This summer's lineup includes full productions of three exciting scripts, none of which has been presented before in Vermont. These will be directed and performed by an ensemble of Equity and non-Equity theater artists from across the nation.
Jane Chambers' classic lesbian drama Last Summer at Bluefish Cove will be presented Friday July 18 and Sunday July 27. Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-Award-winning Hollywood comedy The Little Dog Laughed is scheduled for Saturday July 19 and Friday July 25. And Farm Boys, a new stage adaptation of Will Fellows' book about growing up gay on a farm in rural America, will be premiered on Sunday July 20 and Saturday July 26.
Celebrity introducers will begin each evening 30 minutes before the performance, in the Chandler Gallery. After each performance, there will be a talkback between the audience and cast, followed by a reception in the Gallery.
The Theater Festival will also include two events benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. A screening of Moises Kaufman's film of The Laramie Project is scheduled for Tuesday July 22 in the Esther Mesh Room of Chandler's Upper Gallery. On Wednesday July 23, in the same space, a cast of young people will present a reading of Leslea Newman's related poem cycle, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.
During the Festival and for a month thereafter, portrait and landscape paintings by Andrew Newman will be on exhibit in the Chandler Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday July 11.
These VT Pride Theater events at Chandler, in addition to showcasing varied and exciting perspectives on our lives, are a great opportunity to join together as a community, benefit a cause, and support local theater. Don't miss out!
For complete schedule and ticket information, visit the Chandler VT Pride Theater Summer Festival webpage.