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‘Road to Mecca’ magically transported audiences

The Vermont Theatre Company recently presented Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, a beautiful story of kinship, personal journeys, and finding light in the darkness. Under the talented direction of Ian Hefele, the stunning performances of Bridget McBride, Wendy Almeida, and Arthur Pettee brought their characters to life and magically transported audiences to 1970s South Africa.

Special thanks is owed to assistant director Brenda L. Seitz, stage manager Kate Maisner, costume and set designer Jess Rodrigues, set dresser Belle Coles, and light designer Sara Martin. Thank you also to Jon Mack for allowing the Hooker-Dunham Theatre and Gallery to be transformed, and to local artist Tom Periera for lending his work to complete the illusion of Miss Helen’s Mecca.

Our annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park production, featuring The Tempest, takes place at Brattleboro Living Memorial Park June 28 to 31 and July 1. More information is available at 802-258-1344 or vermonttheatrecompany.org.

Stephanie Globus-Hoenich
Brattleboro

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Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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You nailed it perfectly.

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Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.

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