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The 2019-20 Season theme “Can one person make a difference? carried the MainStage productions, and other areas of programming including classes and workshops, we talked a lot about our place in Portsmouth, in the state and beyond - what difference do we make? The program committee was drawn to plays that had strong leading characters that make us laugh, or cry, or jump for joy as they make a difference in the world. We chose plays that challenge our thinking of race, gender, the environment, economics and more.
October 11 - 27, 2019 – The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess
In this brand new drama, a black student and a white professor meet to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history and power, and neither woman will ever be the same.
The Niceties was produced in partnership with the University of New Hampshire's Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.
The Niceties Tour included:
February 3, 2020 at SNHU, Manchester NH
February 4, 2020 at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter NH
February 5, 2020 at Winnacunnet School District, Hampton, NH
February 6, 2020 at Johnson Theatre, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH
November 15 - December 1, 2019 – Pride & Prejudice by Kate Hamill
From Jane Austen's classic novel, Kate Hamill presented a thoroughly different take on the literary classic.
December 20 - 29, 2019 – It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry
The beloved classic re-envisioned as a 1940's live radio show returns for a holiday romp through the town of Bedford Falls.
January 10-26, 2020 – Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood by Ken Ludwig
Packed with thrills, romance, laughter, and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be.
September 21 & 22, 2019 – Fairy House Tour
Join our teaching artists and students in The Friends of the South End Fairy House Tour. With music, story and song the woodland grove at Historic New England's Langdon House will come alive.
September 29, 2019 – Ardent Girls by Amy Merrill
Writer's Room, our new play initiative for silenced stories, presents Amy Merrill's Ardent Girls. Hear the play, and join in the exploration as our team of artists develop this new play.
Intimate concerts and interviews with favorite seacoast musicians hosted by Kathleen Somssich.
October 6, 2019 – Randy Armstrong, World Fusion Music
December 8, 2019 – Jeff Warner, American Traditions
February 2, 2020 – Russ Grazier, Jazz
CANCELLED - April 5, 2020 – Angelynne Hinson, A Singer's Journey
October 29, 2019 – Couch to Mic: Open Mic
Last year's Couch to Mic Performance was standing room only and for good reason! Join us on October 20 for the final performance of the Couch to Mic comedy performance class led by Stephanie Lazenby.
Novermber 29, 2019 – Go Get Me Judy: Live Podcast Recording
How would Lizzy Bennet be coping in the 21st century? Join the ladies of Go Get Me Judy - a podcast about modern living - as they discuss where she'd have a Tinder account, and much, much more! A Pride & Prejudice post-show experience.
Community Connectors is an informal gathering of individuals, businesses, advocate organizations and policy-makers that opens up conversation around issues affecting the Portsmouth, and beyond.
December 4, 2019 – Community Connectors: It's A Wonderful Life
This is an opportunity for community movers and shakers to come to theatre and envision the future of housing in Portsmouth, in partnership with Piscataqua Savings Bank and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast.
January 22, 2020 – Community Connectors: Sherwood
The 2019-2020 Season theme ‘Can one person make a difference?’ continues in the new year with this production looking at loyalty, leadership, and philanthropy.
March 4, 2020 – Community Connectors: 4th Annual Storytelling Festival
Join us to discuss the role institutions, and cultural organizations play in ensuring equitable programming.
Panel: Anne Jennison, Palana Belken, Terry Robinson
May 28, 2020 – Community Connectors: The Shipyard Project Revisited
Join NHTP as they gather with artists and community members responsible for the Shipyard Project, which brought Liz Lerman's Dance Exchange to Portsmouth, NH between 1992 and 1996 sparking decades of community arts programming and city-wide development.
Panel: Liz Lerman, Peter Bowman, Jane Forde, Paula Rais, Ellen Fineberg, Genevieve Aichele, Sarah Duclos
April 23, 2020 - Couch to Mic Live!
Couch to Mic Live! is the culmination of the latest NHTP Couch to Mic program taught by NHTP Teaching Artist Stephanie Lazenby.
June 18, 2020 - A Thousand Doorways by Diane Edgecomb
Diane Edgecomb’s performance of A Thousand Doorways is the story of her journey through the remote mountains of Turkey on a dangerous quest to record the last Kurdish storytellers. The Fourth Annual NHTP Storytelling Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19.