Vineyard Playhouse patrons might be forgiven for a feeling of deja vu when viewing the lineup of mainstage shows Cambridge’s new Central Square Theatre selected for its first season. Two shows opened this past weekend — QED: An Evening with Richard Feynman and Coming Up for Air, An AutoJazzography — and both productions were developed on the stage on Church street, Vineyard Haven.
Awardwinning director, playwright, professor and playhouse artistic associate Jon Lipsky’s 2004 production of QED at the playhouse starred Keith Joachim as the eccentric, Nobel-winning physicist, as does this production.
Coming Up For Air: An AutoJAZZ-ography, conceived by Boston saxophonist Stan Strickland and written and directed by Mr. Lipsky, was first workshopped at the playhouse, and later at The Yard. After Central Square Theatre, the duo takes Coming Up for Air to the Edinburgh Festival.
Meanwhile the playhouse continues its excellent workshops with the now-running End Days director Claudia Weill also directing a Monday Night Special reading of a dark and sexy Irish comedy, The Belle of Belfast by Nate Rufus Edelman. The reading features Ciaran Crawford, Billy Meleady, Carmel O’Reilly, Briana Sefarian and Kristina Valada-Viers, this Monday, August 7, at 7 p.m.
And on Sunday, August 3, the 7 p.m. special is Rubles Two, three new short plays inspired by Chekhov short stories, written by Carol Rocamora with Brooke Adams, Paul Benedict, Adam Heller, Brooke Hardman, Robert Potts and Peter Stray.
Tickets for both events are $25 reserved seating, at 508-696-6300 or online at vineyardplayhouse.org.