The Boothbay Playhouse

A Professional History: 1937-1974

by Jerry Vermilye



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781449036218
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781449036201

About the Book

Built to resemble an old New England barn, the Boothbay Playhouse operated from 1937 to 1974, under two separate managements, as a professional summer theatre. In the old-resident-company tradition, a different play was presented each week from June to September- and at prices that seem unbelievable today. But even then the challenge of filling seats was a perennial uphill battle that led to ongoing financial crunches for both managements until surmounting losses forced its closure.

This is the story of that landmark theatre's trials, triumphs and tribulations, told by someone who was there for five of those 37 years. Illustrated with 60 photos, the volume also features casts and credits for all Playhouse productions

About the Author

Jerry Vermilye studied theatre at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and paid his dues for 13 years at summer and regional venues, including the subject of this volume, Maine's venerated Boothbay Playhouse. A former writer/editor at TV Guide magazine, he is the author of several plays and 16 books, including subjects as diverse as Laurence Oliver, Audrey Hepburn, Ingman Bergman and Italian films. He is currently writing a volume on actress Jean Arthur