The Essex Theatre Company 2016 Season

Pulitzer-Prize winning musical Next to Normal
with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

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 manic depression 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. Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

WHEN: July 16, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 , 29, 30 at 7:30 pm | July 17 and 24 at 5 pm
WHERE: Masonic Lodge, located (next to the ferry) in Essex, NY.

TICKETS: $15 general admission | $12 for students/seniors

Special Event Joanna Russell, singer, and Matt Russell on piano
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 pm |
WHERE: Masonic Lodge, located (next to the ferry) in Essex, NY.

TICKETS: TBA

Paul Rudnick’s comedy I Hate Hamlet

Andrew Rally in I Hate Hamlet seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

WHEN: August 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm | August 14 at 5 pm
WHERE: Masonic Lodge, located (next to the ferry) in Essex, NY.

TICKETS: $10 general admission | $8 for students/seniors


ETC also welcomes back the creative team of Derrick A. Hopkins and Jennifer Moore to the helm of the musical, while Derrick A. Hopkins will also direct the play. Derrick A. Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, directors for ETC’s 2016 Season, have revolutionized the theatre and music departments at Willsboro Central School, winning the 2014 Heart of the Art Award for Region 1. Previously for ETC, they mounted productions of The Wizard of Oz, Company, and Rent. “I’m beyond excited to be coming back to ETC with this monumental musical,” claims Derrick Hopkins. “The score, the script, the story, the message, all of it is a powerhouse!” He concludes, “Being able to bring my favorite musical to the stage with my artistic partner in this gorgeous space just fills me with such inspiration and joy. I cannot wait to begin to dig-deep into this masterpiece.”