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Return of the Spring

January 15 – March 5, 2016

Featuring the work of Middlebury artist Yinglei Zhang, her mentor Mr. Li Xubai from China, currently Canada, and her teacher Mr. Guo Ziyu of Hongkong.  Both Mr. Li and Mr. Guo have work collected by private owners and museums around the world.

February 8th is the Chinese New Year.  Come celebrate the year of the monkey with us at an art talk and reception on Friday, February 12, 2016, 5-7 PM.

Calendar of Events

Black Comedy

Black Comedy & The Real Inspector Hound

Middlebury Community Players

An Evening of Two Short Comedies!
Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer and 
The Real Inspector Hound  by Tom Stoppard

Black Comedy, Shaffer’s (Equus, Amadeus) brilliant take on classic farce, is the riotous story of the most important meeting of Brindsley Miller’s career. A struggling sculptor, he finally has the chance to show his works to the world’s wealthiest man. But moments before the billionaire’s arrival, a power outage plunges the neighborhood into total darkness. (The audience, of course, can see everything.) Throw in surprise visits from the spinster upstairs and the antique dealer next door, the unexpected arrival of his fiancee’s disapproving father, and his mischievous ex-fiancee’s arriving with a plot to reenter his life, and suddenly the apartment is filled with schemes, mis identifications, and near-misses as the characters grope their way, unseeing, toward catastrophe.

The Real Inspector Hound is Tom Stoppard’s (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties) hysterical parody of the English drawing room murder mystery. Two critics watching and commenting on the premiere of a new play find themselves inexplicably drawn into the story, forced to become characters in a mystery where the stakes prove to be deadly. Bordering on the surreal, Hound combines ingenious plotting with Stoppard’s trademark wit and verbal wizardry.

Hound is directed by Trent Campbell and Black Comedy by Kate Tilton, and features talented local actors. Come join us in February for an evening of hilarious misadventures and quality theater.

Thu Feb 11 8pm $12
Fri Feb 12 8pm $17
Sat Feb 13 8pm $17
Sun Feb 14 2pm $17

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For more information, visit http://www.middleburycommunityplayers.org/back-to-back-comedies-feb-11-14/

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Shakespeare’s Leading Lady: A Conversation with Tina Packer

Saturday, Feb. 20 

Town Hall Theater and Middlebury College welcome one of the foremost experts on Shakespeare, Tina Packer for a conversation and book signing of her newest work Women of Will : Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays.   Ms. Packer is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has directed most of Shakespeare’s plays (some of them several times), acted in seven of them (never when directing) and taught the whole canon one way or another at over thirty colleges in the U.S., including Harvard, M.I.T. and NYU.

Tina’s book Women of Will, is a narrative combining trenchant analysis and riveting scenes, explores the themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Drawing on her knowledge as director, actor, and teacher, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer from feckless misogynist in his youth to committed lover in his middle years to unrepentant feminist in his final years. Copies of Women of Will will be available for purchase at the theater.

The theatrical performance of Women of Will, on which the book is based, will be performed at Middlebury College. 

After the conversation and book signing, Tina will coach the cast of “Straight Up Shakespeare” in an illuminating workshop, which is open to the public and free of charge.

Conversation and Book Signing: 1pm
Free Workshop: 2:30

$10

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VPR a Go-Go: The Cabin Fever Dance Party

Saturday, Feb. 20

VPR is throwing a party!

If the winter blues are getting you down, we have the cure! Join My Place Host Joel Najman for VPR A Go-Go, a cabin fever 60s dance party at Town Hall Theater. The first time we hosted a VPR a go-go event, we sold out!

Joel will be back at the turntable for another evening of 60s dance music. We’re going to shimmy, shake, rattle and roll those blues away as we dance all night! Pull on your go-go boots or bellbottoms and spend the night dancing to tunes from the decade that took us from beach parties to Woodstock.

8pm
$15

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Amy Speace

Thursday, Feb. 25

After a spectacular breakup with a boy in a rock band, Amy Speace bought a cheap guitar and started putting her poetry to music. She then began appearing at local folk clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins’ Wildflower Records, “Songs For Bright Street” to rave reviews. “The Killer In Me” was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. She moved to Nashville from NYC in 2011, releasing “Land Like A Bird” on the Thirty Tigers label. Her song “The Weight of the World”, which Judy Collins has called “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard” was named as the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV.

