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Heritage Theatre Festival

An Exciting Season Ahead for the Heritage Theatre Festival

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This summer, Heritage Theatre Festival audiences can look forward to a season that combines exciting new discoveries, an American musical treasure, a madcap mystery, and one of the theatre world’s most beloved modern musicals. And as if that is not enough, they are throwing in a postseason treat in the form of a one-person show by a circus legend who has brought his iconic clown act to all seven continents! Heritage is kicking off its 43rd season with Will Eno’s Middletown, (June 23-July 1), a play that finds timeless truths in a look at the most average of average hamlets. Next up is Woody Guthrie’s American Song, (June 30-July 8), featuring a collection of Guthrie’s inspiring folk anthems. Chapatti (July 6-15) is a touching drama about two late-in-life neighbors bonding over the search for homes for their respective pets. Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (July 22-29) is anything but elementary – it’s a fun and frenetic Sherlock and Watson-driven whodunit that features five actors playing 40 characters! The official season will wrap up with the return of the recently retired, longtime Heritage Artistic Director, Robert Chapel, directing the classic Sondheim musical, Company (July 28-August 4). The late summer forecast at Heritage will definitely call for hilarity courtesy of a one-person show from International Clown Hall of Fame member, Barry Lubin (August 4 and 5). The iconic face of the Big Apple Circus for 25 years as “Grandma,” Lubin in 2016 made history by being the first clown to perform on all seven continents. Lubin will perform at the Ruth Caplin Theatre in addition to working with UVA’s resident clown, Tim Cunningham, and his group of merrymakers in a series of clowning workshops.

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