Vt Stage Announces 22nd Season

September 18, 2015  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Vermont Stage recently announced its 22nd season as Burlington’s premier professional theatre company with an inspired selection of notable new plays. “Our 22nd season is filled with four Vermont premieres of beautiful, contemporary plays that were chosen for their depth, humor and heart. In conjunction with these plays, we are also expanding our latest program, Talkback Thursdays, where we partner with other local non-profits, scholars, activists, advocates and experts to start important conversations about the subject matter of our work. Talkback Thursdays will take place after every Thursday night performance this season. I’m looking forward to sharing these plays with our wonderful audience,” said Artistic Director Cristina Alicea about her choices for Vermont Stage’s 2015-2016 Season. The season kicks off on Oct. 7 with “Tribes” by Nina Raine. Billy’s proudly unconventional family shows affection by lobbing barbed witticisms in a never ending match of wills. But Billy, who is deaf, has never been able to fully participate in their game. A young woman teaches him how to sign and he finally finds his own voice and stands up for his right to be heard. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Play. “Tribes” runs Oct. 7-25 at FlynnSpace and will star Los Angeles actor/comedian Dale Dymkoski alongside Vermont Stage veterans Karen Lefkoe, Steve Scott, Andrew Butterfield, Alyson Perry and recent UVM Department of Theatre grad Lida Benson. Directed by Mark Alan Gordon. 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. In December, pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies and cozy up for the 11th anniversary of the holiday tradition “Winter Tales,” hosted by Artistic Director Cristina Alicea. In this annual event, local storytellers bring life to brand new, funny and heartfelt stories crafted by fellow Vermonters. Interspersed with poetry from the Young Writers Project and folk songs written and performed by the Patti Casey, the evening is guaranteed to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. “Winter Tales” runs for a one-week limited engagement from Dec. 9-13 at FlynnSpace with the Winter Tales Gala Benefit on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. January brings “Mothers and Sons” by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally. This 2014 Tony nominee for Best Play is a gripping new drama about change, reconciliation and what it means to be a family. Cal and his husband have built a happy life together with their 7-year-old son. When the mother of Cal’s former lover makes a surprise visit 20 years after her son’s untimely death, the past casts a shadow on their idyllic life. “Mothers and Sons” runs for three weeks at FlynnSpace from Jan. 27-Feb. 14, 2016 and stars John Jensen, Justin D. Quackenbush and 9-year-old Asa Baker-Rouse of Middlebury. Directed by UVM Department of Theater Chair Gregory Ramos. 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. In March, local Vermont actors Cael Barkman and Jordon Gullikson will star in “Dancing Lessons” by Mark St. Germain. A scientist with Asperger’s knocks on the door of his neighbor, a Broadway dancer sidelined by an injury, to seek dancing lessons. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the hilarious and touching discoveries they make about each other. “Dancing Lessons” runs for three weeks at FlynnSpace from March 9-27, 2016 and will be directed by Vermont Stage Artistic Director Cristina Alicea. 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. In April, the main stage season culminates with Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You.” Handsome, athletic Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and an urgent assignment from their English teacher due tomorrow. Anthony convinces Caroline to help him transform his presentation on Whitman into something beautiful, but in the process they uncover the profound mystery that has actually brought them together. “I and You” runs April 20-May 8, 2016 at FlynnSpace. Directed by Cathy Hurst. Cast TBA. 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 5th annual experimental production called “The Bake Off” (one play made 3 ways). This show will trisect a play and assign each a different director and cast to explore the myriad ways a play can be brought to life for an audience. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and the directors about the artistic process. “The Bake Off” runs for one week only June 14-19, 2016 at FlynnSpace. Play, directors and cast TBA. 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. Subscriptions to Vermont Stage’s 22nd Season start at $88. More information about Vermont Stage can be found at www.vermontstage.org or by calling 862-1497.

 

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