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From the Porch – Althea & Angela by Todd Olson, from the Playwrights on Park Play Reading Series

July 12, 6:00 pm

Directed by Sean Harris and featuring Kendall Driffin as Althea, Jane Bradley as Angela, and Thomas Daniels as The Man

In 1955 Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton were world-ranked tennis players…yet no one wanted to partner with them in women’s doubles. In fact, few even wanted to talk with them. Post-War America was still very segregated and the tennis world was still very anti-Semitic. Eight years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in major league baseball, the tennis world lagged behind, clinging to its country club roots. So, Althea, a black woman from Harlem, and Angela, a Jewish woman from Liverpool, were outcasts in two nations. So they decided to join forces outside their own country – and what happened then made history.

Althea & Angela tells the story of their meeting at an exhibition game in New Delhi, pairing up, and winning the French Open and Wimbledon – the first Grand Slam events that any African-American – male or female – had ever accomplished. It also tells the story of the unlikely events that occurred 40 years later, when one fell upon destitute times…and the other saved her life by a mass appeal to the tennis world.

Includes a post-show talkback with the director and the cast. Rain date: Monday, July 13.

Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Order beverages online through The Wise Old Dog using this link or bring your own.

Schedule

6 pm        Gates open
6:30 pm   Performance begins

Tickets

Tickets are available on the Playhouse on Park website.
PURCHASE TICKETS

In-person tickets  |  $25 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. You will not need a physical ticket, your name and the size of your party will be on a list at the gate.

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Todd Olsen (playwright) has had his works produced at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (My Way), Milwaukee Rep (I Left My Heart), and American Stage Theatre Company (Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of frida kahlo). New adaptations include Lysistrata and War of the Worlds (premiered at American Stage), and Dracula (premiered at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival). His Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Plays that have enjoyed professional readings include Citizen Thorpe (American Stage)Hurricane Brothers (Treefort Productions, Sarasota), and Section 60 (Florida Musical Theatre Festival, music by Waldo Wittenmyer and Michael Huseman). Undeveloped works include The Wanderer Finds Liberty in America, Outside the Living Body, and his autobiographical Uber Chronicles: A True Story About a Harvard Grad’s 600 Rides While Job Hunting. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina; he is a graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. Todd has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard and taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina.


 

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From the Porch, Hill-Stead’s new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more. Building on the success of Hill-Stead’s indoor events and nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the inclusive summer programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.

Hill-Stead will kick off the inaugural series with a venerable celebration of the Year of the Woman to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage. Our signature events will amplify women’s crucial role in history.


Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible


LEAD SPONSOR


PRESENTING SPONSORS

The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Harvey & Lewis Opticians

Kemper Associates Architects

Thomaston Savings Bank

Updike Kelly & Spellacy


FRIEND SPONSORS

ChristmasWishCT.org

Farmington Family Dentistry

Jan-Gee McCollam

Northeast Surety, LLC

Ohanesian/Lecours

Shredneck LLC

 

Please consider joining us as a sponsor of this series and be a part of this shared endeavor to bring the arts to the community. You will provide a much-needed boost to Connecticut’s incomparable cultural organizations and art providers. Every sponsor will be recognized all season long on Hill-Stead’s web and email promotion and onsite signage. See the Sponsorship Registration Form for more information.

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