Oldcastle Theatre Company
August 16 – September 1
by David Budbill
David Budbill’s “Judevine” is the most popular and beloved play in the 48 year history of Oldcastle Theatre Company, and has been produced four times by OTC beginning in 1988 but has been absent from the theatre’s schedule since 2004.
“Theatres, as with libraries, should make available the classics and “Judevine” is a classic American play,” according to Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director Eric Peterson, who has directed all of the company’s previous four productions. “David’s extraordinary play is lyrical, funny, thoughtful and thought-provoking, a bit scarey at times, sexy, ribald, and poetic.” Peterson said.
Set in a fictional Vermont town the play introduces a large variety of characters making their lives in the rural Hamlet, scrapping a living out of logging, planting and harvesting Christmas trees, and other backbreaking work. Budbill’s people are Vietnam vets, frazzled mothers trying to feed children on too few dollars, snowmobilers who long for clear, cold winter days gliding through snow covered woods, machinists, storekeepers, and hippies who’ve abandoned cities searching for a different kind of life and find one more difficult, yet somehow more fulfilling than their previous life.Buy Tickets read more
October 4 – October 20
By Eric Peterson
“Water, Water, Everywhere…” is set in a fictional small town Walloomsac, Vermont where a factory has been spewing Perfluorootaonic acid (PFOA) from exhaust stacks and then built up over several years in the groundwater and soil. Similar things happened in Bennington and nearby Hoosick Falls, New York. But playwright and Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director, Eric Peterson, cautions that the play is fiction, not a documentary.
“It certainly was inspired by what occurred locally,” Peterson said, but plot elements have been added to make it both a mystery and a play focusing on many people affected by the contaminated water.”Buy Tickets read more
August 25th * 7:30pm
Please join Sarah Solari and Matt Edwards for an evening of musical theatre and jazz standards!
Sarah Solari recently received her Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the Hartt School. She is a student of Maureen O’Flynn and Kyle Swann. Sarah has performed in productions with Hartt Opera Theater, Crane Opera Ensemble, Oldcastle Theatre Company (Mary Jane In Big River), and Barrington Stage Company. She sung on masterclasses with Ricky Ian Gordon, Ellen Rissinger, and Lisa Vroman.
Matt Edwards is a versatile singer/pianist. He played keyboards for the Oldcastle production of “Big River”, has entertained with his group Matt Edwards and Buck Two-Fifty, played and sung at Oldcastle’s Holiday Radio Variety Show, is Musical Director of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, and teaches at the MAU Middle School.
Tickets are $20. Cabaret seating is limited.Buy Tickets
Brodway, Movie, Television star John Davidson in concert
A man and his guitar
He’ll tell stories, sing songs, and entertain you.
Conversations From The Green Room
The first thing Eric Peterson, producing artistic director at Oldcastle Theatre, does when he arrives at 331 Main Street each morning is not call actors or read scripts or negotiate for royalties.
Peterson checks on and empties seven buckets that have collected water overnight. These buckets, fortunately, are behind the scenery when Oldcastle presents its plays, but the roof—patched many times—represents a major threat to the building.
The Oldcastle organization, now called Bennington Performing Arts Center—The Home of Oldcastle Theatre, is launching a public campaign to raise $100,000 for a new roof with insulation. The $100,000 goal is the second stage of a $350,000 campaign that includes the purchase of Oldcastle’s home for much of the past decade.
A group of donors contributed $250,000 to acquire the building as part of the Bennington Redevelopment Group transaction in June.
But the roof needs to be replaced. A new roof will include solid insulation between the roof deck and the top membrane. The 1948 building had no roof insulation. The savings from insulation could be more than $6,000 a year on heating and air conditioning.