The College’s theater department presents full stage productions, readings and one-act plays each year. Most performances are held in the newly renovated Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Auditorium.
Staged Reading of Nickel and Dimed
Author Barbara Ehrenreich captured compelling portraits of American laborers who work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages in her best-selling book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. Playwright Joan Holden based her play “Nickel and Dimed” on the book. Green Mountain College students and faculty presented a staged reading of excerpts from “Nickel and Dimed” in April.
Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” is one of the most complex and wildly successful farces ever written. The opening act reveals the play within the play,”Nothing On,” on its final rehearsal before opening night. With doors slamming, mistaken identities, torrid affairs, two set flips, British accents, a two story set, insanely perfect timing and an endless plate of sardines, it is classic farce. Performed at GMC in March.
FAT PIG by contemporary writer Neil LaBute is a provocative short play which deals with our perceptions of beauty and weight and how our society influences our personal decisions in ways we don’t like to admit. Directed by Paula Mann and presented as a black box workshop on the Ackley Stage, this production showcased students in a variety of first-time onstage and offstage roles. Audiences were invited to participate in a lively post show discussion after the Saturday night performance. Performed at GMC in February, 2014.
The Grapes of Wrath
Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is a powerful ensemble piece adapted by a member of the famed Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The GMC show directed by prof. Paula Mann included a cast of 18 students and a live three-piece folk band onstage led by music director Gus Bloch. Performed at GMC in November, 2013.
This imaginative production was directed by senior Blake Kyler as his senior project. Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles in this Wild West version of one of the bard’s most popular comedies. Presented in March, 2012.
The 39 Steps
A comic adaptation of Hitchcock’s 1935 British film noir thriller, this ingenious play, adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Ben Jankowski, uses only a handful of actors to play dozens of roles in dozens of locations all over the world. The play won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and opened on Broadway in 2008. Presented in April, 2012.
The Madwoman of Chaillot
Directed by Paula Mann, this classic French poetic comedy written by Jean Giraudoux in 1943 presages the anti war movement of the 1960’s in its story about the outcasts of Paris who join forces to overcome corporate greed and power in order to save the world for peace, love and beauty. GMC’s production featured over 20 students and AEA actress Melissa Hurst in the title role. Performed at GMC in November, 2011.
A contemporary romantic comedy written by John Cariani and directed by GMC Technical Director, Ben Jankowski, this play explores life and love in the backwoods of Maine. Portland Stage presented the world premiere in 2004 and it was one of the most successful productions in their history. Performed at GMC in December, 2011.