In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album’s liner notes, wrote “Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open.” Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others. In 2016, Gearbox Records will release “Applewood Road,” a collaboration between Amy, UK-based Emily Barker and Amber Rubarth.

7:30
$20

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The Opulence of Integrity

Friday, Feb 26 & Saturday, Feb. 27 

The Opulence of Integrity is a multimedia ensemble work inspired by the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali.  Inspired by Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, choreographer Christal Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity.   By using Ali as an archetype, The Opulence of Integrity explores the homogeneous inner struggle for identity as it pertains to men of color in the United States.

The Opulence of Integrity is an evening length work divided into four movements.  Each movement is introduced by a chorus of narrators who use quotes from Ali to set the scene for each movement experience that follows.  There is also an element of projection that lays the backdrop for the cultural and social energy of each time period.  The musical score for the work was created by Zimbabwean composer Farai Malianga, whose contemporary take on the subject matter supports the choreography every step of the way.  Lighting design by Nick Hung provides the audience with the feeling of watching history through the frames of old tattered photos while Aya Shibahara’s costuming infuses vibrancy and individualism into each character.

This work takes an intimate and expansive look at the social, economic, and spiritual trappings that continually prohibit freedom, while drawing clear parallels of war, resistance, and perseverance through a historical lens.  It is no wonder that seemingly different communities like Middlebury, VT and Brooklyn, NY have given this work standing ovations.

 Brown pours her own experience into the work and dedicates it to her father, brother, and uncle who, in her words, “fought but did not win” and to her son “whose battle has not yet begun.”   Brown goes on to say that, “To be born, branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.”

7pm
$20/ $15

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Truth

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Feb. 28

Starring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace and directed by James Vanderbilt, Truth boldly delivers “a newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.”  Tense and riveting, with superb performances by its leads Redford and Blanchett, Truth portrays brilliantly the huge risks involved when professional journalism tangles with the highest levels of governmental power. [125 min.]

7pm
$12

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The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 2

Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why & how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?

To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major new exhibition focussing on the man credited with inventing Impressionism as we know it: 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. This eagerly anticipated international exhibition is possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history.

It was Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 that introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks, but kept Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film will tell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves. Featuring universally loved masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissarro and many more.

11am
$10/ $5 students

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Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band

Friday, Mar. 4

“What’s in a name…?” So mused the bard, and all too often the name doesn’t do justice to the subject. Not so with this Vermont octet. Kat herself, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, and gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting.

On the other hand, one is presented with the words “Indomitable Soul Band”. Here, too, there are no misnomers involved: a rock solid rhythm section of bass, drums and keys; a powerful, three-piece horn section; an electric guitarist who dances beneath the surface before exploding to the top… and he harmonizes brilliantly, too. Seven players, each a soloist and entertainer in their own right, blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation that more than a few Vermont bands have been known for. They aim right for the heart and move your soul without overlooking your ass. Confident, cool and, well… indomitable. Please visit http://www.katwrightsoulband.com/  for more information about Kat and the Band.

8pm
$15

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MET Live in HD: Manon Lescaut

ON THE THT BIG SCREEN

 Saturday, Mar. 5

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

There will be a free pre-show talk in the studio at 12:15, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. Refreshments provided. For more information, visit www.ocmvermont.org

1pm  Approximate run time is 3 hrs 8 min. 

$24/ $10 students

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Hard Day’s Night

Rock On Film Series

Saturday March 12

Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance. This is in spite of Paul’s troublemaking grandfather (Wildfred Brambell) and Ringo’s arrest.
The film has been praised as a benchmark for music film production, and remains influential to this day. Director Dick Lester used a documentary style of filming to capture the claustrophobia of Beatlemania, and writer Alun Owen delivered a script which epitomized the quick-witted humor of the band. 

“It’s a fine conglomeration of madcap clowning in the old Marx Brothers’ style, and it is done with such a dazzling use of camera that it tickles the intellect and electrifies the nerves.”- The New York Times

7:30
$10

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Pop Up Plays 2016

Saturday, Mar. 19

Pop-Up Plays are back! 6 new short plays so fresh you’ll have to slap them twice. The concept is simple: invite 6 playwrights to craft a play overnight, then throw them some curve balls. The next morning, get 6 directors and a gaggle of actors to rehearse the plays all day until showtime at 7:30. Completely new, completely original work is the result. Last year’s plays had a tiny house, a demon and Thomas Pynchon, a portal to another universe, end of life care, and a cross-dressing criminal. What’s this year going to bring? 

