Ordinary Days Tells Stories of Connection in an Often-Aloof City
Intimate Dietz Theater Celebrates 10th Year
Weathervane Playhouse presents Ordinary Days, a musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. The musical tells the honest and funny account of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and taxi cabs. Performing the story in the Weathervane’s “black box” theater, beginning its 10th year of shows, makes the experience all the more intimate.
“In a decade of shows, Weathervane has produced only one other musical in the Dietz Theater,” said Artistic Director Melanie Pepe. “The black box experience allows audiences to feel not just emotionally close to these endearing characters, but brings them physically close as well.”
Through a vibrant score of memorable songs, the experiences of four young people striving to find their way in the big city, create both humor and poignancy. Ordinary Days introduces the audience to Warren, Deb, Jason and Claire with the millions of individuals living in New York City as the backdrop. Their stories combine in the unexpected ways that make New York such a unique and extraordinary home.
Ordinary Days was selected for the 2008 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals. After productions at Pennsylvania Centre Stage, the Finborough Theatre in London and at universities across the country, Ordinary Days opened off Broadway in October 2009 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Former Technical Director and Scenic Designer Alan Scott Ferrall directs Ordinary Days. He introduced this piece to the theater in a concert version he directed in August of 2014. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place.
Ordinary Days runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 14. Tickets are $26 for adults and $10 for children (17 and younger) and $13 for college students. Senior discounts are available on Thursdays and at matiness only for $22. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 330-836-2626.
Ordinary Days is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Typically, seating for each performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Ordinary Days is performed with NO intermission. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action.
The Dietz Theater shows are produced with the generous sponsorship of Margaret J. Dietz. The theater is named for her son, John. The first production in the Dietz Theater was in January 2005 with Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Thus began a series of shows ranging from those that required an intimate space, to the experimental, to the avant-garde. Often, due to the show selections and the small space, these productions have been sold to capacity at every performance and more shows added to accommodate patrons. Weathervane has only produced a musical in the Dietz Theater one other time in 2006 with The Last Five Years.