Oldcastle Theatre Reveals 2019 Season
The Oldcastle Theatre Company’s 48th season will open June 7 and run through October 20 of this year. Oldcastle is located at 331 Main Street in downtown Bennington. For further information, visit
oldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447-0564.
Playwright John Logan’s Tony-Award winning best play ‘Red’ kicks off the season with master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko having just launched the biggest commission in the history of modern art – a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant Ken in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also be his undoing. ‘Red’ will feature long-time Oldcastle favorite Peter Langstaff, with Brendan McGrady who made his Oldcastle debut in last season’s ‘Long Days’ Journey into Night.’
Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ won the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play. It’s is the first of Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy. Fifteen-year-old Eugene is preoccupied with sex and the Yankees. He is a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and our guide to life with the Jerome family in September 1937, late in the Depression. Life is by no means easy; there is illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and the foreboding signs of World War II. Yet the family meets challenges with enormous spirit, dignity and vigor. ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ will be directed by Oldcastle artistic associate Nathan Stith who, last season directed ‘The Almost True and Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter,’ and teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio. Two of his students will also be involved in the production; Karen Herink will join the cast, and Alexandra Parris will serve as assistant to the stage manager. “This is a great opportunity for our students to work with professional actors. I first worked with Oldcastle more than 20 years ago and look forward eagerly to returning each year,” Stith said. Oldcastle has fostered a number of working relationships with colleges ranging from Green Mountain College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Bennington College and East Tennessee State University.
Sarah Corey and Anthony Ingargiola, actors in Oldcastle’s production of ‘Broadway Bound’ another of Simon’s trilogy, will again portray members of the Jerome family; they will be joined by Eli Ganais.
Last produced at Oldcastle 15 years ago, ‘Judevine’ is returning in its fourth incarnation at Oldcastle. “We love this play, our audience loves this play, and theatres, like libraries, exist to make available artistic treasures. ‘Judevine’ is certainly that,” according to associate artistic director Richard Howe who has appeared in all of the previous productions. The play introduces more than 30 Vermonters rich and poor, young and old, as they struggle, strive, live and love.
‘Water, Water, Everywhere…’ is set in a fictional small town Walloomsac, Vermont where a factory has been spewing PFOA from exhaust stacks, which has built up in the groundwater and soil. Similar things happened in Bennington and nearby Hoosick Falls, N.Y. But playwright and Oldcastle’s producing artistic director Eric Peterson cautions that the play is fiction, not a documentary. “It certainly was inspired by what occurred locally,” Peterson said, but plot elements have been added to make it both a mystery and a play focusing on many people affected by the contaminated water.” The cast of seven is scheduled to include Howe along with Christine Decker, who received plaudits for her performance in last season’s ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night.’