every brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan, with Jonny Donahoe Directed by Robin Fawcett and Featuring Aly Perry Middlebury Actors Workshop is thrilled to present the Vermont premiere of the extraordinary one-person show, Every Brilliant Thing. Long running hit in both London’s East End and New York City’s Off-Broadway, this show handily won the New York Times Critics’ Pick of 2015. Ice cream. Things with stripes. Water fights. Thus begins a list the play’s narrator makes as a child to help her chronically depressed mother see the beauty of life and, well, to keep her alive. What’s brilliant? Things worth living for. At 7 years old, determined to expand this list as long as necessary to remind her Mom of the reasons to live, she makes the reasons hard to ignore. She puts them between pages of her Mother’s book, beneath her pillow, on the bathroom mirror… Chocolate. Peeing in the sea and nobody knows. Piglets. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose. The girl grows up, falls in love, begins her adult life, and as she faces her own struggles, the list grows into the thousands, taking on a life of its own. Having dessert as a main course. Really good oranges. Dreams of flying. Nina Simone’s voice. And then what happens? For this, you’ll have to come see! Guest Director Robin Fawcett, who recently directed the Vermont Stage Company hit Fun Home, says, “Every Brilliant Thing is a pearl spun from the grit of life. It offers a timeless indulgence in the pleasure of live storytelling. Our storyteller, Aly Perry, is a wonder; she has the beguiling ability to set an audience at ease and draw us into this intimate tale in a way that makes it more of an immersive experience than a show.” “Every Brilliant Thing is a heart-wrenching, hilarious play… One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression.  There is something tough being confronted here – the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy – and it is explored with unflinching honesty.” – The Guardian “We’ve chosen to bring Every Brilliant Thing to Phantom because of the warmth and intimacy of the space,” says Producer Melissa Lourie.  “Aly will be performing the show in the round, which allows us to create a unique audience experience.

noah witke mele - Dream bitch or else!!!

DREAM BITCH OR ELSE!!! is a queer fantasia created by interdisciplinary artist and performer Noah Witke Mele. It explore queerness, the future, the past, the now, geography and joy. There will be friends, songs, dances, speeches, poems and more. Drawing from the work of Jose Esteban Munoz, we will travel through time and space to find (or make) a world in which we can all be free.


MAd river valley performance platform

The Mad River Valley Performance Platform, created by Sarah Rose and some of her collaborators, is a three day celebration of movement-based performance in Warren, VT this July 29-31, 2019. This series includes choreography and performance by artists based in Vermont, New York, California, and Florida. We will host a series of community movement classes, open to all bodies - no prior movement or dance experience required, in the Edgecomb Barn on Monday July 29 and two evenings of performance on July 30-31.  July 29 Community Class Schedule (all classes by donation, come when you can - leave when you must): 8:00am - 9:00am: Feldenkrais Method - Awareness Through Movement (Sarah Rose) 9:00am -10:30am: Community Dance - Developing Ensemble in Short Order (Alana Rancourt Phiney) 10:30am - 12:00pm: Modern Dance - Intermediate/Advanced (Isadora Snapp) 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunchtime Power Pilates (Alexandra Lance) 1:00pm - 2:30pm: Intro to Ballet (Julie Opiel) July 30 performance includes choreography by: Sarah Rose (NY), Alana Rancourt Phinney (VT), Paula Higa (VT), Mireya Guerra (VT), Alexandra Lance (NY), and Janet Cesarotti (NY/FL). July 31 performance includes choreography by: Sarah Rose (NY), Hanna Satterlee (VT), Emma Manion (VT), Isadora Snapp (VT), Julie Opiel (CA/FL), and Ashley Pierre-Louis (NY/FL)



MAGDALEN is a one person play written and performed by Erin Layton, developed and directed by Julie Kline. The play is inspired by the real life stories of the women and girls who passed through as unpaid slaves in one of Ireland’s many Magdalene Laundries in the mid-twentieth century. This multi-character drama follows the lives of four girls and women forced to clean dirty linens as penance for their sins in a commercial laundry run by the Good Shepherd Order of nuns in Dublin. The play transitions between modern day Dublin, two years after a haunting discovery is made by an Irish hostel worker on a convent property, and the mid-twentieth at the heist of these church-run institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Following the play's sold out run at its FringeNYC world premiere in 2012, Off-Broadway as part of the United Solo Festival, and its international success in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe '15 and the Fringe ENCORE Off-Broadway series at SoHo Playhouse, the play continues to garner attention with invited performances at venues all over the NY tri-state as well as MO, CA,TN and as part of a new play residency program in Caithness, Scotland. International press: 'The highest level of performance' ***** (The Public Reviews). 'A well crafted, sympathetic piece of theatre' **** (The Scotsman). MAGDALEN is the recipient of the ‘Best Documentary Script’, United Solo Festival '13.


scrag mountain musiC

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 8 pm Phantom Theater 970 Dump Road, Warren, VT  What happens when a composer is also an avid performer and vice versa? What does that open up for the music and music-making process? Scrag Mountain Music’s 2018-19 season closes with a concert highlighting the music and performance of three composers who are also active concertizers — violist / composer Jessica Meyer, vocalist / composer Eve Beglarian, and Scrag’s co-Artistic Director and double bassist / composer Evan Premo. Scrag co-Artistic Director and soprano Mary Bonhag also joins the performance.   Admission is “Come as you are. Pay what you can.”



