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Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival
Jul 18, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014

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Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival

Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival at Chandler, Friday July 18 - Sunday July 27

“Last Summer at Bluefish Cove”, Jane Chambers' classic lesbian drama - Friday July 18, 7:30 PM and Sunday July 27, 7:00 PM

“The Little Dog Laughed”, Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-Award-winning Hollywood comedy – Saturday July 19 and Friday July 25, 7:30 PM

“Farm Boys”, a new stage adaptation of Will Fellows' book about growing up gay on a farm in rural America – Sunday July 20, 7:00 PM and Saturday July 26, 7:30 PM

Celebrity introducers will begin each evening 30 minutes before the performance, in the Chandler Gallery. After each performance, there will be a talkback between the audience and cast, followed by a reception in the Gallery.

Tickets for adults are $17 in advance, $20 day of show; for students, $12 in advance, $15 day of show. For the price of only 2 tickets, a "Pride Pass" valid for any 3 admissions is also available online.

Advance-priced individual tickets and the multiple-ticket option are on sale now at www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800/838-3006) or via the Chandler online calendar link below.

The Festival will include 2 events benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation, in the Esther Mesh Room of the Upper Gallery:

Moises Kaufman's film "The Laramie Project"--Tuesday July 22, 7:30 PM

Leslea Newman's "October Mourning:  A Song for Matthew Shepard"--Wednesday July 23, 7:30 PM, a reading presented by youth 

Admission to these two events is by donation to the Foundation, at the door.

During the Festival and for a month thereafter, portrait and landscape paintings by Andrew Newman will be on exhibit in the Chandler Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday July 11, 5:00-7:00 PM.

Two of this season's plays are Vermont premieres. Richard Waterhouse will direct Mr. Beane's 2006 play, of which he observes:  "It's a laugh a minute, despite holding a mirror to the foibles and vanities of our screen stars in ways both painful and wise." Jeanne Beckwith will direct Ms. Chambers' 1980 play on the surprising outcomes from a straight woman's encounter with a lesbian community, noting that, "The writing for all the characters is very strong, and requires 8 excellent performers of different ages."

Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak will prepare a new adaptation of Mr. Fellows' "Farm Boys" and direct its world premiere. "Mr. Fellows' interviews provide rare perspective about growing up gay on farms in rural America, and giving them voice on a Vermont stage seems especially relevant", he says.

The Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival is sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont and the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.Media support is provided by Vermont Public Radio.

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