71 N Main St
Randolph, VT 05060
AUNT JACK, by S.P. Monahan, touches on many hot-button topics in the LGBTQ community, but its underlining focus is how we view family. The play centers around the sudden death of George Church, a prominent gay activist, and his gay son’s introduction of his new love interest to the family. These two incidents clash in such hilarious, heartwarming ways that audience members are left asking themselves one hard question: is family always just blood or is it what we create for ourselves?
Director Gene Heinrich says: “When I read the laugh-out-loud script I knew I had to direct this play. It has everything: gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and drag performers! S.P. Monahan created a piece of theater using outrageous characters to tell a story that many have dealt with, but no one really speaks about… I know I am being ambiguous about this, but there are some pretty surprising things that happen during the show.” Randolph resident Jeff Tolbert, who plays the title role, adds: “Accepting the role of Aunt Jack was one of the easiest, and most gratifying theatrical decisions I have made. This is a great play!” The other members of the talented cast are Tristan Goding (Rochester), Susan Loynd (Fayston), Joshua Huffman (Randolph), Nimue Washburn (Rochester), and Bob Carmody (Charlotte).
Performance dates for this northeastern premiere are Friday July 20th and Saturday July 28th, both at 7:30 PM.
A 3-play pass is available for $50
The eighth annual summer pride theater festival is sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ. Media support is provided by Vermont Public Radio, the Point, and 105.7 The Beat.
This event is part of the Vermont Arts Council’s Vermont Arts 2018, a year-long celebration highlighting the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across the state.