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Main Stage

The grand stages of Drayton Hall Theatre and the historic Longstreet Theatre are the places to catch this season's main stage productions. Enjoy a stage adaptation of an Oscar®-winning film, a rarely performed first play by a legendary playwright, and two cutting-edge contemporary hits!

2018-2019 Main Stage Season

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

In this stage adaptation of the Oscar®-winning film, penniless and struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?  

Platonov

Platonov

This first, originally untitled, farce by influential playwright Anton Chekhov was never published in his lifetime.  Finding himself on a downward spiral fueled by lust and alcohol, disillusioned schoolteacher Mikhail Platonov proudly lives by the credo “speak ill of everything.”  Platonov’s cynical wit and world-weariness belie a charisma that proves irresistible to the opposite sex, leading him into a tangled - and dangerous - web of love and deceit. 

The Wolves

The Wolves

A 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves charges fiercely onto the stage to reveal a brutally honest portrait of adolescent life on a high school girls’ soccer team.  You’re a fly-on-the-goal as you witness the nine talented teammates warm up throughout their season, maneuvering through increasingly challenging obstacles both on and off the field. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A critically-acclaimed, multiple-Tony® winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle” (The Times) and “a testament to the singular power of theatre” (Vogue).  In this stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, a math savant on the autism spectrum becomes consumed with finding the killer of his neighbor’s dog.  He soon finds that fingers are pointing at him as the suspect, setting him off on a daunting odyssey that turns his entire world upside down.

 

Artwork for the 2018-19 Main Stage season by Gracie Newton.