The Backyard Theater Ensemble is preparing for their performance of Laundry and Bourbon at the AACT New England Regional Festival which will be held in February at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. There are two Connecticut theater companies going up against theater companies from New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Connecticut’s theater companies are Thomaston’s Backyard Theater Ensemble and Torrington’s Warner Stage Company. In the photo is Director Donato D’Albis, who will be this week’s featured cover story for Nutmeg Chatter. Learn more about this acclaimed director and teacher in our artist profile.