The 47th Cortland Repertory summer season opens Wednesday with the first of six shows making their CRT debut.
The story of “Rough Crossing” is a comedy that surrounds the Atlantic Crossing of the luxury liner The Italian Castle and a writing team tasked with finishing a new Broadway comedy, “…and they have to write it and rehearse it on the cruise across the ocean, and it’s full of nutty characters and egos,” said Kerby Thompson, the Producing Artistic Director at Cortland Repertory Theater.
There is music in this show, but Thompson says it’s NOT a musical. “What makes it different than a regular comedy is because it’s got music in it, because they’re writing a music, so there’s some songs in it as well, but we don’t call it a musical, ’cause it’s not that produced. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a really funny, farcical kind of comedy and a great way to start off the season.”
Wednesday’s opening night provides an opportunity for the audience. “Opening nights we have a reception after the show in the downstairs reception hall of the pavilion, so if you come on opening night you get to meet all the actors and technical crew that works on the show.”
High seas misadventure is one descriptor.
Rough Crossing opens Wednesday night at the Little York Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park.