Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presentation of Obie Award-winning Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale

From 11/02/17 12:26 pm until 11/11/17 2:26 pm
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Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will present Obie Award-winning Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale on November 2-5 and November 9-11in the Brick Box at the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street, Rutland. This contemporary play is the story of Charlie, a morbidly obese, gay man living in rural Idaho, where sexual identity is conservatively defined. Charlie, struggling since the death of his guilt-ridden Mormon boyfriend, has confined himself to his small apartment and is eating his way to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with his ex-wife Mary and Ellie, his estranged, angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 15 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money… maybe even his life. The Whale is a tough, humorous and emotionally powerful play about struggles the LGBTQ community faces even now, how we cope with love and loss, and how new definitions of family, friends and religion shape our lives. The Huffington Post praised “its razor-sharp focus in a deeply significant play."

The director for the show is Joanne Greenberg and the cast features: Matt Riley, Beth Wolven, Diane Liccardi, Maya Redington and Eric Ray. The Whale will be performed at 7:30 pm on November 2-4 and November 9-11 and at 2 pm on November 5. All performances are at the wheelchair-accessible Brick Box in the Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland, ticket price is $20. For reservations please contact the Paramount Box Office (802-775-0903) or http://www.paramountlive.org/