New Brustein play in preview

Posted July 6, 2006

The Vineyard Playhouse continues its 25th summer season with a new play by Robert Brustein, "Spring Forward, Fall Back." The show opened on July 5 and continues through Saturday, July 22.

The playhouse is presenting the new piece in association with Theater J in Washington, D.C. According to a press release, the Vineyard production is considered part of the development of Mr. Brustein's play, which means the work may have some revisions before the actual world premiere in October at Theater J.

The story follows three generations of fathers and sons, their conflicting politics and culture all suggested by their differing tastes in music as they act our their family drama in a changing America.

Mr. Brustein is the founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres. He is a playwright, director, teacher, and critic. He has written five plays, 12 adaptations, and 13 books and is also in the Theatre Hall of Fame. Mr. Brustein splits his time between Cambridge and the Island. He and his family have summered here for many years.

"Spring Forward, Fall Back" is directed by Wesley Savick. The cast includes Matthew Lewis, Lauren Klein, Sean Dugan, Anne Petersen, and Keith Jochim, with Islander Jonah Lipsky. Although the play is in development, this production will be fully realized. Island audiences have a unique opportunity to see a play before its world premiere.

"Spring Forward, Fall Back," Tuesday through Saturday, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven. Curtain times: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 pm; Thursday, 3 pm and 8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8 pm. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35 with discounts for previews, matinees, and Tuesday night shows. For reservations or information call 508-696-6300. Visit