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kitchen_front120The Kitchen Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season continues in June with Mary’s Wedding by Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte.   A passionate love story set against the background of World War I, Mary’s Wedding is an elegy and celebration of star-crossed lovers who burn with a thrilling brightness.

Kitchen Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Rachel Lampert, will direct Eric Gilde and Ellen Adair.  Kitchen Theatre patrons will remember Gilde from the 2009-10 Season production of Last Train to Nibroc and this season’s collaboration with The History Center of Tompkins County, The Secret Room, a play based on the book Dear Friend Amelia: The Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd.  Ellen Adair will be making her Kitchen Theatre Company debut.

“I am thrilled to be directing two such talented, nuanced and deeply thoughtful young actors.  I cannot wait to get started.  The play jumps from the past to the present to the landscape of the mind. It is filled with wonderfully poetic language and almost staggering emotional situations.  It is a director’s dream, or maybe nightmare, as the play skips along from here to there in a heartbeat.   I find the characters so endearing – early 20th century Romeo and Juliet.  And having Eric Gilde and Ellen Adair as the company, well – it takes my breath away.  This is a play for everyone who truly ever loved another person.  It speaks to all that make us human, “ says director Rachel Lampert.

The design team for Mary’s Wedding includes set and lighting designer David Arsenault (The Brothers Size this season) and costume designer Lisa Boquist (The Brothers Size, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, Bed & Sofa) Original music composed by Mer Boel and sound design by Lesley Greene completes the creative team.  The Stage Manager is LaShawn Keyser.  Performances will be at the Kitchen Theatre, located at 417 W. State / Martin Luther King, Jr. Street in downtown Ithaca, NY.

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