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Vermont Public radio brings you backstage to explore the plays and musicals that are staged at playhouses around the region. In the VPR profiles we hear the voices of the cast and crew and sound from the show. Read the transcripts from the Backstage stories, or listen online. (Show information is at the end of the each story, or you can find show times on our Arts Calendar.)

‘Underneath the Lintel’
A one-person play at Burlington’s Flynnspace uses storytelling as a vehicle for self-discovery. VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes “Backstage” with the Vermont Stage Company.

‘The Foreigner’
“The Foreigner” by the late Larry Shue has been hailed as one of the most brilliant comedies of the late 20th century. VPR’s Susan Keese went backstage at the Dorset Theatre Festival production of the play.

This summer the Weston Playhouse is presenting one of its most ambitious productions. It’s a musical adaptation of the sweeping portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century by E.L. Doctorow.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’
If Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein had met in a bar, what would the conversations have been like? VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes “Backstage” with Lost Nation Theatre’s production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”

‘The Dinner Party’
Bennington’s Oldcastle Theatre Company has just opened its production of Neil Simon’s, “The Dinner Party.” The play is about divorce. But it speaks to anyone who’s ever been in a serious relationship.

‘The Boys Next Door’
Saint Michael’s Playhouse opens a window into the world of the developmentally disabled in the play “The Boys Next Door.”

UVM theatre veterans honored
For nearly 40 years two Vermonters held center stage in theater at the University of Vermont. This year and last, both have been honored for their contributions to cultural life in Vermont.

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