In the third edition of Peterborough Players Downtown for First Friday, playwright-director Charles Morey will give a peek behind the curtain at the process of writing, and then directing, his upcoming play Dumas’ Camille (August 14-25th at the Players). Admission is free, doors open at 5:30pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm.
Learn more about Morey’s extensive experience and body of works excerpted from the Players’ press release below:
Mr. Morey is the author of eleven produced plays. Figaro was commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the Pearl Theatre Company in 2012 and was named a NY Times “Critic’s Pick.” The Granite State was premiered by the Peterborough Players in the summer of 2014. In addition he has written Laughing Stock – a hilarious romp, loosely based on his time as Artistic Director of the Players in the 70s — which has received close to 200 productions around the world, The Yellow Leaf, The Ladies Man (an adaptation from Feydeau with over 70 productions to date) as well as adaptations of the 19th century classic novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers. His plays have been produced at numerous professional theatres around the country, and Laughing Stock has been in continuous production in Russia since 2013. His current projects include a commission to write the Libretto for a Music-Theatre piece about Walter Reuther and the American Labor Movement with composer Greg Pliska, tentatively titled A Most Dangerous Man. He is also working on the first draft of a new play, Monadnock, the third of the ‘New Hampshire Plays’ including The Granite State and The Third Sky.
Mr. Morey was the Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 2012 where he directed more than 90 productions including world premieres of Find and Sign by Wendy MacLeod, Bess Wohl’s Touch(ed) and In as well as first regional theatre productions of Les Misérables, The Producers, and The Vertical Hour. While serving as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players from 1977 to 1988, he directed some 35 productions including significant world premieres by Percy Granger (Eminent Domain and Unheard Songs) and Poet Laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s Ragged Mountain Elegies.
Charles Morey splits his time between Peterborough and New York City. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
He will direct Dumas’ Camille at the Players August 14th -25th. This will be the east coast premiere for this moving play filled with some of the most beautiful music ever written. It is a deeply romantic love-story about the relationship of reality to memory and art, set at a rehearsal for Verdi’s La Traviata.
“I am delighted to be part of the Players First Friday presentations and look forward to talking about the rich and fascinating history behind Dumas’ Camille,” says Morey. “I enjoy being a part of this incredibly creative community in the Monadnock Region.”