ian flanigan

Ian Flanigan “inspires a nostalgic sentiment akin to wistful escapism… emotional without being weepy, vulnerable without being pitiful, and conceptual while still remaining relatable” (Gallagher, SUNY editorial). Flanigan's sound—an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive finger style—is reminiscent of the road less traveled, paved with poignant lyrical truths of his past. Local to upstate New York, Flanigan’s songwriting features husky vocals and evocative lyrics that highlight the rural landscapes of his compositions. He is a celebrated Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Festival finalist and Emerging Artist for Falcon Ridge Folk festival. Flanigan has had the pleasure of sharing stages with, Mike Farris, Corey Glover, Sean Rowe, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Session Americana, Chris Knight, and Dwight Yoakam.


the peter & will anderson trio

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary musical acts performing classic jazz today. Born and raised in Washington D.C., the Andersons moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School. They’ve performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They’ve headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, and live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Radio Program. Vanity Fair magazine listed their debut album, Correspondence, featuring Kenny Barron, alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz,” and the Washington Post called their music “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.” In 2017, the Andersons raised $25,000 to establish the Joe Temperley Juilliard Student Scholarship Fund and tribute album in honor of their late great saxophone mentor. At the Phantom, The Andersons will be joined by Parisian virtuoso guitarist Felix Lemerle performing American Songbook gems, New Orleans jazz hits, and Brazilian Bossa Novas.


WESLI - rapadou Kreyol

Wesli’s musical journey has gone from stringing up an oil-can with nylon fishing string to winning a Juno for World Music Album of the Year. Born Wesley Louissaint in Port- au-Prince, Haiti, he has grown into his role as a prolific songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Uniting a large cross-section of Montreal talent, his music links Haitian vaudou and rara with reggae, Afrobeat and hip-hop – guest spots on his albums include the likes of Nomadic Massive, Boogat and Radio Radio.  Since being crowned the Revelation Radio-Canada for 2009-2010, Wesli has gone onto win the Babel Med Music Prize (2010), SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Award (2016), and the Juno for Rapadou Kréyol Best World Music Album (2019). His touring calendar has taken him across North America, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil and Europe, with participation in WOMEX, Mundial Montreal, and the Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. Wesli’s unstoppable creativity led to two album releases in 2015: the star-studded Immigrand alongside the more traditional Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle. In the coming year, Rapadou Kréyol will be reissued internationally on Cumbancha Records, to be followed by a new, electronically-infused album, Tradisyon.

http://wesliband.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMjYAUuSPo

Tickets are $20 General Admission; $50 VIP: purchase HERE or send a check to Phantom Theater, PO Box #373, Warren VT 0674

VIP Tickets help support Phantom Theater’s fundraising drive to purchase a new LED lighting system at its home at the Edgcomb Barn. VIP ticket holders will be provided entrance into an after-show party and will receive two drink coupons.

The venue will open at 7PM with food vendors and Lawson’s Finest Liquids on tap.


collected stories

"Collected Stories," by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, takes a searching look at the lives of a pair of writers, focusing on their friendship, ambitions, conflicts, rivalries, and betrayals. Ruth Steiner, an older, established writer famous for her short stories, teaches and advises young authors. When she agrees to mentor eager Lisa Morrison, she gets more than she bargained for. As Lisa’s career begins to flourish and Ruth’s begins to fade, can their tenuous relationship survive? Collected Stories explores the complicated relationship between two independent, talented women as they struggle to define what, if anything, is off-limits in art.

“Collected Stories digs into its engaging tale of aesthetics and ethics with intelligence and sharp, literate humor.” (New York Times)

“Collected Stories digs into some complex and intriguing ideas: Is a writer entitled to ownership of his or her experiences, or is it okay for another writer to appropriate them?” (New York Magazine)

“Carefully plotted, wise, literate and insightful.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Margulies’ tightly constructed two-hander explores collisions of art, ethics and privacy rights” (Los Angeles Times)

“Margulies' new play features a pas de deux as intricate as any ballet, with two women gradually forming a bond that becomes as believable as it at first seems unlikely.” (Variety Magazine)

xiv - george emilio sanchez

With XIV, renowned performance artist and activist George Emilio Sanchez melds autobiography and history in a fearless performance that conveys the injustices racialized communities face as they fight for ‘equal protection of the laws’. Revolving around a 1946 class action lawsuit by 5 Mexican-American families to have their children enrolled in Orange County, CA public schools by applying the 14th Amendment, XIV serves as a creative counterpoint to the current events surrounding the realities of undocumented “dreamers” and the vitriolic calls for building a Wall.

With humor and spoken word testimony as poetic-protest, Sanchez embodies a response to what we are seeing unfold before us – marginalized people struggling to survive within a broken landscape, pitting constitutional ideals against the experience of being treated as unequal and inferior.

George Emilio Sanchez is a writer and performance artist.  Most recently he created a 24-hour “performance filibuster” on gun violence and gun culture in the United States called Bang Bang Gun Amok at Abrons Arts. This marathon event brought together artists, activists and survivors to create a public space where everyone could acknowledge the trauma of gun violence while addressing how gun culture is historically embedded in our society. He has been named a Social Practice Artist-in-Residence by Abrons Arts for 2018-2020. He has directed Emergenyc for the past 11 years.