John Hadden performs ‘Travels with a Masked Man’ at Next Stage

Thursday May 2, 2013

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts presents "Travels with a Masked Man," a one-man show written and performed by John Hadden and directed by Kate Holland, on Sunday at 4 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father -- an ex-CIA officer who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal and himself. Hadden, who plays both characters, evolved the play from many hours of conversations he taped with his father 10 years ago. Alternately poignant and hilarious, the play evokes memories and responses about parents and children and growing up during the Cold War.

This performance kicks off a brief tour to the Old First Church in Old Bennington (May 11) and to Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y. (June 8-9).

Hadden is a long-time director and actor who has directed and taught locally at New England Youth Theatre. He was a founding member of Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, Mass., is currently the artistic director of The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, N.Y., associate artist with We Players in San Francisco, and a Vermont Arts Council teaching artist in Vermont schools.

Holland trained in London and directs new work in New York, regional theater and international arts festivals. Directing credits include "Little Wing," "Cloud 9," Henry VI Part 1," "Clear Cold Place" and "A Bright Room Called Day" and "Bongani and June and Nancy" in the New York Fringe Festival.

Admission is $15. Seats may be reserved at or at the door. Following the one-hour performance, desserts and tea accompany a discussion with the actor and director.


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