Our company emphasizes having members fulfill multiple roles in the producing of a show. We believe that to truly immerse oneself in theater is to know all the aspects of putting on a production, from on stage to behind the scenes. We have taken people who traditionally only perform as actors and have had them try out roles like costume design, set design, publicity, and directing.
Performances in a small black box theater offer a completely different experience to audience members. The audience is so close to the actors that they often feel more connected to the play. It is also a both a treat and a challenge for actors because there is not a moment that goes by where the audience is not "right there with you". Any moment that is "insincere" is felt by the audience. This offers our directors and actors a challenge unlike any they've had before. Diction and projection are common skills actors develop, but true immersion in the character and the scene are our goal. This is what makes BTE unique because it is such a rare experience and it is one of the things we are proudest of as a company. We value this experience because the shows we choose are often very touching and personal, and to experience that as an actor or audience member in a space like ours is rare and remarkable.
August 21-30, 2015
Assistant Director: Chet OstroskiCast: Kailee Donovan, Sybil Haggard ChamberlinProduction Team: Chris Petrucci, Adam Peacock, Dylan Reilly
The setting is a familiar one, a 5th grade classroom. A parent shows up unexpectedly for a parent/teacher conference demanding to know why her son was suspended, which she believes led to his tragic suicide. The emotionally stressed classroom teacher is put on the defensive as she tries to articulate her reasoning for the suspension, and belief as to where exactly to lay the blame for the boy’s death. The two women struggle as they deal with their emotions. The accusations fly as they begin to try to unravel the knot that is Gidion. The play deals with a child’s violent fantasy. It questions free expression, whether it is limited by societal needs, or the desire to neatly label and solve problems that have no solutions, neat or otherwise. It is a visceral and provocative theater experience that is raw, honest, disturbing, and yes, funny at times. It is a tale that must be understood emotionally, not just intellectually.
April 24-May 4, 2014Performed at Thomaston Opera House Arts Center, Thomaston, CTDirected by Donato J. D'Albis
Assistant Director: Kailee DonovanCast: Tina Parziale, Tai Spargo, Taylor Crofton, Jennifer Dowker, Chet Ostroski, Sean GilleylenProducer: Abygale LundCrew: Adam Peacock, Dylan Maxwell Reilly, Chris Petrucci, Kailee Donovan, Abygale Lund, Christina Domschine, Joe Rinaldi
May 27-June 5, 2016Performed at the Thomaston Opera House Arts Center TheatreDirected by Lucia Dressel
Cast: Tina Parziale, Frank Beaudry, Abby Lund, Amy KopchikProducer: Kailee Donovan Production Team: Ryan Wantroba, Chris Petrucci, Dylan Reilly, Adam Peacock
Extremities is a searing play about rape, power, and gender in society. A young woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her home by a stalker and would-be rapist, Raul. She manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. Her roommates, Terry and Patricia, come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts, and other household items. The roommates express different points of view about rape and justice. Terry, a rape victim herself as a teenager, believes that Raul will not be convicted since a rape did not actually occur and there is no proof. Patricia believes in the judicial system and insists on calling the police. The three friends turn on the attacker and each other at various points in the play.
November 6-16, 2014Performed at Thomaston Opera House Arts Center, Thomaston, CTDirected by Donato J. D'Albis
Cast: Kailee Donovan, Tina Parziale, Dawn DeMeo, Sybil Chamberlin, Sean Gilleylen, Chet OstroskiProducer: Abygale LundCrew: Adam Peacock, Dylan Maxwell Reilly, Chris Petrucci, Taylor Crofton, Christina Domschine
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Kailee Donovan is one of the founding members of BTE. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Masters degree in Education. She has extensive experience and training in leadership, delegation, and communication and uses those skills as a leader of BTE. Kailee has been a theater lover all her life, attending her first show at the age of 7. She puts her experience with theater, love of the stage, and passion for leadership into her role as CEO of BTE.
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