’When We Were French’ staging part of college’s Franco-American series


BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host a unique performance by award-winning playwright/actress Abby Paige of Montreal called "Piecework: When We Were French" as part of its Franco-American lecture series on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. The performance consists of 10 dramatic portraits of Franco-Americans, each brought to life by Paige. The magazine Seven Days called Paige’s performance, "poetic and powerful ... a patchwork of stories into a cohesive, beautiful whole."

The show will be held in the Everett Mansion Theatre and is free and open to the public.

"Abby’s performance explores the Franco-American immigration to New England, what it means to be Franco-American and how people build identities out of memories, story-telling, and family secrets," said Professor Eric Drouart of SVC, whose Quest for Success class is studying Franco-American heritage in this region. Drouart added that the performance is "funny, entertaining and enlightening. A show that all will enjoy."

Paige developed and performed the one-person play when commissioned by the city of Burlington for its Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration. The play is directed by Koby Rogers Hall and was conceived with the support of Burlington City Arts and Kingdom Country Productions.

Paige is a poet, playwright and performer who was born and raised in South Burlington. She began her career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and, in 2003, moved back to Vermont to work on "The Voices Project," a documentary theater project about the lives of Vermont teens that she co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced.

Paige received her BA from Vassar College and her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is a former Fulbright Scholar.

For more information on this performance, visit the Web site, www.svc.edu, call 802-681-2898 or e-mail edrouart@svc.edu.



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