'What Rhymes with America' opens July 21


PUTNEY >> Next Stage Arts Project and The Apron Theater Company present "What Rhymes with America" by Melissa James Gibson and directed by Hallie Flower. Opening tonight, performances continue on Friday and Saturday of this week at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 24.

Tickets are $15, general admission, available online at nextstagearts.org, by phone reservation at 802-387-0071 or at the door. Next Stage's newly-renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill is now fully accessible, with an elevator and listening assist systems. There is comfortable seating, excellent sightlines and acoustics, and air-conditioning.

"What Rhymes with America" features a sterling cast of seasoned Apron performers: Mark Bateman, Katrina Spenceman, Julia Tadlock, and Kenzie Klem.

A father and his teenage daughter stand on either side of a closed door. Life is unraveling for him, and it is entirely uncertain for her. So begins Melissa James Gibson's poignant, funny play about estrangement and the partially examined life.

With her spare style, mordant wit, and compassionate insight, one of the most emotionally penetrating and unique voices in theatre today wonders "What Rhymes With America."

"This touching, sorrowful comedy [is] full of compassionate wonder at the innumerable ways in which lives can go wrong," said the NY Times.

New York Magazine said, "Gibson writes fluidly and beautifully for that Impatient Age, slowing down our emotional metabolism for deeper scrutiny while speeding proficiently through her scenes, each a sketch-like contrivance, but none of them sketchy."

The Apron Theater Company was founded by Karla Baldwin and Hallie Flower. and is Next Stage Arts Project's "theater-company- in-residence". They have wowed audiences with each production with outstanding casts, direction, sets and technical production values.

Next Stage Arts Project, winner, 2014 of a national grant from ArtPlace America is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted hundreds events including theater, classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, and a spoken word series. Information about upcoming events, renovations, the capital campaign, and a wide range of opportunities for support are available at nextstagearts.org.

For more information contact: Maria Basescu, Executive Director, 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.


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