Interview with FOUR BEERS playwright

The creator of Four Beers, David Van Vleck, Jr. is a Middlebury Union High School alumnus, as is professional screenwriter and actor Kevin Commins, who plays Mel in the play. Both ended up writing for the stage and motion pictures. They recently talked about a range of topics, including David’s experiences at MUHS, Al Pacino (for whom David was a driver), Katharine Hepburn (“I was like her grandson”)—as well as about the play Four Beers and how David came to write it.

In the interview, Van Vleck explains: “These guys have done everything right during their lives, but are coming to the realization that the promised prosperity — at least in their case — has been an illusion. And so they begin to wonder how many of the other things they’ve been led to believe aren’t real.” Commins (who plays “Mel” in the play) comments: “Even though the cast is five men, the play is really about women. Women dominate their conversations. A couple of these men seem very chauvinistic to me but also unaware of how much the course of their lives is dictated by the opposite sex.” Download the full interview below.

Opening night, Thursday, February 13, will feature a reception to meet the playwright. Son of Eunice Van Vleck of Cornwall, one of the Players’ founders, David studied acting at the Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. After being selected for the Shenandoah and Seven Devils Playwriting Conferences and winning the Dayton (Ohio) Playhouse Futurefest, Four Beers had productions in New York City (with Tony-award winning actors), as well as Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Ohio.

The cast includes Richard Reed, Peter Dempewolff, Tim Franklin, Ark Lemal, and Kevin Commins. Directed by Joyce E. Huff, with producer Algy Layden and stage manager Kate Tilton.

Due to strong language and adult themes, Four Beers is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16.

See previous News posts or the Shows page for more information. Click HERE to download the full interview.