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2014 — Our 57th Season!

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward
directed by Erik Tonner
produced by Andrew Okell & Karen E Steckler

Sept. 12-27

Show dates: Friday & Saturday nights at 8PM with Sun. matinee at 2PM
Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27

There will be a free preview for area senior citizens (65+) on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 8PM


John Thompson as Charles Condomine

Dianna Waller as Ruth

Susan King as Madame Arcati

Emily Seibert as Elvira

Eric Greenfeld as Dr. Bradman

Barbara Disraeli as Mrs. Bradman

Desirae Carle as Edith

Director Erik Tonner returns to The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts to direct Noel Coward’s classic farce about life & the ­after-life. He directed last year's popular production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change". Previous TBTA directing credits include "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Godspell", and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Erik describes "Blithe Spirit" as "a bit like a cross between Monty Python & Downton Abbey." 

The play begins when Charles Condomine, a writer, decides to hold a seance as research for a new book. An amusing evening takes an unwitting turn when the ghost of his ex-wife appears. Charles is startled by the apparition. His new wife, Ruth, has a different reaction.....

"Blithe Spirit" was written and originally performed during the London Blitz (WWII) and was an instant success. Its send up of death and the spirit world appealed to the war weary British. The play continues to resonate in the current day as witnessed by the recent revivals on both sides of the Atlantic. With physical comedy and sharp wit, Coward leads the audience from a simple dinner party to a world of chaos where nothing is as it seems.


Rehearsal Photo: An unbelieving Ruth (Dianna Waller) listens as her husband, Charles (John Thompson), explains that he can see the spirit of his dead first wife Elvira (Emily Seibert).
(photo by Stephen Cihanek)

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students with ID


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The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer
directed by David Bass
produced by Lou Okell

Nov. 7-22

Show dates: Friday & Saturday nights at 8PM with Sun. matinee at 2PM
Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22

There will be a free preview for area senior citizens (65+) on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 8PM


Michael Wright as Ned Weeks

Miles Everett as Felix Turner

Michael Reilly as Mickey Marcus

J Scott Williams as Bruce Niles

Todd Santa Maria as Tommy Boatwright

Vicki Sosbe as Dr. Emma Brookner

Christopher Bird as Ben Weeks

Kyle Pinto as Hiram Keebler/David

Rob Bassett as Craig Donner/Grady


The story of a city in denial, THE NORMAL HEART unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever.

Larry Kramer’s landmark play about love, AIDS and New York in the 1980s, is a cry for everyone to do their part and take action against HIV and AIDS.

“Thank you for coming to see our play. Please know that everything in The Normal Heart happened. There were and are real people who lived and spoke and died, and are presented here as best I could.” - Larry Kramer

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Call For Directors

Proposals For Our 2015 Season

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts is looking for enthusiastic directors willing to share their energy and talents in our 2015 season. If you would be interested in directing a play or a musical at TBTA next year, please submit a proposal by October 1, 2014.

Your production proposal should include:

1. A brief outline of the production requirements for the show you are interested in directing. Please include: cast size, ideas for set, lighting, costuming, technical and creative personnel that you may have or need, etc.

2. A copy of the script (or, if a musical, the recording) of the piece that you are proposing.

3. A preference with regard to the time of year during which you would be looking to direct: winter/spring, spring/summer, summer/fall, fall/winter.

4. All of your contact information so that we can get in touch with you.

5. A resume including any relevant information e.g. coursework (university/graduate/etc.), on- and off-stage experience, involvement with local theatres, and references.

Please send your proposals to: TBTA, attn: Michael Burnett, Artistic Director, PO Box 528, Brookfield, CT 06804

The four main shows of our season each run for three weekends for non-musicals and four weekends for musicals (between seven and fourteen performances). We would also be interested in considering smaller shows, script readings, a weekend of one-acts etc. that could run in between our main stage shows our outside of our regularly scheduled season.

If you are not familiar with TBTA, please contact us via email ( with any questions.

