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Our auditorium is now equipped with an ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICE

System, provided to our patrons at no additional cost.



Box Office Hours


Due to monetary cutbacks, box office hours have been cut back to Fridays only (noon-5 pm) when a show is running on an upcoming weekend.


Box Office will be open during the shows, as usual.


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Chautauqua Playhouse:

“A Glimpse into a Theatrical World”

Apr. 15-May 15

Fri & Sat 8 pm

Sun 2 pm

Add’l Performances

Sat. Apr 16 & May 14 at 2 pm



(No Perf. May 8—Mother’s Day)


For Mature Audiences: The production contains strong language and sexual references

The Chautauqua Playhouse presents Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. This new play revolves around Jean discovering the cell phone of a dead man . By continuing to answer its many phone calls, she finds herself wrapped up in the lives of the people closest to him. The play explores society's dependence on instant communication, the metaphysical world and offers up some truly poignant moments that despite the absurdity of the dead man's world, it's still very human. It's sure to make you laugh and think! 



Note to Season Subscribers: Because of the adult content in this production, which is a departure from our usual fare, if you think you may be offended by this show you have the option of trading your tickets, before your show date, for flex passes to another production.  Please contact the box office by this email link:

Registration is now open for


Chautauqua School of Performing Arts (CSPA)





Ages 6—15



Featuring the new musical


“Cruise Ship Crazy”




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Apr. 23-

May 7

Saturdays at

Noon and 2 pm


Tickets $7

Chautauqua Playhouse Children’s Theatre

What’s a Golliwhopper? 

Well, it’s not really a lie, but it’s not really the truth.!  I guess you would say it’s a Tall Tale


Return with us to days gone by for four American Tall Tales, told in music, dance, drama and even puppetry.


Stories of a backwoodsman who provides for his family using his ingenuity and wits, with no gunpowder.

A Native American story about a tribe that snatches the sun.

A Story from the Old South about a Knee High Man that tries to get taller

And an Appalachian tale about an old woman who tries to hide her wealth in the chimney.


A Rollicking Good Time for All!




Directed by Warren Harrison

A new play by Eric Simonson, 
Sport produces great human drama and there is no greater sports icon to bring to theatrical life than Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, unquestionably one of the most inspirational and quotable personalities of all time.

Directed by Dean Shellenberger and part of TAAC's 2016 Nomadic Season, the production will run three weekends at the Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael (where TAAC did Macbeth last summer) 

The show runs July 8th - July 23rd

Auditions are May 8th and 9th. Please bring a resume and head shot if you have one. 

For more information about the production, please visit or email the stage manager, Amanda Smith at


A joint production of TAAC and Chautauqua Playhouse