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'Mass Appeal' Opens At Stratford's Square One Theatre

Darius James Copland and Frank Smith in Square One Theatre's production of "Mass Appeal"
Darius James Copland and Frank Smith in Square One Theatre's production of "Mass Appeal" Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. -- "Mass Appeal," a two-character comedy-drama by Bill C. Davis, will open Square One Theatre’s 26th Season at its new location on the stage of Stratford Academy at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford.

Square One Theatre has re-configured Stratford Academy's expansive stage into an intimate 64-seat black box-type theatre. The audience will actually be seated on the stage along with the actors, insuring that all patrons have a good seat to hear and see. With this redesigned, modern venue no audience member will be more than 15-feet from the stage. 

"Mass Appeal" focuses on the conflict between a complacent older Roman Catholic priest, Father Tim Farley, played by Milford’s Frank Smith, and an idealistic young seminarian, Mark Dolson, played by Pelham, New York’s Darius James Copland. 

 Smith has appeared in more than a dozen Square One Theatre productions. He is the recipient of such Square One Theatre Subscriber Awards as Outstanding Actor (Educating Rita) and Outstanding Featured Actor (Time of My Life, The Shop at Sly Corner, The Rainmaker). 

Darius James Copland was last seen in "Good People," for which he received the Square One Theatre Subscriber Award for Outstanding Featured Actor. 

 Mass Appeal is staged by Tom Holehna, Square One Theatre Artistic Director. 

Performances run at different times Nov. 5 through Nov. 22. Tickets are $20 for adult single tickets; $19 for senior citizens & students. Single tickets can be purchased by phone at 203-375-8778; online at:, or at the box office 60 minutes prior to each performance 

The Stratford Academy is wheelchair accessible and the theatre offers its patrons hearing-assisted listening devices as needed. Please inform the box office of any special needs when reserving tickets. 

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