Bertelsen to direct August: Osage County

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

New Ground Theatre is proud to announce its 10th Anniversary Season 2010-2011. New Ground, whose home is the Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport was the pioneer for small theatre companies in the Quad Cities.

“We are proud of the fact that we continue to produce quality plays after ten years and we are particularly grateful to the Riverboat Development Authority for providing funding for our 10th anniversary,” said NGT Artistic Director, Chris Jansen. "We will be producing six plays this season, instead of the usual four, to commemorate this milestone in our history."

One of the plays will be directed by Aledo native Derek Bertelsen.

The first show of the NGT 10th Anniversary season was the critically acclaimed “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” directed by Lora Adams and starring Susan Perrin-Sallak and Bryan Tank. The remaining plays in the season include:

August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts

Directed by Derek Bertelsen

One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst.

October 15 – 24, 2010

Gift of the Magi

By Peter Ekstrom from the short story by O’Henry

Directed by Lora Adams

Starring Tristan Tapscott and Kelly Lohrenz

Story and song blend together for a celebration of love and giving that continues to define the true meaning of Christmas. From the frolic in the opening scene, to the last uplifting moment, The Gift of The Magi is a magical theatrical experience for families to share.

December 10 – 19, 2010


By Anthony Shaffer

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

January 20 – 30, 2011

And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson

By Jim Leonard, Jr.

In Jackson, a small town in rural Indiana, Elizabeth Ann Willow lives with her father and mother. Crippled at birth with polio, Elizabeth Ann is confined to a wheelchair and must wear leg braces, And They Danced Real Slow in Jackson is a plea for understanding and compassion in a world where prejudice and casual cruelty are too often the norm.

March 10 – 20, 2011

TBA: Quad Cities Original

May 15 – 15, 2011

More information about New Ground Theatre can be found at www.newgroundtheatre.org or by calling 563-326-7529. Ticket prices for shows are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors (55+ and students).