The play is best described as a comedic version of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” It will be directed by Paul Mullins, known to regional audiences for his acclaimed production last season of “Superior Donuts” and will feature actors Hirsch, Janet Zarish, and Betsy Aidem.
“We are thrilled to have a team of this caliber working at the Festival. It signals a big step forward for us,” says artistic director Dina Janis.
Hirsch is well known to audiences for a long and varied career that spans theater, TV and film. TV audiences know him best for his Emmy Award-winning performance as Alex Rieger on the comedy series “Taxi” and his long run on the CBS series “NUMB3RS.” His feature work includes his Oscar-nominated role in “Ordinary People” and he will be seen soon in the film “This Must Be the Place” with Sean Penn. His stage work includes his Tony Award-winning performances in Broadway productions of “I’m Not Rappaport” and “Conversations with My Father.” Currently, he can be seen in the final season of the award-winning series “Damages.”
The play was written by Michael Cristofer who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony for his Broadway production of “The Shadow Box.” He is also known for his screenplays of “The Witches of Eastwick” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
This production continues DTF’s commitment to becoming a home for new plays and playwrights.
The production has its first preview on Thursday, August 2, at 8 pm, with the gala opening on Friday, August 3, at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road. Tickets are available online at www.dorsettheatrefestival.org or by calling the box office at (802) 867-2223 Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 6 pm (until 8 pm on show nights).