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‘The Chosen’ Will Open Jan. 27 at Playhouse on Park

Tickets are available now for ‘The Chosen,’ the next show in the Mainstage Series at West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park.

Damian Buzzerio will appear in the role of Reb Saunders in The Chosen. Submitted photo

Damian Buzzerio will appear in the role of Reb Saunders in The Chosen at Playhouse on Park. Submitted photo

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Playhouse on Park‘s first Mainstage Series show of 2016 is the award-winning production The Chosen, adapted by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner. Opening night is Jan. 29 but there are preview days on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28.

Potok’s award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities – “five blocks and a world apart” – in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. Themes of friendship, family, and life choices run throughout this beautiful story that chronicles a path to understanding and reconciliation.

Dan Shor will appear in the role of David Malter in The Chosen at Playhouse on Park. Submitted photo

Dan Shor will appear in the role of David Malter in The Chosen at Playhouse on Park. Submitted photo

Featured in this production are: DAVID GAUTSCHY (Off Broadway: Signature Theater Company/KOTA: A LITTLE PRINCESS. Regional: Shakespeare on the Sound, Denver Center Theater Company) as Reuven Malter, JOSHUA WHITSON (Off-Broadway: TARTUFFE (Valere). AS YOU LIKE IT (Silvius)) as Danny Saunders, DAMIAN BUZZERIO (Playhouse on Park: PROOF (Robert), CABARET (Herr Schultz). OTHER REGIONAL: Florida Studio Theatre, Elm Shakespeare, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ) as Reb Saunders, DAN SHOR (Theatre: Pittsburgh Public, Guthrie, Old Globe, Film: Tron: The Next Day, Tron, Red Rock West, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure) as David Malter, and JORDAN WOLFE (New York/Off-Broadway: New York Classical Theatre: RICHARD III, LOVE’S LABORS LOST. Prospect Theatre Company: THE ALCHEMISTS) as Young Reuven Malter.

The Playhouse‘s very own Director of Education, DAWN LOVELAND (Playhouse on Park directing credits: PROOF, OLEANNA, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, RED LIGHT WINTER, THEATRE UNCUT. Playhouse on ParkStaged Readings: DREAM HOUSE, THE CLOWNS), returns to direct The Chosen.

And because The Chosen has proved to be a well-loved classic, ticket sales are already booming! Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets today. Playhouse on Park also offers group rates for groups of 10 or more.

Opening night is Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., with a wine and cheese reception before the show. Previews are Jan. 27 and 28, with the run ending on Feb. 14. Call the Playhouse box office at 860-523-5900 x10 for your tickets today! Visit www.playhouseonpark.org for more information. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119.

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