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Arts Beat: ‘SEVEN’ profiles women who made a difference

“SEVEN,” THE DOCUMENTARY play by L.A. Theatre Works, will be staged at Middlebury College’s Wright Memorial Theater on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — L.A. Theatre Works has been called a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The premier radio theater company brings its riveting documentary play “SEVEN” to Wright Memorial Theater at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, as part of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season.
Written by seven female writers, the play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles — resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence — yet later brought heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. “SEVEN” makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage can change the lives of thousands.
“SEVEN” was written by playwrights Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz. It is based on the real lives of: Marina Pisklakova-Parker, founder of the first hotline for victims of domestic violence in Russia; Mu Sochua, Human Rights Advocate and the former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia; Anabella De Leon, Guatemalan congresswoman and human rights advocate; Inez McCormack, human rights and trade union activist in Northern Ireland; Farida Azizi, Afghani activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule; Hafsat Abiola, Nigerian human rights and democracy advocate; and Mukhtar Mai, champion of women’s rights and education in Pakistan.
A Q&A with the company will follow each show, and Wednesday’s performance will be presented with sign language interpretation.
Tickets are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 802-443-6433 or go to Wright Theatre is located at 96 Chateau Road in Middlebury, just off Route 125. Free parking is available on Route 125, on Old Chapel Road, and in the College parking lot off Shannon Street, with handicap-accessible parking available on Chateau Road.

Dreamers’ Circus, the hot young Danish trio hailed as the new driving force in Nordic world music, will make their Middlebury debut at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy singer-songwriter Aida O’Brien ’20 performing in the lobby before the show.
Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, the award-winning ensemble draws inspiration from the deep traditions of Nordic folk music and reshapes them into something bright, shiny and new. This concert promises to be one of the most popular events of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season.
The members of the trio have various musical backgrounds. Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen grew up in a household where traditional dance and music was enjoyed but he also studied classical music and currently plays as a member of the world-class Danish String Quartet. Nikolaj Busk’s background in jazz is evident in his fluid and melodic playing, while Ale Carr is from a family of well-known traditional musicians and teachers in his native southern Sweden, and his rhythmic drive forms the backbone of the band.
The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards, collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and has performed with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Career highlights include performances at the Roskilde Festival, joining The Chieftains onstage in Japan, as well as collaborations with many stars of world music.
Reserved seating tickets are $28 for the general public; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-6433 or This performance is expected to sell out in advance. The MAC is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the MAC parking lot.

Brandon Music will welcome master innovator of the acoustic guitar Beppe Gambetta, on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
From his background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Gambetta has traveled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is known as one of the true master innovators of the acoustic guitar.
While Gambetta still lives in his native Genova, Italy, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town.”
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in. Brandon.

The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes back Rosier (formerly Les Poules à Colin) to the Ripton Community House on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
The Montréal-based band Rosier explores the connections between Québec folk and a mix of indie, jazz, pop, bluegrass, and contemporary styles with original compositions, sophisticated arrangements, harmonic progressions and reinvented traditions. The bilingual band injects exuberant color into folk traditions, taking its roots and spinning this foundation into mature, well-controlled music filled with emotion and a surprising freshness.
Rosier is a quintet consisting of some of the best young players from Quebec: Béatrix Méthé (fiddle, vocals), Colin Savoie-Levac (guitar, lap steel, foot percussion, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Éléonore Pitre (guitar, vocals), Marie Savoie-Levac (bass, vocals), and Sarah Marchand (piano, vocals).
The doors for this concert open at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call ahead for a slot on the open mic list.
Admission: $15 to $20 generous admission; $10 general admission; $3 for children. For more information call 802-388-9782.

The Great Art Wednesday Series continues at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater with “The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders,” directed by Valeria Parisi, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4.
On the occasion of the official 200th anniversary celebrations, this documentary is the first cinematic journey through the rooms, stories and emotions of one of the most visited museums in the world. Its wealth of over 8,000 art treasures is a spell-binding experience drawing almost three million visitors to Madrid every year.
Tickets are $13 adults, $8 students (including fees) and may be purchased by calling 802-382-9222, via email at [email protected] or in person at the box office located at 68 South Pleasant Street in Middlebury, Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or online at

The Brandon Artists Guild (BAG) presents “Wanderlust” — a new, all-member, all-media art show. The exhibit opens with a free reception on Friday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., and will run through Tuesday, April 28.
“Wanderlust” celebrates journeys real, fanciful, and metaphorical. The show features original artwork from the BAG’s exhibiting members in glass, watercolor, oil, ceramics, fabric, photography, and more.
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 40 exhibiting members and additional supporting members. The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open seven days a week starting April 1. For more information phone 802-247-4956, or visit, or Instagram @brandonartistsguildvt.

The 2019-2020 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday, March 7, at Middlebury College with the 2019 French film, “Les Misérables,” directed by Ladj Ly.
Stéphane (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical), has recently joined the Anti-Crime squad in Montfermeil, a sensitive district of the Paris projects. Paired up with Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), whose methods are sometimes unorthodox, he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone begins filming every move they make.
The film, in French and Bambara with English subtitles, will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

There will be an organ recital performed by Professor Emeritus Emory Fanning in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m.
In this 70th-anniversary concert, Fanning celebrates seven decades of playing the organ with some of his favorite pieces by J. S. Bach, César Franck and others. It’s free, and the public is welcome.

As part of the 2020 Music Series at Otter Creek Brewing, Erin Cassels-Brown and Jer Coons, will be returning for a performance at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in OCB’s pub space. Otter Creek Pub Space is located at 793 Exchange Street in Middlebury. For more information, call 802-388-0727.

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