Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' Speak for Themselves at Franklin Stage

The Artistic Director of the Franklin Stage Company, Carmela Marner, admits that having been an only child, she has always been fascinated with Chekhov’s play ‘The Three Sisters’. Over the past year Marner has been paring down Chekhov’s multi-character play into a story told by only those three sisters.  The result is ‘We 3’.


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A Familiar Opera in a New Guise

The Franklin Stage Company presents Opera MODO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.  At its premiere in 1875, ‘Carmen’ challenged audience with title character’s courage, sense of liberation, and her dark sense of humor. This opera company from Detroit has reset this tuneful favorite in a women’s prison, with the title character as a transgender woman sung by a countertenor.


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Franklin Stage Company presents "An Ideal Husband"

Carmela Marner, Artistic Director of Franklin Stage Company talks about their production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband.  The play addresses some very serious subjects: class, bribery, blackmail, and divulging state secrets, still it was successful enough that it took the theatre that premiered it from the brink of bankruptcy to financial success. It also premiered just as Wilde’s life was about to fall apart.  

Franklin Stage Company presents Moliere's "Tartuffe"

Carmela Marner of Franklin Stage Company speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new production of Moliere’s Tartuffe in a translation by Richard Wilbur. The Franklin Stage Company performs  a season of plays each summer with admission offered only a voluntary basis, in Chapel Hall the in Franklin, NY.


Photograph Courtesy Jade Goodrich


"The Human Voice" is heard at Franklin Stage Company

Carmela Marner and Barbara Paterson speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Francis Poulenc’s one-woman opera which opens the Franklin Stage season. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Jean Cocteau, and worked closely with Cocteau and the soprano Denise Duval while composing it.  It depicts the last conversation a woman has with her lover, who now loves someone else.  



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