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William Blachly and Ann O'Brien Founders

Annuit Coeptis
2022
Season

At the Unadilla Theatre

The Mikado 

La  Rondine

Returning to Haifa

At the Festival Theatre

Is This A Room

Twelfth Night

Seagull

Ink

 

The theatres are a few yards from each other.

Scroll down for more information and schedule of plays.

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TheMikado

The Mikado

by
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

The grand masters of melody and comedy! Brilliant music and witty dialog. "Mikado" is their masterpiece!

Curtain: 7:30  Sharp

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The Seagull

by
Anton Chekhov

The characters in “The Seagull” are vain, sometimes miserable creatures, but they are also aware of the comical aspects of their existence. There is gravity — even tragedy — in their circumstances, but nothing heavy about the play itself. It holds its shape like a perfect soufflé, rich and airy, simple and yet the product of miraculous technique.

Curtain: 7:30  Sharp

LaRondine

La Rondine

by
Giacomo Puccini

The idea of writing a lighter romantic opera - something with the comic resonance yet musical richness of Strauss’s “Rosenkavalier” - appealed to Puccini. Though World War I scuttled a Vienna premiere, “La Rondine” had its first production in 1917 in Monte Carlo, neutral territory.

Working with the librettist Giuseppe Adami, he adapted a story about a young Parisian, Magda, the lavishly maintained mistress of a rich older banker, Rambaldo. A modern yet vulnerable woman who harbors fantasies of romantic love, Magda falls for Ruggero, the earnest and adoring son of a respectable family in southern France.

For Puccini, however, love was nothing to joke about.

Curtain: 7:30  Sharp

12thNight

Twelth Night

by
William Shakespeare

"Twelfth Night" is a reference to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, also called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany. It was originally a Catholic holiday, and therefore an occasion for revelry, like other Christian feast days. Servants often dressed up as their masters, men as women, and so forth.

Adults $25. Under 12 $10

Curtain 7:30  Sharp

Ink

Ink

by
James Graham

‘People like stories.” So says Rupert Murdoch in James Graham’s new play about the birth of the Sun. What emerges is Murdoch’s mixed motives. As he tells his chosen editor, Larry Lamb: “I want to disrupt this street,” meaning that he aims to puncture the sanctified traditions of Fleet Street – the British newspaper industry. But there is also a colonial’s desire to get his revenge on the British establishment and a businessman’s need to knock the main opposition, the Daily Mirror, into a cocked hat.

Curtain 7:30 SHARP

Haifa (1)

Returning to Haifa

by
Ghassan Kanafan

adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi.

The play shows a Palestinian couple returning to Haifa in 1967 in search of the house and son they were forced to abandon 20 years previously during mass evictions by Israeli forces. They constantly debate whether they are right to make the journey. When they arrive, they find their old home occupied by the widowed Miriam who fled from Poland after her father was sent to Auschwitz and who adopted the couple’s son and brought him up as a naturalised Israeli.

This could easily be a propaganda piece. Instead, it offers a moving confrontation between two sets of displaced people and an utterly unsentimental exploration of the complexities of home, history and parenthood. Said, the aggrieved Palestinian father, is a truculent figure whose aggression is matched, possibly to excess, by that of the son he lost. Surveying the Haifa house he once owned, Said also says, more in prophetic sorrow than in anger, that it will take a war to settle ancient wrongs.

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Is This a Room

Short of grocery lists, raw transcripts may be the most boring things ever written. With their halts and hesitations and dust bunnies of fuzzy logic, they beg to be thoroughly tidied before use, and disposed of quickly after.

Nevertheless, a 65-minute verbatim transcript has now become the basis for one of the thrillingest thrillers ever to hit Broadway. “Is This a Room,” which opened on Monday at the Lyceum Theater, turns the ums and stutters and bizarre non sequiturs of recorded speech into astonishing — and astonishingly emotional — theater.

How does mind-numbing banality become heart-racing excitement? In “Is This a Room,” the transcript is only the starting point.

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Babes-in-arms cannot be admitted.

Curtain Time

7:30

Sharp 

Late comers will be admitted only at intermission.

Tickets:
Adults $25, Children 12 and under $10.

Reservations and Information: 802-456-8968 or at

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501 Blachly Road
Marshfield Vermont 05658

Directions:

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.