Castleton University presents the world premiere of Michael Milligan’s latest one-man play, “Side Effects,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Casella Theater.
As his physician father slips towards senility, Dr. William MacQueen strives to live up to the standards he has inherited. The frustration of forms, complicated coding and red tape begin to erode his practice and threaten his family life. William must choose between the roles of doctor, husband, father and son.
Based on extensive interviews, Milligan’s solo play examines the challenges confronting primary care doctors in America. “Medicine is a trust earned by listening, but I can’t hear anymore,” states the broken physician in Milligan’s play.
Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and alumni, $12 for students and children; call 802-468-1119, or go online to www.castleton.edu/tickets. Casella Theater is located in the Fine Arts Center at 45 Alumni Drive.
Sutherland and Cummings
Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings — colleagues, friends, and former neighbors — join once again to share a rich mix of music from the related traditions of Appalachia, the British Isles and Brittany, as well as from their own imaginations. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, they will pair fiddle and banjo, banjo and smallpipes, voice and whistle, and any number of unexpected musical combinations at Brandon Music, providing the audience with fresh twists on traditional music.
The two began their musical partnership in 2006, when Cummings began gleaning old-time fiddle tunes from Sutherland, for the purpose of playing them on Scottish-style bagpipes. Since then they have performed together at numerous concerts at Middlebury College (where they are both applied faculty), the Rokeby Museum, as well as for various other concerts and dances around the state.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
‘All of Me’
Kingdom County Productions has launched its new documentary film about teen eating disorders, “All of Me,” by award-winning filmmaker Bess O’Brien. The film is touring Vermont this September and October, and will be screened at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Rutland Free Library.
“All of Me” focuses on the lives of women, girls and boys who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders, and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. The film also focuses on the parents who struggle with their children around this devastating disease.
In addition, the movie gives hope to those struggling — people can recover and reclaim their bodies, their emotional connection with themselves and others.
Admission is $12 at the door. For tour dates and to watch a trailer of the film, go online to www.kingdomcounty.org.
‘The Antigone Project’
The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Antigone Project.” Directed by Professor Richard Romagnoli, the evening of five brief plays is bound together by a prologue performed by two actresses energizing and educating the audience.
“The Antigone Project” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27 and 28, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Seeler Studio Theatre at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. There will be a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the Friday night show.
Each play spins on the original Greek tragedy about a young woman who defies the state to uphold a religious principle — the unwritten law of the gods — thus condemning herself to death. These widely varied contemporary works are by turns broadly comic, absurd and warmly human.
Tickets are $12; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to go.middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south.
The Castleton Downtown Gallery will feature the works of Castleton University art professors Oliver Schemm, Shelley Warren and Phil Whitman, through Nov. 19, with an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
Titled “Thresh/Hold,” the exhibit is designed to consider transitions between physical spaces, as well as transitions in time. The pieces represent each artist’s ongoing process of exploration.The Castleton Downtown Gallery is located on Center Street Alley in Rutland and is open 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; for information, email email@example.com.
Art and dance
In conjunction with the exhibition “Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring,” on view at the Middlebury College Museum, pioneering feminist break-dancer Ana “Rokafella” Garcia will give a lecture demonstration in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
Like Haring, who frequented dance clubs and organized his first art exhibitions in them, Rokafella launched her career in the dance culture of New York. She will discuss the rise of hip-hop and breakdancing and demonstrate some of its signature moves in her lecture/presentation. She will also give a public master class on hip-hop and breakdancing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.
For further information and to confirm dates and times of scheduled events, call 802-443–5007 or TTY 443–3155, or visit the museum’s website at museum.middlebury.edu.
Harlem Gospel Choir
Get ready to tap your feet and clap your hands. Windham and Windsor Housing Trust will bring the Harlem Gospel Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to the Latchis Theatre for an evening of contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues.
For over two decades, the Harlem Gospel Choir has toured the globe with the inspirational power of black gospel music, performing alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams. They have performed for three presidents, two popes, Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly.
Tickets are on sale through Catamount Arts; call 888-757-5559, or go online to tickets.catamountarts.org.
As part of the Rock on Film Series, Town Hall Theater will screen the landmark documentary “Gimme Shelter,” about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Town Hall Theater.
The Rolling Stones wanted a better film. Acclaimed French director Jean Luc Godard worked with the Stones on “Sympathy for the Devil” prior to “Gimme Shelter,” and band members weren’t satisfied with the auteur’s representation of the band. They decided to enlist the Maysles brothers (“Grey Gardens”) and Charlotte Zwerin (“Running Fence”) to document the last weeks of their U.S. tour. They unintentionally captured the violent end of an era at the Altamont Speedway concert, where the violent Hell’s Angels fatally collided with an unruly crowd.
Tickets are $10; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
Author Jack Mayer
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Jack Mayer for a discussion of his new book, “Before the Court of Heaven.”
About the book: In Germany, after World War I, Ernst Werner Techow, son of a magistrate, a child of privilege, joins the violent right-wing response to Germany’s defeat. As a member of the para-military Free Corps and the murderous Organization C, he is recruited into a clandestine assassination network trying to bring down Germany’s fledgling Weimar democracy. These are the seeds of the Third Reich.
Mayer is a Vermont writer and pediatrician. He participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2003 and 2005 (fiction) and 2008 (poetry). His first nonfiction book, “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project,” has won many awards. His new book is historical fiction and has garnered nine book awards.
This event is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Town Hall Theater will present a broadcast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s revival of John Osborne’s modern classic “The Entertainer.” This play with music conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs.
“The Entertainer” received its first production in 1957 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, a theater known for its commitment to the cutting edge of new drama, with a cast headlined by Laurence Olivier. Much was made of Olivier, an established West End star as well as a respected Shakespearean, taking on the new and nontraditional role.
Tickets are $17, $10 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.