The next production in Oldcastle’s successful 2017 season is Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, It opens on July 21 and runs until August 6.The title refers to an island in the Indian Ocean which generated a rare stamp that is worth a fortune. As we know fortunes usually attract the attention of nefarious characters.

As a playwright and television writer, Theresa Rebeck deals with such situations with skill in maintaining the suspense. Bob and I talked with three of the talented actors who will be bringing the play to life.

Click on the link below to listen to them.

Mauritius Interview

Then click on the Oldcastle website below that to learn more about attending the performance.

Oldcastle Theatre Website


Moonlight and Magnolias

Gone With the Wind was one of the most important movies of its day. Based on a best selling novel, it had an outstanding cast. The search for the right actress to play Scarlett O’Hara was a major event as 1,400 women tested for the part. The picture won ten Academy Awards. The production overcame many challenges with changes in writers and directors.

This is the subject of the farce that Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting from June 23 to July 9. With four outstanding actors, all of whom have worked at Oldcastle previously, the play promises to be a delight. Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with the  actors playing producer David Selznick, director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht. Listening to what the actors  have to say will make you as eager as we are to see Moonlight and Magnolias.

Moonlight and Magnolias Interview

Oldcastle Theatre Company Website




Fresh Hell-The Life and Loves of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker is an icon of American literature and popular culture. She was a short story writer, a screen writer, a poet and a humorist. Her witty remarks are still quoted. The Algonquin Hotel is known as the home of the Round Table where writers and critics met for long lunches from about 1919 to 1929. Besides Dorothy Parker, the regular  list of celebrities included among others humorist Robert Benchley, playwrights George S. Kaufman and Robert Sherwood,  columnists, Heywood Broun and Franklin P. Adams,  critic, Alexander Woollcott and Harold Ross, editor of The New Yorker.. They were joined by luminaries from the theatre and film worlds, as well  as journalists and other writers such as Tallulah Bankhead, Noel Coward,  and Harpo Marx to name a few.

For just four performances, Natalie Wilder, an Oldcastle favorite, will recreate Dorothy Parker and her world at Oldcastle Theatre on Friday, June 9th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, June 10th @ 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday,
June 11th @ 2pm.

Listen to our interview with Natalie, by clicking below and then click on Oldcastle Theatre to get your tickets. A visit to the The Dorothy Parker Society will get you in the mood.

Interview with Natalie Wilder about Dorothy Parker

The Dorothy Parker Society

Oldcastle Theatre



Shipwrecked: An Entertainment

Oldcastle Theatre Company is starting its 46th season with what sounds like a great deal  of fun for the entire family. Having interviewed two of the three cast members, John Hadden and Carla Woods,  about Shipwrecked , Bob and I are ready for the adventure. We have always enjoyed John Hadden and David Joseph in all their different performances. Listening to Carla, we know this is a cast of three outstanding actors who will take us on an imaginative journey. The play runs from May 19 to June 4. There is a buy one, get one free performance  on Thursday evening, May 25. There are also discounts for groups of twelve or more.

Shipwrecked Interview

Oldcastle website



Oldcastle Theatres 2017 Season

olccastlefb-logoFinding out what a theatre’s summer season is going to be is always exciting. Since Oldcastle Theatre has many activities  during the year such as films, dramatic presentations, readings and various kinds of  music among other things, we mean the time from May to October when they have their major theatrical productions. Eric Peterson, Producing Artistic  Director, is always a delight to have on our program.  He not only gave us the details of the upcoming productions, but information about some additional programs such as the evening, March 4, when Carleton Carpenter will be discussing his book.CarleforOnline

So that you can mark your calendars now and think about buying Flex Passes, click below for all the news.

Oldcastle 2017 Season Part 1

Oldcastle 2017 Season Part 2

Oldcastle 2017 Season Part 3

Oldcastle 2017 Season Part 4


Oldcastle Theatre Company

Oldcastle Theatre Company Looking Back and Forward

olccastlefb-logoThe regular theatre season may be over, but Oldcastle Theatre is busy with many activities. This past weekend the visiting theatre company, Shakespeare on Main Street, presented its version of A Christmas Carol. Many more things will be happening at the theatre. On Saturday, November 17, Oldcastle will be presenting its annual Holiday Radio Play.We sat down with Eric Peterson, who is not only the Producing Artistic Director of the Oldcastle Theatre Company, but the person who manages all of the other activities that take place at the theatre. This will include a film series with their new screen and projector, concerts, play readings and a variety of other activities as Oldcastle works cooperatively with other arts ogranizations in Bennington. To keep up with what is going on, people should check on Oldcastle’s website.

Meanwhile, click on our interview with Eric. Besides asking him what was coming up, we also inquired as to what goes into selecting a season and got  some hints about the upcoming season.

Interview with Eric Peterson

A Playgoer’s Weekend

pbn3-audience0019This weekend is a playgoer’s delight and/or dilemma. There are four plays opening, one that has just opened and a one evening play reading. As some  theatres are ending their seasons, others are starting  their seasons. We are fortunate to have almost year round theatre in our area. Concluding successful seasons, Barrington Stage is presenting Camping With Henry and Tom and Oldcastle offers The Ride Down Mount Morgan. The Berkshire Theatre Group just opened The Bakelite Masterpiece. The Dorset Players are starting their season with Blithe Spirit and Hubbard Hall is kicking off with Peter and the Starcatcher. 

Fortunately, except for the Dorset Players production of Blithe Spirit which runs only this weekend and next, the other productions are running until October 23. However, you should check their websites for dates and times.

The play reading of Hamlet with Finn Wittrock as Hamlet at Shakespeare and Company is only Saturday, October 8 at 7 pm.

We have already posted a blog of our interviews with actors from The Ride Down Mount Morgan. We have also interviewed actors from Blithe Spirit and Peter and the Starcatcher. These programs  will play at our new time this Sunday noon to one on WBTN. We will post blogs about them after they have aired on WBTN. We will be posting our interview on the reading of Hamlet shortly.

To go the the theatres’ websites, click on the highlighted links. Meanwhile, enjoy the videos that are available.

Oldcastle Theatre Company

 The Dorset Players

Hubbard Hall



Barrington Stage



The Berkshire Theatre Group



Shakespeare and Company