The Long Island premiere of “The Drawer Boy,” Michael Healey’s play about two farmers whose lives are turned upside down when a young actor comes to visit, will be the third production of the 2012-2013 Hampton Theatre Company season. Opening at the Quogue Community Hall next Thursday, it will run though April 7.
“The Drawer Boy” takes its inspiration from a 1972 project of Theatre Passe Muraille (“Theater goes through walls”), the influential alternative theater dedicated to creating a distinctly Canadian voice on the stage. That project, called “The Farm Show,” was the result of interviews with Ontario farmers by a group of young actors.
Written more than 25 years after “The Farm Show,” “The Drawer Boy” first opened in Toronto in 1999 and has since become a modern-day Canadian classic, winning many awards. Filled with humor and sensitivity, it depicts the sometimes unclear divide between life and art and explores the healing powers of storytelling.
“The Drawer Boy” is directed by Sarah Hunnewell, the company’s executive director, and has a cast of three. Showtimes are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for the first and third weekend. There will be two shows on Saturday, March 30, with a matinee added at 2:30; there will be no performance on Easter Sunday, March 31. Tickets cost $25, $10 for students under 21. The company will offer special dinner-theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, and Hampton Bays libraries. Tickets can be reserved at hamptontheatre.org or OvationTix at 866-811-4111.