The Bake Off
Take one play, break it into three parts, add three directors and three casts, and - voila! - you've got the 5th annual directing "Bake Off," an engaging exploration of "the ingredients" different directors can use to create the same play. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the directors and audience.
Our 5th annual Bake Off play is:
A Number by Caryl Churchill
“...a gripping dramatic consideration of what happens to autonomous identity in a world where people can be cloned.” – The New York Times
In a not-too-far off future where human cloning has become a reality, two genetically identical siblings confront their parent looking for explanations into their shared past.
Vermont Stage will clone this brilliantly conceived sci-fi drama about cloning by breaking it into three parts, assigning three directors, and three casts to explore the wildly different ways a play can be brought to life!
Anna May Sisk
Lighting Design: John B. Forbes
Sound Design: Martha Goode
Props Master: Sue Wade
Stage Management: Nicole Kutcher
"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."