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Vermont stage kicks off its reopening with two summer outdoor plays

Apr 22 2021, 2:02 PM

(BURLINGTON, VT) – Like so many arts organizations across the State, Vermont Stage shut down last

March and has been in hibernation mode, waiting until they can produce shows again. With Governor Scott’s encouraging summer reopen plans in place, Vermont Stage has decided not to wait to get back inside the theater to get the ball rolling. Instead, Vermont Stage will reopen after this moment of great turmoil with two soul-nourishing plays performed in beautiful outdoor locations. “After this year being shut down, I didn’t want to wait until we could get back inside to begin producing again. Wide-open fields of land with picturesque views are a unique feature in Vermont. They are a part of what makes our home feel special.” said Cristina Alicea Artistic Director. “Why not treat this difficult time as an opportunity to showcase Vermont’s natural beauty by using it as a scenic backdrop for our work? I’m looking forward to enjoying a summer filled with fun, live performances outside with friends I haven’t seen in a long time.”

In late July, Vermont Stage is producing Popcorn Falls, a farce that pokes a bit of good fun at the challenges of putting on a play, written by James Hindman. Waiting for Guffman meets The 39 Steps in this feel-good comedy where two actors play over twenty townsfolk trying to prove that art can save the world. The play will take place from July 28th through August 8th at the gorgeous Isham Family Farm in Williston as a part of their “First: Earth Summer Series.” As a part of the series, the production will feature guest speaker Ethan Tapper, to discuss forestry management prior to the opening night performance on July 28.

In late August, Vermont Stage is producing Maytag Virgin (pending performance rights), a romantic comedy by Audrey Cefaly. When Jack moves in next door to Lizzie – two forty-something schoolteachers, both widowed — the two bond over being alone and feeling stuck. As romance brews, they find themselves searching for an answer to the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? A timely play about moving forward with courage and a ready heart after a life altering event. The play will take place from August 25th through September 5th on Board Chair Ashley Mikell’s private land also located in Williston, which is being lovingly dubbed “Blue Heron Pond.”

For more information about Vermont Stage’s upcoming Summer Special Events, please visit

www.vermontstage.org or call 802-862-1497. Single tickets will go on sale in early May.

Vermont Stage’s 27th Season is sponsored by Physicians Computer Company and Main Street Landing. It is supported with grant funding from Vermont Arts Council and the Shubert Foundation. For all press inquiries, please contact Cristina Alicea, Artistic Director at [email protected].

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Vermont Stage is a not-for-profit professional theatre company whose mission is to create theatre that makes our community a better place. Learn more at https://www.vermontstage.org/.

The Isham Family Farm believes that diverse and inclusive music, theatre, dance and words can act as a powerful force for good in the community while promoting environmental awareness and responsibility. At the intimate setting of the farm, the “First: Earth Summer Series” can bring people together in a unifying and uplifting shared experience and strengthens the idea of a community coming together to celebrate the environment while witnessing live performances of different cultures and genres. Learn more about the Series by visiting https://ishamfamilyfarm.com/firstearth-summer-series/.

 

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