Former Shelburne playwright opens new play

The women of “The Family of Ewe” front row from L-R: Kathy Seiler, Heidi Tappan, Kim Swain, Linda McGinnis, and Janet Stambolian. Back Row: Perry Vasta, Avalon Kann, Carole Vasta Folley, Robin Owens, and Rebecca Raskin. Photo by Jonathan Couture

The women of “The Family of Ewe” front row from L-R: Kathy Seiler, Heidi Tappan, Kim Swain, Linda McGinnis, and Janet Stambolian. Back Row: Perry Vasta, Avalon Kann, Carole Vasta Folley, Robin Owens, and Rebecca Raskin. Photo by Jonathan Couture

Girls Nite Out Productions is proud to host the premiere of “The Family of Ewe,” a funny and touching play by Carole Vasta Folley, a former Shelburne resident, Oct. 3-6 and 9-13 at Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theatre in Burlington. In addition to writing the show, Vasta Folley also directs.

“I became involved with Girls Nite Out Productions (GNOP) a few years ago when I directed ‘The Hallelujah Girls’ and it was a great experience,” said Vasta Folley. “But what really inspired me was the GNOP mission, to create and produce theatre opportunities for women, and for me, especially for women in their 40s and 50s and above. There are so many stories to tell for these women. So I sat down to write with a purpose — to tell a story about women my age, creating some strong women’s roles in the process. Fortunately the GNOP Board selected ‘The Family of Ewe’ for their fall 2013 production,” she commented.

“For this play I began by creating women characters,’” Vasta Folley explained. “Then I asked, who are they and why are they together. After I fleshed them out, I put them in a room together and just wrote what happened. In the end ‘The Family of Ewe’ is about women who become family for each other on purpose,” she added.

“I love the theatre because I love storytelling,” Vasta Folley informed.  “I want the audience to have a good time and, at the same time, be moved by parts of the story. I’d like people to see these women in the play as perfectly imperfect and how, in life, often our friends are our family.”

Performances of “The Family of Ewe” are at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center (Black Box Theatre), Lake and College Street in Burlington Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6; and Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 13 for a total of nine performances.

Tickets are on sale now at www.flynntix.org and by calling (802) 86-FLYNN.

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