Ten Snow Shows

Promo photo for Black Snow at the Yale Rep.
Promo photo for Black Snow at the Yale Rep in 2006.

There’s a blizzard.

Hartford Stage has cancelled its Tuesday performance of Private Lives, but hopes the Wednesday night show will go on as planned. The theater’s also added a performance on Feb. 5 to make up for the cancellation.

The Long Wharf Theatre has cancelled the Tuesday night and Wednesday matinee performances of Dael Orlandersmith’s Forever.

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, as of Monday afternoon, was still planning to hold its annual Visionary Leadership Award gala, with honoree Angelique Kidjo,Wednesday at noon at the Omni New Haven hotel. The other big Angelique Kidjo event, a screening of the documentary Mama Africa, has been rescheduled from Tuesday aftrernoon to Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Me, I’m at home in Bethany and not going anywhere. The rest of the family (a teacher and two students) has been informed that their various schools will be closed tomorrow. We’ve already gone sledding in the backyard.

We plan to be happily snowbound. It’ll be a miracle if we don’t lose power. We’ve stocked up on firewood, water, food and books.

And I’m thinking of snowy shows. It’s tough remembering some of these productions. I think a show had snow in it, but can’t find photo documentation because snowfall is famously hard to photograph.

The first seven of these I’ve actually seen performed. The others I’ve found on the web.

• K2. Ming Cho Lee won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his set design for Patrick Meyer’s 1983 play about two men climbing the second highest mountain in the world. The set was referenced in a gallery show devoted to Lee at the Yale School of Art & Architecture a couple of years ago.

• Black Snow. Keith Reddin adapted this Bulgakov short story for the Yale Rep in 2006.

• A Civil War Christmas. The Long Wharf world-premiered this Paula Vogel historical epic.

• Endurance by Split Knuckle Theatre, which played the Long Wharf this past summer and will be at UConn’s Jorgensen Theatre Feb. 4, is set in the Antarctic, as well as in a Hartford business office. Wastebasket paper becomes snow.

• The Snow Ball. An A.R. Gurney dramedy about the insecure well-to-do. Aren’t they all?

• Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Don Nigro’s one-act uses snowy-woods imagery to offset urban anxieties. Nigro, who likes cold dark things, also has a script called Sleigh Ride.

• The Man Who Came to Dinner. Kaufman & Hart. The title character slips on the ice.

• Weatherman. Jerry Polner comedy about a gangster who wants to make it snow in the Everglades because he owns a ski lodge there.

• The Snow Queen. A much-adapted Hans Christian Andersen tale, even before Frozen. Samuel French lists at least half a dozen different scripts. The American Repertory Theatre did a puppet-driven version in 2011.

• Lyngo Theatre did a show called Snow Play, a Christmas show for the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in 2012.