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Welcome to Vermont Stage Company’s 2010-2011 season! For my final season as Artistic Director I’ve chosen four plays to which I have an especially personal connection. We open our season with a classic of the American theatre, The Glass Menagerie, a play that holds special significance both for me, as it was the first college show I acted in, and for the company, since it was Vermont Stage’s inaugural production back in 1994. Williams’ autobiographical memory piece is filled with indelible characters, gorgeous poetry, and unexpected humor, all in service of a haunting, heartbreaking story of a mother’s fierce love and a brother’s undying loyalty. In January, I’m thrilled to present the Vermont premiere of a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. When I first read the script I was immediately engaged by the theatrical possibilities of the piece: 12 actors playing dozens of roles, creating a highly stylized yet dangerously real world which young Oliver must somehow survive. And who better to realize those possibilities than my friend Jason Jacobs, the director who brought us the amazing Opus last season? In March, we’ll present one of my favorite plays from my time here at Vermont Stage, Underneath the Lintel. Returning to the role of a Dutch librarian who discovers a book 123 years overdue will be a special treat for me. I’ve always loved the mysterious and even mystical aspects of this quirky tale, and the final image of the Librarian leaving his old life in pursuit of new adventures seems curiously apt. We close the season with the return of one of the most requested plays in my ten years with the company. Sylvia seems to have struck a chord with our audience, and it’s easy to see why. The show is laugh-till-it-hurts funny, and anyone who has a dog (or knows one personally) feels like they’re getting some uncannily accurate insight into the canine mind. Then there’s Kathryn Blume as the eponymous pup. She has said it was the role she was born to play, and I feel most fortunate to direct her and the rest of the talented cast in my final VSC production. Of course, we’ll also bring back Winter Tales, our annual holiday show, full of new stories and songs, good cheer, and the warmth and comfort of gathering together with friends and family. It’s an exciting season, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing with you.

Mark Nash Producing Artistic Director


Glass Menagerie THE

by Tennessee Williams Directed by Mark Nash

October 6 – October 24, 2010 This semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams’ early days in 1930’ s St. Louis is a heartbreaking and yet often humorous “memory play” told from the perspective of an aspiring young writer. A masterpiece of the American theatre, The Glass Menagerie is a delicate and haunting portrait of an artist’s path to independence and personal insight.

Presenting sponsor


CHARLES DICKENS'

Oliver Twist Adapted by Neil Bartlett

Directed by Jason Jacobs

January 26 – February 13, 2011 Using Charles Dickens’ original words, a handful of tunes stolen from the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, and a chameleon ensemble of actors, Neil Bartlett’s powerful new version of Oliver Twist brings the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London back to bold theatrical life. The unforgettable characters - Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes, and the Artful Dodger - inhabit a world filled with images of danger and fear, innocence and hope; a world seen through the eyes of an astonished child. Presenting sponsor


Underneath the

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Written by Glen Berger • Directed by Jim Gaylord

March 9 - March 20, 2011 When a Dutch librarian finds a book returned 123 years overdue, his curiosity transforms him from a mild-mannered civil servant into a globe-trotting detective. As his search leads him around the world and into surprising revelations of a long-forgotten past, he ultimately discovers what can only be described as a miracle. VSC Artistic Director Mark Nash returns to the stage in this quirky and charming “twisty mystery of a tale.” Presenting sponsor

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April 20-May8, 2011 Back by popular demand! When Greg, a married man in the throes of a mid-life crisis, brings home a stray dog he finds in the park, his life is turned upside down. Kathryn Blume reprises her role as Sylvia, the chaos-creating canine who steals Greg’s heart and teaches him a few things about living life to the fullest. Presenting sponsor

Supporting sponsor


SPECIAL EVENT ~ Not included in subscription package

Conceived and Directed by Mark Nash

Winter Tales Gala Benefit

December 12 at 6 p.m. Join us for a pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, champagne, silent auction and a special performance of Winter Tales.

Warm cider. Fresh cookies. Frends and family gathered together to share stories and songs celebrating the holiday season and winter in Vermont. Join us in the cozy setting of FlynnSpace as we bring a little light to the dark days of December. Celebrated local folk singers Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland join your favorite Vermont Stage actors to share a delightful blend of new tunes and tales full of joy, humor and warmth—just the right recipe to put you in the holiday spirit.

December 8–12, 2010 Presenting sponsor

Supporting sponsor


FAQ Who is Vermont Stage Company? We’re Burlington’s professional theatre company, performing in the intimate setting of FlynnSpace, a 150-seat black box theatre located at 153 Main Street in the heart of downtown Burlington. We produce five shows a year, offering a mix of well-known classics, recent Broadway hits, and undiscovered gems. We perform Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm.

