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An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins | Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

June 29 - July 8 

In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself. In this hilarious and incisive new play- winner of The Obie Award for Best American New Play- Branden Jacobs-Jenkins jabs at the history of slavery and identity in America.

Airness by Chelsea Marcantel | Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

July 14 - July 29 

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already within us. The writer of the beloved 2016 NPW “Tiny Houses” returns to CTC with her newest play, straight from her triumph at The Humana Festival of New Plays.

Galileo by Regina Taylor | Directed by TBA

August 11 - August 17

After observing the movement of the stars and moons with the newly invented telescope, Galileo confirms that the earth moves around the sun. However, the Catholic Church of 17th Century Italy is not ready for this reversal of heaven and earth. In this world-premiere CTC commission with original music, acclaimed playwright Regina Taylor explores the commodification of truth and how it is used as an object of power. Is seeing believing?

Free Will: Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

As You Like It by William Shakespeare | Directed by Andrew Borba

Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.

Performed on-grounds at Chautauqua Institution and in Jamestown, Mayville, and Southern Tier Brewery. Full schedule and venues to be announced shortly.


New Play Workshops

July 31 - August 4

Two brand new plays performed in repertory. Plays and directors to be announced shortly.


The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey | Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

August 19 - August 21

A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by a mass shooting, and their journey to healing.