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Nantucket's White Heron Theatre Announces 2015 Summer Season

The White Heron Theatre Company of Nantucket announces their 2015 summer season of professional repertory theatre performances including the Tony award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike directed on Nantucket by Tony award winner Martin Platt; Pulitzer prize- winning play The Gin Game; a new play by an established playwright in the Long Wharf Theatre New Plays Collaborative and impromptu pop-up theatre around the island. While their new theatre is being built, with a grand opening set for 2016, this year's summer season will be held at the Dreamland Theatre on Water Street in Nantucket. "We are so pleased to be able to work in the Dreamland's theatres both in the black box theatre and on their main stage. We have had a long history of work on the Dreamland stage and we are happy to be back with a summer season of award-winning plays," said Michael Kopko, Executive Director of White Heron. The new season will kick off July 1-2 with its annual collaboration with the Long Wharf Theatre Company featuring a reading of a new play by an established playwright. "This is the third year of our collaboration with the Long Wharf Theatre. Last year's play, The Second Mrs. Wilson will open on the Long Wharf Theatre main stage this week and is intended for Broadway," said Lynne Bolton, Artistic Director of White Heron and President of the Nantucket Theatre Institute. "Our mission is to work new plays by established playwrights. This collaboration has allowed White Heron to be a part of creating new work for the American Theatre. These plays will take the White Heron name with them from Nantucket to the national stage. This is very exciting work for us. " Additional productions this season will include 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Gin Game by DL Coburn, with performances throughout the month of July. The Gin Game began in New York in October 1977 with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, directed by Mike Nichols. Top performer Jessica Tandy won a Tony Award for her brilliant performance. Using a card game as a metaphor for life, the play is both funny and moving in its intimate look at the game of life. "A thoroughly entertaining lesson in the theatrical art of finesse." The New York Times. The witty comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, being performed at the end of August through the beginning of September, won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as New York Drama Critics' and Drama Desk awards. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be directed this season by Martin Platt, Tony Award winner for producing the play-- a masterful and utterly hilarious comedy about grown siblings and the complications of managing their recently deceased parents and their family estate in Bucks County, PA. A mash-up of Chekov's Comedies, the result is an absolutely hilarious look at grown-up sibling relationships. "Deliriously funny." The New York Times. For full details about the 2015 season, please visit www.whiteherontheatre.org. All tickets and packages will be on sale May 11, 2015 and available for purchase through their website or box office at 508-825-5268. To get the latest news about the new theatre, and when the pop-up performances will occur, please follow the White Heron Theatre on social media and their newsletter.

About The White Heron Theatre
The White Heron Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre company that will be permanently housed at 5 N. Water Street, behind the Whaling Museum, in 2016. First formed in New York in 2005 and moved to Nantucket in 2011, the White Heron Theatre Company produces transformative, professional productions of classical and contemporary plays and creates innovative educational experiences through its educational arm, the Nantucket Theatre Institute.

Ira Kantor
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