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GMC Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents “Major Barbara”

Poultney, VT – Professional actor David Alastair Lewis guest stars in Green Mountain College’s production of “Major Barbara,” a play considered to be one of George Bernard Shaw’s most entertaining, provocative and controversial works.

The play runs from Thursday, December 6, to Saturday, December 8. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theater. The public is invited to attend; tickets will be available for $5 at the door. GMC faculty, staff and students are admitted free of charge.

“Major Barbara” portrays the conflict between Barbara, a young, idealistic, Salvation Army major, and her father, Andrew Undershaft, a charismatic man who became wealthy as a weapons manufacturer. The clash proves to be a test of Barbara’s faith as her aristocratic family, Salvation Army comrades and even her love interest all fall under Undershaft’s spell. As the story unfolds, the characters grapple with idealism, morality and political power. GMC’s production is directed by Prof. Paula Mann, an actress known for her award-winning performances with the Dorset Theater Festival.

GMC student Alison Thatcher stars as Major Barbara and Cameron Steinmetz performs as her fiancé, Adolphus Cusins. Veteran actor David Alastair Lewis plays the role of Andrew Undershaft.

“What a delight it is to work under admired friends Paula Mann and John Nassivera in Green Mountain College’s production of “Major Barbara,” Lewis says. “The stylish comedy of brilliant wit sends a cautionary message that may be even more relevant now for us Americans than when the play was first presented to the theatre goers of London, England, a century ago.”

After graduating from Harvard University, Lewis, a Bennington, Vermont, native, spent many years in Hollywood acting, writing screenplays and developing film projects for motion picture companies. Professional acting highlights include his performance as Falstaff in the Hollywood Center Theatre’s production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor and his role as Richard in “Hay Fever” at the Academy Studio Theatre. He has also appeared in several independent films and television shows.

Since returning to Vermont with his wife and two children in 1991, Lewis has starred in many theater productions for the Dorset Players.

Lewis plans to host a question and answer session following the December 7 performance. For more information about Green Mountain College’s production of “Major Barbara,” or to set up an interview with David Alastair Lewis, call 802-287-8310.

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