Image by Sharon McCutcheon

directed by Joanne Greenberg

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler will present a benefit ZOOMed reading of David Valdes’ timely play Raggedy And on Saturday February 6 at 7:30 pm, followed by a live talkback. The play will also be available on demand during the following week.

In Raggedy And, a President-Elect invites an unknown poet to read at her inauguration, throwing the poet’s family members into conflict among themselves and with the Inaugural Committee. New Play Network says of the script: “Four LGBTQ characters tango over minority labels, gender politics, and the limits of privacy.” Director Joanne Greenberg observes that there could not be a more relevant play for this presidential season, and Valdes adds that while all the characters hold opposing views, each is presented with conviction and validity.

Through the magic of ZOOM, Greenberg (Montpelier) has been able to cast talented actors who live far apart:  Pedro Gonzalez (New York and Puerto Rico), Andra Kisler (Northfield), Jennifer Lord (Danville), and Peter Ruiz (Bloomington, IN). These four plus Greenberg and Valdes will participate in the talkback after the pre-recorded performance on February 6. The talkback will be moderated by former gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist.

Come join them for thought-provoking theater, and at the same time support a good cause. The proceeds of this tenth annual VPT winter benefit will go to GLAD’s Transgender-Rights Project, which works to advance equality for transgender youth and adults throughout the Northeast. GLAD’s legal advocacy defends and expands nondiscrimination protections, full and equal access to education for trans youth, access to healthcare, family law protections, access to shelters, and other essential services.

   

Sponsors of this production are the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ.

Jennifer Lord

as

Ondi

Andra Kisler

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Clem

Pedro González

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Jayden

Peter Ruiz

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Ben

Joanne Greenberg

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Director

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Vermont Pride Theater's mission is to present onstage the issues and concerns of LGBTQ Vermonters, in a context that encourages interaction between audiences and performers, in order to build understanding and acceptance among these Vermonters, their families and friends, and the wider community.

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