The Stranger Play Festival
four short plays about strangeness and strangers.
Addressing this under representation is a goal of The Stranger Play Festival, to highlight the stories of women by women, using the idea of ‘stranger’ as a point of inspiration and unifying American and Canadian artists. The playwrights hail from different North American locales; Elizabeth Flanagan from San Francisco, Hortense Gerardo from Boston, Alex Karolyi from Toronto and Jeanne Beckwith from Vermont.
Directed by Monica Callan, Tess Holbrook, Kim Ward, Sarah Venooker.
The Grange Hall Cultural Center hosts the second weekend of The Stranger Plays
Sept 27& 28 @ 7:30pm and Sept 29 @ 2pm
317 Howard Avenue, Waterbury Center, VT
Stranger Fest Creative Team:
Anna Not Emma
Written by Elizabeth Flanagan
Directed by Sarah Venooker
Featuring Susan Bachman, Robert Graham Jr., Linda Iannuzzi
William Hazlitt and the Natural Correction
Written by Jeanne Beckwith
Directed by Monica Callan
Featuring Louis Bronson, Clarke Jordon, Sarah Venooker
Written by Alex Karolyi
Directed by Tess Holbrook
Featuring Louis Bronson, Alex Karolyi
Written by Hortense Gerardo
Directed by Kim Ward
Featuring Bob Carmody, Dvora Zipkin
Statistics still reflect a huge disparity of female voices in the theater industry despite research identifying a majority of post-secondary theater students and audiences are women. “We wanted our festival to address current gender issues as well as provide an opportunity to introduce female characters and perspectives”, said local Vermont playwright Jeanne Beckwith. “We hope the impact will be well-received and far-reaching.”