An unusual theater event is taking place at Burlington's City Hall on Wednesday, June 21. The production of Harold Pinter's one-act play The Dwarfs is a fundraiser for Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter. What makes the production unique is that the cast members are all COTS clients.
Co-director Linden Marno-Ferree, a 23-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer who works at the homeless shelter, says she chose the play because, though it's not about homelessness, it deals with issues that resonate with her clients, such as alienation and "coming to grips with reality." Marno-Ferree thought staging a play would help them showcase their eccentricities in a positive way.
"People are taught that to secure a stable housing situation, they have to quell that," she says. "I don't want them to quell it."
Richard Cave says that wasn't really his motivation for rehearsing two to three hours a day, five days a week for the past six weeks. The 63-year-old has stayed in the shelter in the past. He currently lives in a tent in Burlington, but still receives COTS services. "I just thought it would be a good way of giving back a little for what I've gotten," he says.
The Dwarfs plays at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and is free for COTS clients. For more info, call 862-5418.