Peterborough Players Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen will introduce the theater group’s 2019 summer season Friday, June 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough as part of First Friday. In addition, company members Bridget Beirne and Tom Frey will discuss how the Players drew them from their longtime residence in New York to a home in Peterborough, as well as perform a brief excerpt from a favorite play.

The upcoming 86th summer season features a wide variety of theater, from classic drama and comedy to contemporary theater, an East Coast premiere and a popular musical. The season will include plays by two local playwrights with national recognition

The season opens June 19 with “Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven” by Russell Davis featuring Aliah Whitmore, granddaughter of the late actor James Whitmore, in the title role. Next up is the evocative and witty play “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” by Win Wells; followed by “Morning’s at Seven,” the comedy by Paul Osborn; the popular musical “She Loves Me” with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; and “Dumas’ Camille” by Peterborough playwright Charles Morey, who will direct the play about the relationship of reality to memory and art, set at a rehearsal for Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The last two plays of the 2019 summer season are “A Doll’s House Part 2,” the contemporary Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit by Lucas Hnath, and “Rose,” a stirring play by Martin Sherman.

Admission is free; doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Season subscriptions and barn door flex passes are now on sale and can be purchased at Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, or by calling 924-7585. For more information, visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.