater is gearing up for some big things in the coming months. First up, our next mainstage production! Fittingly, in the month of August, we are bringing a Tony Award winning tale of family dysfunction to the stage. Directed by Warren Dutkiewicz and produced by Jennifer Tellier and Krysten Drachenberg, we present Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County!

“Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and ‘truth-telling,’ is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.”

August will run from Friday, August 11th, 2023 until Saturday, August 26th, 2023. Tickets are available now at www.hitw.org: $25 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors. Per tradition, our second Friday show date, August 18th, will be our Pay-What-You-Can Night. Sunday, August 20th will be our 2 PM Sunday matinee. Get those tickets now, and get ready for a night with family (dysfunctional though they may be). 

Opening weekend of August will also start us down the road to Spooky Season. On Sunday, August 13th and Monday, August 14th, auditions will be held for a classic tale of inner darkness. Directed by John R. Bosco, produced by Laurie Maria Cabral and Maranda Gallo, and based on the tale of terror by Robert Louis Stevenson, HITW is proud to hold auditions for Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

“Set in the foggy 19th century streets of London, England, we follow the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll. A man of high regard with a dark secret that he attempts to keep hidden. But, when the dark urges of Mr. Edward Hyde threaten to undo everything in Jekyll’s life, how far will the ‘good doctor’ go to stop it? A timeless tale and a look through the eyes of madness.” The show itself opens Friday, October 6th, 2023. We cannot wait to ring in the spookiest time of the year.

Along with shows for this year, we’ve also got plans for next year’s season. At our next General Meeting on Wednesday, August 16th, at 7 PM we will be discussing the first slot of our 2024 season. Due to licensing issues, we’ve found ourselves with an open slot from February 2nd to February 17th. Read up about show proposals, and feel free to stop by our theater to help pick a new show and keep our schedule moving!

Keep following what we’re up to at all of our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. We’ll be making more announcements soon for the last show of our 2023 season The Curious Savage, and further announcements for our 2024 season. As always, we wish to thank the CT Humanities Council, CT DECD Supporting Arts Grant, and the CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant for their help with our landmark 2022 season. We also wish to thank the State Commission of the Arts General Operating Grant for the 2023 season.

Thank you to all of our family and friends, and we will see you on the stage!