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The Commons
The Arts

Show explores what it means to live 'an authentic life'

This show and benefit is a collaboration between the Arts Council of Windham County and Landmark College. Net proceeds will support nonprofit, local independent media. Admission is free if you become a new member of Vermont Independent Media. Admission for current VIM members is $10. General admission is $25. For more information and details about the show, visit or Contact Shanta Lee Gander at with questions.

Originally published in The Commons issue #403 (Wednesday, April 12, 2017).

BRATTLEBORO—What are the various versions of truth we enact as we try to live an authentic life? What does being authentic mean amid multiple selves?

These are the questions being posed in VOICES, an artistic framework focused on sounds, images, and language, providing a conceptual space in which a range of performers come forth to present their versions of truth and authenticity.

VOICES debuts with a two-night production on April 14 and 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater at 139 Main St., according to a news release.

The two-hour mixed-media production will be presented by Landmark College students and faculty, along with artists from the Brattleboro area.

VOICES performer Mariah Edson often employs music, illustration, photography, and text in her own art, and has a strong love for interactive storytelling.

“I think VOICES is a great demonstration of how we can humanize one another through art,” she said in the release. “In an everyday sense, I think it’s difficult for complete strangers to radically empathize with one another. ... But through an art medium it becomes possible to make those connections, and I hope we do with those who come to see us.”

The production invites all participants to think about what it means to be human and lead an authentic life. Shanta Lee Gander, co-executive producer, said she is “hoping the show is an invitation to both the performers and the audience to open the door to their own voice.”

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