‘Love and Imagination’ in Fairfield

“Five short plays by David Ives, six monologues by Barrie Cole and one terrific evening of theater”:   That’s how Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, describes “Love and Imagination,” the virtual opening of its 2020-’21 season.

After directing Theatre Fairfield’s successful productions of “The Art of Dining” and “One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State,” adjunct theater professor Jan Mason returns to the director’s chair for this Zoom presentation of works by two rising American playwrights. Deemed the “maestro of the short form” by The

New York Times, Ives is known for his comedic, one-act plays like “Sure Thing,” “Time Flies” and “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.” He’s been delighting audiences with his irreverent wit for more than 30 years.

Similarly, Chicago-based playwright and performer Cole has been revered by critics across the country for her funny, clever and revealing plays, essays and performance monologues.

“This evening of theater is about the chance encounter, the perfect moment, the right words, the time when everything aligns and goes right, or not,” Mason said in a statement. “It’s about the fleeting chances we have to get it right. I expect the result will be a joyful evening of love, laughter and intelligent humor that is really smart and really funny.”

The cast of Theater Fairfield’s production features Kiersten Bjork, Class of 2021; Tracy Ferguson, ’22; Grace Kavulich, ’22,; Lillie Kortrey, ’23,; Abby Ligas, ’24; Park Lytle, ’21; and Jay Martins, ’21. The production’s artistic team includes scenic designer and professor of visual and performing arts Lynne Porter, costume designer Julie Leavitt, technical director Anne Kendall and producer and professor of visual and performing arts Martha Schmoyer LoMonaco.

Performances will take place Friday, Oct. 23 and Sat., Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., with a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Tickets for the 90-minute production are $10; $5 for students, and can be purchased online at the Quick Center for the Arts Box Office at quickcenter.fairfield.edu or by phone at 203-254-4010. After purchasing a ticket, patrons will receive a Zoom link via email on the day of the performance. Theatre Fairfield will also have tech support on call to assist customers as needed.

For more, visit https://theatre-fairfield.org.

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