The Chester Theatre Company

Contemporary Theatre at its Best

P.O. Box 722
Chester, MA 01011

(15 Middlefield Road)
Box Office: (413) 354-7771

Performances are held at the Chester Town Hall

Center of town, just off Route 20




World Premiere


JUNE 26 - JULY 7, 2013


JULY 11 - 21, 2013


JULY 31 - AUGUST 11, 2013

An IIiad

AUGUST 15 - 25, 2013




presenting a season of

Uncommon Love Stories

                                                                                             ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER

                                                                  THE SWAN 



                                                                    THE BETROTHED

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The New England Premiere of
Animals Out of Paper
by Rajiv Joseph
July 5-15, 2012

Ilana, a world-renowned origami artist, is going through a divorce, her dog has run away and she hasn’t answered her phone in two months. Then her intercom buzzes. It’s Andy, a fan, a high school teacher who counts his blessings. Literally -- he’s up to 7,904. Andy introduces Suresh, an urban teen ipod addict and origami prodigy into Ilana’s life and the plot folds really get complicated. A wise and richly layered comedy/drama from the author of Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo. 

“Pitch-perfect… Alternately wrenching and funny…” The New York Times

The Swan 
by Elizabeth Egloff
Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
July 18-29, 2012

Dora Hand lives by herself on the Nebraska prairie -- she's gone through three husbands and seems destined to play the lonely mistress to her married milkman, Kevin — until a swan crashes into her living room window. Strangely, to all outward appearances, the swan is a charismatic and child-like man who quickly learns the ropes: speech, dressing, checkers, beer, love for his new mistress. A mysterious and comic riff on the classic Leda myth.

"A bewitching bedtime story for grown-ups." NY Newsday

The New England Premiere of
by Arlene Hutton
August 1-12, 2012
Directed by Ron Bashford

It's the eve of the New York City Marathon, and Stephen, preparing for his first race, needs a good night's sleep. His wife is in London on business and he has the apartment to himself. Until Emily, his wife's ex-roommate, shows up unexpectedly and in crisis in the wee hours of the morning. Late night conversations become late night confessions and connections. A witty, insightful dramedy from the author of The Nibroc Trilogy.

"A smart, funny script … a very real, human drama." --

Regional Premiere of
The Betrothed
by Dipika Guha
August 15-26, 2012
Directed by Byam Stevens

As Simon's flight crosses the Atlantic to the Old Country, he imagines the beautiful woman waiting for him. Betrothed since birth, he’s waited thirty long years to meet his beloved. Upon arrival, his fantasy is derailed by old crones, morally ambiguous clergymen, deceitful babies, and barnyard animals. Simon must navigate a world where murder, ghostly possession, and rampant cuckoldry wreak havoc with his sense of reality. An existential comedy with a fairy tale heart.

“A whimsical tour of the supernatural.” -- The Boston Globe 

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presenting a season of


pride@prejudice adapted, edited and compiled by Daniel Elihu Kramer from the novel by Jane Austen

Crime and Punishment adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus from the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Turn of the Screw adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the novella by Henry James
Wittenberg: a Tragical-Comical-Historical in Two Acts by David Davalos
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July 6 - 17. 2011

Adapted, edited and compiled by Daniel Elihu Kramer

from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Ron Bashford


Jane Austen’s classic romance as you know and love it, but with bonus material – bloggers, commentators, scholars, even Jane Austen herself. With five actors playing over 30 roles, Kramer’s deconstruction of one of the world's most popular love stories not only delivers all the delightful romantic twists and turns of the novel’s plot, it also looks at our love affair with reading and, in particular, with this extraordinary book.

“I can't think of another work in my 24-plus years as a Dispatch critic that has displayed so much promise... playful yet respectful, inventive, often inspired, Kramer’s delightful adaptation works on many levels... such a graceful and witty condensation seems destined to be celebrated across the country.” -- Columbus Dispatch

The New England Premiere of
Crime and Punishment
July 20-31, 2011

Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus

from the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Directed by Sheila Siragusa

In this thrilling new look at one of the most famous murder mysteries ever written, Raskolnikov re-enacts the events that drove him to a horrible crime and then to his search for redemption. This award-winning adaptation is simultaneously an electrifying journey into the mind of a killer, a cat-and-mouse detective story, and a tale of overpowering love for a fallen woman.

"Crime and Punishment, in a feat that rivals the construction of the Hoover Dam, has been distilled into a taut 90-minute play... remarkably absorbing." -- The New York Times

"Stunningly lean, taut and emotionally searing... a work of theatre that never feels like a condensation of a 500-page novel, but rather has the swift, sharp impact of a blow from an ax." -- Chicago Sun-Times

“Pure Dostoyevsky... riveting and not easily forgotten... a brilliant script, which distills Dostoyevsky's language into pure poetry... a play not to be missed” - Curtain Up

The Turn of the Screw
August 3-14, 2011

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

from the novella by Henry James
Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer

A provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, re-imagined by one of America’s most admired contemporary playwrights. A young governess has come to eerie Bly House to care for a pair of orphans. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet who also died under mysterious circumstances. Their ghosts are now plaguing the children. But are they real or the product of her fevered imagination? This compelling psychological thriller redefines what it means to be haunted.

“A dazzling act of imagination. Mr. Hatcher has pushed James’ clever turn to its furthest degree.” -- The New York Times



A Tragical-Comical-Historical in Two Acts
August 17-28, 2011

by David Davalos
Directed by Byam Stevens

October 1517, fall semester at the University of Wittenberg, young Hamlet is struggling with his faith (and his tennis game). He turns to two Wittenberg professors for guidance: John Faustus (philosophy) and Martin Luther (theology). The dazzling battle of wits that ensues is a thrilling testament to the never-ending tension between Reason and Faith. A clever, hip and ambitious comedy that will delight Tom Stoppard fans while providing the back story to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and, yes, even the Protestant Reformation.

“A cocktail of brainy allusions, absurdist plot twists, sly wordplay and disarming anachronisms, fortified with serious ideas, should delight Tom Stoppard fans.” -- Washington Post

"Finally—a decent Protestant Reformation comedy!" -- Philadelphia Inquirer


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Summer Season 2010

 Molly Sweeney

June 30 - July 11

The Nibroc Trilogy:

Last Train to Nibroc

July 14 - July 25

See Rock City2

July 28 - August 8

 Gulf View Drive

August 11 - 12

The complete Nibroc Trilogy will be presented

on the final two Saturdays of the season (August 14 & 21, 2010)

with the presentation of the complete cycle in one day.

Special event tickets for those days

will include an afternoon ice cream social and a country style dinner.




CTC, P. O. BOX 722, CHESTER MA 01011


Chester Theatre Company is a professional theatre company located in the foothills of the Berkshires. Now in its 21st year, CTC presents 4-5 plays each summer and fall, produced by top-flight actors, directors and designers from across the country. Over the years, CTC has grown from the "little miracle of the Berkshires" (The Berkshire Eagle) to a company that "has produced a record that can rival the best the area has to offer" (The Boston Globe). CTC productions have gone on to Off Broadway engagements and regional, national, and international tours. Acclaim for CTC programs is not limited to the Main Stage -- CTC's innovative educational outreach programs have won awards from the Massachusetts Alliance of Arts Educators and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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