Boston Marriage at VT Coffee May 18-20

MCP’s Company Be will present a fully staged reading of David Mamet’s clever drawing-room comedy, Boston Marriage at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse on Exchange Street in Middlebury, May 18-20. Diana Bigelow directs fellow Bristol thespians Susanne Peck, Kendra Gratton, and Gretchen Cole in this sophisticated and fanciful play. Here’s the set up: Anna and Claire are two scheming Victorian “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class New England society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald necklace and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist Anna’s help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna’s hapless Scottish parlor maid, Catherine, Claire’s young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women’s futures at risk. To this wickedly funny comedy, Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting.

Photo by Buzz Kuhns

Boston Marriage: Friday, May 18, 8:00pm Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm
Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse
1197 Exchange Street, Middlebury

Tickets at the door.
For mature audiences.

Director’s Notes When David Mamet’s Boston Marriage was produced in 2002 in NYC, the New York Post found it “Brilliant…one of Mamet’s most satisfying and accomplished plays and one of the funniest American comedies in years.” I was introduced to the play in 2006 in Port Angeles, WA. It was done as a staged reading at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse. The play features two Victorian ‘women of fashion’ and a Scottish parlor maid. I was the maid. Our production was the hit of the season. Fast forward to 2013, Vermont: my husband Jim and I attended a student production of Boston Marriage at Middlebury College and were reminded of Mamet’s brilliant wit and the laugh-out-loud mischief that three women can get into. Six months later I assembled a fabulous cast – Susanne Peck, Kendra Gratton and Gretchen Cole – and we put on a staged reading of the play in our home town of Bristol. Big success! Now four years later I get to direct it for Company Be of the Middlebury Community Players – same great play, same great cast. We can’t wait! — Diana Bigelow