• Laurel Contributor

A Lasting, Powerful Legacy

By Lance Matzke

With the departure of Artistic Director Bill Patti and the ascension of new Artistic Director Marshall Carby, Highlands Playhouse sets its sights on a dynamic 2020 season of crackerjack productions.

For the past eight years we at the Highlands Playhouse have been fortunate enough to have our friend Bill Patti as our Artistic Director.

As we all know, life changes and situations evolve. Following a stellar, record-setting 2019 summer season, it’s with great fondness and appreciation that we bid Bill farewell. Bill has played an integral part and been a guiding force in the evolution of the Playhouse. It is with great pride that I call Bill Patti a friend and a beloved member of our Highlands Playhouse family. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, our Patrons, and the thousands of theater-goers that Bill has moved and delighted with his craft, we wish Bill all the best as he embarks on his new adventure as Artistic Director of the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre in his home town of Buffalo, New York. 

Board President Dr. Ken Proctor says, “Bill Patti has been an extraordinary force at the Highlands Playhouse.  He has helped put the organization on strong footing to continue to excel. I’m forever grateful for his connections in the regional theater circles which have been forged through his hard work and dedication. These critical relationships have helped us acquire talent that would have not otherwise been possible. Further, Bill has prepared us for his departure by hiring and guiding a gifted Assistant Artistic Director, Marshall Carby, who is ready and eager to move into Bill’s role and continue to propel the playhouse to new heights.”

For the past six years of his residency Marshall Carby has been by Bill’s side and has helmed several popular plays over the years, including last year’s hit production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” Therefore, we were very happy when Marshall agreed to accept the position of Artistic Director and carry on Bill’s legacy of top-tier, professional productions here at the Playhouse.

And there’s additional good news: Highlands favorite and Playhouse production regular Jimmy Lewis has signed on as Marshall’s Assistant Artistic Director! We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Marshall and Jimmy when they take the reins this next summer, and we look forward to delivering another dynamic season of summer theater entertainment.  

For more information about the Highlands Playhouse and winter movies, call (828) 526-2695.

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