What if I’m on a tight budget but I still want to see great professional theatre? A four-show subscription can be purchased for as little as $83. Use the order form on the next page or go to www.vtstage.org/subscription or call 862-1497. Really tight budget? Take advantage of our 10-10-10 deal. This season we’re offering 10 tickets for every performance 10 minutes before curtain for only $10! Available in person only at the Flynn box office.

How does Vermont Stage keep professional theatre affordable? Ticket sales cover only half our expenses; your donation does the rest. Support local theatre by becoming a member at www.vtstage.org. Click the “donate” button on the lower left side of the page.

Why did Mark choose these shows for the season? Get inside Mark’s head with your personal Backstage Pass. Visit the Director’s Blog at www.vtstage.org. Also, keep an eye out for video previews of each production a few days before opening night.

Where do I go to buy single tickets? Single tickets can be purchased through the Flynn Box Office at flynntix.org or by calling 86-FLYNN. Pricing information can be found on the next page.

Who do I talk to about my Vermont Stage experience? If you liked something you saw, have a suggestion for something you’d like to see, or if you have any other feedback about the work we do here, contact Artistic Director Mark Nash at mark@vtstage.org.


SUBSCRIBE SEE FOUR SHOWS FOR THE PRICE OF THREE! When you subscribe to Vermont Stage Company’s 2010-2011 season, you can purchase our four-show subscription series for as little as $83! That’s Glass Menagerie, Oliver Twist, Underneath the Lintel, and Sylvia for about $20 a show!

PLUS if you order your Winter Tales tickets now, when you subscribe, you can see 5 shows - the 4-show subscription series and Winter Tales - for as little as $107. That’s over 30% off what you would pay for individually ordered tickets! When you subscribe you get: Flexibility – When you chose the Flexipass subscription you get the savings of subscription prices, and the ability to choose your dates right before the show.

Value – You can save up to 30% off the single-ticket price, and buy Winter Tales tickets at a discount. Convenience – Purchase all your tickets ahead of time, then relax knowing you have five dates with great theatre all lined up.

Special Benefits – Subscribers receive production previews and single-ticket discount offers.

SUBSCRIBE ONLINE Just go to www.vtstage.org and click on “Season Tickets.”

SINGLE TICKETS Single Ticket Prices: Wednesday Evening (7:30 pm) & Saturday/Sunday Matinee (2 pm) – $27.00* Thursday/Friday/Saturday Evening (7:30 pm) – $32.50* Single tickets may be purchased at the Flynn Regional Box Office by calling 86-FLYNN or going to the Flynn Website at www.flynntix.org** *Prices include a $1 FlynnSpace Preservation Fee. **A $2.50 Flynn Convenience Fee will be added to all phone or web-ordered tickets. Students and AARP members with ID receive a 10% discount on single tickets.


See 4 shows for the price of 3!

Glass Performance Menagerie

Oliver Twist

Wed.–7:30 pm Oct. 6

Jan. 26

March 9

April 20   Dec. 8–$24

Thur.–7:30 pm Oct. 7

Jan. 27

March 10

April 21   Dec. 9–$29

Fri.–7:30 pm Oct. 8

Jan. 28

March 11

April 22

Dec. 10–$29

Sat.–7:30 pm Oct. 9

Jan. 29

March 12

April 23

Dec. 11–$29

S at.–2:00 pm Oct. 9

Jan. 29

March 12

April 23

Dec. 11–$24

Sun.–2:00 pm Oct. 10

Jan. 30

March 13

April 24

Dec. 12–$24

Flexipass

Under Winter Lintel Sylvia Tales

choose now! No need to

When you choose the Flexipass, you can call two weeks prior to opening to reserve tickets for the performance of your choice. all ticket exchanges must be made through the flynn box office and are subject to a service charge.

Choose a Series –

4 show subscription series

(does NOT include Winter Tales)

   Friday—$123  Saturday PM—$123  Saturday matinee—$83  Sunday matinee—$103  Flexipass—$129 Wednesday—$103

Thursday—$123

Winter Tales single tickets

(available with subscription only)

       Gala Benefit Performance – 12/12 – 6:00 p.m. (includes food, drink, and silent auction)—$55 Wed., 12/8—$24 Sat. PM, 12/11—$29

Thurs., 12/9—$29 Fri., 12/10—$29 Sat. matinee, 12/11—$24 Sun. matinee, 12/12—$24

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Professional Theatre in an Intimate Setting

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Vermont Stage Company 2010/2011 Season Brochure