BENNINGTON, VT: The 2007 Oldcastle Theatre Company season continues with Richard Greenberg’s Pulitzer-nominated drama Three Days of Rain, directed by Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director Eric Peterson, opening June 8 at the Bennington Center for the Arts. Tickets are buy one, get one free for the matinee performance on Saturday, June 9.
Three actors play two generations of characters in two families in this thoughtful, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly romantic family story that the New York Times called “…elegant…” In the first act, set in 1995, Walker Janeway (Gil Brady) and his sister Nan (Sophia Garder) meet their childhood friend Pip (Avery Clarke) to divide the estate of their late fathers, who were partners in a successful architecture firm. As they go through the contents of the Manhattan loft that holds the firm’s effects, the three try to piece together their fathers’ lives and how their families intertwined decades ago. In the second act Brady plays Walker and Nan’s father, Ned, Garder plays Lina, and Clark plays Pip’s father, Theo, as we see the families interacting in the same loft a generation earlier in the 1960’s during three days of rain which were pivotal in their combined histories.
Originally commissioned and produced in 1997 by the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California, where many of Greenberg’s plays have had their world premieres, Three Days of Rain opened in New York City later that year at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Last year it received a much-hyped Broadway production with Julia Roberts as Nan/Lina.
The cast of Three Days of Rain features a long-time Oldcastle actress returning to the company and two actors making their Oldcastle debuts. Sophia Garder most recently appeared in the OTC production of Mornings at Seven in 2005. Her other Oldcastle appearances include the premieres of American Revolution and Panache. Gil Brady's television appearances include Law & Order: Special Victims’Unit, and All My Children. He appeared in the Foothills Theatre production of The Full Monty in Worcester Massachusetts, and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Syracuse Stage. Avery Clark recently appeared in Journey’s End at the Alley Theatre in Houston and The Heidi Chronicles with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. His New York appearances include The Lion in Winter.
Kenneth Mooney has designed the sets and lighting for this production, and Patricia Brundage has designed the costumes. Sound design is by Nick Garder.
Oldcastle’s 36th anniversary season continues with Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond, running July 13-29, and then New York longest-running musical The Fantasticks playing August 17-September 2. A Fall production of Lee Blessing’s A Body of Water will be presented September 21-October 7, followed by Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol as a holiday treat from December 13-16.
When you call for tickets, be sure to ask about a FlexPass which buys you five seats to use as you choose at a 20% discount over regular box office prices!
Three Days of Rain runs June 8-24 at the Bennington Center for the Arts at the intersection of Route 9 and Gypsy Lane in Bennington, VT. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are $32 for adults and $12 for students, and group rates are available. Call the box office at 802-447-0564 or visit www.oldcastletheatreco.org for more information.