Take one play, break it in three parts, add three directors and three casts, and--voilà!—you've got the 7th annual directing "bake off," an engaging exploration of the “ingredients" different directors use to create the same play.
This year that play is:
by Noël Coward
In Private Lives, passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a battle of the sexes as divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, find themselves unwittingly thrown together in Coward’s fastpaced, witty, and delightful romp. Join us as we playfully reimagine this classic comedy of manners.
Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the directors and audience. More information about the directors to come soon.
Emily Benway as Louise, Act III
Kathryn Blume as Amanda, Act II
Allison Brown as Amanda, Act III
Mary Krantz as Elyot/Victor, Act I
Jason Lorber as Elyot, Act II
Katelyn Paddock as Victor, Act III
Susan Palmer as Elyot, Act III
Ethan White as Amanda/Sybil, Act I
Sarah Wright as Sybil, Act III
Lighting Design: Samuel Biondolillo
Sound Design: Martha Goode
Props/Costumes: Sue Wade
Production Stage Management: CJ Holcomb
PRIVATE LIVES is a comedy with Adult themes and is only appropriate for audiences ages 13 & up.
"The directors and actors have to fend for themselves in recreating, say, a train and a plane crash. Even a door. In other words, expect almost no tech from the VSC’s tripartite staging, but a ton of creativity. And therein lies even more fun, as much for the directors and actors as for the audience." - Seven Days
"It might be a conceit that entertains audiences with structural sleight-of-hand more than it illuminates them, but the production — and especially the question-and-answer session with the triumvirate of directors following the presentation — does offer a few insights into the mind of a director." - Burlington Free Press
“'The Bake Off' divides a popular play into three parts, each presented by a different director and cast. This year, the play was Christopher Durang’s wacky comedy, “Beyond Therapy,” and the cast changes Tuesday were made mid-scene — seamlessly and hilariously."