Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley
Based on a true story.
May 29 – September 17 | Mainstage Theatre
The Legendary Voice…
Always…Patsy Cline is the true story of the legendary country singer’s friendship with Louise Seger, a super fan she met at a Texas honky-tonk in 1961. The two corresponded until the star’s tragic death in a plane crash in 1963. Featuring twenty-seven unforgettable hits including “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams”, and “Walking After Midnight”, this musical brings the story of one of America’s most celebrated artists to life, with down-home country humor and true emotion.
Musical, Family Friendly
This play contains some mild language, depictions of alcohol consumption and smoking, and a good dose of Patsy Cline’s song catalog.
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CRT is proud to present ASL-interpreted performances. Please see the complete list of ASL-interpreted performances here for dates and additional information.
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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
David M. Greenberg
Asst. Stage Manager
Emily Van Fleet*
Heidi Caran Snider
Dr. Bill Ricketts
* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Members of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Creator & Original Director
Ted Swindley is an American playwright, director and producer. He is best known for creating Always… Patsy Cline, a musical based on the friendship between a Texas housewife and the famed country singer; the musical has become one of the top produced works in the United States as well as being performed abroad. Other works by Swindley include The Honky Tonk Angels and its’ sequel, Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, Bachelor Pad, Stories My Grandmother Told Me, Bubba’s Revenge: A Southern Belle Primer, Step Into My Parlor, Bye, Bye Love: The Everly Brothers Musical, Summer of ’66 and Swing Step, nominated for a Dora Award for Best Musical. Swindley is the founding artistic director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston Texas. He has also directed for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Duke University, San Diego Repertory, Flat Rock Playhouse, Denver Theatre Center, Red Barn Theatre, Virginia Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre, Actor’s Studio, Barter Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, and more.
A director and writer, Michael returns to CRT for his eighth show, after previously directing Is He Dead?, Language of Trees, Annie Get Your Gun, Our Town, She Loves Me, Barefoot in the Park and Dear Jack, Dear Louise. He’s directed at Goodspeed Opera House, Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Boise Contemporary Theater, Juilliard School of Drama, and the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs as well as workshops with The Playwrights’ Center, The Magic Theater, and Young Playwrights, Inc. Associate Directing credits include the Public Theater and Roundabout Theater Company. Michael’s plays include From White Plains, a recipient of a GLAAD Media Award, and At The Table, which received multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production of a Play. Michael is an Artistic Associate with both Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre, and he has worked at PlayMakers Repertory Company and The Guthrie Theatre. Michael is proud to be a member of SDC, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and holds a BA and MFA from Brown University.
Early on in the show you’re about to see, the character of Louise remarks that the first time she heard Patsy Cline sing, it felt like she was right there in her living room, singing the way she always wanted to sing. This is what great artists do – make us feel seen and known. They capture some part of humanity and reflect it back to us, helping us understand our place in this crazy world. The past two years, I believe we’ve needed art more than ever – to inspire us, to transport us, and to make us feel seen as we became more isolated from each other than humans should be. It is such a great privilege to be the first show to welcome you back to the Mainstage here at Creede Repertory Theatre, and to have the opportunity to tell a story that has the power to inspire, transport, and make you feel seen in the way only singular artists like Patsy can do.