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Vermont Theatre Festival




Incorporated 1979



William Blachly, Founder and Artistic Director


Annuit Coeptis


2018

Season







At Unadilla Theatre





Ruddigore

Importance of Being Earnest

Not About Heroes

The Show Off

At the Festival Theatre



Uncle Vanya

Virginia

Antony and Cleopatra


Diana of Dobson's





Ruddigore

or

The Witche's Curse



by

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan


The grand masters of melody and comedy venture into the land of the supernatural. Brilliant music and witty dialog. "Ruddigore" is a masterpeice.









Antony and Cleopatra


by

William Shakespeare


Many consider Shakespeare's Cleopatra, whom Antony describes as having "infinite variety," as one of the most complex and fully developed female characters in the playwright's body of work. She is frequently vain and histrionic enough to provoke an audience almost to scorn; at the same time, Shakespeare invests her and Antony with tragic grandeur.











Not About Heroes




by

Stephen MacDonald

The action is replayed through the eyes of an older Siegfried Sassoon, as he recalls his relationship with Wilfred Owen, beginning some fourteen years earlier. Owen introduces himself hesitantly to Sassoon when the latter arrives at Craiglockhart in 1917, having been diagnosed as suffering from "war neurosis" as a result of his protest against the war. The course of their friendship is shown through extracts from the real diaries and letters of the two men, right up to their last meeting at the Chelsea Physic Garden, when Sassoon was recovering from a head wound that would end his military career while Owen waited to return to the Western Front, where he would be killed shortly afterwards.









The Importance of Being Earnest


A Trivial Comedy for Serious People


by



Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is the rare work of art that achieves perfection on its own terms. It dazzles both with its light touch and with its sturdy construction, like a cathedral made of spun sugar.








The Show Off


by

George Kelly


Set in North Philadelphia in the mid-1920s, a working-class Irish family is thrown into comical turmoil when one of the daughters, Amy, brings home a deceptive suitor named Aubrey. The compulsive liar and conman finds his match in the family’s matriarch, however, the no-nonsense Mrs. Fisher.









Uncle Vanya



by

Anton Chekhov

A Comedy


While Vanya is the protagonist of this play (and a rather ineffectual one, at that), Doctor Astrov plays a major supporting role. Like most of Chekhov’s physicians, Astrov has lost his idealism and much of his capacity for close human relationships. Unlike some of them, though, Astrov has not become narrow-minded, greedy, or pompous. He does his job conscientiously and still retains active curiosity about the world. As far as the emotional life is concerned, he seems to rely on alcohol. Yelena re-awakens in him the desire for intimacy, but this desire is doomed to fail.























Virginia



by

Edna O'Brien

"One of the great creative writers of her generation."
O'Brien's works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole.









Diana of Dobson's

by



Cicely Hamilton



An actor, activist and contemporary of George Bernard Shaw, Cicely Hamilton penned the lyrics for the suffragette anthem and dozens of popular plays that receive practically no consideration today. Diana of Dobson’s, which appeared in 1908, is one of the best. It exposes the iniquities of the shop-girl system – a form of bonded slavery in which the live-in sales assistants of large department stores were poorly fed, underpaid and entirely beholden to the companies that employed them. By Edwardian standards, the opening scene is eye-poppingly candid – a fly-on-the-wall presentation of a female dormitory in which the women slough off their uniforms while discussing the finer points of hosiery. The drama takes a more conventional turn when Diana is informed of an unexpected legacy, and resolves to burn through the lot, living the high life in Switzerland for as long as it lasts. Which isn’t that long.








. Performances in

RED are in the Unadilla Theatre.
Performances in BLUE are in the Festival Theatre.


The theatres are a few yards from each other.




























Babes-in-arms cannot be admitted.




Curtain Time

7:30

Sharp


Late comers will be admitted only at intermission.




Tickets:
Adults $20, Children 12 and under $10.






Reservations and Information: 802-456-8968 or at

unadilla@pshift.com








501 Blachly Road
Marshfield Vermont 05658


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From Montpelier take Rt 2 East to East Montpelier and thence North on Rt 14 to North Montpelier. One mile North of North Montpelier turn right on Max L. Gray Road
and follow it for 5 miles to the theatre.


From St Johnsbury: Go to Marshfield Villege on Rt 2 West. In Marshfield Village turn right on Creamery St (sign: East Calais ) Go up hill bearing left onto the Calais Road.
At third 4 corners turn right on East Hill Road. Follow to Blachly Road and the theatre.








Sheep in Pasture




Heartbreak House




Present Laughter



Juno and the Paycock




Blithe Spirit





Copenhagen

Month in the Country


The Review



What The Butler Saw




Heartbreak House

Princess Ida



Patience




Little Hotel




The Caretaker




Oh, Coward!


Blithe Spirit





Pirates of Penzance




The Return of the Prodical