Footlight Club’s ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ Opens April 29

The Footlight Club's production of the Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens April 29. "We could all use a little humor about now and Christopher Durang is just the playwright to give it to us," said director Michael Colford. "You wouldn’t think transferring the well-known themes of Chekov’s plays; regret, envy, unrequited love, narcissism, lack of romance and the possible loss of an ancestral family home would be fodder to comedy but, in the hands of Christopher Durang, an American playwright with nearly twenty plays under his belt, the absurd becomes hilarious." Colford said he's excited about the terrifically funny cast who lean into absurdity to really make the show crackle with energy. "As the U.S. population ages, more and more of us are going through our 50’s and wondering if our lives have just passed us by," said Colford.

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Footlight Club to Perform Virtual Shows in 2021

The Footlight Club will be presenting four productions virtually in 2021. "These [shows] were chosen knowing the challenges and opportunities connected with producing them virtually," said Katie Swimm, Development Director for The Footlight Club. The four productions are:

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, directed by Katie Swimm, with performance dates on Feb. 19, 26, and 27 at 8 pm. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Vincent Ratsavong, with performance dates on March 26, 27, and April 3 at 8 pm.

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Joey McIntyre’s New Video Brings Him Back to The Footlight Club & Jamaica Plain

Joey McIntyre's new video Own This Town begins where his theatrical career started -- The Footlight Club. Before he was hangin' tough with the New Kids On The Block, McIntyre was in several shows in our beloved neighborhood's community theater. After all, he grew up in Jamaica Plain, and his mother was in Footlight performances for decades. His video starts off in The Footlight Club, where they filmed in recent weeks. Then he takes a car ride through Jamaica Plain, clearly reminiscing as many of our local spots are shown -- Costello's Tavern, J.P. Licks, the Soldier's Monument, St Thomas Aquinas Parish, and the post office.

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Footlight Club’s ‘Clybourne Park’ Builds Off Famed ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

The Footlight Club's current show is Clybourne Park , the Pulitzer Prize winning play that was spun out of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun. Bruce Norris' 2010 play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2011, and Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. The play occurs during and after Hansberry's play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in Chicago. In 1959 white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. In the next act the play is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles gentrification.

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