Vermont Stage features play written by Shelburne natives

Vermont Stage Company will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary as Burlington’s premier professional theatre company with an inspiring line-up that features five notable new plays and a world premiere.

Vermont Stage kicks off its 20th year Oct. 9-27 with “Art” by God of Carnage playwright Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Vermont Stage produced this award-winning comedy about art and friendship in 2001 and decided to bring it back as a tip of the hat to its past. “Art” directed by Tara Lee Downs. In December, Vermont Stage is bringing back Winter Tales, its 9th annual holiday tradition, hosted for the first time by Artistic Director Cristina Alicea. It is filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Winter Tales runs from Dec. 4-8 concluding with our Winter Tales Gala Benefit on Dec. 8 at 6 pm.

The new year features “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz, a 2012 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama. This smart new play – directed by Mark Alan Gordon – has high drama, serious laughter, and authentic dialogue that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats Jan. 29-Feb. 16, 2014. March 12-30, love, lust, and literature become weapons in the ultimate battle of the sexes in David Ives’ seductive comedy, “Venus in Fur” – directed by Vermont Stage’s Artistic Director Cristina Alicea.

In April, the regular season culminates with an exclusive world premiere. “The Quarry” is written by emerging playwright Greg Pierce in collaboration with his brother Randal Pierce, a local musician and composer. This new play, inspired by their experiences growing up in Shelburne, combines original live music with an array of characters to create a world that explores unconventional relationships, notions of home, aging, Vermont geology, love, guilt, second chances, and the wide-ranging powers of the unknown. “The Quarry,” directed by Margo Whitcomb, runs April 23-May 11, 2014. The season concludes in June with Vermont Stage’s 3rd annual experimental production, “The Bake Off.” June 10-15, 2014, each performance will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and the directors about the artistic process.

All shows are performed at FlynnSpace Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, first Saturday matinee only at 2 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm unless otherwise noted. Subscriptions to Vermont Stage Company’s 20th Anniversary Season are on sale now, starting as low as $88. More information about Vermont Stage Company can be found at www.vtstage.org or by calling 862-1497.

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