Celebrating Women's Voices

All plays are written and directed by women.

Returning theater purchasers can now purchase their tickets by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250.

2020TheaterGraphics web senseSense and Sensibility

by Kate Hamill
Adapted from the Jane Austen novel
July 3–19

It’s Jane Austen like you’ve never seen it before. When their father’s death drastically changes their family’s financial situation, sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood find themselves navigating society and relationships in a whole new way. Is there such a thing as a second chance for love? Kate Hamill’s fresh adaptation captures Austen’s whimsical wit and dynamic ensemble storytelling springs the novel to life on the Bratton stage.

2020TheaterGraphics web pillThe Pill Play

by Tyne Rafaeli
A Chautauqua Commission
August 14–23

In 1916, Maragaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. and was arrested for promoting contraception. In the 1960’s the birth control pill changed the sexual landscape for American women. In 2019, the birth rate in the U.S. has plummeted and women increasingly struggle with infertility. Have the advances in reproductive health tricked us into thinking we are in control? This is the premiere production of a CTC commission by hit off-Broadway and Drama Desk-nominated director Tyne Rafaeli.

2020TheaterGraphics web twelfthTwelfth Night

by William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley
July 1–19

CTC’s free outdoor Shakespeare tour continues with Shakespeare’s best comedy. A shipwreck leaves Viola and her twin brother Sebastian stranded on an island, each thinking the other is dead. Viola dresses as a man to serve the Duke Orsino, who sends her to woo his love, Olivia, who has also recently lost a beloved brother. Through cross-dressing antics, witty fools and soulful music, grief melts into love and giddily spins out of control in this heartwarming 90-minute comedy. Family friendly.

2020TheaterGraphics web childNo Child...

Written & Performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Hal Brooks
August 4–7

When actor Nilaja Sun lands a gig teaching theatre to teenagers in the Bronx she knows it won’t be easy, but her six-week journey into the heart of the public school system goes deeper than she anticipates. In this tour de force solo performance hailed as “Marvelous...touching and funny” by the New York Times, master storyteller Nilaja Sun transforms into the students, teachers, parents, and janitors of one NYC school with rapid-fire precision. Sparkling with wit and wisdom, No Child… probes the state of our public school system and the everyday heroes struggling to make it better. 

Chautauqua Theater Company is thrilled to have Obie and NAACP Award-winning artist Nilaja Sun in residence to perform her play No Child… and teach a masterclass workshop on solo performance to the CTC conservatory.

2020TheaterGraphics web NPWThe New Play Workshop

NPW 1: July 24–26
NPW 2: July 29–31

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New Play Workshop No. 3

Agent 355

Music, Lyrics and Book by Preston Max Allen
Book and Dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Estefania Fadul

August 15–18

True story: during the Revolutionary War, an unidentified female spy helped George Washington and his army to victory. Today, a contemporary all-female band is determined to figure out who she was. In the New Play Workshop's first musical, Agent 355 explores the loyalty, heritage, and courage of six real Revolutionary women whose stories, sacrifices, and secrets shaped the nation.

This show includes adult language and may not be suitable for children under age 12.

1:40 Minutes, No Intermission

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New Play Workshop No. 1

How the Light Gets In

By E. M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Beck

July 18–20

An unconventional romantic comedy! While grappling with her recent cancer diagnosis, a travel writer meets a frustrated Japanese architect, a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree, and a tattoo artist who doesn’t want to use his gift. How the Light Gets In is a poetic and quirky romantic comedy about four lonely people who find each other when one of them falls apart.

This show includes adult language and themes and may not be suitable for children under age 14.

85 Minutes, no intermission. 

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Creative Team:

Playwright - E.M. Lewis

Director - Emilie Beck 

Scenic Designer - Sasha Schwartz 

Costume Designer - Dorottya Vincze

Lighting Designer - Baxter Carlisle Chambers 

Sound Designer - Zackery A. Bennett 

Stage Manager - Stephanie Buck*

Assistant Director - Matt Dickson

Assistant Stage Manager - Christian Marshall

Stage Management Apprentice - Kacie Pimentel


Cast (in order of appearance): 

Grace Wheeler - Tasha Lawrence*

Haruki Sakamoto - Ryun Yu*

Kat Lane - Madeline Seidman

Tommy Z - Ricardy Fabre


Production Team:

Wardrobe Supervisor - Jaylene Ogle

Light Board Operator - Wayne Ogle

Sound Board Operator - Alex Brock

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New Play Workshop No. 2

On the Exhale

By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Patrick Walsh (CTC Directing Fellow alum)
An Actor/Director Workshop

August 14–18

When the tragedy of mass shootings hits home, one mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the weapon that changed her life forever. On the Exhale is a powerful solo performance featuring CTC alumna Claire Karpen, directed by CTC alumnus Patrick Walsh.

This show includes adult themes and may not be suitable for children under age 14.

59 Minutes

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

June 25–July 31

CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.

This show is family-friendly. 

