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The Bengsons bring ‘joy and light’ to town

INDIE-FOLK DUO Abigail and Shaun Bengson will perform at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.

Town Hall Theater presents “An Evening with The Bengsons,” on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. This in-person musical-theater performance features the married composing and performing powerhouse indie-folk duo, Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Based in New York City and Vermont, The Bengsons have performed across the country and around the world. Their video, “The Keep Going Song” has been viewed over 4 million times, resonating as an anthem of perseverance, through the pandemic and otherwise. 

“An Evening with the Bengsons” is an intimate performance of storytelling through song.

“The powerful impact of this song cycle by The Bengsons comes from these simple celebrations of limitations received and overcome, moving beyond negativity and sadness to climb toward joy and light,” said theater critic Rick Pender. 

The Bengsons theater work is extensive, including “My Joy is Heavy” (Arena Stage), “Hundred Days” (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, US Tour), “The Lucky Ones” (Ars Nova), “Where the Mountain Meets the Sea” (ATL’s Humana Festival),  “Anything That Gives Off Light” (Edinburgh Theatre Festival), “You’ll Still Call Me By Name” (New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow), “Iphigenia in Aulis” (Classic Stage Company) and “The Keep Going Song” (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). They have received the Jonathan Larson and Richard Rogers awards and nominations for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucile Lortel awards. Additionally, The Bengsons have enjoyed mainstream music success, with three singles featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX). 

“An Evening with The Bengsons” will be accompanied by a visual presentation of song lyrics for the hearing impaired. Town Hall Theater joins The Bengsons in their commitment to accessibility. In addition to offering a range of accessibility services, THT will offer a limited number of need-based free and discounted tickets. Inquire at

Tickets are $28 and are available with more info at or by calling 382-9222. All attendees must be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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