Don’t miss the Middlebury Community Players’ latest show, opening this Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8pm at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, with 8pm shows also on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17-18 and a 2pm matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19. An Afternoon in France, a new play by David Moats, tells the story of the Branch family — from World War I to the present.

Reserved seating tickets are available for $17 at the Town Hall Theater box office (802) 382-9222 Monday through Saturday from noon to 5pm, online (click HERE), or at the door.

As the 2/9/12 issue of Addison Independent reported, “An Afternoon in France promises to be a fast-moving, 75-minute journey into a family’s deepest secrets…. Moats describes his works as sharing a common trademark. ‘They are all dramas laced with humor. They all involve rather serious family conflict and dramas, but when I get good laughs from the audience, it is one of those gratifying things. i like to make them laugh–and cry.’”

When Michael Branch, a restless middle-aged professor, takes his family on vacation, the secrets of four generations come to light, revealing startling patterns of yearning, love and betrayal. A small strip of newsreel footage is the catalyst that unlocks stories about the life of Michael’s grandfather, a soldier in World War I, his father, a World War II veteran, and about Michael and his family. It is a dream-like saga that moves swiftly from era to era and place to place, showing the human frailties and strengths that unite all four generations.

An Afternoon in France is the fifth play by Moats to be staged by the Middlebury Community Players. He is an editor at the Rutland Herald who won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2001 and is a longtime commentator on Vermont Public Radio.

This production features a cast of 14 playing characters from age 9 to 85, with Cathy Walsh, Scott Atherton, Jim Stapleton, Diana Bigelow, Chelsea Ortuno, Nick Marshall, Sean Burke, Mira Atherton, Kathleen Walls, Alan Campbell, Tom McElhaney, Wendel Jacobs, Lisa Ralston and Armelle Crouziere-Ingenthron. The settings shift from wartime France in 1918 to the Branch family’s contemporary vacation home at Lake Tahoe. There will be no intermission.

Moats directs the production; lighting design is by Mark Evancho, Professor of Theater at Middlebury College. The set has been designed by artist Elinor Steele Friml, with costume designer Tia Anechiarico and producer Mary Longey.

This production is supported by
The Little Pressroom and Addison County Promotions.