Robert Frost: This Verse Business

Presented by Middlebury Acting Company

September 8th at 7:30pm
September 9th* & 10th at 2:00pm

*Talk Back with Jay Parini, Gordon Clapp and A.M. Dolan after the Saturday Matinee

Photo Credit: Alex Woodward for the Northern Stage production 2017
This show is made possible, in part, by support from Vermont Humanities and Michele & Bruce Bayliss

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Assigned Seating

Pay What You Can:

Generous Ticket $37
Standard $32
Student $17

Price includes ticket fees.

For nearly fifty years, Robert Frost “barded” around the country charming audiences with his celebrated verse and rascally sense of humor. Played by Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue’s Detective Medavoy), Frost’s great wit and poetry are heard afresh in the award-winning one-man play Robert Frost: This Verse Business.

Playwright Andy Dolan and actor Gordon Clapp have long wanted to bring their acclaimed show, Robert Frost: This Verse Business, to Middlebury because of the poet’s rich history in our area. It is said that Frost used to attend movies at the old Town Hall Theater building, in addition to teaching at Middlebury College, living in Ripton and working up at the Breadloaf School of English. After previous runs at Lost Nation Theater, Northern Stage and throughout the country, MACo finally has the opportunity to make their dream come true. In the play, the author shares his pointed and funny opinions on politics, science, religion, and particularly, art, interspersed with performances of his poems from memory. For more information please visit 
Originally directed by Gus Kaikkonen.

Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. His biography ROBERTY FROST: A LIFE was published in 2000 and won the Chicago Tribune-Heartland Award for the Best Book of that year. He recently edited a volume of Frost’s selected poems for the Library of America. Jay will moderate a talk-back after the Saturday matinee, along with playwright A.M. Dolan and actor Gordon Clapp.

“Dolan’s script weaves Frost’s poetry and personal views into a seamless piece of theater, which Clapp delivers with authentic New England wit and charm. Clapp himself hails from New Hampshire and seems to have been made for this role.

 “Sprinkled with New England references, THIS VERSE BUSINESS has special appeal to Vermonters. The piece succeeds in keeping its audience captivated for an entire 75 minutes without an intermission – no small feat for a one-person play. Clapp’s charisma never falters, and 75 minutes feels like 25.”

~  Broadway World

Join Middlebury Acting Company and the Robert Frost team for a special opening night reception on Friday, Sept. 8 after the show.  Help support our mission to bring professional, thought-provoking theater to our small Vermont community. Meet Mr. Clapp and enjoy drinks and delicious treats along with MACo’s own core company who have delighted us with their performances over the years.

Tickets for the show and opening night fundraiser are $75.

Gordon Clapp (born September 24, 1948) is an American actor best known for playing Det. Greg Medavoyfor all 12 seasons of the television series NYPD Blue, winning an Emmy Award in 1998. Clapp was born in North Conway, New Hampshire. He graduated from Williams College in 1971. At Williams College, he met frequent collaborators David Strathairn and John Sayles. Clapp also studied at The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Fall 1970).

Clapp has appeared in numerous TV shows such as Check it Out! and Night Court as well as numerous stage plays.

More about Middlebury Acting Company:
The Middlebury Acting Company (MACo) presents three full-length productions at the Town Hall Theater each year, along with the popular Cutting Edge Staged Play Reading Series. Established in 2001 and a Resident Company of the Town Hall Theater since 2008, MACo’s creative team scours the globe for conversation-sparking live theater and the top-tier talent required to pull it off. For over 20 years, their intimate, scaled-down productions have captivated audiences. Recent productions include Admissions and The Niceties.

Furthermore, MACo produces the New Play Festival under the Swift House tent every August, where they showcase three staged readings of brand-new works. These performances are carefully curated from over 100 scripts submitted nationwide.

Visit the Middlebury Acting Company Website HERE

Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.

Robert Frost: This Verse Business

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Pay What You Can:

Generous Ticket $37

Standard $32

Student $17

Includes ticket fee.

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