Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler announces its fifth annual Summer Pride Festival of LGBT performances in Randolph, Vermont, July 17-19 and 24-26.
This season offers full productions of two exciting plays, neither seen before in Vermont, along with the Vermont debuts of two renowned guest artists. All performances will be presented in Randolph’s historic Chandler Music Hall, listed on the National Historic Register.
- Jonathan Harvey's 1993 play Beautiful Thing, a classic teen-coming-out story, will be presented on Friday July 17 and Sunday July 26.
- Sarah Gubbins' prize-winning new play The Kid Thing, examining the effect on two lesbian couples of one couple's pregnancy, will be presented on Sunday July 19 and Friday July 24.
Filling out the two-weekend, six-night festival will be guest artists from both coasts:
- On Saturday July 18, John Epperson (“Lypsinka”) in his performance piece Show Trash
- On Saturday July 25, Terry Baum in HICK -- A Love Story, exploring Eleanor Roosevelt's lesbian relationship with reporter Lorena Hickok.
- During the entire festival, landscapes and collages by visual artist Marie LaPre-Grabon will be on exhibit in the Chandler Downstairs Gallery.
All six performances will be followed by talkbacks between the performers and their audiences. A complimentary reception, to meet and greet the performers, will be offered after each talkback.
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 6.
This fifth annual Summer Pride Theater Festival presents the concerns and issues of LGBT Vermonters with the goal of building bridges of understanding between them, their families and friends, and the wider community.
Sponsorship support is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont and the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Media support is provided by Vermont Public Radio.