Please note: to attend the performances at the Chautauqua Institution you will need to purchase a gate pass. Afternoon gate passes can be purchased for $15 at The Main Gate Welcome Center.


June 25, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

June 26, 7 p.m. • Allen Park, Jamestown

July 4, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 10, 6:30 p.m. • Lakeside Park, Mayville

July 13, 6:30 p.m. • River Walk, Jamestown

July 17, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company

July 20, 6 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 31, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company 


Creative Team:

Director- Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

Set Design- Jill Davis

Costume Design- Dixon Reynolds

Music Director & Arranger - Tommy Crawford

Stage Manager- Jean E. Compton

Assistant Stage Manager- Kate Wellhofer

Text Coach- Andrew Borba

Sound Design- John Kolbinski

Production Assistants: Max Lerman, Sebastian Newell



Flute / Egeus - Kieran Barry

Bottom - Alex Brightwell

Mustardseed / Peter Quince - Kelsey Deroian

Demetrius - Rishan Dhamija

Helena - Elizabeth Erb

Hippolyta / Titania - María Gabriela Rosado González

Cobweb / Snug - Amara Granderson

Puck / Philostrate - Kayla Kearney

Lysander - Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos

Peaseblossom / Snout - Sofia Bunting Newman

Hermia - Courtney Stennett

Oberon / Theseus - Titus VanHook


Director- Sarah Elizabeth Wansley. New York, NY. Artistic Producer / Director of Midsummer. CTC: Third season. CTC: The Amish Project. Off Broadway: Out at Sea (Drama League DirectorFest); Cry Eden (Access Theater). Regional: Egress (Cleveland Play House); Cornerstone (La Jolla Playhouse); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Dobama Theater). Educational: The Seagull (CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program); Ibsanity, Godspell (Fordham University); Playground (NYU Tisch School of the Arts); Outer Banks (Columbia MFA Playwriting Program); Burial at Thebes, Drums in the Night (UCSD). 2018-2019 Artistic Directing Fellow at the Cleveland Play House. 2015 Drama League Fellow. New Georges Affiliated Artist. Adjunct Faculty, Fordham University. MFA: Directing, UCSD. BA: English Literature, Columbia. www.sarahelizabethwansley.com


Set Design- Jill Davis: CTC: Second Season. CTC: Scenic Artist: The Cherry Orchard. Regional: A Doll's House (American Stage Theater); Marjorie Prime, Bellville, Time Stands Still, Grizzly Mama, The Flick (Dobama Theatre). Educational: Chez Feydeau (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); The Seagull, Macbeth, Clybourne Park, Too True to be Good, An Orchard, Present Laughter, Angels in America, Cloud Nine, Arcadia, Big Love, Identity Theft, The Real Thing (CWRU-Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program); Footloose (Ohio Northern University); Strike Slip (Oberlin College). Scenic Charge Artist: Cleveland Play House, PlayMakers Repertory Company, The Weston Playhouse, Summer Repertory Theater. Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University.


Costume Design- Dixon Reynolds Candor, NC/Buffalo, NY. CTC: First Season. Associate Professor of Costume Design at State University of New York at Fredonia and a freelance costume designer. His designs are seen in a broad range of styles from Theatre, Dance, Opera, Film and his favorite, new and experimental theatrical works, including musicals! Some of his designs have been seen at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Hangar Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, The Irish Classical Theatre, The Kavinoky Theatre, ART Park, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, The Hartt School of Music, Triad Stage, Summer Repertory Theatre, and American Dance Festival. He has also worked in the Costume Departments at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Roanoke Festival Park, HBO Productions and CBS Productions.


Music Director and Arranger-Tommy Crawford New York, NY. CTC: First season. As an actor: Off-Broadway: Veil’d (WP Theater), SeaWife (Naked Angels), Heresy (The Flea), These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea); Regional: Million Dollar Quartet (Weston Playhouse), Once (Northern Stage), Only Yesterday (Northern Stage), SeaWife (White Heron Theater), One Man, Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Mt. Gretna Playhouse), Hamlet(Elm Shakespeare). As Music Director/Composer: SeaWife, Cry Eden (Access Theater), The Seagull (Case Western/Cleveland Play House), The Grapes of Wrath (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse), The Burial at Thebes (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse). Awards: Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Music in a Musical (SeaWife), with The Lobbyists; Leader, co-founder of NYC-based band and theater company The Lobbyists; Lifetime member artist, Ensemble Studio Theater. BA: Yale University. Music and more at www.tommycrawford.com.

Stage Manager- Jean E. Compton New Windsor, MD/Chicago, IL. CTC: Second Season. CTC: An Octoroon, Into the Breeches!. Regional: Seasons at Two River Theater and Cleveland Play House. Chicago: The Death of Gaia Divine (Momentary Theatre); Spirits to Enforce (The Passage Theatre); Candide, Mudpie 2018 (Mudlark Theater Company); You for Me for You (Sideshow Theatre Company); Lizzie (Firebrand Theatre); Shining Lives (Northlight). Education: The Theatre School at DePaul University. www.jeanecompton.com