'Dig' opens at Dorset Theatre Festival

The world premiere of a play that's about courage, redemption and photosynthesis

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DORSET — "Dig," the first world premiere production of Dorset Theatre Festival's 42nd season, will be in preview July 11 and open on July 12. The play is written and directed by the Festival's resident playwright, Theresa Rebeck.

"Dig" is the newest play from the author of "Downstairs" and Broadway's 2018 hit "Bernhardt/Hamlet." A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past: Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with this situation, but Megan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved? This is a play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis.

"I love this play," Rebeck said in a recent interview with Vermont Magazine. "It takes place in a plant store and it asks the question, `can a person who seems unredeemable be redeemed?'"

"We are so thrilled for Theresa to be back `home' for the summer," said Will Rucker, Dorset's producing director. "And the artists who have followed her here are incredibly talented. I'm so proud that our audiences will see 'Dig' in Dorset before anyone else."

"Dig" features Andrea Syglowski ("New Amsterdam," "The Good Wife," "How To Get Away With Murder") in the role of Megan. Syglowski will return to Dorset having previously starred in "Dear Elizabeth" (2016) and "Cry It Out" (2018). Emmy Award-winner Gordon Clapp, best known for his role as Detective Greg Medavoy on all 12 seasons of the television series "NYPD Blue," will play Megan's father, Lou.

The cast also includes Jeffrey Bean ("Broadway's Bells Are Ringing"; "Alley Theatre Resident Company") as Roger, Greg Keller (Broadway's "Uncle Vanya," "Wit," "Our Mother's Brief Affair," "Cry It Out") as Everett, David Mason ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "House of Cards," "Law and Order: SVU") as Adam, and Sarah Ellen Stephens ("Classic Kitchen Timer," "Girls in Trouble") as Molly.

"Dig" will have scenery designed by Christopher and Justin Swader ("Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson"), costumes by Tilly Grimes ("Small Mouth Sounds," "Romance Novels for Dummies"), lighting designed by Philip S. Rosenberg (Broadway's "The Elephant Man," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"), and sound designed by Fitz Patton ("Lewiston/Clarkston," Broadway's "Choir Boy," "Bernhardt/Hamlet").

"Dig" has received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award to support the world premiere production at Dorset Theatre Festival. Piloted in 2006 with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards give plays in development extended rehearsal periods for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The program launched nationally in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 393 new plays to date. The Edgerton Foundation was awarded the 2011 TCG National Funder Award.

"Dig" will run from from July 11 through July 27 at the Dorset Playhouse. Subscriptions for the 2019 Summer Season and single tickets are on sale now. The box office may be reached by calling 802-867-2223 ext. 101, Tuesday through Saturday, between noon and 6 p.m. For more information, or to purchase subscriptions and tickets online, visit www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.

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