K and E Theater Group Celebrates the Jazz Age with The Wild Party at Northampton Center for the Arts, October 7-9 and October 13-15, 2022!

NORTHAMPTON, MA K and E Theater Group returns with its final mainstage production of its supersized season two – a steamy prohibition tale, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, October 7-9 and October 13-15, 2022 at the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street.

Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Partyis adapted from Joseph Moncure March’s epic 1928 poem of the same name, originally produced by the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City. The original production won the 2000 Outer Circle Critics Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Lippa also won the Drama Desk that year for Outstanding Music for one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.

The Wild Party is the jazz age story of one tragic night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and her menacing lover Burrs. The couple decides to throw the party to end all parties, inviting a colorful slew of guests living life on the edge. It is during this night where Queenie meets a handsome stranger named Black who wants to take her away, sending Burrs into a tailspin.

K and E Theater Group’s production of The Wild Party features Chelsea Derby as Queenie, Carina Savoie as Kate, Joshua Fernandez Garcia as Black, and Eddie Zitka as Burrs. Also featured are Julia Bussell as Nadine, Michael DeVito as Phil D’Armano, Christine Greene as Madelaine True, Jessica Glasser as Mae, Andre Ruiz as Sam, Lauren Seslar as Featured Ensemble, Chris Webber as Oscar D’Armano,  David Webber as Max, Jami Wilson as Dolores, Jessica Winter as Jackie, and John Woytowicz as Eddie.

The K and E Theater production of The Wild Party is directed and choreographed by K and E Theater Group President and Artistic Director Eddie Zitka, who has also directed and staged the company’s previous productions of Sweeney ToddSongs for a New WorldAssassinsHello Again, Cabaret, Altar Boyz, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His performance credits include the first national tour of The Wedding Singer and numerous regional productions, including Ogunquit Playhouse’s Cinderella and All Shook UpThoroughly Modern Millie at Greater Boston Stage Company, Cabaret at the Abbey in Orlando, and Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Walt Disney World. Bill Martin serves as music director of the seven-piece band. Ken Comia serves as producer. The season’s supporting sponsors are INSIGHT Structures, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, and Heads Up Coaching and Consulting, based in Suffield, CT.

Opening Night is Friday, October 7, 2022, at 7:30 PM. 

Additional performances are:
Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM.
The closing performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are general admission for $27.00. There is no reserved seating.

All performances are at Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton, Massachusetts.

This production contains mature themes, drug usage, explicit language, and strong sexual content. Stage effects include strobes and bright moving lights. Recommended for mature audiences only.

Proof of vaccination and face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required for entrance and while seated at the Northampton Center for the Arts. 

Tickets and performance information for The Wild Party are available at www.KETG.org.

The K and E Theater Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2017 to promote performance arts, encourage growth of the arts and our local artists, and to entertain our local community, producing thought-provoking theater. Under the direction of Co-Founder, President, and Artistic Director Eddie Zitka and Co-Founder and Vice President Ken Comia, the company aspires to further the education of and provide dramatic art entertainment to the surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, actively recruiting new performers, and enriching the performers’ experiences as they interact with theatrical arts. K and E Theater Group organizational support is currently provided by generous individual and corporate contributions, sponsorships, and supported by Board Members Melissa Dupont, Paul DiProto, Terri Gidius, and David Webber.

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