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Welcome to Shirley, VT!

August 9, 2010

“You can’t go wrong by seeing any of the three plays by Annie Baker currently onstage in Boston. Theatergoers should catch all three because Baker’s distinctive voice is worth hearing.” — The Boston Globe

This fall, three Boston theatre companies will team up to produce breakout writer Annie Baker’s first three plays — Circle Mirror Transformation, produced by the Huntington Theatre Company (October 15 — November 14), Body Awareness, produced by SpeakEasy Stage Company (October 22 — November 20), and The Aliens, produced by Company One (October 22 — November 20). All set in the fictional town of Shirley, VT, the plays will run together in the first-ever festival dedicated to the work of this wryly observant young writer. This festival presents a special opportunity to examine the rich and varied lives of a small town filled with humor, good intentions, unintended consequences, and accidental beauty. Audiences will experience three miniature portraits of Shirley, VT, a town not found on any map. Read more…

Behind the scenes with Set Designer Cristina Todesco

November 19, 2010

Cristina Todesco, set designer of all three Shirley, VT Plays, takes you on a tour behind the scenes and a closer look at her three sets, courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.

From the New York Times: Annie Baker and her Shirley, VT Plays Come to Boston

November 11, 2010

“Ms. Baker’s distinctively bittersweet sounds of silence are echoing with considerable skill and affection by three different troupes: the Huntington Theatre Company, the SpeakEasy Stage Company, and Company One.” — Ben Brantley, New York Times

Shirley, VT Young Artist Blog: Gregory Pember

November 11, 2010

It’s hard to imagine that in two weeks I will no longer be a part of this amazing show or working so intimately with this creative and supportive cast.  This show holds a very special place in my heart and always will because it is about the love of a family and every night we get to reshape and tell this family’s story.  It also holds a special place because I get to be back in Boston, a city that throughout my four years at the Conservatory I grew to call my “home away from home.”  I feel very comfortable in this city and it’s been so awesome to have the opportunity to reconnect with those at school who have supported me so much in the past. Read more…

Running the Shirley, VT Marathon

November 10, 2010

Speakeasy Stage Company has created a new video, chronicling the experiences of frequent theatregoers Julie Hennrikus and Stephanie Troisi as they see all three Shirley, VT Plays in one day.

Shirley, VT Young Artists Blog: Marie Polizzano

November 9, 2010

So here we are, only ONE more week left of Circle Mirror Transformation. I have to admit, I am already feeling a bit blue! This experience has been incredibly special to me for so many reasons, and I keep learning something new (about the play, or about myself, or about the art of making theatre) with each performance we do.  I will miss the routine of going to the theatre each night and of seeing my fellow cast-mates and crew members.  But as this play so beautifully reminds us: Life is a circle. Things come and things go. Here’s to a celebratory and exciting last week of the run! And to the hope that theatre will bring us another opportunity to work together again!

With only one week to go, I find myself reflecting on all the things I love about doing this show . . . Read more…

WGBH Presents Boston Theater Now: Three Roads to Shirley, VT (video)

October 25, 2010

Watch the video from the October 18th event at WGBH!

Shirley, VT Young Artist Blogs: Marie Polizzano

October 22, 2010

Hi there! This is Marie writing again to update you on our status with Circle Mirror Transformation. We opened on Wednesday night, and from the moment I stepped into the theatre that day, there was an exciting buzz in the air.   Because we made a lot of progress throughout our rehearsals and preview performances in the days preceding, I think we all felt ready and eager to finally open! Read more…


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