PCV co-sponsors Act 39
How would you react when your dearest friend who is dying of cancer, decides to hasten death and asks you to be present at the end of their life?
Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
June 22 - July 2, 2023
A stage play by: Rob Mermin
Directed by: Monica Callan
Produced by and starring: Donny Osman
Associate Producer and co-star: J.T. Turner
with Maren Langdon Spillane and Dominic Spillane
Music by: Johnnie Day Durand
Act 39, a play written by Rob Mermin, tells the true story of what happened when his best friend decided to use medical aid in dying. Rob's play presents a soulful, humor-filled story of that friendship. It exposes the vulnerability of the human spirit when facing mortality head-on. From philosophy to magic tricks, this play had me riveted from start to finish when I attended a rehearsal last week.
We hope you will join us and bring your friends. Believe it or not, laughter is guaranteed.
Patient Choices Vermont is proud to co-sponsor this production. A PCV team member, either Audrey Winograd or Toni Kaeding, will facilitate discussions after the performances on June 23, June 25, and July 2.
About the Playwright:
Rob Mermin is the founder of Vermont’s beloved Circus Smirkus. He ran off to join the circus world in 1969 and toured with circuses throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union, after training in the art of mime with life-long mentor Marcel Marceau. Rob’s awards include Copenhagen’s World Star-Time Gold Clown; The Bessie Award; Russia’s Best Director Prize at The International Festival on the Black Sea; The Lund Center’s It Takes a Village Award; the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit, and the 2008 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Director Monica Callan, a member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA, is co-founder and director of the Grange Hall Cultural Center and MOXIE Productions.
Donny Osman is the producer and co-star. He founded The Two Penny Circus, played a leadership role in founding Circus Smirkus, was the director of Vermont's Governor's Institute on the Arts for more than two decades, and served three terms in the Vermont legislature as a state representative.
J.T. Turner, a NEK-based, award-winning member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA is the associate producer and co-star. The dynamic duo of Maren Langdon Spillane and Dominic Spillane, founder of Theater Engine round out the cast.
Professional theater technician Cavan Meese, who has worked with Phish, Bread and Puppet Theater, and many other national performing companies, designed the set and lighting. The original music score and soundscape was composed by Burlington artist/musician Johnnie Day Durand. Graphic design is by Sterling Hill Productions, and publicity by Marci Diamond.