Dorset Theatre Festival 2016

203287248-0D40-CB4A-383F41E592E0A73DThe Dorset Theatre Festival has long offered Southern Vermont residents and visitors a variety of plays each summer.  Dina Janis, the company’s Artistic Director, spoke to us about this year’s program as well as other events with which the company is involved. One of the most intriguing and innovative  is the collaboration with Northern Stage and The Weston Playhouse in producing  Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, The Norman Conquests. Audiences will  see each play of the trilogy at a different theatre.  The first play will be performed at Northern Stage, the second at The Dorset Theatre Festival and the last at The Weston Playhouse. The same actors will be in each production.

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The three artistic directors Dina Janis (Dorset Theatre Festival), Steve Stettler (Weston Playhouse) and Carol Dunne (Northern Stage).

The rest of Dorset Theatre’s season is equally exciting as are some ot the theatre’s other activities.

Dorset Theatre Festival 2016 Part 1

Dorset Theatre Festival 2016 Part 2

Hills Alive

Dorset Theatre Festival 2015

 Dorset Theatre Festival Poster

Dorset Theatre Festival Poster

Recently, Dina Janis, Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival was on Theatre Talk discussing the upcoming season. Accompanying her were three members of the cast of Sherlock Holmes and The Jersey Lily.  This is Dina’s fifth year as Artistic Director of the Festival. The season is a varied one with comedies and dramas by outstanding playwrights. .

Dina and two of the cast members, Kirk Jackson and Jenny Rohn  are also members of the Bennington College faculty and the third, Chris Edwards,  is a visiting faculty member at times so we asked what is the impact of their teaching on their work in professional theatre.

As Sherlockians we also asked about Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily which will be the second play of the season. We also talked about Intimate Apparel, the first play of the season. We will be doing interviews with actors and others connected with these plays during the season. Some of them will be broadcast first on our radio program and others may come straight to our blogs. We are looking forward to this season as we think you will be when you hear Diana talk about it, as well as hear Kirk, Jenny and Chris talk about the Sherlock Holmes play. Kirk will also be directing at the end of the season as well.

Dina Janis and cast members of Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily Part 1

Dina Janis and cast members of Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily Part 2


Challenges for Women in Theatre

A few weeks ago Dina Janis posted this article on her Facebook page.

After I read it, I thought of many of the challenges women face in theatre in addition to the challenges everyone in theatre faces. I thought we should have a program about it so Bob and I asked three women whose work we admired and whom we knew would speak honestly about the issues. Dina Janis, Artistic Director of The Dorset Theatre Festival and a member of the Bennington College Drama Faculty, Elizabeth Apenlieder, actress, Artistic Associate and Director of Communications at Shakespeare and Company and Janis Young, actress and member of the Bennington College Drama Faculty.

Their views on the topic are below. There was also a great deal of discussion during the sponsorship breaks and after the program was over, particularly when Bob got to ask his question about whether women received equal pay to men in theatre, which I am sorry we could not record.