2011-2012 Season


September 15–17, Thursday-Saturday

PTP/NYC: Territories

The off-Broadway company PTP/NYC is a theatre powerhouse affiliated with Middlebury College, under the direction of founders Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa, and Richard Romagnoli. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, PTP/NYC comes to Middlebury to present two of this year’s offerings. Territories—a double bill of short plays by Steven Dykes—serves up The Spoils, the tale of an army official whose idealism is sorely tested by the women he is tasked with interrogating, and a light gathering of dust, an erotic, darkly humorous study of the damage inflicted on lovers by a state that successfully institutionalized personal betrayal. Directed by Cheryl Faraone. Post-performance discussion with the artists Thursday; 25th anniversary celebration Saturday. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Theatre Program.
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 Actor and Assistant Professor of Theatre Alex Draper '88. photo Stan Barouh
September 16–17, Friday–Saturday

PTP/NYC: Spatter Pattern: or How I Got Away with It

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, PTP/NYC comes to Middlebury to present two of this year’s offerings in repertory. The second program of the weekend, Neal Bell’s Spatter Pattern follows a screenwriter who becomes entangled in the life of a university professor under investigation for a grisly murder. Directed by Jim Petosa. Stay afterward for a post-performance discussion with the artists.

Alex Draper ’88, photo Stan Barouh



October 27–29, Thursday–Saturday

Big Love

Wright Memorial Theatre

OBIE Award-winning playwright Charles Mee spins an extravagantly emotional comedy about 50 Greek brides who are betrothed to their American cousins against their will. Their escape attempt launches a battle of the sexes, but love ultimately conquers all. “An MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus…”—New York Times. Directed by Cláudio Medeiros ’90. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.
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November 17–19, Thursday–Saturday

The Art of Success

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Playwright Nick Dear uncovers the dark underbelly of 1700s London, where rakes, whores, and murderers rub elbows with writers, politicians, and aristocrats. Based on the life of artist William Hogarth, this bawdy drama is “a scabrous comedy about the creation, purpose, promotion, merchandising, censorship and government patronage of art”—Frank Rich, New York Times. For mature audiences. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.

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December 8-10, Thursday-Saturday

A Million Tiny Deaths

Hepburn Zoo

Company of freaks seeking voyeurs for a night of fairy tales and fetish, distortion, and alienation. Come grope the unknowable as we unveil “the million tiny deaths that occur in everyday human interaction.” Selections include Reza de Wet, Moira Buffini, and Lynn Nottage. Senior theatre work of Emily Rosenkrantz '12 (acting) and Kelsey Ferguson '12  (directing). 

December 12, Monday

Pity Party

Seeler Studio Theatre

A staged reading; senior theatre work of Naomi Shafer '12 (playwriting). After her boyfriend’s death, Eva loses her ability to communicate. The priest speaks pig-Latin, her shrink is an echo, and her friends only know how to talk about parties. Eva seeks refuge in her work, where she befriends Natalya, the seductive voice from her Russian language tapes. Free



April 12–14, Thursday–Saturday

The Imaginary Invalid

Wright Memorial Theatre

Suffering from tuberculosis, and not far behind his recently deceased wife and infant son, Molière begins writing what will be his final play: The Imaginary Invalid. Based on the ensemble work of Jacques Lecoq, this new production is an exploration of the tragedy of Molière’s final hours, the comedy of his very last oeuvre, and the ironic parallel of two realities that crash together in an explosion of macaronic Latin, disease, love, lazzi, and death. Directed and adapted by Jay Dunn ’00.5. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. 


May 3–5, Thursday–Saturday

Serious Money

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

n the trading pits and board rooms of London's financial district, the City, Caryl Churchill finds the precise pitch of the arena of arbitrage, inside trading, greenmail, corporate raiding and leveraged buyouts. "Sexy greed is the late '80's," and Serious Money is an acidly funny arrow to the present.... Play by Caryl Churchill; directed by Cheryl Faraone. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.
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Department of Theatre

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753