Chester Theatre Company
The Dishwashers
by Morris Panych and directed by Byam Stevens

AUG 4 - 20.00 hrs

Dressler presides over the basement scullery of an upscale eatery, marshaling his forces with a stream of Marxist rhetoric, Ayn Rand-inspired ravings and old fashioned working class pride. Unfortunately, his fellow wage slaves, the ancient Moss and the downwardly mobile Emmett fail to fall into step. Canadian playwright Morris Panych brings his inimitable style – walking the razor's edge between comedy and tragedy – to the plight of men working in the lower depths of a high end restaurant.

"An unconscionably funny fable"   --  TorontoStage


The Chester Theatre Company was founded as The Miniature Theatre of Chester  in 1990 by Vincent Dowling. In its early years, CTC earned a reputation for language-rich, thought-provoking plays and for new works. This tradition has blossomed under the artistic direction of Byam Stevens, an accomplished actor, director, teacher, and dramaturg. Productions originating at CTC have played Off Broadway, and have toured regionally, nationally, and internationally.

CTC’s commitment to uncommon summer fare has attracted the talents of such established artists as: Michael Allinson, David Birney, Robert Elliott, Rita Gam, Polly Holliday, Kim Hunter, David Kelly, Dan O’Herlihy, Lois Nettleton, and Kenneth Tigar. Our commitment to the highest standard of acting has been in place since our founding — CTC has been an Actors’ Equity Association company since its inception.

In recent seasons, CTC has delivered a string of successes. Nixon’s Nixon took a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, prior to engagements in London, Dublin, and Boston. I am of Ireland played an engagement at Elms College in Chicopee, MA, as did The Double Bass prior to moving to an Off Broadway run at New York’s Mint Theatre. A Moon for the Misbegotten was in residence at Westfield State College following its CTC run. Valley Song was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant to underwrite its transfer to Springfield’s CityStage.

The 2004 Season proved to be CTC’s most successful yet, toppling box office records and earning the highest critical acclaim. Tea For Three, starring Elaine Bromka, was a sell out, and has played dates across the country prior to opening CityStage’s 2005 Season. Skylight was strongly represented in The Berkshire Eagle’s Ten Best of 2004 List taking the Best Actress award (Francesca Faridany) and a number of design awards, with Honorable Mentions in acting to Elaine Bromka and Bairbre Dowling.

In a region noted for its nationally acclaimed theater companies, CTC productions have won top honors among the very best of the Berkshires. The Boston Globe hailed this record of artistic achievement: “CTC has produced a record that can rival the best the area has to offer.”

Stephen Morris Panych (born 30 June 1952) is a Canadian playwright, director and actor.

Panych was born in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton. He studied at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia. His plays include Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2003), Vigil (adapted for the British stage as Auntie and Me), The Ends of the Earth, Earshot, 7 Stories, and Dishwashers. He won the 1994 Governor General's Award for Drama for The Ends of the Earth.

His directing includes some of his own works, plus Da Vinci's Inquest on television.

Openly gay, Panych married his long-term partner, Ken MacDonald, in 2004.



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