GMC Theater Presents "The Importance of Being Earnest" e classic comedy/social satire of Victorian England "The Importance of Being Earnest," written by Oscar Wilde, will be presented by the GMC theater department Thursday through Saturday, November 13-15, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall. GMC cast members include Jesse Winings ‘17 (Algernon), Simon James ‘18 (Jack), Joseph Corrado ’15 (Lane/Merriman), Peyton Siler Jones ‘15 (Gwendolyn), Emma Jeanne Page ‘16 (Cecily), Allison Parenti ’16 (Miss Prism) and Samuel Connor Leigh (Rev. Chasuble). Professional guest artist Lloyd Rose, who plays Lady Bracknell, has a long and rich history in the performing arts. She was the literary manager and dramaturg for the New Playwrights' Theatre from 1979-84 and was the literary manager for the Arena Stage in Washington DC from 1986-89. Ms. Rose was the theater critic for the Washington Post from 1990-2001 and has published essays in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Voice Literary Supplement, and The Wall Street Journal.
GMC Theater Presents Hit Comedy "NOISES OFF"
2014 spring theater production of noises off The Green Mountain College Theater department will present the comedy "Noises Off" on March 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall (Ackley Auditorium). Written by the English playwright Michael Frayn, the play is frequently called the funniest farce ever written. The cast of nine characters consists of Green Mountain College students and alumnus Gordon Ells ’12, who plays the role of loyd Dallas. The cast also includes Andrew Bullard, S. Connor Creigh, Andrew Kohler, Isaac Winant, Anna Caputo, Peyton Siler Jones, Emma Jeanne Page and Maddie Mielke.
The action begins with a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing On." Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play within a play. "In some ways this is the largest show we've ever produced here," said GMC technical director Ben Jankowski, who co-directs the play with student Nora Alexander '14. "It's a three act physical comedy with a two-story rotating set."
The production is open to the public – admission is $10 for the general public. All performances are free for GMC students, faculty and staff presenting a College ID.
Prof. Paula Mann (theater) will be performing the lead in a staged reading of a new play by award winning playwright and Bennington College professor Sherry Kramer titled "The Bay of Fundy.” The play examines marriage, money and family values through the lens of an upper class privileged couple and their friends. The reading will be performed on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, Vt.
All students are invited to audition for the Ackley stage black box production of Neil LaBute's contemporary black comedy "Fat Pig" at 4 p.m. in Ackley 224. Four strong, comedic actors will be cast to perform in this biting social commentary about perceptions of weight and beauty in America today. The show will be directed by Prof. Paula Mann, GMC theater program director. Production dates are April 10-12.
Go to the Gorge on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. to see the theater department’s staged reading of Neil Lebute's hilarious 2008 play “Reasons to be Pretty,” directed by Nora Alexander ‘14. In the play, Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?
Adjunct Prof. Gary Meitrott (theater) is directing “A Christmas Carol,” presented in dramatically intimate Reader’s Theatre Style at several local venues. Five talented local actors, in full Victorian dress, play multiple roles and bring that miserly misanthrope, Ebeneezer Scrooge, vividly to life. Dickens’ beloved classic reminds us that there’s a second chance to love and be loved. Performances are Sat., Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Poultney High School; Fri., Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Maple Street School, Manchester; Sat., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall; Fri., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Willow Pond, Manchester; and Sat. Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Mountain School. Tickets at the door: adults $7, and students/children (12 and under) $4. For more information call 802-366-0110.
The Green Mountain College fall theater production is coming soon--Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Performances will be Thursday, November 14 through Saturday November 16 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theater. This is a powerful ensemble piece that was adapted by a member of the famed Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The play was performed on Broadway and won the 1990 Tony Award that year. The show includes a live three-piece folk band onstage led by music director Gus Bloch.
Cast members include Cassius Belfon (Man Going Back, Camp Guard, Agricultural Officer #1), Issac Winant (Willy, Noah, Floyd, First Man with Club), Emmet Murray (Pa), Maddie Mielke (Ma), Violetta Neff (Granma), Joe Corrado (Granpa, Gas Station Attendant, Contractor, Hooper Ranch Guard, Man in Barn), Sharif Tarver (Uncle John Muley), Sara Bishop (Rose of Sharon), Ruth Dailey (Ruthie), Bryce Coe, son of GMC faculty member Natalie Coe (Winfield), Jesse Winings (Connie, Deputy Sheriff, Hooper Ranch Officer, Second Man with Club, Fourth Narrator), Andrew Woodman (Al), Anna Caputo (Narrator, Floyd's Wife, Bookkeeper, Boy in Barn), Axelle Dervisevic (Gas Station Owner, Elizabeth Sandry, Third Narrator), Gus Bloch (Proprietor, Mayor of Hooverville, Officer), and Andrew Bullard (Jim Casy).
Free to students, faculty and staff. $10 for general admission.
Prof. Paula Mann (theater) will be performing in a production of “Other People’s Money” by Jerry Sterner, with the Oldcastle Theatre Company in their new home on Main Street in Bennington, Vt. The production dates are June 20 - 30.
The intrepid GMC players attempt the impossible this weekend when they present 600 years of history in 90 minutes. Will history ever be the same? The GMC spring theater production is “The Complete History of America (abridged)” which will be presented April 11-13 in Ackley Hall at 7 p.m.
This rollicking comedy takes us through the glorious quagmire that is American history. The cast of seven students tackle such controversial questions as: Who really discovered America? Why did Abe Lincoln free the slaves? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Find out the answers this weekend.
The cast includes Sara Bishop, Damilola Onakomaiya, Daniel Kimatarle, Baxter Seguin, John Sinclair, Isaac Winant and Peyton Jones.
Described by the Boston Globe as “what the Daily Show might look like if it were hosted by the Marx brothers,” the play was originally produced by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The GMC production is directed by Ben Jankowsi. Admission is $5; free for GMC students, staff and faculty.
Neo-Futurist Project performance pieces were first staged in Chicago in 1988, consisting of a series of short plays performed within sixty minutes.
GMC’s entirely original version of this form, called “Where do Babies Come From And Life’s Other Mysteries,” is written and performed by a student ensemble and is directed by Nora Alexander '15. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday March 22 and March 23 in Ackley Theater at 7 p.m.
Prof. Paula Mann (theater) will be performing in a staged reading of a new play at the Dorset Theatre Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. She will be playing the role of Wallis Simpson in "Sherlock Holmes and the People's King" written by John Nassivera as part of DTF's Fall New Work Series. Free and open to the public.
Green Mountain College’s main stage show of the year was “The 39 Steps” which opened on Friday evening April 20 at 7 p.m. and continued the following weekend with 7 p.m. shows on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 in Ackley Theater.
The Green Mountain College Theater Department presented Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night with a new twist. The performance, directed by Blake Kyler '12, was on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, April 1, matinee at 2 p.m. All performances took place in the College's Ackley Theatre. This production starred a cast of 14 students, including two recent GMC graduates.
Prof. Paula Mann taught a play-reading workshop with the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. During the four-week session, Mann led participants in play readings of four comedic classic and modern plays from the American and British repertoire. Each week she facilitated a short discussion of the playwright and the play. Mann also performed at the Oldcastle Theatre Company in May under the direction of Eric Peterson. She performed a lead role in the new Tina Howe play “Rembrandt’s Gift”.
The GMC Theater Program presented An Evening with Poe, created and directed by adjunct Professor Gary Meitrott. Performances were on October 1 – 3 in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The pre-show, featuring a “sinister organ,” began at 6:45 p.m. The show started at 7 p.m.