Walden Theatre Summer Academy production: Dorina and the Plague

A New Fairy Tale of EPIDEMIC Proportions

by Diana Grisanti

Many generations ago (though not as many as you might think) a terrible plague descended on the inhabitants of a remote Italian mountain village. While doctors, con artists, and civic leaders scramble for a cure – and for profit – the intrepid Dorina takes matters into her own hands in this new fairy tale full of charlatans, rats, an evil stepmother, and some curiously powerful cloves of garlic!

Dorina-webJoin Walden Theatre this summer for Dorina and the Plague, a play by Diana Grisanti and performed by the young actors in Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy program. In each session of the Summer Academy, young people ages 8-13 spend three weeks working on a play from the ground up – learning acting and improv techniques, finding out what goes into a professionally-produced play, and making bold creative choices to entertain audiences in three culminating performances open to the theatre going public on six weekends this summer.

Performances all summer. Evenings Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm.
Matinees Saturdays 2:00pm

  • Jun 27-28 (dir by Alec Volz)
  • Jul 11-12 (dir by Charlie Sexton)
  • Jul 18-19 (dir by Hallie Dizdarevic)
  • Jul 25-26 (dir by Jennifer Pennington)
  • Aug 1-2 (dir by Melinda Crecelius)
  • Aug 8-9 (dir by Neill Robertson)

Dorina and the Plague is a great way for families to beat the heat this summer. And it’s a great way for kids to see their peers working together to perform a very funny new play.

Playwright and Walden Theatre alumna Diana Grisanti returns this year with a brand new script for the Summer Academy. In recent years, she wrote adaptations of 1,001 Nights and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and this is her first original play to feature in Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy shows. Her short play “Post-Wave Spectacular” was produced for the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays, her musical Richie Farmer Will Have His Revenge on Durham (written with composer/lyricist Matt Schatz) was Best of Fest in Austin’s FronteraFest, and she’s playwright in residence for Theatre [502] where she cowrote the dramatic serial The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn.

Huge thanks as well to Walden Theatre parent and Board of Directors President Michele Koch for the fantastic illustration for this production!



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