Vermont Stage to Premier Four New Plays

September 15, 2016  
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'Blackberry Winter', a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother's slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

‘Blackberry Winter’, a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother’s slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

Vermont Stage announces its 23rd Season as Burlington’s premier professional theater company with a selection of new plays.

“Our 23rd Season is filled with four Vermont premieres of beautiful, contemporary plays. Each depicts the outset of a new endeavour: the opening of a sandwich shop, the purchase of a home, the adoption of a child and even the creation of an origin myth. There is so much humor and hope in these charming, thoughtful new plays. I’m looking forward to sharing these plays with our wonderful audience,” said Artistic Director Cristina Alicea about the 2016-2017 Season.

In conjunction with these plays, Vermont Stage continues its Talkback Thursdays. Partnering with other local non-profits, scholars, activists, advocates, and experts, Talkback Thursdays aims to engender conversations about the play’s subject matter. Talkback Thursdays will take place after every Thursday night performance this season.

The season kicks off on Oct. 12 with “American Hero” by Bess Wohl. At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists” are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world in this supersized comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches.

“American Hero” runs Oct. 12-30, at FlynnSpace. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee (first week only) at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“Winter Tales” an annual event where local storytellers bring life to new, funny and heartfelt stories crafted by fellow Vermonters takes to the stage in December. Interspersed with poetry from the Young Writers Project and folk songs by the Patti Casey, the evening will shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter.

“Winter Tales” runs for a one week limited engagement from Dec. 7-11, at FlynnSpace with the Winter Tales Gala Benefit on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Winter Tales will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarías will be bringing a bit of spring to the midwinter stage. Pablo and Taniaare realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. A disagreement over a longstanding fence spirals into an all-out war. Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies. No one comes out smelling like a rose.

“Native Gardens,” directed by John Nagle, runs for three weeks, Jan. 25-Feb.12. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee (first week only) at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

March brings in a new play by playwright Steve Yockey called “Blackberry Winter.” Years of success, meticulous planning and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother’s slide into dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, memories of her mother leave Vivienne’s inner turmoil quietly laid bare in a juxtaposition of stories, theatrical gestures,and a childlike “creation myth.”

Blackberry Winter” runs for three weeks at FlynnSpace from March 8-26. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee (first week only) at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Politically charged, funny, and tack-sharp, “The Call” comes to the stage in April. Acclaimed African American playwright Tanya Barfield. has written a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home. Annie and Peter decide to adopt a child from Africa. When they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, their marriage is put to the test, secrets of the past are exposed, and this couple is left with an unexpected choice.

“The Call” runs April 19-May 7, at FlynnSpace. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee (first week only) at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

The season concludes in June with Vermont Stage’s 6th annual “The Bake Off.” Take one play, break it into three parts, add three directors and three casts, and—voilà!—you’ve got “The Bake Off. “The audience experiences firsthand how a director’s choices affects the same play. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the directors. More information on the chosen play to “bake off” will be announced in early spring 2017.

“The Bake Off” runs for one week only June 13-18, 2017 at FlynnSpace. Playing Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Subscriptions to Vermont Stage’s 23rd Season are on sale now, starting as low as $92. More information about Vermont Stage can be found at www.vermontstage.org/subscribe or by calling 802-862-1497.

 

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