Arts & Leisure

Actors to read ‘After the Revolution’ on stage

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge staged reading series is back with Amy Herzog’s smart, engrossing “After The Revolution,” which will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m., in the Vermont Coffee Company Theater on Exchange Street in Middlebury.
The play is a bold and moving portrait of an American family in an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy.  The brilliant Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family’s Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved.  “After The Revolution,” crackling with intelligence and wit, is a shrewd meditation on what we do with history and how we appropriate it for our own psychological needs.
“After The Revolution” will be the eighth thought provoking, contemporary play that The Cutting Edge series has brought to the Middlebury community since the fall of 2017.  With casts of talented, experienced actors the series allows audiences to focus on new, exciting texts. It’s a different way to enjoy theater and has developed a following all it’s own.
If you haven’t been to one of these performances yet, why not give it a try? Come experience the “cutting edge” of contemporary theatre with a play that refuses to grant the audience easy answers. The cast in “After The Revolution” includes Jordan Gullikson, Cael Barkman, Dana Yeaton, Molly Walsh, Gary Smith, Mary Adams Smith, Haley Rice and Robert Martin. Frankie Dunleavy will read stage directions and Rebecca Strum directs.
Come see this reading on Sunday afternoon at the Vermont Coffee Company Theater, 1197 Exchange Street in Middlebury.  Refreshments will be served and a talkback will follow the performance. Plus audience members can enter a drawing for two free tickets to MAW’s October production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Sunday’s performance is free ($10 donation encouraged).

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