Wednesday June 20 2:44 pm

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Canterbury Summer Theatre Opens 50th Anniversary Season with Award-Winning 'Graceland'


Written by Ellen Fairey, Graceland won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play in Chicago, where it premiered, and was extended for six months due to popular demand.

Fairey was a writer/producer on Showtime's Nurse Jackie and Masters of Sex, and is currently a co-executive producer on USA Network's The Sinner. Her new work, Support Group for Men, is set to premiere this summer at Goodman Theatre.

The play's title, Graceland, refers to Chicago's oldest cemetery, where two siblings reunite on the occasion of their father's puzzling death, as jets roar overhead during the weekend of the annual Air and Water Show.

When the pair decides to look for answers at their father's favorite tavern, their weekend becomes complicated by bad choices and startling revelations, with hilarious and heartbreaking consequences, illuminating the siblings’ search for connection, happiness and closure.

Graceland stars Annie Barker, Andrew Buel, Rosa Campbell, Andrew Palmintier, and returning Canterbury veteran, Jesse Kortus, who was last seen onstage here in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, First Date, and Boeing Boeing.

Graceland is directed by Canterbury Associate Artistic Director, David Graham, marking his 29th staging for the company.

Guest Artist, Leah Mazur, also returns to Canterbury to handle scenic and lighting designs for Graceland. Mazur is Assistant Professor of Scenography and Resident Designer at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Lari Leber serves as costumer for the production, with Allison Claggett as stage manager.

Please note that this production contains mature themes, and is recommended for those of high school age and older.

Canterbury performances are at 2:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm on Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices are $16.00-$17.00, with discounts for seniors and students.

To reserve tickets, call (219) 874-4269 or e-mail

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series, as well as monthly Open Mic Nights for area performers.