‘Dynasty’ star, musical troupe part of Town Hall’s new season

WARREN — A “Dynasty” star and a musical troupe known for political satire will be part of Trumbull Town Hall’s 2020-21 season.

Two lectures from the past season postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic also have been rescheduled, which means TTH has six programs scheduled in the coming year — assuming the coronavirus doesn’t cause further disruptions.

Program Chairwoman E. Carol Maxwell said, “As of this very moment, we’re hoping we can continue.”

The subscriber base for the lecture series is only about 25 percent of Packard Music Hall’s capacity, so opening up the balcony and spreading out the audience is a possibility if some social-distancing guidelines remain in place in September.

The 2020-21 season will open Sept. 16 with actor and author Linda Evans, who will speak on “Aging Gracefully: Living Your Best Life and Life Lessons.”

“Our audience is in the older category, and aging gracefully is something we would all like to know how to do in the best way,” Maxwell said.

Evans was a regular on the 1960s western “The Big Valley,” but she is best known for playing Krystle Carrington on the ABC nighttime soap opera “Dynasty,” one of the top-rated series in the 1980s. She won a Golden Globe and five People’s Choice awards for her work on the show, as well as an Emmy nomination.

Maxwell King will talk about Fred Rogers, host of the long-running PBS children’s series “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” on Nov. 18. King is a former director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and he is the author of “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.” He also is a former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and past president of the Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Capitol Steps will bring its musical comedy to Packard on March 17, 2021. For more than 30 years, the troupe has spoofed politicians from all parties. Its members, many of whom worked as congressional staffers, appear regularly on National Public Radio and have released 33 albums.

“I’ve seen them several times at Chautauqua, and they are a stitch,” Maxwell said.

The final lecture will feature historian Louis Masur, who will speak on “Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry That Shaped America” on April 21, 2021. Masur originally was scheduled in 2018 for a TTH appearance, but he had to cancel after he was assigned to the President’s Council at Rutgers University, where he is a professor of American studies and history.

Traditionally, Trumbull Town Hall puts season tickets on sale at an early bird price of $80 and then raises it by summer. Due to the current uncertainty with COVID-19, the $80 season ticket will remain in effect until the end of the year. Those who purchase season tickets by Aug. 24 will receive one additional ticket that can be used for any of the four lectures.

Trumbull Town Hall also has new dates for two 2019-20 programs. New Yorker cartoonist Tom Toro will speak Oct. 20, and actor Chris Lemmon will share stories about his father, Academy Award-winning actor Jack Lemmon, on May 12, 2021. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates.



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