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Fort Salem Theater Launches Two New Works in July

After a successful year of popular plays and familiar musicals, the Fort Salem Theater is sharing its summer 2022 stage with new writers, launching both a world premiere musical and a New York premiere of an entire new part. Both events feature guest performers from across the country and will perform on the main stage at the Fort Salem Theater over the weekend of July 22-24. After the performances, the public is invited to discussion sessions with the cast and creative teams to share their feedback on the material. Tickets are on sale now at

The first on the slate is the staged reading of a new contemporary musical titled This Old Lair. Written by a team of young artists from New York, Pennsylvania and the UK, this old haunt tells the story of four old friends, who reconnect in a cabin in the woods and are forced to admit they have grown up and they separated. ; ultimately, they literally summon the ghosts of their past in order to build a future. With an exciting contemporary musical score, the production features guest artists Rita Castagna from Pennsylvania as Selina, Ceara Ledwith from New York as Caroline, Brittany Martz from Washington DC as Hetty and Kayla Zanakis from New York as Penelope. After the Fort Salem Theater play, this old haunt will head to Carnegie Mellon University, where director Rebecca Wahls will mount a full-scale production. Wahls is co-developer of the musical alongside writer SMJ and musical and lyrical writer Maggie Marie Rodgers. Additional music and orchestrations provided by Annabelle Lee Revak, with musical direction by Matthew Zwiebel and dramaturgy by Juju Nieto. Autumn Fleming, a graduate of Salem Central School, rounds out the production team as stage manager.

The same weekend, Define Friend, a coming-of-age play written by up-and-coming teenage writer Jackson Castello, who has also written a Peter Pan-themed musical titled Stumped, is currently in development. in Texas. Castello appears in her production, which is led by her longtime mentor Amy Cave (owner of Dallas-based Amy’s Studio of Performing Arts and co-founder/artistic director of the Resolute Theater Project), and features two additional teenage performers: Vivian Steele and Andrew Cave. A perfect piece for teens and tweens (and anyone who experienced adolescence), Define Friend explores college struggles, friendships, and self-discovery with a humorous and heartfelt approach.

this old haunt performs Friday, July 22 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, July 24 (2:00 p.m.). Tickets range from $15 to $36. Define Friend performs Saturday, July 23 (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are only $10 for students and $20 for adults.

All tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at, or by calling the Fort Salem Theater box office at 518-854-9200. (sdg518) 854-9200(518) 854-9200