It’s the Bake Off at Vermont Stage: One play, three directors, three casts

Shelburne resident Bruce Campbell featured in cast

What does a director bring to the process of making a play? On May 18-20, Vermont Stage Company will produce one play but divide it into three parts, with three different directors, and three different casts. They’ll explore the wildly different ways a play can be brought to life for an audience.  After each performance, there will be a free Q & A with the directors so the audience can ask them about what they do and how they do it.
Producing artistic director Cristina Alicea chose the play “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl (playwright of “The Clean House”) for the first Bake Off. In this reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus, the tale is told through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, and ingenious plot twists, the play takes a fresh look—really, three fresh looks — at a timeless love story.
“This whole concept is based on an exercise that I was a part of at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2009,” says Alicea. “It was fascinating to witness directors with diverse backgrounds bring to life the same play. The outcome of each was so different. Vermont Stage Bake Off audiences will get to be part of an interesting and fun experiment.”
Directors Alicea, Mark Alan Gordon, and Margo Whitcomb will bring their interpretations and creative insights to “Eurydice.” The play will feature an all-local cast of actors including Bruce Campbell of Shelburne as Father James Blanchard.
Performances will be held pm Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm, and Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm and 6 pm at Flynn Space.
Single tickets are on sale starting at $27 and can be purchased by calling 802-86-FLYNN or online at www.flynntix.org.  More information about Vermont Stage Company can be found at www.vtstage.org or by calling (802) 862-1497.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>