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State of the Arts


Published May 14, 2008 at 12:18 p.m.

On the heels of her recent production of Threepenny Opera, the University of Vermont's Rachel Perlmeter announced she's leaving the state. Her husband Ernesto Capello has been "wooed away" by Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, she says, "so we're off to the Twin Cities, where I have relationships with the Playwrights' Center and the avant-garde site-specific troupe Skewed Visions [both of Minneapolis]." One of Perlmeter's original plays is entitled Wanderlust, "and I'm afraid it's a malady I embrace," she confesses. Too bad for Burlington, though; Perlmeter's unconventional, multidisciplinary approaches to performance were refreshingly complex . . . The Valley Players in Waitsfield are keeping theater short and sweet this summer with a festival - called "Love: The Human Comedy" - featuring six 10-minute plays. "Each play is really a short story, a brief peek at a relationship that is mostly comic, sometimes poignant and often thoroughly recognizable," explains producer Jennifer Howard. The shows, presented in conjunction with the Vermont Festival of the Arts in the Mad River Valley, begin August 7. But first, they need actors. And who wouldn't want to try out for a role in something called "The Joy of Sex"? Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, at 7 p.m. More info, or 496-3751.