Oldcastle Theatre Company
July 12 – July 28
by Neil Simon
“Brighton Beach Memoirs” won the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play. The New York Post called it Neil Simon’s “best play” saying “it will become a standard part of American dramatic literature.” It is the first of the playwright’s semi-autobiographical “B Plays.” Eugene is a 15 year old preoccupied with sex and the Yankees: a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and our guide to life with the Jerome family.Buy Tickets read more
August 16 – September 1
by David Budbill
Perhaps the most beloved play in Oldcastle Theatre’s nearly 50 years is David Budbill’s “Judevine.” Last produced at Oldcastle 15 years ago, Oldcastle “Judevine” is returning in its fourth incarnation. “We love this play, our audience loves this play and theatres, like libraries exist to make available artistic treasures. “Judevine” is certainly that,” according to Oldcastle’s Associate Artistic Director, Richard Howe who has appeared in all of the previous productions. The play introduces more than 30 Vermonters rich and poor, young and old. They struggle. They strive live; and love. Win and lose. But lose more often. Six actors create the inhabitants of the fictional town of “Judevine.”Buy Tickets
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.