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Theater Preview: Newtown — And The Local Theater Community — Welcomes The Tieslers



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STAMFORD — Bravo! Sophie and Paul Tiesler have moved to Newtown.

Leaving New York City, where they resided since college, and after a brief residence in Norwalk, the couple have arrived in Newtown. The irresistible charm of this small town and the chance to purchase a home on a lake made Paul’s New York City commute totally tolerable.

This lovely couple presently star as adulterous lovers in Same Time, Next Year at Stamford’s Curtain Call Theatre. The production, originally scheduled for the weekend of February 25-27, has been extended a second weekend, to include performances March 5-7.

The production is an interesting turn for a married pair, according to Sophie.

Paul and Sophie majored in theater at Hofstra University. It was after graduation that they fell for each other. Their shared passion for acting has only fortified their connection.

This is the first time they are performing together and are thoroughly enjoying this adventure. They are finding that playing a couple engaged in an illicit affair that takes place over a span of 25 years is exciting and fun.

Each has performed previously at Curtain Call, but never together. Finding new ways to communicate and manage their individual acting styles has been a great exercise, they said, and they hope to have further opportunities to take the stage together.

Moving to Newtown has turned out to be everything they had hoped for.

Exploring the local restaurant scene has not disappointed these former city dwellers. They love the wings and beer at Michael’s Tap Room in neighboring Bethel. Lucas Local and Thai Delight are regular go-tos. The recently opened Marygold’s has already become a favorite. The ambience, service, food, and cocktails have kept them coming back.

The pizza options in Newtown are too many to mention, and the Tieslers are taking their time deciding which is best.

The local park scene suits this pair’s love of hiking. They enjoyed the trails at Rocky Glen Falls. Without much time for hikes before the snow fell, they are looking forward to the many miles of trails Newtown has to offer.

On snowy days, the Tieslers love to snuggle on the couch with their Cavapoo pup, Teddy, and watch the snow fall on the lake in their front yard.

With the plethora of community theaters in this area, these two thespians hope to spend considerable time both on stage and in the audience. As theaters begin to open up, they will certainly continue to perform — it’s what they love to do.

Performances of Same Time, Next Year are scheduled for Thursday, February 25; Fridays and Saturdays, February 26-27 and March 5-6, at 8 pm; and Sundays, February 28 and March 7, at 2 pm.

The play will be presented without intermission to avoid restroom lines. Patrons will be seated six feet apart side-to-side, utilizing every other row of the theatre. Total occupancy will be about 50 patrons.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $20 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50.

Contact the box office at 203-461-6358 or visit curtaincallinc.com for reservations or additional information.

Same Time, Next Year is being presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals in cooperation with the city of Stamford. Additional support is provided through the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Curtain Call is the nonprofit, community-based theater company in residence at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue.

Having recently moved to Newtown, Paul and Sophie Tiesler are carrying their love of theater into their new hometown. The couple play adulterous lovers George and Doris in Same Time, Next Year at Stamford’s Curtain Call Theatre. —Lou Ursone photo
Paul and Sophie Tiesler told The Newtown Bee they found playing a couple engaged in an illicit affair that takes place over a span of 25 years exciting and fun.—Lou Ursone photo
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