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Middlebury College Theatre Presents “Vampire” November 20–22

November 3, 2014

Play by Snoo Wilson Is a Smart, Bawdy Farce


Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present Snoo Wilson’s play “Vampire” on November 20–22 at the Seeler Studio Theatre. This bawdy, exuberant, and very smart play careens through history and around the globe, revealing the grotesque opportunists in every era. Professor Cheryl Faraone will direct a cast of ten Middlebury students.

British playwright Snoo Wilson was a leading voice in 20th century theatre, known for darkly comic works that are both overtly political and surreal. Director Cheryl Faraone has explored Wilson’s work before; she led the January 2010 production of his play “Lovesong of the Electric Bear,” based on the life and times of Alan Turing. British theatre critic Michael Coveney called Wilson “the kind of writer for whom the fringe was originally intended, totally wild and unpredictable. And only Tom Stoppard could possibly rival him in brain-power, or range of historical and cultural subject matter.”


“Vampire” is an anarchic and surreal farce, skittering from a 19th century rural parsonage in Wales, to a séance parlor in London, to the cricket fields of pre-WWI England, and finally to a punk funeral parlor in the 1970s. With humor and horror, the play uncovers the blood suckers who emerge in every generation to rob people of their lives. The Times of London has called this play “the height of comedy, a manic, hellzapoppin of invention, sliding from verbal frolics to pure slapstick.”

The cast of “Vampire” includes Chelsea Melone ’15, Leah Sarbib ’15.5, Nicholas Hemerling ’14.5, Jackson Prince ’17, David Fine ’17, Kean Haunt ’17, Thomas Scott ’14.5, Lana Meyer ’17, Caitlyn Meagher ’17, and Evann Normandin ’14.5. Sally Seitz ’17 is the stage manager, with Zachary Berzolla ’18 and Erin Leist ’16.5 as assistant stage managers. The production team includes theatre faculty and staff members Hallie Zieselman (scenic designer); Mark Evancho (lighting designer); Allison Rimmer (technical director); Jim Dougherty (associate technical director and props); Marcia Provoncha (costume director); and Annie Ulrich ’13 (associate costume director). Krista Duke ’15 has designed the costumes as her senior thesis work.

“Vampire” will be performed on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 P.M,; and Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 and 7:30 P.M., in the Seeler Studio Theatre at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. There will be a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the Friday night show. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Photo credit:

Leah Sarbib ’15.5, Chelsea Melone ’15, and Evann Normandin ’14.5 in the Middlebury College production of “Vampire,” playing November 20-22. Photo Teddy Anderson ’13.5

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Middlebury College
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