October 18, 19, 27 at 7:30 pm
October 28, 2:00 pm
St. Johnsbury School Auditorium
257 Western Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT
Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students and seniors
The St. Johnsbury Players are proud to present playwright David Dudley’s Family Portrait with Goat, as their Fall offering. In contrast to Dudley’s scathing, heartfelt monologue plays, Family Portrait, directed by newcomer Abigail Warhus, is a tender, playful meditation on our struggle to reconcile guilt and accountability, ambition and necessity, and the ongoing search to find joy in the face of the things that haunt us.
After being involved in a fatal collision with a motorcyclist, Gabby (Alice Morrison_, a reporter in her 20s, flees Boston in search of peace and employment in the fictional Rowe, Vermont. Through a combination of wit, desire, and sheer necessity, Gabby convinces the editor of the local paper (Maghan Bourqe) to give her a job. Gabby is assigned to write an inspirational profile on a local woman known for raising goats, Nan (Ursula Malabre-Speicher). But the paper’s editor, Bethany, really wants to know what happened to Nan's husband, Bill, who went missing the week before. The story will force Gabby to confront the ghosts lurking in Rowe’s forest, as well as those that hound her.
David Dudley is a playwright, journalist and educator. His plays have been performed in New York, Boston, California, Chicago, Arizona, and Vermont. His one-act play 24 Minutes was a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, and was performed as part of AFTER ORLANDO, an international theatre action. David served as a script reader for Steppenwolf Theater, as well as apprenticeships with Bread & Puppet Theater and The Wooster Group.
Family Portrait with Goat is directed by Abigail Warhus a local, director, actor, and poet. Her directorial credits include: FIERCE: Musical Theatre’s production of Heathers, and Caridad Svich’s After, as part of AFTER ORLANDO, an international theatre action.
Family Portrait with Goat opens will be performed at the St. Johnsbury School Auditorium on October 18, 19, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 28th at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through Catamount Arts (www.catamountarts.org). Family Portrait with Goat is made possible through special contributions from Community National Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank and Union Bank. For more information contact 224-730-9172 or visit www.stjohnsburyplayers.org .