Judevine

Oldcastle Theatre presents Judevine by David Budbill from August 16 through September 1. This is a unique vision of Vermont shown through the eyes of one of its most outstanding writers. Six actors play more than forty characters as we see a small town in Northern Vermont come alive through the people who inhabit it. This is a classic play that Oldcastle has produced before. Each time it is different as both the audience and the actors are different. This is theatre as it should be, a melding of the writers’, the actors’    and the audience’s imagination to create a familiar world that still has many surprises. Bob and I have always enjoyed the various productions and are looking forward to this one. We had the pleasure of interviewing two of the actors,  Christine Decker and Justin Pietropaolo in between rehearsals.

Judevine Interview

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Rehearsal pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Oldcastle Theatre presents Brighton Beach Memoirs through July 28. This production  should not be missed. Neil Simon was a prolific American playwright. At one point, it would have been difficult to imagine a season without a Neil Simon play being performed. This is the first of an autobiographical trilogy that has pleased audiences both in film and on stage for many years. Starting with Brighton Beach Memoirs, Simon’s work changed.  It was not any less humorous but there was a greater depth to the characters. They were not types as much as very human individuals.  All of this is beautifully captured in this production of the play. Given the intimacy of the Oldcastle Theatre and the outstanding acting and direction of the play, the audience feels emotionally connected to the Jerome family with its ups and downs. Over the years, Bob and I have seen productions of the play, but each production of a play is a unique experience.   The humor and the humanity of this family offer a special evening in the theatre. After listening to our discussion by clicking below,

Brighton Beach Memoirs Discussion

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Red

Oldcastle Theatre Company presents Red an absorbing play about the painter Mark Rothko through June 23. Two outstanding actors, Peter Langstaff and Brandan McGrady, keep the audience’s attention focused on the painter and his assistant as they bring to life the conflicts within the artist and between him and the assistant. The intimacy of Oldcastle theatre brings the audience close to the drama as each scene shows the struggles that go into artistic creation. Bob and I discuss the play and the performance below.

Discussion of Red

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Peter Langstaff and Brendan McGrady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oldcastle Theatre’s 2019 Season

Bennington is fortunate to have its own Equity theatre company downtown on Main Street. This is Oldcastle’s 48th season which is an impressive record. Even more impressive, it has had the same Artistic Director all  those years. Eric Peterson not only has the distinction of being Oldcastle’s Artistic Director for that period of time, he is also, as far as we know,  the longest serving Artistic Director with one company in the history of American theatre.  Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with Eric about the upcoming season. He not only told us about the plays that will be produced, but about the process of choosing a season. In addition, he shared his thoughts about the changes that have taken place in American theatre. This is a discussion worth listening to, not only for information about the plays, but also for insights into the nature of theatre..

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Eric Peterson

 

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Bennington Community Theatre – The Curious Savage

The Bennington Community Theatre will be performing The Curious Savage at Oldcastle Theatre on December 7 and 8. Bob and I had the opportunity to talk to some of the eleven actors and director Christine Decker before a rehearsal. We set up in the lobby of the theatre and spoke to Chris and the performers as they were available. Besides enjoying what they shared about their experiences  rehearsing the play, we learned more about the play which had been produced on Broadway in 1950.  Lillian Gish played the role of Mrs. Savage who is trying to keep  her money from her greedy step-children. It sounds like a fine plot for a comedy, particularly since there are so many charmingly eccentric characters. .

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Interview with cast members of The Curious Savage

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Oldcastle Theatre presents Long Day’s Journey Into Night from October 5 to 14. This play by Eugene O’Neill is one of the great American plays about family. First produced in 1956, it has kept audiences enthralled with many productions on stage, film and television.

Bob and I had the good fortune to talk to the complete cast when they had a break in their rehearsal schedule. Nigel Gore who has appeared at Oldcastle in The Lion in Winter and The Ride Down Mount Morgan plays the father, Christine Decker, an Oldcastle favorite, is the mother. Martin Jason Asprey who was in last year’s Broadway Bound, as well as The Lion in Winter,  is the older son, Jamie. Newcomer Brendan McGrady plays the younger brother, Edmund, and Piper Goodeve is Kathleen, the servant. Discussing the play and the challenges they met  bringing their characters to life gave us insights into the play and into the process by which exciting theatre is created.

Listen to what they have to say, by clicking below.

Interview with Long Day’s Journey…cast

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Proof

Proof, David Auburn’s prize winning play, opens at Oldcastle Theatre Friday, August 31 and runs through September 9. The play focuses on the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician who developed a proof that will change mathematical thinking. The play goes back and forth in time and raises intriguing issues about the nature of creativity.

Bob and I talked about the play with three of the four actors in the play who discussed the challenges of this particular play as well as the challenges of being actors.

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Discussion of Proof with the actors

There are matinees as well as  evening performances. Check the Oldcastle website for details.

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Some rehearsal pictures

 

Talley Beth Gale

Halley Cianfarni
Ethan James Botwick