Chaut. Theater Company Announces Premiere Of ‘The Light and The Dark’

CHAUTAUQUA — The Chautauqua Theater Company, the resident theater company of Chautauqua Institution, will produce the world premiere of Kate Hamill’s newest play, The Light and The Dark.

Directed by Jade King Carroll, producing artistic director, the play will be staged during the final two weeks of the nine-week Summer Assembly (June 22-August 25).

Kate Hamill is an award-winning, New York City-based actor/playwright. In 2017, The Wall Street Journal named Hamill Playwright of the Year, a title she has maintained through being among the top 10 most-produced playwrights in the U.S. for the last five consecutive years. Most recently, she was honored and awarded the 2023 Einhorn Mentorship Award at Primary Stages 39th Anniversary Gala. Hamill’s passion lies in crafting feminist, female-centered classics, exploring the complexities of women’s stories through original plays and adaptations, such as the Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2023 production of Pride and Prejudice, featuring guest artists Ray Anthony Thomas and Tina Benko.

The Chautauqua Theater Company hosted the first public reading of The Light and The Dark to a sold-out audience during the 2023 Summer Assembly. In partnership with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the company will produce a developmental workshop in early December, which will culminate in a private reading in New York City.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate back to Chautauqua Theater Company, and we are beyond excited to be producing the world premiere of The Light and The Dark.” Carroll said. “Fostering this play from a finishing commission to its first public reading to a world premiere is both an honor and a delight for us at CTC, and we can’t wait to share it with you this coming summer! What could be more exciting than a new Kate Hamill play centered on the brave, witty, pioneering female painter Artemisia Gentileschi?!”

Tickets will go on sale for The Light and The Dark and CTC’s full season in February 2024.


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