BURLINGTON This years schedule for the Vermont Stage Company was released last week, and for the first time ever at Flynnspace a Shakespeare play will be performed.
King Lear headlines an intriguing mix of plays for the 2007-2008 season.
VSC artistic director Mark Nash said that Flynnspace has never hosted a Shakespeare play simply because of space restrictions. However, Nash also noted that the smaller setting might add a new dimension to Shakespeares work, and that the VSC is excited for this years production of King Lear.
Usually, Shakespeare is done in a big theater, said Nash. Because his work tends to be big and operatic in scale. It will be interesting to do a play like King Lear in such an intimate space. It should make for a profound performance.
Broadway actor Donald Grody will play the deranged king. Theatergoers might recognize Grody from his role as Neils Bohr in the VSC production of Copenhagen.
King Lear concludes the schedule and will run for three weeks from April 23 to May 11, 2008.
Nash said that picking plays for the VSC schedule is always a challenging task.
Its the toughest part of my job, he said. We have to weigh many things. We need to consider what our audience will like, pick an even number of comedies and dramas, as well as new play versus old plays. Finally, we need to make sure we find enough local actors to go alongside the professional actors.
The season opens with a comedy, Inspecting Carol, by Daniel Sullivan. The play, in short, chronicles the chaos at the Soapbox Theatre as it attempts to present its 13th production of A Christmas Carol.
Its one of the funniest play Ive ever seen, said Nash.
Sullivans play will run from October 17 to November 4, 2007.