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Vermont Theatre Festival

2024 Season

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THE MIKADO

by

WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert of the past, and everyone is delighted. He is himself again. The Gilbert of The Bab Ballads, the Gilbert of whimsical conceit, inoffensive cynicism, subtle satire, and playful paradox; the Gilbert who invented a school of his own, who in it was schoolmaster and pupil, who has never taught anybody but himself, and is never likely to have any imitator – this is the Gilbert the public want to see, and this is the Gilbert who on Saturday night was cheered till the audience was weary of cheering any more."

June 28 July -14

 

Uncle Vanya

by

Anton Chekhov

July 19  Aug 4

A Play for Our Anxious Era. Despite debuting 125 years ago, Anton Chekhov's drama of claustrophobia, resentment and despair feels perfectly suited to present day America.

Much Ado About Nothing

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William Shakespeare

July 18 - Aug. 4

The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of soldiers arrive in the town. The first, between Claudio and Hero, is nearly scuppered by the accusations of the villain, Don John. The second, between Claudio's friend Benedick and Hero's cousin Beatrice, takes centre stage as the play continues, with both characters' wit and banter providing much of the humour.

Through "noting" (sounding like "nothing" and meaning gossip, rumour, overhearing),[2][3] Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into believing that Hero is not a maiden (virgin). The title's play on words references the secrets and trickery that form the backbone of the play's comedy, intrigue, and action.

Marlene Sidaway as Miriam in Returning to Haifa.

Returning to Haifa

by

Ghassan Kanafani

adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi

Aug 8 - 24

Commissioned by New York’s Public Theater, this play never reached the stage because of pressure from the board. They missed a trick because it is a powerful and disturbing piece  Adapted by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace from a novella by the Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani (1936-72), it works on several levels: as a poignant family drama, as a plea for Israeli-Palestinian understanding and as a warning of what will follow without some form of reconciliation.

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.

 

 

A Night at the Opera

August 30 and 31 at 7:30

 An evening of opera scenes from opera favorites:  Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, Fidelio, Semele, and Rigoletto.  Featuring internationally acclaimed and local opera singers, Erik Kroncke, Adam Hall, Lillian Broderick, Annalise Shelmandine, Emily Milne, and Nessa Rabin.  At the piano is Mary Jane Austin.

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2:00 PM - Mikado
1
2
3
4
5
7:30 PM - Mikado
6
7:30 PM - Mikado
7
2:00 PM - Mikado
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9
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12
7:30 PM - Mikado
13
7:30 PM - Mikado
14
2:00 PM - Mikado
15
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18
7:30 PM - Much Ado
19
7:30 PM - Much Ado
7:30 PM - Uncle Vanya
20
7:30 PM - Much Ado
7:30 PM - Uncle Vanya
21
2:00 PM - Uncle Vanya
22
23
24
25
7:30 PM - Much Ado
26
7:30 PM - Much Ado
7:30 PM - Uncle Vanya
27
7:30 PM - Much Ado
7:30 PM - Uncle Vanya
28
2:00 PM - Uncle Vanya
29
30
31
1
7:30 PM - Much Ado
2
7:30 PM - Much Ado
7:30 PM - Uncle Vanya
3
30 Jun
06/30/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
05 Jul
07/05/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
06 Jul
07/06/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
07 Jul
07/07/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
12 Jul
07/12/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
13 Jul
07/13/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
14 Jul
07/14/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE MIKADO by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Of Gilbert's contribution, the Illustrated London News reported, "Mr. W. S. Gilbert has returned to the Gilbert [...]
18 Jul
07/18/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
19 Jul
07/19/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
19 Jul
07/19/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
20 Jul
07/20/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
20 Jul
07/20/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
21 Jul
07/21/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
25 Jul
07/25/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
26 Jul
07/26/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
26 Jul
07/26/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
27 Jul
07/27/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
27 Jul
07/27/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
28 Jul
07/28/2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
01 Aug
08/01/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
02 Aug
08/02/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is set in Messina and revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge when a group of [...]
02 Aug
08/02/2024    
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$15.00 - $30.00
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Voynitsky, called Uncle Vanya, is bitterly disappointed when he realizes that he has sacrificed and wasted his life managing the [...]
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