7:30
$10

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Once again, we want YOU to determine which line must be included in every Pop-Up Play.  Last year’s line was “No you fool, don’t go in there!” What will this year’s line be? 

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Mustang

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Mar. 20

An extraordinary drama from director Deniz Ganze Erguven, Mustang is France’s official entry for 2015 Academy Awards consideration and a 2016 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Film.  Set in a small village in Northern Turkey, Mustang revolves around five free spirited sisters whose seemingly innocent beach play with their male classmates is perceived by village elders to be dangerous and immoral.  Their family “overreacts, essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate.”  The film unflinchingly addresses the universal themes of female empowerment and the pursuit of human dignity in the face of moral rigidity.  [97 min.] 

7pm
$12

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The Last Waltz

Featuring the Band
Rock On Film Series

Saturday, March 26

It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars including Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and other rock luminaries as they celebrate The Band’s historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only “the most beautiful rock film ever made” according to The New York Times, it’s  also”one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades” –Rolling Stone

7:30
$10

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Upright Citizens Brigade

Friday, April 1

UCB TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences all around the country. The UCB Theatre – founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh – has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, our performers are everywhere. Not to mention the writing rooms of Key and Peele, the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Inside Amy Schumer, and many more.

$35
8pm

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Madama Butterfly

MET Live in HD: Madama Butterfly

Live in HD on the THT BIG Screen

Saturday, April 2

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Hei-Kyung Hong, Roberto De Biasio, and Gwyn Hughes Jones star in a second set of performances. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

There will be a free pre-show talk in the studio at 12:15, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. Refreshments provided. For more information, visit www.ocmvermont.org

1pm  Approximate run time is 3 hrs 48 min. 

$24/ $10 students

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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy.

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Apr. 3

A truly compelling documentary of great historical significance, What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Best described as “a poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt,” the film “explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers.” As propelled forward by eminent human rights lawyer, Philippe Sands, whose own family was adversely impacted by the actions of these men’s fathers, What Our Fathers Did offers its viewers a deeper understanding of the legacy of profound injustice.  [96 min.] 

7pm
$12

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Tuesday, April 5

For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet.
Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release Alligator Purse. They are regular guests on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, where Keillor has dubbed them as “the best Cajun band in the world,” and their music is so integral to the Cajun culture that they have been featured on the New Orleans–based hit HBO program Treme. Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (New York Times).

7:30
$40 plus tax

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Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (II), 1952 © Centre Pompidou, Paris and Musée National d'Art Moderne

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Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 6

Celebrate the giant of modern art on the big screen. Hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history, you can now catch Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at your local cinema, featuring exclusive new footage from The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Audiences are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary about this acclaimed exhibition with contributions from people who knew Matisse and experts such as curators, historians, and Tate director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry. Plus there are breathtaking, specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates.

‘The way the film captured Matisse at work, bringing his artistry to life – including resonant readings from Simon Russell Beale – was genuinely inspiring’ Apollo Magazine

11am
$10/ $5 students

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MET Live in HD: Roberto Devereux

Live in HD on the THT BIG Screen

Saturday, April 16

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

The opera’s story was inspired by a historical incident—the execution for treason of Robert Devereux, the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I—but, as in many works of the time, history is used merely as a springboard from which the operatic imagination can soar. Roberto Devereux mirrors the successful structure of the earlier Lucia di Lammermoor: a first act that lays out the issues at stake and introduces the musical language; a second act fashioned as a single dramatic arc; and three intense shorter scenes for the final act.

There will be a free pre-show talk in the studio at 12:15, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. Refreshments provided. For more information, visit www.ocmvermont.org

1pm  Approximate run time is 2 hrs 40 min. 

$24/ $10 students

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MET Live in HD: Elektra

Live in HD on the THT BIG Screen

Saturday, April 30

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Shortly after conquering the opera world with his scandalous masterpiece Salome, Richard Strauss turned to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s recent adaptation of Sophocles’s Electra for his next project. The resulting opera is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. The drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power.

There will be a free pre-show talk in the studio at 12:15, courtesy of The Opera Company of Middlebury. Refreshments provided. For more information, visit www.ocmvermont.org

1pm  Approximate run time is 1hr 45 min. 

$24/ $10 students

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