produced March 11-29, 2015
written by Greg Pierce
directed by Robin Fawcett
A teenager flees to her reclusive uncle's retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a harrowing accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from. Continuing our collaboration with Shelburne playwright Greg Pierce, this play is an intimate and elegant glimpse at two people seeking forgiveness and finding the courage to confront the past.
Gianna Kiehl as Becky
Paul Schnabel as Uncle Sterling
Scenic Design: Blair Mielnik
Costume Design: Catherine Vigne
Lighting Design: Jeffrey E. Salzberg
Sound Design: Martha Goode
Props Master: Sue Wade
Technical Director: Alan Hefferon
Production Stage Management: Dylan Friedman
Assistant Stage Manager: Aliza Kenney
MATURE LANGUAGE & CONTENT - Recommended for ages 14 and older
Behind the Scenes
Press on the production
"It takes courage and craft to bring a character to life onstage and draw the audience inside her hopes and fears. To see a high school senior do this is especially riveting, and that is what awaits you at Vermont Stage Company's production of Slowgirl, written by Shelburne native Greg Pierce." - Seven Days
"'Slowgirl' is a beautifully tender little love story - not between lovers, but a troubled teen and her reclusive uncle. And Vermont Stage Company has opened a particularly intimate, often funny and deeply affecting production at FlynnSpace." - The Rutland Herald
"Kiehl, a high-school senior at Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, is marvelous as Becky. She nails the tension of a teenager who alternately sees the world as a silly place worthy of her mockery and feels every wound to her psyche as if it's the most important thing on the planet."
Press on the play
"[A] sensitively drawn two-hander about the emotional common ground established between Becky and her Uncle Sterling during her visit to his remote home in the countryside." - New York Times
"Captivating…Pierce shows great instincts. He's a fine storyteller and has an ear for the halting rhythms of how uncle and niece would speak to each other after nine years. He touches on the issue of bullying but avoids making this a simple hot-topic play. He's chasing broader issues about the murky boundary between guilt and innocence."
"[A] haunting two-hander…a genuine thrill…" - Variety