The Longwood Players

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Upcoming shows

Poster for Next to Normal

Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt

Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Joy Lamberton-Arcolano

Music directed by Karin Denison

Choreography by Alexander Davis

April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 at 8pm

April 22 and 28 at 2pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Meet the cast of Next to Normal, buy tickets or purchase a Pay It Forward package!

Next to Normal is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Poster for Summer Artist Spotlight 2018

Summer Artist Spotlight 2018

Friday, August 10 at 8pm

Saturday, August 11 at 8pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Our annual Summer Artist Spotlight will be performed at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA, on Friday August 10 and Saturday August 11, 2018 at 8pm.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poster for Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Veronica Haakonsen

November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @ 8pm

November 11 @ 2pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's young lover, left a card at Wilde's club accusing him of being a "posing somdomite." Wilde sued for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wilde's art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, "It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde's art!" In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for "gross indecency with male persons.” Using transcripts from the actual trials, Wilde’s own writings, and excerpts from autobiographies and other historical documents, this play reconstructs the three trials that Oscar Wilde endured. In addition to Wilde and Queensberry, characters ranging from Queen Victoria to London's rent boys, to a present-day academic are assembled to explore how history is made and how it can be so timely revisited in the theatre.

We are looking for 9 versatile actors to play multiple roles. There are around 50 characters represented in the play including: Oscar Wilde, Queen Victoria, Lord Alfred Douglas (Wilde’s lover), the Marquess of Queensberry (Wilde’s accuser), George Bernard Shaw, lawyers, judges, prostitutes, newspapermen, rent boys and more! All ethnicities and gender identities welcome.

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Poster for A Night at the Cabaret 2019

A Night at the Cabaret 2019

February 1 and 2 at 8pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Our annual Night at the Cabaret winter fundraiser will be performed at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA, on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2, 2019 at 8pm. Enjoy food and drinks as your favorite Longwood legends perform classic musical theater songs.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poster for Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry

April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3 @ 8pm

April 21, 28, May 4 @ 2pm

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

Frederic, orphaned at a young age and mistakenly apprenticed to a rather ineffectual band of pirates, falls in love with Mabel, whose father is the very model of a modern Major-General. Caught between love for Mabel and piratical duty, Frederic sets in motion a hilarious sequence of events with pirates chasing daughters, daughters chasing police, and police chasing pirates. Will love win the day? Ready your funny bones and set sail to find out.

Join us in an intimate black box setting as 10 actors take on more than 30 roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved tale of duty, courtship, and piracy!

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