Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents two fully staged past one-act play winners that were originally showcased in the company’s annual Nor’eastern event. These two plays will be presented by ART under the title, THE BEST OF THE NOR’EASTERNS, on April 13, 14,15, &16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Paramount Brick Box Theatre, Center Street, Rutland, VT.
Each year Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre conducts a year-long one-act play contest with entries from the six New England states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As part of its sixth season, the Company has selected two former winners.
The first play to be presented is The Best Wine by Michael Nethercott, a Nor’Eastern winner in 2009. It is a study of betrayal, loyalty and accountability set in occupied France during the Second World War. In the wake of a compromised Resistance action, the citizens of a small town are forced to judge one of their own, and, in doing so, make a fateful decision. This play will be directed by Diane Liccardi.
Playwright, Michael Nethercott of Guilford, VT has published his writings in numerous magazines and anthologies including “Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine”; “Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year”; “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction”; “Plays, the Drama Magazine for Young People”; “Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers” and others. He is a past recipient of the Black Orchid Novella Award for traditional mystery writing. Michael has also taken the stage as a storyteller and actor and is the writer/director of the seasonal theatrical event, “The Forest of Mystery” in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The second play is The Window, a Nor’Eastern winner in 2007, in which inmates on death row find hope and redemption by looking through the window in the only cell that has a window; the cell in which the next inmate to be executed is housed. It will be directed by Thaddeus Lorentz
Playwright, NICK VIGORITO, JR., is a member of The Dramatists Guild. He has written over twenty plays, several screenplays, and several original sitcom pilots. Nearly all of his plays have been produced and two are published. His writing has won various awards and prizes including a recent Scriptapalooza competition for his original sitcom pilot Les Is More. His ‘day job’ is that of a Letter Carrier for the Postal Service, and while not yet disgruntled if he isn’t discovered soon that might all change! He lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife Maria and their two Boxers. And he has never been an inmate on death row.
The Best Wine is stage-managed by Judi Tompkins, and features actors, Laura Steere, Ilene Blackman, John Romeo, Christopher Larson, and Eric Mallette. The Window is stage-managed by Bonny Benson, and features Paul Burroughs, Gary Boyles, Tom Pomfret and Alex Lucci.
Lighting is by David Lane, properties by Tom Brown, costumes by Catherine Loew, sound by Bridget Scott, make-up and hairstyles by Jane Campeau, graphic design by Marna Grove, production by Peter Marsh & Sandra Gartner and technical direction by Doug Yaremchuk .
Reservations are available by calling the Paramount Box Office at 802-775-0903. Tickets will be sold at the door as well, at all performances. There is limited seating. Tickets are $15 for general admission.
Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre Company will produce this year’s three Nor’eastern winners in Showcase on May 6 & 7 at the Paramount’s Brick Box Theatre. For more information about Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre visit the Company’s Website at www.actorsrepvt.org