Michael Burnett
President/ Artistic Director, TBTA


Save The Date!

Special Comedy Workshop: Oct. 11

Details to follow soon. Space is limited. Check our Facebook page for an event posting.


Improv Night!

17 Debacles

NEXT SHOW: Sat., Nov. 29 @ 8PM

TBTA's resident improv troupe 17 Debacles will returne with fun nights full of new games, old favorites and some unexpected surprises. As always, tickets are just $10 at the door.

The 17 Debacles are:
Matt Austin • Jody Bayer • Desirae Carle • Billy Dempster • Denise Howard • Kristin Hoose • Meg Jones • Kelly Luf • Abbey Lynch • Joe Mariano • Crystal Schewe

Watch for more improv nights in 2015!


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Please support our 2014 Season

Sponsors our 2014 season
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As a non-profit, all volunteer community theatre, we rely on the support of businesses and individuals who share our passion for the arts and our commitment to provide quality programs at affordable prices. We are happy to offer the following benefits to our sponsors, subscribers and members:

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Bronze $25–$99

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Your donation is tax deductible - please consult your tax professional.

We thank you for supporting live theater!

2014 Sponsors

Front Row Center ($2500 & above)


Orchestra ($1000–$2499.99)


Platinum ($500–$999.99)
Thomas & Emilie Connor
Gold ($250–$499.99)


Silver ($100–$249.99)

Listed in show programs.

Bronze (up to $99.99)

Listed in show programs.


Thank you to all our 2013 advertisers. It's time to reserve your ad for 2014! This year, your advertising dollars go even further: Advertise in ALL 5 SHOWS for the same price as our 2013 season advertisement rate! Download the rate sheet: TBTA2014_AD.pdf

Arkettype - Graphics & Printing

Helen S. Curtin, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Lombardo & Bastiani, DMD—General Dentistry

Modern Supply—Plumbing, Heating, Lighting

Vivid Events Disc Jockey/Lighting

• Aldis - The Travel Planner

• Carol Hoose Tax Service

• Ken Musselman Fine Art Paintings

• MathZap Tutoring

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Subscribers: Subscribers

Season Subscriptions For Two:
Janet & Steve Betz
Jim & Margie Blansfield
Sandy Bouclier
Stacy & Laurie Boxer
Adele Brudnicki
Maureen & Mike Burnett
Anna & Roy Chan
John & Vivien Cheeseman
Frank Cioffi
D Laurence & Arlene Coleman
Annette & Brent Crozier
Marianne Gaffey
Janine & Jonathan Gibney
Jacqueline Green
Sabrina Hermenze
Mary Kluge
Donna Laber
Denis & Judith Larkin
Donald & Karlene Lombardo
Rose Luizzi
Marilyn Matern
Brenda & Lou Meola
Michael & Susan O’Brien
Georgeann & William Shields
Les Slater
Jim & Marie Sweeney
Diane & Rick Toth
Lynda Willingham
Steve Wright

Season Subscriptions:
Susan Amlung
Anthony Chiodo
Steve Hoose
Judy Mangan
Tara Peterson
Vicki Sakorafos
Cathleen Sullivan
Deirdra Wallin

Members: Members

Aldis Alexander
Rob Bassett
Don Bergeron
Rosemary Bergeron
Frank Bulson
Gail Cowser
Donald Lombardo
Karlene Lombardo
Joy Tagliavento
Diane Toth

Lifetime Members:
Bart Geissinger
Gloria Laposka
Barbara Locke
Wendell MacNeal
Imelda O'Gara Roth
Bill Possidento
Larry Stewart
David Tuttle

2014 Board of Directors:
Kerry Bulson
Michael Burnett, president & artistic director
Brian Casella, technical director
Carol Hoose, treasurer
Kristin Hoose, secretary
Margaret Teed Jones, vice president
Sara Mariano
Andrew Okell
Lou Okell
Karen E. Steckler