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Dorset Theatre FestivalThe Summer 2010 Dorset Theatre Festival starts soon! This year marks its 35th year, and with an exciting new Artistic Director, and classic and new plays that include drama, comedy, mystery, and, of course, fun, as well as additional events like a New Play Reading Series, Family Programming, and a “Going Green Symposium,” it is definitely a summer theatre fest you’ll want to check out. Here’s a rundown of the plays for this season:

June 28th – July 11th: The Pavilion by Craig Wright
Written by the award-winning writer of the television shows “LOST,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Dirty Sexy Money,” this play has been hailed by critics as “an Our Town for our time.” Set at a small-town high school reunion, it explores missed opportunities amidst mercilessly passing time. But who know what chances for redemptive romance will be found underneath the pavilion? Running time: 2 hrs.

July 14th – July 26th: Fallen Angels by Noel Coward
Be prepared for a lot of wit in this popular Coward play. The two heroines are young married Englishwomen with a shared past lover, and the fun of the play stems from the wives’ deceit and jealousy when they find out he is due in town. Come and enjoy classic theater with this high comedy! Running time: 2 hrs.

July 28th – August 15th: Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie
One of Christie’s best known murder mystery novels, Death on the Nile, is a classic “who dunnit” for all ages. Her books are page-turners, so watch as this adaptation of her popular book comes to life, following the characters as they travel down the Nile on a paddle steamer. Who amongst the cast is the murderer? Hurry, time is running out! Running time: 2 hrs.

August 18th – August 28th: The Novelist by Theresa Rebeck
This year’s New Play Premiere by the writer and producer of the television shows “Law and Order” and “Criminal Minds” is set during a weekend away from the city. Family dynamics between a brilliant, but struggling, novelist and his bitter son are tested after the arrival of a young female assistant. A thoughtful, but comedic play that is a great addition to the DTF’s 35th anniversary line-up. Running time: 2 hrs.

September 1st – September 5th: When Something Wonderful Ends by Sherry Kramer
The 2010 season ends with this one-woman (if you don’t count the Barbie) show. Following the death of her mother, Sherry begins to pack up the memorabilia of her younger years in preparation for the sale of her childhood home. As she does so, she explores personal questions, but also dares to ask global ones once she realizes the relationship between her Barbie collection and America’s economic role in the world. A touching and comic play that addresses environmental issues.  Running time: 2 hrs. (This play is part of DTF’s “Going Green Symposium,” which features daily presentations, Q&A’s with guest speakers, and workshops. All workshops are free with the purchase of one ticket.)

July 10th – August 14th, Saturdays: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Adapted from Dahl’s all-ages pleaser, this play is part of DTF’s Family Programming, which aims to engage younger audiences in great literature. In order to feed his family, Mr. Fox steals food from his neighbors – the meanest of mean farmers. Despite the farmers’ continual plots to kill him, Mr. Fox outwits them one by one. Begins at 2 PM on Saturdays, and is free. Followed by a Children’s Book Fair held by Northshire books.

During the season, DTF will also provide free staged readings as a part of The New Play Reading Series – a collaboration between The Lark Play Development Center and DTF. After the plays, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and discuss the issues presented with writers that will be made available. Full schedule and descriptions for these readings will be posted on the website nearer to the season.

–Amber Williams is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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