BERNARDS TWP., NJ - As Basking Ridge-based Trilogy Repertory Co. comments on its webpage, you may not be able to score Broadway tickets to "Hamilton" this summer - but local theater fans can look forward to Trilogy's two "Plays in the Park" scheduled for July and August at Pleasant Valley Park.
Each summer, Trilogy and the Bernards Township Parks & Recreation department presents free theater productions at the outdoor amphitheater at PVP, located off Valley Road.
This summer's planned productions are "In The Heights," scheuled for July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, to be followed by "The Rainmaker," scheduled for July 29 and 30, and August 4, 5, and 6. The plays begin at 8 p.m.
All performances are free, but the regional theater co. appreciates donations. Playgoers are asked to bring seating, and a picnic if desired. (Bug spray is sometimes useful!)
"In the Heights" is a musical that was also nominated for the 2009 Pulizer Prize for drama. It will be produced by Jaye Barre, directed by Mariella Klinger, with Joe Lesky as musical director, and choreography by Samantha Kestenbaum.
"The Rainmaker" will be produced by Hank Barre, and directed by Hugh Wallace. The play opened on Broadway in the 1950s, and later was made into a movie starring Burt Lancaster.