Vermont Pride Theater's Sixth Annual Summer Pride Festival
Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival at Chandler, Friday July 22 through Sunday July 31
In its sixth summer season, Vermont Pride Theater is presenting four thought-provoking performances: East Coast premieres of two new plays and two guest artists new to Vermont, featuring issues such as gender identity and presidential politics much in today's news. With the chance to discuss these issues in post-performance talkbacks, plus the opportunity in receptions to mingle with the actors, directors, and talkback resource persons, each evening will be memorable.
Opening the festival on Friday July 22nd at 7:30 pm will be the East Coast premiere of David Valdes Greenwood's new play Raggedy And. In this fast-paced comedy, directed by Joanne Greenberg, the perfect poet is needed for the January 2017 inauguration of America’s first female president. When trans woman Ondi Rivers is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn about this invasion of the family's privacy. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her family’s private life, will Ondi take the stage? In her first theatrical role Burlington singer Jennifer Lord stars as Ondi, and popular actor Andra Kisler (Northfield) is her construction-manager wife Clem. Vincent Broderick (Montpelier) and William Wuttke (South Royalton) complete the cast. Raggedy And will also be presented on Saturday July 30 7:30 pm
On Saturday July 23rd David Leeper brings to New England his riveting one-man show At the Flash, soon to be featured in the NYC Fringe Festival. Guest artist Mr. Leeper and his co-author Sean Chandler take us on a multi-character story of a fictitious gay bar as seen through the experiences of five specific, yet universal, characters. The characters' dramatic stories unravel through interwoven scenes covering five decades of gay history and beyond.
Closing the first festival weekend on Sunday July 24 at 7 pm will be the East Coast premiere of Marilynn Barner Anselmi's new play Mama's Girls, directed by Cher Laston. In her timely script, 11-year-old twins Amelia and Sammy argue about Barbies, sports, chores – everything except Sammy’s knowledge that she is a girl. Amelia fights everyone who opposes Sammy's transition, including their father. The fallout from these conflicts brings Sammy’s decision and the fragility of her parents' marriage to the fore. Montpelier's Amanda Menard and Randolph musician Andy Mueller play the parents. Kiki Kenyon and Aakash Patrick, from Randolph as well, make their Chandler debuts as the twins. Mama's Girls will also be presented on Friday July 29 at 7:30 pm
On Sunday July 31st Guillermo Reyes' prize-winning Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown closes the festival. Chicago-based guest artist Nelson Rodriguez shares this set of comedic monologues, which the New York Times called "Glorious": the chronicles of gay Latino immigrants dealing with the shock of race and gender identity known as the "Hispanic breakdown." We'll laugh and cry with these outsiders to both their culture and their adopted country.
Tickets for adults are $17 in advance, $20 day of show; for students, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Or buy a four-admission pass for just $60. Advance-priced individual tickets and the pass are now available online at www.chandler-arts.org, or by calling (802) 728-6464 beginning July 5th.