BURLINGTON This years schedule for the Vermont Stage Company was released last week, and for the first time ever at Flynnspace a Shakespeare play will be performed.
King Lear headlines an intriguing mix of plays for the 2007-2008 season.
VSC artistic director Mark Nash said that Flynnspace has never hosted a Shakespeare play simply because of space restrictions. However, Nash also noted that the smaller setting might add a new dimension to Shakespeares work, and that the VSC is excited for this years production of King Lear.
Usually, Shakespeare is done in a big theater, said Nash. Because his work tends to be big and operatic in scale. It will be interesting to do a play like King Lear in such an intimate space. It should make for a profound performance.
Broadway actor Donald Grody will play the deranged king. Theatergoers might recognize Grody from his role as Neils Bohr in the VSC production of Copenhagen.
King Lear concludes the schedule and will run for three weeks from April 23 to May 11, 2008.
Nash said that picking plays for the VSC schedule is always a challenging task.
Its the toughest part of my job, he said. We have to weigh many things. We need to consider what our audience will like, pick an even number of comedies and dramas, as well as new play versus old plays. Finally, we need to make sure we find enough local actors to go alongside the professional actors.
The season opens with a comedy, Inspecting Carol, by Daniel Sullivan. The play, in short, chronicles the chaos at the Soapbox Theatre as it attempts to present its 13th production of A Christmas Carol.
Its one of the funniest play Ive ever seen, said Nash.
Sullivans play will run from October 17 to November 4, 2007.
In December, Flynnspace will once again host its annual holiday show, Winter Tales. For the third year in a row, the show will feature actors and actresses reading a mix of stories by both professional writers and local amateurs. Writers from the community can submit their stories to the VSC by November 15.
Weve had really good success doing this each of the three years, said Nash. We ask that the stories be related to winter and/or the holidays in Vermont. Wed like them to be around 2000 words or so. Other than that its pretty wide open.
Winter Tales runs for one week only, from December 5 to December 9.
Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, is scheduled to run from January 23 to February 3. The recent Broadway hit and winner of both the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is described as a gripping mystery and a compelling exploration of morality.
Rounding out the five performances is Richard Greenbergs touching and surprisingly funny romance, Three Days of Rain. Greenbergs play was recently revived on Broadway, with Julia Roberts as the lead.
Subscriptions for the 2007-2008 are available now, beginning at $69 for four shows. For more information and a detailed look at the schedule, visit www.vtstage.org or call 862-1497.