playing June 16-21, 2015
conceived by Cristina Alicea
directed by Andrew Butterfield, Jamien Lundy Forrest, and John Nagle
Take one play, break it into three parts, add three directors and three casts, and - voila! - you've got the 4th 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.
This year that play is:
THE DINING ROOM
by A.R. Gurney
"hilarious and touching...as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges..." - NY Post
A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical comedy of manners, set in a single dining room, where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine as performers portray a wide array of diverse characters.
Lighting Design by John B. Forbes
Lighting Assistant is Alan Hefferon
Sound Design by Martha Goode
Props Master is Sue Wade
Stage Management by Sarah Simmons
"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."
"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."
“'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."
The Bake Off Grand Pies Raffle!
At each performance of The 2015 Bake Off, we'll be raffling off a scrumptious locally made pie, perfect to enjoy at home with your family or to bring to a summer picnic in the park!
Each ticket holder will be entered into a GRAND PIES (see what we did there?) drawing to win Dinner for Two at The Gryphon with the cast of a show in our upcoming 2015-16 season!
Thank you to each of the local bakeries, farm, and chefs who donated these delicious prizes: