Middlebury

 

2013-2014 Season

Spring 2014

IN THE NEXT ROOM (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Claudio Medeiros

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
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From his 1880s parlor and consulting room, Dr. Givings specializes in treatingwomen for “hysteria” with the help of the latest technology: the electric vibrator. When a new patient piques Mrs. Givings's curiosity about the groundbreaking treatment ministered in the next room, she is forced to confront the limits of her marriage and to listen to the music of her own body. An elegant comedy lit by unexpected sparks from the approaching era of electricity, psychoanalysis, and suffragettes, In the Next Room confirms Sarah Ruhl’s status as one of the most imaginative contemporary American playwrights. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 14. Go to the Box Office>>

 

 

 


 

LAND WITHOUT WORDS by Dea Loher

Senior work of Mari Vial-Golden (acting)

M Gallery, Old Stone Mill

Land Without Words is an exploration of the potential of art in our everyday lives. It follows an artist who has recently returned from a journey to a war-ridden city, identified only as K, where she experienced extreme violence and poverty. In the face of this human suffering she begins to question the purpose and responsibility of art in society. 



 

Winter 2014

PENTECOST by David Edgar 

Directed by Richard Romagnoli and Cheryl Faraone

Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College (as part of the American College Theatre Festival, regional Festival 46 sponsored by The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC).
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A potentially priceless mural is discovered in a former church in war-torn post-Soviet Eastern Europe. As international and local art historians argue over who should claim ownership, a band of refugees —from Bosnia, from Sarajevo, from Lithuania, from Kuwait—blows into the church seeking asylum, and the fate of the painting becomes a metaphor for the future of the emergent nations of Eastern Europe. Throughout David Edgar’s Pentecost, whose title is a New Testament reference to the multiplicity of languages, there is a permeating sense of the freeing and redemptive power of art. "This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Tom Stoppard's Arcadia." - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice


 

FALL 2013 

<p>Matt Ball '14 and Meghan Leathers '13.5 from the fall 2012 production of US DRAG by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Alex Draper.</p>

 

18th Annual First Years production:
LIFE UNDER 30

Directed by Lisa Velten Smith

Hepburn Zoo Theatre
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Danielle needs work advice, Ike and Terry contemplate death at the grocery store, Mel and Billy are dysfunctional friends, Rec the Mex has a theory as to what causes cancer, and Charlene wants that promotion - badly. Life Under 30, an evening of ten minute plays exploring the issues of, well, what happens after college.  

 

 
 
 

CASCANDO by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and theatre professor Alex Draper

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

cascandogroupA workshop exploration of Samuel Beckett's Cascando, a rarely produced short radio play originally subtitled “a radiophonic invention for music and voice.”  
The audience is invited to attend an intimate staged reading of the play in an informal salon setting, and then discuss the work with director Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and Alex Draper. Following the discussion, the artists will reconfigure the workshop staging and perform the piece a second time. Conversation and conviviality will end the evening.
An important 20th century work, Cascando addresses a number of fundamental questions about nature of creativity, its sources and destinations, its rewards and burdens, its pleasures and agonies.

From left: Alex Draper, Jeffrey Brown, Maya Beiser, David Lang, and Dare Clubb



VINEGAR TOM by Caryl Churchill

 
Directed by Cheryl Faraone, Senior work of Shannon Fiedler (acting)
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre
 
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Vinegar Tom is a play with songs and a play with subversive intent......a cabaret about hanging witches.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BOSTON MARRIAGE by David Mamet

Senior work (acting) of Christina Fox and Meghan Leathers; Intermediate work of Jake Schwartzwald (directing)

Hepburn Zoo Theatre

 

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In this wickedly funny and fast-paced farce, David Mamet depicts the misadventures of two Victorian “women of fashion”, living together on the fringes of upper-class society, giving his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting a spice of Wildean wit.

 

 

 

 

 


PENTECOST by David Edgar 

Directed by Richard Romagnoli and Alex Draper

Wright Memorial Theatre

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A potentially priceless mural is discovered in a former church in war-torn post-Soviet Eastern Europe. As international and local art historians argue over who should claim ownership, a band of refugees —from Bosnia, from Sarajevo, from Lithuania, from Kuwait—blows into the church seeking asylum, and the fate of the painting becomes a metaphor for the future of the emergent nations of Eastern Europe. Throughout David Edgar’s Pentecost, whose title is a New Testament reference to the multiplicity of languages, there is a permeating sense of the freeing and redemptive power of art. "This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Tom Stoppard's Arcadia." - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice


HARM'S WAY by Mac Wellman

Directed by Matt Ball (senior work)

Hepburn Zoo Theatre

Set in the chaos of post-apocalyptic America, this play follows the journey of harms-waya man named Santouche, who after committing a murder must avoid the law at all costs. He makes plans to meet his lover, a woman only ever called "Isle of Mercy" at a place of refuge, but along the way Santouche encounters a bizarre mix of con artists, pimps, and a man who claims to be William McKinley. Harm’s Way is a (sometimes brutally) dark comedy that deals primarily with the loss of control and order in one’s world.