The Vineyard Playhouse gets going this weekend with three very different performances, at three very different locations, too.
Tonight is the world premiere of The Screenwriter’s Daughter, written and directed by Larry Mollin. The play is about Ben Hecht, the legendary screenwriter of Gone with the Wind, Some Like it Hot, The Front Page, His Girl Friday, the list goes on an on. He wasn’t called the Shakespeare of Hollywood for nothing. But this story is really about Mr. Hecht’s daughter Jenny, who in her twenties wants to run off to Europe to join a radical theatre group.
The play opens tonight at the Performing Arts Center at the regional high school and continues next weekend.
On Saturday morning the Fabulists begin their run outdoors at the amphitheater of the Tashmoo Overlook. This long-running summer series is theatre for children of all ages, but is so good you don’t really need a kid to enjoy it. This weekend’s performance is The Rooster King. Showtime under the trees is 10 a.m. on Saturday.
And on Monday night at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven, the Playhouse welcomes John Douglas Thompson in a one-man show written by Terry Teachout and directed by Gordon Edelstein. The play is called Satchmo at the Waldorf and it is described as a raw, uncensored look at the man behind the smile [Louis Armstrong, of course].
And while this is a chance to see a new work in progress, it is really a chance to see Mr. Thompson live. He has been described by some as the best classical actor in America. James Shapiro, a Shakespeare scholar at Columbia, said Mr. Thompson was “the best American actor in Shakespeare, hands down.”
Get thee to the Hebrew Center on Monday, 7 p.m. sharp.
For more information on all three shows and tickets, visit vineyardplayhouse.org.