BPAC's virtual play celebrates diversity

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BENNINGTON — The Bennington Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington College and Bennington Community Theatre, is participating in "Days of Re-Creation: A Virtual Play," a "rolling premiere" of seven short plays celebrating diversity.

Throughout September, theaters from around the country will premiere their own versions of these seven 10-minute plays. BPAC's production will premiere on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. for our audiences in Bennington and across the country in a free YouTube stream and will be available for viewing until 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. The plays were written specifically for reading/performance and recording on Zoom. The cast and crew are a combination of local talent and talent from across the U.S.

Live & In Color artistic director Devanand Janki says of the project, "None of us know how the performing arts will look after this pandemic is over. In the meantime, I think it is essential that theaters across this country start to come together in collaboration in order to survive this. This beautiful kaleidoscope of stories is Live & In Color's gift to the artistic community at large. My hope is that it inspires us all to keep creating and re-creating."

The directors for the Bennington production are Jennifer Jasper (Bennington Performing Arts Center), Nathan Stith (Oldcastle Theatre Company), Marisa Faller (Bennington Community Theater), Christopher V. Edwards (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Shawtane Bowen (Bennington College) and J. Paul Nicholas (freelance director), with Kirk Jackson (Bennington College) and Oliver Wadsworth as part of the production team.

For more information about the production and the participants, visit www.bpacvt.org and www.oldcastletheatre.org or call BPAC at 802-447-0564.

This is a free event. The artists ask that donations be made to Peace and Justice Center, https://www.pjcvt.org/ and/or Rights and Democracy, https://www.radvt.org/

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