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Emily Ma ’21, Bair Lambert ’21, and cast mates rehearse a scene from "American Idiot" at Wright Memorial Theatre. Photo: Yeager Anderson ’13.5

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Theatre Department Presents Green Day’s “American Idiot”

May 1, 2019

Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present a musical adaptation of Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning concept album, American Idiot, directed by Michole Biancosino ’98, with musical direction by Clint Bierman ’97 and featuring local Vermont band the Grift.

Middlebury’s production of American Idiot features a company of over 30 Middlebury College students, including featured work by scenic and projection designer Joseph Haggerty ’19, whose designs represent his Senior 700 work in theatre design. Direction is by Michole Biancosino ’98, who is an assistant professor of theatre. Lighting design is by Hallie Zieselman, costume design is by Mira Veikley, and properties are by Jim Dougherty. Sound technician is Eric Graham with assistance by technical director Allison Rimmer. Musical direction is by Clint Bierman ’97 of the popular Vermont band the Grift. Bierman, who cowrote “I’m on My Way” for the Shrek 2 sountrack, will play as part of the onstage band, along with the rest of the Grift, Peter Day ’01 and Jeff Vallone ’98, both Middlebury grads as well.

Formed in 1987, Green Day arose from the Northern California underground punk scene and emerged as one of the most popular of the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream. Their major-album debut, Dookie, sold over 15 million copies and won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance. Ten year later, in 2004, they produced American Idiot, an aggressive rock opera that became a surprise success, receiving multiple Grammys and the best critical reviews of the band’s career. In 2009, that album was adapted for the stage into a musical, which premiered on Broadway and expanded the original songs to fuller adapted scores with multiple voices. In 2015 Green Day was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A musical about dreaming big and getting up off the couch and out into the world, American Idiot takes audiences on the trip of that storied album by Gree Day, whose videos introduced audiences to a violent pop/rock/punk suburban landscape. Three working-class kids attempt to leave the suburbs and escape becoming screen-addicted zombies. Their journey begins with dreaming on a couch and leads to a drug-infused punk scene in a big city, an endless war in the Middle East, and an unplanned pregnancy. As these friends search for redemption in an ugly world, they discover what it means to really wake up.

Sam Boudreau ’19, Charlotte Gray ’20, and Will Koch ’20 with members of The Grift (Clint Bierman ’97, Peter Day ’01, and Jeff Vallone ’97.5) rehearse a scene from Green Day’s American Idiot. The musical adaptation of the concept album won a Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2011.

American Idiot will be performed Thursday, May 2–Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Memorial Theatre on the Middlebury College Campus. The performance runs approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. For mature audiences.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call 802-443-MIDD (6433) or go to go.middlebury.edu/arts. Wright Memorial Theatre is located at 96 Chateau Road in Middlebury.