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Hangar Theatre 2016 Mainstage Season starts June 16

The Hangar Theatre’s 42nd Summer Season starts June 16 with a lineup of thrilling plays and musicals, offering something for everyone. The Hangar’s summer season runs through August 13 and includes four professional productions in the Mainstage Season, five shows for young audiences in the KIDDSTUFF Season, and four late night and free productions in the Wedge Series.Opening the Summer Mainstage season is I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti playing June 16 – 25. This hilarious play based on the best-selling memoir of the same name will star Larisa Oleynik. Larisa is a veteran of TV and film, starring in Nickelodeon’s The Secret Life of Alex Mack, as well as playing Cynthia Cosgrove in Mad Men, Maggie Cutler on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars, and Alissa Studwick on Third Rock from the Sun. Larisa’s movie credits include Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You where she played Bianca, opposite Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.Hangar’s Interim Artistic Director Michael Barakiva, and director of this production, comments, “We are delighted that an actress with Larisa’s incredible credits and experience will be joining us for I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. This one-woman show is a true tour de force, and as a fellow Italophile, I eagerly anticipate seeing all the warmth, comedy and joy she brings to this role”. As part of the show, Larisa will be cooking a three-course Italian meal that will be served to select audience members. Ask the box office to upgrade your seat to enjoy the meal made during the show.The Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, runs from June 30 – July 16, directed by Suzanne Agins. Set in the wonderfully diverse neighborhood of Washington Heights of New York City, the musical features the stories of three generations who live, love, work, and help each other fulfill their ambitions and dreams. This inspirational story features a Grammy Award-winning score that blends popular musical styles with traditional Broadway, written by Lin Manuel-Miranda (of the Broadway sensation, Hamilton). The leading role of Usnavi, originated by Lin Manuel-Miranda on Broadway, will be played by Perry Young, who also played the role in the National Tour of In the Heights. Third by Wendy Wasserstein will follow the musical playing July 21 – 30. Set in a small, prestigious college town (not unlike Ithaca), the play tells the story of a professor whose seemingly well-ordered life is thrown into dizzying disarray after she accuses a student athlete of plagiarism. Taking the stage as Professor Jameson is Dee Pelletier (Broadway’s August: Osage County), making her Hangar Theatre debut. Also making his debut on the Hangar stage is Malcom Ingram as Jack, joined by Catherine Weidner, who was last seen at the Hangar in Other Desert Cities. Third will be directed by Interim Artistic Director, Michael Barakiva, who developed the play with Wendy Wasserstein and directed the premier production.Closing the Hangar’s 42nd season is Constellations by Nick Payne, directed by Linsay Firman. This spellbinding romance will be performed by Makela Spielman and Robert Ross Parker, both taking the Hangar stage for the first time. This play explores relationships as they might exist in a world with parallel universes and plays August 4 – 13.The Hangar also offers shows for young audiences. Bring the children in your life to experience the magic of live theatre! This year’s shows include, Journey to Oz, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Louis Braille: The World at your Fingertips, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR. Tickets are just $11. For more information about the Hangar’s late night Wedge series, visit HangarTheatre.org.The Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges their partners in flight, Cayuga Radio Group and CFCU Community Credit Union, for underwriting the season. As well as premier show sponsors Tompkins Trust Company, Travis Hyde Properties, C.S.P. Management and ‘Pay What You Can’ sponsors Ithaca Bakery and Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP. ‘Pay What You Can’ performances take place on the first Saturday matinee for each Mainstage show and the Saturday noon performance of each KIDDSTUFF performance.Tickets are on sale now, get yours today for the best available seats! Subscriptions to the Hangar season are also on sale, see all four Mainstage shows for as little as $95. Tickets can be purchased online at HangarTheatre.org, by calling 607.273.ARTS or by visiting the box office at the theatre. The Hangar Theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca NY 14850.

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