The stage is set for the 40th anniversary season of the Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, Vermont. The Dorset Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization that brings live theatre to the Vermont area. Located just about 45 minutes away from Stratton, the shows all take place at the Dorset Playhouse, on Cheney Road in Dorset.
For its 40th anniversary, the Dorset Theatre Festival is pulling out all the stops, bringing four of the top playwrights currently produced on the American stage to Vermont. There is something for everyone this summer in Dorset!
The season kicks off June 22 with the world premiere of “Downstairs”.
You’ll immediately recognize one of the stars of the show, Tyne Daly from Cagney & Lacey fame. She and her brother, Tim, will work together for the first time on stage in this production. “Downstairs” follows the story of a woman whose brother has decided to move home and live in her basement. “Downstairs” runs through July 8th.
“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is the second play on the bill for the Dorset Theatre Festival this summer.
This show runs from July 13-29th. It follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they race to crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its latest heir.
The season continues with a comedy, “The Legend of Georgia McBride”. Centering around the life of an Elvis impersonator who’s lost his gig, Casey is given another opportunity to earn some cash.
There are plenty of laughs as Casey learns how to sing a new song…sequins and all! “The Legend of Georgia McBride” runs from August 3-17th.
The Dorset Theatre Festival closes the season with “American Buffalo”, August 24th-September 2nd .
As one of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s most well-known pieces of work, this play tells the story of three small-time crooks who plot to rob a man of his coin collection. There is plenty of humor and energy in this show!
A Special Vermont Presentation
Besides the season’s shows, the Dorset Theatre Festival is also proud to present “The Tarnation of Russell Colvin” from June 8-10th. Based on Manchester’s very own unsolved murder case of 1812, local history comes alive in this performance. It is written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth and directed by Kirk Johnson, both of whom are familiar to Dorset Theatre Festival Fans.
Summer Star’s Celebration
Celebrate Dorset Theatre Festival’s 40th anniversary at the Summer Star’s Celebration. On June 25th at 6:30pm join the celebration at the Old Gray Barn in Rupert. See host and Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel perform selections from his new musical. The event will honor playwright Theresa Rebeck and include appearances from Tyne Daly, Judd Hirsch, and more.
You can go online to purchase tickets to any of the shows’ performances. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office. The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ex. 2 Monday through Thursday from 12—4 pm.
If you would like to see more than one show during the season, you may want to consider a subscription or flex pass. Both choices have a variety of benefits, depending on what you’re looking for this summer.
Whether you’re visiting Vermont or have the pleasure of being a local, check out the Dorset Theatre Festival where the stage is set for a fabulous summer!